Newcastle United have just announced that the club will compete in the inaugural Schalke 04 Cup in the summer, which will take place in Germany in early August.
The beautiful Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen
Newcastle will join Malaga CF and host club Schalke 04 in the tournament, and there will be one more club announced for the four club tournament, which will take place on the weekend of August 2nd in the fantastic Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, which has a capacity of over 61,000, a retractable roof and a retractable pitch.
Each club will play two games, and the club with the most points will win the tournament – that sounds fairly straightforward.
There will be 3 points awarded to the winner in 90 minutes, and there must be a result, so in the case of a draw after 90 minutes, it will go to a penalties, and in that case the winner will get only 2 points.
Alan Pardew – great opportunity
The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said this about the tournament:
“This is a fantastic opportunity to play in such an excellent tournament as the Schalke 04 Cup.” “We will be facing top-quality opposition and hopefully it will form part of a successful pre-season for us ahead of the 2014-15 season.”
“I am very pleased it has been organised and announced early for the sake of our fans.” “This will give them the opportunity to travel in great numbers – as they always do – to enjoy a fabulous city and the football that will accompany it.”
As the tournament gets closer there will be more details announced about the tournament.