NUFC Confirm Pre-Season Friendlies

24 June 2013, 11:02

Newcastle United have confirmed their pre-season schedule - including two games in Scotland, one in Portugal and a visit to Blackpool.

United's first friendly will see them visit Fir Park to take on last season's Scottish Premier League runners-up and Champions League qualifiers Motherwell on Tuesday, 16th July before the squad departs for Portugal ahead of a training camp and two friendly games.

Rio Ave - who finished sixth in the Primeira Liga last term - will host Newcastle at the Estadio do Rio Ave on Saturday, 20th July before Pacos de Ferreira, who finished third to earn a place in the Champions League qualifying rounds, will welcome the black and whites to the Estadio da Capital do Movel three days later.

On Sunday, 28th July, United will play Blackpool at Bloomfield Road before a Newcastle XI head to St. Mirren, the Scottish League Cup holders, on Tuesday, 30th July.

Newcastle expect to confirm one further friendly away from home in early August before, on Saturday, 10th August, one week before the start of the Barclays Premier League season - they host SC Braga at Gallowgate.

Os Arcebispos finished fourth in their domestic league and played in the Champions League group stages last season.

The full list of pre-season friendlies, with one more expected to be confirmed, is:
* Tuesday, 16th July - Motherwell away (kick-off 7pm)
* Saturday, 20th July - Rio Ave away (kick-off 6pm)
* Tuesday, 23rd July - Pacos de Ferreira (kick-off TBC)
* Sunday, 28th July - Blackpool away (kick-off 3pm)
* Tuesday, 30th July - St. Mirren away (kick-off 7.30pm)
* Saturday, August 10th - SC Braga home (kick-off 6pm) 

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