Top Newcastle Players To Miss Early Matches
German third tier club Chemnitzer FC have today started selling tickets for their pre-season match with Newcastle United on Friday 13th July but there could be some disappointed fans, of both teams, as Newcastle will definitely be missing some of their most high profile players.
Our Euros campaigners aren’t to return to training until after this fixture with Tim Krul scheduled back for the 16th July and Cabaye & Ben Arfa a week later.
On top of that, Cisse & Tiote have been allowed to take some extra time having featured in World Cup qualifiers and don’t return until Monday 9th July, only four days before the match in Germany. So it remains to be seen what part if any they would play in the Chemnitzer friendly.
There have been rumours of Newcastle possibly having other low key friendly matches on the continent against the likes of Monaco and Fenerbahce, though nothing has been confirmed.
From Newcastle’s point of view the Chemnitzer friendly and any other similar ones that are arranged early doors, look very much to be simply getting the squad gradually back together and easing them in before the more intense pre-season starts with higher profile friendlies against Olympiakos and Porto at the end of the month, followed by a trip to Cardiff (11th August) only a week before the Premier League kicks off.
Though obviously a strong likelihood that Newcastle will be looking to arrange at least one match in between the trips to Portugal and Wales.
Having said all the above, I wouldn’t put anybody off having a pre-season hop over to Germany, the hospitality and crack has always been class on all my trips there, both for football and otherwise.
A bit more information about the match, as we reported back in June;
‘Chemnitz FC will play on Friday, 13 July 2012 a friendly match against top English club Newcastle United FC. The encounter with the ‘Magpies’ will kick off at 18:30 clock in the stadium at the Gellert road’.
The German side have also announced that Newcastle will be bringing a full strength team.
Chemnitzer FC plays in the club-owned Stadion an der Gellertstraße which has a capacity of 16,061 spectators. Until 1990 the facility was officially known as “Dr. Kurt-Fischer-Stadion”, or locally as the “Fischerwiese”. During its two Bundesliga seasons the club also made use of the larger Chemnitzer Sportforum, which has a capacity of over 19,000.
On this occasion though they seem to be indicating that the match will take place at their smaller traditional home ground.
We still await official confirmation from the Newcastle end but the Chief Executive Officer and Head Coach of the German team have both been quoted saying how much they are looking forward to the match.
Head Coach Gerd Harmful; “We are very happy to be able to play our last pre-season game against an opponent so attractive. Chemnitz can look forward to a top international club, which will require all of our team’s efforts”.
CEO Dr.Mathias Hanel added; “We can be proud that such an ambitious club will give their stamp of approval in the stadium at the Gellert Road”.
The German club is in what was formerly East Germany, close to the Czech border. Nearest international airports in Germany are at Dresden and Leipzig.
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