Monday has brought confirmation of the Newcastle United break.

They are heading to Pinatar Arena and will play a friendly against Royal Antwerp whilst they are there.

The venue is near Murcia in Spain and spectators will get their money’s worth.

It is only 5 euros per ticket with children allowed in free, plus instead of the usual 2 x 45 minute halves, there will instead be 3 x 45 minute periods played.

This will give more players time on the piitch.

The match will be played on Sunday (18 March) with a noon (local time) kick-off.

Newcastle United official announcement:

Newcastle United will take on Belgian side Royal Antwerp in a friendly fixture during a four-day training camp in Spain this week.

The match will take place at the 3,500-capacity Pinatar Arena near Murcia on Sunday 18th March, with kick-off set for 12pm local time.

In order to give all of the squad valuable playing time during an enforced three-week break between Premier League matches, Sunday’s friendly fixture will be split into three periods of 45 minutes.

Supporters are welcome to attend the friendly fixture in Spain.

Adults’ admission is priced at €5 while children’s access is free of charge.’

Pinatar Arena:

“Newcastle United has chosen Pinatar Arena from March 15 to 18, taking advantage of their Premier League break.

“The team led by Rafa Benítez will perform several training sessions and will play a friendly match.

“Next Sunday, March 18 at 12:00 noon, Newcastle United will face the historic Belgian Antwerp at Pinatar Arena.

“Royal Antwerp FC will take advantage of their pre-play concentration in the Jupiler League to take on Newcastle.

“This international friendly match will represent the 100th match of Pinatar Arena in 2018 and will be played in the main stadium of the Football Center with capacity for 3,000 spectators and with a single ticket (price) of 5 euros.”



  • Leazes.

    It doesn’t count as a European game Graham.

    • Peaky Magpie

      🤣😂🤣

      • Leazes.

        How many reporters from the Chronicle will travel to give us up to the minute news on this extremely important training session?
        a. 1
        b. 2
        c. 3

        Vote now

        • Peaky Magpie

          I’m going for c.3 and how many things will they learn ?

          • Leazes.

            Lets hope they try to steal a taxi and are locked up indefinitely…. Lee Ryders live blog coming from Alicante detention center.

        • Rich Lawson

          Unfair,how can I decide without knowing what other people are voting ?

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Lee Ryder going as was with him last night at the talk in at Osbournes and think Chris Waugh going to that will keep you happy.

  • Peaky Magpie

    3 x 45 minute periods ???? Divvent tell Sky that,they’ll want it permanently in the PL from next season…

  • Dillon Tovak

    Rafa begged and pleaded for more time as he’s desperate to boost Joselu’s confidence. Might need a few more I reckon.

  • Paul Patterson

    Southampton have dispensed with their manager.