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Newcastle United confirm friendly against CSKA Moscow

3 years ago

Newcastle United have announced that they will play a friendly against CSKA Moscow on Saturday 16 February.

The game will round off a warm(er) weather five day training camp.

Newcastle flying off after the game against Wolves on Monday night.

The destination is Spain and they will play against CSKA Moscow at the 3,500-capacity Pinatar Arena near Murcia.

A year ago Rafa Benitez approved a similar trip, with the team playing a game against Royal Antwerp.

Newcastle drew that game 1-1 with Royal Antwerp, Matt Ritchie scoring.

However, it was a game of three thirds, as the teams agreed to play three lots of forty five minutes, meaning as many players as possible got some minutes. Altogether  22 Newcastle players featured over the 135 minutes.

No mention in the NUFC announcement that it will be a similar format this time.

Newcastle United official announcement:

‘Newcastle United’s first team squad will fly out to Spain for a five-day training camp after their Premier League game at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Rafa Benítez’s side have a 12-day break from competitive action after the game at Molineux on Monday, 11th February, and the Magpies boss will take his side abroad as part of their preparations for the visit of Huddersfield Town on Saturday, 23rd February.

It will be the second time in as many years that United have headed to Spain during an enforced break from league fixtures, with Benítez’s men having drawn 1-1 with Royal Antwerp in a friendly there in March 2018.

And this year Newcastle will also round off the training camp with a friendly, against CSKA Moscow on Saturday, 16th February.

The game will take place at the 3,500-capacity Pinatar Arena near Murcia – which also staged last year’s fixture against Antwerp – and kick-off is set for 12pm local time.

Supporters are welcome to attend the friendly. Adults admission is priced at five euros, while access for children (under-16s) is free of charge.

For further information about the Pinatar Arena, please visit’


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