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Newcastle United draw Benfica and Hertha Berlin in Premier League International Cup

3 years ago
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The groups for the 2019/20 Premier League International Cup have been confirmed.

Newcastle United drawn in Group C alongside Hertha Berlin and Benfica.

In an official announcement confirming the news, the club revealed that Blackburn Rovers are the fourth club in the group.

The competition gives Premier League reserve/under 23 sides (as well as some from the Championship) experience of playing against their equivalent from continental clubs.

Each group has two Premier League 2 (reserve league) sides, as well as two from the continent.

Newcastle United official announcement:

The groups for the 2019/20 Premier League International Cup have been confirmed, with Newcastle United drawn in Group C alongside Hertha Berlin, Benfica and Blackburn Rovers.

Blackburn are one of three clubs taking part in the competition for the first time, while it’s the second season that the Magpies have entered.

They reached the semi-finals in 2017/18, losing to eventual winners Porto after beating Sunderland at the last eight stage, having faced Sparta Prague, PSV Eindhoven and Liverpool in the group stage.

United did not enter last year, but got to the final of the Premier League Cup and Premier League 2 division two play-offs as well as winning the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens in Hong Kong.

Each of the six four-team groups include two Premier League 2 sides and two invited international clubs. The teams all play each other once, either at the Premier League club’s home ground or a neutral venue.

The fixtures will be finalised at the clubs’ International Cup meeting later this week and will be announced shortly.

The full list of groups is:

Group A
Arsenal, Leicester City, Dinamo Zagreb, Villareal

Group B
Brighton & Hove Albion, West Ham United, Valencia, Wolfsburg

Group C
Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United, Hertha Berlin, Benfica

Group D
Everton, Swansea City, Porto, PSV Eindhoven

Group E
Liverpool, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Athletic Club Bilbao, Paris Saint-Germain

Group F
Derby County, Southampton, Monaco, Feyenoord

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