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Newcastle United summer schedule – Important dates

2 weeks ago

The new 2021/22 Premier League season races towards us, a host of key Newcastle United dates listed below.

A summer timetable, showing important dates and moments to note.

No doubt I have missed one or two, happy for you to put me right.

As things stand now (Friday 2 July 2021), only three days until pre-season starts, 16 days until the first pre-season friendly, six weeks until the new 2021/22 season kicks off, 24 days into the transfer window and no action on that front.


Wednesday 9 June

Summer transfer window opens.

Wednesday 9 June

Paraguay 0 Brazil 2 – Miguel Almiron playing the full game.

Friday 11 June

Euro 2020 finals kick-off with Turkey 0 Italy 3.

Saturday 12 June

Switzerland 1 Wales 1 – Fabian Schar playing his first full 90 competitive minutes in over four months.

Sunday 13 June

England  1 Croatia 0

Monday 14  June 

Scotland 0 Czech Republic 2. Ryan Fraser coming on with 23 minutes to go.

Slovakia 2 Poland 1. Martin Dubravka celebrating his first ever game in a major finals and it was a winning one.

Sweden 0 Spain 0. Emil Krafth played the final 15 minutes as an all hands to the pump rearguard action saw Sweden pick up an unlikely point.

Paraguay 3 Bolivia 1. Miguel Almiron and his teammates absolutely dominated with 34 shots to 4 from Bolivia and 79% possession, recovering from going behind to a 10th minute VAR penalty, three second-half goals gave them a deserved victory.

Wednesday 16 June

Premier League fixtures released at 9am. Newcastle facing West Ham at home in their first match of the new PL season.

Switzerland 0 v Italy 3. An uncomfortable night for Fabian Schar, Italy looking good and going 2-0 up thanks to a goal from Locatelli in both halves before the Newcastle defender was subbed. Italy adding a third goal late on.

Friday 18 June

Slovakia 0 Sweden 1 – Martin Dubravka pulling off one of the saves of the tournament but then gave away the decisive spot-kick, Sweden’s Forsberg scoring despite the Newcastle keeper going the right way.

Scotland 0 England 0 – Ryan Fraser an unused substitute as Scotland produce the best chances in a poor dull match.

Sunday 20 June

Switzerland 3 Turkey 1 – Fabian Schar dropped to the bench after Switzerland lost 3-0 to Italy on Wednesday and was an unused sub today.

Monday 21 June

Paraguay 0 Argentina 1 – Miguel Almiron and Paraguay were the more dominant team but couldn’t find a goal, losing only a second game in their last eleven. This Copa America group clash saw Lionel Messi create a bit of history, becoming the joint most capped Argentina player, now on 147 caps which is the same as Javier Mascherano.

Tuesday 22 June

Scotland 1 Croatia 3 – Ryan Fraser introduced in the 70th minute from the bench, with Scotland 2-1 down and needing to win to qualify. Instead Perisic finished them off when making it 3-1 on 77 minutes.

England 1 Czech Republic 0 – A slightly better England performance than the first two, Grealish and Saka easily England’s best two players and they were part of the move that won the game. A superb Grealish cross which made it impossible to miss for Sterling’s header.

Wednesday 23 June

Slovakia 0 Spain 5 – A case of the good, the bad and the ugly for Martin Dubravka. A brilliant save from a 12th minute penalty, a horror own goal to put Spain in the lead, then little he could do after that as an all dominant opposition attacked at will, scoring four more goals.

Sweden 3 Poland 2 – Emil Krafth played the final 22 minutes for Sweden. Coming on at 2-2, the Newcastle defender helping his country to a 3-2 win, Claesson scoring in added time. Sweden had already qualified but this result means they have topped the group.

Thursday 24 June

Paraguay 2 Chile 0 – A perfect night for Miguel Almiron, as Paraguay qualify for the quarter-finals of the 2021 Copa America. The Newcastle star was man of the match as Samudio scored from his perfectly delivered corner and then Miggy himself scored from the penalty spot to ensure the win.

Monday 28 June

Paraguay 0 Uruguay 1 – Miguel Almiron making his sixth start for Paraguay this month, with qualification for the Copa America quarter-finals already assured before this defeat. However, an absolute nightmare as on 30 minutes the Newcastle star passed the ball and as he set off to get a return pass he went down with nobody around him clutching the back of his left thigh. Miguel Almiron leaving the pitch in tears with what looks a bad hamstring injury.

Switzerland 3 France 3 (Switzerland win 5-4 on penalties AET) – Fabian Schar introduced in extra time, the 97th minute of an extraordinary match, with the score at 3-3. The Newcastle defender playing his part in ensuring tournament favourites France didn’t win it in the extra half hour and then all about keeping your cool. Nobody does that much better than Fabian Schar, he coolly scored Switzerland’s second penalty of the shootout.

Tuesday 29 June

Sweden 1 Ukraine 2 – Emil Krafth coming on as a late sub with the score 1-1. Sweden reduced to 10 men in extra time and then eventually going out of the competition to a goal in the final minute of extra time.

Thursday 1 July – Mike Ashley releases a statement once again demanding that the takeover arbitration case with the Premier League is held in public. With no hint of irony, Ashley demanding that everything should be made transparent.

Friday 2 July

Castore announced as the new Newcastle United kit supplier.

Switzerland v Spain (Fabian Schar – Playing for a place in the Euro 2020 semi-finals)

Paraguay v Peru – Playing for a place in semi-finals of 2021 Copa America, Miguel Almiron set to miss through injury.

Monday 5 July

Newcastle United squad return to start pre-season preparations.

Premier League scheduled date for release of live TV matches for September 2021.

Saturday 10 July

Copa America final in Argentina (possible Miguel Almiron participation).

Sunday 11 July

Final of Euro 2020 at Wembley (possible Schar participation).

Monday 12 July

A pre-season training training camp begins at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate campus just outside York, where NUFC also went last summer. Building up to the first two pre-season friendlies on the following Sunday (18 July).

Sunday 18 July

Newcastle United splitting their squad and playing two friendlies on this day.

Away at York City (only 2,000 away fans allowed, no Newcastle fans) with a 2pm kick-off

Away at Harrogate Town with a 2pm kick-off. Awaiting ticket details.

Tuesday 27 July

Newcastle United first team friendly away at League One Rotherham, kick-off at 7pm.

Friday 30 July

NUFC friendly away at League One Burton Albion, with a 7.45pm kick off.

Friday 6 August

Premier League scheduled date for release of live TV matches for October 2021.

Saturday 7 August

Pre-season friendly v Norwich at St James Park – 2pm kick-off.

Sunday 15 August

Newcastle kick off at 2pm at home to West Ham, live on Sky Sports.

Saturday 21 August

Confirmed as not moved for live TV, 3pm kick-off away against Aston Villa.

Saturday 28 August

Confirmed as not moved for live TV, 3pm kick-off home against Southampton.

Monday 30 August

First international break starts.

Tuesday 31 August

Summer transfer window closes at 11pm.

Thursday 16 September

Premier League scheduled date for release of live TV matches for November 2021.

Monday 4 October

Second international break starts.

Thursday 11 October

Premier League scheduled date for release of live TV matches for December 2021 and January 2022.

Monday 8 November

Third international break starts.

Thursday 14 December

Premier League scheduled date for release of live TV matches for February 2022.

Thursday 24 January

Premier League scheduled date for release of live TV matches for March 2022.

Monday 21 March 2022

Fourth international break starts.

Thursday 4 April 2022

Premier League scheduled date for release of live TV matches for May 2022.

Sunday 22 May 2022

Premier League 2021/22 season ends.


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