The Toon are back! Your full NUFC pre season guide (Part one)

Posted on July 13th, 2012 | 36 Comments |

Chemnitzer Fans.
Chemnitzer Fans: Some very dodgy elements amongst this lot.
Pre season guide part two

It’s here again already!

Newcastle United’s series of pre season fixtures starts this evening in Chemnitz, as the Magpies kick off their European tour, playing six games (if you count one against the Dutch Den Haag which is yet to be officially confirmed). Two of the games will be played in Germany, one in Hungary and two in Portugal, though not necessarily against local sides.

The teams will be Chemitzer at their place in Saxony, AS Monaco in Bavaria, Fenerbahçe in Hungary, Olympiacos and SC Braga at Braga’s unusual Estádio Municipal de Braga, which has a huge rockface at one side of the stadium instead of the usual terracing. Finally the as yet unconfirmed one against ADO Den Haag will be played at Den Haag’s Kyocera Stadium in the the Hague. Although not officially confirmed by NUFC, the game has been definitely been confirmed by Den Haag.

Finally (for the moment), back in the UK, there will be another “Battle of the Birds” as the Magpies take on the Bluebirds of Cardiff City at their place, and the reserves / bairns will also take on Gatesheed at the Intenational Stadium.

So, starting at the beginning, lets look at the details for each fixture individually, starting with this evening’s game in Chemnitz.

Chemnitzer v Newcastle United.

Date: Friday, 13th July (Today)
Venue: Stadion an der Gellertstraße, Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany
Kick off: 6.30pm local time / 5.30pm UK Time
UK TV: None, but I’ll check if there’s a stream gannin’ and post it if I find anything.
Possible live stream: Saxon TV.

If any of you read my piece from yesterday, you will know that personally I despise the idea of this particular fixture in East Germany’s neo nazi heartland, against a Saxon lower league side where the far right ethos is well entrenched. The idea of sending a load of African and Muslim bairns such as Mehdi Abeid and Gael Bigirimana to play in front of a crowd which includes a rabble of seig heiling neo nazis at a tiny lower league side with little security is not good, but it’s happening.

Getting back to the football however, Chemnitzer play in Germany’s 3rd Liga, the third level of German football and hence, the equivalent of our League One, so it should be a nice, easy start for the lads. Last season, Chemnitzer finished 9th in their division.

Although a lowly third rate team, it has a significant history, and was one of the founders of the DFB (Deutscher Fußball-Bund or German Football Association) in 1900. Perhaps the most notable and familiar player to come out of Chemnitzer was legendary midfielder and Germany captain, Michael Ballack, who started training with the club in 1983 as a seven year old during the Communist period in East Germany, when the club, and the town of Chemnitz, was known as “Karl Marx Stadt”. He subsequently left many years later in 1997, going on to play with FC Kaiserslautern, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, then back to Bayer Leverkusen. He also picked up 98 caps with the German national side.

AS Monaco v Newcastle United.

Hacker-Pschorr Arena.
Er, where's the Arena?
Date: Monday, 16th July

Venue: Hacker-Pschoor Arena, Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria, Germany

Kick off: 7pm local time / 6pm UK time

Tickets: Available on the day from the stadium at 5.30pm. (Adults €10, Youths (13-17) €6, Child (0-12) FREE.

UK TV: Live on ESPN UK.

A bit of a step up from the previous opponents, as the Toon take on the French ex giants who are currently languishing in Ligue 2, having only managed a ninth placed finish there last season.

This one will take place in the Hacker-Pschoor Arena in Bavaria, “Hacker-Pschorr” being a local Bavarian beer. The “Arena” bit refers to ice rink which houses Ice hockey team, EC Bad Tolz. The football part is basically just a pitch with a very small stand somewhere in the middle on one side. The beer should be nice there though.

As suggested above, the club have a fine history of course, with a whole host of club legends, trophies and famous ex-managers, including Arsenal’s “Le Professeur,” Arsene Wenger. Their trophy haul in the past includes seven French League titles and five French cups, one French League cup and two runners up medals in the Champions League. Their new manager will no doubt be familiar to most of you out there as it’s ex Chelsea manager, Claudio “Tinkerman” Ranieri, who will, no doubt, be hoping to take them back up to the highest tier at the first attempt. As to whether Graham “Fatty Man” Carr will be there with his notepad on another French poaching mission hasn’t been mentioned.

The second and concluding part will appear later this afternoon.

Pre season guide part two


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36 Responses

  1. Sky Sports: breaking news that Newcastle United are very close to sealing a deal for their French International target – RB, Mathieu Debuchy, for £7m.

    And Danny Simpson to Reading.

    This would be fantastic news in my eyes, Raising the standard of class in the starting 11, and bringing in youth starlets to shine in cameos.

  2. Sorry to see Simpson leave, think e got a raw deal here, but good to see Debuchy coming (it’s reported for £7m.)
    (I guessed £6.5.), only personal terms to sort out.
    Certainly a deal when one considers the £16m.on offer by Man.U. for Baines

    Seems Douglas is also close to a deal, which is a relief as we really need a decent CD, as Williamson is imo a second tier player.

    Soh ! to complete our defensive needs, either Sissokho or Pieters, using Santon to platoon with either full back.

    Appears Pardew is sure of Ba staying, in which case we dont really need another striker.
    Certainly if we are to use the 4-3-3 system, where only either Ba or Cisse are needed (they dont compliment each other when playing to-gether)and apparently Pardew has half assed promised Ba he will get to play up front).

    Sorry to lose out on Hoilett, but so far seems we are bringing in some quality.

    We all know it’s gonna be a tough schedule and it’s gonna be horses for courses, using our youngsters.
    With people like Amalfitano, Bigirimana, Vuckic, Kadar, Ferguson, Abeid, Sammy and whoever else we bring in, platooning and getting late in the game experience.

    Having Marveaux and Saylor back is a boost and we will find out if Gosling can cut it.

    We got super sub Perch who can fill in either side of defence, but there are question marks concerning Obertan.
    Both Raylor and Williamson imo dont fit the quality requirement at this club and i’m surprised they are still here.

    Seems there are questionmarks concerning our reserve Goalie (wassisname?), in which case we are keeping Harper.

    If we get those we are looking to sign, should have a fairly decent side, with a projected finish of possibly between an unlikely third to eighth.
    But we may again surprise a few top sides, should be an interesting season.

    Though i dont have much faith in Pardew, but i believe Carver is a fairly knowledgeable coach and hopefully can introduce something better than we saw as far as tactics are concerned last season.

    Hey as long as we see some quality games, that’s what it’s all aboot, init ?

  3. Workey
    So it’s being shown on ESPN-UK @ 5:30pm, thanks!
    Lets hope there’s no Neo Nazi shit !

  4. chuck says:
    July 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    So it’s being shown on ESPN-UK @ 5:30pm, thanks!”

    AS Monaco on Monday 16th and Fenerbahçe on Saturday 21st are being shown on ESPN, Chuck. I’ll have the details of of the other games posted soon.

    Can’t find any streams for the game this evening yet though.

  5. Newcastle United (4-4-2:( Rob Elliot; James Tavernier, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan, Dan Gosling, Mehdi Abeid, Romain Amalfitano; Haris Vuckic, Sammy Ameobi

    Substitutes: Steve Harper, Danny Simpson, Davide Santon, Gael Bigirimana, Jonas Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi, Demba Ba

  6. “The game will be LIVE on Saxony TV and Sachsen Fernsehen is carrying a stream”

    According to

  7. I’m getting a “Connection failed” from that stream now, though I was getting it before when is was some Saxon gadgie talking about sausages or whatever. :-(

  8. Same links I had – from what I hear it has been crashed with to many hits.
    Shall we take turns each?

    Worky you go first and I will do ten minutes second half :lol:

  9. hoosiertoon says:
    July 13, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    “Goal to the other team”

    Are you watching it, hoosiertoon? Or are you just following text updates?

  10. Unfortunately had a stream, quit to go to a bigger computer, lost it. Following on Twitter. They scored on a counter

  11. hoosiertoon says:
    July 13, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    “Unfortunately had a stream, quit to go to a bigger computer”

    I think it’ll be the Saxon server being flooded by Geordies, hoosiertoon.

  12. anyone who can watch it could u do this
    post the path to the video file (if it’s visible from view source). The site can’t handle the load but the video is most likely hosted on another server.
    so every poor lads on here can see
    cheers !!

  13. 267 says:
    July 13, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    “anyone who can watch it could u do this”

    Good thinking 267, but the whole server seems to be down now, I’m just getting a 404 page, so I couldn’t do that.

  14. chuck says:
    July 13, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    “So what was the final score, not that it matters.”

    It stayed at 1-0 to them, Chuck, not that it matters.

  15. Finally someone figured out we play in black and white stripes and designed a strip to reflect that.
    A no nonsense strip that reflects our colors, so dig deep and get your asses doon to “Sports Direct” they are having a sale, tellem chuck sent you and they will probably charge you an extra ten quid.
    But it’s for a good cause, to make Ashley the richest retailer in the country, hey! C’mon guys, he’s spending big bucks bringing in reinforcements.
    Question: who would you rather have ?
    Debuchy for £7m. or
    Bains for £16m.
    A no brainer init!
    But i do like the shirt !

  16. Yet another judicial disgrace as racism is allowed to carry on & the ‘victim’ is ignored in the process.
    The courts kow-towing to wealth, celebrity, power tradition trundles along unabated-Shameful!

    Yet another swerve by all concerned & yet another missed opportunity to change things.


  17. CLiNT FLiCK says:
    July 13, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    “Yet another judicial disgrace as racism is allowed to carry on & the ‘victim’ is ignored in the process.”

    How do you know who is innocent and who is guilty, Clint? Were you at the game and did you hear everything which was said? Or did you hear every piece of evidence for the trial?

    Or do you just hate someone you’ve never met and want to get into some kind of lynch mob without knowing all the facts?

    Don’t you think it would be a little strange if Terry really said everything he was alleged to have said in the context in which he was alleged to have said it standing right next to his good friend and long time Chelsea team mate, the black Ashley Cole?

  18. You’re a smart lad worky,
    you buying the twisting defence of ‘i repeated back what i thought he’d said’, i.e. ‘yea, i said it, but in a different context, rhetorical like?’

    If you can afford the lawyer, hey?

    Don’t give a shit who he is, who he plays for.
    Have i ever professed hate towards john terry?

    It’s a swerve & everyone knows & expected it.

  19. CLiNT FLiCK says:
    July 13, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    “You’re a smart lad worky,
    you buying the twisting defence of ‘i repeated back what i thought he’d said’, i.e. ‘yea, i said it, but in a different context, rhetorical like?’”

    I wouldn’t know, Clint, as I wasn’t standing next to John Terry and Anton Ferdinand during the game and I didn’t attend every day of the trial, nor read every transcript of the proceedings.

    The only thing I know is that it would be rather starnge if he did everything he was accused of whilst standing next to Ashley Cole. But I just don’t know, and I wouldn’t apportion blame on either side unless I did.

  20. “Don’t you think it would be a little strange if Terry really said everything he was alleged to have said in the context in which he was alleged to have said it standing right next to his good friend and long time Chelsea team mate, the black Ashley Cole?”

    I would find it not in the slightest iota strange for a racist to be dumb enough to achieve total ignorance in such a situation. In fact, au contraire, i’d expect it!


  21. It’s the courts/judges to blame man, when you hear/read their summing up.
    The defence muddied the water just enough to cause reasonable doubt, as per.
    But you know all this & are just testing out your facetious/pedantic button mate.