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Newcastle United announce pre-season trip to Japan

Newcastle United will travel to Japan in preparation for the 2024/25 Premier League season after being invited to take part in the 'J.League International Series 2024 powered by docomo'.

As part of the 2024 event, the Magpies will arrive in Tokyo on Sunday, 28th July before taking on 2022 AFC Champions League winners Urawa Red Diamonds at the 63,700-capacity Saitama Stadium on Wednesday, 31st July. Kick-off is at 7:30pm (all local times).

Eddie Howe's side will then face last season's J.League runners-up Yokohama F. Marinos - managed by former Leeds and Liverpool midfielder Harry Kewell - at the impressive Japan National Stadium on Saturday, 3rd August. Kick-off is at 7pm.

Ticket information and further details - including plans for supporter events in Tokyo - will be confirmed in due course.

Supporters wishing to attend Newcastle United's matches in Japan can register their interest in purchasing tickets here.

'A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE'

Eddie Howe said: "We are pleased to be visiting Japan this summer. It's an amazing country and it will be a unique experience for our players, staff and supporters.

"We will be taking on two strong teams at two special stadiums, and I'm sure they will present the type of physical tests we need at that time as we build towards next season."

The J.League has attracted several heavyweights of European football in recent years, with Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea and Sevilla all previously travelling to the Land of the Rising Sun to participate.

Last year, clubs including Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan and Celtic also participated in their own friendly matches in Japan in preparation for their respective 2023/24 campaigns, while UEFA Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund have confirmed they will return to play in Osaka this summer as part of an Asian tour.

'AN ICONIC STAGE'

Newcastle United's chief commercial officer, Peter Silverstone, said: "We thank J.League and docomo for inviting the club to be part of what has become a hugely popular series in the Japanese football calendar.

"Newcastle United has fan communities in Japan and across Asia, and this is an exciting opportunity for the club play in front of local and travelling supporters on an iconic stage as we continue to grow our presence globally.

"Meanwhile, we want to connect and engage with partners both in the UK and in other key territories. As we step out in our new adidas kits, for example, we will be wearing a brand that has a long-established and special connection with Japanese sport and culture, and that presents unique mutual opportunities.

"For any pre-season tour, our aim is to support the needs of our teams during this crucial period and the players will train and play at elite facilities in Japan. We are continuing to work collaboratively on our overall pre-season schedule and hope to announce additional matches in the UK and Europe soon."

"It's an amazing country and it will be a unique experience for our players, staff and supporters. We will be taking on two strong teams at two special stadiums."

Eddie Howe

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