Date: Sunday 3rd August 2014, 5.45pm.
Live on Quest
Venue: Veltins Arena,
Conditions: 22 degrees, cloudy.
Admission: €13 standing, €43 seats
*a free leaflet was handed out at the fan day featuring a programme of
events, including a listing of both games that day.
1 - 3
Some trickery down United's left flank from Rolando Aarons saw him carry the
ball from his own half, check back and then head off again before whipping over
a delicious left-footed centre.
Riviere got in front of his marker to rise majestically and direct a
header beyond the goalkeeper into the far side of the net 1-0
Schalke 0 Magpies 1
picking up possession in his own half near the touchline, Rolando Aarons
took off and left two defenders in his wake before looking up and arcing a
splendid cross/shot over Ralf Fahrmann and in off the far post.
He later confirmed that he meant it.
Peter Beardsley's beauty at Hillsborough and Olivier Bernard's fluke at Old
Trafford were both mentioned, but our first thought in terms of both execution
and celebration went to Kevin Todd's effort away at Rotherham in the 5-1 game 2-0
in the home defence was seized on by debutant Ferreyra, who smartly avoided a
challenge before releasing Remy Cabella. The French midfielder made his
way into the box before efficiently tucking the ball
past the 'keeper from around 12 yards for his first United goal 3-0
With many home fans already giving this up as a bad job, a cross from the left
was missed by Remo Streete and fell nicely for Donis Avdijaj
to convert with a close range
time: Schalke 1 Magpies
"I’m very happy with our performance. We brought our experience
into play. We had no injuries in contrast to Schalke and could
consequently decide the game in our favour. The best team won the
tournament at the end of the day. Malaga were technically a bit better
than the other teams.
"I would like to thank everyone at Schalke, they were excellent and
very welcome hosts.
"We've always maintained that we will watch the window until the last hours.
We've done some terrific business and I think it must be exciting for Newcastle
fans that we've got some terrific, offensive players.
"I feel much more comfortable with the team and we can play a brand of football
which is expected of us. I think we could really trouble teams this season, which is something we didn't
do in the second half of last season."
On Rolando Aarons:
"The real highlight of pre-season has been Rolando (Aarons). He was
terrific again. It’s nice to see a young player really pushing, and I thought
he caused real problems for Schalke – long may that continue. He said he meant
it (the goal)."
On Gabriel Obertan:
“I was really pleased for our fans.
"It was nice to hear them (the fans) singing
Gabriel Obertan’s name.‘He is another player that has worked hard this summer and you can see that.
If he can take that into the season that will be a bonus for us because he’s
been troubled with injuries. He was very good."
On Facundo Ferreyra:
"We think he is a player who will grow and we have the option to take him on a
permanent basis. 'We believe he will show the form from Argentina in the Premier League with us.
(Fabricio) Coloccini is well aware of him and he had a big influence in
Argentina. He went to Ukraine but didn't get many chances, he'll get more
chances with us."
"We would like to have played with a different team but
unfortunately our long injury list put a spanner in the works for us. We
had to change our system at short notice as eight attacking players were
"The first half wasn’t acceptable from my point of view. We gave
them too much space and I was annoyed with their opening goal. We should
have stopped the cross and had more numbers in the middle, but the
Newcastle player got his head to the ball – that shouldn’t have
"We played with a strong U19 and U23 side after the break. It was
obvious that it was going to be difficult against a dangerous opponent
like Newcastle, but the lads are allowed to make mistakes – it’s not
so bad in a game like this.
"I’m happy that we came out of the game with no more
Sat 02.08.2014 Malaga 3-1 Newcastle
Sat 02.08.2014 Schalke 04 0-0 West Ham
(West Ham won 7-6 on pens - no extra
Sun 03.08.2014 Malaga 2-0 West Ham
Sun 03.08.2014 Schalke 04 1-3 Newcastle
Malaga won the tournament with a maximum six point return while
Newcastle ended up in second spot with three points.
West Ham finished third with two by virtue of having won on
penalties rather than in normal time as per the tournament rules and the hosts
finished pointless and bottom.
The trophy presentation was made on the pitch soon after full time in the
Schalke v Newcastle game, with Miss Schalke doing the honours.
who flew out to Germany and linked up with his new colleagues the previous day
after completing formalties of a loan deal for Shaktar Donetsk. He appeared
wearing squad number 26.
There was a debut for striker Facundo Ferreyra
Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):
De Jong 63+45+33=141
Fitness: Cisse, Good, Kemen, Mbabu, Santon, R.Taylor
Omitted: Ben Arfa, Ferguson, Gutierrez
Unused sub: Janmaat, Quinn, Woodman
Magpies in four team, two day
1990/91 Budapest Tournament (Ferencvaros) day 1: Videoton lost 1-2
1990/91 Budapest Tournament (Ferencvaros) day 2: Cercle Bruge won 2-0
1992/93 Newcastle Exhibition Super Challenge day 1: Middlesbrough won 1-0
1992/93 Newcastle Exhibition Super Challenge day 2: Sporting Lisbon lost 3-5
1994/95 Ibrox Challenge Trophy day 1: Manchester United drew 1-1 (won 6-5
1994/95 Ibrox Challenge Trophy day 2: Sampdoria lost 1-3
1997/98 Dublin Tournament day 1: PSV Eindhoven won 3-2
1997/98 Dublin Tournament day 2: Derry City won 2-0
1997/98 Umbro Tournament (Goodison) day 1: Chelsea drew 1-1 (lost 0-3
1997/98 Umbro Tournament (Goodison) day 2: Ajax lost 0-3
1998/99 JD Sports Tournament (Middlesbrough) day 1: Benfica drew 0-0 (lost
1998/99 JD Sports Tournament (Middlesbrough) day 2: Middlesbrough drew
1-1 (won 4-3 pens)
2004/05 NewcastleGateshead Cup (SJP) day 1: Rangers won 4-2
2004/05 NewcastleGateshead Cup (SJP) day 2: Sporting Lisbon lost 0-1
2008/09 Mallorca Summer Cup day 1: Hertha Berlin lost 0-1
2008/09 Mallorca Summer Cup day 2: Real Mallorca lost 0-1
Magpies v Bundesliga sides - Premier League era:
1999/00 Bochum lost 2-3 (Friendly)
2001/02 Munich 1860 won 3-1 (Intertoto Cup)
2002/03 Bayer Leverkusen won 3-1 (Champions League)
2006/07 Eintracht Frankfurt drew 0-0 (UEFA Cup)
Munich 1860 won 3-2 (Intertoto Cup) SJP
Bayer Leverkusen won 3-1 (Champions League) SJP
2003/04 Bayern Munich drew 2-2 (Friendly) SJP
2008/09 Hertha Berlin lost 0-1 (Friendly) Mallorca
Schalke v NUFC - history:
The only player to have played for both sides in the modern era is Peter
Lovenkrands, who of course "came on a free from Germany" following his
release by Schalke in 2009.
Our last meeting with Schalke came back in May 1960, when a Len White
brace and one from John McGuigan gave us a 3-0 away win. That was seen
by 10,000 fans at the
Glückauf-Kampfbahn that the club called home until 1974 and is used as
a football ground - albeit with an 3G pitch:
PS: the Schalke ground that United didn't get to play on is the Parkstadion,
which lies just to the north of the Veltins Arena and although partly
demolished remains part of Schalke's training facility (a handful of their
players warmed up on this pitch before Sunday's game against Newcastle).
Opened in 1973, the Parkstadion was used as a venue for both the 1974 World Cup
and 1988 European Championships (hosting Ireland's 0-1 loss to the Netherlands,
with Newcastle managers Jack Charlton, Chris Hughton and Ruud Gullit were all
involved). Schalke moved out in 2001.
A much-improved display at the Veltins Arena on Sunday saw Newcastle claim
second spot in the Schalke 04 tournament and consign their hosts to die Holzlöffel
(the wooden spoon).
On a day of positives, Remy Cabella got off the mark for his new club,
Rolando Aarons notched a memorable first senior strike and Emmanuel Riviere got back on
Add in another competent display by Gabriel Obertan, a hastily-arranged debut
for loanee Facundo Ferreyra and no new injury problems meant that Alan Pardew
wore a far more contented expression at full time than a day earlier - even if
the club's search for a high-profile striker goes on.
Ahead after 18 minutes with their first serious attempt on goal, that seemed to
affect the home side (who failed to score in 90 tepid minutes against West Ham
24 hours earlier) and despite including four of their eight World Cup
participants in the starting XI were anything but impressive.
Aside from one timely clearance by Vurnon Anita and a long-range effort that
passed harmlessly wide of Tim Krul's goal, half time was reached in relative
comfort - before United upped their game and gained suitable reward.
First another lunging run from Aarons paid dividend when he found the net from
an angle even more ludicruous than Papiss Cisse at Stamford Bridge, before new
boys Ferreyra and Cabella stylishly combined to make it 3-0 and dispel the
unhappiness of the previous day. It could even have been four, as a disjointed
home side almost allowed Adam Campbell to stumble through on goal.
Reducing the arrears with a very late consolation, Schalke completed a run of
three Premier League tests in just six days with this defeat, coming on the
heels of a scoreless draw and shootout loss to West Ham and a 2-1 victory over
Stoke City during an Austrian training camp.
Unrecognisable from the team that finished third in the Bundesliga last season
behind Borussia Dortmund and Bayern
Munich, their preparations continue at Spurs next Saturday with triumphant
German duo Julian Draxler and Benedikt Höwedes and Holland's Klaas-Jan
Huntelaar yet to return.
Combine those absences with the fact that Schalke are a week behind and it's
important not to get carried away and claim today's victory as a real scalp from
a Champions League participant.
That said though, enough pre-season tours have passed off with neither goals or
entertainment for long-suffering Newcastle followers to enthuse over for us not
to celebrate this particular success.
Cause for optimism then - and nothing more - but it's heartening that our
positive comments aren't reserved purely for the impressive venue and the
quality of the local brews. That's living alright!
"What do you think you're going to find up there,
eh? A new striker for Newcastle United?"