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Season 2014-15
Schalke 04 (a) Friendly

In association 


Sunday 3rd August 2014, 5.45pm.
Live on Quest TV

Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen

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.

Schalke 04
Cup poster

Schalke 04


Newcastle United

1 - 3




18mins 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

Half time: Schalke 0 Magpies 1

Again 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

72mins A mistake 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

90+1mins 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 header 3-1

Full  time: Schalke 1 Magpies 3

We Said

Alan Pardew:

"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."

They Said

Jens Keller:

"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 missing.

"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 happened.

"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 injuries."



Schalke 04 Cup results:

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 time) 

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.


There was a debut for striker Facundo Ferreyra, 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. 

Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):

Aarons 63+68+45+45+68=389
Abeid 90+22+45+90+74+45=366
Alnwick 90
Anita 54+90+90+45+23+74=376
Armstrong 54+14+26+84+45+22=245
Bigirimana 20+60=80
Cabella 45+32=77
Campbell 9+5+18+16=48
Colback 90+68+90+67+45=360
Coloccini 81+78+74+45=278
De Jong 63+45+33=141
Elliot 90+90+90+90+45=405
Dummett 70+14+14+90+23+80=291
Ferreyra 33
Gilliead 6
Haidara 27+76+76+60+67=306
Krul 45
Obertan 90+45+74=209
Perez 36+36+57+72+45+10=256
Riviere 54+64+54+45+57=274
Satka 36+14+26+45+6+45=172
Sissoko 45+45=90
Streete 27+36+16=79
Tiote 60
S.Taylor 63+76+90+90=319
Vuckic 27+45+12+30+16+16=146
Williamson 16+74=90
Yanga-Mbiwa 90+90+64+90+84+45=463


Fitness: Cisse, Good, Kemen, Mbabu, Santon, R.Taylor
Omitted: Ben Arfa, Ferguson, Gutierrez
Unused sub: Janmaat, Quinn, Woodman

Magpies in four team, two day tournaments:

1990/91 Budapest Tournament (Ferencvaros) day 1: Videoton lost 1-2
Budapest Tournament (Ferencvaros) day 2: Cercle Bruge won 2-0

Newcastle Exhibition Super Challenge day 1: Middlesbrough won 1-0
Newcastle Exhibition Super Challenge day 2: Sporting Lisbon lost 3-5

Ibrox Challenge Trophy day 1: Manchester United drew 1-1 (won 6-5 pens)
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 pens)
1997/98 Umbro Tournament (Goodison) day 2: Ajax lost 0-3

JD Sports Tournament (Middlesbrough) day 1: Benfica drew 0-0 (lost 3-4 pens)
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:

In Germany:

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)

Outside Germany:

2001/02 Munich 1860 won 3-2 (Intertoto Cup) SJP
2002/03 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 the scoresheet.

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?"



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