Real Sociedad

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor


Newcastle United will entertain Spanish side Real Sociedad at St. James' Park in their final pre-season friendly of the summer.

The La Liga outfit will come to Tyneside on Sunday, 10th August, for a 1.30pm kick-off and it will be United's only home fixture of a busy warm-up period.

As well as away games on British soil against Oldham Athletic, Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town, the Magpies will also travel to New Zealand and Germany, where they will play two matches on each tour.

And Newcastle's preparations for the 2014/15 campaign are completed with the visit of Real Sociedad, who finished seventh in La Liga last season and played in the Champions League, facing Manchester United, Bayer Leverkusen and Shakhtar Donetsk in the group stage of the competition.

Sociedad are managed by 36-year-old Jagoba Arrasate Elustondo and boast ex-Arsenal forward Carlos Vela and former Real Madrid man Sergio Canales among their ranks. They were founder members of La Liga in 1928, and their longest spell in the top flight was for 40 seasons from 1967-2007.

Ticket details for the fixture will be released on in due course.

Newcastle United's confirmed pre-season fixtures are summarised below:

Tuesday, 15th July, 2014 Oldham Athletic 7.30pm Boundary Park, Oldham
Tuesday, 22nd July, 2014 Sydney FC 7.30pm Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand
Saturday, 26th July, 2014 Wellington Phoenix 4.30pm Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand
Wednesday, 30th July, 2014 Sheffield Wednesday 7.45pm Hillsborough, Sheffield
Saturday-Sunday, 2nd-3rd August, 2014 (two fixtures) Schalke 04/Malaga CF/West Ham United TBC VELTINS-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Tuesday, 5th August, 2014 Huddersfield Town 7.45pm John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield
Sunday, 10th August, 2014 Real Sociedad 1.30pm St. James' Park, Newcastle