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Sunderland Confirm Preseason Dates For Portugal Trip

It's all starting to come together...

Michael Steele

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Sunderland have confirmed the dates and venues for their pre-season tour of Portugal, and it includes a glamour clash with Europa League finalists and Portuguese Champions Benfica.

With the three games announced, though one opposition team is still to be confirmed, the preseason schedule is really starting to come together. The squad will face off against a trio of local clubs before heading out to the Algarve for somewarm weather stuff. Lovely.

See below for the release from the club:

Sunderland AFC head to Portugal next month for a warm-weather training camp ahead of the 2014-15 Barclays Premier League campaign.

Gus Poyet's side will be based in the Algarve between July 28 and August 3, playing three games during the week.

The Black Cats' first game in the Algarve will take place on Tuesday 29 July at the Estádio Municipal de Albufeira with the  opposition to be confirmed soon.

The following evening (Wednesday 30 July) Sunderland will take on Primeira Liga side Benfica, in a special Guadiana Tourneo one-off game, at the Estádio Municipal de Portimão, 8.45pm kick-off (local time)

The Wearsiders will complete the stay in Portugal, taking on top-flight opposition side Vitória Setúbal at the Estádio Municipal de Albufeira, 8:00pm kick-off (local time)

Ticket details for all three fixtures will be announced in due course. Further information on SAFC's pre-season fixtures can be found at www.safc.com.

DATE

OPPOSITION

LOCATION

KICK-OFF TIME

Saturday 19 July

Darlington 1883 FC

Heritage Park, Bishop Auckland

3.00pm

Tuesday 22 July

Carlisle United

Brunton Park, Carlisle

7.30pm

Wednesday 23 July

Hartlepool United

Victoria Park, Hartlepool

7.30pm

Tuesday 29 July

TBC

Estádio Municipal de Albufeira, Algarve

TBC

Wednesday 30 July

Benfica

Estádio Municipal de Portimão, Algarve

8.45pm

(local time)

Saturday 2 August

Vitória Setúbal

Estádio Municipal de Albufeira, Algarve

8:00pm

(local time)

With the fixtures out, preseason coming together, a trio of signings already through the door, and England just about out of the World Cup, the 2014/15 season is starting to feel all that much closer!