Newcastle United, from the English Premier League, is the opponent FC Porto will face in the match that will present the team to blue and white members and fans. The match is scheduled for July 28, at Estádio do Dragão, but the time hasn’t been decided yet.
Newcastle, a historic team from England who has already won the League four times, counts on Ghanaian Christian Atsu, who played for FC Porto in 2012/13, when the Dragons became three times national champions, under the lead of Vítor Pereira.
FC Porto and Newcastle faced only once before in official competitions, in November, 1969, in the second round of the old Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. After a 0-0 tie at Estádio das Antas, the Scottish player Jimmy Scott scored the single goal of the second leg, assuring the qualification of the English team to the Round of 16.
The last time in history the two clubs met was on April 12, with the secondary teams. On that day, FC Porto B faced the Under-23 team of Newcastle, at the mythical St. James’ Park, for the semi-final of the Premier League International Cup.
Apart from the blue and white victory (1-0, and the Dragons later won the competition), that day also had a homage paid by players and coaches to a name that was linked to the history of both clubs: Sir Bobby Robson.
The late player and coach led the main team of FC Porto during two and a half seasons, always winning titles. On his first season (1993/94), he led the Dragons to the victory over the Portuguese Cup, and, in the following two years (1994/95 and 1995/96), he won two championships, the first two in the 5 wins streak, and two Supercups. His career as coach ended exactly at Newscastle (1999-2004), the club in his heart.