Saints heading to China in pre-season

By SFC Media time Fri 25 May Pre-season

Southampton Football Club will visit China for a major pre-season training camp this summer.

The two-week trip to the Far East will take place in July, and will feature showpiece friendly matches against FC Schalke 04 and Jiangsu Suning, as Saints compete in the three-team Club Super Cup.

The camp will allow the first-team squad a period of intensive preparation ahead of the new Premier League season, while also building on an ever-increasing presence in the country.

The Saints squad will fly out on Saturday 30th June, arriving in Shanghai the following day.

They will initially be based in the city of Kunshan, to the east of Shanghai, with their first game, against Schalke, on Thursday 5th July.

The match against the Bundesliga runners-up will take place at Kunshan Stadium, and will kick-off at 12.30pm BST (7.30pm local time).

Saints will then travel 300 miles north-west, on Sunday 8th July, to the city of Xuzhou, where they will be based for the next part of the camp.

While there, they will face Chinese Super League outfit Jiangsu Suning, on Wednesday 11th July, at the Xuzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium, with kick-off at 12.30pm BST (7.30pm local time).

The squad will then fly back to Southampton on Friday 13th July and embark on the rest of its preparations for the 2018/19 Premier League campaign.

We will be making sure you won’t miss a moment of the action from China, with the club covering all angles of the trip, bringing fans full, behind-the-scenes coverage on southamptonfc.com, as well as all of our social channels.

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