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Spurs v Newcastle in Melbourne: Key details for Ange’s homecoming


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Two of English football’s biggest clubs are heading to Australia for a post-season friendly clash at an iconic Melbourne venue.

Newcastle, one of the Premier League’s great redemption stories of the 2020s, and Tottenham Hotspur, helmed by Australian manager, Ange Postecoglou, go head-to-head at the end of May.

The affair is part of a wider celebration of Global Football Week Melbourne.

The week-long affair brings some of England’s largest male and female footballing sides onto Australian shores.

Ahead of what’s expected to be a major celebration of football, here’s everything you need to know about Spurs v Newcastle and Global Football Week Melbourne.

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Spurs v Newcastle in Melbourne: All the key details

When is the friendly?

May 22, 2024.

Hosted at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, Newcastle v Spurs will take place on Wednesday 22 May 2024. Astonishingly, this match is taking place just two days after both sides wrap up their Premier League campaigns.

On the final day of the 2023-24 Premier League season, Brentford host Newcastle while Spurs travel to Sheffield United. Not only will these matches likely be a deciding in the race for European football, but also the relegation battle.

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Newcastle United had a stellar 2022-23 season, which propelled the club back into European competition.

How do I score tickets?

Starting from $59, tickets will be available for purchase via Ticketek on 28 March 2024. Fans can sign up for pre-sale on TEG Sport, which gives them access to tickets on 27 March 2024.

What is Global Football Week Melbourne?

Global Football Week Melbourne is a three-game exhibition series bringing some of the finest English footballing sides to the Victorian capital. It’s all organised to celebrate the sport of football in Australia.

What sides are they likely to send?

Probably not great ones. When you consider the simple fact that the turnaround time between the end of the Premier League season and the friendly’s kick-off at the MCG is far too short for proper recovery, Spurs and Newcastle won’t likely want to risk the injury of their key assets, assuming they travel.

Why won’t they travel? Well, considering the fact both sides boast some of the finest footballers in England, many of whom will be required to represent their country at the upcoming Euros or Copa America, it’s hard to imagine some of the top talent available to both clubs jetting off for Australia before joining their national sides pre-tournament camps.

Take Spurs for example. Injuries aside, the following Tottenham players will more than likely be representing their nation at either Euro 2024 or the upcoming Copa America:

Cristian Romero (Argentina), Gio Lo Celso (Argentina), Richarlison (Brazil), Emerson Royal (Brazil), Rodrigo Bentancur (Uruguay), James Maddison (England), Radu Dragusin (Romania), Micky Van de Ven (the Netherlands), Pedro Porro (Spain), Destiny Udogie (Italy), Guglielmo Vicario (Italy), Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Denmark).

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Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham side venture to Melbourne for a post-season friendly against Newcastle

This is before the likes of Brennan Johnson, Ben Davies and Manor Solomon are considered. Johnson and Davies’ Wales outfit, and Solomon’s national side, Israel, remain in the playoff phase of qualifying for the Euros. There’s a strong possibility all three could qualify for the tournament and therefore miss Spurs trip Down Under.

A similar scenario will play out for Newcastle, with the following players likely to be called upon by their national side this off-season:

Bruno Guimaraes (Brazil), Joelinton (Brazil), Fabian Schar (Switzerland), Sven Botman (the Netherlands), Anthony Gordon (England), Kieran Trippier (England), Miguel Almiron (Paraguay), Elliot Anderson (Scotland), Martin Dubravka (Slovakia).

That’s approximately 24 players, or two starting elevens, likely to miss Global Football Week Melbourne.

Spurs can of course call upon their captain, Heung-Min Son, as well as Yves Bissouma and Dejan Kulusevski, while Newcastle’s Alexander Isak, Callum Wilson, Harvey Barnes and Tino Livramento will all be on call for Eddie Howe in the Victorian capital.

So, while the squads may be weakened, is that necessarily bad?

Potentially not. Of course, fans won’t be blessed with a Premier League-style game, filled with breakneck intensity and unrivalled technicality. However, they may witness the generation of Spurs and Newcastle stars before the rest of the world does.

While that’s hardly as exciting a proposition as watching James Maddison and Heung-Min Son silkily combine to create wave upon wave of Tottenham chance, it’s still something for fans to look forward to.

There’s also the homecoming of Ange Postecoglou for fans to get excited about. The Australian began his footballing career at South Melbourne, one of the clubs in Australian football’s National Second Division.

Returning as one of the best managers in world football would be a full-circle moment for both Postecoglou and Australian football fans who’ve endearingly marvelled at his meteoric rise through the European football ranks.

The friendly marks a big test for Postecoglou, who recently labelled fans of European sides from the furthest corners of the globe as no less passionate than those living in their club’s backyards.

His comments were met with backlash from members of the British press and former Premier League players, such as Stan Collymore, who, rightfully, argued the Premier League behemoth currently dominating global football wouldn’t be where it is without the support of local fans living in their club’s pockets.

So, at the end of a gruelling, injury-riddled Premier League season, all eyes will be on how much respect Ange Postecoglou pays the passionate football fans of his home city. Will we get 60 minutes of Ange-ball, with Heung-Min Son leading the attack? Or will the manager throw caution to the wind?

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Are there any other games at Global Football Week Melbourne?

Yes, two.

On Friday, 24 May a double-header will take place, with the Newcastle clashing with an A-League Mens All-Stars side before a Matildas-stacked Arsenal Womens face off against an A-League Womens All-Stars team.

Much like Spurs and Newcastle, Arsenal wrap their Women’s Super League season up a few days before their Australian friendly kicks off. However, the absence of a Women’s Euros or Copa America means Jonas Eidevall will be able to call upon a full-strength side come May.

For Matildas fans, of which there are many, this means the likes of Steph Catley, Caitlin Foord and Kyra Cooney-Cross will likely feature in the friendly.

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Kyle Robbins
Kyle is a senior sports writer and producer at Only Sports who lives and breathes sport, with a particular burning passion for everything soccer, rugby league, and cricket. You’ll most commonly find him getting overly hopeful about the Bulldogs and Chelsea’s prospects. Find Kyle on LinkedIn.

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