Sat 17 Feb 2024, 12:29 · Ash Harrison

Newcastle United are currently looking for victims as they look to defend their Sela Cup title

Newcastle United are currently looking for victims as they look to defend their Sela Cup title
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Rival fans can say what they like about us not winning anything since the sixties, but I don't see their names on the Sela Cup or the Diriyah Season Cup, do you?

Newcastle United ended their pre-season preparations with two games in two days at St James' Park in the inaugural Sela Cup put on by our front-of-shirt sponsors.

The Magpies saw off the challenges of Fiorentina and Villareal and lifted the inaugural trophy in early August and they had such a blast they're hoping to do it again this year.

Sela Cup 2.0 is coming to St James' Park

According to The Chronicle, work is underway to find opponents for the second Sela Cup to be held at St James' Park.

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Newcastle United: Diriyah Season Cup Champions 2023

The club and Sela will be hoping for better attendances this time around after falling short of the 40,000 mark on both days, however, 37k for pre-season friendlies on back-to-back days isn't anything to be sniffed at.

Newcastle lifted the trophy in August coming off the back of a decent tour of the USA for the Premier League Summer Series which also involved Chelsea, Brighton, Aston Villa, Fulham and Brentford.

The summer fixtures will look a lot different to how they used to

We can expect a similar look to this summer as the club's main drive is to attract new fans from around the world, so the days of away trips to Carlisle for a friendly are probably gone in favour of mini-tournaments in the Middle East or Asia.

As long as the schedule includes challenges against decent opposition in order to finely tune the squad ready for a belta of a season, then bring it on.

Another Sela Cup should also help to bring more money into the club so we can get that third striker that Eddie Howe apparently doesn't need.