Balogun’s Mainz Face Newcastle In Pre-Season Friendly

Balogun’s Mainz Face Newcastle In Pre-Season Friendly

By James Agberebi:

Super Eagles defender, Leon Balogun's German Bundesliga club Mainz 05 will take on newly promoted English Premier League club Newcastle United in a pre-season friendly game.

This was announced on Mainz's official Twitter handle on Friday.

The friendly which is billed for the Opel Arena, home ground of Mainz, comes up on Saturday, July 29, 2017.

After suffering relegation last two seasons, Newcastle under former Liverpool, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Napoli and Real Madrid manager, Rafa Benitez, secured promotion back to the EPL after finishing top in the Championship in the season that ended in May.

Brighton and Hove Albion, and Huddersfield Town are the two other clubs who also won promotion to the EPL.

On their part, Mainz escaped relegation last season as they finished 15th in the 18-team German Bundesliga.

Balogun who is still recuperating from injury, made 17 league appearances for Mainz last term.

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