Potters to play pre-season friendly in Hamburg on August 1...
STOKE CITY have become the first Premier League club to strike a strategic partnership with a Bundesliga side.
The Potters have reached an agreement with St. Pauli, which will see them liaise in terms of player and coach development, as well as share best practise and business expertise.
To celebrate the new partnership the two clubs will meet in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday, August 1 at the Millerntor Stadium in Hamburg (kick-off 6.30pm local time).
City Chief Executive Tony Scholes said: “We are always looking at new ways to develop, both in the technical programme in terms of player and coach development and player recruitment and also in off-the-field matters, by looking to share knowledge and expertise with our peers wherever possible. We believe our partnership with St. Pauli will allow us to do both.
“Like us, St. Pauli are embedded in their local community and there will be things that, inevitably, both clubs do very similarly.
“However, St. Pauli have a different approach to the business of football that has earned them a cult following around the world and we’re keen to tap into their knowledge as much as they are keen to tap into ours.”
St. Pauli Chairman Andreas Rettig added: "We are proud to say that for first time ever an English Premier League club is willing to cooperate with a German club. In many meetings we got the impression that both clubs fit together in many ways.
“We hope that we have advantages in the future as we benefit from the worldwide scouting of Stoke City FC, but also in learning from each other, teaching our coaches, and learning from the work in the academies. From the side of St.Pauli, Mr Ewald Lienen will make this cooperation alive.”
Ticket details for the game in Hamburg will be announced in due course.
Current 2017/18 pre-season itinerary:
Monday, July 10: Neuchâtel Xamax (N) - Stoke City won 1-0
Wednesday, July 12: Young Boys Bern (N) - 8.00pm (local time)
Saturday, July 15: AS Monaco (N) - 5.00pm (local time)
Tuesday, July 25: Sheffield United (A) - 7.45pm
Saturday, July 29: Bolton Wanderers (A) - 3.00pm
Tuesday, August 1: St. Pauli (A) - 6.30pm (local time)
Saturday, August 5: RB Leipzig (A) - 4.45pm (local time)