Derby County’s pre-season programme is yet to be finalised, however the Club can confirm they will face Russian Premier League side Zenit St Petersburg during a six-day training camp in Austria between 20th and 26th July.
This summer, the senior squad will travel to Burgenland, Austria, for a training camp and the trip is scheduled to include two pre-season matches.
The first game will see the Rams face Zenit on Tuesday 22nd July, while a second fixture, on Friday 25th July, will be confirmed on the official website in due course.
Managed by former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur boss André Villas-Boas, Zenit finished the 2013/14 campaign as runners up in the Russian Premier League and reached the final round of 16 in the Champions League, before being knocked out by Borussia Dortmund.
Zenit’s squad includes Brazilian international forward Hulk, who finished the 2013/14 campaign as the club’s leading scorer with 17 goals, Belgium international midfielder Axel Witsel as well as former Arsenal player and Russian international, Andrey Arshavin.
The full pre-season schedule, including the venue and timings of Derby’s fixtures in Austria, will be announced on the official website, www.dcfc.co.uk
, in the near future.
Prior to the Rams’ training camp in Austria, Derby will travel to Evo-Stik League Northern Premier First Division South side Mickleover Sports on Tuesday 1st July (7:15pm) before heading to Evo Stik Premier Division Matlock Town on Thursday 3rd July (7:45pm).
They will also face Ilkeston Football Club on Saturday 5th July (3pm), Nuneaton Town on Tuesday 8th July (7:45pm) and Notts County on Saturday 19th July (1pm kick-off), prior to a trip to Burton Albion on Tuesday 29th July (7:30pm), after returning from Austria on Saturday 26th July.
Derby County 2014/15 Pre-Season Friendly Matches:
Tuesday 1st July, Mickleover Sports (A) 7:15pm
Thursday 3rd July, Matlock Town (A) 7:45pm
Saturday 5th July, Ilkeston FC (A) 3pm
Tuesday 8th July, Nuneaton Town (A) 7:45pm
Saturday 19th July, Notts County (A) 1pm
Sunday 20th July – Saturday 26th July (A) Austria
Tuesday 22nd July, Zenit St Petersburg (Austria Training Camp)
Friday 25th July, TBC (Austria Training Camp)
Tuesday 29th July, Burton Albion (A) 7:30pm
Saturday 2nd August, TBC
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