Sunderland in Portugal: Full schedule and match information ahead of pre-season trip
Sunderland’s pre-season preparations ramp up this week with two games and a training camp in Portugal.
Jack Ross and his Sunderland squad jet off on Wednesday morning ahead of a five-day pre-season trip - and the Echo will be there.
Our Sunderland AFC writer Phil Smith is covering the training camp bringing you the latest transfer news plus his insight and in-depth opinion.
New signings Jordan Willis, Lee Burge and Conor McLaughlin form part of the squad jetting off for the warm-weather camp as Ross continues his summer preparations.
Where in Portugal will Sunderland be based and when will the friendlies take place?
Sunderland will be based in Faro during their trip to Portugal - although their friendlies will both take place elsewhere.
The Black Cats’ first friendly will be against Benfica B on Thursday (KO 7:30pm) - just a day after they arrive in Portugal.
Belenenses will then be Sunderland’s next opponents on Saturday, July 20 (KO 7:30pm).
Both games will take place at Estadio Municipal de Albufeira - where the club has previously played pre-season fixtures.
What is Sunderland’s full schedule while in Portugal?
Wednesday, July 17 - Arrive in Portugal
Thursday, July 18 - Sunderland v Benfica B (7:30pm)
Saturday, July 20 - Sunderland v Belenenses (7:30pm)
Sunday, July 21 - Depart Portugal