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Benitez gives nod to Newcastle over Super Cup NI bid

 

By Graham Luney

Newcastle United are heading back to the Premier League and boss Rafa Benitez has signed off on a Magpies return to the Super Cup NI, formerly known as the Milk Cup.

The Geordies will rub shoulders with some of the finest international talent at the youth tournament with Chilean stars O'Higgins out to defend the Premier title they landed last year.

Newcastle United have been long-standing supporters of the event and were winners back in 1985 and 1989.

Tournament chairman Victor Leonard said: "It is fantastic to see the club continue to join us. We have established a strong relationship with St James' Park down the years.

"We have a strong entry from across the globe this year. Our event has always prided itself on quality not quantity and we wouldn't have it any other way."

Former Premier winners Right to Dream from Ghana and French club Vendee are also in the line-up alongside newcomers in Beijing's Morning Star United, Japan's Komasawa and Osasco from Chile.

Inaugural Junior section winners Rangers return in that category with Southampton, Middlesbrough and 2006 champions Swindon Town.

This year, the important role the Super Cup NI has played in assisting the development of future players has been recognised by the Premier League in England, which has come in with financial assistance.

The event begins in Coleraine on July 23 with the welcome ceremony. Finals night is July 28 at Ballymena Showgrounds.

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