Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

FRENCH FRIENDLY; Boro Will Host Top European Side

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

FRENCH FRIENDLY; Boro Will Host Top European Side

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Byline: EXCLUSIVE By PHILIP TALLENTIRE

BORO will host French cup winners Bordeaux in a home friendly next month.

The match will be the only home fixture Tony Mowbray's men will play before they begin their Championship promotion campaign. The game takes place at the Riverside on Saturday, July 27 (kick-off 3pm) and the Boro boss will be aiming to have most of his new summer signings available to make their home debuts.

Bordeaux are coached by Francis Gillot and finished seventh in Ligue One last season. They lifted the Coupe de France last week, beating Evian 3-2 at the Stade de France, in Paris.

Boro's last home pre-season friendly took place two years ago when Juninho made an emotional farewell to the club's supporters in a 3-2 defeat to PSV Eindhoven.

The clash with Les Girondins is the fourth friendly to be confirmed so far this summer.

Boro take on Morecambe at the Globe Arena on Wednesday, July 17 (7.30), followed by a clash with Colin Cooper's Hartlepool at Victoria Park on Saturday, July 20 (3pm) and then a trip to Rotherham United's New York Stadium on Tuesday, July 23 (7. …

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