Date: 12th July 2017 at 12:47pm
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Stoke City have today announced a strategic partnership with Bundesliga side St Pauli and we will now face them in a pre season friendly.

Stoke become the first Premier League club to strike such a side with a German counterpart and the agreement will see officials from both clubs liaise over player and coach development, as well as sharing ideas on best practice and business expertise.

To celebrate the maiden partnership a pre season friendly has been arranged for Tuesday August 1 at the Millerntor Stadium in Hamburg with the match kicking off at 6.30pm local time.

Speaking to the Official Website chief executive Tony Scholes explained.

‘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 said of the deal.

‘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 will be announced in due course and our overall pre season schedule reads.

Monday, July 10: Neuch√Ętel 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)

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