The Fleet will take on Sporting Clube Farense of the Portuguese Second Division in a friendly fixture to conclude the club’s training week in the country.
The match will take place at the Colina Verde sports-resort complex in Moncarapacho, eastern Algarve, with the kick-off at 10am on Friday, 10th July.
The squad departs for a week’s pre-season training camp in Portugal on 3rd July and Farense – once briefly managed by Malcolm Allison – are the most local professional club to the area where the Fleet are staying.
They finished 11th in their division last season and their squad includes a former Whitehawk loanee, Edinho Junior, and one-time Portuguese international Neca.
SC FARENSE – A QUICK GUIDE
Year formed: 1910
Stadium: Estádio de São Luís
Nickname: The Lions of Faro
Manager: Jorge Paixão (ex-Portugal youth international)
Bruno Alves (Porto, Zenit St Petersburg, Fenerbahce), Vaz Te (Bolton, West Ham), Jacques Pereira (Porto), Peter Eastoe (QPR, Everton, West Brom), Peter Barnes (Man City, West Brom, Leeds)
Portuguese Second Division champions (1940, 1983)
Third Division champions (2012)
UEFA Cup Round 1 (1995/96)
Highest league position: 5th, Primeira Liga (1994/95)
Club colours: White and black (in fact their home shirt of last season was identical to the Fleet’s away shirt!)