Sheffield Wednesday will once again travel to Portugal and play a friendly there with their opponents being Portimonense according to a report from Portuguese publications A Bola and O Jogo via Sports Witness.

Over the last few years Wednesday have started to make it into a tradition that they travel to Portugal for a pre-season tour, with them only not going to the country once in the last five years. The relationship between Wednesday and Portugal has only got better since they appointed Carlos Carvalhal as a head coach, a man who hails from the country.

Last year Wednesday played three Portuguese sides, beating Nacional 4-0 in their home country while also getting one over Benfica at Hillsborough, beating the European giants 1-0. And now they are set to face the other side from this country that they faced last season, Portimonense.

The Algarve based side are coming off the back of a great season when they won the Liga Pro, sealing their promotion to the Primeira Liga. And while preparing for this season, they faced Wednesday while the Owls were on tour nearby. And unlike the two other Portuguese sides that took them on, they actually won, claiming a 3-2 win over the South Yorkshire side. It wasn’t described as an official match, with Wednesday’s own Twitter calling it a training exercise, and had the fringe players of the squad starting but it will have been a huge confidence boost for Portimonense.

And now they will match up again with the game set to take place in the Estadio Muncipal in July.


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