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Palace Announce GAK Graz Friendly

25 June 2014

Crystal Palace will take on Austrian side GAK Graz in a pre-season friendly on the 16th July during a week-long training camp in the country ahead of the 2014/15 Premier League campaign.

Tony Pulis will take his squad to central Europe to improve their fitness levels after the summer, and the trip will culminate in a game against the Reds at the Sportzentrum Kalsdorf, nine miles outside the city of Graz, which kicks off at 7pm local time.

After a short break back in England following the camp, the team will then fly to America for their three game Stateside tour before finishing their preparations with a friendly against Brentford two weeks before the season kick-off.

GAK have a proud history which saw them lift the 2003/04 Austrian Championship, four Austrian Cups and three Super Cups, but hit financial hard times in 2008 and ultimately dissolved in 2012. 

They were relaunched as a phoenix club soon after and began life again in the bottom tier, and currently play in the seventh level of Austrian football having won the regional league title last season by 14 points and a goal difference of +112.

Palace first-team pre-season fixtures:
16th July - GAK Graz (N)
23rd July - Columbus Crew (A)
25th July - Philadelphia Union (A)
28th July - Richmond Kickers (A)
2nd August - Brentford (A)

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