West Bromwich Albion play Benfica in Albufeira

FOLLOWING RECENT visits from Middlesbrough and Manchester United, West Bromwich Albion (WBA) is the latest team to fly into the Algarve for an eight-day preseason training camp.

The team, which arrived on Monday of this week, are staying at Browns Sports and Leisure Club in Vilamoura. The highlight of the trip will be today’s (Friday July 22) match against Benfica at the 11,000 seater Albufeira Municipal Stadium.

WBA, affectionately known as “The Baggies”, played their first game against Seville at the Municipal stadium in Cartaya just across the Spanish border (in Huelva) on Wednesday.

WBA coach, Bryan Robson, said that the Algarve trip would provide rewarding training conditions for his team. “We are training at top-notch facilities in warm weather which is ideal for the players. Taking the squad away is great for team spirit and will really help the new lads settle in. We’ve also got a couple of very testing fixtures against two excellent teams.”

The Algarve trip was a last minute replacement for a two game tour of California that the club was forced to abandon when their opponents, LA Galaxy, decided that they could no longer fit Robson’s team into their schedule.

Tickets for the match in Albufeira are priced between 20 and 35 euros, are available either from Albufeira Câmara or from the stadium itself.