Town to face Fortuna Dusseldorf in the Interwetten Cup

Ipswich Town will take part in the Interwetten Cup, along with Fortuna Dusseldorf, SV Meppen and FC

Ipswich Town will take part in the Interwetten Cup, along with Fortuna Dusseldorf, SV Meppen and FC Utrecht, as part of their pre-season trip to Germant. Photo: ITFC - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town will face Fortuna Dusseldorf in the Interwetten Cup next month.

The mini pre-season tournament will be hosted by German third-tier club SV Meppen, at the Hansch-Arena, on Sunday, July 14.

Town will face Fortuna in a 45 minute semi-final (2pm), with Meppen then playing Dutch side FC Utrecht in another 45 minute semi-final (3pm).

The losing teams will meet in a 4pm third-place play-off, while the final will kick-off at 5pm.

This will round off a 12-day trip for the Blues, Paul Lambert taking his squad to a remote training base from July 4-15. Town will start their time away by facing SC Paderborn in a friendly on Saturday, July 6 (3pm).

The hosts

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Meppen is a small town, with a similar size population to Bury St Edmunds, located near the Dutch border.

It's equidistant from three major airports, with Amsterdamn, Dusseldorf and Bremen all around a two-hour drive away.

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SV Meppen finished 13th in 3. Liga last season. The Hansch-Arena has a capacity of 13,696.

Friends from Fortuna

Fortuna Dusseldorf recently finished 10th in their first season back in the Bundesliga.

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Ipswich and Fortuna have formed a close bond in recent years, with both sets of supporters making regular trips to the other. Just last month, 130 Blues fans travelled to watch Fortuna against Hannover 96.

MORE: The back story behind Fortuna and Town's special bond

Town lost 4-3 when facing Fortuna in a well-attended, entertaining 2015 friendly in Dusseldorf.

FC Utrecht

Managed by former Holland boss Dick Advocaat. Finished 6th in the Eredivisie last season. Town hosted them at Portman Road in a 2015 friendly, drawing 1-1.


Sat, July 6 - SC Paderborn (in Steinhagen) 3pm

Sun, July 14 - Interwetten Cup (in Meppen) 2pm

Fri, July 19 - Colchester Utd (a) 7.30pm

Tues, July 23 - Notts County (a) 7pm

Sat, July 27 - Cambridge Utd (a) 1pm


Thurs, June 20 - Fixture release date (9am)

Thurs, July 25 - Open Day at Portman Road

Fri/Sta, Aug 2/3 - League One opener

w/c Aug 12 - Carabao Cup round one

Mon, Sept 2 - Transfer window deadline

w/c Sept 2 - EFL Trophy round one

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