Date: 6th July 2007 at 3:47pm
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The teams and fixture dates for the matches Aberdeen will play during the Egyptian tournament have been announced and whist the opposition may not be the most glamorous, they should provide a stern enough challenge to give the team a good workout before the season starts on August the 4th and the visit to Dundee United.

Jimmy Calderwood chose to take part in the competition after being wooed by the competitions organisers and it was thought that some English Championship clubs would be involved with the likes of Crystal Palace and Wolves were being mentioned.

This has not transpired however so the teams Aberdeen will play in their initial group of four are the hosts Ettehad, Arab Contractors and Alumenem and the winner of the table at the end of the matches will proceed to play the winner of the group involving Maritimo, Almasry, Petrojet, Egypt Telecom (Itisalat) in a one off final.

Aberdeen take their first steps to hopefully winning the The Ettehad 1st International Football Tournament on Wednesday 18th of July when they play Arab Contractors at 9:30 in the evening. The next match is against Alumenum on the evening of Saturday the 21st before facing their hosts Ettehad the following Monday night.

Should the Dons progress in first or second place in the group, they`ll play either the final or the third and fourth play off on Thursday evening, the 26th of July.

Jimmy views this tournament as a great morale building exercise as well as a competitive way of raising the groups fitness whilst he assesses the new boys. It also should raise the clubs profile where, imaginably, not many have heard of Aberdeen Football Club.

Jimmy summed up his reasons for taking the team to North East Africa for this years pre-season when he told RedWeb, ‘We will be playing four games in Egypt. I was treated very well when I went over there earlier this year. I went over to check everything out and the fixtures are all in the evening, which is something I wanted. We also secured the training facilities that I asked for so I am sure the boys will enjoy it over there.’

Any info on these clubs Aberdeen will face would gratefully be received so head for the Forum if you have anything to share.