Tickets for our two matches taking place over in Austria next week will be available to purchase on the day of each game at the Stadion Villach Lind.
Saints play their first match in the picturesque Wörthersee region against Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04 on Wednesday 24th July at 6pm, which is followed by the visit of Turkish outfit Beşiktaş on Saturday 27th July at 5pm local time.
Tickets will be available three hours in advance of the games, with payment to be made at the Ticket Office entrance.
All tickets will be priced as follows for the respective games:
FC Schalke 04 - 13€
Beşiktaş - 10€
Schalke & Beşiktaş – in profile
FC Schalke 04
German giants Schalke finished the 2012/13 Bundesliga campaign in fourth spot, qualifying for next season’s UEFA Champions League.
The Gelsenkirchen-based side reached the last 16 of the Champions League this year having made it to the semi-finals in 2010/11. They were also UEFA Europa League semi-finalists in 2011/12.
Schalke have won the German championship seven times, and finished as runners-up on a further nine occasions.
They have won the DFB-Pokal – Germany’s national knock-out tournament – five times, including one in 2011 plus a further two since the turn of the millennium. Schalke also picked up the DFB-Ligapokal – or League Cup – in 2005 and the UEFA Cup in 1997.
In his squad, coach Jens Keller currently boasts the likes of Germany internationals Julian Draxler and Benedikt Höwedes, current top goalscorer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, as well as highly-rated Greek defender Kyriakos Papadopoulous.
Also currently plying his trade at the Veltins-Arena is Japanese right-back Atsuto Uchida, who regularly lines up for his national team alongside Saints defender Maya Yoshida.
Southampton and Schalke have met before, during the 1980 Rotterdam Tournament. Saints won that game 7-2 courtesy of braces from Charlie George and Kevin Keegan plus further goals from Chris Nicholl, Mick Channon and Nick Holmes.
Istanbul-based Beşiktaş boast a rich history, having won the Turkish Süper Lig 13 times, with their most recent league title coming in 2008/09.
Kara Kartallar won the Turkish Cup for the ninth time that season, and have also lifted the Turkish Super Cup on eight occasions.
Under previous coach, Robert Prosinecki, they finished the 2012/13 season third in the Süper Lig, narrowly missing out on a place in next year’s Champions League but sealing a spot in the Europa League.
Former Croatia national team manager, Slaven Bilić has recently stepped into the hotseat of the Turkish outfit.
Their current squad includes Portugal international forward Hugo Almeida, former Arsenal youngster Oğuzhan Özyakup and Turkish national team defender Ibrahim Toraman.