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West Ham, Newcastle to take on Wellington Phoenix, Sydney FC

A-League club Wellington Phoenix have announced their 'Football United Tour 2014' which will involve a couple of Premier League clubs.

The New Zealand outfit will meet West Ham United and Newcastle United in July with the visit of both the English clubs creating history in the island nation.

In a first for football in NZ, the Phoenix will host the Hammers, the Magpies and A-League rival Sydney FC in a series of games to be played all over the country.

Newcastle and Sydney will clash at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium on Tuesday July 22 before West Ham and Wellington tango at Auckland's Eden Park on Wednesday July 23.

Saturday July 26 will see Westpac Stadium in Wellington play host to a double-header where Sydney will take on the Hammers and the 'Nix will play the Toon.

Phoenix general manager David Dome said it was a magnificent event for football in New Zealand and a great opportunity for fans of the sport to see some Premier League quality firsthand.

"While that will be fantastic for the fans it is about more than that," Dome said.

"Wellington will be hosting a 'Festival of Football' throughout the day in the capital.

"We want to create a weekend packed with entertainment, culture and sport revolving around the theme of football - a real family festival day out offering so much more for the fans and their families.

"We anticipate tickets to the games will sell fast as this is a rare and exciting opportunity for football fans and their families throughout Australasia to be part of."

Tickets for the Auckland and Wellington games go on sale to Phoenix Members from 30 April and on public sale from 19 May at Ticketek. Dunedin will be on sale 21 May. Details are available at Wellington Phoenix's official website.

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