Preseason Orlando Pirates

Orlando Pirates to face Sevilla in Europe. Image: @orlandopirates/X

Orlando Pirates Europe preseason schedule revealed: Bucs to face Wayne Rooney’s side

Orlando Pirates will play a number of high profile games during their preseason training in Spain next month.

Preseason Orlando Pirates

Orlando Pirates to face Sevilla in Europe. Image: @orlandopirates/X

Orlando Pirates have revealed their preseason schedule for 2024 where they are set to play top teams in Europe.

The Mighty Buccaneers will be returning to Europe for a three-match tour in Spain.

Jose Riveiro’s men will begin their preseason campaign against English Championship side Plymouth Argyle on July 12, before heading to Seville on July 15 to take on La Liga outfit Sevilla. Then to round up the tour, the back-to-back MTN8 and Nedbank Cup champs will lock horns with Qatar Stars League outfit Al Sadd SC on July 19.

Orlando Pirates played Spanish side Las Palmas last year during the preseason. Riveiro’s side was unbeaten last year in Spain, holding a La Liga team to a goalless draw.

Plymouth Argyle

Nicknamed The Pilgrims, Plymouth Argyle Football Club compete in the English Championship, Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney will coach the English side. Wazza will be on the touchline when Orlando Pirates play their first preseason match mid-July.

“This is an opportunity to be part of an exciting project. I look forward to helping to build a squad of players to play expansive football – and to entertain the Green Army,” Rooney said.

Orlando Pirates to play Rooney’s team in Preseason

“I have experienced first-hand how talented the existing group of players is here – and also the incredible atmosphere at Home Park. The club is on an exciting long-term journey, with a progressive plan in place. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of it. I can’t wait for the Championship season to start in August.”

Sevilla FC

After the Plymouth game, the Buccaneers will face off against Spanish Giants Sevilla. The La Liga giants are considered one of the most successful teams in the UEFA Cup/Europa League with seven titles to their name, most recently in 2023.

Al Sadd SC

In their final preseason game in Spain, Orlando Pirates will play Al Sadd SC.