Villa set for pre-season trip to Germany ahead of new term
Villa will fly out to Germany for a pre-season training camp ahead of the 2013-14 campaign.
Paul Lambert, who has strong links with the country through his Champions League-winning stint at Borussia Dortmund, will take his emerging claret and blue side there for nine days.
Villa begin preparations by returning to training at Bodymoor Heath on July 1.
Lambert's team then head off to Germany on Sunday July 7 before jetting back on Monday July 15.
The schedule in between times will include intense workouts to build up fitness as well as three games.
Villa will face SV Rodinghausen at Häcker- Wiehenstadion on Wednesday July 10 [ko 7pm], SC Paderborn at Benteler Arena on Friday July 12 [ko 6pm] and VfL Bochum at Rewirpowerstadion on Sunday July 14 [ko 3.30pm].
Villa then return to the UK to take on domestic opposition as they gear up for the upcoming top-flight season.
It's Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park on Saturday July 20 [ko 3pm], Luton Town at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday July 23 [ko 7.45pm] and Crewe at the Alexandra Stadium on Friday July 26 [ko 7.30pm].
The annual trip to Bescot Stadium returns as Villa take on Walsall on Wednesday July 31 [ko 7.30pm].
Then it's on to Shamrock Rovers for a friendly at Tallaght Stadium on Sunday August 4 [ko 2pm].
Club chiefs are also working hard to organise a home friendly before the start of the new term.
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