Notts County Football Club will play Juventus in a friendly to mark the opening of the Serie A club's new stadium in Turin.

The Magpies have been invited to open the 41,000-seat stadium by playing an exhibition match on Thursday 8 September. It follows an historic link between the clubs dating back to 1903, when a Juve player, Englishman John Savage, arranged for the Italian club to wear the black and white kit that County, the Football League's oldest club, traditionally play in.

Juventus has worn the same colours ever since, and the Magpies chairman, Ray Trew, said: "I have to admit that when the offer first came in I was slightly taken aback. When we sat down to look at the fixture list, we've obviously got a home game against Walsall two days later and then a trip to Exeter the following Tuesday.

"However, given the historical relationship between our clubs and the sheer prestige of the occasion, we were prepared to move heaven and earth to make this happen,” he added. “ It will be a fantastic night for everyone associated with this great football club, the players, the staff and of course the fans."

Juventus will end their short term stay at the Stadio Olimpico and move into their new €105 million home, which has 3,600 premium seats and 120 executive boxes. In addition, the stadium houses a 34,000-m2 shopping complex open every day and parking space for 4,000 vehicles.

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Posted on 18/08/2011