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Ireland to play Italy in Liege friendly

Giovanni Trapattoni will prepare his side for a date with his home country in a Belgian challenge game next month.

Assistant manager Marco Tardelli with boss Giovanni Trapattoni.
Assistant manager Marco Tardelli with boss Giovanni Trapattoni.
Image: INPHO/James Crombie

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI WILL send his Ireland side out against his home country Italy in Belgium next month.

After weeks of speculation, the FAI this afternoon confirmed that the Boys in Green will face the Azzurri in Liege on Tuesday, 7 June (ko 7.45pm Irish time).

The game against Cesare Prandelli outfit will be hosted in Standard Liege’s home ground, Stade Maurice Dufrasne.

The match will follow Ireland’s crucial Euro 2012 qualifier in Macedonia on 4 June.

Trap was keen to make the trip to Skopje one leg of a longer training camp – particularly for the panel’s fringe players.

A mooted meeting with USA ’94 opponents Italy in the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey ultimately failed to materialise.

The Azzurri also have a Euro 2012 qualifier the previous weekend, at home to Estonia.

The sides last met in World Cup 2010 qualification of course; a 1-1 draw in Bari and a 2-2 thriller at Croke Park.


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