Stoke City to host Genoa in August

Stoke to host Genoa in August
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Stoke City announce that they will face Serie A outfit Genoa at the Britannia Stadium as part of their pre-season programme this summer.

Stoke City have announced that they will host Serie A outfit Genoa as part of their pre-season programme this summer.

The match will take place at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday August 10, just one week before the Potters begin their Premier League campaign with a trip to Liverpool.

"We were approached by a number of European clubs about the possibility of playing at the Britannia Stadium once we made it clear we would be staging a pre-season game at home," chief executive Tony Scholes told the club's official website.

"Mark Hughes felt that Genoa would provide the right test at this stage of our build-up."

Genoa finished 17th in Italy's top division last season and avoided relegation by just six points.

Stoke have not played a first-team friendly at the Britannia Stadium since 2009.

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