Date set for Supercoppa
The curtain-raiser to the new Serie A season, the Supercoppa, has been officially scheduled by the Lega Calcio for August 18 at Rome's Stadio Olimpico.
Coppa Italia winners Lazio and Serie A champions Juventus will contest the traditional season opener in the Italian capital, and Lazio's home stadium, after the two clubs could not agree on an alternative venue.
As part of a deal struck by the Lega Calcio and a Chinese cooperation in 2011, three editions of the event between then and 2014 were due to be staged in Beijing. Given the lucrative nature of staging the match in China, Lazio were keen on the 2013 edition being held in the Far East, but Juventus' pre-season plans, including a trip to the USA, meant they were less open to the idea.
It had been suggested the game could have been staged in New York or even Toronto, but the Lega Calcio have now determined that the fixture will go ahead at the Olimpico with a 21:00 CET kick-off.
Even with home advantage, Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti knows his side will have a challenge on their hands lifting the first piece of silverware on offer in 2013-14. "Our season is tough from the beginning because we face the strongest side in Italy," he told Lazio Style Radio. "We know all about their quality and we will go about it in an open way to lift this trophy. We are really enthusiastic and we have got to start in style to win the big trophies that our fans deserve."
Lazio defeated city rivals Roma 1-0 at the Olimpico in May to lift the Coppa Italia for the sixth time while Juve sealed back-to-back Scudettos for the seventh time in their history this year.