Premier League - Stoke arrange home Genoa friendly

New Stoke manager Mark Hughes' first match at the Britannia Stadium will be a pre-season friendly against Italian club Genoa.

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General view of the Britannia Stadium, home of Stoke City

The Serie A side will visit on August 10, a week before the Potters open their Premier League campaign against Liverpool at Anfield.

It is the first time for four years Stoke have staged a high-profile home pre-season game.

"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 official club website.

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

Stoke have also confirmed a friendly against Wrexham, Hughes' home town club, at the Racecourse Ground on August 4, three days after they return from their tour of the United States.

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