TURIN, Italy (AP) – Juventus is reaching back into its past by inviting Notts County to play a friendly on Sept. 8 that will inaugurate its new stadium.
Juventus wore pink jerseys until 1903 when it asked one of its players, Englishman John Savage, if he knew anyone who could supply shirts in more resistant colors. Savage had a friend in Nottingham send the black-and-white kits that the Magpies still wear and Juventus has worn for every one of its record 27 Italian league titles.
The new 41,000-seat stadium has been built on the site of the former Stadio delle Alpi, on the outskirts of Turin.
Juventus opens the Serie A season at Udinese on Aug. 28, then plays its home opener against Parma on Sept. 10 or 11.