Italy and Northern Ireland have lined up a friendly international on 4 June to aid both teams' preparations for the UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifiers.
The Azzurri will use the match as a warm-up for their Group 9 home game with Wales next September, while the Northern Irish are due to face Group 6 rivals Spain a week after the friendly which will take place in Italy.
Northern Ireland manager Sammy McIlroy will also see his side in action on 12 February, when they have a Belfast friendly against Finland. They resume their qualifying campaign the following month with ties away to Armenia and at home to Greece.
Giovanni Trapattoni's Italy will face Finland away in a March qualifier, before welcoming the Scandinavian side a week after the Northern Ireland match, on 11 June.
Proceeds from the friendly will go to the disaster fund set up in the wake of the earthquake in the southern region of Calabria. The venue has yet to be decided. The last time the countries met was in Palermo in January 1997, with the Italians winning 2-0.
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