NEWS
Thursday September 8 2011
County look to spoil Juve party

Notts County striker Lee Hughes wants to make football history tonight by scoring the first goal against Juventus at their new stadium.

The Bianconeri will play the English League One side to mark the new ground's opening in a special friendly match.

And Hughes excitedly claims he has already set his sights on beating Juve and Azzurri No 1 Gianluigi Buffon at the 41,000-seater arena.

"It's going to be a massive game for everyone," he insisted. "It'll be one of the highlights of my career to play against Juventus in Turin.

"It's something I will be able to tell my grandkids about one day, long after I've retired," he added.

"And it would be unbelievable to stick one past Buffon and score the first goal there."

County boss Martin Allen added: "We'll put on a good performance, but we have to remember we also have another game to play less than 48 hours later.

"But this will be an amazing experience for the young lads and whatever happens we'll enjoy ourselves."

County have been invited to open the stadium after Juve adopted their black and white shirts after previously appearing in pink.

A Turin club official knew someone in Nottingham who, in 1903, sent out some Notts County shirts and the Italian giants have stayed with those colours ever since.

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