Italy to play France in November friendly

The Azzurri are set to meet their fellow European giants at the home of Parma in two months time, and will play a World Cup qualifier at the San Paolo in Naples
Italy are set to revive their long-standing rivalry with France by hosting a friendly match between the two nations at the Ennio Tardini on November 14.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) published details of the fixture on its website on Friday, after its president Giancarlo Abete had announced the news at the end of a Federal Council meeting.

The match is the first to be scheduled at Parma's home stadium since a friendly against Luxembourg was postponed after May's earthquake in the Emilia-Romagna region.

The governing body also announced that Italy will play one of its last two World Cup qualifiers in Naples, meaning the national team will take on either the Czech Republic or Armenia at the San Paolo.

Italy and France have enjoyed a strong rivalry for a number of years, although this has perhaps been intensified by matches in recent times such as the 2006 World Cup final, when Zinedine Zidane was famously sent off for head-butting Marco Materazzi.