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Norwich City take on Italian and French opposition in pre-season friendlies

Russell Martin in action Photo: PA Images

Norwich City's pre-season games will take in Dereham Town who play in the Ryman League North and Italian side Sampdoria, who play in the Italian top flight Serie A.

Here's the full fixture list and what you need to know about the opposition.

DEREHAM TOWN (A) – SATURDAY JULY 12 (3pm)

Nickname: The Magpies

Ground: Aldiss Park

Division: Ryman League North Division

Manager: Matt Henman

Did you know? Dereham’s record crowd of close to 3,000 was achieved when Norwich City played a pre-season friendly there in 2005.

BRAINTREE TOWN (A) – TUESDAY JULY 15 (7.45pm)

Founded: 1898

Nickname: The Iron

Ground: Amlin Stadium

Division: Skrill Conference Premier

Manager: Alan Devonshire

Did you know? The Essex club’s boss, Alan Devonshire, earned eight full caps for England as a midfielder during the 1980s.

NOVARA CALCIO (A) – SUNDAY JULY 20 (TBC)

Founded: 1908

Nickname: Biancoazzurri (The White-Blues)

Ground: Stadio Comunale Silvio Piola

Division: Lega Pro Prima Divisione

Manager: Giacomo Gattuso

Did you know? Novara Calcio fought to keep their place in Serie B on Friday 13th June when they took on Varese in the second-leg of their relegation play-off. The Piedmont-based outfit faced an uphill struggle after losing 2-0 in the home tie the previous week, a 2-2 draw in the second leg not enough to avoid the drop to Italian football's third tier.

U.C. SAMPDORIA (A) – WEDNESDAY JULY 23 (TBC)

Founded: 1946

Nickname: I Blucerchiati (The Blue-Ringed)

Ground: Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris

Division: Serie A

Manager: Sinisa Mihajlovic

Did you know? Defender Shkodran Mustafi spent three years at Everton between 2009 and 2012, where he crossed paths with Canaries‘ keeper John Ruddy

CELTA VIGO (H) – FRIDAY AUGUST 1 (7.45pm)

Founded: 1923

Nickname: Os Celestes (The Sky Blues)

Ground: Estadio Municipal de Balaídos

Division: La Liga

Head Coach: Eduardo Berizzo

Did you know? Last season Celta Vigo were managed to a 9th place finish in La Liga by Luis Enrique – who has since taken over as manager of FC Barcelona.