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AT A GLANCE: PRE-SEASON OPPONENTS

16 June 2014

A quick look at City's opposition for the squad's summer tune-up schedule.

DEREHAM TOWN (A) – SATURDAY JULY 12 (3pm)
Founded: 1884
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.

OGC NICE (H) – MONDAY JULY 28 (7.45pm)
Founded: 1904
Nickname: Les Aiglons (The Eaglets)
Ground: Allianz Riviera
Division: Ligue 1
Head Coach: Claude Puel
Did you know? Nice’s captain Didier Digard had a three-year spell with the Canaries’ Championship rivals Middlesbrough between 2008 and 2011. 

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.

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