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Del Piero to return to Padova roots with Sydney FC

Sydney FC have confirmed six matches for their pre-season tour of Italy.

The Sky Blues are off to Italy on Friday for their three-week trip where they will meet clubs from Serie A, B and C including the first club of star striker Alessandro Del Piero, Padova.

As well as the Padua club, Sydney will play against Venezia, Vicenza Calcio and Reggiana and the reserves sides of Udinese and AS Cittadella.

"I'm really happy with the matches we've secured," head coach Frank Farina said. "This tour will give us a great opportunity to put into practice the changes we are making to our style of play while taking on good opposition in hot conditions similar to what we will experience during the season.

"We will also be training twice a day to make sure we come back from the tour ready to enter the final phase of pre-season leading up to the start of the A-League.

"We've also managed to organise a good cross section of games against opposition of varying quality so every member of the squad will be able to take part in matches where they will be tested."

Sydney FC Italian Tour itinerary:

Aug 2 - Sydney FC departs Sydney for Venice Aug 7 - Sydney FC v Padova, Stadio Euganeo, Padova, 8.45pm (4.45am Syd time) Aug 8 - Sydney FC v Udinese, Stadio Comunale Picchi, Jesolo, 5pm (1am Syd time) Aug 13 - Sydney FC v Vicenza Calcio, Stadio Comunale Picchi, Jesolo, 6pm (2am Syd time) Aug 14 - Sydney FC v A.S. Cittadella, Stadio Comunale Picchi, Jesolo, 5pm (1am Syd time) Aug 17 - Sydney FC v Venezia, Stadio Comunale Picchi, Jesolo, 6pm (2am Syd time) Aug 21 - Sydney FC v Reggiana, Mapei Stadium, Reggio, 9pm (5am Syd time) Aug 24 - Sydney FC arrives back in Sydney Sep 2 - Sydney FC resumes pre-season training with the full squad

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