Villanueva to host Villa-Bologna clash in September
Via Football Itama newspaper, Roma have confirmed they will play the Villa-Barcelona clash in Bologna on September 22.
A fixture between the two sides will be held at the Camp Nou in the summer, but will now be held in the Campanile on the outskirts of Rome, where the stadium has been built.
“The stadium was designed by Villa, which is the largest and most important sporting venue in Europe, and Villa have provided the necessary infrastructure for this game,” the club said in a statement.
“We are very proud of this project and the important role that this stadium plays in our history.”
Roma’s move to play in Campaniles, in the centre of the city, has been the subject of a number of delays, and a report in the Italian media has said the venue could be up to six months behind schedule.
“It will be difficult to manage this game at the best of times,” said Roma President Walter Sabatini.
“If we have a game on the same day as another match, we have to wait a week or so.
It is not easy to get a stadium built in time.”
Rome will have two other games on the horizon, including a Champions League tie against Manchester United on March 15 and a match with Porto in the Europa League on May 29.