Cardiff City to face Spanish and Italian clubs in pre-season

Cardiff City celebrate winning the Championship title after their 1-1 draw at Burnley

Cardiff City will play pre-season friendly matches against Serie A club A.C Chievo Verona and former La Liga champions Athletic Bilbao in August.

Chievo visit on Saturday 3 August, followed on 10 August by Athletic Bilbao. Both games kick off 15:00 BST.

The matches are the only home dates scheduled as the Bluebirds prepare for their debut in the Premier League.

Cardiff visit Forest Green Rovers, Cheltenham Town and Brentford in their other warm-up games.

Chievo finished eighth in the 2012-13 Seria A season, while Bilbao were 12th in the Spanish League.

Cardiff City are in the top flight of English football for the first time in 51 years after winning the Championship title.

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