FC Barcelona are about to embark on the 2010-11 pre-season, so it’s probably appropriate to clue all of you in to what the plans are. Norway and South Korea. That’s it. Thanks for stopping by!
I’m obviously kidding with the lack of detail:
Friendly: Thursday, July 29: Valerenga – Barça in Oslo, Norway. Kicks off at 7pm local time (7pm Barcelona, 1pm NYC).
Friendly: Wednesday, August 4: K-League All Stars – Barça. Kicks off at 7pm local time (noon Barcelona, 6am NYC).
Friendly: Sunday, August 8: Guoan – Barça. Kicks off at 8pm local time (1pm Barcelona, 7am NYC).
SuperCopa de España: Saturday, August 14: Sevilla – Barça. Kicks off 10pm local/Barcelona time (4pm NYC).
Supercopa de España: Saturday, August 21: Barça – Sevilla. Kick off TBA.
Gamper Match: Wednesday, August 24: Barça – AC Milan. Kickoff TBA.
So we’ve got 3 practice matches, 2 of which are a gajillion miles from Sevilla, and then 2 Super Cup legs and a Gamper match to play before heading to face Racing Santander on August 28 (which I will be missing–thanks for getting married on this day, jerk friends…congratulations guys, I got you a portable TV player that shows Barça games!). Expect the reserves to feature fairly heavily against Sevilla in the first leg as the regular starters aren’t back yet and won’t be match fit by then, what with all the bubbly they’ve been consuming of late. Pinto, for instance, is tipped to start in goal.
Abidal returned to training a week early, which is good, but Maxwell is already back, not having had World Cup duty, so that doesn’t mean Abi will start. The Spanish internationals won’t be going on the trip to South Korea (fans who purchased tickets hoping to see the World Cup winners will be pissed, no doubt), though Dani Alves and Messi should be returning this week and will probably get short run outs to fulfill contractual obligations.
This is, of course, just another busy summer amongst many busy summers for Barça players. Enjoy the last few days of freedom before we’re back to the grind, watching our beloved sashay around the fields…ah god so horrible.