Cesc en un partit davant la Reial Societat la temporada passada / FOTO: ARXIU - FCB
Liga - Round 1
FC Barcelona-Reial Societat Real Madrid-València Rayo-Granada Deportivo-Osasuna Mallorca-Espanyol Celta-Màlaga Saragossa-Valladolid Llevant-At. Madrid Athletic Club-Betis Sevilla-Getafe
The team coached by Tito Vilanova will open their league campaign against Real Sociedad. The match will be played on the weekend of 18th and 19th August in the Camp Nou. The last time the two sides met in the opening league game of the season was in 1993/94, when Barça, then coached by Johan Cruyff, won 3-0 with a hat-trick from Brazilian striker Romario, who made his debut that day. The final league game of the season will be against Malaga on 1st June.
A tricky start
FC Barcelona will have a pretty complicated start to the season. After the opening match against Real Sociedad, Messi and Co. will take on Osasuna in Pamplona, where they lost 3-2 last year. Then Valencia will visit the Camp Nou and on match day 4 Barça will travel to Getafe, another ground where they failed to pick up any points last season (1-0). On match day 6 they go to the Sánchez Pizjuán to face Sevilla and finally on 7th October they will take on Real Madrid in the Camp Nou in the first “clásico” of the season.
The first derby of the season against RCD Espanyol will take place just after Christmas in the Camp Nou. Barça will make the short trip down the road to the new Cornellà-El Prat stadium on the last match day but one of the season.
Malaga the final opponent
The south coast side coached by Manuel Pellegrini will be FC Barcelona’s final opponents of the league season 2012/13 on 1st June. Malaga, who have qualified for this season’s Champions League, were the last opponents of the 2012/11 season, when Pep Guardiola’s men won 1-3 despite fielding many reserves. The goals came from Bojan, Afellay and Bartra. The date of the final of the Spanish Cup has also been set for 18th May 2013.