After claiming the Copa del Rey title, FC Barcelona will play in another special match. This Sunday, at 19:00, the first-team players will play against themselves in a charity match for TV3 and Catalonia Radio’s Marathon against Poverty. All the proceeds from the match will be donated to organizations that work against social exclusion. The players will debut the first and second 2012/13 FC Barcelona kits, which were unveiled this week. The kits will go on sale this Monday.
The futsal -or indoor football- match is just one highlight of a day that’s sure to have a lot of surprises. At 17:45 the doors of the Palau Sant Jordi will open to the fans. From that moment on, the supporters will be able to participate in various activities throughout the day. One of the most significant moments will be just before the match when the Marathon against Poverty’s anthem will play accompanied by a mosaic. This mosaic, however, won’t be done with posters, rather, it will be completed with phones.
Guardiola and Tito, the managers
The managers for this match will be Pep Guardiola and TitoVilanova. The match will be played in accordance with the official rules of futsal: 40-minute long match broken up by two 20-minutes halves. Furthermore, each manager will have two timeouts per half to give instructions to their players. Just as in televised basketball and futsal matches, these instructions will be broadcast live.
The Marathon against Poverty event will also boast appearances from the theater group Comediants and the Barça cheerleaders. Children will also take center stage seeing that they will be allowed to talk to the Barça keepers during the timeouts. Moreover, the Barça Alusport players will put on a free style exhibition.