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Barça will play five friendly games between 24 July and 11 August as Tito Vilanova gets his team ready for the new season
The team will also take part in the Catalan Super Cup in July and this year’s Joan Gamper Trophy will be held on 20 August
The details of the team’s final summer friendly were revealed on Friday and Tito Villanova will have five pre-season friendlies between 24 July and 11 August, ahead of the La Liga kick off on the weekend of 18/19 August- The five games will be played in five different countries as the new coach works on his plans for the 2012/13 campaign.
Below are the full details of the games:
Wednesday 8 August
20:00: FC BARCELONA – Manchester United
Ullevi Stadium Göteborg (Sweden).
Saturday, 11 August
19:45: Dynamo Bucharest - FC BARCELONA
National Stadium of Bucharest (Rumania)
Hamburg is the only club that has always played in the German top flight and won the European Cup in 1983. But last season was their lowest Bundesliga finish ever
A great club in difficult times. Hamburg won the European Cup in 1983 and are the only side never to have been relegated out of the Bundesliga since its foundation in 1953, but they are currently going through the worst patch in 125 years of history. They finished 15th in the 2011/12 season, just five points above the playoff zone, their lowest position ever.
Glorious 70s and 80s
With the third best historic record in Germany, Hamburg have won the Bundesliga six times, plus three Cups and two League Cups, one European Cup and one Cup Winners Cup. Their golden period was the 70s and 80s, when the likes of Kaltz, Magath and Hrubesch helped put the club on the football map.
The club that shares football passions in the city with Sankt Pauli has gone somewhat downhill since. They haven’t won the league since 1983, and mid table finishes are more the norm, with relegation often a more likely destiny than the championship title. They haven’t managed a top five finish since 2008/09.
Fink in charge
Last season was especially tough for Hamburg fans. After a dreadful start, the club sacked manager Michael Oenning and offered the job to former player Thorsten Fink, until then in charge of Basel. The team managed to avoid the indignity of the playoffs by just five points, and will be looking for vast improvements in the season ahead.
Four new faces have been brought in: Artem Rudnevs, Maximilian Beister and renowned goalkeeper Rene Adler. Meanwhile, Romeo Castelen, Mladen Petric, David Jarolim, Mickael Tavares, Sören Bertram and Paolo Guerrero have all departed.
The game will kick off at 20.15 in the National Arena in the Romanian capital
That completes the schedule for preseason games involving FC Barcelona, which also includes games in Hamburg (July 24), Tangiers (July 28), Paris (August 4) and Gothenburg (August 8)
Barça will be in Bucharest (Romania) on August 11 to take on Dynamo in the only remaining unconfirmed game of a preseason schedule that will mark Tito Vilanova’s first games as manager of the first team.
The Dynamo game will kick off at 19.15 CET (20.15 local time), and was confirmed on Friday at the club offices at a meeting attended by the vice president for finance, Javier Faus; and a Romanian delegation led by Nicolae Badea, president of Dynamo; Mircea Copaci, commercial director of Dynamo; Mihai Craiu, from Media Consulta International; and Adrian Thiess, of Thiess Holding.
This will be the first time in many years that FC Barcelona have not gone on a preseason tour. Instead, they will be visiting a series of cities closer to home, namely Hamburg (July 24), Tangiers (July 28), Paris (August 4), Gothenburg (August 8) and finally Bucharest (August 11).
Previous visits to Romania
This will only be third time that FC Barcelona have ever played in Romania. They first went east in 1971, managed at the time by Marinus Michels, to face Steaua in the round of 16 of the Cup Winners Cup. A side featuring such stars as Rexach, Asensi (scorer of the only FCB goal), Alfonseda, Fusté and Costas lost 2-1 and crashed out of the competition.
They returned in 1977, and once again to face Steaua Bucharest, this time in the UEFA Cup round of 32. During Michels’ second spell as manager, FC Barcelona won 3-1 to ensure passage to the next round, with the goals courtesy of Cruyff, Asensi and Sánchez.
The 40,000 available tickets sold out the very hour they went on sale
FC Barcelona announced that the tickets went on sale on the Club's official Facebook page this morning
If you wanted to go to the Manchester United-FC Barcelona match in Gothenburg you’re out of luck. The 40,000 available tickets for the summer friendly sold out the very hour they went on sale. FC Barcelona announced, on the Club’s official Facebook page, that the tickets had gone on sale this Tuesday morning.
It’s worth mentioning that the preseason match between the 2009 and 2011 Champions League finalists will be played at Gothenburg’s Ullevi Stadium on August 8 (20:00).
The match against Manchester United in Sweden brings the two Champions League finals of 2009 and 2011 to mind, as well as the preseason match played last season in the United States
The match that will be played on August 8 in Göteborg will bring back memories of the 2009 and 2011 Champions League finals. FC Barcelona and Manchester United will once again face off after two of the four Champions League crowns were decided between the two teams. Both the 2009 and 2011 finals saw Barça take the title by two goals. In 2009, Eto’o and Messi secured FC Barcelona’s third European title (2-0), whilst in 2011 Pedro, Messi and Villa secured Barça’s fourth Champions League trophy.
Friendly in Washington, D.C. in 2011
The last time the Azulgranas played against the legendary side managed by Sir Alex Ferguson, however, was in a friendly match. The game took place this past summer, it was FC Barcelona’s fourth preseason match before the 2011/12 La Liga season. On the 30th of July, in Washington, D.C., during the first game of the North American tour, Manchester United beat Barça by 2 to 1.
Third visit to Ullevi
This summer’s match will take place in Ullevi, at Göteborg’s stadium, where FC Barcelona have played two official matches. The first was in the away leg of the European Cup semi-final, played on April 2nd, 1986. The game was won by the Swede side in convincing fashion (3-0). However, the Swedish team lost in the penalty shoot out in the return leg.
The second match in Sweden took place in the 1994/95 season, in the group stage of the Champions League. Göteborg also won that match by 2 to 1.
Besides the two official matches against Göteborg, FC Barcelona have also played four other matches in Sweden:
11/24/1974. Oster IF - FC Barcelona (0-3). Round of 16 in the UEFA Cup. Away leg.
03/20/1997. AIK Solna - FC Barcelona (1-1). Quarter-finals of the Cup Winners Cup. Return leg.
25/07/1997. IF Elfsborg - FC Barcelona (0-3). Friendly.
09/14/1999. AIK Solna - FC Barcelona (1-2). First match of the Champions League Group Stage.
FC Barcelona’s first team will play its fourth friendly of the preseason at UIllevi Stadium in Sweden on Wednesday, August 8th, at 20.00. Barça’s opponent will be Manchester United
Before the match against the British side, Barça will play against Hamburg, a selection of Moroccan players and PSG
The Azulgrana preseason is coming together nicely. FC Barcelona’s fourth preseason friendly will be against Manchester United on August 8th (20:00), at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg (Sweden).
The friendly will be a replay of the 2009 and 2011 Champions League finals between the two teams. The finals in Rome and London bring back good memories for Barcelonistas seeing that these were the venues that saw Barça claim the third and fourth Champions League titles in the history of the Club.
On the 11th, final preseason match
It’s worth mentioning that before the game in Gothenburg, Barça will play against Hamburg on July 24, a selection of Moroccan players on July 38 and Paris Saint-Germain on August 4. The last match of the preseason will be played on August 11, the location and rival will be announced in the following weeks. In addition to this summer's preseason friendlies, Barça will play against Sampdoria in the Joan Gamper Trophy on the 20th.
This year's edition of the Joan Gamper Trophy will reunite Catalans and Italians after the historic 1992 Champions League Final and the 1989 Cup Winners Cup Final
This is the second time the Genoa side will feature in the Gamper, the first time Sampdoria played in Barça's summer tournament was in 1997
For all Culés the name Sampdoria always conjures up memories of the 1992 Champions League Final in Wembley. A solitary goal from Koeman in the 111th minute in overtime against the Italian side crowned the Azulgranas champions for the first time in Club history. However, that wasn't the only time the two teams faced each other in a final. The Catalans were truly the bête noir of the Genoa side, seeing that three years earlier Barça saw the Italians off in the Cup Winners Cup in the Berne Final with goals scored by Salinas and López Rekarte.
Now, two decades after the final in London, Sampdoria will once again face off against FC Barcelona, this time in the Joan Gamper Trophy.
Second Joan Gamper appearance for the Genoa side
This will be Sampdoria’s second visit to the Camp Nou for the summer tournament organised by the Catalan Club. The first time was in 1997 and Barça won the match in a penalty shootout, after a two-all draw. That match saw Rivaldo make his debut in the Azulgrana stadium. However, the first time both teams played against each other was in 1960 in a friendly played in Genoa. Sampdoria won that match by 4 to 0.
Ambitious return to the football elite
Sampdoria return to the Serie A after a year in the second division of Italian football. Despite finishing sixth in the regular season, the Genoa side managed to clinch promotion in dramatic fashion in the playoff against Varese. One of Sampdoria’s go-to players is Nicola Pozzi; he scored the goal that secured a Seria A berth in the return leg against Varese. Sampdoria are embarking on an ambitious project to return to the Europe's football elite and regain the prestigious status of the historic Sampdoria of old led by Pagliuca, Mancini and Vialli.
The Italian side will face Barça in the Joan Gamper on August 20. The match coincides with the 20-year anniversary of the Wembley Champions League Final (which pitted Barça against Sampdoria)
Sampdoria will be FC Barcelona’s opponent in the 47th edition of the Joan Gamper Trophy, which will be played on Monday, August 20, at the Camp Nou. This edition of the Gamper coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Champions League title won at Wembley. The Italian team was invited to participate in the summer tournament to commemorate Club’s historic achievement 20 years ago.
Presentation of Tito’s team
Estrella Damm, FC Barcelona’s premium parter, will actively participate as the main collaborator of the ‘Fiesta del Gamper Estrella Damm.’ The match will also serve to officially present Tito Vilanova’s 2012/13 team.
Sampdoria have returned to the top flight of Italian football after spending a year in Serie B. This will be the Italian side’s second Joan Gamper appearance. The first time Sampdoria featured in the Joan Gamper was 15 years ago. Barça won that match in a penalty shootout.
Tickets on sale from 19th
Tickets for the 47th Joan Gamper Trophy will go on sale from Thursday 19th July. Sampdoria will put their tickets on sale as from 23rd.
FC Barcelona will play their third game of pre-season against Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc dels Prínceps on Saturday August 4th at 20.00hrs (CET)
Barça will be taking part in the first edition of Le Trophée de Paris organised by PSG.
The friendly match has been made possible due to Qatar Sports Investment’s (QSi) continuing commitment to football. QSi "is proud to bring together two of Europe’s finest clubs for this pre-season friendly", which promises to be an exciting preview for the season ahead for both FC Barcelona and Paris St-Germain.
Before the game in Paris, Barça will play a friendly match against Hamburg on July 24th for the German club’s 125th anniversary, and against a Morrocan Select XI in Tangier on July 28th.
The friendly against Paris Saint-Germain will be Barça's 11th match at the Parc des Princes
Of these 10 matches, only three were against PSG
Here’s an overview of the 10 matches between FC Barcelona at the Parc des Princes:
• May 26, 1952. Copa Latina. Semifinal. FC Barcelona beat Juventus Turin 4-2 thanks to goals from Machón, Basora (2) and Kubala.
• May 29, 1952. Copa Latina. Final. Three days later, also at the Parc des Princes, a goal from César on 79 minutes gave FC Barcelona its second Copa Latina.
• June 8, 1955. Friendly. FC Barcelona beat Racing Paris 3-5 in a match where Suárez, Villaverde (2), Mahjoub (O.G) and Mandi were the goal scorers.
• October 3, 1956. Friendly. As 12,000 spectators looked on, FC Barcelona fell to Racing Paris 4-2. Martínez and Basora netted for the Catalan club.
• November 29, 1962. Friendly. Goals from Fusté and Kocsis gave Barça the victory of Racing Paris - it was the third friendly in seven years between the two sides. Barça won 1-2.
• May 10, 1967. Friendly. FC Barcelona and Nantes draw 2-2 in a friendly where Silva scored both of the Azulgrana goals.
• October 9, 1974. Friendly. Barça face off against a selection of players from Remis and PSG. Cruyff (2), Marcial (2) and Heredia lead Barça to convincing victory (1-5).
• April 19, 1977. Friendly. The first real match against PSG. The game ends in a 1-1 draw (Cruyff was the Barça goal scorer on 79 minutes).
• November 13, 1982. Friendly. Five years later, both the teams face off once again. This time FC Barcelona manages to secure a convincing victory: 1-4. Quini, Maradona, Alonso and Morán are Barça’s goal scorers.
• March 15, 1995. Champions League. Return leg of the quarterfinals. It has been more than 17 years since FC Barcelona have been at the Parc des Princes. It was a bad night for the Azulgranas, who were eliminated after losing 2-1. The two teams came away with a 1-1 draw in the away leg at the Camp Nou.
On Tuesday the first tickets have gone on sale to the general public for the game between Hamburg and FC Barcelona on July 24 (18.00)
Tickets for the first game of the FC Barcelona preseason are now on sale. From Tuesday June 5, and now that the period for exclusive purchase by members of Hamburg SV has ended, the general public can buy tickets for the game at the Imtech Arena on July 24 at 18.00.
Anybody wanting to acquire tickets for the first game in preparation for FC Barcelona’s 2012/13 season, and which will mark Tito Vilanova’s debut as head coach, can do so by clicking on the following link:
Tito Vilanova will make his debut as Barça head coach in Germany
Barça have been invited to play in the Bundesliga club’s 125th anniversary match
FC Barcelona will play Hamburg SV on occasion of the German outfit’s 125th anniversary at 18.00 on July 24, 2014. It will be the first Barça game of the 2012/13 preseason, and therefore also the first for Tito Vilanova in charge of the first team.
The venue will be the Imtech Arena, a FIFA 5-star stadium, built in 2001 with the capacity for 57,000 spectators and one of the venues used at the 2006 World Cup.
Hamburg SV is one of the most historic clubs in the country, founded way back in 1887 and winner of seven Bundesliga titles and the European Cup, won in 1983. In 2011/12, they finished 15th in the Bundesliga with 8 wins, 12 draws and 14 draws. Their top scorer was Croatian international Mladen Petric, with seven goals.
First preseason match
FC Barcelona will be taking the best squad they can at that time for the first of a series of preseason commitments. Further friendlies will be announced over the next few days.
Hamburg and Barça played two epic games against each other half a century ago
The last time the two met was in 1977
Well before Bakero’s strike in Kaiserslautern (91/92) or Iniesta’s goal at Stamford Bridge (08/09), there was another miraculous goal that kept Barça alive in the European Cup. It was scored by Sandor Kocsis against Hamburg – the team Barça are due to open their 2012-13 season against.
Kocsis miracle goal
The North German team now play at the modern Imtech Arena, but on April 26th 196, the 75,000 fans who turned up to watch the second leg of the European Cup semi final, did so at the Volskparkstadion. Kubala’s Barça team had won the first leg 1-0, but Hamburg were 2-0 up in the return leg as the 90th minute came round, before a dramatic header from Kocsis meant a third game would have to be played(the away goals rule had not yet been instigated).
A week later, that game took place in Brussels and an Evaristo goal put Barça through into what turned into such a sad final in Bern.
Revenge for Hamburg
Hamburg got their revenge three years later in the last 16 of the old Cup Winners Cup. After a spectacular 4-4 draw at the Camp Nou (with goals from Pereda, Fusté -2- and Zaballa) the return game ended goalless and in the deciding game played in Lausanne, the German team won 3-2.
Two friendly wins for Hamburg in Germany
As well as those epic encounters, Barça have also played two friendlies in Germany, with Hamburg winning 3-2 in 1974 and 6-0 in 1977. Now, 32 years later, there will be another game between the two.
After Hamburg, the next destination for Barça and Tito Vilanova will be a friendly in Morocco on July 28
Barça 2012/13 will play the second game of the preseason in Tangiers (Morocco) on July 28, four days after the first game in Hamburg. FC Barcelona will also be putting together a series of social events in association to the match.
To provide further details of this second game of the preseason, the vice president for the Social Area Jordi Cardoner i Casaus, and the director of the Marketing and Commercial Area Laurent Colette will be giving a press conference in the Ricard Maxenchs at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.
During the presentation of Barça’s preseason match, FC Barcelona’s Social Area vice-president highlighted the fact that there are many Culé supporters in Morocco
The Club want to give the Barça fans and the official supporters clubs in Tangier, Tetuán, Alhoceima and El Jadida the opportunity to enjoy the team
“Football is not only an athletic spectacle, it’s a nexus that unifies territories. This match has conjured up a lot of enthusiasm. The expectations on both sides are important. It will be a party for Morocco and for Barça,” said Jordi Cardoner during the announcement of Barça’s second preseason match. The vice-president of FC Barcelona’s Social Area reminded the press room that the Moroccan community in Catalonia represents 3.5% of the population and that the Azulgrana Club boast more than 500,000 Moroccan fans on Facebook. Morocco continues to be a country that has many Culé supporters. In fact, there are official Barça supporters clubs in Tangier, Tetuán, Alhoceima and El Jadida.
Cardoner also mentioned the ongoing work done by the FC Barcelona Foundation in Morocco: “for example, the XICS Morocco initiative, which continues to work at a very high level.” He added: “we’ll find the appropriate time to meet with the official supporters clubs in Morocco, our people, and share the most social side of Barça with them. We’ll hold social and supporters clubs events. We want to show the Moroccan people who we are and what are values are.”
“It will be a popular party”
Laurent Colette, director of marketing for Barça, said that the game will be a “popular party” and that “Barça will play will all the available players at its disposal.” Cardoner added that “Guardiola has participated with the planning of the preseason throughout his time as manager. Guardiola and Tito planned the [preseason] route. Now Tito has taken the baton,” when asked about this year’s preseason planning.
Morocco, fully committed
During the presentation, the Moroccan representatives said that the country is totally focused on Barça's friendly match in Tangier later this summer. “They [the Moroccan people] are 100% with Barça. They are eagerly awaiting Barça’s visit. It’s a unique opportunity for Tangier and for the whole of Morocco. I expect it to be a big party for the whole country,” said José Carlos García, director of Safim Investissement. Assia Cadi, director of marketing for Sonarges, said that “our intention is to make this game a grand spectacle. The whole world will have the opportunity to watch Barça’s starts in a very modern stadium.” Finally, Chagna Khalid, representative of Safim in Morocco, thanked “everyone that helped make this a reality.”
FC Barcelona will play a Morocco XI on July 28th at the Grand Stade in Tangier in the second game of their pre-season preparations
The game will be the fourth the Club have played in Morocco, with the other three played in Casablanca – twice in 1969 and once more in 1974
Tangier will welcome Tito Vilanova’s Barça 38 years after the Club last set foot in Morocco when the team play at the 45,000 capacity Grand Stade on July 28th – four days after their opening pre-season game against Hamburg.
The game will played under the slogan “Visca Tanja” mixing both Catalan and Arabic and Barça will face a Moroccan select XI under the charge of one of the country’s best known coaches Rachid Taoussi, who has won three titles this season with the Moroccan First Division outfit Maghreb de Fez. The visit of the Club will also coincide with a number of social action initiatives.
Three previous games
The first time FC Barcelona played in Morocco was on August 30th 1969, when they played for the Mohammed V Trophy in Casablanca. Their first opponents were the Brazilians São Paulo and Barça won 0-2 to go through to the final against Bayern Munich, who they beat on penalties.
Five years later, on May 1st 1974, the team were back in Casablanca for a friendly against the Moroccan team W.A.C., which they won 0-3.
Now, nearly 40 years later, the thousands of Barça fans in Morocco will have the chance this July to see Tito Villanova’s second game in charge of the team.