On Thursday, the Japanese champions will take on the FC Barcelona female football team in a friendly that will be broadcast live on Barça TV and can also be watched in streaming video on the Club's YouTube channel (www.youtube.com / fcbarcelona).

The INAK Kobe Leonessa squad, which includes FIFA World Player 2011 Homare Sawa, will be training in Barcelona from Monday until February 7th and will play a friendly against current Superliga leaders FC Barcelona.

The match will be held in the Miniestadi on Thursday 2nd, kick-off 19.00.  It is being sponsored by Seiko and is dedicated to the memory of last March's tsunami victims.  Match shirts, signed by the players, will be auctioned in Tokyo at a later date.

Japanese media spotlight

Apart from Homare Sawa, INAK Kobe Leonessa boast a total of seven players who won the World Cup for Japan in Germany.  Last year, INAK Kobe Leonessa won the All-Japan Women Championship and the Nadeshiko League.  The presence of the team and of Homare Sawa has attracted a large number of Japanese journalists to Barcelona to follow the training sessions and report on the match.

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