Xavi and Cesc celebrate a goal at the Camp Nou / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

Saturday is going to be a lively and passionate day at FC Barcelona, with a tribute and three matches making April 6 a big day in both an institutional and sporting sense.

Ramallets absent for health reasons

It all starts at 12.30 with the  Club tribute to two of its most legendary players, Josep Seguer and Antoni Ramallets. The Barça keeper from the Five Cups team is unable to attend the event for health reasons and will be represented by his son Àngels. Luis Suárez, Ferran Olivella, Salvador Sadurní, Josep Maria Fusté, Robert Fernández and former ladies player Carme Nieto are among the guests. Sandro Rosell will be chairing the proceedings.

Football and hockey

After lunch, things get going again at 18.00 in the Miniestadi, where Barça B face Mirandés in the second division. Last season sensation in the Copa del Rey are battling to stay up, while Eusebio’s side will be looking to bounce back from three straight defeats.

Once the game in the Miniestadi is over, the Barça roller hockey team will be in action in the Palau Blaugrana. That starts at 20.00 against Shum Grupo Maestre, and the match is a chance for Ricard Muñoz’s side to remain in contention for the domestic title.

At 22.00, the day ends with the big one in the Camp Nou. The Barça first team entertain Mallorca in the league, and will face a tough challenge given the absences of players as important as Valdés, Mascherano, Puyol and Messi. Here, and as ever, the fans support stands to play an important role.

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