On August 6, AS Roma will be the guests at Camp Nou for the 57th edition of the Joan Gamper Trophy. They are returning just seven years after they were the guests in 2015, although there is quite a history of games between the two sides.
Barça and Roma first met in two friendlies played in the same week in 1953, Barça winning the first 1-0 thanks to a solitary goal from Moreno, but the Italians getting their revenge with a 4-2 win five days later.
In 1967, Roma won another friendly, this time 2-1 with Fusté scoring Barça’s only goal.
A game at Camp Nou in 1985 ended 2-0 to the home side thanks to a brace from Bernd Schuster.
In 1994, the Stadio Olimpico was the venue for a 3-3 draw.
The first competitive game between Roma and Barça didn’t happen until this century, when they were drawn together in Group B of the Champions League. The first game at Camp Nou ended 1-1, with Patrick Kluivert scoring for the blaugrana.
The Italians then won 3-0 at home, but Barça still topped the group and went on to reach the semi-finals.
Roma were the guests ion the 50th anniversary edition of the Gamper at Camp Nou. Following the typical start-of-season festivities, the Catalans went on to win 3-0 with goals from Leo Messi, Neymar and Ivan Rakitic, the latter being named MVP.
That very same season, the teams then met in Group E of the Champions League. The first game in Rome ended 1-1, with Luis Suárez scoring for Barça.
The second leg was a memorable night for Culers, who witnessed their team cruise to a spectacular 6-1 victory, with goals from Suárez, Messi (2), Gerard Piqué and Adriano.
Barça and Roma met in the quarter finals of the Champions League. Following a 4-1 win at Camp Nou with goals from Piqué, Suárez and own goals from De Rossi and Manolas, it looked like barça were headed for the semi-finals.
But it all went wrong in Rome. The Serie A side won 3-0 to qualify for the semis by virtue of the away goals rule.
The last time the teams met was in 2018, just a few months after that quarter final, when the two teams were touring the United States. Roma won 4-2, with the Catalan goals coming courtesy of Rafinha and Malcom.
Counting official and friendly games, the all-time balance between Barça and Roma is as follows:
Barça wins: 5
Roma wins: 4