Barça’s 2013/14 preseason is taking shape. All that remains to be known is the day and opponent in the Joan Gamper Trophy and the dates of the Spanish Supercup, where Barça, as league champions, will be facing Copa del Rey winners Atlético Madrid. These are the Barça games already scheduled:
Date: Saturday July 20
Venue: PGE Arena, Gdansk (Poland)
Opponent: Lechia Gdansk
Details: This will be Barça’s first game of 2013/14 and their first ever meeting with Lechia Gdansk. Tickets are on sale at www.super-mecz.pl.
Date: Wednesday July 24
Venue: Allianz Arena, Munich (Germany)
Opponent: Bayern Munich
Details: This will be a charity match and the team will compete for the ‘Uli Hoeness Cup’. The current European champions will be managed by former Barça coach Pep Guardiola.
Date: Saturday July 27
Venue: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (Norway)
Opponent: Valerenga IF
Details: The Norwegian club’s centenary match. The two teams also met in a preseason friendly in 2010.
Date: Wednesday August 7
Venue: Bangkok (Thailand)
Opponent: Thai national team
Time: 19.00 (local time)
Details: This will be the first of Barça’s early August matches in Asia, in which the Catalans will be tested by the Thai national team.
Date: Saturday August 10
Venue: National Stadium Buki Jalil, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
Opponent: Malaysian combination
Time: 20.45 (local time)
Details: The second game in Asia will be against a selection of the best players from the Malaysian championship. The Bukit Jalil national stadium holds a massive 100,000 spectators.