Next Sunday 9 June Barça Legends (8.00pm local, 9.00 pm CEST) will be in action again, this time against Sporting Club Chabab Mohammédia in the town of Mohammédia, on the outskirts of Casablanca (Morocco) at the 10,000 capacity Stade Bachir Mohammédia.
This is the third game of the season for the team of former Barça stars managed by Albert Ferrer. The first was a 6-0 win in Mumbai against Mohun Bagan in September 2018 and the other was a five-a-side match played in the build-up to the Champions League clash with Inter Milan, and which ended in 3-2 defeat.
One of Morocco’s top sides in the sixties, SCC now play in the third tier Amateur National Championship, but are hoping to return to the top flight soon. The game is doubling as a testimonial for club legend Ahmed Faras, African Player of the Year in 1975 and the all-time leading goalscorer for the Moroccan national team.
This is by no means the first time that a Barça team has visited Morocco. In fact, just last August Ernesto Valverde and the first team were in Tangier to beat Sevilla 2-1 in the Spanish Super Cup Final. The football team has been to the country seven times in all to play league, cup and friendly fixtures, while the basketball team played its first ever European fixture in the 1959/60 season against Marocaine Casablanca.
The game will be screened on Barça TV in Spain, Barça Video and the club’s official YouTube channel.
Albert Ferrer has picked the following players for the game: Jorquera, Angoy, Sánchez Jara, Robert Fernández, Dehu, Okunowo, Nadal, Juan Carlos, Belletti, Edmílson, Gabri, Roger, Giovanni, Goikoetxea, Salinas, Soler, Sonny Anderson and Rivaldo.
The Barça Legends are the outcome of an FC Barcelona programme to make good use of the stars that have worn the club jersey in the past. The project looks to help globalise the Barça name and the club’s values through its former players, and also enable them to further their playing careers after retirement from professional duties. The programme involves different fixtures and the organisation of parallel events in different parts of the world.