Barça Legends to play again on 14 April 2018 in Brazil against the Seleção Pernambuco, a team of local legends from the region who will be chosen by a popular vote. The fixture was announced at an event in Recife, the state capital of Pernambuco, which was covered extensively by the press and attended by the Director Pau Vilanova and the ex-Barça player Jose Edmílson.
The match will take place at the Arena de Pernambuco, a stadium in São Lourenço da Mata in Recife (Brazil). The venue has hosted the Confederations Cup in 2013 and games in the 2014 World Cup. The upcoming game is very special as it is the first Barça Legends match in Brazil and it will celebrate the historical connection between the Club and country.
The Seleção Pernambuco Legends’ squad will be chosen through a popular vote. This means, the fans will be able to vote for their favourite players from January onwards on the following website: www.barcelonanobrasil.com.br. The final squad will be announced in March.
The game will see Chapi manage the blaugranas for the fourth time. Ferrer’s debut was on 2 September in a charity match against the Manchester United Legends, which ended in a 2-2 draw with Luis García and Gaizka Mendieta scoring for Barça.
The second game he was in the dugout for came on 20 of September in Bulgaria against Hristo Stoichkov & Friends, which the home side won 3-2. The third Barça Legends game for Ferrer took place in Mozambique on 11 November. Mambas Legends were the opposition and the blaugranas secured a 1-0 win thanks to a goal from Simao.
The Barça Legends are the result of an FC Barcelona programme to cherish the legacy of the players that have worn the first team shirt over the years. It is also another way to globalise the Barça name and values through its former players, as well as a means for stars to continue playing the game they love following retirement from professional duty. The idea behind the scheme is to arrange a series of matches and associated events in different parts of the world. In the near future, more Barça Legends’ fixtures will be announced.