Barça Legends will be in action once again this Wednesday 20 September against a team set up by former blaugrana Hristo Stoichkov. The clash will take place in the Beroe Stadium in Stara Zagora in Bulgaria at 19h CET and will see the Barça team take on Hristo Stoichkov & Friends.
The game will be coach ‘Chapi’ Ferrer’s second game in charge on the former Barça players team and his squad for the trip to Easter Europe is as follows: Angoy, Guzmán, Juan Carlos, Dehú, Goikoetxea, Quique Estebaranz, Julio Salinas, Popescu, Sánchez Jara, Sergi Barjuan, Santi Ezquerro, Miquel Àngel Nadal and Juan Carlos Moreno plus debutants Dani García, Óscar Arpón and Jari Litmanen.
The legendary figure of Stoichkov, a vital part of the ‘Dream Team’, will represent both teams during the encounter. The game can be followed live on the Barça Video platform at fcbarcelona.com all over the world with the exception of Bulgaria.
The Bulgarian opposition are coach by Dimitar Penev and their squad is Ivko Ganchev, Stoyan Kolev, Petar Hubchev, Radostin Kishishev, Emil Kremenliev, Elin Topuzakov, Ivaylo Yordanov, Gosho Ginchev, Krasimir Balakov, Yordan Letchkov, Daniel Borimirov, Iliyan Iliev, Boncho Genchev, Doncho Donev, Aleksandar Tomash, Kostadin Vidolov, Nasko Sirakov, Myumyun Kashmer, Vasil Dragolov, Martin Petrov, Dimitar Berbatov, Emil Kostadinov and Petar Mihtarski.
The contest between the Barça Legends and Stoichkov’s team will be charged with symbolism. The two team will play tribute to recently departed Bulgarian footballing legend Trifon Ivanov in the 3rd minute of the game, Johan Cruyff in the 14th, Tito Vilanova in the 55th and Ayan Sadukov in the 70th.
The Barça Legends are the result of an FC Barcelona program 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.