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PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

This Wednesday FC Barcelona completed their third training session on Japanese soil. As on Tuesday, the team trained in the afternoon, following the press conferences with Iniesta and Guardiola, and did so in the stadium where they will play the semifinal on Thursday against Al-Sadd, the Yokohama International Stadium. All 23 players that have travelled to Japan took part, 20 from the first team and Oier, Cuenca, and Dos Santos, from Barça B.

A well known stadium

The Yokohama International Stadium is an old acquaintance for FC Barcelona players who played in the 2006 World Club Championship. From that team, who lost in the Final against Internacional de Porto Alegre, from Brazil (1-0), only Valdes, Puyol, Xavi, Iniesta, and Messi are here. All five, minus Messi, who was injured and couldn't take part in that World Club Cup, already know the stadium. The same ground played host to four matches in the 2002 World Cup, one of these being the Final where Brazil beat Germany (2-0).


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