Valerenga players FOTO: www.vif-fotball.no

FC Barcelona will be back in Oslo this summer to play Valeranga in a pre-season friendly to mark the Norwegian team’s 100th anniversary. The game will be played at the 25,572 capacity Ullevaal Stadion on July 27th – three days after Barça’s friendly against Bayern Munich.

“A party for football lovers”

The Norwegian’s recently appointed coach Kjetil Rekdal expressed his satisfaction at the prospect of playing Barça: “it will be a party for all football lovers. This kind of game gives our players a fantastic opportunity to see close up what they need to succeed at a higher international level”.

This will be the second time Barça have played against the Norwegian team in a pre-season friendly – Pep Guardiola took his side there ahead of the 2010/11 campaign, fielding two separate teams in each half, with a lot of home grown youngsters involved. Víctor Sánchez, Maxwell, Benja and Keita scored for Barça in the 4-2 win, achieved in the pouring rain. The Serbian Bojan Zajic scored Valerenga’s second and is still at the club. The game also saw Adriano make his debut for Barça.

100-year history

Valerenga will have a league game against Sarpsborg 08 two days after the game - the Norwegian league began in March and so far Valerenga have won just one game and lost the other four after finishing 18th last season, with 41 points(12 wins, 5 draws and 13 defeats) – 21 points behind champions Molde FK, who currently sit bottom of the league.

Founded in 1913, Valerenga have a long and successful history in Norwegian football, having won 5 leagues and 4 Cups. Their most successful period was during the 1980s, winning 3 league titles between 1977 and 1990.

Tickets on sale soon

Tickets will go on sale over the next few days via the website www.vif-fotball.no