Javier Faus, vice president of FC Barcelona, and Nicolae Badea, president of Dynamo Bucarest. PHOTO: ÀLEX CAPARRÓS - FCB.

Barça will be in Bucharest (Romania) on August 11 to take on Dynamo in the only remaining unconfirmed game of a preseason schedule that will mark Tito Vilanova’s first games as manager of the first team.

The Dynamo game will kick off at 19.15 CET (20.15 local time), and was confirmed on Friday at the club offices at a meeting attended by the vice president for finance, Javier Faus; and a Romanian delegation led by Nicolae Badea, president of Dynamo; Mircea Copaci, commercial director of Dynamo; Mihai Craiu, from Media Consulta International; and Adrian Thiess, of Thiess Holding.

This will be the first time in many years that FC Barcelona have not gone on a preseason tour. Instead, they will be visiting a series of cities closer to home, namely Hamburg (July 24), Tangiers (July 28), Paris (August 4), Gothenburg (August 8) and finally Bucharest (August 11).

Previous visits to Romania

This will only be third time that FC Barcelona have ever played in Romania. They first went east in 1971, managed at the time by Marinus Michels, to face Steaua in the round of 16 of the Cup Winners Cup. A side featuring such stars as Rexach, Asensi (scorer of the only FCB goal), Alfonseda, Fusté and Costas lost 2-1 and crashed out of the competition.

They returned in 1977, and once again to face Steaua Bucharest, this time in the UEFA Cup round of 32. During Michels’ second spell as manager, FC Barcelona won 3-1 to ensure passage to the next round, with the goals courtesy of Cruyff, Asensi and Sánchez.

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