Xavi with the Trofeu Joan Gamper (2011) / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB.

The Joan Gamper Trophy, which is usually celebrated at the end of August, will be held a bit earlier this year. Toni Freixa, secretary and spokesman for the Board of Directors, explained that the match will be played on August 2, at 21.30. Barça’s opponent has yet to be announced.

The Gamper will be played before Tito Vilanova’s men make the trip to Israel, Palestine, Thailand and Malaysia. Three pre-season friendlies – Lechia Gdansk, Bayern Munich and Valerenga –  are on the schedule ahead of the Gamper.

Santos FC

Just as Freixa announced, there’s a possibility that Barça’s rival will be Santos FC, Neymar’s ex-club. With that said, the definitive confirmation is pending authorization from the Brazilian Football Confederation.