Ivan Rakitic and Nikola Karabatic have known each other for five years, after meeting while on holiday in Dubrovnik. Now they both wear the FC Barcelona colours, one in the Camp Nou and the other in the Palau Blaugrana.

And they both have ten big days ahead of them. The football team has the Cup final on Saturday and the weekend after will be in Berlin to face Juventus for the Champions League. The Frenchman, meanwhile, will be doing likewise but the other way round. The Barça handball team are off to Cologne for the Champions League Final Four this weekend, and have the final of their own edition of the Copa del Rey in Gijon a week later.

Identical challenges for two close friends, who have described their thoughts ahead of the games on Barça TV.


Rakitic and Karabatic face the same challenge por fcbarcelona