Liverpool and Barça will meet in pre-season at Wembley / UCL

FC Barcelona and Liverpool FC will be meeting next August 6 at 5.00pm GMT (6.00pm CET) at Wembley Stadium, London in the last of the Catalans’ games in this year’s International Champions Cup (ICC), which is being played from July 23 to August 13. The game was presented today Tuesday at the venue itself at an event attended by former players Ronald de Boer in representation of FC Barcelona and Gary McAllister for the Premiership club.

Wembley is an iconic stadium for Barça supporters, as it was here, at the old ground, that the team beat Sampdoria 1-0 to win its first ever European Cup in 1992, and also where, in 2011, they defeated Manchester United 3-1 in another final. Barça played three other games at the old stadium, all of them in 1999: a 4-2 win against Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League and two friendlies in that year’s Wembley Cup, Barça v Tottenham (1-1) and Barça v Al Ahly (1-4).

Although he was unable to attend the event, FC Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernández has described the match as “a very attractive one for the fans … We are playing against one of the historic teams in European football and Wembley is a very special stage for Barça supporters. It will be a demanding game as part of our preparations for next season against a side that, since the arrival of Jürgen Klopp, has recovered the ambition, dynamism and intensity that has always characterised the way they play”.

The game with Liverpool will be the last fixture for Barça in this summer’s ICC. Prior to that, the side managed by Luis Enrique will have met Scottish champions Glasgow Celtic on July 30 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin and Premier League champions Leicester FC on August 3 at the Friends Arena in Stockholm.

FC Barcelona’s complete schedule for the competition is therefore as follows:

 

OPPONENT  DATE & TIME (CET)
VENUE
30/07 at 7.00pm Aviva Stadium, Dublin (Ireland)
03/08 at 8.00pm Friends Arena, Stockholm (Sweden)
06/08 at 6.00pm Wembley (England)

With details of the Joan Gamper Trophy still to be announced, that practically defines the preseason schedule for the team, who will also be going to St. George’s Park (England) for a training camp from July 25 to 30.