Barça Regal reigning champions of the Endesa Super Cup / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

The matches between Catalans and Valencianos are becoming classic showdowns. Barça Regal and Valencia Basket will face off once again this Saturday in Zaragoza after the 2010 Endesa Super Cup final (which was won by Barça Regal 83 to 63); last season’s Liga Endesa semi-final playoff (3-1 for Barça Regal); and this summer’s two friendlies between the two sides (both of which were won by Valencia).

There’s plenty of history between Barça Regal and Valencia as the two teams get ready to face off in the semi-final of this year’s Super Cup (19.00, La1). The Azulgranas -winners of the 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2011 editions of the tournament - come into the tournament with four new players. Adrines, Todorovic, Jawai and Tomic will surely make their official debuts for Barça Regal in the Príncipe Felipe Arena this weekend.

Without Navarro and Jasikevicius

Jasikevicius, who wasn’t named to the squad by Xavi Pascual, will not feature for Barça Regal this weekend. The Lithuanian and Juan Carlos Navarro, who is recovering from injury, are the two biggest absences for the Azulgranas in the semi-final against Valencia Basket.

A rejuvenated and reinforced Valencia

Valencia come into the semi-final with some additions to the team: Pau Ribas, Justin Doellman, Thomas Kelati, and Marko Keselj (who won last season’s Euroleague with Olympiacos). The Serbian, along with Markovic and Faverani, is doubtful for today’s match. Valencia Basket have won all six of its summer friendlies.

The other semi-final of the Endesa Super Cup will pit CAI Zaragoza against Real Madrid (21.30). The final is scheduled for Sunday at 19.00.

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