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Abrines will appear in the 3-point shootout / PHOTO: FCB ARCHIVE

On Friday, FC Barcelona’s 2013/14 basketball season officially gets under way against Laboral Kutxa (21.30, Esport3) in the semi-finals of the Endesa Supercup. Here’s some background trivia to help whet your appetite.

• The Endesa Supercup was created in 2004. Barça has the most wins, five, followed by Laboral Kutxa themselves, with four.

This summer’s new signings (Papanikolaou, Lampe, Nachbar, Dorsey and Pullen) will making their official debuts for FC Barcelona.

It’s a special day for all of Lampe, Dorsey, Huertas and Oleson as they have all played previously for Laboral Kutxa.

• Barça were unbeaten in their six preseason games.

• The Fernando Buesa Arena will bring back fond memories for FCB fans, for it was here last February that they won the Copa del Rey final against Valencia Basket.

Vitoria hosted the Spanish Supercup in 2010, when FC Barcelona won under former captain Roger Grimau.

• With the capacity for 15,000 spectators, the Fernando Buesa Arena will also host the Endesa Supercup in 2014.

• Mallorcan guard Àlex Abrines averaged 16.8 points in the preseason and will represent FC Barcelona in the 3-point contest on Saturday.

• If Barça win, they’ll face the winners out of Real Madrid and Bilbao Basket. Barça played, and lost, in last year’s final against Madrid.


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