July 29, 2010

Preseason: FC Barcelona vs Valerenga, Ullevaal Stadium, Thursday, July 29, 19:00 CET

Finally, culés have something to talk about other than Pique's antics in Ibiza and the probability of Cesc joining Barca: it's match time! That's right, for the first time since the night the club celebrated their 2010 Liga championship, Barca are playing again.

I've always been a fan of the preseason: it's a fresh start and new beginnings, we get to see the team in action after months of off-season, and there are new signings and youth players to watch and judge.

I don't know much about tonight's opponents, Valerenga, other than the fact that they're a Norwegian club. Playing in their stadium might be colder than what our boys are used to, but it's the first preseason game so I'm sure everyone is totally pumped for it.

Last summer Pep took full advantage of the no limit on substitutions in friendlies, changing the entire eleven at halftime in all Barca's games. That way everyone got playing time, and what with the hoards of youth lads who are called up now, I imagine he'll be doing much the same thing. In any case, the 22 man squad has been selected: Pinto, Adriano, Bojan, Ibrahimovic, Keita, Maxwell, Milito, Victor Sanchez, Miño, Armando, Benja, Dalmau, Edu Oriol, Ilie, Jonathan dos Santos, Jonathan Soriano, Martí Riverola, Muniesa, Nolito, Sergi Gomez, Sergi Roberto, Tello.

I can barely wait for it!

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