Barcelona ‘will play in Australia as football giants agree in principle to take on A-League All Star side in Sydney’ – the first time in EIGHT YEARS the league’s best players have come together to take on a European club
- Barcelona are reportedly planning to travel to Australia to face the A-League All Stars
- The football giants of LaLiga typically tour the world before and after each season
- A deal in principle for the club to play a match in Sydney has been agreed
- A-League All Stars haven’t reunited since they faced Juventus in 2014
Barcelona are reportedly close to a deal to host a friendly in Sydney this winter, in a move that will see football’s most notable players take on an A-League All Star lineup.
The five-time European champions are traveling around the world for a number of tours, having traveled to Asia in 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic halted their international plans.
According to The Sydney Morning Heraldthe Catalans will land in Australia this winter, with the LaLiga giants expected to face an A-League All Stars team in late May or early June.
Barcelona are reportedly ready to land in Australia after agreeing to play in winter
The football giants are expected to head to the 83,000-seat Accor stadium in Sydney’s Olympic Park as part of their end-of-season tour. It is said that arrangements have been made ‘in principle’ for the match to take place before or after the A-League grand final on May 28.
If a deal is struck, Australian fans will have the chance to see Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Dani Alves in person, as well as the next generation of stars in Frenkie de Jong, Gavi and Pedri.
An A-League All Stars team – made up of the best talent the Australian company has to offer – was first formed in 2013 when Manchester United toured.
The football giants usually go on international tours in Spain before and after each season
An A-League All Stars team is being formed for the first time since Juventus came to visit in 2014
A similar team was put together when Italian club Juventus visited in 2014, but the concept has not been revived since.
Barcelona is one of the most successful clubs in world football, having won the LaLiga 26 times, as well as 31 Copa Del Reys and five Champions League titles.
Club legend Xavi returned in December after former boss Ronald Koeman was beaten after a terrible start to the campaign.
The Spaniard was unable to stop the slide immediately and the Catalans were dumped from the Champions League group stage and sent to the Europa League – the first time they appear in the competition since 2004.