Barcelona announce post-season trip to Sydney – football giant Down Under’s FIRST visit – with Catalans set to take on A-League all stars… after Man United and Crystal Palace also confirmed tours to Australia
- Barcelona travels to Australia to face the A-League All Stars in Sydney
- The football giants of LaLiga typically tour the world before and after each season
- A deal has been made that will visit Barcelona at the end of May this year
- A-League All Stars haven’t reunited since they faced Juventus in 2014
Barcelona have announced a trip to Australia at the end of the season, pitting the football giants against the A-League all stars in Sydney.
The five-time European champions are traveling around the world for a number of tours, having ventured to Asia in 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic halted their international plans.
Last month, reports suggested the Catalans will land in Australia for the first time this winter, with a game against the very best of the A-League.
Barcelona are about to land in Australia after agreeing to play a friendly in the winter
And now Barcelona have confirmed such plans are set in stone, with the club heading to the 83,000-seat Accor Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park as part of their end-of-season tour, with a match to be played on May 25 as part of the The build-up from the A-League to the Grand Final weekend.
It means Aussie 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.
“The FC Barcelona v A-Leagues All Stars match will generate significant international interest and put Australian football back in the international spotlight,” said Australian Tourism and Sport Minister Stuart Ayres.
“It’s an incredible opportunity to showcase both our domestic professional A-Leagues and our beautiful Harbor City to the world.
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
“Hosting this sporting star power in Sydney will highlight the city’s attractions and world-class calendar of events for football fans around the world, giving the NSW visitor economy a boost on the road to recovery.”
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.
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.