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26.07.2010 11:48

Busy summers ahead

Jesús Carrillo

Successive Barca managers have had to get used to working with a depleted squad at the beginning of the pre-season in recent years. This looks set to be a pattern that will be repeated in the future.

Eric Abidal is the first member of the Barca squad who took part in the World Cup to report back for training. Meanwhile, his Spanish, Brazilian, Argentine and Mexican team-mates are still enjoying a well-deserved rest and will miss the first part of the close season preparations.

However, a brief glance at the international footballing calendar for the next four years shows that the situation this season will be repeated in the future.

2011: The Copa America.

alves_ok.jpgNext year, Leo Messi’s Argentina will host the Copa America and must start as one of the firm favourites to lift the trophy won by Brazil in Venezuela in 2007.

2012: European Championship and Olympic Games

The following summer, the fans will be treated to a double feast of football with the European Championship – hosted by Poland and the Ukraine – and the Olympic Games. Reigning champions Spain will be defending the European title they won in Vienna and the tournament is certain to involve a large group of Barca’s European internationals.

2009-08-22_MESSI_02.jpgAt the end of July the London Olympic Games will open and just as happened with Messi in 2008, it’s quite possible that some of the younger Barca stars will be involved.

2013: Confederations Cup

Brazil will host the Confederations Cup in June 2013. Both Brazil (as host country) and Spain (as reigning World Champions) are guaranteed a place in the tournament along with the winners of the Copa America and the African Cup of Nations. Once again, a large number of Barca players are certain to be called up.

2014. The World Cup

Completing the cycle of international footballing events is the 2014 World Cup, to be held in Brazil. Once again, as host country, Brazil is assured of a place and just like this year a large number of Barca players are certain to be called up.
Busy summers ahead
The African Cup of Nations
The African Cup of Nations is held every two years. In January 2012 it is being hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea and so the following tournament will be at the beginning of 2014. Although this particular competition does not affect Barca’s pre-season, it will have a direct effect on the league and the early rounds of the Spanish Cup.

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