Top class internationals
There are several international friendlies on Wednesday night involving as many as 13 different Barça players. The attractions include Brazil v Argentina, Portugal v Spain and England v France.
There really are some great games to enjoy this evening, and many of them have an FC Barcelona
Portugal v Spain
In the Stadium of Light in Lisbon at 22.00, there’s the Iberian
derby between Portugal and Spain, which will feature no fewer than eight FCB players. The host
nation will be keen to gets its revenge on Vicente del Bosque after going out of the World Cup in
South African to Spain in a 1-0 defeat, with the goal coming from then future Barcelona player
Barcelona have their usual eight players in the Spanish squad: Valdés, Villa, Puyol, Piqué,
Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta and Pedro. But Pedro has gone down with acute gastroenteritis and probably
won’t be any condition to play.
Brazil v Argentina
One of the big attractions of the day is the game in Doha (Qatar)
between Latin rivals Brazil and Argentina (18.00). Messi once again meets his old friend
Ronaldinho, who has been called up anew for the ‘canarinha’. The two players already
faced each other at club level earlier this season in the Joan Gamper Trophy. Other FCB players on
the pitch will be Mascherano, with Argentina, and Alves and Adriano, with Brazil.
England v France
Wembley is the venue tonight at 21.00 for the game between England and France. Both
sides are out of form and in transition following disappointing World Cups, but this is always
going to a great game. There will also be FC Barcelona presence in London in the form of Abidal in
Laurent Blanc’s side, who returns after not being called up for the last game.