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06.02.2008 10:15

Ten internationals in three games


FC Barcelona's ten international players are all playing in just three matches: Spain v France, Portugal v Italy and the United States v Mexico.

The majority of Blaugrana players will be appearing in Spain's game against France (21:00) in La Rosaleda in Málaga on Wednesday evening. Six of Frank Rijkaard's squad will be there with three on each side.

Andrés Iniesta, Xavi and Bojan Krkic are in Luis Aragonés squad, while Raymond Domenech has called up Lilian Thuram, Éric Abidal and Thierry Henry.

On opposite sides

zambrotta_italy.jpgTwo other Barça stars will also be on opposing teams as Gianluca Zambrotta lines up for Italy in their encounter with Portugal, for whom Deco will be playing, in Zurich, Switzerland. Deco travelled to join up with his international teammates carrying a letter of recommendation from the club's medical staff that states that he should not play the entire game as he is carrying a slight knock.

Early start

The two Mexicans in the Barcelona squad, Rafa Márquez and Giovani Dos Santos, have travelled to the United States to play in their countries encounter with the USA in Houston. As well as undergoing the long trip, the game itself will be played at 3am CET.
Ten internationals in three games
Semi Finals in Africa Cup Of Nations
As well as the friendly internationals, two Barça stars will be playing in official encounters on Thursday. Samuel Eto'o's Cameroon take on Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations semi final, while Touré Yaya's Ivory Coast face Egypt.

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