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23.05.2011 10:54

Half the squad set to debut at Wembley

Jordi Clos

10 of the 21 members of the first team squad have already played at Wembley Stadium – the majority in the 2009 pre-season.

Half the squad set to debut at Wembley

BARCELONA_11.jpg Bojan, Fontàs, Abidal, Pedro, Pinto, Keita, Jeffren, Valdés and Messi all played at Wembley Stadium in July 2009, when Barça had games against Tottenham (1-1) and Al-Ahly (4-1) in the Wembley Cup and Bojan (2), Pedro and Jeffren also know what it’s like to score at the venue of next weekend’s Champions League final.

Abidal with France and Alves with Brazil

Éric Abidal
trod the Wembley turf last November in a friendly for France against England and after the game he left a note in the changing rooms to say he’d be back in May! Dani Alves missed the Wembley Cup, but played in one of the first games at the new Wembley for Brazil against England in 2007.

Eleven possible debuts

2011-01-22_PARTIDO_30.JPGOnly 11 of the squad have yet to play at Wembley then. Despite their experience in England, Piqué and Mascherano have not walked out onto the Wembley turf and neither have Xavi or Puyol, who were not included in the Wembley Cup squad, nor Iniesta, Villa, Busquets, Milito, Maxwell, Afellay or Adriano.

Lucky ground for Guardiola

Pep Guardiola
knew the old Wembley Stadium well and it has always been lucky for him: he won the 1992 European Cup there of course when he was just 21 years old and seven years later he led Barça’s 2-4 win over Arsenal.

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