FC Barcelona will kick off preparations for the new campaign on July 19 by training at the club’s Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper instead of going abroad for a week like in previous years.
Coach Pep Guardiola has chosen to stay at home as the first-team stars will be returning from
World Cup duty at different stages meaning that a foreign trip would not be viable.
Since the 1970’s the Blaugrana have spent the first few days of pre-season in cooler climes with Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Scotland and England all being visited as soon as the players are back in action. Since 1988 only Frank Rijkaard has broken the run when he chose to prepare in Peralada, Girona ahead of the 2004-05 season.
Rinus Michels was the first Barça coach to choose to take the team abroad to begin their summer training when he chose Papendal in his native Holland in 1973.
Since then Terry Venables, Udo Lattek and Johan Cruyff, among others, have travelled away from Catalunya to escape the July heat.
Staying at home will allow Guardiola to work with a number of the club’s homegrown youngsters before the World Cup stars return.
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Below are the destinations for Barça’s pre-season trips since 1988:
1988 PAPENDAL (HOLLAND)
1990 ODOORN (HOLLAND)
1991 ODOORN (HOLLAND)
1992 ODOORN (HOLLAND)
1993 RODEN (HOLLAND)
1994 DOORWERTH (HOLLAND)
1995 RODEN – AMSTERDAM (HOLLAND)
1996 GARDEREN (HOLLAND)
1997 SWEDEN – HOENDERLOO (HOLLAND)
1998 HOLLAND– ENGLAND – GERMANY
1999 HOLLAND– GERMANY
2000 HOENDERLOO (HOLLAND)
2001 SWITZERLAND – ENGLAND
2003 UNITED STATES – ENGLAND – NORTHERN RELAND (TOUR)
2004 PERALADA (GIRONA) – ASIA TOUR
2005 AARHUS (DENMARK) ASIA TOUR
2006 AARHUS (DENMARK) – AMERICA TOUR
2007 SCOTLAND – ASIA TOUR
2008 SCOTLAND – AMERICA TOUR
2009 ENGLAND– AMERICA TOUR
2010 NORWAY– ASIA TOUR