Adriano goes back to the Sánchez Pizjuan
Adriano looks set to make his competitive debut with Barça on Saturday after taking part in all three matches so far this summer. If so, it will be a quick return to the Sánchez Pizjuán for the versatile Brazilian.
Curiously enough, he made his first appearance in the Spanish league in a match between Sevilla and
Barça on 29th January 2005. And now, five years later, he could make his competitive Barça debut in
the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup in the Sánchez Pizjuan.
Six titles with Sevilla
Adriano won the Spanish Super Cup in 2007 against Real Madrid. But it is just one of the six
medals he won during his more than 200 matches with the Andalus club. He’s hoping he can
continue – and improve – his winning streak with Barça and on Saturday he may get the
chance to take the first steps towards his seventh medal in a tournament that Barça has already won
A warm reception
Adriano can expect a warm welcome from the Sevilla fans and his former team-mates but as soon
as the referee starts the match no doubt Adriano will be focussed on the interests of his new club.
Following in the footsteps of Alves and Keita
Team-mates Dani Alves and Seydou Keita, also former Sevilla stars, had the same
experience in the 2008/09 season when, in November, they returned to Sevilla as Barça players. That
day Leo Messi produced a scintillating performance to guide Barça to a crushing 0-3 win.