International players face busy few days
Barca’s first team squad has again been reduced by international commitments – with just five players - Pinto, Abidal, Maxwell, Adriano and Keita left in Barcelona.
The 14 players on international duty include eight with Spain, who will face Milito, Messi and
Mascherano with Argentina in Buenos Aires, Brazilian Dani Alves and Bojan and Jeffren who are on
duty with the under 21s.
World Champions start European campaign
After conquering the World Cup, Spain begin their challenge to retain their European
title when they take on Lichenstein on Friday in the first game of qualifying, before flying off to
play Argentina next Tuesday. Puyol, Piqué,Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Villa and Víctor Valdés
have all been called up by Del Bosque, whilst new signing Mascherano joins Messi and Milito in the
Under 21s also on duty
First team squad members Bojan Krkic and Jeffren Suárez are joined by B
team players Rubén Miño and Thiago Alcántara in the Spanish under 21 squad who face Holland in a
qualification game for the youngsters’ European Championships.
Alves up against Barça B
Dani Alves is joining up with the rest of the Brazil squad, but he won’t have to travel
far as the Brazilians are set to play a friendly against the Barca B team.