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Tuesday i'm in love


Here's some news on the next Barça B Copa del Ray Hudson Rey match, and what's been going on today.

But first, have my favourite Fontàs pic, because i'm feeling generous today:




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2009/2010 League Schedule

The LFP released yesterday the official schedule for next season's Liga matches, and Isiah over at the Barcelona Offside did the grunt job of sorting out only our matches.

Important dates:

First leg of the Spanish Supercopa, against Athletic de Bilbao, is the 16th of August, at San Mamés.

Second Leg of the Spanish Supercopa, against Athetic de Bilbao, is the 23rd of August, at the Camp Nou.

The UEFA Supercup, against Shakhtar Donetsk, plays the 28th of August, at the Stade Louis II (in Monaco).

First match of the season is against Sporting de Gijón, the 31st of August, at the Camp Nou.

First leg of El Clásico is the 29th of November, at the Camp Nou.

2009 Club World Cup will be played at Abu Dhabi between the 9th and the 19th of December.

Second leg of El Clásico is the 11th of April, at the Bernabéu.

Last match of the season is against Real Valladolid, the 16th of May, at the Camp Nou.

Champions League Final (cross your fingers!) is the 22nd of May, at the Bernabéu.

Copa del Rey Final (cross your fingers!) is the 26th of May, at a stadium yet to be decided.


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Sources: the Barcelona Offside and El País
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pre-match news: Malaga v Barca

I apologise for my lax posting lately: it's exam time. Look for an increase in about a week's time.

+ An understrength Barca team beat third division Benidorm 0-1 with a strike from Bojan in their round of 32 first leg Copa del Rey game. The return leg is at the Camp Nou. Anyone want to guess how many people will turn up to that one? 3,000?

+ Bad injury new first: worryingly, Abidal has a knee problem that will rule him out for at least a week and might require surgery if it doesn't improve after that.

+ Good injury news: Guddy and Pedro both have medical clearance! They haven't been included in Pep's squad for Malaga, but look for at least Guddy to make a comeback against Basle midweek. Keita is running again as well, which is very encouraging.

+ Speaking of which, the squad:

Goalkeepers: Valdes, Pinto

Defenders: Marquez, Pique, Puyol, Caceres, Sylvinho

Midfielders: Xavi, Toure, Sergio B

Forwards: Henry, Bojan, Eto'o, Messi

*Swiss army knives: Iniesta, Hleb, Alves, Victor Sanchez


The new category there is for people who can play in a variety of positions across the pitch, leaving me unsure as to how I'm supposed to classify them.

+ Pep says we need to be careful. He's right - Malaga are a good side, only 4 places below Barca in the table, having just beaten Sevilla away [not many teams can do that] and on a 4-game winning streak. Any complacency will be punished.

+ He also says that Xavi is going nowhere, so feel free to continue laughing at the desperate attempts of publications such as Tuttosport to drum up rumours about half the Barca midfield.

+ Some news on the work of the FC Barcelona Foundation.