SPORT July 28th will be a big day for Tangier, and for good reason! FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi & Co will play a friendly against local players in the new city stadium.
A hot date for Tangier, On July 28th, a sea of Barca supporters will gather to watch the best team of recent years, play a friendly match in the Grande Stade de Tangier, inaugurated in April 2011. The meeting will bring together a selection of Moroccan players, trained by Rashid Taoussi. According to several sources, this match will also be an opportunity to pay tribute to the great player, Abdelmajid Dolmy. In addition to this friendly match, the Blaugrana should receive between 1 and 2 million euros.
The event entitled “Visca Tanja” in reference to the famous “Visca Barca” has been in the works for several days. It was only on Tuesday that the news was made official at a press conference led by Jodi Cardoner, head of the social sector ““Mes que un Club”; “This game will be a feast for Morocco and FC Barcelona, We have over 50,000 fans in Morocco, 4 fan clubs and thousands of fans on our Facebook page”. The ticket prices for this match will range from 250 to 2,000 dhs.
In Morocco, the players and their coach Tito Vilanova, will be accommodated at Mazagan in El Jadida. This meeting will primarily be a pre-season game for the Catalans, one of four before they will be in Hamburg for the German club’s 125th anniversary. After Tangier, the team will fly to Paris to face Paris Saint Germain. FC Barcelona is returning to Morocco 38 years after their last visit for a match against Wydad Casablanca, the latter scored 3-0.
Text Julien Antinoff
Photo FC Barcelona
Translation Karen Athwal