Thursday, April 24, 2014

Xavi, Puyol other Barcelona stars to face Super Eagles

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The Super Eagles will play against some of Barcelona’s best.

The Head Coach of Catalonia side, Johan Cryuff, has listed 10 players from Spanish La Liga leaders, Barcelona, for the international friendly against Nigeria’s Super Eagles on Wednesday evening.

He has also picked seven players from Espanyol FC, whose ground will host the encounter.

The list made available to the Nigerian delegation on arrival in Barcelona has Barcelona first choice in goal, Victor Valdes, Xavi Hernandez, Carlos Puyol, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Martin Montoya, Sergio Roberto, Christian Tello and Marc Bartra all listed from the Catalan giants.

From Espanyol, there will be Joan Verdi, Joan Capdevilla, Sergio Garcia, Kiko Casilas, Raul Rodriguez, Victor Sanchez, and Sergio Tejera.

Others in the team list are AC Milan’s Bojan Rkic; Getafe’s Alvaro Vazquez; Jordi Amat and Francesco Medina ‘Piti,’ both of Rayo Vallecano; and Red Bulls Zalburg’s Jonathan Soriaro.

“These are big names no doubt but our players know that names don’t play football these days, we will just go out there and give our best against them,” Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, said.

The match time has also been brought forward, as it would now be played at 7 p.m. Nigerian instead of the 9 p.m. earlier stated.

The venue remains Espanyol FC home ground in the Catalan city.

The game is one of the schedule warm-up matches to prepare the Eagles for the 2013 African Nations Cup.

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