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SBD Global/June 29, 2012/International Football

Barcelona, ManU To Face Off In Friendly In Gothenburg This Summer

FC Barcelona and ManU will "play a friendly in Gothenburg," according to MUNDO DEPORTIVO. The match-up on Swedish ground will take place on Aug. 8 in the Ullevi stadium. It will mark the "third time Barcelona faces ManU in the preseason." The other two times were in '03 in Philadelphia and last summer at the FedEx Field near Washington, D.C. (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 6/28). The PA reported that the "pair have met in two of the last four Champions League finals, plus the '08 semi-final." ManU CEO David Gill said, "Manchester United against Barcelona is one of the top fixtures in world football, and we are delighted to work with GotEvent to bring this match to the beautiful city of Gothenburg" (PA, 6/28). The BBC reported that the fixture will be Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova's "first experience of United as Barcelona's new coach after taking the reins from Pep Guardiola" (BBC, 6/28).
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