Barcelona Will Make $12M From Preseason Friendlies, Including $8M In Asia
Barcelona will pocket a total of €9M ($12M) this preseason, including €6M ($8M) from its preseason tour of Asia and another €3M ($4M) from the club's other preseason friendlies, according to Joan Doménech of EL PERIODICO. The club's trip to Israel and Palestine, however, "had no economic motivation, as it was done in the interest of promoting peace in the conflicted region." Barcelona Economic VP Javier Faus said, "We want to explain that sports and children can lay down bridges in all villages. We are the first club in the world for Palestinians and Israelis." Barcelona will receive €3M apiece from its two games in Thailand and Malaysia, while "the other €3M the club will receive this preseason will come from proceeds from games played in Munich, Oslo, Norway and Gdansk, Poland" (EL PERIODICO, 8/3).