Barça won the Copa Llatina in 1952 / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB
Barça and Niçe meet in a pre-season friendly in August in what will be the third ever match up between the two teams

Barça beat Nice in the final of the Copa Latina in the 1951/52 season and lost in the 1973/74 Fairs Cup.

FC Barcelona and OGC Niça will play a pre-season friendly on August 2  – the third time the two sides have met. OGC Niça was founded in 1904 and has won four league trophies and three French Cups.

First of the famous five cups

The first time the two sides met was in the final of the 1951/52 Copa Latina, at the start of  the famous Season of the Five Cups. Barça, led by  Kubala, Ramallets and César, who scored the only goal of the game. Coach Ferdinand Daucik put out the following team:Ramallets, Martin, Biosca, Seguer, Bosch, Escudero, Basora, César, Kubala, Aldecoa and Manchón.

Barça had beaten Juventus 4-2 in the semi final, which was also played in Paris, with goals from  Basora (2), Kubala and Manchón and the Copa was to be the start of a thrilling campaign that saw them take the Spanish League and Cup, the Copa Eva Duarte and the Martini & Rossi Trophy.

Fairs Cup defeat

The team next met in the first round of the1973/4 Fairs Cup. Johan Cruyff had just joined form Ajax, but was awaiting a work permit when the game was played and Barça went down 3-0 in Nice’s old Stade du Ray. Rinus Michels then went on to take the side to their first league title in 14 years.