Hectic start to the season

The first team face a hectic opening to the season, with five games in the first fifteen days – three league matches and the two Spanish Super Cup games against Real Madrid

In addition, next Monday’s Joan Gamper Estrella Damm Trophy pits them against Sampdoria

Tito Vilanova begins his first league season in charge on Sunday with the visit of Real Sociedad to the Camp Nou (21.00) and the Basques will be just the first of a series of five tough games in the first 15 days of the campaign, with two more league matches and the two legs of the Spanish Super Cup all scheduled ahead of September’s international break

First title up for grabs

Following the league opener, Barça – the Spanish Cup holders – entertain last season’s league winners Real Madrid in the first Classico of the season – the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Thursday at the Camp Nou (22.30). Six days later – August 29th – the return game at the Bernabeu will also kick off at 22.30.

Between those two games, Barça will make their first away trip of the league campaign, when they travel to Pamplona to face Osasuna at 19.00 on Sunday August 26th, whilst the week after they entertain Valencia on Sunday September 2nd at eight in the evening.

Gamper Trophy on August 20th

As well as the five official games, Barça will also be playing the Joan Gamper Estrella Damm Trophy on Monday August 20th, with the official team presentation taking place at 21.20 and the game against Sampdoria following at 22.00. The gates to the Camp Nou will open at 17.00 for the traditional pre-tournament Festa del Gamper.