FC Barcelona squad arrives in Japan

Arrival at Narita airport / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
Hundreds of Barça fans greeted the team at Narita International Airport as well as the team’s hotel in Yokohama

The Club’s expedition spent over 13 hours travelling to Japan, where the team will train for the first time on Monday

The FC Barcelona squad have arrived in Japan to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup in search of their third such title and their fifth in 2015.

Flight MH8170 took off from Barcelona’s El Prat airport at around 10.30am CET and landed at Narita International Airport (Tokyo) just past 8.00am local time after 13 hours and 17 minutes in the air. There is an eight hour time difference between Japan (UTC+9) and Barcelona (CET).

A 12,380km trip

After flying over Italy, Croatia, Bulgaria and Azerbaijan, among many other countries, and after crossing over all of  China and then leaving behind South Korea, the FC Barcelona delegation then headed to their respective hotels for rest. The coaching staff and players are staying in Yokohama while the Club directors are staying in Tokyo. There was a large crowd of Barça fans both at Narita Airport and the team hotel.

The team will have its first training session at Nippatsu Mitsuzawa Stadium in Yokohama at 6.30pm Japanese time and then again on Tuesday, while the semi-final against Guangzhou Evergrande will be played at Yokohama Stadium on Thursday at 7.30pm Japanese time, which is 11.30am CET.

Club expedition

Twenty-three players have made the journey including Sergi Samper and Gerard Gumbau from the reserves. Summer signings Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal have also travelled to support the team despite being ineligible to compete.

Including those travelling with the squad are members of the board, such as technical director Robert Fernandez. Also on board are directors Jordi Cardoner, Jordi Mestre, Jordi Moix, Javier Bordas, Silvio Elías, Dídac Lee, Josep Ramon Vidal-Abarca, Pau Vilanova, Jordi Calsamiglia, Maria Teixidor, Enrique Tombas, Emili Rousaud and Oriol Tomàs, as too are Sport Secretary General of Catalonia Ivan Tibau and president of the Catalan Football Federation Andreu Subies.