FC Barcelona will face Inter Miami in a summer friendly


FC Barcelona fans celebrate the team’s second goal during the second half of a La Liga Serie A match against SSC Napoli at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on Wednesday, August 7, 2019.

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FC Barcelona makes summer stopover in South Florida for third time in six years; but this time it will be a more intimate occasion and tickets will surely be scarce.

Inter Miami announced on Thursday morning that the club will face Spanish powerhouse Barcelona in a friendly at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale on July 19. The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

Barcelona drew 57,062 spectators for a 2019 friendly against Napoli at the Hard Rock Stadium and 66,014 spectators for the 2017 ‘El Clasico’ against Real Madrid at the Hard Rock Stadium. The DRV PNK Stadium can only seat 18,000, so expect a quick sell-out.

Tickets go on sale May 25 for Inter Miami season ticket holders. More details will be shared via email in the coming days. Non-subscribers interested in signing up for priority access should register here. Fans who register will be eligible for an exclusive pre-sale starting May 26 while supplies last. For the remaining tickets, the general public will have access starting at 10 a.m. on May 27.

“Bringing a club of the caliber of FC Barcelona to South Florida will continue to put our region on the map as the epicenter of global soccer,” said Xavier Asensi, chief commercial officer of Inter Miami. “We are proud and excited to bring this great game to the DRV PNK Stadium for our growing, passionate and multicultural fan base.”

“We look forward to welcoming FC Barcelona as they prepare for the 2022-2023 LaLiga season,” added Chris Henderson, Head of Football and Sporting Director of Inter Miami. “The team is thrilled to take on the challenge of playing against some of the most talented players in the world.”

The Catalans are led by club legend and head coach Xavi Hernandez and feature a star-studded roster including USA national team full-back Sergiño Dest; 2021 Golden Boy winner Pedri, Uruguay international Ronald Araújo and Spain international Ansu Fati; FIFA World Cup winners Sergio Busquests and Gerard Pique; dynamic forwards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ferran Torres; and German international goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, among others.

“We are proud to return to the United States and play these two games in a country which is strategic for us because it is a territory where we have a large fan base and where football has seen strong growth in recent years. , especially among the new generations,” said Juli Guiu, Vice President of Marketing at FC Barcelona. “This visit will allow us to get closer to our supporters, to share with them our values ​​and our Barcelona feeling and it will be the opportunity for them to take advantage of our team on the pitch.”

Barcelona will also face New York Red Bulls on July 30 at Red Bull Arena and another ‘Clasico’ against Real Madrid is in the works for the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

In addition to the Barca match, the DRV PNK stadium will host ‘The Beautiful Game by R10 & RC3’ on June 18, a celebrity soccer match hosted by legends Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos. Among those scheduled to play: Argentine midfielder Paulo Dybala, Argentine defender Javier Mascherano, Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, Uruguayan defender Diego Lugano, Brazilian midfielder Elano and former NFL player and football enthusiast football Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson. Tickets are available through TicketMaster.

This story was originally published May 19, 2022 8:09 a.m.

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Miami Herald sportswriter Michelle Kaufman has covered 14 Olympics, six World Cups, Wimbledon, the US Open, NCAA basketball tournaments, NBA playoffs, Super Bowls and been the football writer and the University of Miami basketball beats writer for 25 years. She was born in Frederick, Maryland and raised in Miami.

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