12 possible Barça debuts at the Clubs World Cup
12 of the 23 players that FC Barcelona have taken to Japan have never appeared in the competition before. However, Valdés, Puyol, Iniesta and Xavi are going for the third time. Before this Tuesday’s training session in Yokohama, Barça players and technical staff met with children from Fukushima, in solidarity with Japan and its nuclear accident.
Tokyo (FCB).- Although they are all used to top level competition, 12 of the 23 players in the FC Barcelona squad in Japan have yet to play in the Clubs World Cup. These are Cesc Fàbregas, Villa, Alexis, Thiago, Pinto, Mascherano, Maxwell, Adriano, Fontàs, Cuenca, Oier and Dos Santos. Pinto, Maxwell and Dos Santos were in the squad in 2009, but didn\u2019t play in either match. In addition, Valdés, Puyol, Iniesta and Xavi are going for the third time. Barça Manager, Pep Guardiola, faces this competition for the third time: two as coach (2009 and 2011) and one as player (1992). Before this Tuesday\u2019s training session in Yokohama, in solidarity with Japan\u2019s people, Barça players and technical staff met with children from the area of Fukushima, which had to abandon their homes due to the nuclear accident.
Yokohama 2006 \u2013 Abu Dhabi 2009 \u2013 Yokohama 2011
There are eleven survivors from the first time Barça won the Clubs World Cup in 2009: Valdés, Alves, Piqué, Puyol, Abidal, Busquets, Xavi, Keita, Messi, Pedro and Iniesta. The four captains (Valdés, Puyol, Iniesta, Xavi) were also in the team that played in the tournament in 2006, but FC Barcelona were then beaten in the final by Internacional of Porto Alegre.
It is also Pep Guardiola\u2019s third taste of the competition. He lost as a player in 1992 against Sao Paulo (2-1), but 17 years later (in 2009) savoured victory as manager in Abu Dhabi against Estudiantes of La Plata (2-1).