Date: 28th May 2008 at 3:58pm
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Hibs are to face Spanish giants Barcelona in a glamour pre-season friendly on Thursday 24th July the club have announced

For the second season in succession the Catalonian side have decided to use Scotland as a base in preparation for their assault on La Liga next season .

The match, which will be played at the home of Scottish rugby, Murrayfield rather than Easter Road Stadium is sure to generate interest throughout the club’s support and beyond.

Further to the clash with the Hibees, Barca will also face Dundee United at Tannadice on Saturday 26th July.

Barcelona have recently seen a change at the helm with Joseph Guardiola replacing Dutch legend Frank Rijkaard as head coach and will use the mini tour of Scotland to fully assess the playing squad available to him.

The sides have met before in an infamous Fairs Cup clash back in 1961 which saw Hibs record a fantastic victory over their Spanish counterparts.

After a fantastic 4-4 draw in the Camp Nou Hibs recorded a 3-2 victory in the return leg at Easter Road.

A penalty five minutes from the end, scored by Bobby Kinnloch, was enough to secure the victory however it was this award which sparked scenes of chaos inside the stadium.

The visitors were incensed by the award and Barca captain Segarra immediately made for referee Malka to complain followed by half a dozen or so of his team mates. Segarra shamed both himself and his club by grabbing the referee by his lapels as his protest went over the top.

The referee was saved by an invasion of Police officers who dragged the player away.

Once the spot kick was converted the Spaniards chased the ref to the touchline and Poncho sent the official flying to the track. It took the intervention once again of Lothian and Borders finest to save the man in the middle from a baying bunch of players.

Hopefully when the teams meet on this occasion it will showcase the talents of Messi, Eto’o, Puyol and co.

 

One Reply to “Hibs to play Barcelona”

  • A great pre season game and also to be played at Murrayfield rather than your home ground.

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