Sunday, August 16, 2009

Barcelona's First Competitive Match of the Season Tonight

At 2200 hrs. Barcelona time, the Spanish Super Cup first leg encounter between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao will kick off at San Mames in Bilbao.

Barcelona have been Super Cup winners on 11 previous occasions, with the most recent win coming in 2006.

Bilbao, in contrast, have only won the Super Cup once, in 1984.

Thierry Henry has been named in the squad despite being doubtful with an Achilles tendon injury, but Lionel Messi has been excluded.

The full squad is:

Goalkeepers: Valdés, Pinto

Defenders: Alves, Puyol, Piqué, Abidal, Maxwell, Muniesa, Fontàs

Midfielders: Xavi, Touré, Keita, Busquets, Jonathan dos Santos, Gudjohnsen

Forwards: Pedro, Bojan, Henry, Jeffren