Catalonia List Xavi, Pique For Eagles


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An array of Barcelona stars have been called up to play for Catalonia in a friendly with the Super Eagles on January 2.
The game is to serve as part of the preparation for the Eagles as they head to South Africa for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Catalonia, coached by Dutch legend Johan Cruyff, is a region of Spain but plays friendly games against national teams from time to time but is not permitted to play in official competitions.

Cruyff is taking the friendly seriously and it has been confirmed that Barcelona superstars Xavi, Sergio Busquets and Gerald Pique will face the 1994 African champions on January 2.

Other Barcelona players that will be involved include Victor Valdes, Martin Montoya, Cristian Tello and Jordi Alba. Other Catalonia stars that have been confirmed for the game are Bartra and Sergi Roberto.

The game will take place at Estadi Cornellà El Prat, home ground of Spanish side Espanyol.

This will be the second meeting between the Eagles and Catalonia. The first match, in December 1998, ended in an emphatic 5-0 defeat for Nigeria.

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