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International Football: FC Barcelona Takes Over Buenos Aires

Manuel TraqueteSenior Analyst ISeptember 6, 2010

The international friendly between Argentina and Spain in Buenos Aires tomorrow will feature no fewer than 10 Barcelona players.

This match, between two of the strongest national teams in the world, will showcase the talents of 10 Barcelona players (three for Argentina: Gabriel Milito, Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi; and seven for Spain: Victor Valdés, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Andrés Iniesta, Pedro Rodriguez, and David Villa), making FC Barcelona very much the star of the show.

Unfortunately, Puyol is currently sidelined with a minor injury and can't take part in this true Barcelona show in Buenos Aires.

Sergio Batista, recently appointed as Argentina's coach, has confessed that he is a great admirer of FC Barcelona and their beautiful football style.

“I watch all of Barca’s matches because I love the way they play. They play the way we are trying to play. I love teams that can string together six, seven, eight passes.”

He is also a declared admirer of the World Champions, and especially of the “intelligence of Xavi and Iniesta."

If Sergio Batista indeed manages to make Argentina play like Spain and Barcelona, tomorrow's match will certainly be a delight for all the fans of the beautiful game. Rarely (if ever) has so much talent been assembled in a football stadium.

As a consequence, the match is obviously expected to be a sell-out, as no one wants to miss the opportunity to see the best players in the world in action.

A Messi-led Argentina will try to defeat a Xavi-led Spain, current Euro and World Cup winners. For 90 minutes, there will be no love lost between these two football legends and teammates at Barcelona.

It's a friendly, but with Spain and Argentina it's never JUST a friendly. Football fans all over the world know they're in for a fabulous match.

Regardless of the final score, there's one guarantee: at least three Barcelona players will be on the winning side.

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