After the Premier League season starts, Manchester City will play a friendly game in Barcelona to raise money for ALS research.
The match, which will take place at the Nou Camp on August 24, has been called “A game for a greater cause.” It will be held for Juan Carlos Unzue, a former coach and player for Barcelona who has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The money from the friendly will be used to help find a cure for ALS.
Pep Guardiola announced the friendly at the Nou Camp. It will happen between City’s third and fourth Premier League games this season.
City plays Newcastle away from home on August 20. In the middle of the week, they play Barcelona. The following weekend, they host Crystal Palace at home.
Guardiola said that City will send their first-team players to the game. This will be the first time he sees his former assistant coach, Xavi, on the sidelines. It will also be Guardiola’s third time as a manager to go to the Nou Camp. He lost 3-0 with Bayern Munich in 2015 and 4-0 with City in 2016, both in the Champions League.
Guardiola said: “I’m so happy that Manchester City will be there, that FC Barcelona has shown why they’re the best, and that the president has brought everyone together. We need to fill up the stadium, and I need to prepare my strategies. We need to get some rest because Xavi is coming and we need to be ready.”
City’s former players Ferran Torres and Eric Garcia, as well as Guardiola’s many friends, will be there for the game.
City plays Club America in Houston on July 20 and Bayern Munich in Green Bay on July 23. On July 30, City plays Liverpool in the Community Shield at Leicester. They start the Premier League season on the road against West Ham, then play Bournemouth and Newcastle before playing Barcelona in a charity match.