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Barcelona are preparing for a trip to Australia in May

The match will take place at Sydney’s 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium on Wednesday May 25, days before the A-League season ends with the Championship’s ‘grand final’.

The A-League All-Stars team first stepped onto the pitch in 2013 with a game against then-Premier League champions Manchester United, drawing a crowd of over 83,000. Juventus traveled a year later to face the All-Stars, but there hasn’t been another game since.

“As we emerge from our third COVID-impacted season of football, Australia and the A-Leagues are once again the destination for international teams,” said Danny Townsend, A-Leagues CEO and outgoing Sydney Managing Director. FC, according to Australian newspaper The Age.

“One of the best teams in the world taking on the best of the A-League just days before the men’s grand final will provide a footballing feast for Australian fans during the grand final week.”

Australia was a regular stop for big European clubs before the country went into lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic with Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea drawing huge crowds for lucrative friendlies.

A video of more than 95,000 fans singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” ahead of an exhibition match involving Liverpool at the Melbourne Cricket Ground went viral in 2013.

Other exhibition matches involving top European clubs will also take place in Australia this summer. United and fellow England side Crystal Palace will play friendlies in Melbourne in July this year, but plans for a first Glasgow derby outside Scotland were scrapped when Rangers withdrew from the Sydney Super Cup after fan complaints.

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