When will Barcelona play Pumas in the 2022 Joan Gamper trophy?
Mexican side Pumas UNAM will be Barca’s opponents in the 57th edition of the Joan Gamper trophy.
Club Universidad Nacional, or Pumas as they are more commonly known, are Barcelona’s rivals at this year’s Trofeo Joan Gamper as the pre-season tournament celebrates its 57th edition. It will be just the second time that Barça have invited Mexican opponents to take part in their summer showpiece - Club León were guests in 2014 but were no match for their hosts, losing the game 6-0 with Neymar and Munir bagging a brace each. Barça has originally invited Jose Mourinho’s Roma to play this year’s Joan Gamper but the Italians decided to withdraw and rescinded the contract without giving a reason.
The women’s team, Barcelona Femení will also contest the Joan Gamper Trophy - the second time that both the men’s and women’s teams have been involved. They will face Montpellier on Tuesday 23 August at Estadi Johan Cruyff.
Few teams have wrested the trophy away from Barcelona since the tournament began in 1966 - just 11 visiting clubs have beaten the hosts and lifted the cup, the most recent being Sampdoria in 2012.
The Trofeo Joan Gamper, named in honour of Barcelona’s founder Joan Gamper, is the chance for fans to see the first team, along with all of the new summer signings in action before the new campaign starts. This year, recent arrivals Andreas Christensen, Franck Kessié together with any newcomers (Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski have also been linked) will get their first taste of Camp Nou in the final pre-season friendly.
When is the 2022 Joan Gamper trophy game between Barcelona and Pumas?
The 2022 Joan Gamper trophy meeting between Barcelona and Pumas will be played at Spotify Camp Nou on Sunday 7 August, kicking off at 20:00 hours local time CEST (8 p.m. EDT / 11 a.m. PDT).
The Trofeo Joan Gamper will conclude Barcelona’s pre-season programme of friendlies. Xavi’s team have a number of warm-up games lined up - starting with a game against regional rivals UE Olot on 13 July. The squad will travel to the US for a mini-tour with games against MLS side Inter Miami on 19 July, followed by El Clásico Las Vegas against Real Madrid at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on 23 July. Three days later, on 26 July, they meet Juventus at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas - both games as part of the Soccer Champions Tour. The US tour concludes with a friendly against New York Red Bulls on 30 July at the Red Bull Arena, New Jersey.