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Barcelona set to go for a Burton

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 05, 2014

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THE best player in world football will descend on Burton as a star-studded Barcelona head to the national football centre.

Argentinian star Lionel Messi, Brazil poster boy Neymar and Andres Iniesta are primed for a visit to St George’s Park as the La Liga side head to the UK for pre-season training.

The four-times European champions will arrive at the site on July 28 and stay until August 2.

St George’s Park’s managing director Julie Harrington spoke to the Mail about the massive coup for the £105 million facility.

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She said: “I am absolutely delighted that FC Barcelona have decided to join us for their pre-season preparations later this month.

“This is hugely exciting news for St George’s Park and the Football Association, and it is a real pleasure to be able to have one of European football’s most successful clubs train at our facility.

“We look forward to welcoming the 
players and staff, and helping ensure their visit with us is both an enjoyable and memorable experience.”

It will be one of the first times Barcelona have got together under new coach Luis Enrique, with a host of stars set to be put through their paces.

The arrival of Barcelona marks the biggest names to have visited the site since it opened two years ago.

The site, which is home to all levels of the England team pyramid, has also hosted teams including West Ham United and even teams as far afield as from the United States.

Also in camp at the same time as Barcelona will be the England women’s senior team, as Mark Sampson’s side prepare for their fixture against Sweden in Hartlepool on Sunday, August 3.

Barcelona’s arrival will cap off an already busy summer at St George’s Park, with Steaua Bucharest the latest team to visit, while last week Ryan Giggs completed his coaching Pro Licence at the site.

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