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Barcelona Invite Chapecoense To Play Next Joan Gamper Trophy

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Barcelona invite Chapecoense to play in next Joan Gamper Trophy match

Barcelona, Spain – Barcelona have formally invited Chapeconese to play in 2017’s Joan Gamper Trophy match, the Catalan club announced on Thursday.

Barcelona hope to help Chapecoense’s rebuilding effort following the tragic plane crash that decimated the Brazilian club.

The Joan Gamper Trophy is a friendly that takes place before Barcelona’s La Liga season kicks off in August. It’s held at Barcelona’s massive stadium, the Camp Nou, and is a one-off match that typically serves as a fun way to get the season rolling.

“Barcelona want to pay homage to the 71 people who died in the accident and their families,” the Catalan club said in a statement.

“The club will work so that the Joan Gamper Trophy 2017 provides a huge homage to them from the football world through different initiatives surrounding the game.

“With the invitation of Chapecoense to the Joan Gamper Trophy, Barcelona want to collaborate with the institutional and sporting reconstruction of the club and help them recover the competitive level they had.

“Barcelona sent a formal letter to Chapecoense’s current board of directors on Thursday.”

Chapecoense president Ivan Tozzo has told RAC1 that the Brazilian club have affected Barcelona’s offer to play in the Joan Gamper Trophy match at the start of the 2017-18 season.

“It’s a huge happiness for us and we thank FC Barcelona for inviting us,” said Tozzo. “It will be a huge privilege and pleasure to come to play in Europe.”

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