Indignation in Barcelona over reports Rosell wants Spain-Brazil friendly

According to El Mundo Deportivo an article in Madrid newspaper Marca has caused perplexity and indignation within Barcelona after reports that Barca President Sandro Rosell is supposedly interested in staging November´s Spain-Brazil friendly at the Camp Nou.

Marca claims Rosell has taken advantage of his trip to the Copa America in Argentina to contact members of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), with whom he has an excellent relationship, to launch negotiations for the game. But Barcelona sources have denied the allegations, and also maintain there has been no contact between the club and the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), either directly or indirectly.

However, Marca backs up its claims by saying the Spanish national team draws heavily on Barcelona players, possessing eight of the 23-man World Cup-winning squad, and this could be swollen to nine with the arrival of Cesc Fabregas. The paper argues his presence with La Roja in their home stadium would be Barcelona´s own testimonial to the heroes of South Africa.

It cites an example, declaring Vicente del Bosque tried to get the Euro 2012 qualifier in March against the Czech Republic (played in Granada) to be held at the Camp Nou in celebration of Xavi´s 100th international appearance. In addition, Rosell´s links with the CBF and Nike, sponsors of the Brazilian team, are also called into question.

While there has unquestionably been contact between the two federations the venue has yet to be decided, with London being mentioned and also a possible trip to Rio de Janeiro to inaugurate the Maracana Stadium, currently under reconstruction for the 2014 World Cup.

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