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Barcelona pre-season 2018-19: Fixtures, transfers, squad numbers & complete La Liga schedule

4:40 AM IST 16/08/18
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The Catalan side will prepare for the new La Liga season without Andres Iniesta as they look to defend their title

Barcelona will be keen on defending their La Liga title, starting with a pre-season tour of the United States in the International Champions Cup (ICC), which involves some massive clashes.

This upcoming season will also be the first in which Lionel Messi succeeds Andres Iniesta as club captain, with the former Spain international leaving Camp Nou after 16 years in the first team to play for Japanese side Vissel Kobe.

Goal brings you your complete guide to Barcelona's 2018 pre-season tour as well as dates, venues and all you need to know about preparations for the new campaign.

Barcelona pre-season fixtures

Date Match Time (UK / US ET) Venue
Jul 28 Barcelona 2-2 (5-3 pens.) Tottenham 10:05pm / 5:05pm Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Jul 31 Barcelona 2-4 Roma 4:05am / 8:05pm AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Aug 4 Barcelona 0-1 AC Milan 1:05am / 8:05pm Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
Aug 12 Sevilla 1-2 Barcelona 9:00pm / 4:00pm Grand Stade de Tanger, Tangier
Aug 15 Barcelona 3-0 Boca Juniors 6:30pm / 1:30pm Camp Nou, Barcelona

Barcelona begins preparations for the new season with a pre-season tour in the United States, which kicked off against Premier League side Tottenham in California where the Catalans took a win in a shootout after a 2-2 draw through 90 minutes. 

They then kicked off an Italian club double-header against Roma, falling 4-2 after three late goals from the Serie A side, with the club falling to more late drama against Milan. 

Their lead-up to the La Liga season will end a Spanish Super Cup tie against Sevilla and contesting the Joan Gamper Trophy with Boca Juniors.

Barcelona 2018-19 squad numbers

Squad number Position Player
1 GK Marc-Andre ter Stegen
2 DF Nelson Semedo
3 DF Gerard Pique
4 MF Ivan Rakitic
5 MF Sergio Busquets
6 MF Denis Suarez
9 FW Luis Suarez
10 FW Lionel Messi
11 FW Ousmane Dembele
13 GK Jasper Cillessen
14 MF Philippe Coutinho
17 FW Paco Alcacer
18 DF Jordi Alba
19 DF Lucas Digne
20 MF Sergi Roberto
21 MF Andre Gomes
22 MF Aleix Vidal
23 DF Samuel Umtiti
24 DF Yerri Mina
25 DF Thomas Vermaelen
- DF Clement Lenglet
- MF Arthur
- FW Malcom
- DF Marlon
- MF Sergi Samper
- MF Rafinha
- MF Carles Alena
- MF Arturo Vidal
- FW Munir El-Haddadi

Barcelona's 2018-19 transfer activity

Former club captain Iniesta was released from the club to play in Japan, while forward Gerard Deulofeu was sold to Premier League side Watford for €17 million (£15m/$20m).

Brazil midfielder Paulinho was a surprise departure after he opted to return to Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande, following just one season at the Camp Nou.

Meanwhile, the club landed Arthur from Gremio to help fill the void left by Iniesta, while promising French defender Clement Lenglet arrived from Sevilla. 

Transfer activity in

Position Player Transferred from Fee
MF Arthur Gremio €40m
FW Malcom Bordeaux €41m
DF Clement Lenglet Sevilla €35.9M
MF Arturo Vidal Bayern €20M

Transfer activity out

Position Player Transferred to Fee
MF Andres Iniesta Vissel Kobe (released) N/A
FW Gerard Deulofeu Watford €17m
MF Paulinho Guangzhou Evergrande (loan) Free
DF Douglas Sivasspor (loan) Free
GK Adrian Ortola Deportivo La Coruna (loan) Free
RB Aleix Vidal Sevilla €8.5m
LB Lucas Digne Everton €20m
CB Yerry Mina Everton €30m
MF Andre Gomes Everton €2.3m

Barcelona's La Liga 2018-19 fixtures

Date Time Match
19/08/2018 17:30 Barcelona vs Alaves
26/08/2018 17:30 Real Valladolid vs Barcelona
02/09/2018 17:30 Barcelona vs SD Huesca
16/09/2018 17:30 Real Sociedad vs Barcelona
23/09/2018 17:30 Barcelona vs Girona
26/09/2018 17:30 Leganes vs Barcelona
30/09/2018 17:30 Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao
07/10/2018 17:30 Valencia vs Barcelona
21/10/2018 17:30 Barcelona vs Sevilla
28/10/2018 17:30 Barcelona vs Real Madrid
04/11/2018 17:30 Rayo Vallecano vs Barcelona
11/11/2018 17:30 Barcelona vs Real Betis
25/11/2018 17:30 Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona
02/12/2018 17:30 Barcelona vs Villarreal
09/12/2018 17:30 Espanyol vs Barcelona
16/12/2018 17:30 Levante vs Barcelona
22/12/2018 17:30 Barcelona vs Celta Vigo
06/01/2019 17:30 Getafe vs Barcelona
13/01/2019 17:30 Barcelona vs Eibar
20/01/2019 17:30 Barcelona vs Leganes
27/01/2019 17:30 Girona vs Barcelona
03/02/2019 17:30 Barcelona vs Valencia
10/02/2019 17:30 Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona
17/02/2019 17:30 Barcelona vs Real Valladolid
24/02/2019 17:30 Sevilla vs Barcelona
03/03/2019 17:30 Real Madrid vs Barcelona
10/03/2019 17:30 Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano
17/03/2019 17:30 Real Betis vs Barcelona
31/03/2019 17:30 Barcelona vs Espanyol
03/04/2019 17:30 Villareal vs Barcelona
07/04/2019 17:30 Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid
14/04/2019 17:30 SD Huesca vs Barcelona
24/04/2019 17:30 Barcelona vs Real Sociedad
28/04/2019 17:30 Alaves vs Barcelona
05/05/2019 17:30 Barcelona vs Levante
12/05/2019 17:30 Celta Vigo vs Barcelona
19/05/2019 17:30 Barcelona vs Getafe
26/05/2019 17:30 Eibar vs Barcelona