Barcelona pre-season 2023: Tour, fixtures, results, tickets & how to watch
Barcelona's pre-season this year is, once again, expected to be dominated by transfer talk. Although the Blaugrana have a league title to celebrate, all of the focus is likely to be on if, and how, they can bring Lionel Messi back to Camp Nou.
Amid a financial situation that hasn't improved much, a move to a smaller stadium while their current one is being renovated, and a squad that will need additions outside the Argentine, it could be a pivotal summer in manager Xavi's system. Get it right, and Barca could be set up for a new era of success. Get it wrong, and they could fall behind Real Madrid once again.
Details as to how, exactly, this pre-season will look are sparse, with more concrete information sure to come out over the next few weeks and months. Here, GOAL has everything you need to know about Barcelona's pre-season tour, including info on how to buy tickets, where to find games, squad details, and more.
Barcelona pre-season 2023 fixtures & results
Xavi's side don't have much of a rest after concluding their title-winning season. The Blaugrana play Andres Iniesta's Vissel Kobe at the Japan National Stadium on June 6, 48 hours after their final La Liga contest.
After that, they will enjoy a few weeks off before jetting abroad once more.
The Blaugrana are once again returning to the USA for a preseason tour. And while last year's slate focused on fixtures on the east coast, this summer will focus on fixtures out west. The Bluagrana are expected to set up a west coast base camp before playing four major European clubs in just under two weeks.
Barcelona open their tour with a fixture against Italian giants Juventus on July 22 in Santa Clara, California. They will then travel south to SoFi stadium in Los Angeles to take on Arsenal on July 26. Next up is the highlight, a US-based Clasico against arch-rivals Real Madrid, which will be held on July 29 in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys. They will round things off with a contest against Champions League semi-finalists AC Milan in Las Vegas on August 1.
But there's more football to be played once they return home. The annual Joan Gamper match will be played at some point before the season kicks off. Neither the opponent nor location for the fixture has been revealed, with Camp Nou unavailable due to extensive renovations. The busy slate will also see the Blaugrana debut their 2023-24 kits.
Barcelona pre-season 2023 tickets
Tickets for Barca's preseason tour are available on the Soccer Champions Tour website.
How to watch & stream Barcelona 2023-24 pre-season tour
Broadcasters for Barcelona's pre-season fixtures are sure to be confirmed once the fixture list is released. In the past, games have also been made available on Barcelona's in-house media network. However, the club is getting rid of that service on June 30. How, exactly, that impacts the accessibility of pre-season fixtures remains to be seen. Until then, there is sure to be content on Barca's official YouTube channel.
Barcelona 2023-24 pre-season tour squad
The Blaugrana's pre-season squad should feature many of the same faces from this year's La Liga-winning side. Robert Lewandowski, Pedri, Gavi and Ousmane Dembele should be ready to go by late June.
All of the focus, though, will certainly be on the potential arrival of Messi. Barcelona have publicly flirted with the Argentine in recent months, and have reportedly entered preliminary discussions with La Liga as to how they can afford to bring Messi back to Camp Nou.
When does Barcelona's 2023-24 season start?
La Liga will start the 2023-24 season on Saturday, August 12th, 2023 and last until late May 2024. Fixtures are not yet available, and no announcement date has been confirmed. However, last year, they were made available in late June.