European giants Barcelona could find themselves in Japan as early as August, Japanese media reported on Thursday.
The Spanish titans will face Juventus in next month’s UEFA Champions League Final, with continental glory and a spot in December’s FIFA Club World Cup in Japan on the line. But should the Blaugrana be defeated, they could console themselves with an August trip to Tokyo according to Sponichi.
The paper reports that a match with FC Tokyo could take place on August 7 at Ajinomoto Stadium while the league is on break for the East Asian Cup. As a result, the J1 League side may face the likes of Neymar and Lionel Messi without national team goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda, defenders Masato Morishige, Kosuke Ota, and the presumably Europe-bound striker Yoshinori Muto.
Should Barcelona win the Champions League, participation in the August 11 UEFA Super Cup would likely prevent a summer Japan tour.
The match would represent Barcelona’s first visit to Japan since December 2011, when they beat Brazil’s Santos to win that year’s Club World Cup.