When and where is Barcelona vs. Australian A-League All Stars game being played?

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Spanish football giants Barcelona will play an A-League All Stars team in Sydney next month – with the timing raising questions among local fans.

The match – locked in for Wednesday May 25, is in A-League grand final week and can’t help but draw gloss away from the finale of a competition has faced serious issues over crowds and TV ratings already this season.

Players from the Grand Final teams won’t feature in a game that is being promoted heavily online by the A-League clubs, detracting from the quality of opposition as well as the showpiece match.

A full house is nevertheless anticipated at the 83,500-seat stadium and the Spanish club has reportedly assured organisers they will bring a full team.

Barca, who are one of three teams 12 points behind runaway La Liga leaders Real Madrid this season, boast stars including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Pedri, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong and Jordi Alba.

While this style of football friendly has proven financially popular in Australia – with visits from leading clubs such as Arsenal, Real Madrid, Liverpool and others in recent years and Celtic set for this northern off-season – the timing has been queried by local supporters. While it’s common for rival codes to try to disrupt big events in another, it’s unusual for a code to do that to its own marquee event.

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