FC Barcelona and Manchester City will play a charity match on Wednesday, August 24 at 9:00 p.m. at Camp Nou. To present this event, Joan Laporta, Pep Guardiola and Juan Carlos Unzué will hold an event on Monday at the 1899 Auditorium, which will mark the return of the Catalan coach to his home after six years. The activity will aim to raise funds for research against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a neurodegenerative disease that, at the moment, has no curative treatment.
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Unzué, promoter of the match, has suffered from this disease since June 2020, which forced his retirement as coach at just 53 years old. The one from Pamplona was Barça's goalkeeper between 1988 and 1990, being a substitute for Andoni Zubizarreta. After his retirement as a professional footballer in 2003, he directed Numancia, Racing de Santander, Celta de Vigo and Girona. In addition, he was the second Barça coach between 2014 and 2017, winning the treble in 2015.
Para Guardiola, este será su primer partido en seis años en el banquillo visitante del Camp Nou. En su última visita como técnico de los 'ctizens', Pep salió goleado en un partido por la fase de grupos de la Champions League disputado el 19 de octubre de 2016 (4-0). Leo Messi (hat-trick) y Neymar convirtieron los tantos culés en un partido en donde Claudio Bravo, ex portero blaugrana, salió expulsado en el conjunto 'sky blue'. Luis Enrique aún dirigía al Barça y Unzué era su asistente.
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On Friday, Juanma Lillo, City's assistant manager, announced his departure from the club to manage Qatar's Al-Saad. "My time at Manchester City has been one of the best of my career. Working alongside Pep, with his coaching staff and with this group of players has been a pleasure and I hope I have been able to contribute my bit to the success that we've had on the pitch," the Spaniard told the club's media