19.00 CET – Numancia vs. Barcelona
Los Pajaritos stadium, Soria

The 2008/09 season in Spanish football is kicking off this weekend, with FC Barcelona playing their first league game against Numancia at the Los Pajaritos stadium.

Lionel Messi and his Barça teammates will try to have a good start to the league campaign in a year when the club hopes to return to trophy-winning ways after the disappointing last two years. Pep Guardiola has taken over as head coach and new signings (Alves, Keita, Pique, Cáceres, Hleb) have been made aimed at bringing the team back to the top.

Rivals Numancia were promoted from the Second Division last season and have never been beaten by Barça in the three Liga games played between the two sides at the Los Pajaritos.