Catalonia National football team is this Monday scheduled to feature in FIFA window for the first time ever against Venezuela in a FIFA sanctioned international friendly, the Catalan News has reported. The Catalan men's XI are now preparing for their most important fixture in a decade
And former Spain internationals and FC Barcelona football star Gerard Pique, who stepped down from Spanish national team duty after last year’s World Cup, and FC Barcelona football legend, Xavi Hernandez will represent the region in which they were born.
Other familiar names in the squad include Stoke City’s Bojan Krkic, Oriol Romeu of Southampton and Marc Bartra of Real Betis.
After 26 months on the sidelines, Catalonia's clash with Venezuela on Monday will be the first match in their history to be held within the official FIFA window for international friendly matches.
Whatever the result in Monday’s fixture, the match itself is a major victory for the Catalan Football Federation – whose national teams are not yet recognized by football's global governing body, FIFA, and so cannot qualify for the World Cup or European Championships, despite their ample supply of football talent.
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Barca are the first side in Champions League and European Cup history to overturn a four-goal first-leg deficit, after defeating PSG 6-1 on Wednesday.
Barcelona made Champions League history on Wednesday, overcoming a four-goal first-leg deficit against PSG to advance to the quarter-finals.
Luis Enrique's side were the first in Champions League and European Cup history to rally back from four down after the opening match.
The trio will hope to overturn the Catalans' 4-0 first-leg defeat against their Ligue 1 counterparts, Luis Enrique opting for a 3-3-1-3 formation
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar will start for Barcelona as they aim to overturn their Champions League deficit against Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou on Wednesday.
European football's governing body, UEFA, fined the Blaugrana (Barcelona) over fans' use of the estelada flag - an unofficial flag typically flown by Catalan separatists to express their support for an independent Catalonia - during the Champions League, but the club will contest the charge.
Barcelona have vowed to appeal UEFA's decision to fine them €150,000 for displaying estelada flags during Champions League matches.
The Spanish champions' fans showed the estelada flags on more than one occasion throughout the 2015-16 campaign.
UEFA, however, considers the banner to be a form of ideological, political and religious propaganda, which is forbidden by European football's governing body, and therefore slapped Barcelona with a fine.
The Camp Nou side feels displaying estelada flags falls under the freedom of expression, though, and are ready to take legal action.
"The club has received notice of the sanction imposed by the UEFA Disciplinary Committee following the display of estelada flags at the Camp Nou at Champions League matches in the 2015-16 season," a statement on the club's official website reads.
"The club has been handed a €150,000 fine, of which €50,000 is suspended if the events are not repeated in the next two years.
"The club will appeal this sanction and will take all legal measures in order for the punishment to be revoked.
"Barcelona consider the punishment to be totally unjust and against the exercise of the freedom of expression." - GOAL.COM
Barotseland Post stands in solidarity with Barcelona, not just because they are the best football club in the world, but also because Catalonia like Barotseland are pushing for the right to exercise their indelible human rights of self-determination and freedom of expression violated by the mother states of Spain and Zambia respectively.