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This year’s Joan Gamper Trophy is surrounded by many expectations, on the one hand the return of Daniel Alves to the Camp Nou and on the other the Pumas looking to make history. The university eleven seeks to become the first Mexican team in history to win in the two stadiums of the most important clubs in Spain.
On August 31, 2004, the Pumas beat Real Madrid 1-0 with a goal scored by Israel Castro in the 70th minute.. The fact became pure history for Mexicans who since then have not lost a match for the Santiago Bernabéu Trophy, which has been played since 1979.
Antecedents of the victory of Pumas against Real Madrid
On that occasion the DT of Pumas was Hugo Sánchez, one of the best strikers in the history of Madrid and also of the felines.
Israel Castro unlocked a game in which they had a Real Madrid in front with stars of the stature of Luis Digo, David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Michael Owen, Santiago Solari, Michel Salgado, among others. In short, a historic triumph for what the merengue team represents worldwide.
Expectations of Pumas against the FC Barcelona
The Pumas team arrives at the Camp Nou with great expectationsdespite not being shining in the local tournament. The felines arrive with one of Barça’s historical figures, such as Dani Alves, who will be dressed in his university uniform when he returns to the Camp Nou.
FC Barcelona arrives with a series of star signings made by its president Joan Laporta who tries to save the club from one of its worst economic crises.
Faced with all this panorama, Andrés Lillini, Pumas manager, played it and assured that the chances of victory are 50 and 50. Pumas arrives at the Camp Nou without complexes and the conviction of being able to make history now with a victory at Camp Nou.
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