L.A. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant swaps jerseys with FC Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta ahead of the Spanish team’s friendly match with L.A. Galaxy.
Basketball great Kobe Bryant gives signed jersey to FC Barcelona soccer team, ahead of their friendly with L.A. Galaxy
CARSON, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JULY 20, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)
1. VARIOUS OF L.A. LAKERS BASKETBALL PLAYER KOBE BRYANT AND MEMBERS OF THE FC BARCELONA SOCCER TEAM WALKING ONTO THE PITCH
2. FC BARCELONA PLAYER LUIS SUAREZ AND TEAMMATES AT STUBHUB CENTER SOCCER FIELDS IN LOS ANGELES
3. BRYANT SIGNING BASKETBALL JERSEY FOR INIESTA
4. BRYANT AND INIESTA HOLDING UP LA LAKERS AND FC BARCELONA JERSEY WITH BRYANT’S NAME ON THEM
5. BRYANT AND INIESTA SHAKING HANDS AND HUGGING
6. FC BARCELONA CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHIES
7. BRYANT, INIESTA AND FC BARCELONA PLAYERS AND STAFF
8. SOCCER PITCH
9. INIESTA WALKING ONTO PITCH WITH TEAMMATES
10. INIESTA AND SUAREZ WARMING UP
12. VARIOUS OF FC BARCELONA PLAYERS PRACTICING
13. MEDIA TAKING PHOTOS
14. INIESTA SCORING A GOAL DURING PRACTICE
STORY: L.A. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant made an appearance at Spanish soccer team FC Barcelona’s practice session on Monday (July 20) and exchanged jerseys with Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta.
The Spanish team, missing resting Copa America participants like forwards Lionel Messi and Neymar, arrived in Los Angeles on Sunday (July 19) and play their opening International Champions Cup game against MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy in Pasadena on Tuesday (July 21).
After taking on the LA Galaxy, the Spanish and European champions meet English Premier League sides Manchester United in Santa Clara on Saturday (July 25) and Chelsea in Landover on July 28.
They then return to Europe to play Serie A club Fiorentina in Florence on Aug. 2.
Barca’s first official match of the 2015-16 season is the European Super Cup against Europa League winners and La Liga rivals Sevilla on Aug. 11.
They then play Athletic Bilbao over two legs for the Spanish Super Cup before they get their bid for a sixth La Liga title in eight years underway against the Basque club on the weekend of Aug. 22-23.