Barcelona vs Legia Warsaw: TV channel, live stream, team news and kick-off time for the Florida Cup clash

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THINK of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho.

And, while you're doing that, try to imagine another Barcelona soccer team ready for cup action this weekend.

 Estudiantes de La Plata's Juan Sebastian Veron and Barcelona SC's Mario Peneida in actionReuters Estudiantes de La Plata's Juan Sebastian Veron and Barcelona SC's Mario Peneida in action

Yes, there is another Barca… known as Barcelona SC.

Needless to say the club shares its name with Barcelona – but that's about it.

Certainly no Messi, Suarez, Coutinho or even Paulinho in the team who contest the Ecuadorian league.in

But they are playing the Florida Cup, where Rangers, Corinthians and other leading clubs from six different nations will also be in action.

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In South America they claim “a championship game without Barcelona isn’t a championship” and that "Barcelona is football in Ecuador.”

Who are Barcelona SC?

Barcelona Sporting Club first rose to prominence in 1949 when the soccer landscape in Ecuador was largely dominated by amateur provincial clubs.

They played a professional Colombian team called Millonariosin a charity match to support the victims of an earthquake in the Andean city Ambato.

Barcelona won 3-2 and won national acclaim.

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The top Ecuadorean league took shape in the late 1950s. Barcelona began to recruit foreign players regularly in the early 1960s and emerged as the top force in the league.

To date it has won 14 championships, although only one in the last 18 years.

Barcelona SC has actually played FC Barcelona three times, though not since 1988. Each team has a victory and a draw.

By and large it has been a financial struggle and chief rival Emelec have taken over as Ecuador's top team.

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Efforts to raise money include engaging former Nou Camp star Ronaldinho to play in a charity game.

What is the Florida Cup?

Eight clubs from six different countries will go head-to-head in the fourth edition of the Florida Cup.

The annual tournament, which will be played in the United states, will consist of eight matches.

How does it work?

The event will be played under two different formats.

One with points awarded to the participating clubs and clubs' countries and the other will be a single-match knockout tournament.

Teams will join other teams from their own nation or surrounding nations to form a group.

FULL FLORIDA CUP SCHEDULE

Corinthians vs PSV Eindhoven – Thursday, January 11.

Atletico Mineiro vs Rangers – Friday, January 12.

PSV Eindhoven vs Fluminense – Saturday, January 13.

Barcelona SC vs Legia Warsaw – Saturday, January 13.

Rangers vs Corinthians – Saturday, January 13.

Atletico Nacional vs Atletico Mineiro – Sunday, January 14.

Fluminense vs Barcelona SC – Monday, January 15.

Legia Warsaw vs Atletico Nacional – Monday, January 15.

The overall points total of that group will come from each individual club's results and the nation with the most points will win the cup.

Each club will play two games and the team with with the most points will win the competition.

What TV channel is Barcelona SC vs Legia Warsaw on and can I live stream it?

The Florida Cup showdown is live on FreeSports

FreeSports is available on Freeview HD channel 95, Sky channel 424, FreeSat 252, TalkTalk 95 and BT Vision channel 95.

Alternatively, you can keep up to date with all of the action on the SunSport live blog.

What time is kick-off?

The Florida Cup tie is already to go at 8.00pm on Saturday, January 13.

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