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Special match for Pinto as Barca return to Balaidos
31 March 2013 @ 00:30

 Mar 29, 2013 @ 16:47

It promises to be a special occasion for FC Barcelona’s Jose Manuel Pinto on Saturday as the Andalusian goalkeeper returns to face his former club Celta de Vigo.

The 37-year-old made a total of 181 appearances between the posts for Os Celestes during a ten-year tenure which stretched from 1998-2008 before moving to Camp Nou.

Pinto was part of the Celta sides which progressed to the last 16 of the Champions League in the 2003-04 season and won the Intertoto Cup in 2000.

The Cadiz-born shot-stopper also claimed the Ricardo Zamora Trophy in a Celta shirt for having the lowest goals-to-games ratio in La Liga during the 2005-06 campaign.

Victor Valdes, surrounded in speculation regarding a move away from Catalonia, is suspended for Saturday’s clash, handing Pinto a starting place.

It is also Barca’s first visit to Vigo for a league encounter since 2006, Pinto was the Celta keeper as Barcelona won 3-2, a late Eidur Gudjohnsen strike handing Frank Rijkaard’s team all three points, and Celta were relegated at the end of that season.

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