A Qatar Airways advertising billboard with pictures of Barcelona's players is pictured at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on June 6, 2017 after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Egypt and the Maldives today broke off diplomatic and trade relations with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen have suspended all diplomatic ties to gas-rich Qatar, halting flights to and from the country and ordering Qatari citizens to leave within 14 days. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)

Barca to face Athletic Bilbao in La Liga opening game

Spanish champions FC Barcelona kick off their La Liga defence with a tricky clash at Athletic Bilbao on Aug. 18, as the 2019/2020 fixtures were announced on Thursday.

Former champions Real Madrid are at however at Celta Vigo.

FC Barcelona, who eased to the 2018/2019 title with 87 points, were held to draws by Athletic Bilbao in both league matches last season.

Atletico Madrid, who finished as runners-up last season, welcome Getafe to the Wanda Metropolitano when the new campaign kicks off next month.

Third-placed Real Madrid and Barca will play the first Clasico of the season at the Nou Camp on Oct. 27.

The return fixture at the Bernabeu will be on March 1.

Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid travel to local rivals Atletico Madrid on Sept. 29.

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