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    Sandro Rosell and Paco Gallego / PHOTO: Sevilla FC
    The legendary player played for FC Barcelona for ten seasons Former players Ramon Alfonseda, Miguel Reina and Migueli també attended the event

    On Valdés' injury

    During the event, Sandro Rosell spoke to the president of the RFEF, Ángel María Villar, about the most recent round of international friendlies. “Allow me a joke, there will be no problems if you prefer to to not circle the globe anymore. We can all stay here calmly, close to home. I’ll explode if I don’t say it,” he said in reference to Víctor Valdés’ injury.

    Delegates from FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC gathered on Wednesday evening to pay tribute to one of the most storied players to feature for both clubs. Sevilla acknowledged Paco Gallego with a Legend Jersey, an award reserved for the most distinguished players of the team.

    Barça also payed tribute to the player who defended the Blaugrana colours for ten seasons. President Sandro Rosell led the FC Barcelona delegation at the Sánchez Pizjuán, and he was accompanied by former players Ramon Alfonseda, Miguel Reina and Migueli.

    10 seasons at Barça

    Paco Gallego donned the FC Barcelona kit from 1964 to 1975, and he made a total of 425 appearances for the Club. The center back won one league title, two Spanish Cups and one Fairs Cup with Barça. With Sevilla FC, he played 207 matches.


    Sandro Rosell and Paco Gallego / PHOTO: Sevilla FC
    The legendary player played for FC Barcelona for ten seasons Former players Ramon Alfonseda, Miguel Reina and Migueli també attended the event

    On Valdés' injury

    During the event, Sandro Rosell spoke to the president of the RFEF, Ángel María Villar, about the most recent round of international friendlies. “Allow me a joke, there will be no problems if you prefer to to not circle the globe anymore. We can all stay here calmly, close to home. I’ll explode if I don’t say it,” he said in reference to Víctor Valdés’ injury.

    Delegates from FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC gathered on Wednesday evening to pay tribute to one of the most storied players to feature for both clubs. Sevilla acknowledged Paco Gallego with a Legend Jersey, an award reserved for the most distinguished players of the team.

    Barça also payed tribute to the player who defended the Blaugrana colours for ten seasons. President Sandro Rosell led the FC Barcelona delegation at the Sánchez Pizjuán, and he was accompanied by former players Ramon Alfonseda, Miguel Reina and Migueli.

    10 seasons at Barça

    Paco Gallego donned the FC Barcelona kit from 1964 to 1975, and he made a total of 425 appearances for the Club. The center back won one league title, two Spanish Cups and one Fairs Cup with Barça. With Sevilla FC, he played 207 matches.


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    With the addition of German, French and Mandarin, the store will feature a total of eight languages, the three new more Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese, English and Japanese
    With the incorporation of German, French and Mandarin, the store will feature a total of eight languages

    The FC Barcelona Official Online store incorporates three new languages to its platform, continuing its expansion project, in order to adapt and improve the shopping experience for Barça fans around the world.

    With the addition of German, French and Mandarin, the store will feature a total of eight languages, the three new more Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese, English and Japanese, that will facilitate the buying process to the speakers of these languages in the countries where the store operates in the e- commerce channel.

    Although the store will continue operating in the same territories, the supporters of the Club who speak German, French or Mandarin , will now have a complete description in these languages from the wide range of products to show their support for the Club. Additionally, the Official Online store offers a customer service in their local language that will certainly help enhance the shopping experience of the culés internationally.


    With the addition of German, French and Mandarin, the store will feature a total of eight languages, the three new more Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese, English and Japanese
    With the incorporation of German, French and Mandarin, the store will feature a total of eight languages

    The FC Barcelona Official Online store incorporates three new languages to its platform, continuing its expansion project, in order to adapt and improve the shopping experience for Barça fans around the world.

    With the addition of German, French and Mandarin, the store will feature a total of eight languages, the three new more Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese, English and Japanese, that will facilitate the buying process to the speakers of these languages in the countries where the store operates in the e- commerce channel.

    Although the store will continue operating in the same territories, the supporters of the Club who speak German, French or Mandarin , will now have a complete description in these languages from the wide range of products to show their support for the Club. Additionally, the Official Online store offers a customer service in their local language that will certainly help enhance the shopping experience of the culés internationally.


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    The Barça squad receive the official Barça watch from Seiko / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
    The FC Barcelona sponsor presented the Barça version of the Sportura watch to the first team players and manager Tata Martino

    The watches were handed to players and coaches by Club sponsor Seiko before Thursday’s training session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.   The Sportura watches feature the Barça badge.

    The watches were awarded by Seiko representatives Domingo Romero and Tomomi Sato.


    The Barça squad receive the official Barça watch from Seiko / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
    The FC Barcelona sponsor presented the Barça version of the Sportura watch to the first team players and manager Tata Martino

    The watches were handed to players and coaches by Club sponsor Seiko before Thursday’s training session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.   The Sportura watches feature the Barça badge.

    The watches were awarded by Seiko representatives Domingo Romero and Tomomi Sato.


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    Sandro Rosell during the census update process. PHOTO: ÀLEX CAPARRÓS-FCB.
    The FC Barcelona president is convinced that the process, which ended on October 31 has been a major benefit to the club

    The FC Barcelona members are currently receiving a letter from president Sandro Rosell to thank them for “their collaboration with the updating of the census data”. Rosell is of the opinion that the process that ended on October 31 “has made it possible to successfully meet the objectives of the census,” which are namely “to identity and update the club’s membership, improve the data records, classify and understand better the groups with specific needs and detect and correct fraud”.

    He felt the process was “absolutely necessary … It was required to ensure the social health of our club and to guarantee the democratic and representative strength of our governing bodies.”

    To date, a total of 129,589 members have been accounted for. Those members that were unable to provide their details during the required period still have time to do so, but those who do not regulate their situation before December 31, 2014 will lose their membership status.

    In his letter to the members, Sandro Rosell also spoke of his pleasure that “at the last assembly, the reforms to the club statutes were accepted…This all benefits transparency, rigour and responsibility, and reinforces the members’ sense of belonging and involvement”.

    “As president, I am proud to be able to enjoy the commitment and implication of so many members”, he concludes.


    Sandro Rosell during the census update process. PHOTO: ÀLEX CAPARRÓS-FCB.
    The FC Barcelona president is convinced that the process, which ended on October 31 has been a major benefit to the club

    The FC Barcelona members are currently receiving a letter from president Sandro Rosell to thank them for “their collaboration with the updating of the census data”. Rosell is of the opinion that the process that ended on October 31 “has made it possible to successfully meet the objectives of the census,” which are namely “to identity and update the club’s membership, improve the data records, classify and understand better the groups with specific needs and detect and correct fraud”.

    He felt the process was “absolutely necessary … It was required to ensure the social health of our club and to guarantee the democratic and representative strength of our governing bodies.”

    To date, a total of 129,589 members have been accounted for. Those members that were unable to provide their details during the required period still have time to do so, but those who do not regulate their situation before December 31, 2014 will lose their membership status.

    In his letter to the members, Sandro Rosell also spoke of his pleasure that “at the last assembly, the reforms to the club statutes were accepted…This all benefits transparency, rigour and responsibility, and reinforces the members’ sense of belonging and involvement”.

    “As president, I am proud to be able to enjoy the commitment and implication of so many members”, he concludes.


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    The Club has guaranteed 3,000 seats allocated to the project 'Children at the Camp Nou' / PHOTO: FCB ARCHIVE
    The available invitations can be picked up on Saturday at 11a.m. at the ticket offices located at the North Goal, South Goal and Boulevard

    Up until 14.00 this Friday we have received a total of 2,276 applications for tickets for children under 8 years for the game between FC Barcelona and Granada which will be held on Saturday at 16.00 at the Camp Nou.

    It’s worth remembering that for this match the Club has guaranteed 3,000 seats allocated to the project 'Children at the Camp Nou' assigned in order of application.

    The available invitations can be picked up on Saturday from 11a.m. at the 20 ticket offices located at North Goal, South Goal and Boulevard

    Due to the shortage of places to pick up on the day of the game, since the vast majority of members have made the request via the internet, it is recommended not to go to the box office at the last minute, so we can minimize the waiting time in the queues.


    The Club has guaranteed 3,000 seats allocated to the project 'Children at the Camp Nou' / PHOTO: FCB ARCHIVE
    The available invitations can be picked up on Saturday at 11a.m. at the ticket offices located at the North Goal, South Goal and Boulevard

    Up until 14.00 this Friday we have received a total of 2,276 applications for tickets for children under 8 years for the game between FC Barcelona and Granada which will be held on Saturday at 16.00 at the Camp Nou.

    It’s worth remembering that for this match the Club has guaranteed 3,000 seats allocated to the project 'Children at the Camp Nou' assigned in order of application.

    The available invitations can be picked up on Saturday from 11a.m. at the 20 ticket offices located at North Goal, South Goal and Boulevard

    Due to the shortage of places to pick up on the day of the game, since the vast majority of members have made the request via the internet, it is recommended not to go to the box office at the last minute, so we can minimize the waiting time in the queues.


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    2.989 children under 8 watched the  Barça-Granada game today / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
    The majority had reserved their tickets on the internet Cardoner: “No problems whatsoever in the ticket collection procedure”

     A total of 2.989 Club members applied for tickets for their young children or grandchildren for today’s game against Granada at the Camp Nou. The vast majority -2.276- applied for the tickets via internet, with the rest using one of the specially prepared ticket offices to pick them up today,

    Club vice-president Jordi Cardoner expressed his satisfaction with the fact that there “were no problems at all with the process  - no child was left without a ticket, which was the objective we had set”, The Club had guaranteed a minimum of 3.000 tickets today,

    Today’s was the third game  that the system for tickets for the under eights has been used and the Club is committed to strengthening the system and ensuring waiting times are cut, as well as making it as easy as possible to obtain the tickets.

    Internet reservations

    The Club recommends that applications are made via internet to avoid queues at the ground. The next two games at the Camp Nou, against Celtic on December 11th and Villarreal on December 14th(20.00). Tickets for the European game can be applied for from December 5th, whilst for the Villarreal match applications can be made from 8th December.


    2.989 children under 8 watched the  Barça-Granada game today / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
    The majority had reserved their tickets on the internet Cardoner: “No problems whatsoever in the ticket collection procedure”

     A total of 2.989 Club members applied for tickets for their young children or grandchildren for today’s game against Granada at the Camp Nou. The vast majority -2.276- applied for the tickets via internet, with the rest using one of the specially prepared ticket offices to pick them up today,

    Club vice-president Jordi Cardoner expressed his satisfaction with the fact that there “were no problems at all with the process  - no child was left without a ticket, which was the objective we had set”, The Club had guaranteed a minimum of 3.000 tickets today,

    Today’s was the third game  that the system for tickets for the under eights has been used and the Club is committed to strengthening the system and ensuring waiting times are cut, as well as making it as easy as possible to obtain the tickets.

    Internet reservations

    The Club recommends that applications are made via internet to avoid queues at the ground. The next two games at the Camp Nou, against Celtic on December 11th and Villarreal on December 14th(20.00). Tickets for the European game can be applied for from December 5th, whilst for the Villarreal match applications can be made from 8th December.


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    Barça Alusport captain Jordi Torras / Photo: Ivana Hoskova
    Barça’s handball and futsal teams both recorded good wins on Saturday, whilst the roller hockey and basketball sides suffered defeat.

    Barça’s handball and futsal teams both recorded good wins on Saturday, whilst the roller hockey and basketball sides suffered defeat.

    Success for handball and futsal teams

    Barça’s handball section celebrated the 70th anniversary of their founding with their fifth win of the season in Europe, beating Dynamo Minsk 35-25 at the Palau to stay top of Group C after five wins and a draw.

    In front of nearly two and half thousand fans, Saric put in another dominating performance, helping keep the visitors scoreless for the first ten minutes. After taking a four goal advantage in at the break, Pascual's team then upped their game in the second half and with Noddesbro (6)and Juanin(5) leading the scorers, ran out clear winners to give the fans really happy anniversary to celebrate.

    The Club’s futsal team also had a successful Saturday, qualifying for April’s UEFA Futsal Cup Final Four for the third season on the trot with a 4-1 win over Chrudim in the Czech Republic. Fernadao(2), Wilde and Igor scored for Barça Alusport in the win.

    Roller hockey and basketball sides lose

    The Club’s roller hockey team didn’t enjoy such success though, going down 6-3 to Porto in Group C of the European League. An early hat trick by Ricardo Oliveira gave Porto an early lead they never gave up, with Reinaldo and Moreira’s goals for Barça not enough to stop Porto from winning and taking top spot in the group.

    The Barça basketball side also went down to defeat on Saturday, losing 77-60 to the struggling  Río Natura Monbus de Santiago de Compostela in the Liga Endesa. Xavi Pascual’s side had gone in level at the break, but a disastrous second half handed them their second successive league defeat ahead of next Friday’s Euroleague game against Fenerbahçe Ulker at the Palau.


    Barça Alusport captain Jordi Torras / Photo: Ivana Hoskova
    Barça’s handball and futsal teams both recorded good wins on Saturday, whilst the roller hockey and basketball sides suffered defeat.

    Barça’s handball and futsal teams both recorded good wins on Saturday, whilst the roller hockey and basketball sides suffered defeat.

    Success for handball and futsal teams

    Barça’s handball section celebrated the 70th anniversary of their founding with their fifth win of the season in Europe, beating Dynamo Minsk 35-25 at the Palau to stay top of Group C after five wins and a draw.

    In front of nearly two and half thousand fans, Saric put in another dominating performance, helping keep the visitors scoreless for the first ten minutes. After taking a four goal advantage in at the break, Pascual's team then upped their game in the second half and with Noddesbro (6)and Juanin(5) leading the scorers, ran out clear winners to give the fans really happy anniversary to celebrate.

    The Club’s futsal team also had a successful Saturday, qualifying for April’s UEFA Futsal Cup Final Four for the third season on the trot with a 4-1 win over Chrudim in the Czech Republic. Fernadao(2), Wilde and Igor scored for Barça Alusport in the win.

    Roller hockey and basketball sides lose

    The Club’s roller hockey team didn’t enjoy such success though, going down 6-3 to Porto in Group C of the European League. An early hat trick by Ricardo Oliveira gave Porto an early lead they never gave up, with Reinaldo and Moreira’s goals for Barça not enough to stop Porto from winning and taking top spot in the group.

    The Barça basketball side also went down to defeat on Saturday, losing 77-60 to the struggling  Río Natura Monbus de Santiago de Compostela in the Liga Endesa. Xavi Pascual’s side had gone in level at the break, but a disastrous second half handed them their second successive league defeat ahead of next Friday’s Euroleague game against Fenerbahçe Ulker at the Palau.


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    Vice president Carles Vilarrubí giving a lecture. Photo: www.adrianharrisphotography.co.uk
    Coinciding with Ajax v Barça, vicepresident Carles Vilarrubí will be giving a lecture titled ‘Barça, Sport, Culture and Education’

    On Tuesday, the University of Amsterdam will be hosting an extensive workshop on Catalan culture to coincide with the Champions League meeting between Ajax and Barça. It is all part of the agreement signed last September between the Club and the Institut Ramon Llull to promote Catalan culture around the world. A similar event was held in Paris in April, and there was another last November in Glasgow.

    The event is open to the public and begins at 11.00 with a welcome from the rector of the University of Amsterdam, L.J. Gunning-Schepers, and the director of the Institut Ramon Llull, Àlex Susanna. After that, the institutional vice president of Barça, Carles Vilarrubí, will be giving a lecture titled ‘Barça, Sport, Culture and Education’, where he’ll be explaining how Barça is used to recover the Catalan identity and as an instrument for integrating immigrants. He we also be explaining the club’s famous values regarding teamwork, effort, respect, humility and tolerance. Then the Costa Brava-Girona Pyrenees Tourist Board will be offering the chance to taste a variety of Catalan products.

    Afternoon session

    After lunch, things restart at 13.30 with a discussion between two translators of Catalan literature, Frans Oosterholt and Pieter Lamberts, chaired by Anna Escofet and which will discuss the path Catalan literature has taken towards normality.

    The day ends with a screening of Neus Ballús’ masterpiece 'La Plaga', a movie nominated for the European Film Awards in the European Discovery category. It will be followed by a discussion with the writer and producer of the film, Pau Subirós.

    The whole occasion is a wonderful platform for the international projection of Catalan culture, involving three different areas: academia, literature and artistic creativity.

    Aims of the agreement

    Through signing their agreement in September, the IRL and FC Barcelona proposed two main objectives. The first was to coordinate the two institutions’ potentialities as ambassadors for Catalan language and culture and the value associated to the union of Catalan culture with sport. And the other is to bring together the network of universities offering Catalan Studies abroad and coordinated by the IRL, with the international network of FCB supporters clubs, in order for them to organise joint activities. There are 150 universities around the world that offer Catalan Studies.


    Vice president Carles Vilarrubí giving a lecture. Photo: www.adrianharrisphotography.co.uk
    Coinciding with Ajax v Barça, vicepresident Carles Vilarrubí will be giving a lecture titled ‘Barça, Sport, Culture and Education’

    On Tuesday, the University of Amsterdam will be hosting an extensive workshop on Catalan culture to coincide with the Champions League meeting between Ajax and Barça. It is all part of the agreement signed last September between the Club and the Institut Ramon Llull to promote Catalan culture around the world. A similar event was held in Paris in April, and there was another last November in Glasgow.

    The event is open to the public and begins at 11.00 with a welcome from the rector of the University of Amsterdam, L.J. Gunning-Schepers, and the director of the Institut Ramon Llull, Àlex Susanna. After that, the institutional vice president of Barça, Carles Vilarrubí, will be giving a lecture titled ‘Barça, Sport, Culture and Education’, where he’ll be explaining how Barça is used to recover the Catalan identity and as an instrument for integrating immigrants. He we also be explaining the club’s famous values regarding teamwork, effort, respect, humility and tolerance. Then the Costa Brava-Girona Pyrenees Tourist Board will be offering the chance to taste a variety of Catalan products.

    Afternoon session

    After lunch, things restart at 13.30 with a discussion between two translators of Catalan literature, Frans Oosterholt and Pieter Lamberts, chaired by Anna Escofet and which will discuss the path Catalan literature has taken towards normality.

    The day ends with a screening of Neus Ballús’ masterpiece 'La Plaga', a movie nominated for the European Film Awards in the European Discovery category. It will be followed by a discussion with the writer and producer of the film, Pau Subirós.

    The whole occasion is a wonderful platform for the international projection of Catalan culture, involving three different areas: academia, literature and artistic creativity.

    Aims of the agreement

    Through signing their agreement in September, the IRL and FC Barcelona proposed two main objectives. The first was to coordinate the two institutions’ potentialities as ambassadors for Catalan language and culture and the value associated to the union of Catalan culture with sport. And the other is to bring together the network of universities offering Catalan Studies abroad and coordinated by the IRL, with the international network of FCB supporters clubs, in order for them to organise joint activities. There are 150 universities around the world that offer Catalan Studies.


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    Carles Vilarrubí, during his lecture. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
    Carles Vilarrubí, vice president of FC Barcelona, has given a lecture titled ‘Barça, Sport, Culture and Education’ at the University of Amsterdam This was part of a whole day dedicated to Catalan culture related to the agreement signed between the club and the Institut Ramon Llull

    The vice president of the FC Barcelona Institutional Area, Carles Vilarrubí, was one of the protagonists of an extensive day in Amsterdam dedicated to Catalan culture to coincide with the Champions League meeting between Ajax and Barça.

    The event formed part of the agreement signed by the club with the Institut Ramon Llull in September, and involved the presence of Vilarrubí giving a lecture on ‘Barça, Sport, Culture and Education’. The FCB vice president explained that Barça is “a vehicle for the recuperation of the Catalan identity and an instrument for the integration of newcomers” and also that “the Club’s values are teamwork, effort, respect, humility and tolerance”.

    "In this lecture we have spoken about what FC Barcelona has done in the last 50 years and about the sporting values of both the Club and La Masia", commented Vilarrubí, adding that "when there was a lack of freedom in Catalonia, Barça was a means for people to express themselves".

    Finally, Vilarrubí presented the gift of an FC Barcelona shirt to the University of Amsterdam.


    Carles Vilarrubí, during his lecture. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
    Carles Vilarrubí, vice president of FC Barcelona, has given a lecture titled ‘Barça, Sport, Culture and Education’ at the University of Amsterdam This was part of a whole day dedicated to Catalan culture related to the agreement signed between the club and the Institut Ramon Llull

    The vice president of the FC Barcelona Institutional Area, Carles Vilarrubí, was one of the protagonists of an extensive day in Amsterdam dedicated to Catalan culture to coincide with the Champions League meeting between Ajax and Barça.

    The event formed part of the agreement signed by the club with the Institut Ramon Llull in September, and involved the presence of Vilarrubí giving a lecture on ‘Barça, Sport, Culture and Education’. The FCB vice president explained that Barça is “a vehicle for the recuperation of the Catalan identity and an instrument for the integration of newcomers” and also that “the Club’s values are teamwork, effort, respect, humility and tolerance”.

    "In this lecture we have spoken about what FC Barcelona has done in the last 50 years and about the sporting values of both the Club and La Masia", commented Vilarrubí, adding that "when there was a lack of freedom in Catalonia, Barça was a means for people to express themselves".

    Finally, Vilarrubí presented the gift of an FC Barcelona shirt to the University of Amsterdam.


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    The winning photo
    ‘Un himne, un sentiment’ - 'One Anthem, One feeling' - the Club's official competition on Instagram - now has a winner. Hundreds of images from Barça fans from all over the world make up the video.

    Top sports club on Instagram

    FC Barcelona is the leading sports club on the Instagram platform. With 1.2 million followers, the Club is a reference point in the 2.0 world.

     

    The ‘Cant del Barça’ is a video made up of hundreds of Instagram photos - the result of the competition organised by the Club and the Agència Catalana de Turisme ‘Un himne, un sentiment’ -'One Anthem, One Feeling', which attracted more than 2,000 images over the last few months. The user @molinika was the winner of the competition.

     

    The Club launched the competition at the beginning of the season, which involved collecting photos from Instagram which match the words of the Club song ‘El Cant del Barça’. FC Barcelona have published pictures on its official Instagram profile under the following hashtags which make reference to various lines from the song:#Totelcampesunclam, #Gentblaugrana, #tantsevaldeonvenim, #Unabanderaensagermana, #Blaugranaalvent, #uncritvalent, #totsunitsfemforça, #golsquehemcridat, #Barcabarcabarca.

    Thousands of photographs

    The thousands of Club followers who have taken part in this unique experience all uploaded their photos - matching certain lines from the Club song - on their Instagram profiles.

    The Club chose about a thousand of the photos for a jury to choose the winner from. That winner will receive a signed first team shirt and the best few pictures will be part of the video to be presented globally this week.

     

    FCB SOCIAL


    The winning photo
    ‘Un himne, un sentiment’ - 'One Anthem, One feeling' - the Club's official competition on Instagram - now has a winner. Hundreds of images from Barça fans from all over the world make up the video.

    Top sports club on Instagram

    FC Barcelona is the leading sports club on the Instagram platform. With 1.2 million followers, the Club is a reference point in the 2.0 world.

     

    The ‘Cant del Barça’ is a video made up of hundreds of Instagram photos - the result of the competition organised by the Club and the Agència Catalana de Turisme ‘Un himne, un sentiment’ -'One Anthem, One Feeling', which attracted more than 2,000 images over the last few months. The user @molinika was the winner of the competition.

     

    The Club launched the competition at the beginning of the season, which involved collecting photos from Instagram which match the words of the Club song ‘El Cant del Barça’. FC Barcelona have published pictures on its official Instagram profile under the following hashtags which make reference to various lines from the song:#Totelcampesunclam, #Gentblaugrana, #tantsevaldeonvenim, #Unabanderaensagermana, #Blaugranaalvent, #uncritvalent, #totsunitsfemforça, #golsquehemcridat, #Barcabarcabarca.

    Thousands of photographs

    The thousands of Club followers who have taken part in this unique experience all uploaded their photos - matching certain lines from the Club song - on their Instagram profiles.

    The Club chose about a thousand of the photos for a jury to choose the winner from. That winner will receive a signed first team shirt and the best few pictures will be part of the video to be presented globally this week.

     

    FCB SOCIAL


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    FC Barcelona is 114 years old on November 29, 2013
    114 years of history. November 29, 1899 was the date of the meeting at which FC Barcelona was founded

    114 years on, and Barça is still going strong. On November 29, 1899, Joan Gamper and eleven other men (Otto Kunzle and Walter Wild from Switzerland, John and William Parsons from England, Otto Maier from Germany, and Lluís d’Ossó, Bartomeu Terradas, Enric Ducal, Pere Cabot, Carles Pujol and Josep Llobet from Catalonia) met to form an association whose emblem was the city’s arms: Foot-ball Club Barcelona.

    FCB HISTORY


    FC Barcelona is 114 years old on November 29, 2013
    114 years of history. November 29, 1899 was the date of the meeting at which FC Barcelona was founded

    114 years on, and Barça is still going strong. On November 29, 1899, Joan Gamper and eleven other men (Otto Kunzle and Walter Wild from Switzerland, John and William Parsons from England, Otto Maier from Germany, and Lluís d’Ossó, Bartomeu Terradas, Enric Ducal, Pere Cabot, Carles Pujol and Josep Llobet from Catalonia) met to form an association whose emblem was the city’s arms: Foot-ball Club Barcelona.

    FCB HISTORY


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    Fans at the Palau Blaugrana / PHOTO: ARCHIVO FCB.
    The Club's handball team won midweek, whilst the futsal side drew at the Palau. The Club also announced it was bidding to stage the European Final Four of the UEFA Futsal Cup

    After last weekend’s success in qualifying for the Final Four of the UEFA Futsal Cup, the Club announced on Tuesday that they would be applying to UEFA to host the play offs in Lerida – repeating the successful experience of two seasons ago.

    Midweek draw

    The futsal team were also in action, drawing 2-2 with Rios Renovables on Thursday night. Marc Carmona’s side had to pull back a two goal deficit as Roger Serrano – on loan from Barça - put the visitors two up  before Aircardo and Lin levelled the scores. After a hectic November – nine games, with eight wins and just the single draw – the team have a short break before returning to action away to Montesinos Jumilla on December 6th.

    Big win for handball team

    The Club’s handball team also won big in midweek, beating  Juanfersa Grupo Fegar 21-45  and on Saturday they welcome Vardar Skopje – the only side to take a point from them so far this season – to the Palau in Round 7 of the Champions League. The roller hockey team are in action at the Palau this weekend too, taking on CP Cerceda on Sunday in round 8 of the OK Liga.


    Fans at the Palau Blaugrana / PHOTO: ARCHIVO FCB.
    The Club's handball team won midweek, whilst the futsal side drew at the Palau. The Club also announced it was bidding to stage the European Final Four of the UEFA Futsal Cup

    After last weekend’s success in qualifying for the Final Four of the UEFA Futsal Cup, the Club announced on Tuesday that they would be applying to UEFA to host the play offs in Lerida – repeating the successful experience of two seasons ago.

    Midweek draw

    The futsal team were also in action, drawing 2-2 with Rios Renovables on Thursday night. Marc Carmona’s side had to pull back a two goal deficit as Roger Serrano – on loan from Barça - put the visitors two up  before Aircardo and Lin levelled the scores. After a hectic November – nine games, with eight wins and just the single draw – the team have a short break before returning to action away to Montesinos Jumilla on December 6th.

    Big win for handball team

    The Club’s handball team also won big in midweek, beating  Juanfersa Grupo Fegar 21-45  and on Saturday they welcome Vardar Skopje – the only side to take a point from them so far this season – to the Palau in Round 7 of the Champions League. The roller hockey team are in action at the Palau this weekend too, taking on CP Cerceda on Sunday in round 8 of the OK Liga.


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    Messi
    Messi heading the ball into a basketball net is by far the most viewed video over the past month. Here we take a look at some of the most popular videos of the month.

    The video of Messi heading the ball into a basketball net has already reached nearly 1.3 views.  The Argentine wizard is joined in the top five by some spectacular videos of the Barça players, including basketball captain Juan Carlos Navarro.

    1.- Messi heads the ball into a basketball net

    2.- Alves cleverly blocks Messi’s attempt to nutmeg him

     3.- Navarro warms up with 21 consecutive three-pointers

     4.- Song displays superb ball control in warm-up away to Betis

    5.-Barça v Madrid from the inside


    Messi
    Messi heading the ball into a basketball net is by far the most viewed video over the past month. Here we take a look at some of the most popular videos of the month.

    The video of Messi heading the ball into a basketball net has already reached nearly 1.3 views.  The Argentine wizard is joined in the top five by some spectacular videos of the Barça players, including basketball captain Juan Carlos Navarro.

    1.- Messi heads the ball into a basketball net

    2.- Alves cleverly blocks Messi’s attempt to nutmeg him

     3.- Navarro warms up with 21 consecutive three-pointers

     4.- Song displays superb ball control in warm-up away to Betis

    5.-Barça v Madrid from the inside


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    Sandro Rosell receives the Copa Stadium from Prince Felipe / PHOTO: Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos
    The Club was given the Copa Stadium for its work promoting and encouraging sport. President Sandro Rosell picked up the award in an event held at the Palacio del Prado in Madrid.

    FC Barcelona received the Copa Stadium Award at an event held this Monday, which is given to an organisation or person for special contributions during the year in promoting and encouraging sport. Club President Sandro Rosell, accompanied by vice-president Carles Vilarrubí and board members Eduard Coll and Manel Arroyo, picked up the award  –relating to work done in 2012- at a ceremony held in the Palacio del Prado in Madrid and presided over by the Spanish Royal Family.

    This is the fifth time that FC Barcelona have won the Copa Stadium, having previously been awardedthe prize in 1925, 1941, 1957 and 1997. The award is the oldest sporting prize in Spain, having been inaugurated by Alfons XIII in 1923.

    Athlete Ana Peleteiro also honoured

    As well as the award to the Club, FC Barcelona athlete Ana Peleteiro was also awarded the  Premio Nacional Princesa de Astúries SAR Doña Letizia, which is given to the sportsperson under 18 who has made most sporting progress.

    The Premios Nacionales are awarded every year by Spain’s Consejo Superior de Deportes and chosen by a jury made up of representatives of that body and the Spanish Olympic Committee, as well as sporting federations, autonomous regions, local councils, media and sportspeople.


    Sandro Rosell receives the Copa Stadium from Prince Felipe / PHOTO: Casa de S.M. el Rey / Borja Fotógrafos
    The Club was given the Copa Stadium for its work promoting and encouraging sport. President Sandro Rosell picked up the award in an event held at the Palacio del Prado in Madrid.

    FC Barcelona received the Copa Stadium Award at an event held this Monday, which is given to an organisation or person for special contributions during the year in promoting and encouraging sport. Club President Sandro Rosell, accompanied by vice-president Carles Vilarrubí and board members Eduard Coll and Manel Arroyo, picked up the award  –relating to work done in 2012- at a ceremony held in the Palacio del Prado in Madrid and presided over by the Spanish Royal Family.

    This is the fifth time that FC Barcelona have won the Copa Stadium, having previously been awardedthe prize in 1925, 1941, 1957 and 1997. The award is the oldest sporting prize in Spain, having been inaugurated by Alfons XIII in 1923.

    Athlete Ana Peleteiro also honoured

    As well as the award to the Club, FC Barcelona athlete Ana Peleteiro was also awarded the  Premio Nacional Princesa de Astúries SAR Doña Letizia, which is given to the sportsperson under 18 who has made most sporting progress.

    The Premios Nacionales are awarded every year by Spain’s Consejo Superior de Deportes and chosen by a jury made up of representatives of that body and the Spanish Olympic Committee, as well as sporting federations, autonomous regions, local councils, media and sportspeople.


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    Neymar seen on a TV camera monitor. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ – FCB
    The Club has been hit by a fine of 3,600,000 euros but has two months to lodge an appeal

    FC Barcelona is appealing against the decision of the Spanish National Competition Commission (CNMC in its Spanish initials) made on 28th November 2013 to impose a fine of 3,600,000€.  The Club has two months to lodge an appeal.

    The sanction originates in a audiovisual rights agreement signed between the Club and Mediaproducción SL, in which the latter bought the rights for the 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons.  In its ruling, the CNMC stated that ceding the audiovisual rights for four seasons (the maximum permitted by the General Law of Audiovisual Communication 7/2010, of 31st March), contravenes a resolution of the Council of the CNC of 14th April 2010 that limited the duration of contracts for the acquisition of audiovisual rights to a maximum of three years.

    The contract that is now subject to sanction was signed by the previous Board of Directors on 9th June 2010, four days before the presidential elections.  At the time, that decision was questioned by some of the candidates because of the commitment it would impose on whoever won the election.  The CNMC has also imposed a fine on Mediaproducción S.L. and three other clubs, all for the same infringement of the above mentioned resolution of the CNC Council on 14th April 2010.

    FC Barcelona’s appeal is based on the understanding that the contract was signed in accordance with the General Law of Audiovisual Communication, and that the contract has not affected in practice the audiovisual marketplace.

    Before presenting the appeal, the Club will have to pay the fine or guarantee the sum involved, which will have an impact on the current financial year, notwithstanding that a future favourable court decision may involve the return of the payment made.


    Neymar seen on a TV camera monitor. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ – FCB
    The Club has been hit by a fine of 3,600,000 euros but has two months to lodge an appeal

    FC Barcelona is appealing against the decision of the Spanish National Competition Commission (CNMC in its Spanish initials) made on 28th November 2013 to impose a fine of 3,600,000€.  The Club has two months to lodge an appeal.

    The sanction originates in a audiovisual rights agreement signed between the Club and Mediaproducción SL, in which the latter bought the rights for the 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons.  In its ruling, the CNMC stated that ceding the audiovisual rights for four seasons (the maximum permitted by the General Law of Audiovisual Communication 7/2010, of 31st March), contravenes a resolution of the Council of the CNC of 14th April 2010 that limited the duration of contracts for the acquisition of audiovisual rights to a maximum of three years.

    The contract that is now subject to sanction was signed by the previous Board of Directors on 9th June 2010, four days before the presidential elections.  At the time, that decision was questioned by some of the candidates because of the commitment it would impose on whoever won the election.  The CNMC has also imposed a fine on Mediaproducción S.L. and three other clubs, all for the same infringement of the above mentioned resolution of the CNC Council on 14th April 2010.

    FC Barcelona’s appeal is based on the understanding that the contract was signed in accordance with the General Law of Audiovisual Communication, and that the contract has not affected in practice the audiovisual marketplace.

    Before presenting the appeal, the Club will have to pay the fine or guarantee the sum involved, which will have an impact on the current financial year, notwithstanding that a future favourable court decision may involve the return of the payment made.


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    Club directors Pilar Guinovart and Dídac Lee in the press conference to present the accessible website. PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA-FCB
    This certificate guarantees universal access to information about the Club for all users The website has been made accessible to people with visual, aural, cognitive and physical disabilities

    FC Barcelona would like to guarantee everyone universal access to information about the Club and that’s why the official Club website has been optimised to obtain the AA certification for website accessibility from the World Wide Web Consortium via Technosite, a company of the ONCE Foundation (Spanish Association for the Blind).  This certificate is regularly checked and is valid for two years.

    The Club has made a great effort to apply the principles of responsive website design.  This means that the site is also adapted to all the languages used on any type of device, be they mobiles, computers of tablets. Barça thereby becomes the first sports club in the world to gain the AA accessibility certificate.

    4,051 members with disabilities

    Barça is especially committed to helping people with disabilities to access information more easily.  Pilar Guinovart (Social Area) and Dídac Lee (Technological Area) gave a press conference on Tuesday to explain the project, coinciding with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

    Guinovart revealed that, “4,051 Club members have some kind of disability” and stressed that the Club has a social, democratic and universal commitment to the membership.  Mr Lee told reporters, “Making the website accessible means making the website accessible to everyone.  Two barriers have been broken: the technological barrier and the accessibility barrier for people with disabilities”.

    The website is now compatible with all browsers and devices and is accessible by people with visual, aural, cognitive and physical disabilities.  People with impaired vision will be able to use their screen readers to read aloud the website.  Those with hearing difficulties will be able to consult a selection of videos with sign language while people with a physical disability will be able to surf the website using the keyboard if they cannot use the mouse.

    To make this possible, FC Barcelona has labelled and structured the website so that the screen readers used by people with sight impairment are able to reproduce everything that is published.  Editorial staff have received training in correctly labelling texts and photographs.

    The Club is committed to carry on working to transfer these improvements gradually to other platforms and services such as ticket sales and online admin.


    Club directors Pilar Guinovart and Dídac Lee in the press conference to present the accessible website. PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA-FCB
    This certificate guarantees universal access to information about the Club for all users The website has been made accessible to people with visual, aural, cognitive and physical disabilities

    FC Barcelona would like to guarantee everyone universal access to information about the Club and that’s why the official Club website has been optimised to obtain the AA certification for website accessibility from the World Wide Web Consortium via Technosite, a company of the ONCE Foundation (Spanish Association for the Blind).  This certificate is regularly checked and is valid for two years.

    The Club has made a great effort to apply the principles of responsive website design.  This means that the site is also adapted to all the languages used on any type of device, be they mobiles, computers of tablets. Barça thereby becomes the first sports club in the world to gain the AA accessibility certificate.

    4,051 members with disabilities

    Barça is especially committed to helping people with disabilities to access information more easily.  Pilar Guinovart (Social Area) and Dídac Lee (Technological Area) gave a press conference on Tuesday to explain the project, coinciding with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

    Guinovart revealed that, “4,051 Club members have some kind of disability” and stressed that the Club has a social, democratic and universal commitment to the membership.  Mr Lee told reporters, “Making the website accessible means making the website accessible to everyone.  Two barriers have been broken: the technological barrier and the accessibility barrier for people with disabilities”.

    The website is now compatible with all browsers and devices and is accessible by people with visual, aural, cognitive and physical disabilities.  People with impaired vision will be able to use their screen readers to read aloud the website.  Those with hearing difficulties will be able to consult a selection of videos with sign language while people with a physical disability will be able to surf the website using the keyboard if they cannot use the mouse.

    To make this possible, FC Barcelona has labelled and structured the website so that the screen readers used by people with sight impairment are able to reproduce everything that is published.  Editorial staff have received training in correctly labelling texts and photographs.

    The Club is committed to carry on working to transfer these improvements gradually to other platforms and services such as ticket sales and online admin.


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    Carles Puyol receiving his Audi / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
    The Club's Premium Partner handed out new cars for the 2013/14 season to the squad players and coach Tata Martino The team took part in the Audi Mind Race - a race between miniature cars driven by concentrating the mind

    Audi, the FC Barcelona Premium Partner handed out new cars to the squad for the 2013/14 season. Before the handover, in the Auditori 1899,the players took part in an activity that called on them to use their minds The Audi Mind Race is a technological challenge, which features miniature cars which the players moved through their own mind, as the energy generated by the players' brains powered the vehicles.

    The activity, which is part of the Responsabilitat Social Corporativa Attitudes, also involved 24 girls and boys aged between 8 and 10 who won a draw held amongst members and their children. After three rounds, the fastest "drivers" fought out the final, which was finally won by Isaac Cuenca.

    Sporting Vice-President Josep Maria Bartomeu, board member Eduard Coll and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta were also present at the handover of the vehicles, whilst for Audi, the director of Audi Espanya, Guillermo Fadda and the President of Volkswagen – Audi Espanya, Ludger Fretzen.


    Carles Puyol receiving his Audi / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
    The Club's Premium Partner handed out new cars for the 2013/14 season to the squad players and coach Tata Martino The team took part in the Audi Mind Race - a race between miniature cars driven by concentrating the mind

    Audi, the FC Barcelona Premium Partner handed out new cars to the squad for the 2013/14 season. Before the handover, in the Auditori 1899,the players took part in an activity that called on them to use their minds The Audi Mind Race is a technological challenge, which features miniature cars which the players moved through their own mind, as the energy generated by the players' brains powered the vehicles.

    The activity, which is part of the Responsabilitat Social Corporativa Attitudes, also involved 24 girls and boys aged between 8 and 10 who won a draw held amongst members and their children. After three rounds, the fastest "drivers" fought out the final, which was finally won by Isaac Cuenca.

    Sporting Vice-President Josep Maria Bartomeu, board member Eduard Coll and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta were also present at the handover of the vehicles, whilst for Audi, the director of Audi Espanya, Guillermo Fadda and the President of Volkswagen – Audi Espanya, Ludger Fretzen.


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    The Barça anthem, in sign language
    FC Barcelona has adapted its website so that users with visual, hearing, cognitive, and physical disabilities, can access it

    In recent months, FC Barcelona has been working so that its website may become accessible to people with visual, hearing, cognitive, and physical disabilities. These changes are now effective and have allowed, for example, the inclusion of the Barça anthem in sign language.

    This Tuesday, coinciding with the International Day for People with Disabilities, directors Didac Lee, from the technological area, and Pilar Guinovart, from the Social area, presented the FC Barcelona accessible web, obtaining the AA Certificate. Thus, FC Barcelona has become the first sports club in the world to obtain this certificate of accessibility.

     


    The Barça anthem, in sign language
    FC Barcelona has adapted its website so that users with visual, hearing, cognitive, and physical disabilities, can access it

    In recent months, FC Barcelona has been working so that its website may become accessible to people with visual, hearing, cognitive, and physical disabilities. These changes are now effective and have allowed, for example, the inclusion of the Barça anthem in sign language.

    This Tuesday, coinciding with the International Day for People with Disabilities, directors Didac Lee, from the technological area, and Pilar Guinovart, from the Social area, presented the FC Barcelona accessible web, obtaining the AA Certificate. Thus, FC Barcelona has become the first sports club in the world to obtain this certificate of accessibility.

     


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    Nelson Mandela
    In memory of Mandela, Barça will wear black armbands this evening against Cartagena In the summer of 2007, when the first team visited South Africa, the former South African president and leader of the fight against Apartheid welcome a delegation from the club

    FC Barcelona has expressed its grief at the loss of Nelson Mandela, who played such a prominent role in the fight against Apartheid, and went on to become the first black president of South Africa. Mandela died last night in Johannesburg at the age of 95, and in tonight’s game against Cartagena, the Barça players will be wearing black armbands in memory of one of the greatest public figures of our time, and who set such a wonderful example not only with his leadership, but also with his compassion and forgiveness.

    In the summer of 2007, when FC Barcelona were in South Africa for a friendly with the Mamelodi Sundowns, a club delegation made up of members of the board and several players visited Mandela at the headquarters of the Johannesburg based foundation that carries his name. In 1990, ‘Madiba’ was released from prison after 27 years in captivity, and went on to lead the country from 1994 to 1999.

    The president of FC Barcelona, Sandro Rosell, and several players have expressed their sorrow in messages lamenting the loss of the charismatic African leader.


    Nelson Mandela
    In memory of Mandela, Barça will wear black armbands this evening against Cartagena In the summer of 2007, when the first team visited South Africa, the former South African president and leader of the fight against Apartheid welcome a delegation from the club

    FC Barcelona has expressed its grief at the loss of Nelson Mandela, who played such a prominent role in the fight against Apartheid, and went on to become the first black president of South Africa. Mandela died last night in Johannesburg at the age of 95, and in tonight’s game against Cartagena, the Barça players will be wearing black armbands in memory of one of the greatest public figures of our time, and who set such a wonderful example not only with his leadership, but also with his compassion and forgiveness.

    In the summer of 2007, when FC Barcelona were in South Africa for a friendly with the Mamelodi Sundowns, a club delegation made up of members of the board and several players visited Mandela at the headquarters of the Johannesburg based foundation that carries his name. In 1990, ‘Madiba’ was released from prison after 27 years in captivity, and went on to lead the country from 1994 to 1999.

    The president of FC Barcelona, Sandro Rosell, and several players have expressed their sorrow in messages lamenting the loss of the charismatic African leader.


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    FCB v Celtic
    Barça welcomes Glasgow Celtic to the Camp Nou this Wednesday for the final match of the CL group stage

    Barça needs a point to guarantee finishing as group H winners.  Fans and Club members who would like to support the team in this Wednesday’s clash can still purchase tickets, with prices starting at 47 € for the general public and 38 € for members.  Don’t miss out on the magic of the Champions League.  See you there!

    Purchase Tickets FCB v Celtic


    FCB v Celtic
    Barça welcomes Glasgow Celtic to the Camp Nou this Wednesday for the final match of the CL group stage

    Barça needs a point to guarantee finishing as group H winners.  Fans and Club members who would like to support the team in this Wednesday’s clash can still purchase tickets, with prices starting at 47 € for the general public and 38 € for members.  Don’t miss out on the magic of the Champions League.  See you there!

    Purchase Tickets FCB v Celtic


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