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    Bartomeu, during last Friday's press conference. PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA - FCB
    Speaking to a local radio, FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed: "the Club will sit down and negotiate a new contract with Messi". “ Montoya's contract renewal is nearly sorted and negotiations with Piqué has started”, explained Bartomeu

    In an interview Josep Maria Bartomeu gave to the Catalan radio station RAC1, the Club’s new President made it quite clear that Messi: “is not for sale” and insisted that Barça would be negotiating a new contract with him soon. “We want to sit down, without any rush, with Leo’s father  - it’s not something that’s happening tomorrow, we have plenty of time, but we will do what we have to to ensure he’s the best paid player”. Bartomeu also explained that Martin Montoya’s contract renewal “is at the end of the process and we have started talks with Gerard Piqué” about his renewal.

    Neymar contract

    Bartomeu also admitted that before his first press conference, when he explained the full details of Neymar’s transfer, he spoke to the first team players: “I explained to the captains that we would be showing details of Neymar’s contract. We have to be grateful to Neymar that he came here, when he could have earned more money at other clubs”.

    Bartomeu also revealed that he would not be making any changes in the Club’s executive structure: “we ratified the executive team – they are doing a great job, they are reducing our debt and that will make us more efficient in the future”.


    Bartomeu, during last Friday's press conference. PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA - FCB
    Speaking to a local radio, FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed: "the Club will sit down and negotiate a new contract with Messi". “ Montoya's contract renewal is nearly sorted and negotiations with Piqué has started”, explained Bartomeu

    In an interview Josep Maria Bartomeu gave to the Catalan radio station RAC1, the Club’s new President made it quite clear that Messi: “is not for sale” and insisted that Barça would be negotiating a new contract with him soon. “We want to sit down, without any rush, with Leo’s father  - it’s not something that’s happening tomorrow, we have plenty of time, but we will do what we have to to ensure he’s the best paid player”. Bartomeu also explained that Martin Montoya’s contract renewal “is at the end of the process and we have started talks with Gerard Piqué” about his renewal.

    Neymar contract

    Bartomeu also admitted that before his first press conference, when he explained the full details of Neymar’s transfer, he spoke to the first team players: “I explained to the captains that we would be showing details of Neymar’s contract. We have to be grateful to Neymar that he came here, when he could have earned more money at other clubs”.

    Bartomeu also revealed that he would not be making any changes in the Club’s executive structure: “we ratified the executive team – they are doing a great job, they are reducing our debt and that will make us more efficient in the future”.


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    Neymar Jr, na gravação do anúncio para o ano novo chinês. / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
    Neymar, Piqué, Pedro and Sergi Roberto thank the Club’s Chinese fans for their support and welcome in the Chinese New Year, which is on January 31 It’s the third year on the run that the Barça players have taken part in what is the Chinese people’s most important celebration, which this year ushers in the Year of the Horse Barça’s links with the Asian giant are increasing all the time and the Chinese language web site is now the second most important at the Club in terms of visits made

    Chinese symbols

    The recording of the video was done at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper and the studio was specially decorated in a Chinese style with a lucky cat or the red lantern which are traditionally used to decorate Chinese homes at this period. The background behind the players has the message “Barça celebrate the Chinese New Year”. “The wind of spring brings luck and happiness” and “Success comes with the Year of the Horse”. Over the next few days the Club will release a special video with the best images from this session.

    The first team players helped in the making of the video the Club has produced to mark the Chinese New Year, which occurs next Friday, January 31. Neymar, Piqué, Pedro and Sergi Roberto all feature in the video and speak to the fans in Mandarin Chinese. The tradition in China is to associate an animal with each year and for 2014, this is the Year of the Horse.

    During the 30 second video, Neymar and Gerard Piqué wish the fans “a happy Chinese New Year”, whilst Sergi Roberto hopes they have “good luck” and Pedro asks them to “keep supporting our team”. All four also show their names written in Mandarin Chinese script.

    It’s the third straight year that FC Barcelona has taken part in celebrating the Chinese New Year through its principal ambassadors – its players – a symbol of its special interest in China, a country with millions of Barça fans, which has led to numerous events to strengthen ties. The most recent was the ‘Barcelona Action’ competition which Barça organises with the Catalunya Turisme organisation and which involves a week of travelling through Catalonia, culminating on a game at the Camp Nou.

    The FC Barcelona website in Chinese - www.fcbarcelona.cn – receives the second highest number of visitors at the Club, with 500.000 unique users a week, only just behind the English language version. On days like this Saturday, when the team play Valencia at four in the afternoon – peak hours in China – the Chinese site could easily be the most visited site of the day.

    Special contents

    During the week leading up to the holiday, the Club has introduced a number of features to its website and via its official Tencent Weibo (t.qq.com/fcbarcelona) social network page, where Barça has 3 million fans – the largest of any sporting organisation in the country.

    The Chinese fans can also enjoy a number of contents related to Barça and the New Year, such as special news items, photo galleries, videos and digital assets such as a commemorative screen shots.


    Neymar Jr, na gravação do anúncio para o ano novo chinês. / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
    Neymar, Piqué, Pedro and Sergi Roberto thank the Club’s Chinese fans for their support and welcome in the Chinese New Year, which is on January 31 It’s the third year on the run that the Barça players have taken part in what is the Chinese people’s most important celebration, which this year ushers in the Year of the Horse Barça’s links with the Asian giant are increasing all the time and the Chinese language web site is now the second most important at the Club in terms of visits made

    Chinese symbols

    The recording of the video was done at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper and the studio was specially decorated in a Chinese style with a lucky cat or the red lantern which are traditionally used to decorate Chinese homes at this period. The background behind the players has the message “Barça celebrate the Chinese New Year”. “The wind of spring brings luck and happiness” and “Success comes with the Year of the Horse”. Over the next few days the Club will release a special video with the best images from this session.

    The first team players helped in the making of the video the Club has produced to mark the Chinese New Year, which occurs next Friday, January 31. Neymar, Piqué, Pedro and Sergi Roberto all feature in the video and speak to the fans in Mandarin Chinese. The tradition in China is to associate an animal with each year and for 2014, this is the Year of the Horse.

    During the 30 second video, Neymar and Gerard Piqué wish the fans “a happy Chinese New Year”, whilst Sergi Roberto hopes they have “good luck” and Pedro asks them to “keep supporting our team”. All four also show their names written in Mandarin Chinese script.

    It’s the third straight year that FC Barcelona has taken part in celebrating the Chinese New Year through its principal ambassadors – its players – a symbol of its special interest in China, a country with millions of Barça fans, which has led to numerous events to strengthen ties. The most recent was the ‘Barcelona Action’ competition which Barça organises with the Catalunya Turisme organisation and which involves a week of travelling through Catalonia, culminating on a game at the Camp Nou.

    The FC Barcelona website in Chinese - www.fcbarcelona.cn – receives the second highest number of visitors at the Club, with 500.000 unique users a week, only just behind the English language version. On days like this Saturday, when the team play Valencia at four in the afternoon – peak hours in China – the Chinese site could easily be the most visited site of the day.

    Special contents

    During the week leading up to the holiday, the Club has introduced a number of features to its website and via its official Tencent Weibo (t.qq.com/fcbarcelona) social network page, where Barça has 3 million fans – the largest of any sporting organisation in the country.

    The Chinese fans can also enjoy a number of contents related to Barça and the New Year, such as special news items, photo galleries, videos and digital assets such as a commemorative screen shots.


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    Josep Maria Bartomeu and Andreu Subies / PHOTO: MARTA BECERRA - FCB
    Bartomeu and the sporting vice-president, Jordi Mestre, hosted members of the Catalan Football Federation this evening during the game against Levante

    A delegation from the Board of Directors of the Catalan Football Federation (FCF) led by their president, Andreu Subies, were in the presidential box of the Camp Nou this evening for the Cup tie against Levante. FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu  and vice-president Jordi Mestre hosted the delegation.


    Josep Maria Bartomeu and Andreu Subies / PHOTO: MARTA BECERRA - FCB
    Bartomeu and the sporting vice-president, Jordi Mestre, hosted members of the Catalan Football Federation this evening during the game against Levante

    A delegation from the Board of Directors of the Catalan Football Federation (FCF) led by their president, Andreu Subies, were in the presidential box of the Camp Nou this evening for the Cup tie against Levante. FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu  and vice-president Jordi Mestre hosted the delegation.


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    El número sortejat ha estat el 109 / FOTO: VÍCTOR SALGADO-FCB
    This Thursday morning the draw was made for the 1,870 tickets allocated to members for the Champions League match against Manchester City (18th February at 20.45) On Wednesday at 19.00 the application process, in which 3,370 tickets had been requested, grouped in 1,398 requests, was closed

    This Thursday the draw, in the presence of a Notary, was held at FC Barcelona offices, for the 1,870 tickets that the Club has been allocated for its members, for the Champions League match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium (February 18 , at 20.45) . The cut-off number is 109, so from that number we will start to allocate the tickets available.

    It’s worth remembering that FC Barcelona members had requested 3,370 tickets, grouped together in 1,398 requests, in a process that closed on Wednesday at 19.00.

    From this Thursday on the Club will contact the winning members, for payment of the tickets, and communicate collection instructions. Please note that the tickets must be collected in person by the member who will be using them. In the event that the member is unable to collect them personally, the name and ID of the person who will pick them up, with the corresponding authorization, must be communicated. This person can only collect up to eight tickets.


    El número sortejat ha estat el 109 / FOTO: VÍCTOR SALGADO-FCB
    This Thursday morning the draw was made for the 1,870 tickets allocated to members for the Champions League match against Manchester City (18th February at 20.45) On Wednesday at 19.00 the application process, in which 3,370 tickets had been requested, grouped in 1,398 requests, was closed

    This Thursday the draw, in the presence of a Notary, was held at FC Barcelona offices, for the 1,870 tickets that the Club has been allocated for its members, for the Champions League match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium (February 18 , at 20.45) . The cut-off number is 109, so from that number we will start to allocate the tickets available.

    It’s worth remembering that FC Barcelona members had requested 3,370 tickets, grouped together in 1,398 requests, in a process that closed on Wednesday at 19.00.

    From this Thursday on the Club will contact the winning members, for payment of the tickets, and communicate collection instructions. Please note that the tickets must be collected in person by the member who will be using them. In the event that the member is unable to collect them personally, the name and ID of the person who will pick them up, with the corresponding authorization, must be communicated. This person can only collect up to eight tickets.


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    Leo Messi with the special Chinese New Year shirt / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
    On Saturday the players will be wearing the symbol of the year of the horse, the 2014 animal according to Chinese tradition The 16.00 kick-off on Saturday 1 is a particularly good one for Asian viewers

    This Saturday, for the league match between Barça and Valencia, the first team players will be wearing the letter symbolising the horse in Chinese tradition. That is the animal of the New Chinese Year, which begins on January 31.

    This single-edition shirt will also be worn on a day when the 16.00 kick-off is especially convenient for Asian viewers. In fact, Beijing TV will be showing the game live at 23.00 for the whole of China. Fox Asia will be broadcasting the game in India and Indonesia, as will RS Sports in Thailand and WOWOW in Japan.

    The symbol of the horse is FC Barcelona’s way of commemorating this important occasion in China. The first team players have also appeared in a special video in which they send their Chinese fans their best wishes for the New Year. Neymar, Piqué, Pedro and Sergi Roberto appear in the short film addressing supporters in Mandarin, for which they all specially learned how to say certain phrases in the language.

    Last year, FC Barcelona also celebrated the coming of the Chinese New Year in the build-up to the game with Getafe on February 10. Both captains walked onto the pitch with children wearing commemorative T-shirts, and the team posed for a photo with a special message for their Chinese fans.

    Half a million single users a week

    Barça has its own Chinese language website at www.fcbarcelona.cn, the second most visited version of all with 500,000 single users a week. Only the English site gets more hits. On some days, and the day of the 16.00 start against Valencia is sure to be one of these, the Mandarin version of the site can even become the most visited of the day.


    Leo Messi with the special Chinese New Year shirt / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
    On Saturday the players will be wearing the symbol of the year of the horse, the 2014 animal according to Chinese tradition The 16.00 kick-off on Saturday 1 is a particularly good one for Asian viewers

    This Saturday, for the league match between Barça and Valencia, the first team players will be wearing the letter symbolising the horse in Chinese tradition. That is the animal of the New Chinese Year, which begins on January 31.

    This single-edition shirt will also be worn on a day when the 16.00 kick-off is especially convenient for Asian viewers. In fact, Beijing TV will be showing the game live at 23.00 for the whole of China. Fox Asia will be broadcasting the game in India and Indonesia, as will RS Sports in Thailand and WOWOW in Japan.

    The symbol of the horse is FC Barcelona’s way of commemorating this important occasion in China. The first team players have also appeared in a special video in which they send their Chinese fans their best wishes for the New Year. Neymar, Piqué, Pedro and Sergi Roberto appear in the short film addressing supporters in Mandarin, for which they all specially learned how to say certain phrases in the language.

    Last year, FC Barcelona also celebrated the coming of the Chinese New Year in the build-up to the game with Getafe on February 10. Both captains walked onto the pitch with children wearing commemorative T-shirts, and the team posed for a photo with a special message for their Chinese fans.

    Half a million single users a week

    Barça has its own Chinese language website at www.fcbarcelona.cn, the second most visited version of all with 500,000 single users a week. Only the English site gets more hits. On some days, and the day of the 16.00 start against Valencia is sure to be one of these, the Mandarin version of the site can even become the most visited of the day.


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    Thew new official online store has been launched
    From this week, FC Barcelona's official online store is available at nike.com, offering supporters the very best online shopping experience as part of the agreement between Nike and FC Barcelona

    The new online store will give supporters access to the full range of FC Barcelona branded and seasonal products, as well as the complete Nike soccer collection. Fans that visit the web (www.nike.com/fcb) will also be able to read stories about FC Barcelona players and events. Thanks to this new online experience, consumers can enjoy such services as free postal and packaging for purchases over 50 euros and free returns, as well as the personalisation of shirts and other products online.

    Remember that FC Barcelona members get a 10% discount when they use the promotional code that they receive by email. The official FCB online store is totally integrated in the nike.com platform with its own website, which is available in 19 European countries, and to begin with will be offered in five languages (English, Spanish, French, German and Italian).

    Later in 2014, a Catalan version of the Barça online store will also be launched. Thanks to this agreement, Nike will also be translating its entire website into Catalan, and not only the products related with FC Barcelona.

    Visit the new official online store at www.nike.com/fcb


    Thew new official online store has been launched
    From this week, FC Barcelona's official online store is available at nike.com, offering supporters the very best online shopping experience as part of the agreement between Nike and FC Barcelona

    The new online store will give supporters access to the full range of FC Barcelona branded and seasonal products, as well as the complete Nike soccer collection. Fans that visit the web (www.nike.com/fcb) will also be able to read stories about FC Barcelona players and events. Thanks to this new online experience, consumers can enjoy such services as free postal and packaging for purchases over 50 euros and free returns, as well as the personalisation of shirts and other products online.

    Remember that FC Barcelona members get a 10% discount when they use the promotional code that they receive by email. The official FCB online store is totally integrated in the nike.com platform with its own website, which is available in 19 European countries, and to begin with will be offered in five languages (English, Spanish, French, German and Italian).

    Later in 2014, a Catalan version of the Barça online store will also be launched. Thanks to this agreement, Nike will also be translating its entire website into Catalan, and not only the products related with FC Barcelona.

    Visit the new official online store at www.nike.com/fcb


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    The Dragon and Lion dance before kick off at the Camp Nou / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
    The first team players featured a kit with a Chinese symbol in the match against Valencia

    FC Barcelona capped off the Chinese New Year celebrations with the match at the Camp Nou against Valencia. The Blaugrana, who donned a kit that features the Chinese symbol for the horse, paid tribute to the Chinese community in Barcelona right before kick off. The fans at the Camp Nou enjoyed the traditional Chinese Dragon and Lion dance put on by the Union of Chinese Associations in Catalonia, the Confucius Barcelona Institute and the Asia House.

    The Chinese community welcomed the Chinese New Year on the streets of Barcelona and for the first time, all of the Chinese Associations of Catalonia joined together in celebration at the Sagrada Familia. The celebrations continued hours later at the Camp Nou, just before kick off.

    Special Chinese content

    The presence of the Chinese character on Barça’s kit wasn’t the only cause for celebration for Chinese fans watching the game live on Beijing TV. For the last couple of days the Club has produced special Chinese content in the run-up to the New Year. Players like Neymar, Piqué, Pedro and Sergi Roberto congratulated Chinese fans in Mandarin at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in a spot filmed earlier this week.

    FC Barcelona continue to grow in China as digital content produced by on the Club's Chinese website www.fcbarcelona.cn and on Tencent Weibo t.qq.com/fcbarcelona is extremely successful.


    The Dragon and Lion dance before kick off at the Camp Nou / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
    The first team players featured a kit with a Chinese symbol in the match against Valencia

    FC Barcelona capped off the Chinese New Year celebrations with the match at the Camp Nou against Valencia. The Blaugrana, who donned a kit that features the Chinese symbol for the horse, paid tribute to the Chinese community in Barcelona right before kick off. The fans at the Camp Nou enjoyed the traditional Chinese Dragon and Lion dance put on by the Union of Chinese Associations in Catalonia, the Confucius Barcelona Institute and the Asia House.

    The Chinese community welcomed the Chinese New Year on the streets of Barcelona and for the first time, all of the Chinese Associations of Catalonia joined together in celebration at the Sagrada Familia. The celebrations continued hours later at the Camp Nou, just before kick off.

    Special Chinese content

    The presence of the Chinese character on Barça’s kit wasn’t the only cause for celebration for Chinese fans watching the game live on Beijing TV. For the last couple of days the Club has produced special Chinese content in the run-up to the New Year. Players like Neymar, Piqué, Pedro and Sergi Roberto congratulated Chinese fans in Mandarin at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in a spot filmed earlier this week.

    FC Barcelona continue to grow in China as digital content produced by on the Club's Chinese website www.fcbarcelona.cn and on Tencent Weibo t.qq.com/fcbarcelona is extremely successful.


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    Pinto, at training/ PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
    The stars are Neymar Jr, Messi, Bartomeu, and Puyol, amongst others

    Have you seen the best photos from January 2014? Don't miss them...


    Pinto, at training/ PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
    The stars are Neymar Jr, Messi, Bartomeu, and Puyol, amongst others

    Have you seen the best photos from January 2014? Don't miss them...


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    Videos of January 2014 at FC Barcelona
    Messi's return, the change of president, Chinese New Year, the Ballon d'Or gala and the open-doors training session were among the month's most memorable moments

    Chinese New Year wishes from the players

    Leo Messi scores a hat-trick in the open-doors training session

    Behind the scenes at the 2013 Ballon d'Or

    Alves, Xavi, Iniesta and Messi, in the 2013 FIFA/FIFPRO team

    #Xavi700

    The Camp Nou honours Xavi for his 700th appearance

    Barça reaches 50 million Facebook fans

    Highlights of Barça v Màlaga

    Josep Maria Bartomeu's first press conference as president

    Sandro Rosell resigns as president of FC Barcelona

     


    Videos of January 2014 at FC Barcelona
    Messi's return, the change of president, Chinese New Year, the Ballon d'Or gala and the open-doors training session were among the month's most memorable moments

    Chinese New Year wishes from the players

    Leo Messi scores a hat-trick in the open-doors training session

    Behind the scenes at the 2013 Ballon d'Or

    Alves, Xavi, Iniesta and Messi, in the 2013 FIFA/FIFPRO team

    #Xavi700

    The Camp Nou honours Xavi for his 700th appearance

    Barça reaches 50 million Facebook fans

    Highlights of Barça v Màlaga

    Josep Maria Bartomeu's first press conference as president

    Sandro Rosell resigns as president of FC Barcelona

     


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    Vista de l'Estadi des del Palau. FOTO: FCB
    Press conference to present the new Espai Barça.

    Press conference to present the new Espai Barça.Vice-Presidents , Javier Faus and Jordi Cardoner, as well as the Director of the Economic Area (Assets), Jordi Moix are attending the press conference.

    VIDEO – this is how the new Espai Barça will take shape:



    Vista de l'Estadi des del Palau. FOTO: FCB
    Press conference to present the new Espai Barça.

    Press conference to present the new Espai Barça.Vice-Presidents , Javier Faus and Jordi Cardoner, as well as the Director of the Economic Area (Assets), Jordi Moix are attending the press conference.

    VIDEO – this is how the new Espai Barça will take shape:



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    Javier Faus, al costat de Cardoner i Moix. FOTO: GERMÁN PARGA - FCB
    "We will present a commercial name for the stadium to the Assembly, it will always just be a surname because we will not lose the name Camp Nou," says Faus

    During this afternoon’s press conference on the Espai Barça, Javier Faus, economic vice-president of the Club, explained that the estimated cost of the project will be be 600 million euros and he noted that Barça members will not be called upon to foot the bill. Faus also declared that “the first team sporting project and the Club’s professional teams will not be at risk.”

    What is the Espai Barça?

    In addition to remodeling the Camp Nou and increasing its capacity to 105,000 (known as the ENEA project), the Espai Barça will also boast a new Palau Blaugrana with a capacity of 12,000, an additional court with a capacity of 2,000, an ice rink, the Social Area, Commercial Area, Club offices, La Masia and 5,000 parking spaces. The Espai Barça “is and will be the most important sports project in Europe and the world. No city can boast a project like ours,” insisted Faus.

    The cost of the Nou Camp Nou will be 400 million euros

    Increasing the capacity of the stadium to over 100,000, building a roof over the stands, making the stadium more comfortable, and improving visibility for the fans are the main features of the Nou Camp Nou. Construction will start in 2017 and end in 2021, and the total cost will be 600 million euros – this includes the new Palau Blaugrana and the additional projects around the Camp Nou.

    “We won’t ask members to pay for the project, and we won’t increase the price for season tickets,” said Faus. “The Espai Barça will not put the Club’s professional teams at risk.”

    Club members will have the necessary information ahead of the referendum

    The Club will do everything in its power to make information on the construction project available to the Club members, but certain questions won’t be possible to answer until an architect is selected to complete the project and the design of the Espai Barça is completed.  “We will have a world wide contest before we select the definitive project,” said Faus.

    “Next season we won’t have bank debt”

    The stadium will cost 420 million euros, the Palau 90, parking 40, the Espai Barça 30, and the demolition of the Mini, approximately 20. “This project won’t be paid for by a millionaire, we will pay for it. We aren’t concerned with who will lend us the money, what can preoccupy us is how we are going to give it back without putting our athletic excellence at risk,” said Faus.

    “We’re close to a cash flow of 100 million euros. If we get to 110 million euros we can sign new players and budget for the new project. Up until now we’ve reduced our debt. Starting next season we won’t have bank, Social Security or Treasury debt.”

    On the surname of the Camp Nou, Faus said that the decision will put to the Assembly. “We will never lose our name, the Camp Nou, but the Board of Directors will have to select the best offer,” he said. Faus added that the Club could net a total of 150 million euros if the decision to add a surname to the stadium is approved. This sum could go up to 300 million if the Club decided to sell the naming rights of the stadium, but the vice-president noted that the option is not being considered. Finally he said that “if members believe that the Camp Nou should have a commercial name, they need to vote no during the referendum.”

     


    Javier Faus, al costat de Cardoner i Moix. FOTO: GERMÁN PARGA - FCB
    "We will present a commercial name for the stadium to the Assembly, it will always just be a surname because we will not lose the name Camp Nou," says Faus

    During this afternoon’s press conference on the Espai Barça, Javier Faus, economic vice-president of the Club, explained that the estimated cost of the project will be be 600 million euros and he noted that Barça members will not be called upon to foot the bill. Faus also declared that “the first team sporting project and the Club’s professional teams will not be at risk.”

    What is the Espai Barça?

    In addition to remodeling the Camp Nou and increasing its capacity to 105,000 (known as the ENEA project), the Espai Barça will also boast a new Palau Blaugrana with a capacity of 12,000, an additional court with a capacity of 2,000, an ice rink, the Social Area, Commercial Area, Club offices, La Masia and 5,000 parking spaces. The Espai Barça “is and will be the most important sports project in Europe and the world. No city can boast a project like ours,” insisted Faus.

    The cost of the Nou Camp Nou will be 400 million euros

    Increasing the capacity of the stadium to over 100,000, building a roof over the stands, making the stadium more comfortable, and improving visibility for the fans are the main features of the Nou Camp Nou. Construction will start in 2017 and end in 2021, and the total cost will be 600 million euros – this includes the new Palau Blaugrana and the additional projects around the Camp Nou.

    “We won’t ask members to pay for the project, and we won’t increase the price for season tickets,” said Faus. “The Espai Barça will not put the Club’s professional teams at risk.”

    Club members will have the necessary information ahead of the referendum

    The Club will do everything in its power to make information on the construction project available to the Club members, but certain questions won’t be possible to answer until an architect is selected to complete the project and the design of the Espai Barça is completed.  “We will have a world wide contest before we select the definitive project,” said Faus.

    “Next season we won’t have bank debt”

    The stadium will cost 420 million euros, the Palau 90, parking 40, the Espai Barça 30, and the demolition of the Mini, approximately 20. “This project won’t be paid for by a millionaire, we will pay for it. We aren’t concerned with who will lend us the money, what can preoccupy us is how we are going to give it back without putting our athletic excellence at risk,” said Faus.

    “We’re close to a cash flow of 100 million euros. If we get to 110 million euros we can sign new players and budget for the new project. Up until now we’ve reduced our debt. Starting next season we won’t have bank, Social Security or Treasury debt.”

    On the surname of the Camp Nou, Faus said that the decision will put to the Assembly. “We will never lose our name, the Camp Nou, but the Board of Directors will have to select the best offer,” he said. Faus added that the Club could net a total of 150 million euros if the decision to add a surname to the stadium is approved. This sum could go up to 300 million if the Club decided to sell the naming rights of the stadium, but the vice-president noted that the option is not being considered. Finally he said that “if members believe that the Camp Nou should have a commercial name, they need to vote no during the referendum.”

     


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    View of the Camp Nou from the first tier
    The capacity will be 105,053, the interior construction of the stadium will rise from 40,000 m² to 104,000 m² and work will end in 2021, explained Jordi Moix The first tier will be fully reformed, with more vertical seating offering much better views that they at present The third tier will be completed on the west side of the ground, and a large roof will be installed over the whole of the terraces

    At a press conference to present the new Barça stadium, the director of the Patrimonial Department, Jordi Moix, has presented further details of the proposal: the construction of a new Camp Nou over the current structure (being called the ‘ENEA’) will be put to a referendum on April 5 or 6. The cost will be 420 million euros. "Once accepted, and as the project has been carefully planned and defined, we will be able to avoid fluctuations in costs”, he insisted. It is a highly ambitious project – the current interior construction of the Camp Nou occupies 40,000 m², but once the work has been completed, that figure will have risen to 104,000 m².

    Moix started by explaining issues concerning the general physical layout of the new stadium, whose exact capacity will be 105,053 spectators. The Camp Nou will continue to consist of three tiers. The first (lowest) will be completely rebuilt, being more vertical and offering much better views. The second will be the same, although some changes will make it more comfortable. And the third (top) tier, which currently only reaches round a section of the full perimeter will be extended to cover the west side of the stadium too.

    Due to these changes, slightly wider seats will be possible, and all of the passages will be at least 1.20 metres wide. All of the seats will be protected from the elements by a roof, there will be a new perimeter ring containing different services, a full range of elevators, and the floors, currently on different levels, will be streamlined, thus avoiding the presence of so many unnecessary stairways. The ENEA project will also provide 5,000 parking spaces as well as a whole range of new commercial and operative features.

    No effect on the team

    Jordi Moix also explained how the construction will be done in phases. The work will start in 2017 with the demolishing of the South and North Goal terraces.

    The whole process will take four summers and three and a half seasons, but the football team will be able to continue playing matches in the stadium regardless, and very few spectators will need to move. Moix explained that in order to limit the inconvenience to fans as much as possible, the construction will be done by phases and zones. In the summer, work will be done on the seating areas, and during the football season, the inner and outer sections of the main construction will be developed. The work should end in March 2021, but the directors wished to make it clear that this is still just an estimated outline, and that planning, licensing and other matters will no doubt cause certain adjustments.

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    View of the Camp Nou from the first tier
    The capacity will be 105,053, the interior construction of the stadium will rise from 40,000 m² to 104,000 m² and work will end in 2021, explained Jordi Moix The first tier will be fully reformed, with more vertical seating offering much better views that they at present The third tier will be completed on the west side of the ground, and a large roof will be installed over the whole of the terraces

    At a press conference to present the new Barça stadium, the director of the Patrimonial Department, Jordi Moix, has presented further details of the proposal: the construction of a new Camp Nou over the current structure (being called the ‘ENEA’) will be put to a referendum on April 5 or 6. The cost will be 420 million euros. "Once accepted, and as the project has been carefully planned and defined, we will be able to avoid fluctuations in costs”, he insisted. It is a highly ambitious project – the current interior construction of the Camp Nou occupies 40,000 m², but once the work has been completed, that figure will have risen to 104,000 m².

    Moix started by explaining issues concerning the general physical layout of the new stadium, whose exact capacity will be 105,053 spectators. The Camp Nou will continue to consist of three tiers. The first (lowest) will be completely rebuilt, being more vertical and offering much better views. The second will be the same, although some changes will make it more comfortable. And the third (top) tier, which currently only reaches round a section of the full perimeter will be extended to cover the west side of the stadium too.

    Due to these changes, slightly wider seats will be possible, and all of the passages will be at least 1.20 metres wide. All of the seats will be protected from the elements by a roof, there will be a new perimeter ring containing different services, a full range of elevators, and the floors, currently on different levels, will be streamlined, thus avoiding the presence of so many unnecessary stairways. The ENEA project will also provide 5,000 parking spaces as well as a whole range of new commercial and operative features.

    No effect on the team

    Jordi Moix also explained how the construction will be done in phases. The work will start in 2017 with the demolishing of the South and North Goal terraces.

    The whole process will take four summers and three and a half seasons, but the football team will be able to continue playing matches in the stadium regardless, and very few spectators will need to move. Moix explained that in order to limit the inconvenience to fans as much as possible, the construction will be done by phases and zones. In the summer, work will be done on the seating areas, and during the football season, the inner and outer sections of the main construction will be developed. The work should end in March 2021, but the directors wished to make it clear that this is still just an estimated outline, and that planning, licensing and other matters will no doubt cause certain adjustments.

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    Orientative proposal for the new Camp Nou
    FC Barcelona has presented its proposal for a new Espai Barça, which aims to provide the biggest and best sports facility that the world has ever seen in a city centre The current project is orientative rather than definitive, and further developments will only possible after the members have accepted the proposal at a referendum on April 5 or 6 The club is organising a campaign to ensure that members are fully informed before the day of the vote

    Information for the members

    Jordi Cardoner, vice-president of the Social Area, has specified the actions that the club will be implementing to make sure that the members are fully informed ahead of the referendum. It will be a simple yes/no vote and the club is hoping to encourage huge participation. The information will be available on a variety of channels, including a mobile exhibition travelling to different municipalities, the use of the supporters clubs network to get the information out to the rest of the world, and a specific website will be dedicated to the cause. There will also be a specific email address, referendum@fcbarcelona.cat, which the members can use to ask any questions or voice their concerns. The OAB will also have a special section where people will be able to go along in person with their queries. There will also be meetings held by the different directors responsible for each area.

    This Monday, FC Barcelona has presented new details about the possible future Espai Barça and the schedule for the referendum at which the members will be able to vote whether or not to go ahead with the remodelling of the club’s 20 hectares in the district of Les Corts. Vice-presidents Javier Faus and Jordi Cardoner, and the director of the Patrimonial Department, Jordi Moix, all members of the commission that is dealing with this process, were in charge of explaining the details to the press.

    Biggest in the world

    Javier Faus, the economic vice-president who is chairing the commission, said that the Espai Barça “is and will be the most important sports project in Europe and the world. No city can boast a project like ours”. The idea involves “the construction of a new stadium for 105,000 spectators, a Palau for 12,000 spectators, a Palau 2, an Ice Rink, a social and commercial zone, more modern offices, a rehabilitated Masia and 5,000 parking spaces.” Faus insisted that nothing quite like this has ever been seen anywhere in the world.

    Structural improvements

    Jordi Moix explained that the most substantial changes will be a complete overhaul of the lowest tier, where the views will be vastly improved, the extension of the tier around the whole stadium, and the addition of a roof over the whole of the terraces. The Camp Nou would also make a substantial gain in overall space – a rise from 40,000 m2 to 104,000 m2.

    Schedule

    In order for the members to quite sure what they are voting for when the referendum comes around, the Club is going to go to an extraordinary effort to inform the fans about the proposed new Espai Barça. Faus also insisted that this is just a proposal rather than a definitive project, and if the members voice their approval, the plans will need to be fine-tuned, there will be conversations with local residents and then the project will be submitted for international tender. Once the architect has been chosen, work will be able to commence in 2017 and should end in 2021. But the work on the terracing will only be done in the summer, meaning that very few spectators will be affected and the first team will be able to continue playing in the stadium while the work is going on.


    Orientative proposal for the new Camp Nou
    FC Barcelona has presented its proposal for a new Espai Barça, which aims to provide the biggest and best sports facility that the world has ever seen in a city centre The current project is orientative rather than definitive, and further developments will only possible after the members have accepted the proposal at a referendum on April 5 or 6 The club is organising a campaign to ensure that members are fully informed before the day of the vote

    Information for the members

    Jordi Cardoner, vice-president of the Social Area, has specified the actions that the club will be implementing to make sure that the members are fully informed ahead of the referendum. It will be a simple yes/no vote and the club is hoping to encourage huge participation. The information will be available on a variety of channels, including a mobile exhibition travelling to different municipalities, the use of the supporters clubs network to get the information out to the rest of the world, and a specific website will be dedicated to the cause. There will also be a specific email address, referendum@fcbarcelona.cat, which the members can use to ask any questions or voice their concerns. The OAB will also have a special section where people will be able to go along in person with their queries. There will also be meetings held by the different directors responsible for each area.

    This Monday, FC Barcelona has presented new details about the possible future Espai Barça and the schedule for the referendum at which the members will be able to vote whether or not to go ahead with the remodelling of the club’s 20 hectares in the district of Les Corts. Vice-presidents Javier Faus and Jordi Cardoner, and the director of the Patrimonial Department, Jordi Moix, all members of the commission that is dealing with this process, were in charge of explaining the details to the press.

    Biggest in the world

    Javier Faus, the economic vice-president who is chairing the commission, said that the Espai Barça “is and will be the most important sports project in Europe and the world. No city can boast a project like ours”. The idea involves “the construction of a new stadium for 105,000 spectators, a Palau for 12,000 spectators, a Palau 2, an Ice Rink, a social and commercial zone, more modern offices, a rehabilitated Masia and 5,000 parking spaces.” Faus insisted that nothing quite like this has ever been seen anywhere in the world.

    Structural improvements

    Jordi Moix explained that the most substantial changes will be a complete overhaul of the lowest tier, where the views will be vastly improved, the extension of the tier around the whole stadium, and the addition of a roof over the whole of the terraces. The Camp Nou would also make a substantial gain in overall space – a rise from 40,000 m2 to 104,000 m2.

    Schedule

    In order for the members to quite sure what they are voting for when the referendum comes around, the Club is going to go to an extraordinary effort to inform the fans about the proposed new Espai Barça. Faus also insisted that this is just a proposal rather than a definitive project, and if the members voice their approval, the plans will need to be fine-tuned, there will be conversations with local residents and then the project will be submitted for international tender. Once the architect has been chosen, work will be able to commence in 2017 and should end in 2021. But the work on the terracing will only be done in the summer, meaning that very few spectators will be affected and the first team will be able to continue playing in the stadium while the work is going on.


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    El nou Espai Barça
    This is what the new Espai Barça will look like - it will affect the Camp Nou, the Palau Blaugrana and the Miniestadi

    It’s worth noting that these images of the new Espai Barça are meant to give the viewer a genera overview of the project given that its final details have yet to be decided.


    El nou Espai Barça
    This is what the new Espai Barça will look like - it will affect the Camp Nou, the Palau Blaugrana and the Miniestadi

    It’s worth noting that these images of the new Espai Barça are meant to give the viewer a genera overview of the project given that its final details have yet to be decided.


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    New Barça smartphone application makes it easier for Club members
    The application allows season ticket holders to free up his/her seat at the Camp Nou and the Palau Blaugrana

    FC Barcelona have launched a new application that facilitates the Seient Lliure process for Club members. With this app, members will be able to free up their seat at the Camp Nou comfortably and easily. Basketball season ticket holders will also be able to utilise the app.

    The application, which is available in three different languages (English, Catalan and Spanish), works on any smartphone device and is available in the App Store and on Google Play.

    Other services

    With this tool, which keeps a record of your data and access codes (so you don’t have to input your information more than once), the user will be able to manage more than one account, keep track of the amount of money saved over a season and activate an alert system for home matches.

    It’s worth noting that season ticket holders that cannot attend a match at the Camp Nou can also free up their seat on the Club’s website, on Ticketmaster and over the phone 902 18 99 00.

    App download links

    [+] iTunes App Store

    [+] Google Play


    New Barça smartphone application makes it easier for Club members
    The application allows season ticket holders to free up his/her seat at the Camp Nou and the Palau Blaugrana

    FC Barcelona have launched a new application that facilitates the Seient Lliure process for Club members. With this app, members will be able to free up their seat at the Camp Nou comfortably and easily. Basketball season ticket holders will also be able to utilise the app.

    The application, which is available in three different languages (English, Catalan and Spanish), works on any smartphone device and is available in the App Store and on Google Play.

    Other services

    With this tool, which keeps a record of your data and access codes (so you don’t have to input your information more than once), the user will be able to manage more than one account, keep track of the amount of money saved over a season and activate an alert system for home matches.

    It’s worth noting that season ticket holders that cannot attend a match at the Camp Nou can also free up their seat on the Club’s website, on Ticketmaster and over the phone 902 18 99 00.

    App download links

    [+] iTunes App Store

    [+] Google Play


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    François Pienaar, amb la seva dona i el president Bartomeu. FOTO: M. BECERRA - FCB
    Before the Cup match against Real Sociedad the president of FC Barcelona gave an FCB rugby kit to Francois Pienaar, former captain on South Africa

    Before the Cup semi-final against Real Sociedad, President Bartomeu gave Francois Pienaar, former player and captain South Africa’s rugby World Cup winning team, an FC Barcelona rugby kit. Paco Peña, the technical director of the team, and Stacy Duvenage were present.

    The legendary No.6 of the South African rugby team received the the world champions trophy from Nelson Mandela in 1995. After the award ceremony, Pienaar thanked Mandela in a conversation that’s made its way into the history books: “Thank you, François, for what you’ve done for this country,” started Mandela. Pienaar responded: “No, Mr president, thank you for what you’ve done for our country.”

    The competition allowed Mandela, who was elected president the year prior, to unite the country through sport. South Africa’s motto for the tournament was “one sport, one country.” After the championship match, Pienaar explained that the team won “not only for the people in the stadium, but for the everyone in South Africa.”

    After Nelson Mandela’s funeral, Francois Pienaar explained, “Nelson Mandela was the most extraordinary and incredible human being, not only because he unified a country when it seemed impossible, but also because, through his humanity, he inspired hundreds of millions of people throughout the world.”



    François Pienaar, amb la seva dona i el president Bartomeu. FOTO: M. BECERRA - FCB
    Before the Cup match against Real Sociedad the president of FC Barcelona gave an FCB rugby kit to Francois Pienaar, former captain on South Africa

    Before the Cup semi-final against Real Sociedad, President Bartomeu gave Francois Pienaar, former player and captain South Africa’s rugby World Cup winning team, an FC Barcelona rugby kit. Paco Peña, the technical director of the team, and Stacy Duvenage were present.

    The legendary No.6 of the South African rugby team received the the world champions trophy from Nelson Mandela in 1995. After the award ceremony, Pienaar thanked Mandela in a conversation that’s made its way into the history books: “Thank you, François, for what you’ve done for this country,” started Mandela. Pienaar responded: “No, Mr president, thank you for what you’ve done for our country.”

    The competition allowed Mandela, who was elected president the year prior, to unite the country through sport. South Africa’s motto for the tournament was “one sport, one country.” After the championship match, Pienaar explained that the team won “not only for the people in the stadium, but for the everyone in South Africa.”

    After Nelson Mandela’s funeral, Francois Pienaar explained, “Nelson Mandela was the most extraordinary and incredible human being, not only because he unified a country when it seemed impossible, but also because, through his humanity, he inspired hundreds of millions of people throughout the world.”



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    The Chinese New Year message featuring Neymar, Piqué, Pedro and Sergi Roberto was seen all over China
    The CCTV programme showed the message - which features Neymar, Piqué, Pedro and Sergi Roberto on prime time TV. The weekly audience on the Club's Chinese site has grown by 128%

    More than 5.5 million Chinese viewers have seen the video message for the Chinese New Year made by the Barça players for their fans in China. The programme Total Soccer on the Chinese public TV station CCTV announced the message on its webpage a few days before the Chinese New Year and on January 27 the video was shown on peak time on CCTV.

    On January 31 the Chinese people celebrated the New Year of the Horse  and the video message from Neymar, Piqué, Pedro and Sergi Roberto was shown all over the country, not just on TV, but also on internet via the Club’s official page (www.fcbarcelona.cn), its official account on Tencent Weibo (t.qq.com/fcbarcelona) and the web pages of Tencant Sports and Tencent International Football.

    The special contents produced to celebrate the New Year generated more than 831.000 visits to the Club’s official website, with the video, a feature on the “making of” the spot and a picture of Messi wearing a shirt with the symbol of a horse amongst the favourites.

    Growth of Chinese site

    Over the New Year period as a whole, weekly visits to the Chinese site has grown by 128%  and on the day that the video was launched the audience was three times the normal number.

    Most viralised contents

    On Tencent Weibo the most viralised contents have been the video of Messi signing for all his Chinese fans, the photo gallery of Messi with the special Year of the Horse shirt and the piece about the photo competition for Chinese fans celebrating the Chinese New Year.

    Below is the video of the “making of” the Chinese New Year video, with, Neymar Jr, Gerard Piqué, Pedro Rodríguez and Sergi Roberto

     


    The Chinese New Year message featuring Neymar, Piqué, Pedro and Sergi Roberto was seen all over China
    The CCTV programme showed the message - which features Neymar, Piqué, Pedro and Sergi Roberto on prime time TV. The weekly audience on the Club's Chinese site has grown by 128%

    More than 5.5 million Chinese viewers have seen the video message for the Chinese New Year made by the Barça players for their fans in China. The programme Total Soccer on the Chinese public TV station CCTV announced the message on its webpage a few days before the Chinese New Year and on January 27 the video was shown on peak time on CCTV.

    On January 31 the Chinese people celebrated the New Year of the Horse  and the video message from Neymar, Piqué, Pedro and Sergi Roberto was shown all over the country, not just on TV, but also on internet via the Club’s official page (www.fcbarcelona.cn), its official account on Tencent Weibo (t.qq.com/fcbarcelona) and the web pages of Tencant Sports and Tencent International Football.

    The special contents produced to celebrate the New Year generated more than 831.000 visits to the Club’s official website, with the video, a feature on the “making of” the spot and a picture of Messi wearing a shirt with the symbol of a horse amongst the favourites.

    Growth of Chinese site

    Over the New Year period as a whole, weekly visits to the Chinese site has grown by 128%  and on the day that the video was launched the audience was three times the normal number.

    Most viralised contents

    On Tencent Weibo the most viralised contents have been the video of Messi signing for all his Chinese fans, the photo gallery of Messi with the special Year of the Horse shirt and the piece about the photo competition for Chinese fans celebrating the Chinese New Year.

    Below is the video of the “making of” the Chinese New Year video, with, Neymar Jr, Gerard Piqué, Pedro Rodríguez and Sergi Roberto

     


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    LINE FCB
    Be the first to have the new stickers and surprise your LINE friends with new Barça player stickers Personalise your LINE conversations with 40 new figures to support FC Barcelona on your computer or smart phone

    FC Barcelona are launching a new pack of LINE “stickers” for their messaging service for smart phones and computers for their members and fans. The 40 new figures allow you to personalise your messaging and show your support for the team via images of Messi, Iniesta, Xavi, Cesc, Valdés, Piqué and Cesc. The pack also includes “stickers” celebrating Saint Valentine’s Day on February 14.

    17 million followers

    FC Barcelona continues to increase their users via LINE – the application for smart phones and computers which allows you to connect with more than 300 million users all over the world. Via its official Club profiles in Catalan, Castilian, English, Portuguese and Japanese, Barça have more than 17 million followers.

    The second packet – which has unlimited availability- can be purchased for €1.79 at the mobile app shop for Android and iOS. With LINE, you can connect to the Club and be the first to hear the latest news, as well as enjoying exclusive offers.

    Complete your collection of ‘stickers’

    This second packet of stickers completes the collection of Barça player stickers and widens the possibilities of communicating with your LINE friends and share different emotions and actions carried out by your favourite Barça players.

    LINE FCB


    LINE FCB
    Be the first to have the new stickers and surprise your LINE friends with new Barça player stickers Personalise your LINE conversations with 40 new figures to support FC Barcelona on your computer or smart phone

    FC Barcelona are launching a new pack of LINE “stickers” for their messaging service for smart phones and computers for their members and fans. The 40 new figures allow you to personalise your messaging and show your support for the team via images of Messi, Iniesta, Xavi, Cesc, Valdés, Piqué and Cesc. The pack also includes “stickers” celebrating Saint Valentine’s Day on February 14.

    17 million followers

    FC Barcelona continues to increase their users via LINE – the application for smart phones and computers which allows you to connect with more than 300 million users all over the world. Via its official Club profiles in Catalan, Castilian, English, Portuguese and Japanese, Barça have more than 17 million followers.

    The second packet – which has unlimited availability- can be purchased for €1.79 at the mobile app shop for Android and iOS. With LINE, you can connect to the Club and be the first to hear the latest news, as well as enjoying exclusive offers.

    Complete your collection of ‘stickers’

    This second packet of stickers completes the collection of Barça player stickers and widens the possibilities of communicating with your LINE friends and share different emotions and actions carried out by your favourite Barça players.

    LINE FCB


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    Iniesta, durant la gravació de la campanya.
    Carles Puyol and Andrés Iniesta represent FC Barcelona in the LFP's ‘When you engage in piracy, you hurt your team’ campaign

    This Monday Miguel Cardenal, president of the Superior Sports Council (CSD), and Javier Tebas, president of the National Professional Football League, unveiled the anti-piracy campaign titled “When you engage in piracy, you hurt your team.” The campaign is designed to curb fraudulent viewing of audiovisual materials relating to the LFP and it aims to remind fans that piracy seriously damages the interests of their favourite clubs.

    Therefore, the LFP has launched the campaign on TV, radio, social media and at first and second division stadiums to let fans know that if they engage in piracy, that they hurt their team. Carles Puyol and Andrés Iniesta, representing FC Barcelona, participated in the campaign.


    Iniesta, durant la gravació de la campanya.
    Carles Puyol and Andrés Iniesta represent FC Barcelona in the LFP's ‘When you engage in piracy, you hurt your team’ campaign

    This Monday Miguel Cardenal, president of the Superior Sports Council (CSD), and Javier Tebas, president of the National Professional Football League, unveiled the anti-piracy campaign titled “When you engage in piracy, you hurt your team.” The campaign is designed to curb fraudulent viewing of audiovisual materials relating to the LFP and it aims to remind fans that piracy seriously damages the interests of their favourite clubs.

    Therefore, the LFP has launched the campaign on TV, radio, social media and at first and second division stadiums to let fans know that if they engage in piracy, that they hurt their team. Carles Puyol and Andrés Iniesta, representing FC Barcelona, participated in the campaign.


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    Bartomeu / PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA-FCB.
    The president explains that members have shown him support for the creation of the new Espai Barça and they have also expressed concern over how the project will be financed

    Contact with Johan Cruyff

    President Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed that he has contacted individuals close to Johan Cruyff in order to address the relationship with the former player and manager. “Cruyff is a distinguished person in our Club. I believe that things will normalise,” he said.

    During the press conference following the Board of Directors meeting, President Josep Maria Bartomeu talked about the future of the Espai Barça project and the Club’s aspirations for the football and basketball teams.

    Firstly, Bartomeu said that many Club members expressed their “support for the creation of the Espai Barça.” At the same time he admitted that he’s noticed “the concern over how this strategic project will be funded.” He was clear that “the Espai Barça is economically viable and absolutely necessary.”

    According to the president, “the Espai Barça is an ambitious project.” He reiterated that “it’s a Club project, not the Board of Directors’. Anyone in our position would do this, I’d even venture to say that we’re a bit late in starting the process.”

    In addition, the president talked about the Club’s investment in the Sant Joan Despí (30 million) and the Les Corts area (20 million) in the three and a half years the current Board has been in power. He also specified the maintenance and repair costs for the Camp Nou cost 7 million during the Board’s tenure and he estimated that 56 million more would be needed through 2021.

    It’s time for the fans

    Bartomeu then talked about attendance at the Camp Nou and he sent a message to the fans ahead of the final stretch of the season: “This is the moment to accompany the team. We have a very good team and we are ambitious.” He added: “We’re La Liga leaders – recovering the top spot is a morale boost for us.”

    The president also talked about the basketball team, who were finalists in the Copa del Rey. “I congratulate them for their brilliant run in the Cup and their positive progression in form.”

    Finally, Bartomeu talked about the action of responsibility that weighs on the previous administration: “I will take it to the Board before the end of the season. They have asked us to withdraw our case and I want to discuss our options.”


    Bartomeu / PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA-FCB.
    The president explains that members have shown him support for the creation of the new Espai Barça and they have also expressed concern over how the project will be financed

    Contact with Johan Cruyff

    President Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed that he has contacted individuals close to Johan Cruyff in order to address the relationship with the former player and manager. “Cruyff is a distinguished person in our Club. I believe that things will normalise,” he said.

    During the press conference following the Board of Directors meeting, President Josep Maria Bartomeu talked about the future of the Espai Barça project and the Club’s aspirations for the football and basketball teams.

    Firstly, Bartomeu said that many Club members expressed their “support for the creation of the Espai Barça.” At the same time he admitted that he’s noticed “the concern over how this strategic project will be funded.” He was clear that “the Espai Barça is economically viable and absolutely necessary.”

    According to the president, “the Espai Barça is an ambitious project.” He reiterated that “it’s a Club project, not the Board of Directors’. Anyone in our position would do this, I’d even venture to say that we’re a bit late in starting the process.”

    In addition, the president talked about the Club’s investment in the Sant Joan Despí (30 million) and the Les Corts area (20 million) in the three and a half years the current Board has been in power. He also specified the maintenance and repair costs for the Camp Nou cost 7 million during the Board’s tenure and he estimated that 56 million more would be needed through 2021.

    It’s time for the fans

    Bartomeu then talked about attendance at the Camp Nou and he sent a message to the fans ahead of the final stretch of the season: “This is the moment to accompany the team. We have a very good team and we are ambitious.” He added: “We’re La Liga leaders – recovering the top spot is a morale boost for us.”

    The president also talked about the basketball team, who were finalists in the Copa del Rey. “I congratulate them for their brilliant run in the Cup and their positive progression in form.”

    Finally, Bartomeu talked about the action of responsibility that weighs on the previous administration: “I will take it to the Board before the end of the season. They have asked us to withdraw our case and I want to discuss our options.”


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