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    Obert el període de votacions del 5è. Premi Barça Jugadors
    The award, which is hosted by the Barça Players Association and sponsored by Estrella Damm, is given to the player who displayed the best Fair Play throughout the season

    The voting period for the 5th annual Barça Players Awards kicked off this Monday. The awards, which are sponsored by the Barça Players Association and Estrella Damm, are given to the FC Barcelona players who displayed the best Fair Play throughout the 2013/14 season.

    Anyone can vote for the favorite candidate through June 19 by visiting the Barça Players Association Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FCBJugadors). After the voting process closes, the jury – composed of individuals from different institutions and journalists – will convene and name the winner of the award.

    This year a commercial spot was made at La Masia in which five Barça former players took part: José Maria Bakero, Gaizka Mendieta, Tete Sánchez, Robert Fernández and Thomas Christiansen.

    All participants in the vote will be entered into a drawing for a trip for two with the first team to a league or Cup match in the 2014/15 season.

     


    Obert el període de votacions del 5è. Premi Barça Jugadors
    The award, which is hosted by the Barça Players Association and sponsored by Estrella Damm, is given to the player who displayed the best Fair Play throughout the season

    The voting period for the 5th annual Barça Players Awards kicked off this Monday. The awards, which are sponsored by the Barça Players Association and Estrella Damm, are given to the FC Barcelona players who displayed the best Fair Play throughout the 2013/14 season.

    Anyone can vote for the favorite candidate through June 19 by visiting the Barça Players Association Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FCBJugadors). After the voting process closes, the jury – composed of individuals from different institutions and journalists – will convene and name the winner of the award.

    This year a commercial spot was made at La Masia in which five Barça former players took part: José Maria Bakero, Gaizka Mendieta, Tete Sánchez, Robert Fernández and Thomas Christiansen.

    All participants in the vote will be entered into a drawing for a trip for two with the first team to a league or Cup match in the 2014/15 season.

     


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    Marc-André Ter Stegen | Facebook
    The German goalkeeper, Barça's first signing of the 2014/15 season, has around 200,000 fans on his Facebook page

    The new Barça goalkeeper for the 2014/15 season, Marc-André ter Stegen, will not begin his career in Barcelona alone. On digital platforms, the German goalkeeper has almost  200,000 followers  on his official Facebook page which is updated periodically.

    Ter Stegen always used German on this network until Monday, when it was confirmed that he had joined Barça. Since then he has written in German and also English and Spanish, in a gesture of integration on his new destination. The presence of Ter Stegen on Facebook adds to the list of around 15 first team players that are present on Facebook, headed up by Leo Messi, with almost 57 million fans.

    Barça, global leader

    At an institutional level, FC Barcelona currently has 122 million fans on the different official social profiles, plus 20 million more on the mobile platforms, LINE and BlackBerry Messenger. Barça is the most followed sporting organization at the 2.0 level. During the 2013/14 season, the Club accumulated over 53 million new fans, consolidating its world leadership in the digital arena

    Follow Barça On social networks


    Marc-André Ter Stegen | Facebook
    The German goalkeeper, Barça's first signing of the 2014/15 season, has around 200,000 fans on his Facebook page

    The new Barça goalkeeper for the 2014/15 season, Marc-André ter Stegen, will not begin his career in Barcelona alone. On digital platforms, the German goalkeeper has almost  200,000 followers  on his official Facebook page which is updated periodically.

    Ter Stegen always used German on this network until Monday, when it was confirmed that he had joined Barça. Since then he has written in German and also English and Spanish, in a gesture of integration on his new destination. The presence of Ter Stegen on Facebook adds to the list of around 15 first team players that are present on Facebook, headed up by Leo Messi, with almost 57 million fans.

    Barça, global leader

    At an institutional level, FC Barcelona currently has 122 million fans on the different official social profiles, plus 20 million more on the mobile platforms, LINE and BlackBerry Messenger. Barça is the most followed sporting organization at the 2.0 level. During the 2013/14 season, the Club accumulated over 53 million new fans, consolidating its world leadership in the digital arena

    Follow Barça On social networks


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    Image of the meeting in Lisbon this Saturday. PHOTO: ECA
    The appointment, agreed at a meeting in Lisbon of the ECA, means that Sr Bartomeu will also sit on the ECA Executive Council The appointment confirms the presence of FC Barcelona on one of the most representative and strategic bodies in European football.

    The President of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has been appointed to the UEFA Professional Football Strategy Council until its current mandate expires in 2015.  The appointment was made during a meeting of the ECA (European Club Association) in Lisbon, coinciding with the Champions League final.

    As a member of the UEFA Professional Football Strategy Council, Josep Maria Bartomeu will also sit on the Executive Council of the ECA.  Mr Bartomeu takes over these roles in place of former FC Barcelona president Sandro Rosell, who gave up his responsibilities at the beginning of this year following his resignation as president of FC Barcelona.

    The appointment confirms the presence of FC Barcelona on one of the most representative and strategic bodies in European football.


    Image of the meeting in Lisbon this Saturday. PHOTO: ECA
    The appointment, agreed at a meeting in Lisbon of the ECA, means that Sr Bartomeu will also sit on the ECA Executive Council The appointment confirms the presence of FC Barcelona on one of the most representative and strategic bodies in European football.

    The President of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has been appointed to the UEFA Professional Football Strategy Council until its current mandate expires in 2015.  The appointment was made during a meeting of the ECA (European Club Association) in Lisbon, coinciding with the Champions League final.

    As a member of the UEFA Professional Football Strategy Council, Josep Maria Bartomeu will also sit on the Executive Council of the ECA.  Mr Bartomeu takes over these roles in place of former FC Barcelona president Sandro Rosell, who gave up his responsibilities at the beginning of this year following his resignation as president of FC Barcelona.

    The appointment confirms the presence of FC Barcelona on one of the most representative and strategic bodies in European football.


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    Pau Vilanova / PHOTO: FCB
    The new director was named to this afternoon during a Board of Directors meeting

    The Board of Directors named Pau Vilanova as a new Director of the Social Area. The new director will take charge of the Supporters Clubs.

    Pau Vilanova Vila-Abadal (Barcelona 1964) is married and is a father to four children. He’s a designer and works manager with a degree from the Applied and Artistic Arts School of Llotja and a masters from the University of Copenhagen. He has directed the Pau Vilanova business since 2008 after a 20-year career at Jordi Vilanova Design.

    His past work includes projects with Nissen & Gehl in Copenhagen and he sat on the boards of FAD, ADIFAD, ARQUINFAD, and was BEDA’s representative in Spain.

    Vilanova also has a long track record of service to FC Barcelona. From 2003 to 2005 he was part of the Social Commission and since 2010, he chaired the Social Commission – a post given to him by Sandro Rosell, who won the elections that year – which makes him one of the men at the Club with the most experience with Supporters Clubs.
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    “I’m very excited to be named to the post, and at the same time I’m committed to the responsibility that comes with being on the Board. I take the job of director with the knowledge that this was possible thanks to the great collective work done by the Supporters Clubs movement, one of the aspects that makes this Club unique. I want to thank my fellow Board members, and especially Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu and vice-president Jordi Cardoner for their confidence in me,” said Vilanova.

    I’m very excited to be named to the post, and at the same time I’m committed to the responsibility that comes with being on the Board

    Pau Vilanova / PHOTO: FCB
    The new director was named to this afternoon during a Board of Directors meeting

    The Board of Directors named Pau Vilanova as a new Director of the Social Area. The new director will take charge of the Supporters Clubs.

    Pau Vilanova Vila-Abadal (Barcelona 1964) is married and is a father to four children. He’s a designer and works manager with a degree from the Applied and Artistic Arts School of Llotja and a masters from the University of Copenhagen. He has directed the Pau Vilanova business since 2008 after a 20-year career at Jordi Vilanova Design.

    His past work includes projects with Nissen & Gehl in Copenhagen and he sat on the boards of FAD, ADIFAD, ARQUINFAD, and was BEDA’s representative in Spain.

    Vilanova also has a long track record of service to FC Barcelona. From 2003 to 2005 he was part of the Social Commission and since 2010, he chaired the Social Commission – a post given to him by Sandro Rosell, who won the elections that year – which makes him one of the men at the Club with the most experience with Supporters Clubs.
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    “I’m very excited to be named to the post, and at the same time I’m committed to the responsibility that comes with being on the Board. I take the job of director with the knowledge that this was possible thanks to the great collective work done by the Supporters Clubs movement, one of the aspects that makes this Club unique. I want to thank my fellow Board members, and especially Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu and vice-president Jordi Cardoner for their confidence in me,” said Vilanova.

    I’m very excited to be named to the post, and at the same time I’m committed to the responsibility that comes with being on the Board

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    Camp Nou Lounge
    A new quality gastronomic space with exclusive views of the Stadium, forming part of the Camp Nou Experience

    From Wednesday and until mid-August, the first tier of the stadium is to be converted into the Camp Nou Lounge, a space where visitors can enjoy quality cuisine like never before: with a privileged panoramic view of the ground. This is just one of the many new attractions that FC Barcelona has prepared so that people visiting the Club this summer can enjoy the most complete leisure and catering experience possible.

    Visitors that select this option can take a break from their exploration of the Camp Nou Experience and enjoy the sensation of the tranquillity of the Camp Nou terraces when no match is being played while choosing from a select offer of food and beverages.

    Gastronomic offer

    In this space, apart from Estrella Damm beer, visitors can enjoy other specialist beers such as AK Damm (100% malt beer), Weiss Damm (corn beer), Inedit (beer created in collaboration with Ferran Adrià and the team from El Bulli) and Bock Damm (Munich-style black beer), as well as delicious hot and cold tapas, desserts and ice creams. Those who want to stay longer and enjoy a full meal can also do so. The Camp Nou Lounge offers a gourmet menu with drink-tasting including five dishes, two desserts and seven different types of beer.


    Camp Nou Lounge
    A new quality gastronomic space with exclusive views of the Stadium, forming part of the Camp Nou Experience

    From Wednesday and until mid-August, the first tier of the stadium is to be converted into the Camp Nou Lounge, a space where visitors can enjoy quality cuisine like never before: with a privileged panoramic view of the ground. This is just one of the many new attractions that FC Barcelona has prepared so that people visiting the Club this summer can enjoy the most complete leisure and catering experience possible.

    Visitors that select this option can take a break from their exploration of the Camp Nou Experience and enjoy the sensation of the tranquillity of the Camp Nou terraces when no match is being played while choosing from a select offer of food and beverages.

    Gastronomic offer

    In this space, apart from Estrella Damm beer, visitors can enjoy other specialist beers such as AK Damm (100% malt beer), Weiss Damm (corn beer), Inedit (beer created in collaboration with Ferran Adrià and the team from El Bulli) and Bock Damm (Munich-style black beer), as well as delicious hot and cold tapas, desserts and ice creams. Those who want to stay longer and enjoy a full meal can also do so. The Camp Nou Lounge offers a gourmet menu with drink-tasting including five dishes, two desserts and seven different types of beer.


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    Facebook Stickers (1000x410)
    Barça members and fans can now use any of the 16 first team players tickers available on Facebook’s messaging service. The images are all available free for the more than 1,200 million users of the site. The Club’s official Facebook page has more than 65 million fans and Barça is the world’s leading sports club on social media.

    FC Barcelona continues to lead the way on social media and consolidate its top position across the world’s various social networks. The Club has more than 65 million fans at its official Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/fcbarcelona ) and football is now present on the Facebook Messenger thanks to Barça’s exclusive images to add into fans’ conversations.

     16 Barça players stickers

    Members and fans can now start using the 16 free stickers available for their conversations on Facebook Messanger. The stickers show images of players such as Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Neymar, Piqué, Cesc, Alves and Alexis in various different situations to illustrate a wide range of emotions.

    Facebook Stickers

     

     "A demonstration of Barça’s 2.0 leadership”

    Didac Lee, the Club’s Media and Communication Director, with special responsibility for New Tecnhnolligies believes: “this agreement with Facebook illustrates the Club’s leadership in the 2.0 area and our connection to the world’s leading technology companies. The news around the Club generates millions of messages everyday on the social networks and now our fans all over the world can enrich their conversations on Facebook Messenger with these stickers of our first team players”.

    The stickers are available for free, both for Facebook Messenger and Home Screen, to all the 1,200 million Facebook users from the Sticker Store. The stickers can also be used on Facebook via a smartphone.

    Download it!


    Facebook Stickers (1000x410)
    Barça members and fans can now use any of the 16 first team players tickers available on Facebook’s messaging service. The images are all available free for the more than 1,200 million users of the site. The Club’s official Facebook page has more than 65 million fans and Barça is the world’s leading sports club on social media.

    FC Barcelona continues to lead the way on social media and consolidate its top position across the world’s various social networks. The Club has more than 65 million fans at its official Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/fcbarcelona ) and football is now present on the Facebook Messenger thanks to Barça’s exclusive images to add into fans’ conversations.

     16 Barça players stickers

    Members and fans can now start using the 16 free stickers available for their conversations on Facebook Messanger. The stickers show images of players such as Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Neymar, Piqué, Cesc, Alves and Alexis in various different situations to illustrate a wide range of emotions.

    Facebook Stickers

     

     "A demonstration of Barça’s 2.0 leadership”

    Didac Lee, the Club’s Media and Communication Director, with special responsibility for New Tecnhnolligies believes: “this agreement with Facebook illustrates the Club’s leadership in the 2.0 area and our connection to the world’s leading technology companies. The news around the Club generates millions of messages everyday on the social networks and now our fans all over the world can enrich their conversations on Facebook Messenger with these stickers of our first team players”.

    The stickers are available for free, both for Facebook Messenger and Home Screen, to all the 1,200 million Facebook users from the Sticker Store. The stickers can also be used on Facebook via a smartphone.

    Download it!


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    Luis Enrique, Zubizarreta and Bartomeu at the presentation of the new manager / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
    The end of the league season, Puyol's departure and the arrivals of Luis Enrique and Ter Stegen are among the month's highlights

    A look back at events at FC barcelona during the month of May 2014.


    Luis Enrique, Zubizarreta and Bartomeu at the presentation of the new manager / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
    The end of the league season, Puyol's departure and the arrivals of Luis Enrique and Ter Stegen are among the month's highlights

    A look back at events at FC barcelona during the month of May 2014.


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    May top videos
    The best videos of the month on Youtube

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    May top videos
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    Bartomeu, Puyol and Zubizarreta shaking on the new deal  PHOTO: VÍCTOR SALGADO - FCB
    We take a look back at the last seven days news at the Club

    Carles Puyol, Halilovic, Piqué, the Spanish World Cup squad, Pau Vilanova and the Handball team in Europe made the headlines at the Club this week.

     








    • Barça’s basketball are through to the Endesa Leaghue semi-finals after beating  Laboral Kutxa 2-0 in their playoff series. Barça won  92 - 87 at the Palau on Thursday and  71-95 in Vitoria Gasteiz on Saturday.


      • Roller hockey team receive title at the Palau they won a few weeks ago before beating Moritz Vendrell 5-1


     



     


    Bartomeu, Puyol and Zubizarreta shaking on the new deal  PHOTO: VÍCTOR SALGADO - FCB
    We take a look back at the last seven days news at the Club

    Carles Puyol, Halilovic, Piqué, the Spanish World Cup squad, Pau Vilanova and the Handball team in Europe made the headlines at the Club this week.

     








    • Barça’s basketball are through to the Endesa Leaghue semi-finals after beating  Laboral Kutxa 2-0 in their playoff series. Barça won  92 - 87 at the Palau on Thursday and  71-95 in Vitoria Gasteiz on Saturday.


      • Roller hockey team receive title at the Palau they won a few weeks ago before beating Moritz Vendrell 5-1


     



     


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    Albert Soler
    He has a masters in government and public policy from ESADE and the University of Barcelona and he’s licensed from INEF of Barcelona in physical and athletic sciences, with a focus on athletic management

    FC Barcelona announced the addition of Albert Soler Sicilia (Barcelona, 1966) to its executive structure. Mr Soler is now the Club’s director of sporting institutional relations at FC Barcelona.

    Albert Soler has a masters in government and public policy from ESADE and the University of Barcelona and he’s licensed from INEF of Barcelona in physical and athletic sciences, with a focus on athletic management.

    He was secretary of State of Sports and president of the Superior Council of Sports from May 2008 to December of 2011. He is currently a member of the Congress in Barcelona, a position he will step down from in the coming days

    The naming of Albert Soler to the post of director of sporting institutional relations is part of the Club’s goal of professionalizing strategic areas of the institution.
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    “I am very thankful and excited for this challenge to be part of the team at FC Barcelona. Barça’s dynamic reach goes beyond sports, it’s a collective feeling, and being part of that is a privilege. I will use all of my experience and knowledge to work alongside (my colleagues) in order to make Barça better each day,” said Soler.

    I am very thankful and excited for this challenge to be part of the team at FC Barcelona

    Albert Soler
    He has a masters in government and public policy from ESADE and the University of Barcelona and he’s licensed from INEF of Barcelona in physical and athletic sciences, with a focus on athletic management

    FC Barcelona announced the addition of Albert Soler Sicilia (Barcelona, 1966) to its executive structure. Mr Soler is now the Club’s director of sporting institutional relations at FC Barcelona.

    Albert Soler has a masters in government and public policy from ESADE and the University of Barcelona and he’s licensed from INEF of Barcelona in physical and athletic sciences, with a focus on athletic management.

    He was secretary of State of Sports and president of the Superior Council of Sports from May 2008 to December of 2011. He is currently a member of the Congress in Barcelona, a position he will step down from in the coming days

    The naming of Albert Soler to the post of director of sporting institutional relations is part of the Club’s goal of professionalizing strategic areas of the institution.
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    “I am very thankful and excited for this challenge to be part of the team at FC Barcelona. Barça’s dynamic reach goes beyond sports, it’s a collective feeling, and being part of that is a privilege. I will use all of my experience and knowledge to work alongside (my colleagues) in order to make Barça better each day,” said Soler.

    I am very thankful and excited for this challenge to be part of the team at FC Barcelona

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    Jordi Moix during the presentation
    The director participated in the The Stadium Business Summit 2014

    Jordi Moix attended The Stadium Business Summit 2014, an annual conference that focuses on stadiums and arenas, this afternoon in London. The director explained what the new Espai Barça at an exposition called ‘Transforming the Camp Nou.’

    “It’s a big project, it will be the most important sports project in Europe and the world. No other club have 20 hectares in the center of a big city and can build this kind of project. Barça’s installations will be completely integrated into the neighborhood of Les Corts and it will be in the center of the beautiful city of Barcelona,” said Moix to an interested audience.

    The director went on to say that the Club will begin construction on the stadium in 2017 and finish in 2021. Moix highlighted the plans to completely overhaul the Camp Nou and make it a next-generation stadium. He also talked about the construction of the new Palau, which will see its capacity increased to 12,000, a new arena, a new ice rink, now commercial areas, new offices and 5,000 additional parking spaces.


    Jordi Moix during the presentation
    The director participated in the The Stadium Business Summit 2014

    Jordi Moix attended The Stadium Business Summit 2014, an annual conference that focuses on stadiums and arenas, this afternoon in London. The director explained what the new Espai Barça at an exposition called ‘Transforming the Camp Nou.’

    “It’s a big project, it will be the most important sports project in Europe and the world. No other club have 20 hectares in the center of a big city and can build this kind of project. Barça’s installations will be completely integrated into the neighborhood of Les Corts and it will be in the center of the beautiful city of Barcelona,” said Moix to an interested audience.

    The director went on to say that the Club will begin construction on the stadium in 2017 and finish in 2021. Moix highlighted the plans to completely overhaul the Camp Nou and make it a next-generation stadium. He also talked about the construction of the new Palau, which will see its capacity increased to 12,000, a new arena, a new ice rink, now commercial areas, new offices and 5,000 additional parking spaces.


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    Imatge del Camp Nou Lounge d'aquest divendres. FOTO: V. SALGADO -FCB
    The new dining area with exclusive views of the Stadium opened on the 28th of May and has already had more than 2,000 visitors

    The Camp Nou Lounge, a space that offers great quality cuisine with privileged views of the Stadium, opened last week, and is already a total success as more than 2,000 people have already visited it. This proposal is part of the new program that FC Barcelona has prepared so that everyone who visits the Club this summer, via the Camp Nou Experience, can enjoy an entertainment and dining experience with a select range of food and drinks in a unique setting. For those who have not ever take part in the Camp Nou Experience it’s a good time to enjoy it even more.

    During this first week, many visitors from 15 different countries have enjoyed this space and have been able to taste a selection of products like vermouth, hot tapas, grilled dishes, desserts, and a variety of specialty Damm beers. It also offers a special tasting menu with speciality beers that is becoming very popular with the public.

    An interesting fact is that the products most requested during the first few days were the 'FCB Patatas Bravas' and olives, of which have been sold more than 40 kilos. Also, the drink most requested so far has been the Estrella Damm beer on tap

    We remind everyone that the Camp Nou Lounge, located on the first tier of the Main Stand at the Stadium, will be operational until mid-August, from Monday to Sunday, from 9a.m. to 7.30p.m.


    Imatge del Camp Nou Lounge d'aquest divendres. FOTO: V. SALGADO -FCB
    The new dining area with exclusive views of the Stadium opened on the 28th of May and has already had more than 2,000 visitors

    The Camp Nou Lounge, a space that offers great quality cuisine with privileged views of the Stadium, opened last week, and is already a total success as more than 2,000 people have already visited it. This proposal is part of the new program that FC Barcelona has prepared so that everyone who visits the Club this summer, via the Camp Nou Experience, can enjoy an entertainment and dining experience with a select range of food and drinks in a unique setting. For those who have not ever take part in the Camp Nou Experience it’s a good time to enjoy it even more.

    During this first week, many visitors from 15 different countries have enjoyed this space and have been able to taste a selection of products like vermouth, hot tapas, grilled dishes, desserts, and a variety of specialty Damm beers. It also offers a special tasting menu with speciality beers that is becoming very popular with the public.

    An interesting fact is that the products most requested during the first few days were the 'FCB Patatas Bravas' and olives, of which have been sold more than 40 kilos. Also, the drink most requested so far has been the Estrella Damm beer on tap

    We remind everyone that the Camp Nou Lounge, located on the first tier of the Main Stand at the Stadium, will be operational until mid-August, from Monday to Sunday, from 9a.m. to 7.30p.m.


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    The Ciutat Esportiva from above / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB
    Discover the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper from another perspective that allows us to see every corner of the FC Barcelona sports facilities

    This is what the Ciutatat Esportiva Joan Gamper,  in Sant Joan Despi , looks like from another perspective. It is the nerve center of the first team training sessions, as well as the training centre for all the FC Barcelona academy teams.


    The Ciutat Esportiva from above / PHOTO: ARXIU FCB
    Discover the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper from another perspective that allows us to see every corner of the FC Barcelona sports facilities

    This is what the Ciutatat Esportiva Joan Gamper,  in Sant Joan Despi , looks like from another perspective. It is the nerve center of the first team training sessions, as well as the training centre for all the FC Barcelona academy teams.


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    FCB Pinball
    The application that recreates a pinball machine with the Barça players as the main protagonists is now on sale in the App Store for 2.69 euros

    Bringing together the world of football and classic pinball was the idea behind the very latest FC Barcelona digital app, FCB Pinball. Its features a 3D pinball machine starring the Barça players, in which the players have to complete missions related with the first team, including special moves in attack and defence, as well as set pieces.

    FCB Pinball was developed by Legendo Entertaintment using a made-to-measure 3D graphics engine that digitally simulates the complex movements of the iconic silver ball.

    FCB Pinball is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices in the App Store for just 2.69 euros. Any members and fans can now start competing not only for hi-scores, but also against friends all around the planet in the world rankings that appear in the Apple Game Center.

    DOWNLOAD FCB PINBALL


    FCB Pinball
    The application that recreates a pinball machine with the Barça players as the main protagonists is now on sale in the App Store for 2.69 euros

    Bringing together the world of football and classic pinball was the idea behind the very latest FC Barcelona digital app, FCB Pinball. Its features a 3D pinball machine starring the Barça players, in which the players have to complete missions related with the first team, including special moves in attack and defence, as well as set pieces.

    FCB Pinball was developed by Legendo Entertaintment using a made-to-measure 3D graphics engine that digitally simulates the complex movements of the iconic silver ball.

    FCB Pinball is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices in the App Store for just 2.69 euros. Any members and fans can now start competing not only for hi-scores, but also against friends all around the planet in the world rankings that appear in the Apple Game Center.

    DOWNLOAD FCB PINBALL


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    Bartomeu speaks to the Senate / PHOTO: VÍCTOR SALGADO-FCB
    "We won't work on goals set for us by people outside of the Club, and we won't look to find short-term solutions. That would be very irresponsible," says the FC Barcelona president The president is convinced that next year's team "will make us all proud to be barcelonistas" Bartomeu also says that the Club will surpass "500 million euros in revenue," and that will allow the Club to close out the fiscal year with a profit of "30 million euros"

    “We have a road map, it’s very clear and we follow it carefully,” said Josep Maria Bartomeu during the Senate meeting held this Wednesday morning. “We will not work towards goals that have been set for us by those outside the Club, and we won’t seek short-term solutions. That would be very irresponsible,” he declared.

    Bartomeu explained that he wants to complete “the term of president until the end of the mandate” because that “would bring stability to the Club.” He added: “I am grateful to my colleagues on the board for all of their confidence and I want to reiterate once more that we continue to believe in the project we outlined in 2010, it still excites us, now more than ever.”
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    The president of FC Barcelona indicated that the way in which the Club is managed will be guided by “effort, transparency and honesty, with the utmost rigor and dedication. Don’t expect flashy leadership or overacted decisions. We don’t like to work that way and we don’t know how to work that way.”

    He added: “Our way of leading the Club will always be guided by respect, closeness to the Club and its members, and looking for excellence in every area of the institution: athletically, socially, and economically.”

    The president went on to say that “we have to recognise that the season hasn’t been a good one when it comes to trophies. We didn’t reach the goals we set for ourselves.” But despite the disappointing season, the president is optimistic about the future: “We are at a decisive moment in which we can build a new Barça, a team that I assure you will once again excite fans, a team that will make all barcelonistas proud.” The president went on to say that Luis Enrique “is clearly capable of undertaking this project, and will lead us to success and bring the type of football that we all want to see.”
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    The economic viability of the Club is crucial for the sporting changes that the Board hopes to put in place and, according to Bartomeu, will allow the Club “to face a restructuring of the roster that guarantees athletic excellence.” He added: “We will once again surpass 500 million euros in revenue. We expect to stay within budget and we will close out the fiscal year with approximately 30 million euros in profit after taxes. Our Club is economically strong.”

    Our way of leading the Club will always be guided by respect, closeness to the Club and its members, and looking for excellence in every area of the institution
    We will once again surpass 500 million euros in revenue. We expect to stay within budget and we will close out the fiscal year with approximately 30 million euros in profit after taxes

    Bartomeu speaks to the Senate / PHOTO: VÍCTOR SALGADO-FCB
    "We won't work on goals set for us by people outside of the Club, and we won't look to find short-term solutions. That would be very irresponsible," says the FC Barcelona president The president is convinced that next year's team "will make us all proud to be barcelonistas" Bartomeu also says that the Club will surpass "500 million euros in revenue," and that will allow the Club to close out the fiscal year with a profit of "30 million euros"

    “We have a road map, it’s very clear and we follow it carefully,” said Josep Maria Bartomeu during the Senate meeting held this Wednesday morning. “We will not work towards goals that have been set for us by those outside the Club, and we won’t seek short-term solutions. That would be very irresponsible,” he declared.

    Bartomeu explained that he wants to complete “the term of president until the end of the mandate” because that “would bring stability to the Club.” He added: “I am grateful to my colleagues on the board for all of their confidence and I want to reiterate once more that we continue to believe in the project we outlined in 2010, it still excites us, now more than ever.”
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    The president of FC Barcelona indicated that the way in which the Club is managed will be guided by “effort, transparency and honesty, with the utmost rigor and dedication. Don’t expect flashy leadership or overacted decisions. We don’t like to work that way and we don’t know how to work that way.”

    He added: “Our way of leading the Club will always be guided by respect, closeness to the Club and its members, and looking for excellence in every area of the institution: athletically, socially, and economically.”

    The president went on to say that “we have to recognise that the season hasn’t been a good one when it comes to trophies. We didn’t reach the goals we set for ourselves.” But despite the disappointing season, the president is optimistic about the future: “We are at a decisive moment in which we can build a new Barça, a team that I assure you will once again excite fans, a team that will make all barcelonistas proud.” The president went on to say that Luis Enrique “is clearly capable of undertaking this project, and will lead us to success and bring the type of football that we all want to see.”
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    The economic viability of the Club is crucial for the sporting changes that the Board hopes to put in place and, according to Bartomeu, will allow the Club “to face a restructuring of the roster that guarantees athletic excellence.” He added: “We will once again surpass 500 million euros in revenue. We expect to stay within budget and we will close out the fiscal year with approximately 30 million euros in profit after taxes. Our Club is economically strong.”

    Our way of leading the Club will always be guided by respect, closeness to the Club and its members, and looking for excellence in every area of the institution
    We will once again surpass 500 million euros in revenue. We expect to stay within budget and we will close out the fiscal year with approximately 30 million euros in profit after taxes

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    Antoni Rossich, amb els representants de Suning després de presentar l'acord / FOTO: FCB
    The biggest chain of electronics and technology stores in China has become the Club’s regional partner for the next two years with an option top one more

    FC Barcelona and the Suning Company have announced a sponsorship agreement today that makes China’s biggest retail chain for electronic and technology goods the Club’s first ever Chinese sponsor. Today’s presentation of the  two years with an option top one more agreement in the Chinese city of Nanjing was attended by the Director General of FC Barcelona, Antoni Rossich, the Vice-president of the Suning Group, Sun Weiming and his executive vice-president, Li Bin.

    Suning thus becomes the first Chinese sponsor in FC Barcelona history. More than a mere sponsorship agreement, however, it is a strategic partnership that also involves a series of social and sporting projects. These include the promotion of sport among young Chinese people. In addition to typical benefits in such areas as marketing, image association rights and digital assets, Suning is planning to set up football camps and tournaments to foster the game in different Chinese cities. The winners of these competitions will enter a draw to win a trip to Barcelona to visit the Club and meet the first team players.

    This is not the first time that Suning has been involved in promoting sport. The company has always been one of the Chinese Government’s closest allies in campaigns to promote sport at schools. Suning was a main sponsor of the Youth Olympic Games, the IOC’s event for athletes aged between 14 and 18 years, the second edition of which is being hosted this year by the city of Nanjing.

    Another important aspect of this deal is directly aimed at fans. The agreement makes Suning an official partner of FC Barcelona’s fan base in China. Among other projects, this will involve the launch of a Barça microsite on the official Suning website, designed to be the meeting point for FCB supporters around the country. Fans will also be able to use this channel to purchase top quality Barça branded sports products.

    Suning, Commercial leader in China

    Suning Commerce, founded in 1990 in the city of Nanjing, China, and with a staff of 180,000 is one of the biggest privately-owned commercial retail companies in the country. In July 2004, Suning was listed for the first time on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, and its market value is among the highest in the world for its sector. For further information about Suning, see: http://www.suning.cn

    Statements from the Director General of FC Barcelona, Antoni Rossich, and the vice-president of the Suning Group, Sun Weiming

    Rossich: “It’s a big step closer to our Chinese fans”

    “I would like to express my gratitude and excitement that Suning has become the first Chinese sponsor in FC Barcelona history. Personally, I am convinced that the partnership between Suning and FC Barcelona is a big step forward for the Club and brings us closer to our Chinese fans, creating successful synergies between the two organisations”.

    Weiming: “La Masia fits perfectly with Suning’s innovative strategy”

    “Barça has until now been one of the most successful football clubs in Europe and the world, and is the flagship team for class and skill. Its youth training system has produced global stars like Messi, Xavi and Iniesta, and has created the Masia brand. This fits perfectly with Suning’s strategic concept of transforming high technology, focused on innovative retail methods and corporate culture”.


    Antoni Rossich, amb els representants de Suning després de presentar l'acord / FOTO: FCB
    The biggest chain of electronics and technology stores in China has become the Club’s regional partner for the next two years with an option top one more

    FC Barcelona and the Suning Company have announced a sponsorship agreement today that makes China’s biggest retail chain for electronic and technology goods the Club’s first ever Chinese sponsor. Today’s presentation of the  two years with an option top one more agreement in the Chinese city of Nanjing was attended by the Director General of FC Barcelona, Antoni Rossich, the Vice-president of the Suning Group, Sun Weiming and his executive vice-president, Li Bin.

    Suning thus becomes the first Chinese sponsor in FC Barcelona history. More than a mere sponsorship agreement, however, it is a strategic partnership that also involves a series of social and sporting projects. These include the promotion of sport among young Chinese people. In addition to typical benefits in such areas as marketing, image association rights and digital assets, Suning is planning to set up football camps and tournaments to foster the game in different Chinese cities. The winners of these competitions will enter a draw to win a trip to Barcelona to visit the Club and meet the first team players.

    This is not the first time that Suning has been involved in promoting sport. The company has always been one of the Chinese Government’s closest allies in campaigns to promote sport at schools. Suning was a main sponsor of the Youth Olympic Games, the IOC’s event for athletes aged between 14 and 18 years, the second edition of which is being hosted this year by the city of Nanjing.

    Another important aspect of this deal is directly aimed at fans. The agreement makes Suning an official partner of FC Barcelona’s fan base in China. Among other projects, this will involve the launch of a Barça microsite on the official Suning website, designed to be the meeting point for FCB supporters around the country. Fans will also be able to use this channel to purchase top quality Barça branded sports products.

    Suning, Commercial leader in China

    Suning Commerce, founded in 1990 in the city of Nanjing, China, and with a staff of 180,000 is one of the biggest privately-owned commercial retail companies in the country. In July 2004, Suning was listed for the first time on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, and its market value is among the highest in the world for its sector. For further information about Suning, see: http://www.suning.cn

    Statements from the Director General of FC Barcelona, Antoni Rossich, and the vice-president of the Suning Group, Sun Weiming

    Rossich: “It’s a big step closer to our Chinese fans”

    “I would like to express my gratitude and excitement that Suning has become the first Chinese sponsor in FC Barcelona history. Personally, I am convinced that the partnership between Suning and FC Barcelona is a big step forward for the Club and brings us closer to our Chinese fans, creating successful synergies between the two organisations”.

    Weiming: “La Masia fits perfectly with Suning’s innovative strategy”

    “Barça has until now been one of the most successful football clubs in Europe and the world, and is the flagship team for class and skill. Its youth training system has produced global stars like Messi, Xavi and Iniesta, and has created the Masia brand. This fits perfectly with Suning’s strategic concept of transforming high technology, focused on innovative retail methods and corporate culture”.


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    Neymar and Messi
    Since early 2014, FC Barcelona has sought to expand its presence in China by means of its official Sina profile, which complements the one that it already has on Tencent Weibo

    Since being launched last March 26, and in less than three months, FC Barcelona now has more than one million followers on Sina Weibo (actually more than 1,100,000), one of the most popular social networks in China, thus reinforcing the Club’s intention to use online strategies to develop its Asian market.

    As well as accessing news, photo galleries and videos, Chinese users are also able to use Sina Weibo to participate in different campaigns launched by the Club, which have included honouring Puyol on his retirement and a very special and significant photography competition, for which the prizes were the shirts bearing the horse symbol that the players wore against Valencia in celebration of the Chinese New Year.

    Since early 2014, FC Barcelona has sought to expand its presence in China by means of its official Sina profile, which complements the one that it already has on Tencent Weibo, the other microblogging giant in China, where the Club has already accumulated 3.18 million followers since first using the platform in 2011.

    Its presence on Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo has boosted FC Barcelona’s position as the leading Liga club in Chinese social networks. The Barça website is also available in Chinese (http://fcbarcelona.qq.com), ensuring that fans all around the country are able to receive real-time updates about everything that is happening at the Club.

    Barça expanding in China

    Dídac Lee, director of Media and Communications, as well as New Technologies, has commented that “Sina Weibo is a social network used by 30% of China’s Internet users, a very similar percentage to Twitter’s in the United States … Being there means another step forward in Barça’s expansion in China and a new channel for bringing the Club closer to the Asian continent”.

    Through social networks, Barça offers exclusive, top quality contents that keep users up to date with all of the latest happenings involving their favourite team.


    Neymar and Messi
    Since early 2014, FC Barcelona has sought to expand its presence in China by means of its official Sina profile, which complements the one that it already has on Tencent Weibo

    Since being launched last March 26, and in less than three months, FC Barcelona now has more than one million followers on Sina Weibo (actually more than 1,100,000), one of the most popular social networks in China, thus reinforcing the Club’s intention to use online strategies to develop its Asian market.

    As well as accessing news, photo galleries and videos, Chinese users are also able to use Sina Weibo to participate in different campaigns launched by the Club, which have included honouring Puyol on his retirement and a very special and significant photography competition, for which the prizes were the shirts bearing the horse symbol that the players wore against Valencia in celebration of the Chinese New Year.

    Since early 2014, FC Barcelona has sought to expand its presence in China by means of its official Sina profile, which complements the one that it already has on Tencent Weibo, the other microblogging giant in China, where the Club has already accumulated 3.18 million followers since first using the platform in 2011.

    Its presence on Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo has boosted FC Barcelona’s position as the leading Liga club in Chinese social networks. The Barça website is also available in Chinese (http://fcbarcelona.qq.com), ensuring that fans all around the country are able to receive real-time updates about everything that is happening at the Club.

    Barça expanding in China

    Dídac Lee, director of Media and Communications, as well as New Technologies, has commented that “Sina Weibo is a social network used by 30% of China’s Internet users, a very similar percentage to Twitter’s in the United States … Being there means another step forward in Barça’s expansion in China and a new channel for bringing the Club closer to the Asian continent”.

    Through social networks, Barça offers exclusive, top quality contents that keep users up to date with all of the latest happenings involving their favourite team.


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    President Bartomeu and Ricardo Kirschbaum / PHOTO: VÍCTOR SALGADO - FCB
    President Bartomeu attended the event at the Camp Nou and welcomed the editors from some of the most prestigious media outlets from around the world

    This afternoon FC Barcelona hosted an ample and select group of of media representatives who have gathered in Barcelona for the annual Global Editors Network (GEN) conference. The Camp Nou was the meeting place for this afternoon’s gathering, and President Josep Maria Bartomeu was in attendance.

    Bartomeu welcomed the 500 journalists, and said, “We, FC Barcelona, need to be transparent, honest, competitive and have confidence, just like the press. Football is a mix of emotions and business. That’s why we have to be responsible and transparency is essential. Sports needs good journalism.”

    GEN is a non-governmental organization, and its president is Ricardo Kirschbaum, chief editor of the Clarín group in Argentina. The 24 members who form the Board of Directors come from some of the most important media outlets in the world, like the BBC, CNN, El País, Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung, The Guardian and India Today, among others.

    The GEN Summit is an annual event celebrated by this community of editors. This year the Summit is in Barcelona, and its purpose is to provide a place for editors to share experiences and passion for good journalism.


    President Bartomeu and Ricardo Kirschbaum / PHOTO: VÍCTOR SALGADO - FCB
    President Bartomeu attended the event at the Camp Nou and welcomed the editors from some of the most prestigious media outlets from around the world

    This afternoon FC Barcelona hosted an ample and select group of of media representatives who have gathered in Barcelona for the annual Global Editors Network (GEN) conference. The Camp Nou was the meeting place for this afternoon’s gathering, and President Josep Maria Bartomeu was in attendance.

    Bartomeu welcomed the 500 journalists, and said, “We, FC Barcelona, need to be transparent, honest, competitive and have confidence, just like the press. Football is a mix of emotions and business. That’s why we have to be responsible and transparency is essential. Sports needs good journalism.”

    GEN is a non-governmental organization, and its president is Ricardo Kirschbaum, chief editor of the Clarín group in Argentina. The 24 members who form the Board of Directors come from some of the most important media outlets in the world, like the BBC, CNN, El País, Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung, The Guardian and India Today, among others.

    The GEN Summit is an annual event celebrated by this community of editors. This year the Summit is in Barcelona, and its purpose is to provide a place for editors to share experiences and passion for good journalism.


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    Deulofeu and Rafinha / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
    Recap of this week's biggest and best stories at FC Barcelona

    Agreement with Chelsea for the services of Cesc Fàbregas. The Catalan will join the London-based team after three seasons in the FC Barcelona strip. In a goodbye letter, Cesc thanked the fans and the Club for the support he’s received these past three year and he explained his decision to leave for the Premier League.


    The first team will play a friendly on August 2 in Nice. The men managed by Luis Enrique will face off against OGC Nice, a Ligue 1 team, at the Allianz Riviera.


    Neymar, the first player to grab the headlines in Brazil. On Thursday he scored two goal in the inaugural match between Brazil and Croatia (3-1).


    Spain were hammered in their World Cup debut, against the Netherlands (1-5). Piqué, Sergio, Jordi Alba, Xavi and Iniesta started the match, while Pedro came off the bench in the second half.


    Alexis, playing for Chile, and Song, with Cameroon, are two more Barça players who made their 2014 World Cup debut. The Chilean, with a goal and an assist, defeated Australia (3-1), while the Cameroonian national team were defeat by Mexico (1-0).


    Behind the scenes of the meeting between Deulofeu and Rafinha. A couple of days ago the two Barça players were at the Camp Nou, where they tried on the new Barça kits, shared some time in the dressing room, and reacquainted themselves with their old home.


    President Josep Maria Bartomeu met with the FC Barcelona Senate on Wednesday. In his address he talked about the future of the Club. He said: “We have a roadmap, it’s clear and we follow it closely.


    Suning becomes the first Chinese sponsor of FC Barcelona.


    Gudjón Valur Sigurdsson becomes the first addition to the handball team ahead of the 2014/15 season. “My objective is to win the Champions League,” he said.


    Rafa Usín becomes a new Barça Alusport player. “I couldn’t have gone to a better team,” he said.


    Deulofeu and Rafinha / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
    Recap of this week's biggest and best stories at FC Barcelona

    Agreement with Chelsea for the services of Cesc Fàbregas. The Catalan will join the London-based team after three seasons in the FC Barcelona strip. In a goodbye letter, Cesc thanked the fans and the Club for the support he’s received these past three year and he explained his decision to leave for the Premier League.


    The first team will play a friendly on August 2 in Nice. The men managed by Luis Enrique will face off against OGC Nice, a Ligue 1 team, at the Allianz Riviera.


    Neymar, the first player to grab the headlines in Brazil. On Thursday he scored two goal in the inaugural match between Brazil and Croatia (3-1).


    Spain were hammered in their World Cup debut, against the Netherlands (1-5). Piqué, Sergio, Jordi Alba, Xavi and Iniesta started the match, while Pedro came off the bench in the second half.


    Alexis, playing for Chile, and Song, with Cameroon, are two more Barça players who made their 2014 World Cup debut. The Chilean, with a goal and an assist, defeated Australia (3-1), while the Cameroonian national team were defeat by Mexico (1-0).


    Behind the scenes of the meeting between Deulofeu and Rafinha. A couple of days ago the two Barça players were at the Camp Nou, where they tried on the new Barça kits, shared some time in the dressing room, and reacquainted themselves with their old home.


    President Josep Maria Bartomeu met with the FC Barcelona Senate on Wednesday. In his address he talked about the future of the Club. He said: “We have a roadmap, it’s clear and we follow it closely.


    Suning becomes the first Chinese sponsor of FC Barcelona.


    Gudjón Valur Sigurdsson becomes the first addition to the handball team ahead of the 2014/15 season. “My objective is to win the Champions League,” he said.


    Rafa Usín becomes a new Barça Alusport player. “I couldn’t have gone to a better team,” he said.


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    Aficionados posando con la camiseta azulgrana
    Support your country and follow the World Cup with the Barça colours Share your photos using the hashtag #BrasilFCB and enjoy the football

    The World Cup in Brazil is being followed intensely not only in the stadiums but all around the world. And in many cases, the passion for the participating teams goes hand in hand with a love for the FC Barcelona colours.

    Barça has twelve players at this year’s edition representing five teams that will be appearing in ten of the different stadiums around Brazil. It all means that there are plenty of reasons for FC Barcelona fans to get excited about the competition.

    Here at FC Barcelona, we want you to get behind your team and show the Barça colours as you follow the Brazil 2014 World Cup. And wherever you are in the world, you can share your pictures using the hastag #BrasilFCB.

    The best photos will be published on the Club website and social networks as we send out a Barça message to the world.


    Aficionados posando con la camiseta azulgrana
    Support your country and follow the World Cup with the Barça colours Share your photos using the hashtag #BrasilFCB and enjoy the football

    The World Cup in Brazil is being followed intensely not only in the stadiums but all around the world. And in many cases, the passion for the participating teams goes hand in hand with a love for the FC Barcelona colours.

    Barça has twelve players at this year’s edition representing five teams that will be appearing in ten of the different stadiums around Brazil. It all means that there are plenty of reasons for FC Barcelona fans to get excited about the competition.

    Here at FC Barcelona, we want you to get behind your team and show the Barça colours as you follow the Brazil 2014 World Cup. And wherever you are in the world, you can share your pictures using the hastag #BrasilFCB.

    The best photos will be published on the Club website and social networks as we send out a Barça message to the world.


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