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    New pack of Barça stickers on the BlackBerry official channel
    Users of the FC Barcelona BlackBerry channel can enjoy pictures of the first team players for their conversations Messi, Neymar, Piqué, Iniesta and Mascherano are all now available on a channel that has more than 390,000 followers

    FC Barcelona has launched a new pack of stickers on its official BlackBerry channel so that fans all around the world can take their love for the club to another level. Followers can enjoy genuinely Barça conversations by sharing unique emoticons of the first team stars.

    After its launch last April, the arrival of these stickers on the FC Barcelona official channel is another step forward in the consolidation of the club’s presence on BBM where all of the latest news about the team is available, along with exclusive content and promotions. The sticker pack includes 20 illustrations of Messi, Neymar, Piqué, Mascherano and Iniesta that will enhance the experience for the more than 390,000 fans that keep up to date with Barça on the official channel, one of the platform’s most popular channels in the world. The stickers are also available on BBM devices and can be obtained for telephones that use the iOS or Android system for just 1.79 EUR.

    BlackBerry Messenger, created in 2005, provides a secure real time connection with followers, communities and brands from all around the world with a common interest in the broadest BBM community.


    New pack of Barça stickers on the BlackBerry official channel
    Users of the FC Barcelona BlackBerry channel can enjoy pictures of the first team players for their conversations Messi, Neymar, Piqué, Iniesta and Mascherano are all now available on a channel that has more than 390,000 followers

    FC Barcelona has launched a new pack of stickers on its official BlackBerry channel so that fans all around the world can take their love for the club to another level. Followers can enjoy genuinely Barça conversations by sharing unique emoticons of the first team stars.

    After its launch last April, the arrival of these stickers on the FC Barcelona official channel is another step forward in the consolidation of the club’s presence on BBM where all of the latest news about the team is available, along with exclusive content and promotions. The sticker pack includes 20 illustrations of Messi, Neymar, Piqué, Mascherano and Iniesta that will enhance the experience for the more than 390,000 fans that keep up to date with Barça on the official channel, one of the platform’s most popular channels in the world. The stickers are also available on BBM devices and can be obtained for telephones that use the iOS or Android system for just 1.79 EUR.

    BlackBerry Messenger, created in 2005, provides a secure real time connection with followers, communities and brands from all around the world with a common interest in the broadest BBM community.


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    Manel Arroyo was speaking this morning to Barça TV
    The Club has asked FIFA to provide the grounds for its verdict announced yesterday, an essential requirement before presenting an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport

    FC Barcelona have been quick to respond to the ratification of the sanction pronounced yesterday by the FIFA Appeal Committee regarding the breach of regulations concerning the transfer and registration of children under 18 years of age. Minutes after the announcement, the Club issued a public statement explaining that it shall continue to defend its interests before the highest legal authority for sport, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS).

    This morning, Club vice-president and Head of Communications and Media, Manel Arroyo, evaluated the situation and told the Club’s media that its defence strategy had considered the possibility of the sanction being ratified and so plans had already been made plans to recur to the CAS. The legal services are therefore already working on the case, and are now waiting for FIFA to provide the grounds for its resolution, which were requested earlier today.

    In compliance with the resolution, for the next 90 days the Club will be working with FIFA to analyse the administrative situation of each of the children that are included in the enquiry, in order to resolve any cases in which it is understood that there has been a breach of regulations.

    The vice-president insists that the Board of Directors will not be discussing matters of a sporting nature, but that with the signings made this summer and the promising players in the reserve and youth teams, the team’s future is guaranteed.

    Arroyo also commented on how, thanks to its Masia model, FC Barcelona has set new standards in world football, and that this model is as valid as it always has been and will continue to be one of the Club’s priorities.

    Statements by vice-president Manel Arroyo:

    “There was always a chance that the FIFA Appeals Committee would reject our appeal. It seemed like the evidence and arguments that we presented to FIFA would be enough, but we had considered the possibility of the Committee ratifying FIFA’s sentence. Obviously, when faced by a situation like this you have to take all possible scenarios into account, so our strategy was designed with the possibility of going to the CAS in mind. The legal services are already working on all the details.”

    “All of our sporting plans have been made with a scenario like this in mind. Some of the signings have been made as foresights regarding the future needs of the team. The Board of Directors cannot discuss sporting issues, but we feel that with the players we already have here we have enough to continue going forward”.

    “The Masia model has in no way been put under question or in danger. Quite the opposite, it has been strengthened. We have set standards for the training of young footballers and are working for the wording of the regulation to be adapted to such a spirit. Both the president and the people in international bodies are working for this to happen”.


    Manel Arroyo was speaking this morning to Barça TV
    The Club has asked FIFA to provide the grounds for its verdict announced yesterday, an essential requirement before presenting an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport

    FC Barcelona have been quick to respond to the ratification of the sanction pronounced yesterday by the FIFA Appeal Committee regarding the breach of regulations concerning the transfer and registration of children under 18 years of age. Minutes after the announcement, the Club issued a public statement explaining that it shall continue to defend its interests before the highest legal authority for sport, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS).

    This morning, Club vice-president and Head of Communications and Media, Manel Arroyo, evaluated the situation and told the Club’s media that its defence strategy had considered the possibility of the sanction being ratified and so plans had already been made plans to recur to the CAS. The legal services are therefore already working on the case, and are now waiting for FIFA to provide the grounds for its resolution, which were requested earlier today.

    In compliance with the resolution, for the next 90 days the Club will be working with FIFA to analyse the administrative situation of each of the children that are included in the enquiry, in order to resolve any cases in which it is understood that there has been a breach of regulations.

    The vice-president insists that the Board of Directors will not be discussing matters of a sporting nature, but that with the signings made this summer and the promising players in the reserve and youth teams, the team’s future is guaranteed.

    Arroyo also commented on how, thanks to its Masia model, FC Barcelona has set new standards in world football, and that this model is as valid as it always has been and will continue to be one of the Club’s priorities.

    Statements by vice-president Manel Arroyo:

    “There was always a chance that the FIFA Appeals Committee would reject our appeal. It seemed like the evidence and arguments that we presented to FIFA would be enough, but we had considered the possibility of the Committee ratifying FIFA’s sentence. Obviously, when faced by a situation like this you have to take all possible scenarios into account, so our strategy was designed with the possibility of going to the CAS in mind. The legal services are already working on all the details.”

    “All of our sporting plans have been made with a scenario like this in mind. Some of the signings have been made as foresights regarding the future needs of the team. The Board of Directors cannot discuss sporting issues, but we feel that with the players we already have here we have enough to continue going forward”.

    “The Masia model has in no way been put under question or in danger. Quite the opposite, it has been strengthened. We have set standards for the training of young footballers and are working for the wording of the regulation to be adapted to such a spirit. Both the president and the people in international bodies are working for this to happen”.


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    The shield of FC Barcelona
    The main focus of the meeting was on the Club’s sporting activity but the issue of the previous board’s social liability was also on the agenda

    The Board of FC Barcelona met at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper on Monday afternoon to assess the progress made in the first team and Barça B last season, as well as the transfer activity in and out of the Club.

    But of course, FC Barcelona isn’t just a football club so the directors also reviewed the work of the basketball, handball and Futsal teams.

    Apart from purely sporting matters, the directors discussed the liability issue affecting the previous Board.  Following a wide-ranging debate, the Board decided by a majority vote to continue the current process.

    Before the meeting, there was a working lunch for the directors, led by Josep Maria Bartomeu, manager Luis Enrique and his coaching staff and director of football Andoni Zubizarreta.  A chance to exchange views and get to know each other better.


    The shield of FC Barcelona
    The main focus of the meeting was on the Club’s sporting activity but the issue of the previous board’s social liability was also on the agenda

    The Board of FC Barcelona met at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper on Monday afternoon to assess the progress made in the first team and Barça B last season, as well as the transfer activity in and out of the Club.

    But of course, FC Barcelona isn’t just a football club so the directors also reviewed the work of the basketball, handball and Futsal teams.

    Apart from purely sporting matters, the directors discussed the liability issue affecting the previous Board.  Following a wide-ranging debate, the Board decided by a majority vote to continue the current process.

    Before the meeting, there was a working lunch for the directors, led by Josep Maria Bartomeu, manager Luis Enrique and his coaching staff and director of football Andoni Zubizarreta.  A chance to exchange views and get to know each other better.


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    President Bartomeu during the meeting, PHOTO: ECA
    The Club President has been a member of the top executive organ of the association since May

    FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has attended his first meeting as a member of the ECA Executive Committee in the first meeting of the new season this Tuesday in Monaco.

    Before the meeting began, Bartomeu was welcomed by the ECA and Bayern Munich President Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. During the meeting itself, a series of issues were dealt with including the association’s relationship with FIFA and UEFA, as well as preparations for the upcoming General Assembly set for September 8 and 9 in Geneva.

    President Bartomeu has been a member of the Executive Committee of the ECA since May, when he was named as a member of the UEFA’s Professional Football Strategic Committee, which automatically implies membership of the ECA.


    President Bartomeu during the meeting, PHOTO: ECA
    The Club President has been a member of the top executive organ of the association since May

    FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has attended his first meeting as a member of the ECA Executive Committee in the first meeting of the new season this Tuesday in Monaco.

    Before the meeting began, Bartomeu was welcomed by the ECA and Bayern Munich President Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. During the meeting itself, a series of issues were dealt with including the association’s relationship with FIFA and UEFA, as well as preparations for the upcoming General Assembly set for September 8 and 9 in Geneva.

    President Bartomeu has been a member of the Executive Committee of the ECA since May, when he was named as a member of the UEFA’s Professional Football Strategic Committee, which automatically implies membership of the ECA.


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    Luis Suárez has started training with the Barça players / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
    The highlights include the trip to Elche, training sessions, the Gamper Trophy, and the new faces in professional squads

    Best photos of August 2014


    Luis Suárez has started training with the Barça players / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
    The highlights include the trip to Elche, training sessions, the Gamper Trophy, and the new faces in professional squads

    Best photos of August 2014


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    Els vídeos del mes d'agost
    The latest from FC Barcelona in the form of August's most popular videos

    VÍDEOS Els millors del mes d'agost


    Els vídeos del mes d'agost
    The latest from FC Barcelona in the form of August's most popular videos

    VÍDEOS Els millors del mes d'agost


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    Visit the Camp Nou and Museum and enter the FC Barcelona selfies competition / FOTO: FCB
    Visitors to the tour of the stadium and museum have posted 6,500 pictures on Instagram, the world's number one photography website This month's winner of an FC Barcelona shirt got no fewer than 6,896 ‘likes’

    The #CampNouExperience selfie competition has generated more than two million ‘likes’ since it started last July. Visitors to the tour of the stadium and museum have posted 6,500 pictures on Instagram, the world's number one photography website.

    August’s winning photo

    Thousands of photos have been posted to Instagram this August using the hashtag #campnouexperience. Since the contest started, 3,968 users have posted 6.552 selfies in two months, generating a staggering 2.37 million ‘likes’. 

    @gossip_barcelona is August’s winner after receiving a massive 6,896 ‘likes’. The winning entrant must now contact the club at campnouexperience@gmail.com to claim her first team shirt, the prize for the most voted entry for the August edition of the #CampNouExperience competition

    SHARE YOUR SELFIE

    There have now been two winners, following on from July winner @RAQUELCULEPIQUE who after enjoying the tour of the FC Barcelona facilities commented that “you must visit the Camp Nou Experience, because you get the chance to all the trophies and pictures from our club’s history, as well as visiting the stadium.”

    One more month

    As the summer draws to a close, September is the last month in which visitors to the Camp Nou and Museum will get the chance to win a barça shirt of their own. All pictures must be selfies taken during the tour and must be posted to Instagram using the hashtag #campnouexperience.

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    Remember that photos are only valid if they were taken during the tour and have been published on Instagram using the hashtag #campnouexperience. You can see all of the selfies and enter the context using this application.


    Visit the Camp Nou and Museum and enter the FC Barcelona selfies competition / FOTO: FCB
    Visitors to the tour of the stadium and museum have posted 6,500 pictures on Instagram, the world's number one photography website This month's winner of an FC Barcelona shirt got no fewer than 6,896 ‘likes’

    The #CampNouExperience selfie competition has generated more than two million ‘likes’ since it started last July. Visitors to the tour of the stadium and museum have posted 6,500 pictures on Instagram, the world's number one photography website.

    August’s winning photo

    Thousands of photos have been posted to Instagram this August using the hashtag #campnouexperience. Since the contest started, 3,968 users have posted 6.552 selfies in two months, generating a staggering 2.37 million ‘likes’. 

    @gossip_barcelona is August’s winner after receiving a massive 6,896 ‘likes’. The winning entrant must now contact the club at campnouexperience@gmail.com to claim her first team shirt, the prize for the most voted entry for the August edition of the #CampNouExperience competition

    SHARE YOUR SELFIE

    There have now been two winners, following on from July winner @RAQUELCULEPIQUE who after enjoying the tour of the FC Barcelona facilities commented that “you must visit the Camp Nou Experience, because you get the chance to all the trophies and pictures from our club’s history, as well as visiting the stadium.”

    One more month

    As the summer draws to a close, September is the last month in which visitors to the Camp Nou and Museum will get the chance to win a barça shirt of their own. All pictures must be selfies taken during the tour and must be posted to Instagram using the hashtag #campnouexperience.

    .

    Remember that photos are only valid if they were taken during the tour and have been published on Instagram using the hashtag #campnouexperience. You can see all of the selfies and enter the context using this application.


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    Felip Puig and Carles Vilarrubí attended the signing. PHOTO: V. SALGADO -FCB
    The new contract with the Catalan Tourist Board will be valid until June 30, 2016

    The Minister for Business and Labour and president of the Catalan Tourist Board (ACT), Felip Puig, and FC Barcelona vice-president, Carles Vilarrubí, have renewed the collaboration agreement between the respective parties for the joint promotion around the world of Catalonia as a top quality tourist destination. The event was attended by the director of the Catalan Tourist Board, Xavier Espasa, while Barça was represented by marketing manager Laurent Colette.

    The contract, valid until June 30, 2016, consolidates the relation between the two entities, which shall be working together to exploit the Barça name, one of the country’s most famous assets and which shares Catalonia’s values of leadership, prestige, effort, passion and national identity in order to promote the region as a tourist destination.

    Joint presentations

    The deal involves using Barça’s foreign contacts to make joint presentations, in combination with visits to different cities for Champions League matches, summer tours and preseason friendlies; the club’s international schools around the world, and its communication channels, especially those based online. These will be aimed at tour operators and local media in places considered to be important generators of tourism. In the case of the Asia-Pacific market, Barça and the ACT will be organising a variety of promotional activities and competitions via social networks that will also be able to promote Catalonia as a tourist destination in such a strategic area of the world market.

    Catalan Tourist Board partnership programme

    The agreement with FC Barcelona is one of many projects that the ACT is setting up with different companies and organisations with a similar international outlook, the aim being to generate resources to improve the impact of Catalonia as a tourist destination around the world.

    Statements by the Minister for Business and Labour and president of the Catalan Tourist Board (ACT), Felip Puig:

    “Barça represents the same values around the world that are associated to the name of Catalonia. Barça is a more powerful brand than any other in the country and it was a wise move and a fine opportunity for it to be associated with Catalonia”.

    “Tourism forms a basic part of our economic recovery and this collaboration with Barça will boost the economy, culture and internationalisation of Catalonia”.

    Statements by vice-president Carles Vilarrubí:

    “We are very pleased with the results of this agreement and to be able help our country with tourism matters, which are so important for our economic recovery. After two years, today is the liturgy of that success. The renewal of the contract shows that it is achieving the expected results”.

    “Throughout the four years of this Board’s mandate, we have sought to offer the platform of what FC Barcelona means in order to project and promote the name of Catalonia around the world. We put the huge social phenomenon that is this club at the service of the country”.

    “As president Suñol said, ‘Sport and Citizenship’ make us responsible for our country and our objectives. As well as winning and getting the ball in the net, we have to make the global phenomenon that Barça is, the leader in social networks and the focus of so much media attention, into something that can also serve our institutions”


    Felip Puig and Carles Vilarrubí attended the signing. PHOTO: V. SALGADO -FCB
    The new contract with the Catalan Tourist Board will be valid until June 30, 2016

    The Minister for Business and Labour and president of the Catalan Tourist Board (ACT), Felip Puig, and FC Barcelona vice-president, Carles Vilarrubí, have renewed the collaboration agreement between the respective parties for the joint promotion around the world of Catalonia as a top quality tourist destination. The event was attended by the director of the Catalan Tourist Board, Xavier Espasa, while Barça was represented by marketing manager Laurent Colette.

    The contract, valid until June 30, 2016, consolidates the relation between the two entities, which shall be working together to exploit the Barça name, one of the country’s most famous assets and which shares Catalonia’s values of leadership, prestige, effort, passion and national identity in order to promote the region as a tourist destination.

    Joint presentations

    The deal involves using Barça’s foreign contacts to make joint presentations, in combination with visits to different cities for Champions League matches, summer tours and preseason friendlies; the club’s international schools around the world, and its communication channels, especially those based online. These will be aimed at tour operators and local media in places considered to be important generators of tourism. In the case of the Asia-Pacific market, Barça and the ACT will be organising a variety of promotional activities and competitions via social networks that will also be able to promote Catalonia as a tourist destination in such a strategic area of the world market.

    Catalan Tourist Board partnership programme

    The agreement with FC Barcelona is one of many projects that the ACT is setting up with different companies and organisations with a similar international outlook, the aim being to generate resources to improve the impact of Catalonia as a tourist destination around the world.

    Statements by the Minister for Business and Labour and president of the Catalan Tourist Board (ACT), Felip Puig:

    “Barça represents the same values around the world that are associated to the name of Catalonia. Barça is a more powerful brand than any other in the country and it was a wise move and a fine opportunity for it to be associated with Catalonia”.

    “Tourism forms a basic part of our economic recovery and this collaboration with Barça will boost the economy, culture and internationalisation of Catalonia”.

    Statements by vice-president Carles Vilarrubí:

    “We are very pleased with the results of this agreement and to be able help our country with tourism matters, which are so important for our economic recovery. After two years, today is the liturgy of that success. The renewal of the contract shows that it is achieving the expected results”.

    “Throughout the four years of this Board’s mandate, we have sought to offer the platform of what FC Barcelona means in order to project and promote the name of Catalonia around the world. We put the huge social phenomenon that is this club at the service of the country”.

    “As president Suñol said, ‘Sport and Citizenship’ make us responsible for our country and our objectives. As well as winning and getting the ball in the net, we have to make the global phenomenon that Barça is, the leader in social networks and the focus of so much media attention, into something that can also serve our institutions”


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    FC Barcelona are joining other sporting associations such as the NBA and the Premier League
    This free instant messaging platform is used by more an 600 million people around the world The Cub is opening two channels, in English and Chinese, to bring it and its fans even closer

    Mid-Autumn Festival

    Barça’s launch on WeChat coincides with the celebration of Zhong Qiu, the Chinese Festival of Autumn, an ancient festival at which the moon and sweets are seen as symbols of family unity.

    [[DES_1]]

    FC Barcelona, a worldwide leader in the area of New Technologies, is launching a new way of communicating with its fans via two new channels, in English and Chinese, on WeChat, one of the leading instant message platforms, with a notable presence in the Asian market. Club members and supporters can now follow all the latest updates about the Club as they happen, as well as check out the newest photos and videos

    WeChat began in China in 2011 and soon enjoyed a global presence with more than 600 million users and 438 million active users.

    Principal features

    WeChat is a free application for smartphones and tablets, as well as for principal operating systems on the web, which has become an important multiplatform tool and as well as instant messaging it offers voice and video calls and the opportunity to connect with other users via a geo-localisation service

    To celebrate the launch, all Barça fans can obtain free player stickers from the app shop in order to enrich their conversations on WeChat. According to the Club’s Director of Media and Communication, Dídac Lee, who is also in charge of New Technologies: “this is a great moment because Barça are joining with We Chat, which is a leader not just in China, but in Asia and the world a s a whole. Thanks to Tencent, we can share the experience and the sentiment of being a Barça fan with any supporter across the globe”.

    FC Barcelona are joining other sporting associations such as the NBA and the Premier League, as well as figures such as Leo Messi and LeBron James. in joining forces with We Chat.

    Barça’s strength in China

    Barça’s new channels on WeChat will allow the Club to increase contact with the millions of fans it has in China, adding to the website in Chinese www.fcbarcelona.cn, and the official accounts on the social networks Tencent Weibo and Sina Weib. The Club’s website in Chinese had nearly 20 million users last season and there are currently 5.5 million users of its Chinese social network sites.

    With their alliance with Tencent fully consolidated, the Club recently signed a deal with its first Chinese sponsor - Suning – with the electrical goods company becoming the Club’s regional Sponsor for the next two years, with a further option of another year.


    FC Barcelona are joining other sporting associations such as the NBA and the Premier League
    This free instant messaging platform is used by more an 600 million people around the world The Cub is opening two channels, in English and Chinese, to bring it and its fans even closer

    Mid-Autumn Festival

    Barça’s launch on WeChat coincides with the celebration of Zhong Qiu, the Chinese Festival of Autumn, an ancient festival at which the moon and sweets are seen as symbols of family unity.

    [[DES_1]]

    FC Barcelona, a worldwide leader in the area of New Technologies, is launching a new way of communicating with its fans via two new channels, in English and Chinese, on WeChat, one of the leading instant message platforms, with a notable presence in the Asian market. Club members and supporters can now follow all the latest updates about the Club as they happen, as well as check out the newest photos and videos

    WeChat began in China in 2011 and soon enjoyed a global presence with more than 600 million users and 438 million active users.

    Principal features

    WeChat is a free application for smartphones and tablets, as well as for principal operating systems on the web, which has become an important multiplatform tool and as well as instant messaging it offers voice and video calls and the opportunity to connect with other users via a geo-localisation service

    To celebrate the launch, all Barça fans can obtain free player stickers from the app shop in order to enrich their conversations on WeChat. According to the Club’s Director of Media and Communication, Dídac Lee, who is also in charge of New Technologies: “this is a great moment because Barça are joining with We Chat, which is a leader not just in China, but in Asia and the world a s a whole. Thanks to Tencent, we can share the experience and the sentiment of being a Barça fan with any supporter across the globe”.

    FC Barcelona are joining other sporting associations such as the NBA and the Premier League, as well as figures such as Leo Messi and LeBron James. in joining forces with We Chat.

    Barça’s strength in China

    Barça’s new channels on WeChat will allow the Club to increase contact with the millions of fans it has in China, adding to the website in Chinese www.fcbarcelona.cn, and the official accounts on the social networks Tencent Weibo and Sina Weib. The Club’s website in Chinese had nearly 20 million users last season and there are currently 5.5 million users of its Chinese social network sites.

    With their alliance with Tencent fully consolidated, the Club recently signed a deal with its first Chinese sponsor - Suning – with the electrical goods company becoming the Club’s regional Sponsor for the next two years, with a further option of another year.


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    Josep Maria Bartomeu attended the ECA meeting / PHOTO: ECA
    The FC Barcelona president has attended meetings of the two most important organisations in European football

    This Tuesday, Josep Maria Bartomeu was in Switzerland form a busy day that involved a morning meeting in Geneva with the European Clubs Association (ECA), followed by an afternoon in Nyon  with the UEFA Professional Football Strategy Council.

    The ECA meeting was opened by UEFA president Michel Platini, and discussed, among other issues, Financial Fair Play, where the members clubs reiterated their desire to act responsibly with regard to economic matters. They also spoke about what to do with money paid in fines for not respecting the aforesaid rules. Other topics included their commitment to ensuring the integrity of football and combating match fixing. The participants were also presented with the latest information from the work group that’s studying a possible change of dates for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

    Second appearance

    This was the second time that Bartomeu has attended an ECA assembly after also being present at the one held in Barcelona in March. He has been on the Executive Committee of the body since May.

    At the Strategy Council meeting, which consists of members of UEFA, the EPFL (pro football leagues), FIFPro (the footballers union) as well as of ECA, Bartomeu and the other delegates mainly focuses on player transfers and the international football fixture list.


    Josep Maria Bartomeu attended the ECA meeting / PHOTO: ECA
    The FC Barcelona president has attended meetings of the two most important organisations in European football

    This Tuesday, Josep Maria Bartomeu was in Switzerland form a busy day that involved a morning meeting in Geneva with the European Clubs Association (ECA), followed by an afternoon in Nyon  with the UEFA Professional Football Strategy Council.

    The ECA meeting was opened by UEFA president Michel Platini, and discussed, among other issues, Financial Fair Play, where the members clubs reiterated their desire to act responsibly with regard to economic matters. They also spoke about what to do with money paid in fines for not respecting the aforesaid rules. Other topics included their commitment to ensuring the integrity of football and combating match fixing. The participants were also presented with the latest information from the work group that’s studying a possible change of dates for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

    Second appearance

    This was the second time that Bartomeu has attended an ECA assembly after also being present at the one held in Barcelona in March. He has been on the Executive Committee of the body since May.

    At the Strategy Council meeting, which consists of members of UEFA, the EPFL (pro football leagues), FIFPro (the footballers union) as well as of ECA, Bartomeu and the other delegates mainly focuses on player transfers and the international football fixture list.


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    The floral tribute to Rafael Casanova is an annual tradition, shown here in 2012 / PHOTO: ÁRXIU FCB
    The club will be represented at the National Day of Catalonia by President Bartomeu, directors Carles Vilarrubí, Jordi Moix and Pau Vilanova and players Xavi Hernández and Jordi Masip

    Rafael Casanova i Comes (1660-1743)

    Rafael Casanova was mayor of Barcelona and commander in chief of Catalonia during the Siege of Barcelona, which ended exactly three hundred years ago on September 11, 1714. He is now recognised as one of the greatest icons of Catalan patriotism and after a monument was erected in his memory in 1888, it became a place of homage and for calls for freedom. The statue was removed under the Franco Dictatorship, but restored in 1977 at the site where Casanova was wounded by a gunshot during the Siege. Since then, major Catalan cultural, sporting and social institutions traditionally gather by the monument every September 11 to leave flowers in his honour.

    [[DES_1]]FC Barcelona is to attend to annual offering of a floral tribute to the monument to Rafael Casanova on occasion of September 11, the National Day of Catalonia. The event will take place at the crossroads between Carrer Ali Bei and Ronda Sant Pere in the morning, and the club’s delegation will be headed by Josep Maria Bartomeu. Other members of the Board that will be attending include Carles Vilarrubí, Jordi Moix and Pau Vilanova.

    The first team will be represented by captain Xavi Hernández and goalkeeper Jordi Masip; the basketball section by technical secretary Joan Creus and coach Xavi Pascual; handball by youth coordinator Andrey Xepkin and reserve team captain Beto Miralles; roller hockey by manager Ricard Muñoz and captain Aitor Egurrola, and futsal by coach Marc Carmona and captain Paco Sedano.

    Representing the football academy will be women’s team coach Xavier Llorens and team captain Marta Unzué, while Jordi Roura will be there in name of La Masia. The various youth football teams will be represented by Martí Riera (U14), Biel Farrés (U14), Roger Martínez (U12), Sergio Oriol (U12), Héctor Font (U10) and Jan Quiles (U10), while Josep Moratalla will represent the Barça Players Group.

    Double ceremony

    FC Barcelona will also be represented at the inauguration of a new street, ‘Onze de Setembre’ at 12.30 PM CET. This will be happening at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, and has been organised by Sant Joan Despí Town Council. Director Jordi Moix will be heading the Barça delegation.


    The floral tribute to Rafael Casanova is an annual tradition, shown here in 2012 / PHOTO: ÁRXIU FCB
    The club will be represented at the National Day of Catalonia by President Bartomeu, directors Carles Vilarrubí, Jordi Moix and Pau Vilanova and players Xavi Hernández and Jordi Masip

    Rafael Casanova i Comes (1660-1743)

    Rafael Casanova was mayor of Barcelona and commander in chief of Catalonia during the Siege of Barcelona, which ended exactly three hundred years ago on September 11, 1714. He is now recognised as one of the greatest icons of Catalan patriotism and after a monument was erected in his memory in 1888, it became a place of homage and for calls for freedom. The statue was removed under the Franco Dictatorship, but restored in 1977 at the site where Casanova was wounded by a gunshot during the Siege. Since then, major Catalan cultural, sporting and social institutions traditionally gather by the monument every September 11 to leave flowers in his honour.

    [[DES_1]]FC Barcelona is to attend to annual offering of a floral tribute to the monument to Rafael Casanova on occasion of September 11, the National Day of Catalonia. The event will take place at the crossroads between Carrer Ali Bei and Ronda Sant Pere in the morning, and the club’s delegation will be headed by Josep Maria Bartomeu. Other members of the Board that will be attending include Carles Vilarrubí, Jordi Moix and Pau Vilanova.

    The first team will be represented by captain Xavi Hernández and goalkeeper Jordi Masip; the basketball section by technical secretary Joan Creus and coach Xavi Pascual; handball by youth coordinator Andrey Xepkin and reserve team captain Beto Miralles; roller hockey by manager Ricard Muñoz and captain Aitor Egurrola, and futsal by coach Marc Carmona and captain Paco Sedano.

    Representing the football academy will be women’s team coach Xavier Llorens and team captain Marta Unzué, while Jordi Roura will be there in name of La Masia. The various youth football teams will be represented by Martí Riera (U14), Biel Farrés (U14), Roger Martínez (U12), Sergio Oriol (U12), Héctor Font (U10) and Jan Quiles (U10), while Josep Moratalla will represent the Barça Players Group.

    Double ceremony

    FC Barcelona will also be represented at the inauguration of a new street, ‘Onze de Setembre’ at 12.30 PM CET. This will be happening at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, and has been organised by Sant Joan Despí Town Council. Director Jordi Moix will be heading the Barça delegation.


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    FC Barcelona representatives at the floral offering/ PHOTO: VICTOR SALGADO-FCB
    Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu headed the Club delegation at the traditional offering of flowers at the Rafael Casanovas Memorial in Barcelona on Thursday morning, accompanied by various board members and representatives of the various sporting sections.

    FC Barcelona again took part in the traditional celebrations for the Catalan National Day on Thursday, with Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu heading the Club delegation at the traditional offering of flowers at the Rafael Casanovas Memorial in Barcelona on Thursday morning, accompanied by board members Jordi Moix and Pau Vilanova, vice-presidents Jordi Cardoner, Manel Arroyo and Carles Vilarrubí.

    First team captain Xavi Hernández, and teammate Jordi Masip also took part in the offering, alongside basketball coaches Joan Creus, and Xavi Pascual. With the handball team playing in Doha, the co-ordinator of the academy teams Andrei Xepkin and B team captain, Beto Miralles represented the section. Roller hockey coach Ricard Muñoz, and captain Aitor Egurrola, Futsal coach Marc Carmona and captain Paco Sedano and Women’s Football coach Xavi Llorens and captain Marta Unzué were also present, as well as representatives from the Academy teams.

     




    FC Barcelona representatives at the floral offering/ PHOTO: VICTOR SALGADO-FCB
    Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu headed the Club delegation at the traditional offering of flowers at the Rafael Casanovas Memorial in Barcelona on Thursday morning, accompanied by various board members and representatives of the various sporting sections.

    FC Barcelona again took part in the traditional celebrations for the Catalan National Day on Thursday, with Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu heading the Club delegation at the traditional offering of flowers at the Rafael Casanovas Memorial in Barcelona on Thursday morning, accompanied by board members Jordi Moix and Pau Vilanova, vice-presidents Jordi Cardoner, Manel Arroyo and Carles Vilarrubí.

    First team captain Xavi Hernández, and teammate Jordi Masip also took part in the offering, alongside basketball coaches Joan Creus, and Xavi Pascual. With the handball team playing in Doha, the co-ordinator of the academy teams Andrei Xepkin and B team captain, Beto Miralles represented the section. Roller hockey coach Ricard Muñoz, and captain Aitor Egurrola, Futsal coach Marc Carmona and captain Paco Sedano and Women’s Football coach Xavi Llorens and captain Marta Unzué were also present, as well as representatives from the Academy teams.

     




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    Just like in real life, Messi is amazing on FIFA 15
    FC Barcelona is one of eight playable teams in the Demo

    The FIFA 15 Demo is available for download by users of Microsoft Xbox 360* or One, PlayStation 3 or 4 or PC, and FC Barcelona is one of the eight playable teams.

    The latest release in the FIFA series brings football to life in even greater detail than ever to create a whole new experience in sports gaming. And fans are invited to use #FIFA15Demo on Facebook or Twitter to describe their initial sensations of the new edition of the franchise. And fans are already applauding the many innovations included in FIFA 15 that have done so much to improve playability and control of the players. The FIFA 15 team are using the Demo as a way to listen to what their fans have to say, and make sure that the end version offers exactly what PlayStation4, Xbox One and PC users want and thus ensure their continued loyalty.

    The realism of the players’ in-game appearance has been enhanced to unprecedented heights, and agility and playability have been optimised by means of even more responsive controls. In the Demo, users can play at Anfield as Liverpool, FC Barcelona, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Manchester City or Boca Juniors.

    Click here to download the Demo.

    FIFA 15 is due for release in North America on  September 23, in most of the EU on September 25 and in the UK on September 26. FC Barcelona’s Leo Messi will once again feature as the cover star all around the world, either alone or in selected countries in association with local stars.

    * The A SPORTS FIFA 15 ™ demo is available from September 9 for Microsoft Xbox Live Gold and Xbox 360 and September 16 for free subscriptions to Microsoft Xbox 360 Xbox Live

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    Just like in real life, Messi is amazing on FIFA 15
    FC Barcelona is one of eight playable teams in the Demo

    The FIFA 15 Demo is available for download by users of Microsoft Xbox 360* or One, PlayStation 3 or 4 or PC, and FC Barcelona is one of the eight playable teams.

    The latest release in the FIFA series brings football to life in even greater detail than ever to create a whole new experience in sports gaming. And fans are invited to use #FIFA15Demo on Facebook or Twitter to describe their initial sensations of the new edition of the franchise. And fans are already applauding the many innovations included in FIFA 15 that have done so much to improve playability and control of the players. The FIFA 15 team are using the Demo as a way to listen to what their fans have to say, and make sure that the end version offers exactly what PlayStation4, Xbox One and PC users want and thus ensure their continued loyalty.

    The realism of the players’ in-game appearance has been enhanced to unprecedented heights, and agility and playability have been optimised by means of even more responsive controls. In the Demo, users can play at Anfield as Liverpool, FC Barcelona, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Manchester City or Boca Juniors.

    Click here to download the Demo.

    FIFA 15 is due for release in North America on  September 23, in most of the EU on September 25 and in the UK on September 26. FC Barcelona’s Leo Messi will once again feature as the cover star all around the world, either alone or in selected countries in association with local stars.

    * The A SPORTS FIFA 15 ™ demo is available from September 9 for Microsoft Xbox Live Gold and Xbox 360 and September 16 for free subscriptions to Microsoft Xbox 360 Xbox Live

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    The banner will be unfurled on Saturday afternoon. FCB PHOTOMONTAGE
    The banner will be unfurled along the one side of the pitch prior to today's game with Athletic Club Bilbao

    On Saturday before the start of the Liga fixture with Athletic Bilbao (6.00 PM CET at the Camp Nou) a huge 45 x 46 metre banner will be unfurled across the length of the touchline in the colours of FC Barcelona and of the Catalan flag, along with the symbol commemorating the Tricentenary of the end of the Siege of Barcelona.

    The Siege was one of the final battles of the War of Spanish Succession (1701–1714) between the Grand Alliance (Archduke Charles of Austria, backed by Britain and the Netherlands) and Philip V of Spain, backed by France. Barcelona was being bombarded from Montjuïc Castle, but withstood the assault until 20,000 Bourbon forces arrived in 1714 and finally conquered the city on on 11 September. This defeat is now commemorated as the National Day of Catalonia.

    The Spanish Football League has also given the go-ahead for Barcelona to wear its red and yellow striped uniform, the colours of the Catalan flag, in today’s encounter with the Basques. The motion to don the shirt, usually reserved only for away fixtures, in commemoration of the Tricentenary, was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors.


    The banner will be unfurled on Saturday afternoon. FCB PHOTOMONTAGE
    The banner will be unfurled along the one side of the pitch prior to today's game with Athletic Club Bilbao

    On Saturday before the start of the Liga fixture with Athletic Bilbao (6.00 PM CET at the Camp Nou) a huge 45 x 46 metre banner will be unfurled across the length of the touchline in the colours of FC Barcelona and of the Catalan flag, along with the symbol commemorating the Tricentenary of the end of the Siege of Barcelona.

    The Siege was one of the final battles of the War of Spanish Succession (1701–1714) between the Grand Alliance (Archduke Charles of Austria, backed by Britain and the Netherlands) and Philip V of Spain, backed by France. Barcelona was being bombarded from Montjuïc Castle, but withstood the assault until 20,000 Bourbon forces arrived in 1714 and finally conquered the city on on 11 September. This defeat is now commemorated as the National Day of Catalonia.

    The Spanish Football League has also given the go-ahead for Barcelona to wear its red and yellow striped uniform, the colours of the Catalan flag, in today’s encounter with the Basques. The motion to don the shirt, usually reserved only for away fixtures, in commemoration of the Tricentenary, was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors.


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    The Futbol Club Barcelona Board of Directors, on the occasion of the start of the court hearing with regard to the liability claim proposed by the Ordinary General Assembly of October 15, 2010, wishes to state the following:

    The Futbol Club Barcelona Board of Directors, on the occasion of the start of the court hearing with regard to the liability claim proposed by the Ordinary General Assembly of October 15, 2010, wishes to state the following:

    1. The cause of the liability claim is the presumed breach, by the previous Board of Directors, of the dispositions of Law 10/1990 on Sport, which establishes that Boards that assume responsibility for the management of a football club may not spend more than the club’s income during their full mandate period.

    2. The accounts for the 2009/2010 financial year, from which arise the losses that have motivated this liability claim, were audited by Deloitte, the same official Club auditor that had been previously designated in 2003 by the Board presided by Joan Laporta and that has audited the Club’s accounts for the last ten years.

    3. The Club’s auditor presented the current Board with its report, according to which the accounts formulated by the previous Board did not reflect the economic reality of the last financial year, due to the inclusion of four exceptions and three uncertainties.

    4. According to the dispositions of the Law on Sport and accountancy regulations, bad-debt provisions should have been made for these seven imprecisions, and so the final accounts of that Board required reformulation in accordance with accountancy regulations and the criteria validated by the auditor.

    5. In compliance with the law and with commitments assumed with regard to the members, the current Board submitted the audited accounts without exceptions for approval by the Club’s Ordinary General Assembly, which reflect major losses, and also called for its decision regarding the opportuneness of presenting a liability action.

    6. With both motions approved and in compliance with the Assembly’s demands, the Club presented the relevant claim that is now the subject of a court hearing.

    7. The judge’s decision will establish the grounds and criteria to be applied in order to determine the liability of the Boards in relation with the financial results of their administrations.

    FC Barcelona, out of respect for the procedure and the persons involved, shall make no further public statement until the judge has pronounced a verdict.


                                                                                                       Barcelona, 15 September 2014


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    The Futbol Club Barcelona Board of Directors, on the occasion of the start of the court hearing with regard to the liability claim proposed by the Ordinary General Assembly of October 15, 2010, wishes to state the following:

    The Futbol Club Barcelona Board of Directors, on the occasion of the start of the court hearing with regard to the liability claim proposed by the Ordinary General Assembly of October 15, 2010, wishes to state the following:

    1. The cause of the liability claim is the presumed breach, by the previous Board of Directors, of the dispositions of Law 10/1990 on Sport, which establishes that Boards that assume responsibility for the management of a football club may not spend more than the club’s income during their full mandate period.

    2. The accounts for the 2009/2010 financial year, from which arise the losses that have motivated this liability claim, were audited by Deloitte, the same official Club auditor that had been previously designated in 2003 by the Board presided by Joan Laporta and that has audited the Club’s accounts for the last ten years.

    3. The Club’s auditor presented the current Board with its report, according to which the accounts formulated by the previous Board did not reflect the economic reality of the last financial year, due to the inclusion of four exceptions and three uncertainties.

    4. According to the dispositions of the Law on Sport and accountancy regulations, bad-debt provisions should have been made for these seven imprecisions, and so the final accounts of that Board required reformulation in accordance with accountancy regulations and the criteria validated by the auditor.

    5. In compliance with the law and with commitments assumed with regard to the members, the current Board submitted the audited accounts without exceptions for approval by the Club’s Ordinary General Assembly, which reflect major losses, and also called for its decision regarding the opportuneness of presenting a liability action.

    6. With both motions approved and in compliance with the Assembly’s demands, the Club presented the relevant claim that is now the subject of a court hearing.

    7. The judge’s decision will establish the grounds and criteria to be applied in order to determine the liability of the Boards in relation with the financial results of their administrations.

    FC Barcelona, out of respect for the procedure and the persons involved, shall make no further public statement until the judge has pronounced a verdict.


                                                                                                       Barcelona, 15 September 2014


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    The Ordinary General Assembly will need to approve some of the Board's proposals / PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA - FCB
    The General Assembly will be held on October 18 Pitch 1 at the Ciutat Esportiva will be named after Tito Vilanova

    Posthumous honour for Tito Vilanova

    The Board gave its unanimous approval of the proposal to rename pitch number one at the Ciutat Esportiva after Tito Vilanova in posthumous honour of the former FC Barcelona player and manager.

    The FC Barcelona Board of Directors held an ordinary session this afternoon, where it was agreed that the next General Assembly of Delegate Members will be held on October 18 at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya, the first session starting at 11.30 AM CET and the second at 12.00. There will be a break from 2.00 PM to 3.00 PM.

    The Board also agreed to the budget for 2014/15, which must be approved by the delegate members and has been set at 539 million euros turnover and 509 million in operating costs, with a net after-tax and financial costs result of 18 million euros.

    It was also agreed that a Delegates Office will be opened, which will be located in the vicinity of the Barcelona Supporters Services Office (OAB), to cater for and communicate with the delegate members up until the date when the Assembly is held. The regulations for this service’s operations will be announced over the next few days.

    The Board also gave the go-ahead for different commercial deals, including one with Head & Shoulders in India and the Philippines, and which extends a previous agreement for five Asian countries, as well as the development of a videogame in Japan with CWS Brains.

    Another decision concerned the marketing of the digital advertising hoardings in the Camp Nou in association with Mediapro for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons.

    The meeting also agreed to the setting up of two FCBEscola academies in Istanbul and Sao Paulo, the former in collaboration with club sponsor Avea.


    The Ordinary General Assembly will need to approve some of the Board's proposals / PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA - FCB
    The General Assembly will be held on October 18 Pitch 1 at the Ciutat Esportiva will be named after Tito Vilanova

    Posthumous honour for Tito Vilanova

    The Board gave its unanimous approval of the proposal to rename pitch number one at the Ciutat Esportiva after Tito Vilanova in posthumous honour of the former FC Barcelona player and manager.

    The FC Barcelona Board of Directors held an ordinary session this afternoon, where it was agreed that the next General Assembly of Delegate Members will be held on October 18 at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya, the first session starting at 11.30 AM CET and the second at 12.00. There will be a break from 2.00 PM to 3.00 PM.

    The Board also agreed to the budget for 2014/15, which must be approved by the delegate members and has been set at 539 million euros turnover and 509 million in operating costs, with a net after-tax and financial costs result of 18 million euros.

    It was also agreed that a Delegates Office will be opened, which will be located in the vicinity of the Barcelona Supporters Services Office (OAB), to cater for and communicate with the delegate members up until the date when the Assembly is held. The regulations for this service’s operations will be announced over the next few days.

    The Board also gave the go-ahead for different commercial deals, including one with Head & Shoulders in India and the Philippines, and which extends a previous agreement for five Asian countries, as well as the development of a videogame in Japan with CWS Brains.

    Another decision concerned the marketing of the digital advertising hoardings in the Camp Nou in association with Mediapro for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons.

    The meeting also agreed to the setting up of two FCBEscola academies in Istanbul and Sao Paulo, the former in collaboration with club sponsor Avea.


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    Official account of FC Barcelona on Vine
    Barça has boosted its multimedia profile with a new channel on Vine The six second videos will be used to follow day to day happenings at the club from a light-hearted, fun point of view Barça, the leading club on social networks, will move yet another step closer to its 150 million fans

    The Champions League 2014/15 has arrived with another special gift for Barça fans in the form of the new official channel on Vine. The Club will thus be boosting its multimedia content on a platform that will present its more light-hearted, fun and creative side.

    Vine is a free app that’s built into Twitter that displays six-second videos on an infinite loop. FC Barcelona has more than 25 million followers of its different Twitter accounts and anyone who wants to add to this new experience will be able to enjoy exclusive videos and thus play an active role in the creation of content on the channel.

    User content on #VineFCB

    Unpublished images, exclusive videos, soccer skills and all kinds of loops will feature among the different content that users can start enjoying today. FC Barcelona is inviting all of its users to use the hashtag #VineFCB to take part in the launch and show their passion for FCB in the form of six minute videos. The best offerings will be linked directly to FC Barcelona and published on the official account, stating the names of the users that created them.

    FC Barcelona has more than 150 million fans on its different official accounts on social networks, making it the number one sports club in the world. Just a few days ago it presented its new official WeChat channel and today has added yet another means of communication with its fans around the world. With 40 million users worldwide, Vine will serve to raise Barça’s profile to even greater heights than ever.

    Join us!


    Official account of FC Barcelona on Vine
    Barça has boosted its multimedia profile with a new channel on Vine The six second videos will be used to follow day to day happenings at the club from a light-hearted, fun point of view Barça, the leading club on social networks, will move yet another step closer to its 150 million fans

    The Champions League 2014/15 has arrived with another special gift for Barça fans in the form of the new official channel on Vine. The Club will thus be boosting its multimedia content on a platform that will present its more light-hearted, fun and creative side.

    Vine is a free app that’s built into Twitter that displays six-second videos on an infinite loop. FC Barcelona has more than 25 million followers of its different Twitter accounts and anyone who wants to add to this new experience will be able to enjoy exclusive videos and thus play an active role in the creation of content on the channel.

    User content on #VineFCB

    Unpublished images, exclusive videos, soccer skills and all kinds of loops will feature among the different content that users can start enjoying today. FC Barcelona is inviting all of its users to use the hashtag #VineFCB to take part in the launch and show their passion for FCB in the form of six minute videos. The best offerings will be linked directly to FC Barcelona and published on the official account, stating the names of the users that created them.

    FC Barcelona has more than 150 million fans on its different official accounts on social networks, making it the number one sports club in the world. Just a few days ago it presented its new official WeChat channel and today has added yet another means of communication with its fans around the world. With 40 million users worldwide, Vine will serve to raise Barça’s profile to even greater heights than ever.

    Join us!


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    Carles Puyol and Luis Suárez with Ali Shareef Al Emadi and Akbar Al Baker / PHOTO: Qatar Airways
    Luis Suárez, Carles Puyol and Antoni Rossich on inaugural flight

    Qatar Airways, the official sponsor of FC Barcelona, has unveiled a new aircraft, the first A380 in its fleet, which made its inaugural flight on Thursday from Hamburg to Doha, the airline's main hub. The flight took off with several representatives of FC Barcelona aboard, including the club's Managing Director, Antoni Rossich, assistant Director of Sport, Carles Puyol, and current player, Luis Suarez. Given Suarez's special situation and the fact that the team's training session was scheduled to be light following the previous night's victory, the Club decided to grant him special permission to attend the ceremony.

    Flight number QR3380 took off at 8.00 AM from the airport in Hamburg, where the aircraft was built, and arrived at Hammad International Airport in Doha at 5.00 PM. A press conference was held on arrival, and the brand new jet was presented to the local authorities and press. An informal reception followed with Puyol and Suarez getting up on stage to present FC Barcelona shirts to the Prime Minister and Interior Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker. Afterwards, Al Baker led everyone on a detailed tour of the jetliner, the largest in civil aviation history.

    Once the official presentation of the aircraft ended, the FC Barcelona delegation went into Doha to rest. Their return to Barcelona is expected on Friday, while Luis Suarez is slated to return to football activities on Saturday at the club’s training complex.


    Carles Puyol and Luis Suárez with Ali Shareef Al Emadi and Akbar Al Baker / PHOTO: Qatar Airways
    Luis Suárez, Carles Puyol and Antoni Rossich on inaugural flight

    Qatar Airways, the official sponsor of FC Barcelona, has unveiled a new aircraft, the first A380 in its fleet, which made its inaugural flight on Thursday from Hamburg to Doha, the airline's main hub. The flight took off with several representatives of FC Barcelona aboard, including the club's Managing Director, Antoni Rossich, assistant Director of Sport, Carles Puyol, and current player, Luis Suarez. Given Suarez's special situation and the fact that the team's training session was scheduled to be light following the previous night's victory, the Club decided to grant him special permission to attend the ceremony.

    Flight number QR3380 took off at 8.00 AM from the airport in Hamburg, where the aircraft was built, and arrived at Hammad International Airport in Doha at 5.00 PM. A press conference was held on arrival, and the brand new jet was presented to the local authorities and press. An informal reception followed with Puyol and Suarez getting up on stage to present FC Barcelona shirts to the Prime Minister and Interior Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker. Afterwards, Al Baker led everyone on a detailed tour of the jetliner, the largest in civil aviation history.

    Once the official presentation of the aircraft ended, the FC Barcelona delegation went into Doha to rest. Their return to Barcelona is expected on Friday, while Luis Suarez is slated to return to football activities on Saturday at the club’s training complex.


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     The museum is celebrating its 30th anniversary
    On September 24, the club museum will begin its 30th anniversary celebrations with an instituional visit and banners around the city

    September 24 is the day of the Mercè festival in the city of Barcelona, and this year that date also marks the start of the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the Barça Museum. There will be a variety of events organised over the next few months, starting on the 24th with an open day for club members, who will be able to enjoy the Camp Nou Experience in the company of five guests.

    All members need to do to enjoy this chance to explore the stadium and learn more about the club’s amazing history is to show their membership card at the ticket offices opposite the museum (access 9). They’ll be given up to five free passes for guests of their choice.

    The Camp Nou will be celebrating the Mercè festival on the same day. President Josep Maria Bartomeu and members of his Board of Directors will be visiting the museum in honour of its thirty years of existence.

    The city of Barcelona is to be decorated for the occasion with banners honouring some of the great sportspeople of Barça’s past and present, and there will also be graphic images located in and around the different club buildings, such as the old OAB. The club is also setting up an online activity called “You write Barça History”, in which fans will be able to vote for the greatest moments in over 110 wonderful years.

    ENJOY CAMP NOU EXPERIENCE

    Unforgettable visit to the Camp Nou Experience

    Visitors to the Barça museum can admire the 22 Liga and four Champions League trophies won over the years. In the Messi Area, they can view the Argentinian’s four Ballons d’Or and three Golden Shoes, and his greatest goals are shown on two interactive panels. Visitors can also find out how it feels to be player walking out of the tunnel with the Barça anthem playing in the background, and can then pose for pictures at pitch level as they take in the immensity of the Camp Nou.

    The Camp Nou Experience also includes a visit to the Mixed Zone, where the players speak to the media after matches, and the pressroom where Luis Enrique gives his post-match press conferences. The most popular items include the commentary boxes right up at the top of the stands, with a magnificent view of the pitch, as well as the multimedia zone, where you can enjoy highlights of some of the proudest moment in club history.


     The museum is celebrating its 30th anniversary
    On September 24, the club museum will begin its 30th anniversary celebrations with an instituional visit and banners around the city

    September 24 is the day of the Mercè festival in the city of Barcelona, and this year that date also marks the start of the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the Barça Museum. There will be a variety of events organised over the next few months, starting on the 24th with an open day for club members, who will be able to enjoy the Camp Nou Experience in the company of five guests.

    All members need to do to enjoy this chance to explore the stadium and learn more about the club’s amazing history is to show their membership card at the ticket offices opposite the museum (access 9). They’ll be given up to five free passes for guests of their choice.

    The Camp Nou will be celebrating the Mercè festival on the same day. President Josep Maria Bartomeu and members of his Board of Directors will be visiting the museum in honour of its thirty years of existence.

    The city of Barcelona is to be decorated for the occasion with banners honouring some of the great sportspeople of Barça’s past and present, and there will also be graphic images located in and around the different club buildings, such as the old OAB. The club is also setting up an online activity called “You write Barça History”, in which fans will be able to vote for the greatest moments in over 110 wonderful years.

    ENJOY CAMP NOU EXPERIENCE

    Unforgettable visit to the Camp Nou Experience

    Visitors to the Barça museum can admire the 22 Liga and four Champions League trophies won over the years. In the Messi Area, they can view the Argentinian’s four Ballons d’Or and three Golden Shoes, and his greatest goals are shown on two interactive panels. Visitors can also find out how it feels to be player walking out of the tunnel with the Barça anthem playing in the background, and can then pose for pictures at pitch level as they take in the immensity of the Camp Nou.

    The Camp Nou Experience also includes a visit to the Mixed Zone, where the players speak to the media after matches, and the pressroom where Luis Enrique gives his post-match press conferences. The most popular items include the commentary boxes right up at the top of the stands, with a magnificent view of the pitch, as well as the multimedia zone, where you can enjoy highlights of some of the proudest moment in club history.


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    Kiremitçioğlu, Faus, Akdemir and Marcé / PHOTO: FCB
    It is the first time that an FC Barcelona partner has also become an FCBEscola partner, and is the thirteenth such school in the world

    The FCBEscola project is continuing its international expansion and has opened its first football academy in Turkey, the FCBEscola Istanbul Avea. The project has arisen from the deal between FCBEscola and Avea, an official FC Barcelona partner since 2011 and the club’s telecommunications partner in Turkey. It was announced at a press conference in Istanbul attended by FC Barcelona vice president, Javier Faus, FCBEscola director, Xevi Marcé, Avea CEO, Erkan Akdemir and FCBEscola Istanbul Avea Representative, Âli Kiremitçioğlu. The plan is for the school, based in Istanbul, to start operating in mid October.

    This is the first time that an FC Barcelona partner has also become an FCBEscola partner. The Istanbul school will be working with a total of 600 pupils and will also be offering scholarships to 180 talented children. The service will initially be offered at two different centres in the city, one in Maltepe (Asian zone) and one in Maslak (European zone). FCBEscola offers not just football training to students at all its schools around the world, but also teaches them a system of values that enables them to internalize concepts like discipline, sports ethics and respect.

    Background

    The sponsorship deal between FC Barcelona and Avea began with an agreement signed in 2011, which made Avea one of the club’s official partners and its telecommunications partner in Turkey. In May 2012, the first agreement for organising the FCBEscola Camp Avea was signed, and a total of four editions have already been held, two in Istanbul and two more in Antalya in 2012 and 2013. The sponsorship agreement was renewed for three more years in 2013. Given the success of the experience and the good understanding between FCBEscola and Avea, work began on a possible collaboration between the two organisations. Finally, in 2014 an agreement was signed for the new FCBEscola Istanbul Avea, meaning that FC Barcelona now has thirteen such schools around the world.

    Statements by vice-president of FC Barcelona, Javier Faus, and CEO of Avea, Erkan Akdemir.

    “This deal strengthens Barça’s ties with Turkey”

    “This deal shows that FC Barcelona wants to do much more than merely sign sponsorship deals with our partners, and also seeks collaboration with other sporting and social projects, as is the case with the setting up of FCBEscola Istanbul Avea. The Club has once again strengthened its ties with Turkey, a country with a huge passion for football and where Barcelona has a large number of supporters”.

    “Our goal is for FCBEscola Istanbul to contribute to Turkish football”

    “Our camps attracted so much interest all around Turkey and motivated us to give this training in a much effective and professional structure in the 10th year of our foundation. And now, with FCBEscola Istanbul Avea, we make this much more comprehensive and much better equipped in line with the school schedule. Our goal is to make FCBEscola Istanbul Avea an important brand contributing to Turkish football. We are really proud to see that the cooperation that initiated 3 years ago with the world’s leading football club FC Barcelona has reached this point.”


    Kiremitçioğlu, Faus, Akdemir and Marcé / PHOTO: FCB
    It is the first time that an FC Barcelona partner has also become an FCBEscola partner, and is the thirteenth such school in the world

    The FCBEscola project is continuing its international expansion and has opened its first football academy in Turkey, the FCBEscola Istanbul Avea. The project has arisen from the deal between FCBEscola and Avea, an official FC Barcelona partner since 2011 and the club’s telecommunications partner in Turkey. It was announced at a press conference in Istanbul attended by FC Barcelona vice president, Javier Faus, FCBEscola director, Xevi Marcé, Avea CEO, Erkan Akdemir and FCBEscola Istanbul Avea Representative, Âli Kiremitçioğlu. The plan is for the school, based in Istanbul, to start operating in mid October.

    This is the first time that an FC Barcelona partner has also become an FCBEscola partner. The Istanbul school will be working with a total of 600 pupils and will also be offering scholarships to 180 talented children. The service will initially be offered at two different centres in the city, one in Maltepe (Asian zone) and one in Maslak (European zone). FCBEscola offers not just football training to students at all its schools around the world, but also teaches them a system of values that enables them to internalize concepts like discipline, sports ethics and respect.

    Background

    The sponsorship deal between FC Barcelona and Avea began with an agreement signed in 2011, which made Avea one of the club’s official partners and its telecommunications partner in Turkey. In May 2012, the first agreement for organising the FCBEscola Camp Avea was signed, and a total of four editions have already been held, two in Istanbul and two more in Antalya in 2012 and 2013. The sponsorship agreement was renewed for three more years in 2013. Given the success of the experience and the good understanding between FCBEscola and Avea, work began on a possible collaboration between the two organisations. Finally, in 2014 an agreement was signed for the new FCBEscola Istanbul Avea, meaning that FC Barcelona now has thirteen such schools around the world.

    Statements by vice-president of FC Barcelona, Javier Faus, and CEO of Avea, Erkan Akdemir.

    “This deal strengthens Barça’s ties with Turkey”

    “This deal shows that FC Barcelona wants to do much more than merely sign sponsorship deals with our partners, and also seeks collaboration with other sporting and social projects, as is the case with the setting up of FCBEscola Istanbul Avea. The Club has once again strengthened its ties with Turkey, a country with a huge passion for football and where Barcelona has a large number of supporters”.

    “Our goal is for FCBEscola Istanbul to contribute to Turkish football”

    “Our camps attracted so much interest all around Turkey and motivated us to give this training in a much effective and professional structure in the 10th year of our foundation. And now, with FCBEscola Istanbul Avea, we make this much more comprehensive and much better equipped in line with the school schedule. Our goal is to make FCBEscola Istanbul Avea an important brand contributing to Turkish football. We are really proud to see that the cooperation that initiated 3 years ago with the world’s leading football club FC Barcelona has reached this point.”


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