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    President Josep Maria Bartomeu and pianist Lang Lang at Camp Nou. / PHOTO: VÍCTOR SALGADO - FCB
    While visiting Barcelona, Chinese pianist Lang Lang paid a visit to the stadium where he was welcomed by FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu

    Chinese pianist Lang Lang is considered one of the greatest prodigies in the world of classical music and is currently in Barcelona to attend the closing of a camp for young performers organised by his Foundation. While in the city, he came to Camp Nou to share one of his other great passions in life, football.

    The young Chinese artist was welcomed to the stadium on Saturday by club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, with whom he chatted at length about his reasons for being in the city and different aspects of Barça and football in general, as well how music and football are both such valuable vehicles for promoting values among young people.

    Music on the Camp Nou pitch

    Lang went down to pitch level, where he was able to enjoy the sensation of sitting at a piano not in a typical auditorium or concert hall, but in the vast emptiness of one of the most magnificent stadiums in the world. He played a few classical tunes before ending with his own interpretation of the Barça anthem.

    He is in Barcelona on occasion of the second Junior Music Camp being run by the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, and sponsored by Allianz, which visits a different city each year.

    The Catalan capital was the chosen venue for this year’s edition, which is being attended by 14 youngsters from different countries, who are spending six days sharing their love of music and exchanging experiences while also getting to know a new city. The first edition, in 2013, was held in Munich. The closure of the campus involves a master class by Lang himself on Saturday in the Auditorium for 500 guests.

    Lang Lang (Shenyang, China, 1982) is not just one of the most brilliant pianists of this age, but has also revolutionised classical music by making use of new technologies and social networks to promote the genre around the world, and especially among young people. More than 30 million young people in China are studying piano, largely inspired by what Lang has achieved. He has performed with some the most important orchestras in the world and also at several sports events, such as the closing ceremony at the Brazil 2014 World Cup and the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

    He is also famed for his charity work, which are channelled through the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, and which seeks to train future talents, promote the use of technology in music education and encourage young people to take an interest in experiencing live music. During his conversation with President Bartomeu, one of the subjects that came up was the possibility of future collaborations with the FC Barcelona Foundation.

    During the visit, President Bartomeu expounded on the siginificance of the visit: “Lang Lang is a world figure and for him to come to FC Barcelona, knowing how much he likes football, will be a great help for uniting Barça with the many boys and girls that he is in touch with through music. Young people can be reached through sport, and they can also be reached, by doing things like this, through music.”

    The Chinese pianist gave his analysis as well: “It was incredible to be able to play in such an amazing place as this legendary team’s stadium. I like Barça because they play so artistically. They play football like an art form. It is fantastic to watch how they play as a team with artists like Xavi, Messi and Iniesta on the pitch. Their style of play is the closest thing there is to music.”


    President Josep Maria Bartomeu and pianist Lang Lang at Camp Nou. / PHOTO: VÍCTOR SALGADO - FCB
    While visiting Barcelona, Chinese pianist Lang Lang paid a visit to the stadium where he was welcomed by FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu

    Chinese pianist Lang Lang is considered one of the greatest prodigies in the world of classical music and is currently in Barcelona to attend the closing of a camp for young performers organised by his Foundation. While in the city, he came to Camp Nou to share one of his other great passions in life, football.

    The young Chinese artist was welcomed to the stadium on Saturday by club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, with whom he chatted at length about his reasons for being in the city and different aspects of Barça and football in general, as well how music and football are both such valuable vehicles for promoting values among young people.

    Music on the Camp Nou pitch

    Lang went down to pitch level, where he was able to enjoy the sensation of sitting at a piano not in a typical auditorium or concert hall, but in the vast emptiness of one of the most magnificent stadiums in the world. He played a few classical tunes before ending with his own interpretation of the Barça anthem.

    He is in Barcelona on occasion of the second Junior Music Camp being run by the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, and sponsored by Allianz, which visits a different city each year.

    The Catalan capital was the chosen venue for this year’s edition, which is being attended by 14 youngsters from different countries, who are spending six days sharing their love of music and exchanging experiences while also getting to know a new city. The first edition, in 2013, was held in Munich. The closure of the campus involves a master class by Lang himself on Saturday in the Auditorium for 500 guests.

    Lang Lang (Shenyang, China, 1982) is not just one of the most brilliant pianists of this age, but has also revolutionised classical music by making use of new technologies and social networks to promote the genre around the world, and especially among young people. More than 30 million young people in China are studying piano, largely inspired by what Lang has achieved. He has performed with some the most important orchestras in the world and also at several sports events, such as the closing ceremony at the Brazil 2014 World Cup and the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

    He is also famed for his charity work, which are channelled through the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, and which seeks to train future talents, promote the use of technology in music education and encourage young people to take an interest in experiencing live music. During his conversation with President Bartomeu, one of the subjects that came up was the possibility of future collaborations with the FC Barcelona Foundation.

    During the visit, President Bartomeu expounded on the siginificance of the visit: “Lang Lang is a world figure and for him to come to FC Barcelona, knowing how much he likes football, will be a great help for uniting Barça with the many boys and girls that he is in touch with through music. Young people can be reached through sport, and they can also be reached, by doing things like this, through music.”

    The Chinese pianist gave his analysis as well: “It was incredible to be able to play in such an amazing place as this legendary team’s stadium. I like Barça because they play so artistically. They play football like an art form. It is fantastic to watch how they play as a team with artists like Xavi, Messi and Iniesta on the pitch. Their style of play is the closest thing there is to music.”


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    Lang Lang played a series of famous pieces, and finished with the Barça anthem / PHOTO: VÍCTOR SALGADO - FCB
    The Chinese pianist visited the Camp Nou on Saturday and played the club anthem on the pitch

    It’s not every day that you get to hear one of the world’s most famous pianists playing the Barça anthem. But that’s what happened on Saturday when Lang Lang, considered one of the finest piano virtuosos in the world, performed ‘Cant del Barça’ during his visit to the Camp Nou, where he was welcomed by president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Sat on the piano he played a selection of classical pieces, and finished the performance with his own rendition of one of the most famous tunes in world football.


    Lang Lang played a series of famous pieces, and finished with the Barça anthem / PHOTO: VÍCTOR SALGADO - FCB
    The Chinese pianist visited the Camp Nou on Saturday and played the club anthem on the pitch

    It’s not every day that you get to hear one of the world’s most famous pianists playing the Barça anthem. But that’s what happened on Saturday when Lang Lang, considered one of the finest piano virtuosos in the world, performed ‘Cant del Barça’ during his visit to the Camp Nou, where he was welcomed by president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Sat on the piano he played a selection of classical pieces, and finished the performance with his own rendition of one of the most famous tunes in world football.


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    This is the second time that the Palau Blaugrana has hosted the UEFA Elite Round / FCB ARCHIVE
    The Palau Blaugrana is the venue for the UEFA Futsal Elite Round from Wednesday to Saturday, with FC Barcelona chasing a place in the Final Four Munich is the Euroleague destination for the basketball team, while the roller hockey and handball teams have midweek league fixtures

    Basketball

    FC Bayern Munich v FC Barcelona

    Euroleague (Group C, Round 6) Thursday November 20 at 8.15 PM CET

    FC Barcelona are top of their Euroleague group at the halfway stage with a perfect 5-0 record, including a big win at home to Panathinaikos last Friday. This week they’re off to Germany to face Bayern, who they beat 83-81 in the opening game in the tournament and are currently bottom of the group (1-4).


    Handball

    BM Villa de Aranda v FC Barcelona

    ASOBAL League (Round 11) Wednesday November 19 at 8.30 PM CET

    After an amazing win at the weekend away to European champions Flensburg, who are at the Palau next Sunday, Barça have a trip to ninth placed Villa de Aranda (3-3-4) for a league match on Wednesday. The home pavilion is famed for one of the most spectacular atmospheres in the championship, but Barça have never lost there.


    Futsal

    FC Barcelona v MVFC Berettjóújfalu

    UEFA Futsal Cup (Group D, Round 1) Wednesday November 19 at 9.00 PM CET

    FC Barcelona v Baku United FC

    UEFA Futsal Cup (Group D, Round 2) Thursday November 20 at 9.45 PM CET

    It’s a huge week for the futsal team. After getting a bye to the Elite Round, the defending European champions host their four-team group at the Palau Blaugrana, where all of the games are being played from Wednesday to Saturday, with only the group winners progressing to the Final Four in April.

    Barça start against Berettjóújfalu of Hungary, who have reached this stage for the first time ever and are very much the unknown quantity of the four. Each of the three days of matches are double-headers, with Barça always playing second. The other game on Wednesday starts at 6.15 PM CET, and as on Thursday and Saturday, tickets are valid for both games.

    The double bill on Thursday features Lokomotiv Kharkiv and Berettjóújfalu playing first at 7.30 PM CET. That’s followed by what many are predicting will be the deciding match, in which Barça face Baku United. Baku are the first ever English team to have reached this stage, but Spanish manger José Manuel Jiménez has put together an impressive array of international talent, including seven Spaniards, many of whom are well known to the Barça futsal community, including Carlos Muñoz, who was at the club from 2008 to 2011.

    The final group matches are being played on Saturday, and at 1.15 PM CET, Barça face Lokomotiv Kharkiv, the Ukrainian side from which the majority of that country’s national team are drawn.

    Tickets to see both matches on any day of the Elite Round cost just €7 for the general public, while a ticket for all six games costs €15. Club members pay half price.

    BUY TICKETS


    Roller Hockey

    FC Barcelona v Hockey Global Patín Cerceda

    OK League (Round 10) Tuesday November 18 at 9.00 PM CET

    Barça are still dominating in the OK Liga with nine wins out of nine. Tuesday should be a tough test though, against one of the few non-Catalan teams in the top flight. The Galicians are having another fine season and are currently fourth in the table.

    BUY TICKETS


    This is the second time that the Palau Blaugrana has hosted the UEFA Elite Round / FCB ARCHIVE
    The Palau Blaugrana is the venue for the UEFA Futsal Elite Round from Wednesday to Saturday, with FC Barcelona chasing a place in the Final Four Munich is the Euroleague destination for the basketball team, while the roller hockey and handball teams have midweek league fixtures

    Basketball

    FC Bayern Munich v FC Barcelona

    Euroleague (Group C, Round 6) Thursday November 20 at 8.15 PM CET

    FC Barcelona are top of their Euroleague group at the halfway stage with a perfect 5-0 record, including a big win at home to Panathinaikos last Friday. This week they’re off to Germany to face Bayern, who they beat 83-81 in the opening game in the tournament and are currently bottom of the group (1-4).


    Handball

    BM Villa de Aranda v FC Barcelona

    ASOBAL League (Round 11) Wednesday November 19 at 8.30 PM CET

    After an amazing win at the weekend away to European champions Flensburg, who are at the Palau next Sunday, Barça have a trip to ninth placed Villa de Aranda (3-3-4) for a league match on Wednesday. The home pavilion is famed for one of the most spectacular atmospheres in the championship, but Barça have never lost there.


    Futsal

    FC Barcelona v MVFC Berettjóújfalu

    UEFA Futsal Cup (Group D, Round 1) Wednesday November 19 at 9.00 PM CET

    FC Barcelona v Baku United FC

    UEFA Futsal Cup (Group D, Round 2) Thursday November 20 at 9.45 PM CET

    It’s a huge week for the futsal team. After getting a bye to the Elite Round, the defending European champions host their four-team group at the Palau Blaugrana, where all of the games are being played from Wednesday to Saturday, with only the group winners progressing to the Final Four in April.

    Barça start against Berettjóújfalu of Hungary, who have reached this stage for the first time ever and are very much the unknown quantity of the four. Each of the three days of matches are double-headers, with Barça always playing second. The other game on Wednesday starts at 6.15 PM CET, and as on Thursday and Saturday, tickets are valid for both games.

    The double bill on Thursday features Lokomotiv Kharkiv and Berettjóújfalu playing first at 7.30 PM CET. That’s followed by what many are predicting will be the deciding match, in which Barça face Baku United. Baku are the first ever English team to have reached this stage, but Spanish manger José Manuel Jiménez has put together an impressive array of international talent, including seven Spaniards, many of whom are well known to the Barça futsal community, including Carlos Muñoz, who was at the club from 2008 to 2011.

    The final group matches are being played on Saturday, and at 1.15 PM CET, Barça face Lokomotiv Kharkiv, the Ukrainian side from which the majority of that country’s national team are drawn.

    Tickets to see both matches on any day of the Elite Round cost just €7 for the general public, while a ticket for all six games costs €15. Club members pay half price.

    BUY TICKETS


    Roller Hockey

    FC Barcelona v Hockey Global Patín Cerceda

    OK League (Round 10) Tuesday November 18 at 9.00 PM CET

    Barça are still dominating in the OK Liga with nine wins out of nine. Tuesday should be a tough test though, against one of the few non-Catalan teams in the top flight. The Galicians are having another fine season and are currently fourth in the table.

    BUY TICKETS


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    Iniesta, Suárez, Piqué, Alba i Pedro with Advan / PHOTO: Dani Aznar
    Suárez, Piqué, Iniesta, Alba and Pedro have tried out the Indonesian company’s new smartphones and tablets Advan is an FC Barcelona regional partner, as well as being the Official FCB Mobile Phone Device in Indonesia

    In a recent meeting at the Ciutat Esportiva, the FC Barcelona first team players got to enjoy the latest technology from Advan, a regional partner of FCB and its Official Mobile Phone Device in Indonesia. Mr Tirta Setyono Siek, president of Advan, and Mr Andy Gusena, director of Endeecomm, presented different models of smartphone and tablet to Luis Suárez, Gerard Piqué, Andrés Iniesta, Jordi Alba and Pedro Rodríguez. The players were able to take photos using Advan devices, and experience the powerful technology that is used in Advan products.

    Two year agreement

    FC Barcelona and Advan signed an agreement in August that binds them for two years as part of the club’s commercial and technological strategy to expand its ties with Asia, and Indonesia in particular. Founded in 1998, Advan started out as an IT firm, although it now produces a wide range of technology products, such as plasma TVs, Notebooks, PC Tablets, Smartphones and digital accessories. Advan is the domestic leader for telecommunications and also seeks to use technology to educate the nation and help to build a better Indonesia.

    Expansion strategy

    The agreement with Advan further the club’s expansion into strategic territories through regional agreements, which also helps Barça to get closer to its worldwide fan base. The club already has a number of global partners, including, among others, Nike, Qatar Airways, Beko and Audi.  In the specific case of the Asian market, Barça is reaching deals with some of the continent’s leading firms. In addition to Advan, it also has agreements with Chang Beer, Suning, Apamanshop, Indosat and Panasonic, the latter as a global partner. FC Barcelona has also set up a new office in Hong Kong, which has helped to reach strategic zones in Asia.


    Iniesta, Suárez, Piqué, Alba i Pedro with Advan / PHOTO: Dani Aznar
    Suárez, Piqué, Iniesta, Alba and Pedro have tried out the Indonesian company’s new smartphones and tablets Advan is an FC Barcelona regional partner, as well as being the Official FCB Mobile Phone Device in Indonesia

    In a recent meeting at the Ciutat Esportiva, the FC Barcelona first team players got to enjoy the latest technology from Advan, a regional partner of FCB and its Official Mobile Phone Device in Indonesia. Mr Tirta Setyono Siek, president of Advan, and Mr Andy Gusena, director of Endeecomm, presented different models of smartphone and tablet to Luis Suárez, Gerard Piqué, Andrés Iniesta, Jordi Alba and Pedro Rodríguez. The players were able to take photos using Advan devices, and experience the powerful technology that is used in Advan products.

    Two year agreement

    FC Barcelona and Advan signed an agreement in August that binds them for two years as part of the club’s commercial and technological strategy to expand its ties with Asia, and Indonesia in particular. Founded in 1998, Advan started out as an IT firm, although it now produces a wide range of technology products, such as plasma TVs, Notebooks, PC Tablets, Smartphones and digital accessories. Advan is the domestic leader for telecommunications and also seeks to use technology to educate the nation and help to build a better Indonesia.

    Expansion strategy

    The agreement with Advan further the club’s expansion into strategic territories through regional agreements, which also helps Barça to get closer to its worldwide fan base. The club already has a number of global partners, including, among others, Nike, Qatar Airways, Beko and Audi.  In the specific case of the Asian market, Barça is reaching deals with some of the continent’s leading firms. In addition to Advan, it also has agreements with Chang Beer, Suning, Apamanshop, Indosat and Panasonic, the latter as a global partner. FC Barcelona has also set up a new office in Hong Kong, which has helped to reach strategic zones in Asia.


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    The FC Barcelona badge
    The FC Barcelona Board of Directors met on Tuesday to discuss various points of business

    The FC Barcelona Board of Directors meeting served to give the green light to various commercial agreements, one of which was to extend their contract with Castle Beer in Africa, which opens up markets in Nigeria and Kenya. The agreement with Freixenet to be the club’s official cava has also been extended until 2016.

    Furthermore, the board has also announced details of its decision not to pursue damages against the former board and of its decision to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over FIFA decision to sanction the club for the signing of players under the age of 18.

    With regards to membership fees for 2015, the board has agreed that it will only rise in line with inflation in Catalonia (which currently incurs a rise of 0.1%) in agreement with the board’s commitment during its current mandate. Also as of the 1st of January, 2015, the club will welcome 377 new members via the ‘fourth way’ process, the commitment license.


    The FC Barcelona badge
    The FC Barcelona Board of Directors met on Tuesday to discuss various points of business

    The FC Barcelona Board of Directors meeting served to give the green light to various commercial agreements, one of which was to extend their contract with Castle Beer in Africa, which opens up markets in Nigeria and Kenya. The agreement with Freixenet to be the club’s official cava has also been extended until 2016.

    Furthermore, the board has also announced details of its decision not to pursue damages against the former board and of its decision to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over FIFA decision to sanction the club for the signing of players under the age of 18.

    With regards to membership fees for 2015, the board has agreed that it will only rise in line with inflation in Catalonia (which currently incurs a rise of 0.1%) in agreement with the board’s commitment during its current mandate. Also as of the 1st of January, 2015, the club will welcome 377 new members via the ‘fourth way’ process, the commitment license.


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    Barça begin UEFA Futsal Elite Round with win / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
    The Futsal team begin the UEFA Elite Round with a victory over MVFC Berettyóújfalu Victories in Handball and Roller Hockey

    FUTSAL

    FC BARCELONA 4 MVFC BERETTYÓÚJFALU 1

    FC Barcelona: Sedano, Gabriel, Dyego, Lozano, Wilde – starting 5 -, Aicardo, Ari Santos, Lin, Bateria, Saad, Ferrao, Rafa Usín.
    MVFC Berettyóújfalu: Tihanyi, Rabl, Trencsényi, Nagy, Lovas – starting 5-, Szabó, Komaromi, Gal, David, Siska.

    Goals: 1-0, Sedano (4’), 2-0, Ferrao (6’); 3-0, Wilde (14’); 4-0, Wilde (14’); 4-1, Siska (32’).

    Marc Carmona's side got their defence on their UEFA Futsal Cup title off to winning start with a dominant victory over Hungarian side Berettyóújfalu. It was a first victory in the UEFA Elite Round which is currently being played in Barcelona. Qualification leads to a place in the Final Four which will be played in April. Barça's next game is at the Palau Blaugrana on Thursday at 9.45PM CET against Azerbaijani side Baku United.

    Barça futsal in action

    HANDBALL

    BM VILLA DE ARANDA 27 FC BARCELONA 32

    BM Villa de Aranda: Santana, Camino (1), Muñoz (1), Roberto S. (2), Moreira (3), Oswaldo (1), Patrianova (4) -starting 7-, Cabanas (7), Redondo (-), Beltza (-), Megías (2), Pazin (-), Lazic (3), Xavi Díaz.
    FC Barcelona: Pérez de Vargas, Víctor Tomás (1), Sorhaindo (3), Ariño (3), Gurbindo (2), Rutenka (9), Viran (-) -starting 7-, Noddesbo (-), Sarmiento (4), Saric, Sigurdsson (2), Karabatic (3), Jallouz (5), Saubich (-), Lazarov (-).

    Coach Xavi Pascual recorded his 42nd consecutive win in charge of the handball side, a new club record, with a comfortbale victory over ninth placed team Villa de Aranda. Pascual's side were always ahead in the contest and only a late rally from the home side gave the scoreline an air or respectability.

    ROLLER HOCKEY

    FC BARCELONA 13 HGP CERCEDA 1

    FC Barcelona: Egurrola, Gual, Pascual, Panadero and Marín – starting 5-, Matías Pascual, Reinaldo, Pablo Álvarez, Torra and Barroso.

    HGP Cerceda: Willy, Peli, Fariza, Togores, Mantiñan –starting 5-, Fernández, Pérez, Rodríguez and López.

    GOALS: 1-0 Gual (min 11), 2-0 Torra (min 19), 3-0 Reinaldo (min 22), 4-0 Pablo Álvarez (min 27), 5-0 Matías Pascual (min 34), 6-0 Pablo Álvarez (min 34), 7-0 Gual (min 35), 8-0 Panadero (min 35), 9-0 Matías Pascual (min 36), 10-0 Reinaldo (min 37), 11-0 Raül Marín (min 39), 11-1 Fernández (min 39), 12-1 Barroso (min 44), 13-1 Marc Torra (min 48).

    Ricard Muñoz's roller hockey side scored no less than 13 times against a much improved Cerceda side who came into the game in fourth place in the league. Barça maintain their 100% record in the league with this win and now have 30 points out of a possible 30 in the OK Lliga.

    Roller Hockey win


    Barça begin UEFA Futsal Elite Round with win / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
    The Futsal team begin the UEFA Elite Round with a victory over MVFC Berettyóújfalu Victories in Handball and Roller Hockey

    FUTSAL

    FC BARCELONA 4 MVFC BERETTYÓÚJFALU 1

    FC Barcelona: Sedano, Gabriel, Dyego, Lozano, Wilde – starting 5 -, Aicardo, Ari Santos, Lin, Bateria, Saad, Ferrao, Rafa Usín.
    MVFC Berettyóújfalu: Tihanyi, Rabl, Trencsényi, Nagy, Lovas – starting 5-, Szabó, Komaromi, Gal, David, Siska.

    Goals: 1-0, Sedano (4’), 2-0, Ferrao (6’); 3-0, Wilde (14’); 4-0, Wilde (14’); 4-1, Siska (32’).

    Marc Carmona's side got their defence on their UEFA Futsal Cup title off to winning start with a dominant victory over Hungarian side Berettyóújfalu. It was a first victory in the UEFA Elite Round which is currently being played in Barcelona. Qualification leads to a place in the Final Four which will be played in April. Barça's next game is at the Palau Blaugrana on Thursday at 9.45PM CET against Azerbaijani side Baku United.

    Barça futsal in action

    HANDBALL

    BM VILLA DE ARANDA 27 FC BARCELONA 32

    BM Villa de Aranda: Santana, Camino (1), Muñoz (1), Roberto S. (2), Moreira (3), Oswaldo (1), Patrianova (4) -starting 7-, Cabanas (7), Redondo (-), Beltza (-), Megías (2), Pazin (-), Lazic (3), Xavi Díaz.
    FC Barcelona: Pérez de Vargas, Víctor Tomás (1), Sorhaindo (3), Ariño (3), Gurbindo (2), Rutenka (9), Viran (-) -starting 7-, Noddesbo (-), Sarmiento (4), Saric, Sigurdsson (2), Karabatic (3), Jallouz (5), Saubich (-), Lazarov (-).

    Coach Xavi Pascual recorded his 42nd consecutive win in charge of the handball side, a new club record, with a comfortbale victory over ninth placed team Villa de Aranda. Pascual's side were always ahead in the contest and only a late rally from the home side gave the scoreline an air or respectability.

    ROLLER HOCKEY

    FC BARCELONA 13 HGP CERCEDA 1

    FC Barcelona: Egurrola, Gual, Pascual, Panadero and Marín – starting 5-, Matías Pascual, Reinaldo, Pablo Álvarez, Torra and Barroso.

    HGP Cerceda: Willy, Peli, Fariza, Togores, Mantiñan –starting 5-, Fernández, Pérez, Rodríguez and López.

    GOALS: 1-0 Gual (min 11), 2-0 Torra (min 19), 3-0 Reinaldo (min 22), 4-0 Pablo Álvarez (min 27), 5-0 Matías Pascual (min 34), 6-0 Pablo Álvarez (min 34), 7-0 Gual (min 35), 8-0 Panadero (min 35), 9-0 Matías Pascual (min 36), 10-0 Reinaldo (min 37), 11-0 Raül Marín (min 39), 11-1 Fernández (min 39), 12-1 Barroso (min 44), 13-1 Marc Torra (min 48).

    Ricard Muñoz's roller hockey side scored no less than 13 times against a much improved Cerceda side who came into the game in fourth place in the league. Barça maintain their 100% record in the league with this win and now have 30 points out of a possible 30 in the OK Lliga.

    Roller Hockey win


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    As of this Saturday first team matches and club news will be available on the largest audio network in the world TuneIn is now the official global radio provider thanks to a recent agreement beween both parties

    About TuneIn

    TuneIn is the most popular option for listening to audio in real time. With more than 50 million active users TuneIn allows listeners to tune in to sports, news, debate and music from all over the world from anywhere in the world. TuneIn boasts more than 100,000 radio stations and more than 4 million programmes to download on demand from every continent and is available on more than 200 different connected devices. TuneIn is funded by IVP, Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, General Catalyst Partners and Jafco Ventures. The company’s headquarters are situated in Palo Alto, California.

    Listening to Barça’s matches on Radio Barça will be easier than ever as of Saturday thanks to TuneIn, the biggest audio network in the world. Starting with Barça-Sevilla, Radio Barça will now a larger audience via this network which is available as an application for smartphones and tablets.TuneIn will incorporate the digital audio signal from FC Barcelona (Radio Barça) thus allowing listeners from all over the world free access to all Barça’s matches both at home in Camp Nou and away. The FC Barcelona channel on TuneIn will be available to fans in English, Spanish and Catalan.

    FC Barcelona and TuneIn signed a licensing agreement some weeks ago that means that TuneIn are now the official radio provider around the world for FC Barcelona.

    Radio Barça via TuneIn will offer continuous programming 24 hours a day 7 days a week which will include comments from players such as Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez, Neymar Jr, Gerard Piqué, Andrés Iniesta and many others. There will be analysis and Club news and the service will be fully operational for users in the next few weeks.

    50 million active users

    “We are delighted to be able to work with FC Barcelona to create a 24/7 channel thought which fans can listen to content from all over the world,” said Kevin Straley, vice president of programming at TuneIn. “Barça are one of the most well known teams in sport and they have a rich sporting history and fans all over the world. With our new model of followers, this collaboration will allow the current 50 million active users at TuneIn to follow their club and to receive notifications every time a big game is to be broadcast.”

    “The chance to listen to Barça matches from anywhere in the world is a service that millions of our fans will be able to enjoy. TuneIn will being the Club closer to its supporters and it will help with its global projection,” said Didac Lee, the Director responsible for New Technologies at FC Barcelona.

    Fans of FC Barcelona around the world will be able to listen to broadcasts in real time in English, Spanish and Catalan via the free application TuneIn Radio which is available on more than 200 platforms, mobiles, tablets and smart TVs. To listen users only have to search for ‘FC Barcelona’ on the free app TuneIn Radio or on the internet at Tunein.com


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    As of this Saturday first team matches and club news will be available on the largest audio network in the world TuneIn is now the official global radio provider thanks to a recent agreement beween both parties

    About TuneIn

    TuneIn is the most popular option for listening to audio in real time. With more than 50 million active users TuneIn allows listeners to tune in to sports, news, debate and music from all over the world from anywhere in the world. TuneIn boasts more than 100,000 radio stations and more than 4 million programmes to download on demand from every continent and is available on more than 200 different connected devices. TuneIn is funded by IVP, Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, General Catalyst Partners and Jafco Ventures. The company’s headquarters are situated in Palo Alto, California.

    Listening to Barça’s matches on Radio Barça will be easier than ever as of Saturday thanks to TuneIn, the biggest audio network in the world. Starting with Barça-Sevilla, Radio Barça will now a larger audience via this network which is available as an application for smartphones and tablets.TuneIn will incorporate the digital audio signal from FC Barcelona (Radio Barça) thus allowing listeners from all over the world free access to all Barça’s matches both at home in Camp Nou and away. The FC Barcelona channel on TuneIn will be available to fans in English, Spanish and Catalan.

    FC Barcelona and TuneIn signed a licensing agreement some weeks ago that means that TuneIn are now the official radio provider around the world for FC Barcelona.

    Radio Barça via TuneIn will offer continuous programming 24 hours a day 7 days a week which will include comments from players such as Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez, Neymar Jr, Gerard Piqué, Andrés Iniesta and many others. There will be analysis and Club news and the service will be fully operational for users in the next few weeks.

    50 million active users

    “We are delighted to be able to work with FC Barcelona to create a 24/7 channel thought which fans can listen to content from all over the world,” said Kevin Straley, vice president of programming at TuneIn. “Barça are one of the most well known teams in sport and they have a rich sporting history and fans all over the world. With our new model of followers, this collaboration will allow the current 50 million active users at TuneIn to follow their club and to receive notifications every time a big game is to be broadcast.”

    “The chance to listen to Barça matches from anywhere in the world is a service that millions of our fans will be able to enjoy. TuneIn will being the Club closer to its supporters and it will help with its global projection,” said Didac Lee, the Director responsible for New Technologies at FC Barcelona.

    Fans of FC Barcelona around the world will be able to listen to broadcasts in real time in English, Spanish and Catalan via the free application TuneIn Radio which is available on more than 200 platforms, mobiles, tablets and smart TVs. To listen users only have to search for ‘FC Barcelona’ on the free app TuneIn Radio or on the internet at Tunein.com


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    Vilanova, Bartomeu, Elías and Vidal-Abarca met Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
    Josep Maria Bartomeu led a delegation that visited President Nicos Anastasiades at the Presidiential Palace ahead of today's game with APOEL

    FC Barcelona are in Nicosia to play APOEL FC in the Champions League, and club president Josep Maria Bartomeu was welcomed to the Presidential Palace earlier today for a meeting with the president of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades.

    “We must thank President Nicos Anastasiades for welcoming us” said Bartomeu after the event. “It was a very cordial visit. We spoke about football because he’s a big fan, and he also told me that a member of his family belongs to the Barça supporters club in Cyprus. So he’s very close to Barça. He knows what’s happening to the team and even spoke about some of the players and signings. We were very pleased to be welcomed by him.”

    The president was joined on the visit by directors Silvio Elías, Ramon Vidal-Abarca and Pau Vilanova, as well as director of football Raúl Sanllehí, the director in chief of supporters clubs Josep Maria Barnils, and the president of the local FCB supporters club, Yiannis Misirlis. Bartomeu added that “there is a large colony of Barça supporters in Cyprus. There’s a very big, active supporters club that travels around Europe supporting Barça. These people take a huge interest. They have a very close relationship with us. I am very grateful for this. We could say that Cyprus supports Barça”.

    Aiming for the top

    Before the traditional directors lunch, Josep Maria Bartomeu also commented on tonight’s game with APOEL. “We want to finish top of our group and win home advantage in the second round” he said. “That’s an important target. The team will be competitive and will go out to win the game playing good football.”

    He was also asked about being jeered by the fans at the Camp Nou on Saturday. “Of course people always have the right to express their opinion” he conceded. “The video was to show how much we support and admire Leo.”


    Vilanova, Bartomeu, Elías and Vidal-Abarca met Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
    Josep Maria Bartomeu led a delegation that visited President Nicos Anastasiades at the Presidiential Palace ahead of today's game with APOEL

    FC Barcelona are in Nicosia to play APOEL FC in the Champions League, and club president Josep Maria Bartomeu was welcomed to the Presidential Palace earlier today for a meeting with the president of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades.

    “We must thank President Nicos Anastasiades for welcoming us” said Bartomeu after the event. “It was a very cordial visit. We spoke about football because he’s a big fan, and he also told me that a member of his family belongs to the Barça supporters club in Cyprus. So he’s very close to Barça. He knows what’s happening to the team and even spoke about some of the players and signings. We were very pleased to be welcomed by him.”

    The president was joined on the visit by directors Silvio Elías, Ramon Vidal-Abarca and Pau Vilanova, as well as director of football Raúl Sanllehí, the director in chief of supporters clubs Josep Maria Barnils, and the president of the local FCB supporters club, Yiannis Misirlis. Bartomeu added that “there is a large colony of Barça supporters in Cyprus. There’s a very big, active supporters club that travels around Europe supporting Barça. These people take a huge interest. They have a very close relationship with us. I am very grateful for this. We could say that Cyprus supports Barça”.

    Aiming for the top

    Before the traditional directors lunch, Josep Maria Bartomeu also commented on tonight’s game with APOEL. “We want to finish top of our group and win home advantage in the second round” he said. “That’s an important target. The team will be competitive and will go out to win the game playing good football.”

    He was also asked about being jeered by the fans at the Camp Nou on Saturday. “Of course people always have the right to express their opinion” he conceded. “The video was to show how much we support and admire Leo.”


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    Support for the declaration against Violence against Women
    The club supports a declaration in writing made by the Secretary General for Sport for the Generalitat of Catalunya

    FC Barcelona has lent its support to a declaration for the elimination of violence against women distributed by the Secretary General for Sport for the Generalitat of Catalunya (The Catalan Regional Government). The text was put together to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on the 25th of November.

    This new commitment to women’s rights is an initiative of the Grup Edelmira Calvetó, led by Barça director Susana Monje and created with the intention of promoting women’s roles within the club and of women’s role in sport.

    With this support FC Barcelona aim to promote and strengthen the battle against violence against women within society.


    Support for the declaration against Violence against Women
    The club supports a declaration in writing made by the Secretary General for Sport for the Generalitat of Catalunya

    FC Barcelona has lent its support to a declaration for the elimination of violence against women distributed by the Secretary General for Sport for the Generalitat of Catalunya (The Catalan Regional Government). The text was put together to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on the 25th of November.

    This new commitment to women’s rights is an initiative of the Grup Edelmira Calvetó, led by Barça director Susana Monje and created with the intention of promoting women’s roles within the club and of women’s role in sport.

    With this support FC Barcelona aim to promote and strengthen the battle against violence against women within society.


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    A la venda el llibre 'Barça, torna la il·lusió'
    The official book containing highlights of FC Barcelona last season and at the start of the present one is including QR codes with audiovisual content for first time

    Thursday sees the release of ‘Barça, The Thrill is Back’, the sixth volume co-published by Angle Editorial and FC Barcelona, containing brand new pictures of the first team players during the 2013/14 season and early in 2014/15, what proved to be a difficult period, especially due to the illness and passing away of Tito Vilanova.

    Barça have started this season with renewed hopes, boosted by the arrival of new manager Luis Enrique, who is working hard to get Barça back to its best. To do so, big changes have been made to the squad, with Luis Suárez, Bravo, Mathieu, Ter Stegen, Rakitic, Vermaelen and Douglas all being signed, Rafinha returning from loan, and several youngsters from Barça B also contributing to the cause, including Munir, Sandro and Samper.

    The book offers a close and intimate view of the team at different moments in the dressing room, on the pitch or travelling to away games, taking readers on a uniquely exciting visual journey in the company of the players, coaches and other members of staff. And it also pays tribute to Carles Puyol and Víctor Valdés, two of Barça’s greatest ever players who retired last summer, by looking back at some of their finest moments defending the team colours.

    ‘Barça, The Thrill is Back’ is the latest in a series that began in 2009 with ‘Our best year ever’ and was followed by the equally successful ‘Making history’ (2010), ‘In the heart of the legend’ (2011), ‘Proud of our colors’ (2012) and ‘The courage of champions’ (2012), with more than 60,000 copies sold.

    This year’s edition includes several new features, including for the first time QR codes to relive some of the greatest highlights of the last year. Anyone who buys the book also gets 2x1 tickets to visit the Camp Nou Experience.

    The texts are by El País writer Jordi Quixano and the photos are by Miguel Ruiz, Germán Parga, Víctor Salgado and Horacio Seguí. It contains 204 pages and is written in Catalan, Spanish and English.

    ON SALE HERE


    A la venda el llibre 'Barça, torna la il·lusió'
    The official book containing highlights of FC Barcelona last season and at the start of the present one is including QR codes with audiovisual content for first time

    Thursday sees the release of ‘Barça, The Thrill is Back’, the sixth volume co-published by Angle Editorial and FC Barcelona, containing brand new pictures of the first team players during the 2013/14 season and early in 2014/15, what proved to be a difficult period, especially due to the illness and passing away of Tito Vilanova.

    Barça have started this season with renewed hopes, boosted by the arrival of new manager Luis Enrique, who is working hard to get Barça back to its best. To do so, big changes have been made to the squad, with Luis Suárez, Bravo, Mathieu, Ter Stegen, Rakitic, Vermaelen and Douglas all being signed, Rafinha returning from loan, and several youngsters from Barça B also contributing to the cause, including Munir, Sandro and Samper.

    The book offers a close and intimate view of the team at different moments in the dressing room, on the pitch or travelling to away games, taking readers on a uniquely exciting visual journey in the company of the players, coaches and other members of staff. And it also pays tribute to Carles Puyol and Víctor Valdés, two of Barça’s greatest ever players who retired last summer, by looking back at some of their finest moments defending the team colours.

    ‘Barça, The Thrill is Back’ is the latest in a series that began in 2009 with ‘Our best year ever’ and was followed by the equally successful ‘Making history’ (2010), ‘In the heart of the legend’ (2011), ‘Proud of our colors’ (2012) and ‘The courage of champions’ (2012), with more than 60,000 copies sold.

    This year’s edition includes several new features, including for the first time QR codes to relive some of the greatest highlights of the last year. Anyone who buys the book also gets 2x1 tickets to visit the Camp Nou Experience.

    The texts are by El País writer Jordi Quixano and the photos are by Miguel Ruiz, Germán Parga, Víctor Salgado and Horacio Seguí. It contains 204 pages and is written in Catalan, Spanish and English.

    ON SALE HERE


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    On November 27, 1974, the Barça was heard for the first time / PHOTO: FCB ARCHIVE
    The FC Barcelona anthem was first performed on November 27, 1974 at the Camp Nou by 3,500 voices conducted by Oriol Martorell

    When the club was celebrating its 75th anniversary, president Agustí Montal decided it was time to write a new anthem to replace the one used to inaugurate the Camp Nou in 1957. With lyrics by Jaume Picas and Josep Maria Espinàs and music by Manuel Valls Gorina, ‘Cant del Barça’ was an immediate success. Its immediate popularity was boosted by an amazing debut performance at the Camp Nou on a day in which the proclamation of the Catalan identity was very present.

    Solemn beginning

    The day was organised in tribute to the club members as a prelude to a friendly between Barça and the East German national team. But the most important event turned out to be the solemn debut performance of the ‘Cant del Barça’ by 3,500 voices impeccably conducted by maestro Oriol Martorell of the Sant Jordi Choir.

    The event was broadcast live throughout Spain on national TV. That evening of November 27, singers from no fewer than 78 choral groups in Catalonia gathered on the field to produce a perfect rendition of the new song. It was the culmination of an extraordinary set that also included performances of ‘Cant de la Senyera’, ‘El rossinyol’, ‘L’hereu Riera’ and ‘Al vent’, the legendary Raimon song that until then had been banned from television.

    Daring repertoire

    That was like scoring a goal against the strictly controlled national broadcaster, and there was more to come with the first performance ever at the Camp Nou of the ‘Cant de la Senyera’ (‘Song of the Catalan Flag’), which the Franco regime had banned for many years since it had been taken up as an unofficial Catalan national anthem, given the absolute prohibition of the official one, ‘Els Segadors’.

    The delegate of the Armed Police was in the stadium, and warned the civil governor of Barcelona, Rodolfo Martín Villa, that they were listening to a separatist song. Martín Villa was horrified to learn this and demanded an explanation from Agustí Montal, who was sat at his side in the presidential box. Montal, coolly replied that “it’s only the anthem of the Catalan Choral Society”, and denied that it had any political undertones. Martín Villa seemed happy enough with the answer, although it was really only a half-truth. But that was not the end of it. At half-time in the Barça v GDR match, to the tune of the couplet La Principal de la Bisbal, 800 dancers performed ‘La Santa Espina’, a ‘sardana’ (typical Catalan dance) was performed, and which was also banned by the Franco regime.


    On November 27, 1974, the Barça was heard for the first time / PHOTO: FCB ARCHIVE
    The FC Barcelona anthem was first performed on November 27, 1974 at the Camp Nou by 3,500 voices conducted by Oriol Martorell

    When the club was celebrating its 75th anniversary, president Agustí Montal decided it was time to write a new anthem to replace the one used to inaugurate the Camp Nou in 1957. With lyrics by Jaume Picas and Josep Maria Espinàs and music by Manuel Valls Gorina, ‘Cant del Barça’ was an immediate success. Its immediate popularity was boosted by an amazing debut performance at the Camp Nou on a day in which the proclamation of the Catalan identity was very present.

    Solemn beginning

    The day was organised in tribute to the club members as a prelude to a friendly between Barça and the East German national team. But the most important event turned out to be the solemn debut performance of the ‘Cant del Barça’ by 3,500 voices impeccably conducted by maestro Oriol Martorell of the Sant Jordi Choir.

    The event was broadcast live throughout Spain on national TV. That evening of November 27, singers from no fewer than 78 choral groups in Catalonia gathered on the field to produce a perfect rendition of the new song. It was the culmination of an extraordinary set that also included performances of ‘Cant de la Senyera’, ‘El rossinyol’, ‘L’hereu Riera’ and ‘Al vent’, the legendary Raimon song that until then had been banned from television.

    Daring repertoire

    That was like scoring a goal against the strictly controlled national broadcaster, and there was more to come with the first performance ever at the Camp Nou of the ‘Cant de la Senyera’ (‘Song of the Catalan Flag’), which the Franco regime had banned for many years since it had been taken up as an unofficial Catalan national anthem, given the absolute prohibition of the official one, ‘Els Segadors’.

    The delegate of the Armed Police was in the stadium, and warned the civil governor of Barcelona, Rodolfo Martín Villa, that they were listening to a separatist song. Martín Villa was horrified to learn this and demanded an explanation from Agustí Montal, who was sat at his side in the presidential box. Montal, coolly replied that “it’s only the anthem of the Catalan Choral Society”, and denied that it had any political undertones. Martín Villa seemed happy enough with the answer, although it was really only a half-truth. But that was not the end of it. At half-time in the Barça v GDR match, to the tune of the couplet La Principal de la Bisbal, 800 dancers performed ‘La Santa Espina’, a ‘sardana’ (typical Catalan dance) was performed, and which was also banned by the Franco regime.


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    The sheet music for the first Barça anthem from 1910 / PHOTO: Photomontage FCB
    The sheet music belongs to the first Club anthem from 1910 that was composed by José Antonio Lodeiro The Club has made public this discovery to conincide with its 115th anniversary this Saturday

    Ignasi Terraza

    Born in Barcelona in 1962, Terraza fell blind at the age of 9 and shortly after he discovered the piano. In 2009 he won first prize in the Jacksonville International Jazz Piano Competition.

    [[DES_1]]This Saturday, the 29th of November, FC Barcelona celebrates the 115th anniversary of its foundation. As part of the celebrations, the Club has made public the retrieval of a valuable historical document: the sheet music from the Club’s first ever anthem which dates from 1910.

    The anthem, which was called Foot-ball Club Barcelona Himno Marcha, was composed by José Antonio Lodeiro Piñeiroa (1868-1934), a musician in the army who was stationed in Barcelona between 1907 and 1915.

    Manel Tomàs, archivist at the FC Barcelona Centre for Documentation and Study, became aware of the existence of the anthem via Daniel Carbó’s book ‘Historial del FC Barcelona’ which was published in 1924. He went on to discover further references to the anthem in the archives of club board meetings and in the sports press of the time. Unfortunately the anthem could not be performed as the club was unable to find the corresponding sheet music. A call was made to the public via the Club’s website for help in the task of tracking down the sheet music and amazingly, the plea worked.

    Great discovery

    At the end of October Xabier Andrés Garrote, a relative of the founders of the Banda Garrote from Ortigueira in Galicia, made contact with the Club to give them some excellent news: he had found the manuscript containing the sheet music for piano for the 1910 anthem amongst papers belonging to his father Andrés Garrote.The search may not yet be complete however – Xabier Andrés Garrote is continuing his search amongst his father’s papers as there are indications that there may be lyrics to accompany the original anthem.

    In the video above you can hear the long lost anthem played by the internationally renowned jazz pianist Ignasi Terraza.  


    The sheet music for the first Barça anthem from 1910 / PHOTO: Photomontage FCB
    The sheet music belongs to the first Club anthem from 1910 that was composed by José Antonio Lodeiro The Club has made public this discovery to conincide with its 115th anniversary this Saturday

    Ignasi Terraza

    Born in Barcelona in 1962, Terraza fell blind at the age of 9 and shortly after he discovered the piano. In 2009 he won first prize in the Jacksonville International Jazz Piano Competition.

    [[DES_1]]This Saturday, the 29th of November, FC Barcelona celebrates the 115th anniversary of its foundation. As part of the celebrations, the Club has made public the retrieval of a valuable historical document: the sheet music from the Club’s first ever anthem which dates from 1910.

    The anthem, which was called Foot-ball Club Barcelona Himno Marcha, was composed by José Antonio Lodeiro Piñeiroa (1868-1934), a musician in the army who was stationed in Barcelona between 1907 and 1915.

    Manel Tomàs, archivist at the FC Barcelona Centre for Documentation and Study, became aware of the existence of the anthem via Daniel Carbó’s book ‘Historial del FC Barcelona’ which was published in 1924. He went on to discover further references to the anthem in the archives of club board meetings and in the sports press of the time. Unfortunately the anthem could not be performed as the club was unable to find the corresponding sheet music. A call was made to the public via the Club’s website for help in the task of tracking down the sheet music and amazingly, the plea worked.

    Great discovery

    At the end of October Xabier Andrés Garrote, a relative of the founders of the Banda Garrote from Ortigueira in Galicia, made contact with the Club to give them some excellent news: he had found the manuscript containing the sheet music for piano for the 1910 anthem amongst papers belonging to his father Andrés Garrote.The search may not yet be complete however – Xabier Andrés Garrote is continuing his search amongst his father’s papers as there are indications that there may be lyrics to accompany the original anthem.

    In the video above you can hear the long lost anthem played by the internationally renowned jazz pianist Ignasi Terraza.  


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    Xavi Hernández
    Barça first team players explain the initiative and invite FC Barcelona supporters to join in on social networks

    FC Barcelona celebrates its 115th anniversary on Saturday November 29, and wants to share the event with its members and fans all around the world. Using the tagline ‘sóc culer’ (‘I’m a Barça supporter), the club is calling on fans to take a photo or record a video while making a C symbol with their hands over their hearts and saying the words ‘sóc culer’. They can then share the images on social networks using the hashtag #FCB115.

    The ‘sóc culer’ initiative, which will last for the next 115 days, begins with the release of a video in which first team players explain what the initiative is about and encourage FC Barcelona supporters to get involved.

    Origins of the term ‘culer’

    The word ‘culer’ comes from the Catalan word for ‘bottom’. It dates back to the view from outside of the old Barça stadium in Carrer Indústria (now Carrer París), where the team played from 1909 to 1922. There was a wall around the ground and all people walking by in the street could see was a long row of spectators’ backsides sitting along the top of it! Of course, the nickname was originally used in a clearly derogatory manner, but over the years people grew attached to it, even Barça’s own supporters, who are now proud to use the term to describe themselves.


    Xavi Hernández
    Barça first team players explain the initiative and invite FC Barcelona supporters to join in on social networks

    FC Barcelona celebrates its 115th anniversary on Saturday November 29, and wants to share the event with its members and fans all around the world. Using the tagline ‘sóc culer’ (‘I’m a Barça supporter), the club is calling on fans to take a photo or record a video while making a C symbol with their hands over their hearts and saying the words ‘sóc culer’. They can then share the images on social networks using the hashtag #FCB115.

    The ‘sóc culer’ initiative, which will last for the next 115 days, begins with the release of a video in which first team players explain what the initiative is about and encourage FC Barcelona supporters to get involved.

    Origins of the term ‘culer’

    The word ‘culer’ comes from the Catalan word for ‘bottom’. It dates back to the view from outside of the old Barça stadium in Carrer Indústria (now Carrer París), where the team played from 1909 to 1922. There was a wall around the ground and all people walking by in the street could see was a long row of spectators’ backsides sitting along the top of it! Of course, the nickname was originally used in a clearly derogatory manner, but over the years people grew attached to it, even Barça’s own supporters, who are now proud to use the term to describe themselves.


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  • 11/30/14--00:35: November 2014 top videos
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    Best videos from FC Barcelona for the month of November

    Best videos from FC Barcelona for the month of November


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    Best videos from FC Barcelona for the month of November

    Best videos from FC Barcelona for the month of November


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    Escut
    The club has made an official announcement following the incidents on Sunday involving supporters of Atlético Madrid and Deportivo

    The following is a full translation of the FC Barcelona announcement:

    “Following yesterday’s events in which one person was killed and several were injured as a result of a confrontation between supporters of Atlético Madrid and Deportivo, FC Barcelona wishes to express its absolute rejection of any act of violence in the world of sport and of football in particular.

    In this regard, on Sunday, the club contacted the Secretary of State for Sport, the Professional Football League and the Spanish Football Federation to make its opinion heard and to offer to collaborate in any way necessary with the eradication of violence in association to sport to ensure that events like those on Sunday never happen again.

    FC Barcelona has always taken a zero tolerance attitude to violence in sport and adds its name to the many expressions of condolence for the victim of the incidents in Madrid.

    Barcelona, 1 December 2014”


    Escut
    The club has made an official announcement following the incidents on Sunday involving supporters of Atlético Madrid and Deportivo

    The following is a full translation of the FC Barcelona announcement:

    “Following yesterday’s events in which one person was killed and several were injured as a result of a confrontation between supporters of Atlético Madrid and Deportivo, FC Barcelona wishes to express its absolute rejection of any act of violence in the world of sport and of football in particular.

    In this regard, on Sunday, the club contacted the Secretary of State for Sport, the Professional Football League and the Spanish Football Federation to make its opinion heard and to offer to collaborate in any way necessary with the eradication of violence in association to sport to ensure that events like those on Sunday never happen again.

    FC Barcelona has always taken a zero tolerance attitude to violence in sport and adds its name to the many expressions of condolence for the victim of the incidents in Madrid.

    Barcelona, 1 December 2014”


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    The FC Barcelona goalkeepers wish you Merry Christmas / FCB-MIGUEL RUIZ
    The players from the professional sports teams have got together to bring you a fun-packed advent calendar Fans can win a Barça shirt by posting Barça themed photos on Instagram using the hashtag #NadalFCB

    The festive spirit has got to all of the FC Barcelona’s different sports teams this year and they’ve come up with a very special way to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. The football, basketball, handball, futsal and roller hockey players all appear in a special advent calendar that’s full of surprises. Each day from December 1 to 25, you can enjoy a different video of the players getting up to all kinds of festive frolics and sending you their season’s greetings in a host of fun and imaginative ways.
    The Barça squads have clearly had a blast making these different videos, with plenty of improvised humour along the way. They appear wearing their respective first team shirts, but there are plenty of Christmas decorations there too. You can see all of the video by going to our special microsite at www.fcbarcelona.com/nadal2014

    #NadalFCB

    The first video in our countdown to December 25 features the three goalkeepers Marc-André ter Stegen, Claudio Bravo and Jordi Masip.

    Share your photos using #NadalFCB


    At the same time, the club is also using social networks to organise a very special Christmas competition. There are five football and five basketball first team shirts to be won for the best Christmas-themed photos to be published on Instagram.
    To enter, you have to be a follower of the Barça account on Instagram, where you should label your photos with the hashtag #NadalFCB. Entries can be sent from December 1 to January 6. You can publish as many pictures as you like, the more original the better. Once the entry period closes, our jury will pick the ten best pictures, and each of the winners will be awarded one of the ten Barça shirts.


    The FC Barcelona goalkeepers wish you Merry Christmas / FCB-MIGUEL RUIZ
    The players from the professional sports teams have got together to bring you a fun-packed advent calendar Fans can win a Barça shirt by posting Barça themed photos on Instagram using the hashtag #NadalFCB

    The festive spirit has got to all of the FC Barcelona’s different sports teams this year and they’ve come up with a very special way to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. The football, basketball, handball, futsal and roller hockey players all appear in a special advent calendar that’s full of surprises. Each day from December 1 to 25, you can enjoy a different video of the players getting up to all kinds of festive frolics and sending you their season’s greetings in a host of fun and imaginative ways.
    The Barça squads have clearly had a blast making these different videos, with plenty of improvised humour along the way. They appear wearing their respective first team shirts, but there are plenty of Christmas decorations there too. You can see all of the video by going to our special microsite at www.fcbarcelona.com/nadal2014

    #NadalFCB

    The first video in our countdown to December 25 features the three goalkeepers Marc-André ter Stegen, Claudio Bravo and Jordi Masip.

    Share your photos using #NadalFCB


    At the same time, the club is also using social networks to organise a very special Christmas competition. There are five football and five basketball first team shirts to be won for the best Christmas-themed photos to be published on Instagram.
    To enter, you have to be a follower of the Barça account on Instagram, where you should label your photos with the hashtag #NadalFCB. Entries can be sent from December 1 to January 6. You can publish as many pictures as you like, the more original the better. Once the entry period closes, our jury will pick the ten best pictures, and each of the winners will be awarded one of the ten Barça shirts.


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    Tito Vilanova''s U16 B team were winners of the  Coppa Maestrelli /  PHOTO: PREMIO MAESTRELLI
    The first coach to receive the award under its new name will be Atlético Madrid's Diego Simeone, chosen as the best coach in Europe for last season

    Tommaso Maestrelli

    The ‘Premio Maestrelli’ is named after Tommaso Maestrelli, the former player and coach who is best known for leading Lazio as manager to their first ever league title in 1974. Sadly, Maestrelli died in Rome at the age of 54 just two years after his greatest achievement.

    [[DES_1]]The ‘Premio Mastrelli’ is an award that pays tribute to the former Italian player and coach Tommaso Maestrelli and it dates back to 1988. The organisers have now decided to pay tribute to the figure of Tito Vilanova and incorporate his name into the prize that is given to the best coach in Europe for the season. The first to receive the newly named award – Miglior Allenatore Europeo-Tito Vilanova- will be the Atlético Madrid coach Diego Simeone, chosen by the jury as the best coach of the season 2013/14. The award ceremony will be held on the 15th of December in the Italian city of Pisa.

    Tito Vilanova’s relation with the award goes back to 2002 when he was in charge of the Barça U-16 B side that lifted the ‘Coppa Maestrelli’, an international youth football tournament that shared the name of the award and that was last played in 2011/12. Tito’s team in 2002 contained such names as Leo Messi, Gerard Piqué and Cesc Fàbregas.

    Qualities as a coach and as a human being

    Taking advantage of this link the organisers of the prize wanted to recognise Tito Vilanova’s qualities as a human being and at the same time his achievements as a coach. According to the Maestrelli award, “his results confirm his dedication to excellence in football and, like Maestrelli himself, he was a winner but at the same time a humble, loyal person who was close to his players.”

    The Award takes the form of two categories: the first began in 1988 and is for the best Italian coach of the season; the second began in 1997 and is for the best coach in Europe. In this latter category former winners include FC Barcelona coaches Louis Van Gaal who won the award in 1997, Frank Rijkaard did so in 2005 and the last blaugrana winner was Pep Guardiola in 2005.


    Tito Vilanova''s U16 B team were winners of the  Coppa Maestrelli /  PHOTO: PREMIO MAESTRELLI
    The first coach to receive the award under its new name will be Atlético Madrid's Diego Simeone, chosen as the best coach in Europe for last season

    Tommaso Maestrelli

    The ‘Premio Maestrelli’ is named after Tommaso Maestrelli, the former player and coach who is best known for leading Lazio as manager to their first ever league title in 1974. Sadly, Maestrelli died in Rome at the age of 54 just two years after his greatest achievement.

    [[DES_1]]The ‘Premio Mastrelli’ is an award that pays tribute to the former Italian player and coach Tommaso Maestrelli and it dates back to 1988. The organisers have now decided to pay tribute to the figure of Tito Vilanova and incorporate his name into the prize that is given to the best coach in Europe for the season. The first to receive the newly named award – Miglior Allenatore Europeo-Tito Vilanova- will be the Atlético Madrid coach Diego Simeone, chosen by the jury as the best coach of the season 2013/14. The award ceremony will be held on the 15th of December in the Italian city of Pisa.

    Tito Vilanova’s relation with the award goes back to 2002 when he was in charge of the Barça U-16 B side that lifted the ‘Coppa Maestrelli’, an international youth football tournament that shared the name of the award and that was last played in 2011/12. Tito’s team in 2002 contained such names as Leo Messi, Gerard Piqué and Cesc Fàbregas.

    Qualities as a coach and as a human being

    Taking advantage of this link the organisers of the prize wanted to recognise Tito Vilanova’s qualities as a human being and at the same time his achievements as a coach. According to the Maestrelli award, “his results confirm his dedication to excellence in football and, like Maestrelli himself, he was a winner but at the same time a humble, loyal person who was close to his players.”

    The Award takes the form of two categories: the first began in 1988 and is for the best Italian coach of the season; the second began in 1997 and is for the best coach in Europe. In this latter category former winners include FC Barcelona coaches Louis Van Gaal who won the award in 1997, Frank Rijkaard did so in 2005 and the last blaugrana winner was Pep Guardiola in 2005.


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    Collection of images posted on Instagram with the hashtag #FCB115 / FCB PHOTOCOLLAGE
    Facebook gets over a million ‘likes’ and more than 12,300 pictures are posted to Instagram labeled #FCB115 First team players and coaches plus other sports join the initiative at the weekend

    The ‘sóc culer’ initiative, which got underway on Saturday to commemorate FC Barcelona's 115th birthday, is well on its way to becoming a smashing success with overwhelming participation and involvement. The Club's call to all fans to make a picture or video using their hand to make a letter C next to their heart while saying “sóc culer” is gaining an enormous following on social networks.

    On Facebook alone this campaign has gotten more than 1.1 million likes, while over 12,300 posts with the hashtag #FCB115 have been put up on Instagram. Twitter has had over 34,000 tweets with the same hashtag while the video spot of the players explaining the initiative has been played over 71,000 times on the Club's official channels on YouTube and Dailymotion.

    Pushing the numbers even higher are all the likes and comments on the posts of the FC Barcelona players themselves on their personal accounts. The photo of Leo Messi making the letter C has received more than 365,000 likes on his Facebook page while the picture of Neymar on his Instagram page has been liked over 600,000 times.

    But those two are not the only ones who joined the frenzy over the past weekend. Luis Enrique Martínez, Sergi Roberto, Luis Suárez, Marta Corredera, Juan Carlos Navarro, Marcelinho Huertas, Víctor Tomás, Paco Sedano, Ferrao, Aitor Egurrola, Reinaldo García, Marc Torra, Marc Gual, Sergi Fernández, Xavi Barroso, Raúl Marín and Matías Pascual are just some of the many 'culers' who used either their own personal social networks or those of the Club to take part by posting a picture or using the hashtag #FCB115. Others gave their support through Vine, like Gerard Piqué, whose video has been played more than 93,000 times.

    It should also not be forgotten that Dani Alves, Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta have been involved in the 'sóc culer' initiative since the very beginning. All three appeared in the video announcing the campaign.

    SPECIAL #FCB115


    Collection of images posted on Instagram with the hashtag #FCB115 / FCB PHOTOCOLLAGE
    Facebook gets over a million ‘likes’ and more than 12,300 pictures are posted to Instagram labeled #FCB115 First team players and coaches plus other sports join the initiative at the weekend

    The ‘sóc culer’ initiative, which got underway on Saturday to commemorate FC Barcelona's 115th birthday, is well on its way to becoming a smashing success with overwhelming participation and involvement. The Club's call to all fans to make a picture or video using their hand to make a letter C next to their heart while saying “sóc culer” is gaining an enormous following on social networks.

    On Facebook alone this campaign has gotten more than 1.1 million likes, while over 12,300 posts with the hashtag #FCB115 have been put up on Instagram. Twitter has had over 34,000 tweets with the same hashtag while the video spot of the players explaining the initiative has been played over 71,000 times on the Club's official channels on YouTube and Dailymotion.

    Pushing the numbers even higher are all the likes and comments on the posts of the FC Barcelona players themselves on their personal accounts. The photo of Leo Messi making the letter C has received more than 365,000 likes on his Facebook page while the picture of Neymar on his Instagram page has been liked over 600,000 times.

    But those two are not the only ones who joined the frenzy over the past weekend. Luis Enrique Martínez, Sergi Roberto, Luis Suárez, Marta Corredera, Juan Carlos Navarro, Marcelinho Huertas, Víctor Tomás, Paco Sedano, Ferrao, Aitor Egurrola, Reinaldo García, Marc Torra, Marc Gual, Sergi Fernández, Xavi Barroso, Raúl Marín and Matías Pascual are just some of the many 'culers' who used either their own personal social networks or those of the Club to take part by posting a picture or using the hashtag #FCB115. Others gave their support through Vine, like Gerard Piqué, whose video has been played more than 93,000 times.

    It should also not be forgotten that Dani Alves, Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta have been involved in the 'sóc culer' initiative since the very beginning. All three appeared in the video announcing the campaign.

    SPECIAL #FCB115


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    Leo Messi and other players have taken part in a welcome video for Beko / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
    Luis Suárez, Iniesta, Piqué and Messi all take part in a welcome video for one of the biggest electrodomestic companies in Europe

    The welcome video from Beko that announces the partnership agreement with FC Barcelona is now hitting social media. The video was filmed some weeks ago and boasts appearances from Barça first team players Luis Suárez, Andrés Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic, Gerard Piqué and Leo Messi who all welcome Beko personally.

    FC Barcelona and Beko announced their partnership agreement this summer and as such the electrical white goods company becomes a global sponsor of the Club for the next four years. Thanks to the understanding, Beko’s new logo will appear on the sleeve of the first team’s kit and also on their training kit. Beko therefore becomes the first commercial brand to have a permanent presence on the sleeve of the kit.


    Leo Messi and other players have taken part in a welcome video for Beko / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
    Luis Suárez, Iniesta, Piqué and Messi all take part in a welcome video for one of the biggest electrodomestic companies in Europe

    The welcome video from Beko that announces the partnership agreement with FC Barcelona is now hitting social media. The video was filmed some weeks ago and boasts appearances from Barça first team players Luis Suárez, Andrés Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic, Gerard Piqué and Leo Messi who all welcome Beko personally.

    FC Barcelona and Beko announced their partnership agreement this summer and as such the electrical white goods company becomes a global sponsor of the Club for the next four years. Thanks to the understanding, Beko’s new logo will appear on the sleeve of the first team’s kit and also on their training kit. Beko therefore becomes the first commercial brand to have a permanent presence on the sleeve of the kit.


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    Johan Cruyff, Andoni Zubizarreta and Narcís Julià, at the Barça B training session
    The Barça legend was at this morning's session accompanied by Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta and the Coordinator of the Football Area Narcís Julià Cruyff and members of his foundation had been invited by Eusebio Sacristán.

    This morning’s Barça B training session received a visit from a very special guest - Johan Cruyff. The ex-Barça star and manager, who was invited to the session by Eusebio Sacristán, was accompanied by members of his foundation, sporting director  Andoni Zubizarreta and the coordinator of the Professional Football area, Narcís Julià.

    Cruyff, Zubizarreta and Julià spent their time watching the session and talking about current trends in football and Ajax and its organisation, as well as the work of the Johan Cruyff foundation and the interest which Cruyff has in the training of young players. Another item on the agenda was the possibility of creating pension plans for footballers on their retirement.

    Invitation made a few weeks ago

    The invitation for Johan Cruyff to visit arose out of the homage paid to the Dutch master in Sitges a few weeks ago, which was attended by many members of the famous Dream Team, including Eusebio Sacristan, who took the opportunity to invite Cruyff to attend a B team training session.


    Johan Cruyff, Andoni Zubizarreta and Narcís Julià, at the Barça B training session
    The Barça legend was at this morning's session accompanied by Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta and the Coordinator of the Football Area Narcís Julià Cruyff and members of his foundation had been invited by Eusebio Sacristán.

    This morning’s Barça B training session received a visit from a very special guest - Johan Cruyff. The ex-Barça star and manager, who was invited to the session by Eusebio Sacristán, was accompanied by members of his foundation, sporting director  Andoni Zubizarreta and the coordinator of the Professional Football area, Narcís Julià.

    Cruyff, Zubizarreta and Julià spent their time watching the session and talking about current trends in football and Ajax and its organisation, as well as the work of the Johan Cruyff foundation and the interest which Cruyff has in the training of young players. Another item on the agenda was the possibility of creating pension plans for footballers on their retirement.

    Invitation made a few weeks ago

    The invitation for Johan Cruyff to visit arose out of the homage paid to the Dutch master in Sitges a few weeks ago, which was attended by many members of the famous Dream Team, including Eusebio Sacristan, who took the opportunity to invite Cruyff to attend a B team training session.


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