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    Krankl scoring a spectacular overhead kick against Rayo  / PHOTO: FCB ARCHIVE
    The Austrian striker was in inspired form against an unfortunate Rayo Vallecano in a 9-0 league win

    The Austrian striker had one of his best days in a Barça shirt on this day 36 years ago in game between the blaugranes and Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou. The goalscorer scored a first half hat-trick and added another two goals in the second half. Neeskens provided two more strikes with Asensi and Carrasco rounding off the win that saw Barça score nine goals in a single game for the first time in 25 years.

    The Barça team that day; Mora; Zuviría, Migueli, Olmo, Albaladejo; Sánchez, Neeskens, Asensi; Rexach, Krankl and Carrasco. Hansi Krankl had been signed following the World Cup in 1978 in Argentina and his goalscoring prowess saw him end the season with 36 goals in all competitions for the blaugranes.


    Krankl scoring a spectacular overhead kick against Rayo  / PHOTO: FCB ARCHIVE
    The Austrian striker was in inspired form against an unfortunate Rayo Vallecano in a 9-0 league win

    The Austrian striker had one of his best days in a Barça shirt on this day 36 years ago in game between the blaugranes and Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou. The goalscorer scored a first half hat-trick and added another two goals in the second half. Neeskens provided two more strikes with Asensi and Carrasco rounding off the win that saw Barça score nine goals in a single game for the first time in 25 years.

    The Barça team that day; Mora; Zuviría, Migueli, Olmo, Albaladejo; Sánchez, Neeskens, Asensi; Rexach, Krankl and Carrasco. Hansi Krankl had been signed following the World Cup in 1978 in Argentina and his goalscoring prowess saw him end the season with 36 goals in all competitions for the blaugranes.


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    There is plenty to see and do in the FC Barcelona Museum / VÍCTOR SALGADO-FCB
    The French football and basketball stars were recording a documentary for Canal Plus in their country

    Jérémy Mathieu, who signed for Barça from Valencia last summer, and Edwin Jackson, the latest addition to the basketball roster, visited the club museum as part of a documentary being filmed by French TV channel Canal Plus and that airs next Saturday at 5.00 pm CET at half-time during the Ligue 1 match between Le Mans and Limoges.

    The two chat in their native language about what their first experiences of the club have been like, with Jackson commenting on the amazing atmosphere in the Camp Nou for the game with Atlético Madrid. The guard was also keen to highlight that FCB is not just about football, but that it has a whole range of different teams playing other sports too.

    Get tickets for the Tour Camp Nou Experience

    Pictures of the visit


    There is plenty to see and do in the FC Barcelona Museum / VÍCTOR SALGADO-FCB
    The French football and basketball stars were recording a documentary for Canal Plus in their country

    Jérémy Mathieu, who signed for Barça from Valencia last summer, and Edwin Jackson, the latest addition to the basketball roster, visited the club museum as part of a documentary being filmed by French TV channel Canal Plus and that airs next Saturday at 5.00 pm CET at half-time during the Ligue 1 match between Le Mans and Limoges.

    The two chat in their native language about what their first experiences of the club have been like, with Jackson commenting on the amazing atmosphere in the Camp Nou for the game with Atlético Madrid. The guard was also keen to highlight that FCB is not just about football, but that it has a whole range of different teams playing other sports too.

    Get tickets for the Tour Camp Nou Experience

    Pictures of the visit


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    Buy one get one free to see Barça at Camp Nou!
    Barça members who purchase a ticket for the first leg of the Spanish Cup quarterfinal will receive one free ticket to a match at Camp Nou in February

    FC Barcelona is launching an exclusive offer for Club members for the FC Barcelona v Atlético de Madrid Spanish Cup quarterfinal match at Camp Nou. All Barça members who purchase a ticket for the first leg of the Spanish Cup quarterfinal against Atlético, to be played on Wednesday, January 21st at 10.00pm (CET), will receive a free ticket for the Goal 3 zone of the stadium for any match played at Camp Nou during the month of February. These games include a possible first leg of the Spanish Cup quarterfinal, if Barça eliminate Atlético, or Liga matches versus Villarreal, Levante or Málaga.

    TICKETS FC Barcelona v Atlético de Madrid

    Beginning this Friday, January 16th until Wednesday, January 21st, all members—with or without season tickets—can take advantage of this special offer, which is only valid for tickets purchased on the Club website.

    How to pick up your free ticket

    All members purchasing tickets for the quarterfinals of the Spanish Cup may collect their free ticket offered through this promotion at the Club ticket office beginning on Monday, January 26th, except on football game days. Please note that you may not pick up your free ticket on the day of the chosen match.

    Remember that this promotion is non-transferable and the free ticket may only be given to the valid member who purchased the original ticket.  Member will receive one free February ticket for each Spanish Cup quarterfinal ticket purchased, but may only receive a maximum of 6 free tickets.


    Buy one get one free to see Barça at Camp Nou!
    Barça members who purchase a ticket for the first leg of the Spanish Cup quarterfinal will receive one free ticket to a match at Camp Nou in February

    FC Barcelona is launching an exclusive offer for Club members for the FC Barcelona v Atlético de Madrid Spanish Cup quarterfinal match at Camp Nou. All Barça members who purchase a ticket for the first leg of the Spanish Cup quarterfinal against Atlético, to be played on Wednesday, January 21st at 10.00pm (CET), will receive a free ticket for the Goal 3 zone of the stadium for any match played at Camp Nou during the month of February. These games include a possible first leg of the Spanish Cup quarterfinal, if Barça eliminate Atlético, or Liga matches versus Villarreal, Levante or Málaga.

    TICKETS FC Barcelona v Atlético de Madrid

    Beginning this Friday, January 16th until Wednesday, January 21st, all members—with or without season tickets—can take advantage of this special offer, which is only valid for tickets purchased on the Club website.

    How to pick up your free ticket

    All members purchasing tickets for the quarterfinals of the Spanish Cup may collect their free ticket offered through this promotion at the Club ticket office beginning on Monday, January 26th, except on football game days. Please note that you may not pick up your free ticket on the day of the chosen match.

    Remember that this promotion is non-transferable and the free ticket may only be given to the valid member who purchased the original ticket.  Member will receive one free February ticket for each Spanish Cup quarterfinal ticket purchased, but may only receive a maximum of 6 free tickets.


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    Carlos with his sister  Micaela during his visit to the  Camp Nou Experience. PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA / FCB
    Carlos Yañez is one of the youngsters involved in a documentary about the difficulties many children have in getting to school

    Next Friday sees the release of the documentary Camino a la Escuela (The Way to School), a film by the French director Pascal Plisson that deals with the difficulties of getting to school in the case of four children, one from India, one Argentine, one Kenya and one from Morocco.

    Carlos Yañez is the youngster from Argentina in the work and taking advantage of being in Barcelona to promote the documentary, on Friday he visited the Camp Nou Experience as a guest of FC Barcelona. Prior to his visit to the Museum, he had the chance to meet Leo Messi privately at the Ciutat Esportiva. Carlos is a devoted fan of his fellow countryman and he described the moment as ‘really nice’. In addition, he also met and took photographs with Javier Mascherano and Andrés Iniesta.

    Once inside the Camp Nou Experience, the young South American paid special attention to the Club’s collection of silverware, the multimedia space and the stands inside Camp Nou stadium. “It’s the first time that I have seen such a big football ground from the inside, I thought it would be smaller,” he admitted. Up until Friday he had only ever visited Boca Juniors’ famous ground La Bombonera in Buenos Aires, and even then only from the outside. Carlos was accompanied during the visit by his mother and by his sister Micaela. As part of his Camp Nou Experience he was able to pose for a photograph with a replica of the Champions League trophy found inside the Museum and he was also presented with a Barça shirt and a book about the Club’s history. Two gifts that will bring that little bit closer to Barça from his home in Patagonia, Argentina.

    Carlos is 11 years old and comes from a farming family who live in the Andes, in one of the most remote areas of Patagonia. Since the age of six, every day he has mounted his horse to make the one and a half hour 18 kilometre journey to school. A route that takes him through mountains and plains in good weather and bad: all in all, a lesson to us all in dedication and commitment.


    Carlos with his sister  Micaela during his visit to the  Camp Nou Experience. PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA / FCB
    Carlos Yañez is one of the youngsters involved in a documentary about the difficulties many children have in getting to school

    Next Friday sees the release of the documentary Camino a la Escuela (The Way to School), a film by the French director Pascal Plisson that deals with the difficulties of getting to school in the case of four children, one from India, one Argentine, one Kenya and one from Morocco.

    Carlos Yañez is the youngster from Argentina in the work and taking advantage of being in Barcelona to promote the documentary, on Friday he visited the Camp Nou Experience as a guest of FC Barcelona. Prior to his visit to the Museum, he had the chance to meet Leo Messi privately at the Ciutat Esportiva. Carlos is a devoted fan of his fellow countryman and he described the moment as ‘really nice’. In addition, he also met and took photographs with Javier Mascherano and Andrés Iniesta.

    Once inside the Camp Nou Experience, the young South American paid special attention to the Club’s collection of silverware, the multimedia space and the stands inside Camp Nou stadium. “It’s the first time that I have seen such a big football ground from the inside, I thought it would be smaller,” he admitted. Up until Friday he had only ever visited Boca Juniors’ famous ground La Bombonera in Buenos Aires, and even then only from the outside. Carlos was accompanied during the visit by his mother and by his sister Micaela. As part of his Camp Nou Experience he was able to pose for a photograph with a replica of the Champions League trophy found inside the Museum and he was also presented with a Barça shirt and a book about the Club’s history. Two gifts that will bring that little bit closer to Barça from his home in Patagonia, Argentina.

    Carlos is 11 years old and comes from a farming family who live in the Andes, in one of the most remote areas of Patagonia. Since the age of six, every day he has mounted his horse to make the one and a half hour 18 kilometre journey to school. A route that takes him through mountains and plains in good weather and bad: all in all, a lesson to us all in dedication and commitment.


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    It’s quick and easy to join FCB Daily Best XI
    Focused on the US, Canadian and British markets and developed by Mondogoal, FCB Daily Best XI is available for PC, smartphones and tablets to ensure access by as many fans as possible FCB Daily Best XI provides users with a wealth of information via a panel showing statistics from every competition

    FC Barcelona presents FCB Daily Best XI, a new digital product with which fans can enjoy all the excitement of football, manage a squad just like real coaches do, compete with other players in the worldwide ranking and even win cash prizes.

    Focused on the US, Canadian and British markets and developed by Mondogoal, FCB Daily Best XI is available for PC, smartphones and tablets to ensure access by as many fans as possible. Each user picks their ideal team using a limited budget.

    It’s quick and easy to join FCB Daily Best XI. There are competitions every day that share information with real-life matches in the Champions League, Europa League, Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and Major League Soccer. By selecting the Premium option, you can invest in certain competitions and even win cash prizes if your team does well enough.

    Relevant Statistics

    FCB Daily Best XI provides users with a wealth of information via a panel showing statistics from every competition and for all of their players in real time. They also receive daily reports with all of the relevant stats and analysis related to different teams and players.


    The source of the real-time data is Opta Sports, a company belonging to the Perform group, and this is used to work out how many points each team gets. These are obtained by scoring goals, and also from assists, shots on goal, completed passes, shutouts and other similar variables.


    “Adding FC Barcelona to our stable of team partners is exciting for many reasons. Barça is football, from Cruyff and Maradona on through Ronaldinho, Thierry Henry and of course Messi, Neymar, Xavi and Iniesta," said Mondogoal CEO and Founder Shergul Arshad.

    ENJOY FCB DAILY BEST XI

    About Mondogoal

    Mondogoal, incorporated in the Isle of Man with business operations in Boston, Massachusetts USA, has a compelling and unique fantasy sports engagement system to enable fans to have many ways for their players to earn points. With data provided by the world's leading analytics company, Opta Sports, statistics are updated live, so fans can enjoy a true second screen experience as they watch their favorite matches on TV or at the stadium. While many sites can offer fantasy sports or even fantasy soccer, no one brings the excitement of real-time scoring, multi-league competition and large cash competitions to the global soccer audience the way Mondogoal does.

    The company has an impressive roster of investors with backgrounds at Google, eBay, Morgan Stanley, Bingham Dana & Gould, and JBoss and has equity advisors who have been leaders in the eGaming space as well as in the business and digital operations of some of the world's elite soccer clubs.


    It’s quick and easy to join FCB Daily Best XI
    Focused on the US, Canadian and British markets and developed by Mondogoal, FCB Daily Best XI is available for PC, smartphones and tablets to ensure access by as many fans as possible FCB Daily Best XI provides users with a wealth of information via a panel showing statistics from every competition

    FC Barcelona presents FCB Daily Best XI, a new digital product with which fans can enjoy all the excitement of football, manage a squad just like real coaches do, compete with other players in the worldwide ranking and even win cash prizes.

    Focused on the US, Canadian and British markets and developed by Mondogoal, FCB Daily Best XI is available for PC, smartphones and tablets to ensure access by as many fans as possible. Each user picks their ideal team using a limited budget.

    It’s quick and easy to join FCB Daily Best XI. There are competitions every day that share information with real-life matches in the Champions League, Europa League, Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and Major League Soccer. By selecting the Premium option, you can invest in certain competitions and even win cash prizes if your team does well enough.

    Relevant Statistics

    FCB Daily Best XI provides users with a wealth of information via a panel showing statistics from every competition and for all of their players in real time. They also receive daily reports with all of the relevant stats and analysis related to different teams and players.


    The source of the real-time data is Opta Sports, a company belonging to the Perform group, and this is used to work out how many points each team gets. These are obtained by scoring goals, and also from assists, shots on goal, completed passes, shutouts and other similar variables.


    “Adding FC Barcelona to our stable of team partners is exciting for many reasons. Barça is football, from Cruyff and Maradona on through Ronaldinho, Thierry Henry and of course Messi, Neymar, Xavi and Iniesta," said Mondogoal CEO and Founder Shergul Arshad.

    ENJOY FCB DAILY BEST XI

    About Mondogoal

    Mondogoal, incorporated in the Isle of Man with business operations in Boston, Massachusetts USA, has a compelling and unique fantasy sports engagement system to enable fans to have many ways for their players to earn points. With data provided by the world's leading analytics company, Opta Sports, statistics are updated live, so fans can enjoy a true second screen experience as they watch their favorite matches on TV or at the stadium. While many sites can offer fantasy sports or even fantasy soccer, no one brings the excitement of real-time scoring, multi-league competition and large cash competitions to the global soccer audience the way Mondogoal does.

    The company has an impressive roster of investors with backgrounds at Google, eBay, Morgan Stanley, Bingham Dana & Gould, and JBoss and has equity advisors who have been leaders in the eGaming space as well as in the business and digital operations of some of the world's elite soccer clubs.


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    Jaume Descals was a special guest at the Camp Nou in 2009 / PHOTO: ÁLEX CAPARRÓS - FCB
    With the club since 1926, Jaume Descals had held the honour of being member no.1 since 2010

    Jaume Descals Sanmartí, FC Barcelona club member number one since 2010, passed away this weekend at the age of 91 years. He was born on March 13, 1923 and three years later, on March 31, 1926, his father signed him up as a Barça member. He spent an astonishing 88 years as an associate of the club and became member number one in January 2010.


    Jaume Descals was a special guest at the Camp Nou in 2009 / PHOTO: ÁLEX CAPARRÓS - FCB
    With the club since 1926, Jaume Descals had held the honour of being member no.1 since 2010

    Jaume Descals Sanmartí, FC Barcelona club member number one since 2010, passed away this weekend at the age of 91 years. He was born on March 13, 1923 and three years later, on March 31, 1926, his father signed him up as a Barça member. He spent an astonishing 88 years as an associate of the club and became member number one in January 2010.


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    Pere Gratacós and Joan Vilà during a practical exercise at the convention. PHOTO: NSCAA
    Pere Gratacós and Joan Vilà from Barça were both involved in activities at the National Coaches' Association convention in the USA

    Pelé, Raúl and Alex Ferguson also present

    The convention also saw the likes of Péle and Raúl González, amongst others, take part. The Brazilian was there as Honourary President of New York Cosmos and the Spaniard as a current player of said team. Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was also present to receive an award at the convention.

     

    Between 14 and 18 January the National Soccer Coaches Association of America held their convention and Barça were more then well represented. The annual event brings together thousands of people involved in the game in the United States of America. This year FC Barcelona’s Head of Sporting Relations, Pere Gratacós, and the Club’s Director of Methodology, Joan Vilà, added their names to the list of participants by taking part in two conferences in which they explained Barça’s style of play.

    Theory and Practice

    Pere Gratacós and Joan Vilà were involved in two separate events during the convention. Last Friday Gratacós headed up a conference titled ‘FC Barcelona and how to understand our style of play.’ The following day, Saturday, the activity moved out on to the field of play where Joan Vilà gave a talk entitled ‘FC Barcelona and how to teach our style of play.’


    Pere Gratacós and Joan Vilà during a practical exercise at the convention. PHOTO: NSCAA
    Pere Gratacós and Joan Vilà from Barça were both involved in activities at the National Coaches' Association convention in the USA

    Pelé, Raúl and Alex Ferguson also present

    The convention also saw the likes of Péle and Raúl González, amongst others, take part. The Brazilian was there as Honourary President of New York Cosmos and the Spaniard as a current player of said team. Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was also present to receive an award at the convention.

     

    Between 14 and 18 January the National Soccer Coaches Association of America held their convention and Barça were more then well represented. The annual event brings together thousands of people involved in the game in the United States of America. This year FC Barcelona’s Head of Sporting Relations, Pere Gratacós, and the Club’s Director of Methodology, Joan Vilà, added their names to the list of participants by taking part in two conferences in which they explained Barça’s style of play.

    Theory and Practice

    Pere Gratacós and Joan Vilà were involved in two separate events during the convention. Last Friday Gratacós headed up a conference titled ‘FC Barcelona and how to understand our style of play.’ The following day, Saturday, the activity moved out on to the field of play where Joan Vilà gave a talk entitled ‘FC Barcelona and how to teach our style of play.’


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    Leo Messi's goal
    Camp Nou fans' videos of Argentinian striker's goal against Atlético Madrid

    Watch Messi's winner against Atlético through the fans' eyes


    Leo Messi's goal
    Camp Nou fans' videos of Argentinian striker's goal against Atlético Madrid

    Watch Messi's winner against Atlético through the fans' eyes


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    Neymar and the members of boths parts during the act /  MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
    The foot deodorant brand has become the Club’s first Brazilian official sponsor

    Founded in 1892

    Baruel is a Brazilian company founded in 1892 that operates in the childcare markets with licensed product lines such as Disney and Xuxinha, and hygiene cosmetics with the market-leading foot care brand Tenys Pé Baruel. Product distribution reaches over 160,000 points of sale throughout the country. Over the years, the company has grown and strengthened its values with a single goal; commitment to providing wellbeing for its customers.

    For further information on Baruel: www.baruel.com.br

    [[DES_1]]FC Barcelona has reached a sponsorship agreement with Tenys Pé Baruel to make the number one foot deodorant used by Neymar Jr and the Brazilian national team an Official Club Sponsor in 2015. The agreement continues the Club’s policy of forming partnerships with some of the world’s leading brands, in this case incorporating its first ever Brazilian sponsor.

    The agreement was announced this Monday morning at a press conference held at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper and attended, in representation of FC Barcelona, by the vice-president for economy Javier Faus and first team player Neymar Jr, and for Baruel, its president Silvio Roberto de Moraes, and its CEO Daniel Tiraboschi. The Brazilian striker will be the main spokesman for the partnership throughout its duration.

    This is also the first sponsorship contract to result from the agreement signed recently with NR Sports, which has managed Neymar Jr’s image rights since 2006 and though which this company is exclusively responsible for seeking sponsors in Brazil. The fact that Baruel also sponsors the Barça striker will generate unique synergies in a territory where FC Barcelona already has a huge following on social networks.

    Barça has almost five million Brazilian Facebook followers, making it the Club’s third biggest country, after Indonesia and Mexico, on this social network, while this country’s Twitter account is about to reach 200,000 followers, making it one of the fastest growing of the Club’s fifteen accounts. In October 2013, Barça also launched a version of its official website designed especially for the Brazilian market (www.fcbarcelona.com.br).

    Through this agreement, Baruel acquires the right to use the Barça brand in communication and marketing, hospitality and image association campaigns. The foot hygiene company is also planning to launch a specially developed line of products to tie in with the partnership.

    Statement by Javier Faus, vice-president for economy at FC Barcelona

    “We are delighted to have signed a deal with our first sponsor in Brazil, a priority market for us. This agreement will bring us closer to our Brazilian supporters who live football with such intensity. At the same time, the fact that they sponsor our player Neymar Jr shows their commitment to and association with the football world”.

    Statement by Neymar Jr, FC Barcelona first team player

    “I have a particularly close relationship with Baruel. It was one of the first companies to close a sponsorship deal with me. We have been together for more than four years and I am very happy to have them here at Barça. It is a big honour to be the spokesman for this agreement and to introduce Tenys Pé Baruel to all of my colleagues at the Club”.

    Statement by Daniel Tiraboschi CEO, Baruel

    “Associating the Baruel brand with FC Barcelona team aims to draw attention to the need for foot care and protection. No one would be more suitable than the most skilled superstars in the world to defend this cause. It was ‘the foot’ that united Baruel and FC Barcelona. We have managed to join the best protection with the best feet.”


    El FC Barcelona i Baruel signen un acord de... per fcbarcelona


    Neymar and the members of boths parts during the act /  MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
    The foot deodorant brand has become the Club’s first Brazilian official sponsor

    Founded in 1892

    Baruel is a Brazilian company founded in 1892 that operates in the childcare markets with licensed product lines such as Disney and Xuxinha, and hygiene cosmetics with the market-leading foot care brand Tenys Pé Baruel. Product distribution reaches over 160,000 points of sale throughout the country. Over the years, the company has grown and strengthened its values with a single goal; commitment to providing wellbeing for its customers.

    For further information on Baruel: www.baruel.com.br

    [[DES_1]]FC Barcelona has reached a sponsorship agreement with Tenys Pé Baruel to make the number one foot deodorant used by Neymar Jr and the Brazilian national team an Official Club Sponsor in 2015. The agreement continues the Club’s policy of forming partnerships with some of the world’s leading brands, in this case incorporating its first ever Brazilian sponsor.

    The agreement was announced this Monday morning at a press conference held at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper and attended, in representation of FC Barcelona, by the vice-president for economy Javier Faus and first team player Neymar Jr, and for Baruel, its president Silvio Roberto de Moraes, and its CEO Daniel Tiraboschi. The Brazilian striker will be the main spokesman for the partnership throughout its duration.

    This is also the first sponsorship contract to result from the agreement signed recently with NR Sports, which has managed Neymar Jr’s image rights since 2006 and though which this company is exclusively responsible for seeking sponsors in Brazil. The fact that Baruel also sponsors the Barça striker will generate unique synergies in a territory where FC Barcelona already has a huge following on social networks.

    Barça has almost five million Brazilian Facebook followers, making it the Club’s third biggest country, after Indonesia and Mexico, on this social network, while this country’s Twitter account is about to reach 200,000 followers, making it one of the fastest growing of the Club’s fifteen accounts. In October 2013, Barça also launched a version of its official website designed especially for the Brazilian market (www.fcbarcelona.com.br).

    Through this agreement, Baruel acquires the right to use the Barça brand in communication and marketing, hospitality and image association campaigns. The foot hygiene company is also planning to launch a specially developed line of products to tie in with the partnership.

    Statement by Javier Faus, vice-president for economy at FC Barcelona

    “We are delighted to have signed a deal with our first sponsor in Brazil, a priority market for us. This agreement will bring us closer to our Brazilian supporters who live football with such intensity. At the same time, the fact that they sponsor our player Neymar Jr shows their commitment to and association with the football world”.

    Statement by Neymar Jr, FC Barcelona first team player

    “I have a particularly close relationship with Baruel. It was one of the first companies to close a sponsorship deal with me. We have been together for more than four years and I am very happy to have them here at Barça. It is a big honour to be the spokesman for this agreement and to introduce Tenys Pé Baruel to all of my colleagues at the Club”.

    Statement by Daniel Tiraboschi CEO, Baruel

    “Associating the Baruel brand with FC Barcelona team aims to draw attention to the need for foot care and protection. No one would be more suitable than the most skilled superstars in the world to defend this cause. It was ‘the foot’ that united Baruel and FC Barcelona. We have managed to join the best protection with the best feet.”


    El FC Barcelona i Baruel signen un acord de... per fcbarcelona


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    Neymar Jr, en una roda de premsa / FOTO: ARXIU FCB
    The event will be attended by FC Barcelona's Economic Area vice-president Javier Faus and first team player Neymar Jr along with Baruel’s president, Silvio Roberto Moraes and managing director Daniel Tiraboschi

    The event will be attended by FC Barcelona's Economic Area vice-president Javier Faus and first team player Neymar Jr along with Baruel’s president, Silvio Roberto Moraes and managing director Daniel Tiraboschi


    Neymar Jr, en una roda de premsa / FOTO: ARXIU FCB
    The event will be attended by FC Barcelona's Economic Area vice-president Javier Faus and first team player Neymar Jr along with Baruel’s president, Silvio Roberto Moraes and managing director Daniel Tiraboschi

    The event will be attended by FC Barcelona's Economic Area vice-president Javier Faus and first team player Neymar Jr along with Baruel’s president, Silvio Roberto Moraes and managing director Daniel Tiraboschi


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    Jordi Roura at the Ciutat Esportiva / PHOTO: FCB Archive
    The former assistant coach will oversee the very youngest at the Club to Barça B

    Jordi Roura has been named as the new Director of Youth Football at FC Barcelona. In a board meeting on Monday, the Club Board decided to give the former assistant coach of the first team the responsibility of overseeing the youth set up from the very youngest level all the way to Barça B.

    The board meeting also inlcuded details of the processes involved in contracting playera at youth level, the subject of which the Club was recently subjected to a ban from FIFA which was ratified by CAS. The Board has adopted measures to avoid the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future.

    FC Barcelona have also signed a licensing agreement with Israeli new technology company Kibo Mobile Tech Ltd. This licensing agreement will last three years and is global, with the exception of Japan.


    Jordi Roura at the Ciutat Esportiva / PHOTO: FCB Archive
    The former assistant coach will oversee the very youngest at the Club to Barça B

    Jordi Roura has been named as the new Director of Youth Football at FC Barcelona. In a board meeting on Monday, the Club Board decided to give the former assistant coach of the first team the responsibility of overseeing the youth set up from the very youngest level all the way to Barça B.

    The board meeting also inlcuded details of the processes involved in contracting playera at youth level, the subject of which the Club was recently subjected to a ban from FIFA which was ratified by CAS. The Board has adopted measures to avoid the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future.

    FC Barcelona have also signed a licensing agreement with Israeli new technology company Kibo Mobile Tech Ltd. This licensing agreement will last three years and is global, with the exception of Japan.


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    Loius Van Gaal (l) and goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek (r) during his second spell in charge at Barça / FCB Archive
    The Dutch coach's second spell as FC Barcelona came to an end on this day 12 years ago

    The 2-0 defeat against Celta Vigo in Balaídos had left Barça in 12th place in the table with just 23 points, 20 behind the leaders Real Sociedad with half the season gone. With the blaugranes just three points above the relegation zone, President Joan Gaspart felt he had no option but to relieve Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal of his duties. As such, Van Gaal’s second spell as coach of the blaugranes came to an end.

    The following day with tears in his eyes, the coach confessed to the press: “I am leaving with sadness for not having lived up to the expectations of the fans.”


    Loius Van Gaal (l) and goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek (r) during his second spell in charge at Barça / FCB Archive
    The Dutch coach's second spell as FC Barcelona came to an end on this day 12 years ago

    The 2-0 defeat against Celta Vigo in Balaídos had left Barça in 12th place in the table with just 23 points, 20 behind the leaders Real Sociedad with half the season gone. With the blaugranes just three points above the relegation zone, President Joan Gaspart felt he had no option but to relieve Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal of his duties. As such, Van Gaal’s second spell as coach of the blaugranes came to an end.

    The following day with tears in his eyes, the coach confessed to the press: “I am leaving with sadness for not having lived up to the expectations of the fans.”


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    A panoramic shot of the Camp Nou full in the evening  / PHOTO: FCB Archive
    It's the highest figure for places available since the 2011/12 season when the waiting list was brought up to date

    One of the agreements reached in the FC Barcelona Board of Directors’ meeting on Monday was to allocate the 1,038 available season-tickets at Camp Nou to members on the waiting list. The measure was announced on Tuesday by the Social Area vice president Jordi Cardoner in a press conference.

    The available seats have come about for a variety of reasons, natural, non-payment and also due to the Club’s tougher measures to combat fraud. The number ready for redistribution is the highest since during the season 2011/12 the process of ratifying the waiting list was regulated.

    1,730 members have benefitted

    This is the fourth consecutive season that the Board has assigned available season-ticket spaces to members on the waiting list. In the season 2011/12 199 new season-ticket places were awarded, plus 12 more for the physically challenged. The following season the figure was 161 plus 1 for the area reserved for wheelchairs. In 2013/14 there were 319 places awarded so with the 1,038 from this season means that a total of 1,730 members from the waiting list have received season-ticket spaces. That figure is 24.2% of the 7,138 members who were registered initially when the process was brought up to date four years ago.

    Social projects

    In the press conference Cardoner went on to reveal new initiatives from the Board of Directors to “fall in line with the social policies we are carrying out at the moment” and to “promote families coming to the stadium.” These measures include extending the limit for the current ‘Junior Passport’ system from the age of eight to the age of 14. There will be a similar ‘Senior Passport’ scheme allowing free entrance for matches to members who are 70 years of age or above, have been members for more than 25 years and who have not been season-ticket holders at any point during the last five years. Furthermore, there will be benefits for large families with a third child and beyond being eligible for free membership until the age of 18.


    A panoramic shot of the Camp Nou full in the evening  / PHOTO: FCB Archive
    It's the highest figure for places available since the 2011/12 season when the waiting list was brought up to date

    One of the agreements reached in the FC Barcelona Board of Directors’ meeting on Monday was to allocate the 1,038 available season-tickets at Camp Nou to members on the waiting list. The measure was announced on Tuesday by the Social Area vice president Jordi Cardoner in a press conference.

    The available seats have come about for a variety of reasons, natural, non-payment and also due to the Club’s tougher measures to combat fraud. The number ready for redistribution is the highest since during the season 2011/12 the process of ratifying the waiting list was regulated.

    1,730 members have benefitted

    This is the fourth consecutive season that the Board has assigned available season-ticket spaces to members on the waiting list. In the season 2011/12 199 new season-ticket places were awarded, plus 12 more for the physically challenged. The following season the figure was 161 plus 1 for the area reserved for wheelchairs. In 2013/14 there were 319 places awarded so with the 1,038 from this season means that a total of 1,730 members from the waiting list have received season-ticket spaces. That figure is 24.2% of the 7,138 members who were registered initially when the process was brought up to date four years ago.

    Social projects

    In the press conference Cardoner went on to reveal new initiatives from the Board of Directors to “fall in line with the social policies we are carrying out at the moment” and to “promote families coming to the stadium.” These measures include extending the limit for the current ‘Junior Passport’ system from the age of eight to the age of 14. There will be a similar ‘Senior Passport’ scheme allowing free entrance for matches to members who are 70 years of age or above, have been members for more than 25 years and who have not been season-ticket holders at any point during the last five years. Furthermore, there will be benefits for large families with a third child and beyond being eligible for free membership until the age of 18.


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    Una de les pistes que contenen els dos nous pavellons de la Ciutat Esportiva / FOTO: FCB
    The new facilities at the FC Barcelona training ground will be used by the handball and futsal teams

    Technical details

    Total constructed surface: 4,922.38 m2

    Investment: €4,040,000

    Construction period: From 27/11/2013 to 24/12/2014

    Construction company: FCC

    The new pavilions at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper will be of benefit mainly to the handball and futsal sections as form part of the Club’s intent to provide its other sports teams with the very finest installations, all part of a training model that is based on the same ideology employed by the football academy.

    The 3,346 square meter pavilion one, with the capacity for 472 spectators, was being used up until now by the basketball, handball and futsal teams, but two new courts have now been added on a neighbouring site that was repurchased in 2010.

    They are mainly there for the youth handball and futsal teams, although the first teams, hockey teams and other amateur athletes at the club will also be making sporadic use of the facilities.

    Two pavilions on two levels

    The new, naturally lit courts are constructed one above the other on different floors, and are an extension to the pavilion that already stood on the site. The lower one, to be used for futsal, is below ground level, but receives sunshine through large windows, while the upper pavilion has glass windows on both facades.

    The buildings include the very best energy-saving systems, including an aero-thermal hot water system, thus promoting the use of renewable energy and avoiding CO2 emissions. The bathrooms include urinals that use bio-alcohol instead of water.

    The basic composition of the new building is as follows:

    • Handball pavilion:

    Useful surface: 2,154.91 m2

    Capacity: 251 seats + 7 wheelchair spaces

    Zones: Changing rooms, medical and physio services, coach area, video room and storage, terraces and public conveniences.

    • Futsal pavilion:

    Useful surface: 2,286.65 m2

    Capacity: 245 seats + 5 wheelchair spaces

    Zones: Changing rooms, medical and physio services, coach area, video room and storage, terraces and public conveniences.

    • Common services areas:

    Common surface areas: 599.99 m2 

    Zones: Gymnasium, meeting room and referees’ changing rooms.

    • Technical and maintenance areas

    .


    The new handball and futsal pavilions... by fcbarcelona


    Una de les pistes que contenen els dos nous pavellons de la Ciutat Esportiva / FOTO: FCB
    The new facilities at the FC Barcelona training ground will be used by the handball and futsal teams

    Technical details

    Total constructed surface: 4,922.38 m2

    Investment: €4,040,000

    Construction period: From 27/11/2013 to 24/12/2014

    Construction company: FCC

    The new pavilions at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper will be of benefit mainly to the handball and futsal sections as form part of the Club’s intent to provide its other sports teams with the very finest installations, all part of a training model that is based on the same ideology employed by the football academy.

    The 3,346 square meter pavilion one, with the capacity for 472 spectators, was being used up until now by the basketball, handball and futsal teams, but two new courts have now been added on a neighbouring site that was repurchased in 2010.

    They are mainly there for the youth handball and futsal teams, although the first teams, hockey teams and other amateur athletes at the club will also be making sporadic use of the facilities.

    Two pavilions on two levels

    The new, naturally lit courts are constructed one above the other on different floors, and are an extension to the pavilion that already stood on the site. The lower one, to be used for futsal, is below ground level, but receives sunshine through large windows, while the upper pavilion has glass windows on both facades.

    The buildings include the very best energy-saving systems, including an aero-thermal hot water system, thus promoting the use of renewable energy and avoiding CO2 emissions. The bathrooms include urinals that use bio-alcohol instead of water.

    The basic composition of the new building is as follows:

    • Handball pavilion:

    Useful surface: 2,154.91 m2

    Capacity: 251 seats + 7 wheelchair spaces

    Zones: Changing rooms, medical and physio services, coach area, video room and storage, terraces and public conveniences.

    • Futsal pavilion:

    Useful surface: 2,286.65 m2

    Capacity: 245 seats + 5 wheelchair spaces

    Zones: Changing rooms, medical and physio services, coach area, video room and storage, terraces and public conveniences.

    • Common services areas:

    Common surface areas: 599.99 m2 

    Zones: Gymnasium, meeting room and referees’ changing rooms.

    • Technical and maintenance areas

    .


    The new handball and futsal pavilions... by fcbarcelona


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    The Camp Nou Experience received 1,530,484 visitors in 2014
    The Camp Nou Experience received 1,530,484 visitors in 2014, more than either of the two museums dedicated to the famous artists

    The FC Barcelona Museum has once again finished the year as the most visited in Catalonia. In 2014 it welcomed an incredible 1,530,484 visitors, a 1.62% increase on the previous year. That was enough to beat the Dalí Museum in Figueres, with 1,297,311 visitors, into second place, with the Picasso Museum in Barcelona third with 919,814.

    Way back on January 4, the FCB Museum welcomed its 25 millionth visitor, who turned out to be Àlex Jiménez and his sons Estanis and Dídac. They were honoured with a special guided tour accompanied by the vice-president and manager of the Social Area, Jordi Cardoner, and the Museum curator Jordi Penas.

    30 years

    The museum also celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, on September 24. Members were allowed in free along with up to five guests. In the game at the Camp Nou against Granada, the players wore a special commemorative logo on their shirts and a whole range of different pre-match activities took place outside the ground.

    The activities included the selfies competition in which people took pictures during the #CampNouExperiencie. It collected 2.76 million likes for the over 8,000 photos uploaded onto Instagram.

    The Camp Nou Experience includes the Stadium Tour and the Museum, and the visitors this year have included first players like Neymar Jr, who have wanted to learn a little more about their team. Former players Belletti, Giuly, Bakero and Alan Simonsen have also visited, and the managers of the Roland Garros Museum in Paris also came by on a fact-finding mission.

    Camp Nou Experience Tour & Museum


    The Camp Nou Experience received 1,530,484 visitors in 2014
    The Camp Nou Experience received 1,530,484 visitors in 2014, more than either of the two museums dedicated to the famous artists

    The FC Barcelona Museum has once again finished the year as the most visited in Catalonia. In 2014 it welcomed an incredible 1,530,484 visitors, a 1.62% increase on the previous year. That was enough to beat the Dalí Museum in Figueres, with 1,297,311 visitors, into second place, with the Picasso Museum in Barcelona third with 919,814.

    Way back on January 4, the FCB Museum welcomed its 25 millionth visitor, who turned out to be Àlex Jiménez and his sons Estanis and Dídac. They were honoured with a special guided tour accompanied by the vice-president and manager of the Social Area, Jordi Cardoner, and the Museum curator Jordi Penas.

    30 years

    The museum also celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, on September 24. Members were allowed in free along with up to five guests. In the game at the Camp Nou against Granada, the players wore a special commemorative logo on their shirts and a whole range of different pre-match activities took place outside the ground.

    The activities included the selfies competition in which people took pictures during the #CampNouExperiencie. It collected 2.76 million likes for the over 8,000 photos uploaded onto Instagram.

    The Camp Nou Experience includes the Stadium Tour and the Museum, and the visitors this year have included first players like Neymar Jr, who have wanted to learn a little more about their team. Former players Belletti, Giuly, Bakero and Alan Simonsen have also visited, and the managers of the Roland Garros Museum in Paris also came by on a fact-finding mission.

    Camp Nou Experience Tour & Museum


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    Mariano Cañardo in 1942 / PHOTO: FCB Archive
    The great champion of Spanish Cycling wore the Barça colours for seven years

    Book launch at Camp Nou

    On 30 January 2015 the book launch of writer Iván Vega’s account of the life of the great cyclist titled  ‘El primer campeón. El mundo que vio Mariano Cañardo' (The First Champion. The World that Mariano Cañardo saw) took place at the 1899 Auditorium at Camp Nou. Present at the event were the author Iván Vega, FC Barcelona vice president Jordi Cardoner, the President of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, Rubén Peris and the editor of Cultura Ciclista, Bernat López. The Cañardo family was represented by the cyclist’s daughter Neus Cañardo and his grandson Joaquim Rigau Cañardo.

    Mariano Cañardo is considered the first great champion of Spanish Cycling. His great talent as a cyclist and his affable and open character made him an idol in the 1920s and 30s, on a par with footballers such as Zamora and Samitier.

    A Barça fan through and through, Cañardo was the heart and soul of the FC Barcelona cycling section that existed between 1925 and 1943, covering the glory years of his career. He was born in the north of Spain in Navarra in 1906 before moving to Huesca in Aragón at the age of 13 with his parents. His strong constitution and his will to win can be traced back to his early years working as a shepherd in the inhospitable Aragonese terrain before he decided to move to the city of Barcelona in search of a better life at the age of just thirteen. He was welcomed with open arms and became Catalan to the core, learning the language rapidly.

    Cañardo seemed destined for a life as a carpenter until a moment came that would change his life forever. After many months of saving, he was finally able to buy himself a bicycle, paying the princely sum of 300 pesetas. Despite some early setback, he soon flourished on the bike, shocking his older, more experienced cycling club mates with ability in the saddle. Not before long, in 1926, he turned professional and embarked on a career that would be studded with triumphs. His list of achievements, his palmarés in cycling jargon, makes an impressive read. He won the Spanish time-trial championships four times in seven years in the 1930’s and he won his home Tour of Catalonia on less than seven occasions. He won Tours of Valencia, Aragón, the Basque Country and many other races amongst his career total of 50 wins. In brutally tough conditions he finished a highly creditable sixth in the 1936 Tour de France.

    In 1943 his professional career came to an end at the age of 37 but that was not the end of his relationship with the sport. For three years in the early 1950s he was the director of the Spain team that competed in the Tour de France. Later on he was President of the Catalan Cycling Federation and remained involved in cycling in the country right up until his death.

    Cañardo wore the Barça colours for seven years and for his dedication to the Club he was awarded the FC Barcelona gold medal.


    Mariano Cañardo in 1942 / PHOTO: FCB Archive
    The great champion of Spanish Cycling wore the Barça colours for seven years

    Book launch at Camp Nou

    On 30 January 2015 the book launch of writer Iván Vega’s account of the life of the great cyclist titled  ‘El primer campeón. El mundo que vio Mariano Cañardo' (The First Champion. The World that Mariano Cañardo saw) took place at the 1899 Auditorium at Camp Nou. Present at the event were the author Iván Vega, FC Barcelona vice president Jordi Cardoner, the President of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, Rubén Peris and the editor of Cultura Ciclista, Bernat López. The Cañardo family was represented by the cyclist’s daughter Neus Cañardo and his grandson Joaquim Rigau Cañardo.

    Mariano Cañardo is considered the first great champion of Spanish Cycling. His great talent as a cyclist and his affable and open character made him an idol in the 1920s and 30s, on a par with footballers such as Zamora and Samitier.

    A Barça fan through and through, Cañardo was the heart and soul of the FC Barcelona cycling section that existed between 1925 and 1943, covering the glory years of his career. He was born in the north of Spain in Navarra in 1906 before moving to Huesca in Aragón at the age of 13 with his parents. His strong constitution and his will to win can be traced back to his early years working as a shepherd in the inhospitable Aragonese terrain before he decided to move to the city of Barcelona in search of a better life at the age of just thirteen. He was welcomed with open arms and became Catalan to the core, learning the language rapidly.

    Cañardo seemed destined for a life as a carpenter until a moment came that would change his life forever. After many months of saving, he was finally able to buy himself a bicycle, paying the princely sum of 300 pesetas. Despite some early setback, he soon flourished on the bike, shocking his older, more experienced cycling club mates with ability in the saddle. Not before long, in 1926, he turned professional and embarked on a career that would be studded with triumphs. His list of achievements, his palmarés in cycling jargon, makes an impressive read. He won the Spanish time-trial championships four times in seven years in the 1930’s and he won his home Tour of Catalonia on less than seven occasions. He won Tours of Valencia, Aragón, the Basque Country and many other races amongst his career total of 50 wins. In brutally tough conditions he finished a highly creditable sixth in the 1936 Tour de France.

    In 1943 his professional career came to an end at the age of 37 but that was not the end of his relationship with the sport. For three years in the early 1950s he was the director of the Spain team that competed in the Tour de France. Later on he was President of the Catalan Cycling Federation and remained involved in cycling in the country right up until his death.

    Cañardo wore the Barça colours for seven years and for his dedication to the Club he was awarded the FC Barcelona gold medal.


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    FC Barcelona drew 0-0 at the home of their city rivals in 1974 / PHOTO: FCB ARCHIVE
    FC Barcelona's 1973/74 league winning team survived a tough test at Sarrià

    In the 24th game of the Liga season, Barça visited their city rivals RCD Español, with their Sarrià ground packed to the rafters as the blue-and-whites sought to put an end to Barça’s 15-match unbeaten run.

    The game was as intense as they come, but Barça kept their record intact (they’d go on to complete 26 games unbeaten in the league). It all ended as it had started, 0-0, with the visitors fielding a team packed with names that have gone down in the annals of club history: Sadurní, Rifé, Gallego, De la Cruz, Torres, Juan Carlos, Rexach, Asensi, Cruyff, Sotil and Marcial.


    FC Barcelona drew 0-0 at the home of their city rivals in 1974 / PHOTO: FCB ARCHIVE
    FC Barcelona's 1973/74 league winning team survived a tough test at Sarrià

    In the 24th game of the Liga season, Barça visited their city rivals RCD Español, with their Sarrià ground packed to the rafters as the blue-and-whites sought to put an end to Barça’s 15-match unbeaten run.

    The game was as intense as they come, but Barça kept their record intact (they’d go on to complete 26 games unbeaten in the league). It all ended as it had started, 0-0, with the visitors fielding a team packed with names that have gone down in the annals of club history: Sadurní, Rifé, Gallego, De la Cruz, Torres, Juan Carlos, Rexach, Asensi, Cruyff, Sotil and Marcial.


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    The Chinese visitors had a wonderful time in the FC Barcelona Museum / PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA - FCB
    The Camp Nou Experience and the game with Villarreal were a huge treat for the winners of the fourth edition of the competition

    Eight million followers

    The four winners are among the eight million followers of Barça’s accounts on Sina Weibo, Tencent Weibo and Wechat. Barça currently has over 3,400,000 followers on Tencent Weibo and on Sina Weibo it has a further 4.5 million. "Barça’s massive influence has helped promote Catalonia as a tourist destination” says Antonio Li, who works for the Catalan Tourist Board in China.

    After visiting the Camp Nou, the Chinese fans will take in such sights as Montjuïc, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) and La Pedrera. They’ve even enjoyed a workshop to learn more about Catalan cuisine. This week, their travels will take them to Girona and Figueres, home of the famous Dalí Museum, as they continue to explore the many wonders that this wonderful part of the world has to offer.

    The four Chinese winners of the Action Barcelona, Wang Yijing, Zhang Hang, Nie Chenyu and Zhen Lengping, have enjoyed a fully Barça flavoured week. On Saturday they visited the Camp Nou Experience and on Sunday watched the game against Villarreal. Action Barcelona is a competition organised by the Catalan Tourist Board (ACT), Tencent Sport, Qatar Airways and FC Barcelona, and thousands of people entered the fourth edition to win a week in Catalonia including the chance to watch their favourite team in action at the Camp Nou.

    Camp Nou Experience 

    They arrived on Friday, and the following day took the stadium and museum tour. The biggest attractions included the chance to be pictured with the four Ballon d’Or trophies won by Lionel Messi. The tour took them to such emblematic corners of the stadium as the players’ tunnel, the commentary boxes and the pitch itself.

    Unforgettable

    FC Barcelona has a huge fan-base in China, where the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Xavi have millions of followers. So it was huge thrill for the foursome to get to see the 3-2 win against Villarreal on Sunday night. Voice-messages are a massively popular means of communication among Chinese people, and the four winners shared the whole experience with family and friends via their mobiles. "Singing the Barça anthem with people from all around the world in the Camp Nou was a thrill I’ll remember my whole life” said Nie Chenyu, who has been following Barça since the age of 12.

    "It was very cold in the stadium, but it was worth it. It was one of the most memorable things that’s ever happened to me” added Leping on the official Barça Wechat account after the game.

    "When I get back to China, I’ll start learning Spanish and Catalan and try to come back to Barcelona to do my masters” said Beijing student Yijing. “My biggest wish is to return to this lovely city and see more Barça matches!"

    P Zhang Hang teaches English in China and often speaks about the Barça values and spirit in her classes. "It reminds me of my boyfriend, who got me to watch Barça for the first time and I have been a fan ever since” she says. “Barça and Messi are now a part of my life.” She phoned her boyfriend straight after the game and added that “I hope we can continue watching Barça together until we are 80”.


    The Chinese visitors had a wonderful time in the FC Barcelona Museum / PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA - FCB
    The Camp Nou Experience and the game with Villarreal were a huge treat for the winners of the fourth edition of the competition

    Eight million followers

    The four winners are among the eight million followers of Barça’s accounts on Sina Weibo, Tencent Weibo and Wechat. Barça currently has over 3,400,000 followers on Tencent Weibo and on Sina Weibo it has a further 4.5 million. "Barça’s massive influence has helped promote Catalonia as a tourist destination” says Antonio Li, who works for the Catalan Tourist Board in China.

    After visiting the Camp Nou, the Chinese fans will take in such sights as Montjuïc, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) and La Pedrera. They’ve even enjoyed a workshop to learn more about Catalan cuisine. This week, their travels will take them to Girona and Figueres, home of the famous Dalí Museum, as they continue to explore the many wonders that this wonderful part of the world has to offer.

    The four Chinese winners of the Action Barcelona, Wang Yijing, Zhang Hang, Nie Chenyu and Zhen Lengping, have enjoyed a fully Barça flavoured week. On Saturday they visited the Camp Nou Experience and on Sunday watched the game against Villarreal. Action Barcelona is a competition organised by the Catalan Tourist Board (ACT), Tencent Sport, Qatar Airways and FC Barcelona, and thousands of people entered the fourth edition to win a week in Catalonia including the chance to watch their favourite team in action at the Camp Nou.

    Camp Nou Experience 

    They arrived on Friday, and the following day took the stadium and museum tour. The biggest attractions included the chance to be pictured with the four Ballon d’Or trophies won by Lionel Messi. The tour took them to such emblematic corners of the stadium as the players’ tunnel, the commentary boxes and the pitch itself.

    Unforgettable

    FC Barcelona has a huge fan-base in China, where the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Xavi have millions of followers. So it was huge thrill for the foursome to get to see the 3-2 win against Villarreal on Sunday night. Voice-messages are a massively popular means of communication among Chinese people, and the four winners shared the whole experience with family and friends via their mobiles. "Singing the Barça anthem with people from all around the world in the Camp Nou was a thrill I’ll remember my whole life” said Nie Chenyu, who has been following Barça since the age of 12.

    "It was very cold in the stadium, but it was worth it. It was one of the most memorable things that’s ever happened to me” added Leping on the official Barça Wechat account after the game.

    "When I get back to China, I’ll start learning Spanish and Catalan and try to come back to Barcelona to do my masters” said Beijing student Yijing. “My biggest wish is to return to this lovely city and see more Barça matches!"

    P Zhang Hang teaches English in China and often speaks about the Barça values and spirit in her classes. "It reminds me of my boyfriend, who got me to watch Barça for the first time and I have been a fan ever since” she says. “Barça and Messi are now a part of my life.” She phoned her boyfriend straight after the game and added that “I hope we can continue watching Barça together until we are 80”.


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    The Club has expressed its “surprise, indignation and disgareement" and has announced that it shall act determinedly to defend its interests

    FC Barcelona wishes to express to its members its surprise, indignation and total disagreement with the public prosecutor’s petition for the Club and its former president Sandro Rosell to face trial for presumed misdemeanors in the transfer of the player Neymar da Silva Santos Jr.

    In recent months, FC Barcelona has declared its innocence, and has provided all of the documentation requested on numerous occasions and which has been supported by various judicial testimonies. The Club has also been advised at all times by specialists in tax law.

    With respect to the specific request by the Public Prosecutors Office to charge President Josep Maria Bartomeu for a supposed tax offence in 2014, FC Barcelona also wishes to declare its utter disagreement.

    In this case, the charge is related to a payment of five million euros, the final part of the 40 million that the Club was obliged to pay to the N&N company for the transfer of the player, and which it was stipulated would be paid on 31 January 2014, eight days after the change of president.

    The decision to defer this payment to January 2014 and the discussion about the type of tax retentions that should be applied to the same, do not seem to be sufficient grounds to press charges. Moreover, the complementary statement presented as a precautionary and preventative measure in February 2014 already covered any interpretations that could be made with regard to the retention to be applied to this payment.

    It is FC Barcelona’s wish for the judge hearing this case to reject the requests being made by the Prosecutors Office, as all of the actions involved in the player’s transfer process were conducted with no intent whatsoever to breach the law in any way.

    FC Barcelona declares that, in all serenity and guided by its own prudence, that it shall act determinedly and in use of all legal resources to continue defending its own interests and those of its members. Likewise, FC Barcelona shall not allow any action to tarnish the Club’s image or to damage or dishonour what it considers to be a historic and strategic signing.


    Escut
    The Club has expressed its “surprise, indignation and disgareement" and has announced that it shall act determinedly to defend its interests

    FC Barcelona wishes to express to its members its surprise, indignation and total disagreement with the public prosecutor’s petition for the Club and its former president Sandro Rosell to face trial for presumed misdemeanors in the transfer of the player Neymar da Silva Santos Jr.

    In recent months, FC Barcelona has declared its innocence, and has provided all of the documentation requested on numerous occasions and which has been supported by various judicial testimonies. The Club has also been advised at all times by specialists in tax law.

    With respect to the specific request by the Public Prosecutors Office to charge President Josep Maria Bartomeu for a supposed tax offence in 2014, FC Barcelona also wishes to declare its utter disagreement.

    In this case, the charge is related to a payment of five million euros, the final part of the 40 million that the Club was obliged to pay to the N&N company for the transfer of the player, and which it was stipulated would be paid on 31 January 2014, eight days after the change of president.

    The decision to defer this payment to January 2014 and the discussion about the type of tax retentions that should be applied to the same, do not seem to be sufficient grounds to press charges. Moreover, the complementary statement presented as a precautionary and preventative measure in February 2014 already covered any interpretations that could be made with regard to the retention to be applied to this payment.

    It is FC Barcelona’s wish for the judge hearing this case to reject the requests being made by the Prosecutors Office, as all of the actions involved in the player’s transfer process were conducted with no intent whatsoever to breach the law in any way.

    FC Barcelona declares that, in all serenity and guided by its own prudence, that it shall act determinedly and in use of all legal resources to continue defending its own interests and those of its members. Likewise, FC Barcelona shall not allow any action to tarnish the Club’s image or to damage or dishonour what it considers to be a historic and strategic signing.


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    Josep Maria Bartomeu
    The President Josep Maria Bartomeu stated in two interviews that "we will go to lengths to show that the Club is not guilty of anything"

    FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu in two interviews with Catalan TV Stations TV3 and 8tv has maintained that the charges against him and the Club with regards to the transfer of Barça player Neymar are simply "an attack on the institution: It makes no sense to charge a club like Barça, it is over the top and out of proportion. It is an attack on Barça and we have to defend ourselves." The president did not hold back in the interviews: "There is a red line that has been crossed and we have to say enough. There is too much going on and we have to put a stop to it because a line has been crossed."

    The Barça President commented that it is "particularly strange that it has all happened so quickly," whilst at the same time assuring that nothing untoward has taken place: "Next week I will go to the Audiencia Nacional [National Court] and we will once again explain the truth. I want to make it clear that Barça has not done anything wrong. All we have done is bring a player like Neymar [to the club]. Barça, its executives, its employees nor its directors have done anything wrong. All this comes from someone who did not want him to come to Barça. Neymar's father said that he had a better offer from Madrid, and that did not go down too well."

    Politics and Sport

    President Bartomeu was firm about the figure paid for Neymar and was clear about the transparency of the operation: "Everything we have done has been assessed and we have followed the usual steps for the signing of a player like Neymar. We said the signing cost 57 million [Euros] and we stand by that figure." He went on to explain the nature of the case: "There are some contracts that Barça interprets one way and the national court another, that is where the difference lies." These legal manoeuvres have led President Bartomeu to believe that there is something behind the accusations: "I don't have any evidence but there are facts. Last year we allowed the stadium to be used for the 'Freedom Concert' and we played a game wearing the Catalan national flag kit - the Catalan Independence march passed through Camp Nou and so perhaps that was not to everyone's taste. I see a political and sporting angle and so we will continue to work to get to the crux of the matter as we do not want it to end here. I am convinced that there are certain powers of State that are not happy that Neymar came to Barça." The Barça President reminded everyone of previous cases that have affected FC Barcelona: "A club like Barça throughout its history has suffered injustices and this is yet another, and it is serious. I want to get to the bottom of it all. We have done things in the right way. We will continue with the same strength and if necessary more so."

    "We want to get to the truth"

    The Barça president reminded everyone that this case is the "first time that the State has charged a legal entity" and that "it has been 30 or 35 years since a similar case," maintaining that nothing out of place has occured: "We have always said that we want to get to the bottom of it because Barça has done nothing wrong. We have not broken any law at any time. For that reason we will not accept any deal. Neither Sandro Rosell nor myself bear any blame." Bartomeu continued: "We want to get to the truth. We want to explain that we have acted within the law and not outside it. We have acted accordingly and we would do the same to bring Neymar to our club.

    The electoral process

    The latest developments with the Neymar case will not affect the electoral process that Barça will undergo in the next few months. "In January we announced that there would be elections," Bartomeu reminded everyone. "We wanted calm and we got it. That does not change the process. I will stand for election at the end of the season. The agenda between now and the elections remains as planned. The Neymar court case, that seemed to be in the past, only serves to strengthen us, myself and the Board."

    Other legal investigations

    During the two interviews the president stated that there were other legal investigations. "There are legal investigations into myself and other directors and so that is also another coincidence. There are also legal investigations into players from the first team. Barça is in the spotlight. There are State powers that don't like Barça being so successful. We are under attack and we think it is undeserved."


    Josep Maria Bartomeu
    The President Josep Maria Bartomeu stated in two interviews that "we will go to lengths to show that the Club is not guilty of anything"

    FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu in two interviews with Catalan TV Stations TV3 and 8tv has maintained that the charges against him and the Club with regards to the transfer of Barça player Neymar are simply "an attack on the institution: It makes no sense to charge a club like Barça, it is over the top and out of proportion. It is an attack on Barça and we have to defend ourselves." The president did not hold back in the interviews: "There is a red line that has been crossed and we have to say enough. There is too much going on and we have to put a stop to it because a line has been crossed."

    The Barça President commented that it is "particularly strange that it has all happened so quickly," whilst at the same time assuring that nothing untoward has taken place: "Next week I will go to the Audiencia Nacional [National Court] and we will once again explain the truth. I want to make it clear that Barça has not done anything wrong. All we have done is bring a player like Neymar [to the club]. Barça, its executives, its employees nor its directors have done anything wrong. All this comes from someone who did not want him to come to Barça. Neymar's father said that he had a better offer from Madrid, and that did not go down too well."

    Politics and Sport

    President Bartomeu was firm about the figure paid for Neymar and was clear about the transparency of the operation: "Everything we have done has been assessed and we have followed the usual steps for the signing of a player like Neymar. We said the signing cost 57 million [Euros] and we stand by that figure." He went on to explain the nature of the case: "There are some contracts that Barça interprets one way and the national court another, that is where the difference lies." These legal manoeuvres have led President Bartomeu to believe that there is something behind the accusations: "I don't have any evidence but there are facts. Last year we allowed the stadium to be used for the 'Freedom Concert' and we played a game wearing the Catalan national flag kit - the Catalan Independence march passed through Camp Nou and so perhaps that was not to everyone's taste. I see a political and sporting angle and so we will continue to work to get to the crux of the matter as we do not want it to end here. I am convinced that there are certain powers of State that are not happy that Neymar came to Barça." The Barça President reminded everyone of previous cases that have affected FC Barcelona: "A club like Barça throughout its history has suffered injustices and this is yet another, and it is serious. I want to get to the bottom of it all. We have done things in the right way. We will continue with the same strength and if necessary more so."

    "We want to get to the truth"

    The Barça president reminded everyone that this case is the "first time that the State has charged a legal entity" and that "it has been 30 or 35 years since a similar case," maintaining that nothing out of place has occured: "We have always said that we want to get to the bottom of it because Barça has done nothing wrong. We have not broken any law at any time. For that reason we will not accept any deal. Neither Sandro Rosell nor myself bear any blame." Bartomeu continued: "We want to get to the truth. We want to explain that we have acted within the law and not outside it. We have acted accordingly and we would do the same to bring Neymar to our club.

    The electoral process

    The latest developments with the Neymar case will not affect the electoral process that Barça will undergo in the next few months. "In January we announced that there would be elections," Bartomeu reminded everyone. "We wanted calm and we got it. That does not change the process. I will stand for election at the end of the season. The agenda between now and the elections remains as planned. The Neymar court case, that seemed to be in the past, only serves to strengthen us, myself and the Board."

    Other legal investigations

    During the two interviews the president stated that there were other legal investigations. "There are legal investigations into myself and other directors and so that is also another coincidence. There are also legal investigations into players from the first team. Barça is in the spotlight. There are State powers that don't like Barça being so successful. We are under attack and we think it is undeserved."


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