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    Dídac Lee and Ignacio Mestre with the BODW delegation at Camp Nou / GERMÁN PARGA
    Dídac Lee welcomes to Camp Nou representatives of the annual event that is dedicated to design and innovation

    The director for the Area of Media and Communication and responsibility for New Technologies, Dídac Lee, welcomed on Monday a delegation from the Business of Design Week (BODW), an important annual event dedicated to design and innovation that is organised in Hong Kong at the beginning of December every year since 2002. FC Barcelona are planning to collaborate with this initiative actively via its office in China.

    The representatives from BODW have met FC Barcelona first hand and their brand marketing strategy via a presentation carried out by Dídac Lee , who spoke to the representatives in Chinese, and the CEO of the Club, Ignacio Mestre. Immediately afterwards a group photo was also taken at Camp Nou, as the party also received a guided visit of the Club’s facilities.

    For the very first time, the week of design, planned for 30 November to 5 December, will have a city associated, Barcelona. The excellent relationship between Barcelona and Hong Kong and the excellent position of the Catalan city as an innovative creative centre for design, have been key in this decision. The project will go under the title of Barcelona Inspires Design.

    Barcelona’s participation in the BODW will be based on three main areas. Barcelona will construct a pavilion at the Innovation, Design and Technology Fair (IDT Expo) that is organised at the fair’s location in Hong Kong. Furthermore, the Catalan capital will share its knowledge and expertise with experts participating in the BODW Forum. Finally during the week, BODW will organise a series of events linked to Barcelona in order to really welcome the city into the process.

    Dídac Lee:

    “The city of Barcelona is invited to Hong Kong to participate in Business Design Week, that for the first time is associated with a city and not a state. For some years now, FC Barcelona has seen the Chinese market as one of the most strategic for the club. It is for that reason that we opened an office in Hong Kong. This initiative is great for the Club’s expansion and to promote the city of Barcelona. We will give the greatest possible support to the city on behalf of the Club and via our office in China.”


    Dídac Lee and Ignacio Mestre with the BODW delegation at Camp Nou / GERMÁN PARGA
    Dídac Lee welcomes to Camp Nou representatives of the annual event that is dedicated to design and innovation

    The director for the Area of Media and Communication and responsibility for New Technologies, Dídac Lee, welcomed on Monday a delegation from the Business of Design Week (BODW), an important annual event dedicated to design and innovation that is organised in Hong Kong at the beginning of December every year since 2002. FC Barcelona are planning to collaborate with this initiative actively via its office in China.

    The representatives from BODW have met FC Barcelona first hand and their brand marketing strategy via a presentation carried out by Dídac Lee , who spoke to the representatives in Chinese, and the CEO of the Club, Ignacio Mestre. Immediately afterwards a group photo was also taken at Camp Nou, as the party also received a guided visit of the Club’s facilities.

    For the very first time, the week of design, planned for 30 November to 5 December, will have a city associated, Barcelona. The excellent relationship between Barcelona and Hong Kong and the excellent position of the Catalan city as an innovative creative centre for design, have been key in this decision. The project will go under the title of Barcelona Inspires Design.

    Barcelona’s participation in the BODW will be based on three main areas. Barcelona will construct a pavilion at the Innovation, Design and Technology Fair (IDT Expo) that is organised at the fair’s location in Hong Kong. Furthermore, the Catalan capital will share its knowledge and expertise with experts participating in the BODW Forum. Finally during the week, BODW will organise a series of events linked to Barcelona in order to really welcome the city into the process.

    Dídac Lee:

    “The city of Barcelona is invited to Hong Kong to participate in Business Design Week, that for the first time is associated with a city and not a state. For some years now, FC Barcelona has seen the Chinese market as one of the most strategic for the club. It is for that reason that we opened an office in Hong Kong. This initiative is great for the Club’s expansion and to promote the city of Barcelona. We will give the greatest possible support to the city on behalf of the Club and via our office in China.”


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    Josep Maria Bartomeu in an archive photo / ECA
    The FC Barcelona president travelled to Nyon to attend the event organised by European Football's governing body

    The FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has taken part on Monday in a new working meeting of UEFA’s Professional Football Strategic Committee, a body that represents different elements of European Football and of which Josep Maria Bartomeu has been a part since May of 2014 as a representative of European Club Association.

    The meeting took place at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, and was chaired by the president of UEFA, Michel Platini. During the course of the day various current topics in European Football were discussed such as the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the transfer system and the role of players’ agents.

    The Professional Football Strategic Committee has representation from clubs, leagues, federations and players. Representing clubs, aside from President Bartomeu, were Umberto Gandini (AC Milan), Ivan Gazidis (Arsenal FC) and Evgeni Giner (CSKA Moscow).


    Josep Maria Bartomeu in an archive photo / ECA
    The FC Barcelona president travelled to Nyon to attend the event organised by European Football's governing body

    The FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has taken part on Monday in a new working meeting of UEFA’s Professional Football Strategic Committee, a body that represents different elements of European Football and of which Josep Maria Bartomeu has been a part since May of 2014 as a representative of European Club Association.

    The meeting took place at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, and was chaired by the president of UEFA, Michel Platini. During the course of the day various current topics in European Football were discussed such as the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the transfer system and the role of players’ agents.

    The Professional Football Strategic Committee has representation from clubs, leagues, federations and players. Representing clubs, aside from President Bartomeu, were Umberto Gandini (AC Milan), Ivan Gazidis (Arsenal FC) and Evgeni Giner (CSKA Moscow).


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    The Social Media Hub of El Clásico
    Special web and social media content along with extensive coverage of the Barça–Madrid game on Barça TV and Radio Barça

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    FC Barcelona has prepared a digital strategy so members and fans all over the world can follow El Clásico between Barça and Real Madrid through the official website, social media, Radio Barça and Barça TV.

    During these days the Club website is specially focused on Luis Enrique's team, including interviews, quizzes, infographics, reports and live video. This weekend will be especially lively with news of the match set for Sunday at 9.00pm CET, including complete statistics in real time on the club's official website, available in several languages: English, Catalan , Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, French, Arabic and Portuguese. On the website and the TuneIn Radio app, fans will also have the opportunity to listen to the broadcast of the match and celebrate goals from anywhere in the world.

    EL CLÁSICO SPECIAL CONTENT

    Audio and Video Content

    Barça fans will enjoy special videos for El Clásico prior to, during and after the match. The squd list, lineup and what happens over the 90 minutes of football can be seen on Dailymotion, YouTube, Instagram and Vine.

    Social Media Hub

    Barça fans have a Social Media Hub where they can send a message of support to each player, see tweets go around the world and follow the Club's accounts in real time. You can also follow mentions of FC Barcelona through a graphic showing the pulse of FC Barcelona prior to and during the match, as well as postgame reactions.

    Exclusive goals

    All of FC Barcelona's social media posts relating to El Clásico will bear the hashtag #ElClasico along with #FCBlive or #FCBarcelona.

    On Twitter, fans can vote for who they think will score the first goal, choosing between the team's four strikers: Messi, Neymar, Suárez and Pedro.

    To get the conversation about Barça highlights moving, all fans who mention one of the club's official accounts and use the hashtags #ElClasico and #FCBGoals will receive an exclusive video with 5 unforgettable Barca goals from past Clásicos at Camp Nou.

    Player videos

    Twitter will have unique content about Iniesta in Camp Nou Clásicos. Barça's Twitter followers can help unlock the content by sharing their passion and using the hashtag #ElClasico and mentioning one of the Club's official accounts.

    Thus, all of FC Barcelona's fans can follow the Club through any official channel to enjoy the all the key moments of what is shaping up to be a historic day.


    The Social Media Hub of El Clásico
    Special web and social media content along with extensive coverage of the Barça–Madrid game on Barça TV and Radio Barça

    [[DES_1]]

    FC Barcelona has prepared a digital strategy so members and fans all over the world can follow El Clásico between Barça and Real Madrid through the official website, social media, Radio Barça and Barça TV.

    During these days the Club website is specially focused on Luis Enrique's team, including interviews, quizzes, infographics, reports and live video. This weekend will be especially lively with news of the match set for Sunday at 9.00pm CET, including complete statistics in real time on the club's official website, available in several languages: English, Catalan , Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, French, Arabic and Portuguese. On the website and the TuneIn Radio app, fans will also have the opportunity to listen to the broadcast of the match and celebrate goals from anywhere in the world.

    EL CLÁSICO SPECIAL CONTENT

    Audio and Video Content

    Barça fans will enjoy special videos for El Clásico prior to, during and after the match. The squd list, lineup and what happens over the 90 minutes of football can be seen on Dailymotion, YouTube, Instagram and Vine.

    Social Media Hub

    Barça fans have a Social Media Hub where they can send a message of support to each player, see tweets go around the world and follow the Club's accounts in real time. You can also follow mentions of FC Barcelona through a graphic showing the pulse of FC Barcelona prior to and during the match, as well as postgame reactions.

    Exclusive goals

    All of FC Barcelona's social media posts relating to El Clásico will bear the hashtag #ElClasico along with #FCBlive or #FCBarcelona.

    On Twitter, fans can vote for who they think will score the first goal, choosing between the team's four strikers: Messi, Neymar, Suárez and Pedro.

    To get the conversation about Barça highlights moving, all fans who mention one of the club's official accounts and use the hashtags #ElClasico and #FCBGoals will receive an exclusive video with 5 unforgettable Barca goals from past Clásicos at Camp Nou.

    Player videos

    Twitter will have unique content about Iniesta in Camp Nou Clásicos. Barça's Twitter followers can help unlock the content by sharing their passion and using the hashtag #ElClasico and mentioning one of the Club's official accounts.

    Thus, all of FC Barcelona's fans can follow the Club through any official channel to enjoy the all the key moments of what is shaping up to be a historic day.


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    Comunicat FC Barcelona
    The agreements reached by the Board of Directors this Monday

    The Board of Directors, following on from their meeting on Monday, would like to congratulate the first team for their season so far and to encourage members to continue to offer their support to the team for the forthcoming weeks during which there will be vital matches in all three competitions.
    During the board meeting the following agreements have been reached:

    • To confirm that the Santiago Bernabéu would be the most adequate venue for the Spanish Cup final, given that it would be ground which could hold the greatest number of fans.
    • The contracting of the multinational company Ernst&Young to oversee and audit the building works of the new Miniestadi, in line with the first stage of the new Espai Barça, which will be presented on Friday 27 at 12.00pm CET in the press room at the Ciuitat Esportiva Joan Gamper.
    • Renewal for another year of the contract with Panasonic TV Devices as a global partner

    Legal request

    On another matter, the Board of Directors discussed the opening of a court case against FC Barcelona, its president Josep Maria Bartomeu and its ex-president Sandro Rosell, with regards
    to the Neymar case. On this matter the Board would like to make the following observations:

    1. Both the Club and its president reiterate their total innocence before a matter which only has financial not criminal liability, the legal differences of which should be settled on an administrative level, not in a National Court.
    2. The legal profession has commented on the process and its consequences, considering it to be inappropriate. The haste with which the judicial authorities have acted in this matter is also a subject that has been considered inappropriate also. The legal representative of all the involved parties will present their corresponding appeals immediately, denouncing the circumstances and the lack of any tangible crime.
    3. The president of the Club, before what is considered a “great injustice”, reiterates the fact that he will continue with his intention to stand in the forthcoming elections for the Club Presidency and continue to lead the organisation with the same belief in leading by example, exercising financial control and respecting the members that he has shown until this day, focusing every effort on maintaining the Club as a reference point on a global scale
    4. The Board would like to thanks the members for their understanding and support during the current time.

    Ramon Cierco scales down responsibilities

    Finally, the Board of Directors have accepted a scaling down of Ramon Cierco’s responsibilities with the director relinquishing his role in youth football and the FC Barcelona Foundation. Ramon Cierco will continue as a member of the Board of Directors.


    Comunicat FC Barcelona
    The agreements reached by the Board of Directors this Monday

    The Board of Directors, following on from their meeting on Monday, would like to congratulate the first team for their season so far and to encourage members to continue to offer their support to the team for the forthcoming weeks during which there will be vital matches in all three competitions.
    During the board meeting the following agreements have been reached:

    • To confirm that the Santiago Bernabéu would be the most adequate venue for the Spanish Cup final, given that it would be ground which could hold the greatest number of fans.
    • The contracting of the multinational company Ernst&Young to oversee and audit the building works of the new Miniestadi, in line with the first stage of the new Espai Barça, which will be presented on Friday 27 at 12.00pm CET in the press room at the Ciuitat Esportiva Joan Gamper.
    • Renewal for another year of the contract with Panasonic TV Devices as a global partner

    Legal request

    On another matter, the Board of Directors discussed the opening of a court case against FC Barcelona, its president Josep Maria Bartomeu and its ex-president Sandro Rosell, with regards
    to the Neymar case. On this matter the Board would like to make the following observations:

    1. Both the Club and its president reiterate their total innocence before a matter which only has financial not criminal liability, the legal differences of which should be settled on an administrative level, not in a National Court.
    2. The legal profession has commented on the process and its consequences, considering it to be inappropriate. The haste with which the judicial authorities have acted in this matter is also a subject that has been considered inappropriate also. The legal representative of all the involved parties will present their corresponding appeals immediately, denouncing the circumstances and the lack of any tangible crime.
    3. The president of the Club, before what is considered a “great injustice”, reiterates the fact that he will continue with his intention to stand in the forthcoming elections for the Club Presidency and continue to lead the organisation with the same belief in leading by example, exercising financial control and respecting the members that he has shown until this day, focusing every effort on maintaining the Club as a reference point on a global scale
    4. The Board would like to thanks the members for their understanding and support during the current time.

    Ramon Cierco scales down responsibilities

    Finally, the Board of Directors have accepted a scaling down of Ramon Cierco’s responsibilities with the director relinquishing his role in youth football and the FC Barcelona Foundation. Ramon Cierco will continue as a member of the Board of Directors.


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    30 YEARS SINCE URRUTI
    Barça's Basque keeper saves a penalty that hands FC Barcelona their first league title in 11 years

    It is 30 years to the day since FC Barcelona claimed a memorable victory over Valladolid to clinch their first league title in 11 years. English coach Terry Venables was in his first season in charge at the club and he brought immediate success to the Catalan club with a famous penalty save from goalkeeper Javier Urruticoechea handing the league trophy to the blaugranes and unleashing emotional scenes of celebration after more than a decade of frustration.

    Barça began the 1984/85 season without superstar Diego Maradona who had been sold to Serie A side Napoli in the summer. A new coach was brought to the club in the form of Venables and he brought with his Scottish striker Steve Archibald to try and fill the gap left by the Argentine’s departure. The league campaign could not have got off to a better start with the new boss claiming a 3-0 victory in the Santiago Bernabéu on the first weekend of the season. Archibald chipped in with 15 goals in the league, making him the club’s top scorer and leaving the fans in no doubt as to his ability to replace Maradona. The blaugranes led the table from the opening day of the season right until the end, the title being clinched with an away win in the José Zorilla Stadium on 24 March 1985.

    An historic penalty save

    The victory that handed FC Barcelona the league title for the first time in 11 years is remembered not only as the moment that the drought of league championships came to an end, but also for the penalty save that was the defining event of that emotional campaign. Barça were 2-1 up away at Valladolid thanks to goals from Paco Clos and Alexanko. The league trophy as in touching distance after a long and often difficult period in which the ultimate prize had eluded the blaugranes. Then, with just three minutes remaining in the game, referee Sánchez Arminio awarded the home side a penalty. It appeared the cava would have to be put on ice. However, fate had other ideas and goalkeeper Urruti, as he was known to almost everyone, saved Mágico González’s spot kick to unleash joyous celebrations on the pitch amongst the players and elsewhere amongst the fans. The penalty save is cemented into the Club’s history in part also thanks to the memorable reaction of commentator Joaquim Maria Puyal. The man who for most Barça fans was the voice of the blaugranes via his much loved radio commentary for Catalunya Rádio, could not contain his joy at the Barça keeper’s penalty save, crying out, “Urruti saves, Urruti saves, Urruti I love you, Urruti I love you…” A fitting way to celebrate one of the most memorable league titles in the Club’s long and illustrious history.


    30 YEARS SINCE URRUTI
    Barça's Basque keeper saves a penalty that hands FC Barcelona their first league title in 11 years

    It is 30 years to the day since FC Barcelona claimed a memorable victory over Valladolid to clinch their first league title in 11 years. English coach Terry Venables was in his first season in charge at the club and he brought immediate success to the Catalan club with a famous penalty save from goalkeeper Javier Urruticoechea handing the league trophy to the blaugranes and unleashing emotional scenes of celebration after more than a decade of frustration.

    Barça began the 1984/85 season without superstar Diego Maradona who had been sold to Serie A side Napoli in the summer. A new coach was brought to the club in the form of Venables and he brought with his Scottish striker Steve Archibald to try and fill the gap left by the Argentine’s departure. The league campaign could not have got off to a better start with the new boss claiming a 3-0 victory in the Santiago Bernabéu on the first weekend of the season. Archibald chipped in with 15 goals in the league, making him the club’s top scorer and leaving the fans in no doubt as to his ability to replace Maradona. The blaugranes led the table from the opening day of the season right until the end, the title being clinched with an away win in the José Zorilla Stadium on 24 March 1985.

    An historic penalty save

    The victory that handed FC Barcelona the league title for the first time in 11 years is remembered not only as the moment that the drought of league championships came to an end, but also for the penalty save that was the defining event of that emotional campaign. Barça were 2-1 up away at Valladolid thanks to goals from Paco Clos and Alexanko. The league trophy as in touching distance after a long and often difficult period in which the ultimate prize had eluded the blaugranes. Then, with just three minutes remaining in the game, referee Sánchez Arminio awarded the home side a penalty. It appeared the cava would have to be put on ice. However, fate had other ideas and goalkeeper Urruti, as he was known to almost everyone, saved Mágico González’s spot kick to unleash joyous celebrations on the pitch amongst the players and elsewhere amongst the fans. The penalty save is cemented into the Club’s history in part also thanks to the memorable reaction of commentator Joaquim Maria Puyal. The man who for most Barça fans was the voice of the blaugranes via his much loved radio commentary for Catalunya Rádio, could not contain his joy at the Barça keeper’s penalty save, crying out, “Urruti saves, Urruti saves, Urruti I love you, Urruti I love you…” A fitting way to celebrate one of the most memorable league titles in the Club’s long and illustrious history.


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    Leo Messi during training with Argentina / PHOTO: www.afa.org.ar
    The AFA have carried out medical tests and the player is not carrying any kind of injury

    FC Barcelona’s medical staff in consultation with their counterparts at the Argentine Football Federation confirm that the tests carried out on Leo Messi whilst on international duty with the Argentine national side in Washington  D.C. show that he has no injury to his right foot where he received a blow in his last league match with the blaugranes against Real Madrid.

    The player will remain with Argentina to play in their upcoming friendly matches against El Salvador on 28 March and Ecuador on 31 March.


    Leo Messi during training with Argentina / PHOTO: www.afa.org.ar
    The AFA have carried out medical tests and the player is not carrying any kind of injury

    FC Barcelona’s medical staff in consultation with their counterparts at the Argentine Football Federation confirm that the tests carried out on Leo Messi whilst on international duty with the Argentine national side in Washington  D.C. show that he has no injury to his right foot where he received a blow in his last league match with the blaugranes against Real Madrid.

    The player will remain with Argentina to play in their upcoming friendly matches against El Salvador on 28 March and Ecuador on 31 March.


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    Camp Nou welcomes a delegation from the Ryder Cup / VICTOR SALGADO
    The Barça stadium has welcomed the delegation from the golf tournament that pits the USA against Europe, Girona a candidate to host in 2022

    FC Barcelona have received a visit from the Evaluation Committee of the Ryder Cup who on Tuesday themselves visited the area of Girona to assess the candidacy of Costa-Brava-Barcelona 2022 which hopes to host the golf tournament at the PGA Catalunya course.

    The five members of the committee, accompanied by the president of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, Gonzaga Escauriaza, amongst others, were received by Club director Ramon Pont, who is also first vice president of the FC Barcelona Foundation. The visit started with a trip to the Museum where special interest was shown in the New Espai Barça and the interactive table where the 100 most important moments in the Club’s history can be viewed.

    Camp Nou turns into a golf course

    After the visit to the Museum, the party moved to the pitch at Camp Nou. After a few quick photos in the dugouts, the gathered officials enjoyed one of the most unusual moments of the visit. Various members of the visiting party took the opportunity to launch a few drives from near the corner flag. The challenge was to land the ball in the centre circle. The visit ended with a visit to the Presidential VIP Box where the party were presented with commemorative first team jerseys.

    The candidacy of Costa Brava-Barcelona 2022 has the support of the City Council and Regional Council of both provinces but there are other candidates in the form of Italy, Germany, Austria, Turkey and Portugal. At the end of April all the proposals will be presented to the Ryder Cup Europe Selection Committee and the final decision is set ot be made in either September or October.


    Camp Nou welcomes a delegation from the Ryder Cup / VICTOR SALGADO
    The Barça stadium has welcomed the delegation from the golf tournament that pits the USA against Europe, Girona a candidate to host in 2022

    FC Barcelona have received a visit from the Evaluation Committee of the Ryder Cup who on Tuesday themselves visited the area of Girona to assess the candidacy of Costa-Brava-Barcelona 2022 which hopes to host the golf tournament at the PGA Catalunya course.

    The five members of the committee, accompanied by the president of the Royal Spanish Golf Federation, Gonzaga Escauriaza, amongst others, were received by Club director Ramon Pont, who is also first vice president of the FC Barcelona Foundation. The visit started with a trip to the Museum where special interest was shown in the New Espai Barça and the interactive table where the 100 most important moments in the Club’s history can be viewed.

    Camp Nou turns into a golf course

    After the visit to the Museum, the party moved to the pitch at Camp Nou. After a few quick photos in the dugouts, the gathered officials enjoyed one of the most unusual moments of the visit. Various members of the visiting party took the opportunity to launch a few drives from near the corner flag. The challenge was to land the ball in the centre circle. The visit ended with a visit to the Presidential VIP Box where the party were presented with commemorative first team jerseys.

    The candidacy of Costa Brava-Barcelona 2022 has the support of the City Council and Regional Council of both provinces but there are other candidates in the form of Italy, Germany, Austria, Turkey and Portugal. At the end of April all the proposals will be presented to the Ryder Cup Europe Selection Committee and the final decision is set ot be made in either September or October.


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    The flags outside the FC Barcelona offices
    The Catalan, Barcelona City and Club flags are all being flown at half-mast as a sign of respect for the victims

    FC Barcelona has joined the three days of official mourning declared in memory of the victims of the plane accident involving the Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf on Tuesday. The Catalan, Barcelona City and Club flags are all being flown at half-mast as a sign of respect for the victims.

    The Club’s handball and roller hockey teams both wore black armbands during their games yesterday and the basketball side will do the same for their Euroleague match against Zalgiris Kaunas this evening.

    CONDOLENCES TO FLIGHT #4U9525


    The flags outside the FC Barcelona offices
    The Catalan, Barcelona City and Club flags are all being flown at half-mast as a sign of respect for the victims

    FC Barcelona has joined the three days of official mourning declared in memory of the victims of the plane accident involving the Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf on Tuesday. The Catalan, Barcelona City and Club flags are all being flown at half-mast as a sign of respect for the victims.

    The Club’s handball and roller hockey teams both wore black armbands during their games yesterday and the basketball side will do the same for their Euroleague match against Zalgiris Kaunas this evening.

    CONDOLENCES TO FLIGHT #4U9525


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    #ElClasico Mosaic vs Real Madrid
    Ten keys to the digital impact of the game against Real Madrid on the web and social networks The victory brought about several records: visits to the website in one day, the most visited post on Facebook and the most ‘liked’ Instagram photo

    The Clásico at the weekend between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid is only an experience to be had at Camp Nou. The social networks witnessed Barça’s global impact and the victory once again showed the Club’s projection around the world.

    During last night's El Clasico, 22 million people drove 58 million interactions on Facebook. This animation takes a...

    Posted by Football on Facebook (Soccer) on Lunes, 23 de marzo de 2015

    Millions. Almost a million fans showed their support for Barça by adding a ‘like’ to the Facebook post that marked the end of the game, making it the most popular post of the year so far. On the day of the game various posts generated more than 7 million ‘likes’ amongst Barça fans with 22 million people joining in the conversation about the Clásico on this particular social network.

    This is what the mosaic looked like at Camp Nou. Força Barça!Follow Barça's match live:...

    Posted by FC Barcelona on Domingo, 22 de marzo de 2015

    Historic mosaic. The video of the mosaic that the fans unveiled at Camp Nou became a big hit on Facebook. The post reached more than 30 million fans and became the most seen post on the social network by Barça fans. Blaugrana followers on the day of the Clásico were able to enjoy four exclusive videos (squad list, starting line up, goals and mosaic) that received more than 11 million views.

    Exclusive content on Twitter. In the run up to the game the more than 25 million followers of Barça’s account were able to enjoy exclusive content and take part actively in the day’s events on the social network. Fans were able to vote for who would score the first Barça goal, enjoy Andrés Iniesta’s Clásico memories and peruse unforgettable Barça goals against Real Madrid at Camp Nou. Twitter saw more than 400 million tweets via the hashtag #ElClasico whilst mentions on the Barça accounts numbered more than 160,000.



     


    New followers. The Barça official accounts more than doubled their new followers during the day of the Clásico. Just on their global account - @fcbarcelona – more than 30,000 new followers were registered, whilst the rest of the accounts also saw increases above the usual average.

    #FCBWallpaper, global trending topic. Following on from the Clásico becoming the most common hashtag on Twitter on Sunday, Barça fans were able to receive a gift on Monday afternoon when they were given access to a personalised wallpaper once they had mentions the Club’s account and the hashtags #ElClasico and #FCBWallpaper. The hashtag became one of the most used on that afternoon.

    Multimedia content. The DailyMotion and Youtube platforms also saw a significant increase during the weekend with more than half a million views whilst on Radio Barça the game was one of the most followed of the season.

    Videos in real time. The Barça official profile on Vine was the platform through which blaugrana fans were able to enjoy videos of the build up to the game. Their arrival at the stadium, the players going out on to the pitch  to warm up and the post game mixed zone saw a total of more than 5 million loops.

    Record web audience.  The Club’s web platform in various languages (Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Arabic, Japanese, Indonesian and Portuguese) saw a sixfold increase in audience compared to an average day. The Clásico, coupled with the victory against Manchester City and the draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions’ League , rounded off an outstanding week for the Club’s web platform with above average audience figures.

    Socialhub. Also on the Club’s web platform and in seven languages,  Barça fans were able to see the team’s activity on the different Twitter accounts and take part in activities on the social network as well as encouraging various players from Luis Enrique’s team. Indeed, the tweets from followers showed up in real time via an interactive map that received more than 655,000 tweets with the hashtag #FCBlive.

    Leaders on Instagram. The Clásico on the Club’s official Instagram account also saw Barça leaders in the sporting arena. Various photos of the game and its atmosphere saw more than 400,000 likes. The photo of the mosaic became the most liked on Instagram by the Barça fans with more than 415,000 likes.

    Una foto publicada por FC Barcelona (@fcbarcelona) el23 de Mar de 2015 a la(s) 11:44 PDT

     

     

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    #ElClasico Mosaic vs Real Madrid
    Ten keys to the digital impact of the game against Real Madrid on the web and social networks The victory brought about several records: visits to the website in one day, the most visited post on Facebook and the most ‘liked’ Instagram photo

    The Clásico at the weekend between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid is only an experience to be had at Camp Nou. The social networks witnessed Barça’s global impact and the victory once again showed the Club’s projection around the world.

    During last night's El Clasico, 22 million people drove 58 million interactions on Facebook. This animation takes a...

    Posted by Football on Facebook (Soccer) on Lunes, 23 de marzo de 2015

    Millions. Almost a million fans showed their support for Barça by adding a ‘like’ to the Facebook post that marked the end of the game, making it the most popular post of the year so far. On the day of the game various posts generated more than 7 million ‘likes’ amongst Barça fans with 22 million people joining in the conversation about the Clásico on this particular social network.

    This is what the mosaic looked like at Camp Nou. Força Barça!Follow Barça's match live:...

    Posted by FC Barcelona on Domingo, 22 de marzo de 2015

    Historic mosaic. The video of the mosaic that the fans unveiled at Camp Nou became a big hit on Facebook. The post reached more than 30 million fans and became the most seen post on the social network by Barça fans. Blaugrana followers on the day of the Clásico were able to enjoy four exclusive videos (squad list, starting line up, goals and mosaic) that received more than 11 million views.

    Exclusive content on Twitter. In the run up to the game the more than 25 million followers of Barça’s account were able to enjoy exclusive content and take part actively in the day’s events on the social network. Fans were able to vote for who would score the first Barça goal, enjoy Andrés Iniesta’s Clásico memories and peruse unforgettable Barça goals against Real Madrid at Camp Nou. Twitter saw more than 400 million tweets via the hashtag #ElClasico whilst mentions on the Barça accounts numbered more than 160,000.



     


    New followers. The Barça official accounts more than doubled their new followers during the day of the Clásico. Just on their global account - @fcbarcelona – more than 30,000 new followers were registered, whilst the rest of the accounts also saw increases above the usual average.

    #FCBWallpaper, global trending topic. Following on from the Clásico becoming the most common hashtag on Twitter on Sunday, Barça fans were able to receive a gift on Monday afternoon when they were given access to a personalised wallpaper once they had mentions the Club’s account and the hashtags #ElClasico and #FCBWallpaper. The hashtag became one of the most used on that afternoon.

    Multimedia content. The DailyMotion and Youtube platforms also saw a significant increase during the weekend with more than half a million views whilst on Radio Barça the game was one of the most followed of the season.

    Videos in real time. The Barça official profile on Vine was the platform through which blaugrana fans were able to enjoy videos of the build up to the game. Their arrival at the stadium, the players going out on to the pitch  to warm up and the post game mixed zone saw a total of more than 5 million loops.

    Record web audience.  The Club’s web platform in various languages (Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Arabic, Japanese, Indonesian and Portuguese) saw a sixfold increase in audience compared to an average day. The Clásico, coupled with the victory against Manchester City and the draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions’ League , rounded off an outstanding week for the Club’s web platform with above average audience figures.

    Socialhub. Also on the Club’s web platform and in seven languages,  Barça fans were able to see the team’s activity on the different Twitter accounts and take part in activities on the social network as well as encouraging various players from Luis Enrique’s team. Indeed, the tweets from followers showed up in real time via an interactive map that received more than 655,000 tweets with the hashtag #FCBlive.

    Leaders on Instagram. The Clásico on the Club’s official Instagram account also saw Barça leaders in the sporting arena. Various photos of the game and its atmosphere saw more than 400,000 likes. The photo of the mosaic became the most liked on Instagram by the Barça fans with more than 415,000 likes.

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    An Instagrammer takes a photo of Leo Messi's FIFA Ballon d'Or at Camp Nou. / CRISTINA GONZÁLEZ - FCB
    FC Barcelona is the first club in the world to open its doors to the movement The #empty event that took place at the stadium is the first in all of Spain

    The Camp Nou opened only for a small group of people. This is the dream of many Barcelona fans that came true Wednesday for an exclusive group of nearly 20 Instagrammers. The #empty InstaMeet movement event held at the Club’s facilities is the first ever in Spain, while Barça became the first club in the world to open its doors to an event such as this.

    The purpose of this encounter is to give Instagram users the chance to take and publish unique photos in and around the stadium offering different perspectives in an environment free of any outside influence, giving the snapshots a highly exclusive nature.

    Instagram users enjoyed total access to Camp Nou: Luxury boxes, the tunnel leading to the dressing rooms, the coaches’ area, the playing surface and the FCB Museum. What began as a typical tour became a true surprise. They were able to test their photographic creativity with the Club’s last Champions League trophy and one of Leo Messi’s four FIFA Ballon d'Or awards.

    Excitement and creativity

    David Cuena, the organizer of this #empty event and community manager of Instagram Spain and Latin America, appreciated the excellent opportunity given Instagram. "Camp Nou is a place that is always crowded. Having it just for us is great for the Instagram community because it can make for some truly unique photographs focused on detail and other things that normally go unnoticed," he said.

    He also praised the excitement of the event. "Many of those participating were fans whose legs trembled when they saw two trophies as valuable as that of the Champions League and Messi’s FIFA Ballon d’Or. It was a real thrill and it's great that their passions can be lived through their mobile phones," Cuena concluded.

    Some of the participants, along with David Cuena, felt great mixing their passion for Barça with photography. Instagrammer Sandra Blasco stressed the emotional component of Camp Nou. "The photographs perfectly reflect the thrill of the Club, of which there is plenty in our opinion." Finally, Instagram user Albert Muñoz praised Camp Nou as a unique space with "awesome architectural dimensions that let you play around with photography.”


    An Instagrammer takes a photo of Leo Messi's FIFA Ballon d'Or at Camp Nou. / CRISTINA GONZÁLEZ - FCB
    FC Barcelona is the first club in the world to open its doors to the movement The #empty event that took place at the stadium is the first in all of Spain

    The Camp Nou opened only for a small group of people. This is the dream of many Barcelona fans that came true Wednesday for an exclusive group of nearly 20 Instagrammers. The #empty InstaMeet movement event held at the Club’s facilities is the first ever in Spain, while Barça became the first club in the world to open its doors to an event such as this.

    The purpose of this encounter is to give Instagram users the chance to take and publish unique photos in and around the stadium offering different perspectives in an environment free of any outside influence, giving the snapshots a highly exclusive nature.

    Instagram users enjoyed total access to Camp Nou: Luxury boxes, the tunnel leading to the dressing rooms, the coaches’ area, the playing surface and the FCB Museum. What began as a typical tour became a true surprise. They were able to test their photographic creativity with the Club’s last Champions League trophy and one of Leo Messi’s four FIFA Ballon d'Or awards.

    Excitement and creativity

    David Cuena, the organizer of this #empty event and community manager of Instagram Spain and Latin America, appreciated the excellent opportunity given Instagram. "Camp Nou is a place that is always crowded. Having it just for us is great for the Instagram community because it can make for some truly unique photographs focused on detail and other things that normally go unnoticed," he said.

    He also praised the excitement of the event. "Many of those participating were fans whose legs trembled when they saw two trophies as valuable as that of the Champions League and Messi’s FIFA Ballon d’Or. It was a real thrill and it's great that their passions can be lived through their mobile phones," Cuena concluded.

    Some of the participants, along with David Cuena, felt great mixing their passion for Barça with photography. Instagrammer Sandra Blasco stressed the emotional component of Camp Nou. "The photographs perfectly reflect the thrill of the Club, of which there is plenty in our opinion." Finally, Instagram user Albert Muñoz praised Camp Nou as a unique space with "awesome architectural dimensions that let you play around with photography.”


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    Piqué, Neymar, Iniesta, Suárez and Messi stars of the new Beko campaign / FCB
    The promotional material includes Messi, Neymar, Piqué, Suárez and Iniesta working together, both on the field and at home, showing how team work can helps us all

    The FC Barcelona first team players are the stars of the new advertising campaign by Beko, a global sponsor of the Club. The promotional video for Europe’s second most important white goods company highlights the brand’s relationship with the blaugranes and the importance of innovation and team work for both organisations.

    Messi, Neymar Jr, Piqué, Suárez and Iniesta are the Barça players who feature in the video for Beko. The publicity campaign sees images of the players on the football field mixed with those of the players in their home lives, highlighting the importance of team work. In that sense, Beko’s white goods help families from all around the world with their housework, ‘”forming a team” with them to make life easier.

    Via the new campaign, that includes a television advertising, print advertising, digital media and social media, the Club’s global sponsor hopes to reach people around the world. In that way, it will encourage fans to join forces with Beko using the hashtag #JoinOurTeam.

    Javier Faus, first vice president of the Economic Area FC Barcelona:

     “Our players taking part in this campaign forms part of the global commercialisation and social responsibility strategy that comes about due to the global sponsorship agreement with Beko, something we are very proud of. The campaign highlights the important of working as a team, one of the values that defines us a Club.”

     Hakan Bulguru, CEO of the Arcelik group, owners of the Beko brand:

     “We are very proud of our four year agreement with one of the biggest teams in the world, FC Barcelona, and we hope that this campaign will help strengthen our brand around the world.”

     Tülin Karabük, CMO of the Arcelik group, owners of the Beko brand:

     “To see top level players doing their job out on the field reminds us all that with team work you can achieve incredible results. At Beko, our white goods help families every day, offering innovative and intelligent solutions and we hope that our new campaign emphasises the fact of who we can help achieve success and inspire one and another through working as a team on the field and at home.”


    Piqué, Neymar, Iniesta, Suárez and Messi stars of the new Beko campaign / FCB
    The promotional material includes Messi, Neymar, Piqué, Suárez and Iniesta working together, both on the field and at home, showing how team work can helps us all

    The FC Barcelona first team players are the stars of the new advertising campaign by Beko, a global sponsor of the Club. The promotional video for Europe’s second most important white goods company highlights the brand’s relationship with the blaugranes and the importance of innovation and team work for both organisations.

    Messi, Neymar Jr, Piqué, Suárez and Iniesta are the Barça players who feature in the video for Beko. The publicity campaign sees images of the players on the football field mixed with those of the players in their home lives, highlighting the importance of team work. In that sense, Beko’s white goods help families from all around the world with their housework, ‘”forming a team” with them to make life easier.

    Via the new campaign, that includes a television advertising, print advertising, digital media and social media, the Club’s global sponsor hopes to reach people around the world. In that way, it will encourage fans to join forces with Beko using the hashtag #JoinOurTeam.

    Javier Faus, first vice president of the Economic Area FC Barcelona:

     “Our players taking part in this campaign forms part of the global commercialisation and social responsibility strategy that comes about due to the global sponsorship agreement with Beko, something we are very proud of. The campaign highlights the important of working as a team, one of the values that defines us a Club.”

     Hakan Bulguru, CEO of the Arcelik group, owners of the Beko brand:

     “We are very proud of our four year agreement with one of the biggest teams in the world, FC Barcelona, and we hope that this campaign will help strengthen our brand around the world.”

     Tülin Karabük, CMO of the Arcelik group, owners of the Beko brand:

     “To see top level players doing their job out on the field reminds us all that with team work you can achieve incredible results. At Beko, our white goods help families every day, offering innovative and intelligent solutions and we hope that our new campaign emphasises the fact of who we can help achieve success and inspire one and another through working as a team on the field and at home.”


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    There is a new FC Barcelona mobile app available for iOS and Android users. / FCB
    Available in English, Spanish and Catalan with a more modern, functional and intuitive design Simple to personalise and set up so you can get the information you want and need

    Today marks the inauguration of FC Barcelona’s new official app that is now available for mobiles and tablets running iOS and Android. With totally renewed design and content, this free app puts Barça in the pocket of its fans and takes over for FCBWorld, which had over two million downloads and more than 200,000 active monthly users.

    The new FC Barcelona app, available in English, Spanish and Catalan, differs from the previous version by offering a more modern, functional and intuitive design. It also allows for simple and easy set up, allowing for personalised content to the tastes and interests of each user. Thus, users can select any Barça sport they wish to follow, including football, basketball, handball, roller hockey, futsal, Barça B and the women's football team.

    Alerts and link to R@dio Barça

    You can also easily set up real-time alerts for goals scored, announcement of the starting lineup or the final score, among many others. The app syncs with R@dio Barça so you can listen to LIVE play by play on your phone or tablet English, Spanish or Catalan.

    The launch of this app is part of FC Barcelona's strategy to improve the digital experience so Club members and fans can enjoy their favourite team around the world and from any device, according to Dídac Lee, head of Barça’s New Technologies Department. “We recently announced the release of Mobile Ticket, which allows you to enter Camp Nou without printing your ticket, and now we’re do something similar with the Club's main app. But we aren’t stopping here. We want to continue down this path, listening to what our partners and fans want and need," says Lee. Another recent event was a new workshop with 50 members that discussed several technological developments, some of which are already being implemented.

    Coming soon: App for members

    The new FC Barcelona app provides access to the Club’s other official apps such as FCB Seient Lliure, FCB Passport and FCB Penyes. The coming weeks will also bring a new application exclusively for club members, that will further facilitate their relationship with the Club, and is specially focused on online processes and doubt resolution through live chat with the FC Barcelona Supporters Services Office.

    FCB Official App for iOS available on iTunes

     FCB Official App for Android available on Google Play


    There is a new FC Barcelona mobile app available for iOS and Android users. / FCB
    Available in English, Spanish and Catalan with a more modern, functional and intuitive design Simple to personalise and set up so you can get the information you want and need

    Today marks the inauguration of FC Barcelona’s new official app that is now available for mobiles and tablets running iOS and Android. With totally renewed design and content, this free app puts Barça in the pocket of its fans and takes over for FCBWorld, which had over two million downloads and more than 200,000 active monthly users.

    The new FC Barcelona app, available in English, Spanish and Catalan, differs from the previous version by offering a more modern, functional and intuitive design. It also allows for simple and easy set up, allowing for personalised content to the tastes and interests of each user. Thus, users can select any Barça sport they wish to follow, including football, basketball, handball, roller hockey, futsal, Barça B and the women's football team.

    Alerts and link to R@dio Barça

    You can also easily set up real-time alerts for goals scored, announcement of the starting lineup or the final score, among many others. The app syncs with R@dio Barça so you can listen to LIVE play by play on your phone or tablet English, Spanish or Catalan.

    The launch of this app is part of FC Barcelona's strategy to improve the digital experience so Club members and fans can enjoy their favourite team around the world and from any device, according to Dídac Lee, head of Barça’s New Technologies Department. “We recently announced the release of Mobile Ticket, which allows you to enter Camp Nou without printing your ticket, and now we’re do something similar with the Club's main app. But we aren’t stopping here. We want to continue down this path, listening to what our partners and fans want and need," says Lee. Another recent event was a new workshop with 50 members that discussed several technological developments, some of which are already being implemented.

    Coming soon: App for members

    The new FC Barcelona app provides access to the Club’s other official apps such as FCB Seient Lliure, FCB Passport and FCB Penyes. The coming weeks will also bring a new application exclusively for club members, that will further facilitate their relationship with the Club, and is specially focused on online processes and doubt resolution through live chat with the FC Barcelona Supporters Services Office.

    FCB Official App for iOS available on iTunes

     FCB Official App for Android available on Google Play


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    Come to the Camp Nou Experience this Easter
    The first 100 families, with two adults and two children, get a 25% discount on the purchase of tickets via the club website

    There are plenty of things to do this Easter at the Camp Nou Experience. You can explore some of the most emblematic corners of the stadium, visit the Museum, enjoy the Messi Space and take in the Multimedia Zone, among many other attractions.

    Easter is always an especially busy time, with so many people on holiday, and we have created a family offer especially for the occasion. There will be a 25% discount for the first 100 families (2 adults and 2 children) to buy their tickets for the Camp Nou Experience via the club website (www.fcbarcelona.com). To benefit from the promotion, all you have to do is enter the code BFANSSS4.

    Xavi and Iniesta supporting campaign

    The club has produced a special promo video featuring first team captains Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta to invite people to the Camp Nou Experience, which includes the chance to look around the most visited Museum in Catalonia last year.

    High season opening times

    Easter week begins on Saturday 28 March, the same day that the Camp Nou Experience starts its high season schedule. The facilities will be open every day from 9.30 to 19.30.

    Remember that you can buy tickets for the Camp Nou Experience via the club website or from the ticket offices located in the Boulevard on the stadium forecourt.

    Camp Nou Experience Tickets


    Come to the Camp Nou Experience this Easter
    The first 100 families, with two adults and two children, get a 25% discount on the purchase of tickets via the club website

    There are plenty of things to do this Easter at the Camp Nou Experience. You can explore some of the most emblematic corners of the stadium, visit the Museum, enjoy the Messi Space and take in the Multimedia Zone, among many other attractions.

    Easter is always an especially busy time, with so many people on holiday, and we have created a family offer especially for the occasion. There will be a 25% discount for the first 100 families (2 adults and 2 children) to buy their tickets for the Camp Nou Experience via the club website (www.fcbarcelona.com). To benefit from the promotion, all you have to do is enter the code BFANSSS4.

    Xavi and Iniesta supporting campaign

    The club has produced a special promo video featuring first team captains Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta to invite people to the Camp Nou Experience, which includes the chance to look around the most visited Museum in Catalonia last year.

    High season opening times

    Easter week begins on Saturday 28 March, the same day that the Camp Nou Experience starts its high season schedule. The facilities will be open every day from 9.30 to 19.30.

    Remember that you can buy tickets for the Camp Nou Experience via the club website or from the ticket offices located in the Boulevard on the stadium forecourt.

    Camp Nou Experience Tickets


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    Josep Maria Bartomeu, with Emilio Butragueño (Real Madrid), Gianni Infantino (UEFA General Secretary)  and Giorgio Marchetti (UEFA Competition director), today during the ECA General Assembly.
    The FC Barcelona president is taking part this Monday and Tuesday in the meeting of representatives from the most important clubs in Europe

    Josep Maria Bartomeu is taking part this Monday and tomorrow Tuesday in the ECA (European Club Association) General Assembly that is taking place in Stockholm, Sweden. FC Barcelona has been present in several working meetings and this evening will attend dinner.

    The activity in Stockholm will recommence on Tuesday with a meeting between the ECA members planned, after which the subjects covered and the agreements reached will be announced.

     The meeting in Stockholm is the second of the two ECA General Assemblies that take place every season. Previously, these meetings took place in September in Geneva and in March in Barcelona. Josep Maria Bartomeu has been part of the organisation’s Executive Committee since May of last year.


    Josep Maria Bartomeu, with Emilio Butragueño (Real Madrid), Gianni Infantino (UEFA General Secretary)  and Giorgio Marchetti (UEFA Competition director), today during the ECA General Assembly.
    The FC Barcelona president is taking part this Monday and Tuesday in the meeting of representatives from the most important clubs in Europe

    Josep Maria Bartomeu is taking part this Monday and tomorrow Tuesday in the ECA (European Club Association) General Assembly that is taking place in Stockholm, Sweden. FC Barcelona has been present in several working meetings and this evening will attend dinner.

    The activity in Stockholm will recommence on Tuesday with a meeting between the ECA members planned, after which the subjects covered and the agreements reached will be announced.

     The meeting in Stockholm is the second of the two ECA General Assemblies that take place every season. Previously, these meetings took place in September in Geneva and in March in Barcelona. Josep Maria Bartomeu has been part of the organisation’s Executive Committee since May of last year.


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    videos
    Plenty of content from the Clásico in the top 10 from the last 30 days

    1) THE MOSAIC FROM THE CLÁSICO


    2) THIS IS HOW MESSI PREPARES FOR A CLÁSICO


    3) BEKO & FC BARCELONA: TEAMWORK


    4) PHOTOS FROM THE CLÁSICO


    5) XAVI'S GAME


    6) THE CLÁSICO TIME LAPSE


    7) FINAL TRAINING SESSION BEFORE BARÇA-REAL MADRID


    8) MAN CITY-BARÇA FROM THE INSIDE


    9) THE PLAYERS IN THE LATEST MAURICE LACROIX ADVERT


    10) NEXT STOP BARÇA FANS


    videos
    Plenty of content from the Clásico in the top 10 from the last 30 days

    1) THE MOSAIC FROM THE CLÁSICO


    2) THIS IS HOW MESSI PREPARES FOR A CLÁSICO


    3) BEKO & FC BARCELONA: TEAMWORK


    4) PHOTOS FROM THE CLÁSICO


    5) XAVI'S GAME


    6) THE CLÁSICO TIME LAPSE


    7) FINAL TRAINING SESSION BEFORE BARÇA-REAL MADRID


    8) MAN CITY-BARÇA FROM THE INSIDE


    9) THE PLAYERS IN THE LATEST MAURICE LACROIX ADVERT


    10) NEXT STOP BARÇA FANS


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    Bartomeu during the ECA General Assembly
    The European Club Association announces important agreements with UEFA and FIFA following the General Assembly on Tuesday in Stockholm

    Josep Maria Bartomeu continued on Tuesday his participation in the ECA (European Clubs Association) General Assembly that has been taking place in Stockholm, Sweden. The organisation has announced important agreements with both UEFA and FIFA that affect the clubs.

    In the meeting those present were informed that for the first time in its history that the ECA would have two seats on UEFA’s Executive Committee for their representatives. Furthermore, also in relation to UEFA, it was announced that from now on the Football Club Council would replace the current Club Competition Committee. This new Council will have considerable greater influence in the taking of top level decisions. Furthermore, an improvement in financial conditions has been achieved, with UEFA offering a minimum of €200 million in compensation to the clubs who release players for the 2016 European Championships.

    With regards to FIFA, the clubs have agreed upon the creation of the Department of Professional Football that is comprised of FIFA along with representatives from the clubs via ECA and from the players via FIFPro. This new organ will serve as a platform to debate various subjects related to professional football. So, from now on all changes in the international calendar and rules and regulations on the status and transferring of players will require ECA consent. In financial matters, FIFA have accepted trebling the compensation paid to the clubs for releasing players ahead of the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar.

    The 15th General Assembly of the ECA will take place on 7 and 8 September of 2015 in Geneva.


    Bartomeu during the ECA General Assembly
    The European Club Association announces important agreements with UEFA and FIFA following the General Assembly on Tuesday in Stockholm

    Josep Maria Bartomeu continued on Tuesday his participation in the ECA (European Clubs Association) General Assembly that has been taking place in Stockholm, Sweden. The organisation has announced important agreements with both UEFA and FIFA that affect the clubs.

    In the meeting those present were informed that for the first time in its history that the ECA would have two seats on UEFA’s Executive Committee for their representatives. Furthermore, also in relation to UEFA, it was announced that from now on the Football Club Council would replace the current Club Competition Committee. This new Council will have considerable greater influence in the taking of top level decisions. Furthermore, an improvement in financial conditions has been achieved, with UEFA offering a minimum of €200 million in compensation to the clubs who release players for the 2016 European Championships.

    With regards to FIFA, the clubs have agreed upon the creation of the Department of Professional Football that is comprised of FIFA along with representatives from the clubs via ECA and from the players via FIFPro. This new organ will serve as a platform to debate various subjects related to professional football. So, from now on all changes in the international calendar and rules and regulations on the status and transferring of players will require ECA consent. In financial matters, FIFA have accepted trebling the compensation paid to the clubs for releasing players ahead of the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar.

    The 15th General Assembly of the ECA will take place on 7 and 8 September of 2015 in Geneva.


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    Leo Messi during training with Argentina / PHOTO: www.afa.org.ar
    The AFA have carried out medical tests and the player is not carrying any kind of injury

    FC Barcelona’s medical staff in consultation with their counterparts at the Argentine Football Federation confirm that the tests carried out on Leo Messi whilst on international duty with the Argentine national side in Washington  D.C. show that he has no injury to his right foot where he received a blow in his last league match with the blaugranes against Real Madrid.

    The player will remain with Argentina to play in their upcoming friendly matches against El Salvador on 28 March and Ecuador on 31 March.


    Leo Messi during training with Argentina / PHOTO: www.afa.org.ar
    The AFA have carried out medical tests and the player is not carrying any kind of injury

    FC Barcelona’s medical staff in consultation with their counterparts at the Argentine Football Federation confirm that the tests carried out on Leo Messi whilst on international duty with the Argentine national side in Washington  D.C. show that he has no injury to his right foot where he received a blow in his last league match with the blaugranes against Real Madrid.

    The player will remain with Argentina to play in their upcoming friendly matches against El Salvador on 28 March and Ecuador on 31 March.


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    The players celebrating in the dressing room after the game / FCB Archive
    A Barça side coached by Rinus Michels and containing Johan Cruyff clinch the league title with five games to go

    It had been 14 long years without success in the league. Barça faced Sporting Gijón in El Molinón in week 29 of the 1973/74 campaign knowing victory would hand them the championship for the first time in over a decade. After a poor start to the season, the side coached by Rinus Michels and bolstered by the arrival of Dutchman Johan Cruyff went from strength to strength. An historic 0-5 win in the Santiago Bernabéu set the tone and with five games still to go in the campaign they claimed their prize with a 4-2 win in Asturias against Sporting.

    A hat trick from Marcial and a goal from Charly Rexach gave them the win they needed and at the final whistle the party began. Barça president at the time Agustí Montal summed it up well when after the game he said: “After 14, this a great reward for everybody’s hard work.” Peruvian striker Hugo Sotil also captured the moment when he called home with the good news: “Mum, we are Champions!” were his first words. 


    The players celebrating in the dressing room after the game / FCB Archive
    A Barça side coached by Rinus Michels and containing Johan Cruyff clinch the league title with five games to go

    It had been 14 long years without success in the league. Barça faced Sporting Gijón in El Molinón in week 29 of the 1973/74 campaign knowing victory would hand them the championship for the first time in over a decade. After a poor start to the season, the side coached by Rinus Michels and bolstered by the arrival of Dutchman Johan Cruyff went from strength to strength. An historic 0-5 win in the Santiago Bernabéu set the tone and with five games still to go in the campaign they claimed their prize with a 4-2 win in Asturias against Sporting.

    A hat trick from Marcial and a goal from Charly Rexach gave them the win they needed and at the final whistle the party began. Barça president at the time Agustí Montal summed it up well when after the game he said: “After 14, this a great reward for everybody’s hard work.” Peruvian striker Hugo Sotil also captured the moment when he called home with the good news: “Mum, we are Champions!” were his first words. 


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    Two newlywed Chinese couples visited the Camp Nou / GERMÁN PARGA-FCB
    The story of two brides and two grooms who celebrated their weddings with a trip to the Barça stadium

    “I feel very lucky that one of my dreams has come true and I have been able to get to know this lovely city” says Zhao Jiexin, a young Chinese citizen who visited the Camp Nou on his honeymoon this week. He met his partner Liu Jian at work and they used to go to watch Barça games together. The FCB stadium is the perfect destination for many newlywed Chinese couples, which was also the place Yu Rui and Huang Yan chose to visit on their own honeymoon.

    Yu Rui explains with a laugh that “I started supporting Barça when I was very young and I found out that I was born on the same day as Leo Messi.” He jokingly adds that he loves the Argentinian more than his wife! “Sorry, but I knew about him first” he continues. “He was a role model for me. Although we live so far away, I can compare myself to him and have noticed many similarities.”

    CAMP NOU EXPERIENCE TICKETS HERE


    Two newlywed Chinese couples visited the Camp Nou / GERMÁN PARGA-FCB
    The story of two brides and two grooms who celebrated their weddings with a trip to the Barça stadium

    “I feel very lucky that one of my dreams has come true and I have been able to get to know this lovely city” says Zhao Jiexin, a young Chinese citizen who visited the Camp Nou on his honeymoon this week. He met his partner Liu Jian at work and they used to go to watch Barça games together. The FCB stadium is the perfect destination for many newlywed Chinese couples, which was also the place Yu Rui and Huang Yan chose to visit on their own honeymoon.

    Yu Rui explains with a laugh that “I started supporting Barça when I was very young and I found out that I was born on the same day as Leo Messi.” He jokingly adds that he loves the Argentinian more than his wife! “Sorry, but I knew about him first” he continues. “He was a role model for me. Although we live so far away, I can compare myself to him and have noticed many similarities.”

    CAMP NOU EXPERIENCE TICKETS HERE


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    Neymar and Gerard Piqué aew two of the stars that appear in the advert / DANI AZNAR
    The FC Barcelona players appear in an ad for the club's global partner, highlighting the values of teamwork and innovation

    The Barça players appear in the latest commercial produced by its global partner, Beko, and here’s a light-hearted look behind scenes involving Messi, Neymar Jr, Piqué, Suárez and Iniesta. The second largest household appliance company in Europe has associated its name with FCB, stressing the important role that teamwork and innovation plays in what they do.


    Beko & FC Barcelona - Join Our Team por fcbarcelona


    Neymar and Gerard Piqué aew two of the stars that appear in the advert / DANI AZNAR
    The FC Barcelona players appear in an ad for the club's global partner, highlighting the values of teamwork and innovation

    The Barça players appear in the latest commercial produced by its global partner, Beko, and here’s a light-hearted look behind scenes involving Messi, Neymar Jr, Piqué, Suárez and Iniesta. The second largest household appliance company in Europe has associated its name with FCB, stressing the important role that teamwork and innovation plays in what they do.


    Beko & FC Barcelona - Join Our Team por fcbarcelona


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