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    President Josep Maria Bartomeu and Jordi Moix unveiling the plans  / VICTOR SALGADO - FCB
    The past year has seen a number of studies carried out ahead of the adjudication of the design projects for the New Camp Nou and Mini Estadi

    After the members gave a clear mandate to go ahead with the Espai Barça project in the referendum held last April, work began on creating a specialised team to see the transformation of the FC Barcelona facilities was kept on schedule.

    The local authorities in Sant Joan Despí have already given the green light to the work on the Nou Miniestadi and the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper and the Barcelona City Council will now discuss the Club’s plans which have been developed over the last few months with the help of local architects, lawyers and other organisations. A large part of this planning has involved the Building Information Modelling of the Club’s facilities in order to ensure maximum control of costs and future management, which is estimated at savings of up to 20% in energy costs and 15% annual savings in maintenance.

    Six different roof types

    Another aspect of the work carried out over the last 12 months has been the study into which kind of roofing the new Camp Nou will have. The roofing entails about 15% of the total cost of the stadium work and the studies have focussed on six solutions, taking into account protecting fans, pitch upkeep, comfort, air-flows and the possibility of including solar panels. Studies into the use and requirements of all the facilities and a geothermic study to establish ground resistance have also taken place.

     


    President Josep Maria Bartomeu and Jordi Moix unveiling the plans  / VICTOR SALGADO - FCB
    The past year has seen a number of studies carried out ahead of the adjudication of the design projects for the New Camp Nou and Mini Estadi

    After the members gave a clear mandate to go ahead with the Espai Barça project in the referendum held last April, work began on creating a specialised team to see the transformation of the FC Barcelona facilities was kept on schedule.

    The local authorities in Sant Joan Despí have already given the green light to the work on the Nou Miniestadi and the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper and the Barcelona City Council will now discuss the Club’s plans which have been developed over the last few months with the help of local architects, lawyers and other organisations. A large part of this planning has involved the Building Information Modelling of the Club’s facilities in order to ensure maximum control of costs and future management, which is estimated at savings of up to 20% in energy costs and 15% annual savings in maintenance.

    Six different roof types

    Another aspect of the work carried out over the last 12 months has been the study into which kind of roofing the new Camp Nou will have. The roofing entails about 15% of the total cost of the stadium work and the studies have focussed on six solutions, taking into account protecting fans, pitch upkeep, comfort, air-flows and the possibility of including solar panels. Studies into the use and requirements of all the facilities and a geothermic study to establish ground resistance have also taken place.

     


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    Messi and Piqué designing their Maurice Lacroix watches/ MAURICE LACROIX
    The first team squad designed their own personalized watches, something fans can do with the Unique Fan’s Watch experience

    Official Club Sponsor Maurice Lacroix has presented a spectacular new collection of 24 unique watches designed for each of the Barça first team squad members. Every Barça fan can also design their own unique watch at Unique Fan’s Watch (www.uniquefanswatch.com), share their design and win a special prize.

    Personalised watches for the Barça players

    The players all designed their own watches at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, – a process you can see in this special video – under the supervision of Manuel Lacroix’s Head of Design. Now, you can do anything Messi, Alves, Rakitic, Piqué or Xavi can, can’t you? Well now you have the chance to design your own Maurice Lacroix watch at Unique Fan’s Watch, www.uniquefanswatch.com and then show your design on Facebook. The five designs with most “Likes” will win a prize and receive the watch itself.


    Messi and Piqué designing their Maurice Lacroix watches/ MAURICE LACROIX
    The first team squad designed their own personalized watches, something fans can do with the Unique Fan’s Watch experience

    Official Club Sponsor Maurice Lacroix has presented a spectacular new collection of 24 unique watches designed for each of the Barça first team squad members. Every Barça fan can also design their own unique watch at Unique Fan’s Watch (www.uniquefanswatch.com), share their design and win a special prize.

    Personalised watches for the Barça players

    The players all designed their own watches at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, – a process you can see in this special video – under the supervision of Manuel Lacroix’s Head of Design. Now, you can do anything Messi, Alves, Rakitic, Piqué or Xavi can, can’t you? Well now you have the chance to design your own Maurice Lacroix watch at Unique Fan’s Watch, www.uniquefanswatch.com and then show your design on Facebook. The five designs with most “Likes” will win a prize and receive the watch itself.


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    Oppo, new Barça sponsor fo the next three years / FCB
    The global brand of smartphones becomes the official partner of the Club for the next 3 years

    FC Barcelona and OPPO have made official today partnership agreement by which the smartphone manufacturer becomes official partner of the club for the next three years.

    With this agreement, FC Barcelona and OPPO will cooperate in various fields such as soccer events, activities of associations and television advertising, among others. Therefore, OPPO will be visible during games of the first team at the Camp Nou.

    OPPO is a manufacturer of smartphones distributing to more than 20 countries such as China, Australia, Mexico, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Middle East and Africa, and is planning a worldwide expansion. OPPO is also renowned for its high-end Blu-ray DVD players in the United States and Europe.

    Statement by the CEO of OPPO Tony Chen:

    Chen: “An important step in our global marketing strategy”

    “The company chose FC Barcelona not only because of their status as a global iconic football club, but also because they represent the art of football. The partnership with FC Barcelona will be an important step in OPPO’s global marketing strategy. ”

    Statement by director general of FC Barcelona Ignacio Mestre:
    Mestre:“One further step in taking our Club closer to its fans around the world”

    “OPPO is a global leading smartphone brand known for its exquisite product design and state-of-the-art camera technologies,. We are more than happy to welcome OPPO to our family and hope this partnership can bring us closer to our supporters all over the world.”

     


    Oppo, new Barça sponsor fo the next three years / FCB
    The global brand of smartphones becomes the official partner of the Club for the next 3 years

    FC Barcelona and OPPO have made official today partnership agreement by which the smartphone manufacturer becomes official partner of the club for the next three years.

    With this agreement, FC Barcelona and OPPO will cooperate in various fields such as soccer events, activities of associations and television advertising, among others. Therefore, OPPO will be visible during games of the first team at the Camp Nou.

    OPPO is a manufacturer of smartphones distributing to more than 20 countries such as China, Australia, Mexico, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Middle East and Africa, and is planning a worldwide expansion. OPPO is also renowned for its high-end Blu-ray DVD players in the United States and Europe.

    Statement by the CEO of OPPO Tony Chen:

    Chen: “An important step in our global marketing strategy”

    “The company chose FC Barcelona not only because of their status as a global iconic football club, but also because they represent the art of football. The partnership with FC Barcelona will be an important step in OPPO’s global marketing strategy. ”

    Statement by director general of FC Barcelona Ignacio Mestre:
    Mestre:“One further step in taking our Club closer to its fans around the world”

    “OPPO is a global leading smartphone brand known for its exquisite product design and state-of-the-art camera technologies,. We are more than happy to welcome OPPO to our family and hope this partnership can bring us closer to our supporters all over the world.”

     


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    Barça win the Spanish Cup at Camp Nou  / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
    Luis Enrique's Barça side are already league champions and Spanish Cup winners and now have their sights set on the treble after eliminating Bayern in the semi-finals of the Champions League

    The month of June is upon us and for that reason it is time to take a look back at the last 31 days. With the double already in the bag, FC Barcelona have the Champions League final still to come, a trophy that the roller hockey and handball sides have already claimed this season. Below, we run through the highlights at Barça of the month of May:

    1 May: Leo Messi, 10 years and 403 goals. The Argentine star celebrates a decade since his first ever goal for Barça in official competition. The blaugrana took advantage of a great pass from Ronaldinho to make it 2-0 against Albacete.


    3 May: The Barça roller hockey side European Champions. Ricard Muñoz’s team recorded another European trophy following an impeccable Final Four in which they overcame Vic 4-3 in the final. It was the 21st European League title for the section.


    5 May: Pep Guardiola ahead of his return to Camp Nou: “For me it is not a normal game.” Furthermore, it was the first meeting between Luis Enrique and Guardiola as coaches. The two had been team mates for five seasons at FC Barcelona.


    6 May: “Messi and Neymar take Barça closer to Berlin,” the match report from the first leg of the semi-finals of the Champions League against Bayern. Messi scored a wonderful goal that you can follow in a sequence of photos by clicking on the image below:


    9 May: Neymar reached 50 goals in a Barça shirt. The Brazilian reached the landmark figure against Real Sociedad in the 2-0 victory in only his 87th game for the blaugranes. 


    12 May: #HalloBerlin, FC Barcelona make it to the Champions League final. The blaugranes made it through despite losing 3-2 in the second leg of the semi-final against Bayern. They will make their fourth appearance in the final in the last ten years


    13 May: The skills of the Women’s A team. A series of videos in which the team coached by Xavi Llorens show off their ability. In the first Jennifer Hermoso, Virginia Torrecilla and Mariona Caldentey give a masterclass with the ball at their feet. In the second video Melanie Serrano and Sonia Bermúdez compete to see who can score most goals from a corner. Finally, in the third Alexia Putellas and Marta Unzué set themselves the challenge of seeing who can hit the crossbar.


    17 May: League Champions in the Calderón! A brilliant goal from Leo Messi gave the team the win they needed to claim their 23rd league title. This was how they celebrated on the way back to Barcelona.


    21 May: Xavi Hernández announces that he is leaving Barça at the end of the season. “It is the moment to leave,” stated the midfielder in a press conference. On the Saturday against Deportivo La Coruña in the league, the Club paid tribute to the man from Terrassa. Check out our special on Xavi’s farewell.


    30 May: The Cup is ours! The trophy stayed at Camp Nou after the 3-1 victory over Athletic in the final. It is the 27th time that Barça have claimed the title, making them undoubtedly the King of the Cups.


    31 May: The Barça handball team are once again dominant in Europe. The blaugranes win the Champions League thanks to a 28-23 victory over Veszprem in the final.


    Barça win the Spanish Cup at Camp Nou  / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
    Luis Enrique's Barça side are already league champions and Spanish Cup winners and now have their sights set on the treble after eliminating Bayern in the semi-finals of the Champions League

    The month of June is upon us and for that reason it is time to take a look back at the last 31 days. With the double already in the bag, FC Barcelona have the Champions League final still to come, a trophy that the roller hockey and handball sides have already claimed this season. Below, we run through the highlights at Barça of the month of May:

    1 May: Leo Messi, 10 years and 403 goals. The Argentine star celebrates a decade since his first ever goal for Barça in official competition. The blaugrana took advantage of a great pass from Ronaldinho to make it 2-0 against Albacete.


    3 May: The Barça roller hockey side European Champions. Ricard Muñoz’s team recorded another European trophy following an impeccable Final Four in which they overcame Vic 4-3 in the final. It was the 21st European League title for the section.


    5 May: Pep Guardiola ahead of his return to Camp Nou: “For me it is not a normal game.” Furthermore, it was the first meeting between Luis Enrique and Guardiola as coaches. The two had been team mates for five seasons at FC Barcelona.


    6 May: “Messi and Neymar take Barça closer to Berlin,” the match report from the first leg of the semi-finals of the Champions League against Bayern. Messi scored a wonderful goal that you can follow in a sequence of photos by clicking on the image below:


    9 May: Neymar reached 50 goals in a Barça shirt. The Brazilian reached the landmark figure against Real Sociedad in the 2-0 victory in only his 87th game for the blaugranes. 


    12 May: #HalloBerlin, FC Barcelona make it to the Champions League final. The blaugranes made it through despite losing 3-2 in the second leg of the semi-final against Bayern. They will make their fourth appearance in the final in the last ten years


    13 May: The skills of the Women’s A team. A series of videos in which the team coached by Xavi Llorens show off their ability. In the first Jennifer Hermoso, Virginia Torrecilla and Mariona Caldentey give a masterclass with the ball at their feet. In the second video Melanie Serrano and Sonia Bermúdez compete to see who can score most goals from a corner. Finally, in the third Alexia Putellas and Marta Unzué set themselves the challenge of seeing who can hit the crossbar.


    17 May: League Champions in the Calderón! A brilliant goal from Leo Messi gave the team the win they needed to claim their 23rd league title. This was how they celebrated on the way back to Barcelona.


    21 May: Xavi Hernández announces that he is leaving Barça at the end of the season. “It is the moment to leave,” stated the midfielder in a press conference. On the Saturday against Deportivo La Coruña in the league, the Club paid tribute to the man from Terrassa. Check out our special on Xavi’s farewell.


    30 May: The Cup is ours! The trophy stayed at Camp Nou after the 3-1 victory over Athletic in the final. It is the 27th time that Barça have claimed the title, making them undoubtedly the King of the Cups.


    31 May: The Barça handball team are once again dominant in Europe. The blaugranes win the Champions League thanks to a 28-23 victory over Veszprem in the final.


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    The Handball team won the section's 9th European Cup in Cologne/ GERMÁN PARGA - FCB
    After the Handball team's win in Cologne last weekend, the Club can now boast 39 European Cups across its five professional sections. Luis Enrique's side have the chance to make it three European Cups in one season, following the Roller Hockey's success last month

    FC Barcelona continue to pile up European trophies and following the Handball team’s win over Veszprém, the Club has now taken 38 European Cups across the five professional sports sections – Football, Basketball, Roller Hockey, Handball and Futsal.

    The Roller Hockey section boasts the most titles, having taken its 21st European Cup this season by beating Vic, 42 years after its first – in 1973, which makes it one Cup every other season.

    Xavi Pascual’s Handball team won the European Cup at the weekend in Cologne - the ninth time since 1991 when Valero Ribera led them to their first title. Since then, Barça have proved themselves a giant in European Handball.

    Third European Cup of the season up for grabs

    With the Roller Hockey and Handball sides’ success this campaign, the Football team have the chance to make it three European Cups in one season for the Club if they can defeat Juventus in Berlin on Saturday and claim their own fifth European Cup, following the wins in 1992, 2006, 2009 and 2011.

    The Club’s Basketball and Futsal teams have both won two European Cups: in 2003 and 2010 for the Basketball side and 2012 and 2014 for the Futsal team, who came close to retaining their title in the Final Four in Lisbon this year, only to lose to Kairat Almaty (2-3). Saturday’s Final in Berlin will then, be the Club’s fourth European Final this season, with the basketball team just failing to make the Final Four of the Euroleague.

     

    THE 38 EUROPEAN CUPS

    Roller Hockey 21

    Handball, 9

    Football 4

    Basketball, 2

    Futsal, 2

    1973, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2015

    1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2011, 2015

    1992, 2006, 2009, 2011

    2003, 2010

    2012, 2014


    The Handball team won the section's 9th European Cup in Cologne/ GERMÁN PARGA - FCB
    After the Handball team's win in Cologne last weekend, the Club can now boast 39 European Cups across its five professional sections. Luis Enrique's side have the chance to make it three European Cups in one season, following the Roller Hockey's success last month

    FC Barcelona continue to pile up European trophies and following the Handball team’s win over Veszprém, the Club has now taken 38 European Cups across the five professional sports sections – Football, Basketball, Roller Hockey, Handball and Futsal.

    The Roller Hockey section boasts the most titles, having taken its 21st European Cup this season by beating Vic, 42 years after its first – in 1973, which makes it one Cup every other season.

    Xavi Pascual’s Handball team won the European Cup at the weekend in Cologne - the ninth time since 1991 when Valero Ribera led them to their first title. Since then, Barça have proved themselves a giant in European Handball.

    Third European Cup of the season up for grabs

    With the Roller Hockey and Handball sides’ success this campaign, the Football team have the chance to make it three European Cups in one season for the Club if they can defeat Juventus in Berlin on Saturday and claim their own fifth European Cup, following the wins in 1992, 2006, 2009 and 2011.

    The Club’s Basketball and Futsal teams have both won two European Cups: in 2003 and 2010 for the Basketball side and 2012 and 2014 for the Futsal team, who came close to retaining their title in the Final Four in Lisbon this year, only to lose to Kairat Almaty (2-3). Saturday’s Final in Berlin will then, be the Club’s fourth European Final this season, with the basketball team just failing to make the Final Four of the Euroleague.

     

    THE 38 EUROPEAN CUPS

    Roller Hockey 21

    Handball, 9

    Football 4

    Basketball, 2

    Futsal, 2

    1973, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2015

    1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2011, 2015

    1992, 2006, 2009, 2011

    2003, 2010

    2012, 2014


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    Javier Faus, Josep M. Bartomeu and Hakan Bayman during the event to mark the signing of the partnership agreement with Lassa Tyres / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
    Turkey’s leading tyre manufacturer has become Official Partner of the Club and will give its name to the Basketball, Handball, Futsal and Roller Hockey teams

    On Tuesday, FC Barcelona and Lassa Tyres signed a global partnership agreement with Turkey’s leading tyre manufacturer, whereby the latter becomes the Main Partner of the indoor sports teams and, at the same time, Official Partner of the Club in relation to football for the next four seasons. The agreement will be in force until 1 June 2015, and makes Lassa Tyres the “official tyre” of FC Barcelona.

    This is the first time that the Club’s indoor sports teams (basketball, handball, futsal and roller hockey) have shared the same main partner. This means that the four teams will wear the Lassa Tyres name on the front of their jerseys and all of them will be known by the same name, FC Barcelona Lassa until 30 June 2019.

    The signing of the deal between FC Barcelona and the Brisa company, the seventh biggest tyre manufacturer in Europe and the owner of the Lassa Tyres brand, established 41 years ago, took place on Tuesday on the Club facilities in the presence of the CEO of Brisa (a joint venture of Turkey's Sabancı Holding and Bridgestone) Hakan Bayman, president Josep Maria Bartomeu and first vice-president Javier Faus. A press conference is being planned for a later date, when the agreement will be officially presented.

    The deal grants Lassa Tyres association and image rights, advertising and promotional rights, and hospitality rights, among others, both in relation to the four indoor sports and the Palau Blaugrana and to football and the Camp Nou. In addition, players like Messi, Neymar Jr, Luis Suárez, Iniesta, Juan Carlos Navarro, Víctor Tomàs, Sergio Lozano and Aitor Egurrola, among others, will be taking part in the promotional campaigns of Lassa Tyres.

    Statement by Brisa CEO Hakan Bayman:

    Bayman: “An important step in our global marketing strategy”

    “FC Barcelona is among the world’s most appreciated clubs. It is a club that sets an example in traditional values and social vision, and has a strong academy culture that delivers success in sports. We believe that Brisa’s respect for people and the environment, and our focus on sustainable development, are in line with FC Barcelona’s deep-rooted values. At Brisa, we believe that our leading brand in the tyre industry, Lassa, is the perfect match for FC Barcelona. Today, vehicle owners and drivers can find Lassa Tyres in more than 60 countries. We will continue to proudly represent our country in global markets through this cooperation. We are already excited about joining forces in new projects with FC Barcelona, a club that values social responsibility highly, just like Brisa.”

    Statement by FC Barcelona vice-president Javier Faus:

    Faus: “A historic agreement for the Club’s indoor sports teams”

    This is a great day for FC Barcelona’s Indoor Sports teams. We had an ambitious objective, which was to find a global partner for all of the Club’s indoor sports teams and thus boost the strength of our multi-sport status. Now we have one and we feel very satisfied We couldn´t wish to have a better partner. Lassa Tyres forms part of a leading industrial group in Turkey, where Barça is a big name and where we already have very important partners. This agreement takes us even closer to our fans around the world thanks to the worldwide arena in which Lassa Tyres operates. This partnership provides support and impulse for our indoor sports, which are an integral part of us being More than a Club.


    Javier Faus, Josep M. Bartomeu and Hakan Bayman during the event to mark the signing of the partnership agreement with Lassa Tyres / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
    Turkey’s leading tyre manufacturer has become Official Partner of the Club and will give its name to the Basketball, Handball, Futsal and Roller Hockey teams

    On Tuesday, FC Barcelona and Lassa Tyres signed a global partnership agreement with Turkey’s leading tyre manufacturer, whereby the latter becomes the Main Partner of the indoor sports teams and, at the same time, Official Partner of the Club in relation to football for the next four seasons. The agreement will be in force until 1 June 2015, and makes Lassa Tyres the “official tyre” of FC Barcelona.

    This is the first time that the Club’s indoor sports teams (basketball, handball, futsal and roller hockey) have shared the same main partner. This means that the four teams will wear the Lassa Tyres name on the front of their jerseys and all of them will be known by the same name, FC Barcelona Lassa until 30 June 2019.

    The signing of the deal between FC Barcelona and the Brisa company, the seventh biggest tyre manufacturer in Europe and the owner of the Lassa Tyres brand, established 41 years ago, took place on Tuesday on the Club facilities in the presence of the CEO of Brisa (a joint venture of Turkey's Sabancı Holding and Bridgestone) Hakan Bayman, president Josep Maria Bartomeu and first vice-president Javier Faus. A press conference is being planned for a later date, when the agreement will be officially presented.

    The deal grants Lassa Tyres association and image rights, advertising and promotional rights, and hospitality rights, among others, both in relation to the four indoor sports and the Palau Blaugrana and to football and the Camp Nou. In addition, players like Messi, Neymar Jr, Luis Suárez, Iniesta, Juan Carlos Navarro, Víctor Tomàs, Sergio Lozano and Aitor Egurrola, among others, will be taking part in the promotional campaigns of Lassa Tyres.

    Statement by Brisa CEO Hakan Bayman:

    Bayman: “An important step in our global marketing strategy”

    “FC Barcelona is among the world’s most appreciated clubs. It is a club that sets an example in traditional values and social vision, and has a strong academy culture that delivers success in sports. We believe that Brisa’s respect for people and the environment, and our focus on sustainable development, are in line with FC Barcelona’s deep-rooted values. At Brisa, we believe that our leading brand in the tyre industry, Lassa, is the perfect match for FC Barcelona. Today, vehicle owners and drivers can find Lassa Tyres in more than 60 countries. We will continue to proudly represent our country in global markets through this cooperation. We are already excited about joining forces in new projects with FC Barcelona, a club that values social responsibility highly, just like Brisa.”

    Statement by FC Barcelona vice-president Javier Faus:

    Faus: “A historic agreement for the Club’s indoor sports teams”

    This is a great day for FC Barcelona’s Indoor Sports teams. We had an ambitious objective, which was to find a global partner for all of the Club’s indoor sports teams and thus boost the strength of our multi-sport status. Now we have one and we feel very satisfied We couldn´t wish to have a better partner. Lassa Tyres forms part of a leading industrial group in Turkey, where Barça is a big name and where we already have very important partners. This agreement takes us even closer to our fans around the world thanks to the worldwide arena in which Lassa Tyres operates. This partnership provides support and impulse for our indoor sports, which are an integral part of us being More than a Club.


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    Josep Maria Bartomeu during his speech at La Masia / GERMÁN PARGA-FCB
    The players enjoyed an end of season get together at La Masia that was attended by president Josep Maria Bartomeu

    The FC Barcelona youth football teams and the Women’s teams celebrated this Thursday the end of the 2014/15 season. As is usual at this time of the year, the event took place at the La Masia Oriol Tort training centre gardens with more than 400 young sportsmen and women present, from the youngsters of the U8 teams to the U19s, not forgetting the women’s teams at Barça. The Club organised an end of season meal which was attended by the president, Josep Maria Bartomeu; the social vice president Jordi Cardoner; the sporting vice president Jordi Mestre; the director responsible for youth football Silvio Elías; the director responsible for Supporters’ Clubs, Pau Vilanova; the director of professional sport Albert Soler and the youth football heads, Jordi Roura and Aureli Altimira.

    Together with coaches, delegates, the players from the various teams were able to enjoy time together to round off a season replete with success. President Bartomeu, Mestre and Roura all congratulated the players for their successful campaigns and wished them a happy summer and happy holidays.

    During the event, the sportsmen and women received a copy of the book ‘Relats Solidaris de l’Esport’ whose profits go to the Catalan Rett Syndrome Association thanks to the efforts of Javier Mascherano and the journalists who took part in the publication.


    Josep Maria Bartomeu during his speech at La Masia / GERMÁN PARGA-FCB
    The players enjoyed an end of season get together at La Masia that was attended by president Josep Maria Bartomeu

    The FC Barcelona youth football teams and the Women’s teams celebrated this Thursday the end of the 2014/15 season. As is usual at this time of the year, the event took place at the La Masia Oriol Tort training centre gardens with more than 400 young sportsmen and women present, from the youngsters of the U8 teams to the U19s, not forgetting the women’s teams at Barça. The Club organised an end of season meal which was attended by the president, Josep Maria Bartomeu; the social vice president Jordi Cardoner; the sporting vice president Jordi Mestre; the director responsible for youth football Silvio Elías; the director responsible for Supporters’ Clubs, Pau Vilanova; the director of professional sport Albert Soler and the youth football heads, Jordi Roura and Aureli Altimira.

    Together with coaches, delegates, the players from the various teams were able to enjoy time together to round off a season replete with success. President Bartomeu, Mestre and Roura all congratulated the players for their successful campaigns and wished them a happy summer and happy holidays.

    During the event, the sportsmen and women received a copy of the book ‘Relats Solidaris de l’Esport’ whose profits go to the Catalan Rett Syndrome Association thanks to the efforts of Javier Mascherano and the journalists who took part in the publication.


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    Champions League final tickets / GERMÁN PARGA - FCB
    At the Olympic Stadium ID controls can be carried out and fans without official tickets will not be allowed into the ground

    UEFA are working with the relevant authorities to try and combat the sale of counterfeit tickets and ticket touting during the run to the Champions League final to prevent access to the stadium of fans with unauthorised tickets. The organisation is aware that there are a series of people, companies and websites offering tickets and hospitality packages for the game, many of which at prices far beyond than those stipulated officially.

    As such, legal action will be taken against those people who break the law and/or infringe the terms and conditions regarding tickets.

    UEFA warn that official sales channels for tickets are now closed and that all tickets and hospitality packages have been sold. Therefore, it advises against buying tickets from unofficial sources. Any unauthorised ticket will not allow access to the stadium.

    In order to battle against the sale of unauthorised tickets for the final UEFA can carry ID controls at the Olympic Stadium and those fans who have bought tickets via unofficial channels will be not be allowed access to the stadium.

    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL SPECIAL


    Champions League final tickets / GERMÁN PARGA - FCB
    At the Olympic Stadium ID controls can be carried out and fans without official tickets will not be allowed into the ground

    UEFA are working with the relevant authorities to try and combat the sale of counterfeit tickets and ticket touting during the run to the Champions League final to prevent access to the stadium of fans with unauthorised tickets. The organisation is aware that there are a series of people, companies and websites offering tickets and hospitality packages for the game, many of which at prices far beyond than those stipulated officially.

    As such, legal action will be taken against those people who break the law and/or infringe the terms and conditions regarding tickets.

    UEFA warn that official sales channels for tickets are now closed and that all tickets and hospitality packages have been sold. Therefore, it advises against buying tickets from unofficial sources. Any unauthorised ticket will not allow access to the stadium.

    In order to battle against the sale of unauthorised tickets for the final UEFA can carry ID controls at the Olympic Stadium and those fans who have bought tickets via unofficial channels will be not be allowed access to the stadium.

    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL SPECIAL


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    La festa al Camp Nou arrencarà cap a les 22 hores / FCB
    The players will parade trough the city and arrive at the Camp Nou for a celebratory party on Sunday evening Entry to the Camp Nou is by ticket only, which are available free of charge from the Club ticket offices

    All Club Members and fans– including children – who want to come along to the Camp Nou to celebrate the treble on Sunday must have a ticket, available free from the Club ticket offices from nine o’clock in the morning local time until all are distributed.

    Barça have won their second treble and on Sunday they’ll be celebrating their historic achievement with the fans on an open top bus parade through the city beginning at 7pm CET and culminating with a party at the Camp Nou starting at about ten.

    How do I get a ticket for the Camp Nou party?

    Everyone who wants to come along to the Camp Nou, including children, must have a ticket, available free from the Club ticket offices from nine o’clock in the morning local time until all are distributed. The ticket offices are at access gate 1 (Miniestadi) and 4 (Gol Nord) and exclusively for Club members until 1.00 pm at gate 15. After this time, tickets from this office will also be available to the public. Each Club Member is entitled to four free tickets.

    The Club took the decision to regulate access to the final party on the advice of the Catalan police force, with the aim of safeguarding the fans attending and ensuring maximum security during the event.

    The Camp Nou will not be open to vehicles of any sort for the general public or members holding parking permits.

    CAMP NOU ACCESS

    Open top bus parade starting at the Estació del Nord

    7.00 pm: Start at the Parc de l’Estació del Nord (carrer de Nàpols).

    Route (see map): avinguda de Vilanova, Arc de Triomf, ronda de Sant Pere, via Laietana, ronda de Sant Pere-Plaça Urquinaona, passeig de Gràcia, Aragó, avinguda de Roma, Comte d’Urgell, avinguda de Sarrià and plaça del doctor Ignasi Barraquer.

    There will be four celebration points on the route: (Arc de Triomf, plaça Urquinaona, Aragó-Rambla Catalunya and avinguda Sarrià-Josep Tarradellas).

    9.30 pm: End of the open top bus parade (plaça del doctor Ignasi Barraquer).

    Party at the Camp Nou:

    7.30 pm: Gates open at the Club installations and the Camp Nou for ticket holders. Live music and video link to the parade

    10.00 pm:  The celebrations begin with a spectacular light and image show and a look back at the highlights of the season and the five European Cups the Club have lifted (London 92, Paris 06, Rome 09, London 11 and Berlin 15).

    The players will do a lap of honour around the pitch and the party will climax with an eight-minute long musical firework display.


    La festa al Camp Nou arrencarà cap a les 22 hores / FCB
    The players will parade trough the city and arrive at the Camp Nou for a celebratory party on Sunday evening Entry to the Camp Nou is by ticket only, which are available free of charge from the Club ticket offices

    All Club Members and fans– including children – who want to come along to the Camp Nou to celebrate the treble on Sunday must have a ticket, available free from the Club ticket offices from nine o’clock in the morning local time until all are distributed.

    Barça have won their second treble and on Sunday they’ll be celebrating their historic achievement with the fans on an open top bus parade through the city beginning at 7pm CET and culminating with a party at the Camp Nou starting at about ten.

    How do I get a ticket for the Camp Nou party?

    Everyone who wants to come along to the Camp Nou, including children, must have a ticket, available free from the Club ticket offices from nine o’clock in the morning local time until all are distributed. The ticket offices are at access gate 1 (Miniestadi) and 4 (Gol Nord) and exclusively for Club members until 1.00 pm at gate 15. After this time, tickets from this office will also be available to the public. Each Club Member is entitled to four free tickets.

    The Club took the decision to regulate access to the final party on the advice of the Catalan police force, with the aim of safeguarding the fans attending and ensuring maximum security during the event.

    The Camp Nou will not be open to vehicles of any sort for the general public or members holding parking permits.

    CAMP NOU ACCESS

    Open top bus parade starting at the Estació del Nord

    7.00 pm: Start at the Parc de l’Estació del Nord (carrer de Nàpols).

    Route (see map): avinguda de Vilanova, Arc de Triomf, ronda de Sant Pere, via Laietana, ronda de Sant Pere-Plaça Urquinaona, passeig de Gràcia, Aragó, avinguda de Roma, Comte d’Urgell, avinguda de Sarrià and plaça del doctor Ignasi Barraquer.

    There will be four celebration points on the route: (Arc de Triomf, plaça Urquinaona, Aragó-Rambla Catalunya and avinguda Sarrià-Josep Tarradellas).

    9.30 pm: End of the open top bus parade (plaça del doctor Ignasi Barraquer).

    Party at the Camp Nou:

    7.30 pm: Gates open at the Club installations and the Camp Nou for ticket holders. Live music and video link to the parade

    10.00 pm:  The celebrations begin with a spectacular light and image show and a look back at the highlights of the season and the five European Cups the Club have lifted (London 92, Paris 06, Rome 09, London 11 and Berlin 15).

    The players will do a lap of honour around the pitch and the party will climax with an eight-minute long musical firework display.


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    The Camp Nou Lounge is back from 12 June / FCB
    Top quality cuisine served up in the Camp Nou terraces with spectacular views of the pitch

    From 12 June to 1 August, the lower level of the Camp Nou grandstand will once again become the Camp Nou Lounge, which will offer a unique opportunity to have lunch or dinner overlooking the field of play, where the magic happens, and where the whole family can enjoy traditional Catalan cuisine offered by renowned chef Antonio Sáez.

    At midday there will be a menu with quality traditional starters, shared family-style dishes, the most essential tapas, and main courses for the whole family. There is also a prix fixe lunch menu that includes choice of starter, main course and dessert.

    A great way to top off your visit to the Camp Nou Experience, or simply enjoy a meal in an unbeatable environment.

    Unlike last year, you’ll be able to make a reservation without having to book the Camp Nou Experience Tour, although for lunch reservations without the Camp Nou Experience, a minimum of one prix fixe menu per person is required. Day hours will be seven days a week from 11.00am to 5.00pm, with lunch reservations available at: 1.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm.

    At night, under the stars, the Camp Nou Lounge gets a little more sophisticated, offering the Arts Experience menu. An exquisite gastronomic proposal consisting of shared starters, choice of a main course, either meat or fish, and choice of any dessert on the menu. At night, the Camp Nou Lounge will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8.00pm to 12.00am. Dinner reservations are available at 8:00pm and at 10:00pm.

    Besides being able to enjoy the exclusive Camp Nou Lounge with your family and friends, we also offer reservations for a special menu for groups of 10 people or more. Reservations can be made by calling 637 46 15 20 or online at: http://www.fcbarcelona.com/camp-nou/lounge. FC Barcelona members will enjoy a 5% discount and a welcome drink by presenting their membership card.

     

    BOOKING


    The Camp Nou Lounge is back from 12 June / FCB
    Top quality cuisine served up in the Camp Nou terraces with spectacular views of the pitch

    From 12 June to 1 August, the lower level of the Camp Nou grandstand will once again become the Camp Nou Lounge, which will offer a unique opportunity to have lunch or dinner overlooking the field of play, where the magic happens, and where the whole family can enjoy traditional Catalan cuisine offered by renowned chef Antonio Sáez.

    At midday there will be a menu with quality traditional starters, shared family-style dishes, the most essential tapas, and main courses for the whole family. There is also a prix fixe lunch menu that includes choice of starter, main course and dessert.

    A great way to top off your visit to the Camp Nou Experience, or simply enjoy a meal in an unbeatable environment.

    Unlike last year, you’ll be able to make a reservation without having to book the Camp Nou Experience Tour, although for lunch reservations without the Camp Nou Experience, a minimum of one prix fixe menu per person is required. Day hours will be seven days a week from 11.00am to 5.00pm, with lunch reservations available at: 1.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm.

    At night, under the stars, the Camp Nou Lounge gets a little more sophisticated, offering the Arts Experience menu. An exquisite gastronomic proposal consisting of shared starters, choice of a main course, either meat or fish, and choice of any dessert on the menu. At night, the Camp Nou Lounge will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8.00pm to 12.00am. Dinner reservations are available at 8:00pm and at 10:00pm.

    Besides being able to enjoy the exclusive Camp Nou Lounge with your family and friends, we also offer reservations for a special menu for groups of 10 people or more. Reservations can be made by calling 637 46 15 20 or online at: http://www.fcbarcelona.com/camp-nou/lounge. FC Barcelona members will enjoy a 5% discount and a welcome drink by presenting their membership card.

     

    BOOKING


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    Bartomeu takes stock of the Club in a special assembly on Tuesday. / GERMÁN PARGA-FCB
    Club president weighs in on last five years, just before elections are to be called

    After the 2014/15 season and before the imminent announcement of early elections, FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu weighed in on the season, his time as president since January 2014, and the last five years in which the current Board of Directors has been in charge. Bartomeu's speech was marked by the recently achieved Treble:  "We have entered into history and we have done it by going right through the front door." he said.

    Bartomeu, who began by announcing the extension of head coach Luis Enrique Martinez's contract until 2017, linked this year's success with Club unity, symbolised by the departing tribute to Xavi Hernández. The president acknowledged that the last few months have exceeded all expectations, recalling that during his 18 months leading the Club he has tackled the issues facing it with "determination, maximum honesty and transparency."

    Winning attitude

    Bartomeu also discussed the immense success, not just of the football team, but of the Club's different professional and amateur sports. “In the last five years our other sports have won 51 league, Spanish Cup and European Cup titles," he highlighted, adding, “This year was the first ever that Barça won three European Cups.”

    He also announced that they were working hard to make Women's Football a professional sport beginning next season. And despite Barça B's disappointing season that saw them relegated to the Second Division B, the model of La Masia has continued to produce. "Since 2010, up to 12 players have risen to the first team."

    Revenue forecast

    When the assembly moved to the Club's economic health, Bartomeu gave a bright outlook: "The revenue forecast this year is 600 million [euros], which represents an increase of almost 50% in just five years. It is the highest figure in the history of the Club and means, for the first time, that we'll the number one football club in the world in terms of revenue." He pointed out that FC Barcelona have been able to generate 130 million euros in profit while cutting their debt load by 30'% in the last five years. 

    Moreover, the Club have done all that without raising ticket prices and still being able to attract the top players in the world. "Today Barça is a global leader," he said.


    Bartomeu takes stock of the Club in a special assembly on Tuesday. / GERMÁN PARGA-FCB
    Club president weighs in on last five years, just before elections are to be called

    After the 2014/15 season and before the imminent announcement of early elections, FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu weighed in on the season, his time as president since January 2014, and the last five years in which the current Board of Directors has been in charge. Bartomeu's speech was marked by the recently achieved Treble:  "We have entered into history and we have done it by going right through the front door." he said.

    Bartomeu, who began by announcing the extension of head coach Luis Enrique Martinez's contract until 2017, linked this year's success with Club unity, symbolised by the departing tribute to Xavi Hernández. The president acknowledged that the last few months have exceeded all expectations, recalling that during his 18 months leading the Club he has tackled the issues facing it with "determination, maximum honesty and transparency."

    Winning attitude

    Bartomeu also discussed the immense success, not just of the football team, but of the Club's different professional and amateur sports. “In the last five years our other sports have won 51 league, Spanish Cup and European Cup titles," he highlighted, adding, “This year was the first ever that Barça won three European Cups.”

    He also announced that they were working hard to make Women's Football a professional sport beginning next season. And despite Barça B's disappointing season that saw them relegated to the Second Division B, the model of La Masia has continued to produce. "Since 2010, up to 12 players have risen to the first team."

    Revenue forecast

    When the assembly moved to the Club's economic health, Bartomeu gave a bright outlook: "The revenue forecast this year is 600 million [euros], which represents an increase of almost 50% in just five years. It is the highest figure in the history of the Club and means, for the first time, that we'll the number one football club in the world in terms of revenue." He pointed out that FC Barcelona have been able to generate 130 million euros in profit while cutting their debt load by 30'% in the last five years. 

    Moreover, the Club have done all that without raising ticket prices and still being able to attract the top players in the world. "Today Barça is a global leader," he said.


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    Josep Maria Bartomeu, en una roda de premsa / FCB
    FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu to appear before the press to talk about the state of his mandate in the Auditori 1899

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    Josep Maria Bartomeu, en una roda de premsa / FCB
    FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu to appear before the press to talk about the state of his mandate in the Auditori 1899

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    ESCUT FC BARCELONA
    The members officially resigned during the meeting to make way for elections

    The Board of Directors of FC Barcelona, at its final meeting this afternoon, adopted the following measures:

    —Official congratulations to the football team for the treble achieved recently; the handball team for the achievement of seven titles won; and the roller hockey team, for their league and European titles

    —Ratification of the agreement with Lassa Tyres, the leading tire brand in Turkey, as main sponsor of the sections and official partner of the Club

    —Ratification of the global agreement with Oppo, the smartphone and tablet manufacturer present in more than twenty countries, as official Club sponsor for the next three years

    —One-year extension of the sponsorship deal with Coca Cola Iberian Partners SA

    —Agreement with the American company Tok. TV for the granting of a digital license to incorporate an interactive chat function within the FCB App

    —Agreement with the online University Siglo21 of Argentina, part of the Whitney network, for creating online courses with the FC Barcelona brand

    The Board was also informed of a proposal from Qatar Airways to renew the sponsorship contract that would continue their relationship until 30 June 2020.

    This offer will be presented to the next Board of Directors, following the coming elections. Should the new Board give its approval, the proposal will then have to be ratified by the member delegates at the next Assembly, as set forth in the Club Statutes.

    During the meeting the following Board Members officially resigned:

    Josep Maria Bartomeu i Floreta
    Jordi Cardoner i Casaus
    Javier Faus i Santasusana
    Carles Vilarrubí i Carrió
    Jordi Mestre i Masdeu
    Manel Arroyo i Pérez
    Susana Monje i Gutiérrez
    Jordi Moix i Latas
    Ramon Pont i Amenós
    Joan Bladé i Marsal
    Javier Bordas de Togores
    Silvio Elías i Marimón
    Dídac Lee i Hsing
    Josep Ramon Vidal-Abarca i Armengol
    Ramon Cierco i Noguer
    Pau Vilanova i Vila-Abadal

    Consequently, and in accordance with the provisions of article 35.4 of the Club Statutes, it is considered that when the resignation of the members of the Board is both simultaneous and general, the resignation shall immediately give way to the procedures provided for in the Articles to constitute a Managing Commission which replaces the Board of Directors, with chairman of the Economic Commission Ramon Adell becoming acting President from that moment.

    Managing Commission created

    Immediately following the resignation of the president and more than half of the FC Barcelona Board of Directors, Ramon Adell, president of the Managing Commission, along with Joan Manuel Trayter of the Members' Syndicate, held a session to nominate the members of the Managing Commission from among the members of the outgoing Board, the members of the Economic Commission and the Disciplinary Commission.

    The following were designated as members of the Managing Commission:

    Ramon Adell i Ramon, President
    Jaume Guardiola i Romojaro, Vice president
    Jordi Calsamiglia i Blancafort, Secretary
    Josep Ramon Vidal-Abarca i Armengol, Vice secretary
    Carles Tusquets i Trias de Bes, Treasurer
    Joan Bladé i Marsal, Commission member
    Antoni Esteve i CruellaCommission member
    Javier Faus i SantasusanaCommission member
    Ramon Pont i AmenosCommission member
    Josep Maria Xercavins i LluchCommission member

    As provided in the Statutes, the Managing Commission shall exercise the functions of government, administration and representation bestowed on the Board, being limited to the acts necessary and essential for maintaining the normal activities of the Club and the protection of its interests. The main function of the Managing Commission is the calling of elections, which shall be held within three months of the members having taken up their positions, in order to constitute a new Board of Directors.

    The Managing Commission will convene tomorrow at 4.00pm CET. Later, at 8.00pm CET, Commission president Ramon Adell will appear at a press conference to report on the resolutions adopted.


    ESCUT FC BARCELONA
    The members officially resigned during the meeting to make way for elections

    The Board of Directors of FC Barcelona, at its final meeting this afternoon, adopted the following measures:

    —Official congratulations to the football team for the treble achieved recently; the handball team for the achievement of seven titles won; and the roller hockey team, for their league and European titles

    —Ratification of the agreement with Lassa Tyres, the leading tire brand in Turkey, as main sponsor of the sections and official partner of the Club

    —Ratification of the global agreement with Oppo, the smartphone and tablet manufacturer present in more than twenty countries, as official Club sponsor for the next three years

    —One-year extension of the sponsorship deal with Coca Cola Iberian Partners SA

    —Agreement with the American company Tok. TV for the granting of a digital license to incorporate an interactive chat function within the FCB App

    —Agreement with the online University Siglo21 of Argentina, part of the Whitney network, for creating online courses with the FC Barcelona brand

    The Board was also informed of a proposal from Qatar Airways to renew the sponsorship contract that would continue their relationship until 30 June 2020.

    This offer will be presented to the next Board of Directors, following the coming elections. Should the new Board give its approval, the proposal will then have to be ratified by the member delegates at the next Assembly, as set forth in the Club Statutes.

    During the meeting the following Board Members officially resigned:

    Josep Maria Bartomeu i Floreta
    Jordi Cardoner i Casaus
    Javier Faus i Santasusana
    Carles Vilarrubí i Carrió
    Jordi Mestre i Masdeu
    Manel Arroyo i Pérez
    Susana Monje i Gutiérrez
    Jordi Moix i Latas
    Ramon Pont i Amenós
    Joan Bladé i Marsal
    Javier Bordas de Togores
    Silvio Elías i Marimón
    Dídac Lee i Hsing
    Josep Ramon Vidal-Abarca i Armengol
    Ramon Cierco i Noguer
    Pau Vilanova i Vila-Abadal

    Consequently, and in accordance with the provisions of article 35.4 of the Club Statutes, it is considered that when the resignation of the members of the Board is both simultaneous and general, the resignation shall immediately give way to the procedures provided for in the Articles to constitute a Managing Commission which replaces the Board of Directors, with chairman of the Economic Commission Ramon Adell becoming acting President from that moment.

    Managing Commission created

    Immediately following the resignation of the president and more than half of the FC Barcelona Board of Directors, Ramon Adell, president of the Managing Commission, along with Joan Manuel Trayter of the Members' Syndicate, held a session to nominate the members of the Managing Commission from among the members of the outgoing Board, the members of the Economic Commission and the Disciplinary Commission.

    The following were designated as members of the Managing Commission:

    Ramon Adell i Ramon, President
    Jaume Guardiola i Romojaro, Vice president
    Jordi Calsamiglia i Blancafort, Secretary
    Josep Ramon Vidal-Abarca i Armengol, Vice secretary
    Carles Tusquets i Trias de Bes, Treasurer
    Joan Bladé i Marsal, Commission member
    Antoni Esteve i CruellaCommission member
    Javier Faus i SantasusanaCommission member
    Ramon Pont i AmenosCommission member
    Josep Maria Xercavins i LluchCommission member

    As provided in the Statutes, the Managing Commission shall exercise the functions of government, administration and representation bestowed on the Board, being limited to the acts necessary and essential for maintaining the normal activities of the Club and the protection of its interests. The main function of the Managing Commission is the calling of elections, which shall be held within three months of the members having taken up their positions, in order to constitute a new Board of Directors.

    The Managing Commission will convene tomorrow at 4.00pm CET. Later, at 8.00pm CET, Commission president Ramon Adell will appear at a press conference to report on the resolutions adopted.


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    Voting will take place on July 18 / FCB
    In order to stand, candidates must collect a minimum of 2,534 support slips from club members

    Ramon Adell, president of the Managing Commission that met on Wednesday, has announced that the FC Barcelona presidential elections will take place on Saturday 18 July, pursuant to the dispositions of articles 35 and 43 of the Club Statutes. “We thought that if we did it this way, with a holiday the day after, that would encourage participation”, he said at a specially called conference in the company of the secretary of the Commission, Jordi Calsamiglia.

    Adell also reported on a series of requests that the Managing Commission will make to the Club Management: for it to try to offer as many parking spaces as possible for the elections, for it to arrange a certain number of activities to make July 18 a Barça festival at the stadium and for it to provide logistical support to members that do not live close to the Camp Nou.

    Having announced the date, Jordi Calsamiglia continued by revealing the calendar of events leading up to the voting on July 18.

    Constitution of the Electoral Board and Table

    On Friday 12 June at 10.00 am CET at the Club offices, a public draw shall be held to designate the members of the Electoral Board and of the Electoral Table, which shall be constituted no later than Thursday 18 June.

    Approval of electoral roll and claims

    From Friday 19 June until Tuesday 23 June, club members may view the electoral roll in the office of the Members Trustee (Síndic dels Socis). It shall be open for enquiries from Monday to Friday from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm and on bank holidays and weekends from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm.

    Claims regarding undue omissions or inclusions or the rectification of errors must be made in writing and addressed to the Electoral Board, which should be presented to the Office of the Members Trustee before 7.00pm CET on Tuesday 23 June.

    The Electoral Board shall deal with all claims presented within the established period and no later than 26 June shall approve the definitive electoral roll, which may not be subject to any further modification throughout the remainder of the election process.

    Support slips from June 19

    From Friday 19 June, aspiring candidatures and presidents of the Club may request support slips filled in on the official model published by the Club in writing addressed to the Electoral Board, which shall be presented in the Barcelona Supporter Services Office (Oficina d’Atenció al Barcelonista) within its opening times, i.e. Monday to Friday from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm and bank holidays and weekends from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm.

    The slips shall be presented within a maximum period of 36 hours, 5,068 slips shall be provided for free, and the applicant shall be charged for any more above this limit.

    Presentation of candidatures

    From Saturday 27 June until Saturday 4 July, proposed candidatures for the FC Barcelona Board of Directors may be presented. The candidatures, which shall be closed and voted on as a block, must be presented to the Electoral Board and presented to the Barcelona Supporter Services Office.

    Along with the pre-candidature, a minimum of 2,534 support slips from members must be presented along with the commitment to provide a guarantee, signed by all members of the candidature, in accordance with applicable standards.

    The Electoral Board shall check that the members of each candidature and the signees of the support slips meet the conditions required by the Statutes, and that each candidature has presented the minimum number of valid support slips and the aforesaid commitment to provide a guarantee.

    On Wednesday 8 July, the Electoral Board shall announce the candidatures that have the right to stand in the elections.

    Election campaign, from 9 to 16 July

    If only one candidature stands or is valid, the Electoral Board shall announce its members as elected and the election process shall end. If more than one candidature is announced, the election campaign shall commence, which shall last from 00.00 on Thursday 9 July until 24.00 on Thursday 15 July 2015. Friday 17 July shall be the day of reflection.

    Saturday 18 July shall be the day for voting, at the Camp Nou, from 7.00 am until 9.00 pm.

    Dates announced for FCB presidential elections


    Voting will take place on July 18 / FCB
    In order to stand, candidates must collect a minimum of 2,534 support slips from club members

    Ramon Adell, president of the Managing Commission that met on Wednesday, has announced that the FC Barcelona presidential elections will take place on Saturday 18 July, pursuant to the dispositions of articles 35 and 43 of the Club Statutes. “We thought that if we did it this way, with a holiday the day after, that would encourage participation”, he said at a specially called conference in the company of the secretary of the Commission, Jordi Calsamiglia.

    Adell also reported on a series of requests that the Managing Commission will make to the Club Management: for it to try to offer as many parking spaces as possible for the elections, for it to arrange a certain number of activities to make July 18 a Barça festival at the stadium and for it to provide logistical support to members that do not live close to the Camp Nou.

    Having announced the date, Jordi Calsamiglia continued by revealing the calendar of events leading up to the voting on July 18.

    Constitution of the Electoral Board and Table

    On Friday 12 June at 10.00 am CET at the Club offices, a public draw shall be held to designate the members of the Electoral Board and of the Electoral Table, which shall be constituted no later than Thursday 18 June.

    Approval of electoral roll and claims

    From Friday 19 June until Tuesday 23 June, club members may view the electoral roll in the office of the Members Trustee (Síndic dels Socis). It shall be open for enquiries from Monday to Friday from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm and on bank holidays and weekends from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm.

    Claims regarding undue omissions or inclusions or the rectification of errors must be made in writing and addressed to the Electoral Board, which should be presented to the Office of the Members Trustee before 7.00pm CET on Tuesday 23 June.

    The Electoral Board shall deal with all claims presented within the established period and no later than 26 June shall approve the definitive electoral roll, which may not be subject to any further modification throughout the remainder of the election process.

    Support slips from June 19

    From Friday 19 June, aspiring candidatures and presidents of the Club may request support slips filled in on the official model published by the Club in writing addressed to the Electoral Board, which shall be presented in the Barcelona Supporter Services Office (Oficina d’Atenció al Barcelonista) within its opening times, i.e. Monday to Friday from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm and bank holidays and weekends from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm.

    The slips shall be presented within a maximum period of 36 hours, 5,068 slips shall be provided for free, and the applicant shall be charged for any more above this limit.

    Presentation of candidatures

    From Saturday 27 June until Saturday 4 July, proposed candidatures for the FC Barcelona Board of Directors may be presented. The candidatures, which shall be closed and voted on as a block, must be presented to the Electoral Board and presented to the Barcelona Supporter Services Office.

    Along with the pre-candidature, a minimum of 2,534 support slips from members must be presented along with the commitment to provide a guarantee, signed by all members of the candidature, in accordance with applicable standards.

    The Electoral Board shall check that the members of each candidature and the signees of the support slips meet the conditions required by the Statutes, and that each candidature has presented the minimum number of valid support slips and the aforesaid commitment to provide a guarantee.

    On Wednesday 8 July, the Electoral Board shall announce the candidatures that have the right to stand in the elections.

    Election campaign, from 9 to 16 July

    If only one candidature stands or is valid, the Electoral Board shall announce its members as elected and the election process shall end. If more than one candidature is announced, the election campaign shall commence, which shall last from 00.00 on Thursday 9 July until 24.00 on Thursday 15 July 2015. Friday 17 July shall be the day of reflection.

    Saturday 18 July shall be the day for voting, at the Camp Nou, from 7.00 am until 9.00 pm.

    Dates announced for FCB presidential elections


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    FC Barcelona dominated Google searches during the weekend of the June 6th Final in Berlin.
    Barça dominates worldwide Google searches during the UEFA Champions League Final Over the weekend, the Club’s social networks gain more than 650,000 new followers

    FC Barcelona’s historic treble this season, culminating with the Champions League Final in Berlin, has reaffirmed the Club’s dominance in the digital realm, where it has accumulated over 180 million followers. Just on the weekend of the Final, more than 650,000 new followers signed up the Club’s 41 official social media accounts, while various search engines and social networks have helped turn Barça into a global trend.

    As reported by Google, during the Final FC Barcelona dominated game-related web searches nearly everywhere on the planet. The map generated by the search giant shows a blue and maroon-covered globe, while Juventus only triumphed in a handful of European countries — Italy, France, Switzerland, Finland — and Chile, the home country of the team’s star Arturo Vidal.

    The massive following on any of the Club’s nine language-specific websites and its dozens of social media accounts kept everyone, everywhere, completely up to date with all the latest Barça news from the German capital. On 6 June, the number of unique users who visited the FC Barcelona website quadrupled the 2014/15 season average, while the number of downloads of the Club’s official app increased threefold. In addition to the big three — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — the club strengthened it’s story in real-time with the six-seconds videos of Vine and the experience of Periscope, a social network that allowed the players’ post-game celebration on the Olympiastadion grass to be covered live.

    Astronomical numbers

    More than 28 million unique users followed the day of the Final on FC Barcelona’s Facebook page. In fact, the Facebook post of the video of Xavi lifting the Cup was seen by over 43 million people and the video itself was played more than 7.6 million times, thus becoming the most widely disseminated publication in the history of FC Barcelona.

    Equally successful was the Club’s activity on Instagram. During the day of the Juventus–Barcelona clash, the Club posted a total of 24 images, which accumulated almost 11 million likes. In addition, throughout the weekend Barça’s Instagram account attracted more than 350,000 new followers.

    As for Twitter, the more than 1,400 posts related to the Final in the Club’s eight official accounts generated around 76 million impressions. The same dramatic impact occurred on FC Barcelona’s YouTube channel, which had its second biggest day since it was launched in 2006 with a total of 2,331,484 views. That’s more than 3 million minutes of video consumption.

    Barça 2.0

    Barça 2.0 Special


    FC Barcelona dominated Google searches during the weekend of the June 6th Final in Berlin.
    Barça dominates worldwide Google searches during the UEFA Champions League Final Over the weekend, the Club’s social networks gain more than 650,000 new followers

    FC Barcelona’s historic treble this season, culminating with the Champions League Final in Berlin, has reaffirmed the Club’s dominance in the digital realm, where it has accumulated over 180 million followers. Just on the weekend of the Final, more than 650,000 new followers signed up the Club’s 41 official social media accounts, while various search engines and social networks have helped turn Barça into a global trend.

    As reported by Google, during the Final FC Barcelona dominated game-related web searches nearly everywhere on the planet. The map generated by the search giant shows a blue and maroon-covered globe, while Juventus only triumphed in a handful of European countries — Italy, France, Switzerland, Finland — and Chile, the home country of the team’s star Arturo Vidal.

    The massive following on any of the Club’s nine language-specific websites and its dozens of social media accounts kept everyone, everywhere, completely up to date with all the latest Barça news from the German capital. On 6 June, the number of unique users who visited the FC Barcelona website quadrupled the 2014/15 season average, while the number of downloads of the Club’s official app increased threefold. In addition to the big three — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — the club strengthened it’s story in real-time with the six-seconds videos of Vine and the experience of Periscope, a social network that allowed the players’ post-game celebration on the Olympiastadion grass to be covered live.

    Astronomical numbers

    More than 28 million unique users followed the day of the Final on FC Barcelona’s Facebook page. In fact, the Facebook post of the video of Xavi lifting the Cup was seen by over 43 million people and the video itself was played more than 7.6 million times, thus becoming the most widely disseminated publication in the history of FC Barcelona.

    Equally successful was the Club’s activity on Instagram. During the day of the Juventus–Barcelona clash, the Club posted a total of 24 images, which accumulated almost 11 million likes. In addition, throughout the weekend Barça’s Instagram account attracted more than 350,000 new followers.

    As for Twitter, the more than 1,400 posts related to the Final in the Club’s eight official accounts generated around 76 million impressions. The same dramatic impact occurred on FC Barcelona’s YouTube channel, which had its second biggest day since it was launched in 2006 with a total of 2,331,484 views. That’s more than 3 million minutes of video consumption.

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    Still image from 'Foot-ball by Cesc Gelabert / TNC
    A mesmerising performance in which contemporary dance is juxtaposed with the movements of FC Barcelona footballers

    This video shows highlights of the 'Foot-ball' dance project staged by choreographer Cesc Gelabert, and inspired by the sport and especially the way in which the FC Barcelona first team moves on the field. The how appeared at the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya (TNC) last January and involved projections of images of the Barça players juxtaposed with the dancers’ own movements on stage. The idea was to show how remarkably similar football and dance can be through this surprising combination of movement and emotion.


    Still image from 'Foot-ball by Cesc Gelabert / TNC
    A mesmerising performance in which contemporary dance is juxtaposed with the movements of FC Barcelona footballers

    This video shows highlights of the 'Foot-ball' dance project staged by choreographer Cesc Gelabert, and inspired by the sport and especially the way in which the FC Barcelona first team moves on the field. The how appeared at the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya (TNC) last January and involved projections of images of the Barça players juxtaposed with the dancers’ own movements on stage. The idea was to show how remarkably similar football and dance can be through this surprising combination of movement and emotion.


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    Manel Vich, speaker of Camp Nou
    A new short film by Johan Kramer looks at the life of Camp Nou's long-time public address announcer

    For the last 59 years, Manel Vich has been the public address announcer for FC Barcelona and, coinciding with his presence at the Champions League Final in Berlin, a short Johan Kramer documentary about him, ‘La Veu del Barça’, was released.

    Vich began as an announcer at the Les Corts ground in 1956, a few months before the new stadium was opened, since then, Vich has missed just three games - because of an operation and then the marriage of his daughter.

    A Museum at home

    After more than half a century at the Club, Manel Vich's house is a veritable museum, full of souvenirs from those times and he explains in the film: “I've got lots of shirts, scarves and photos, but if I'd known I was going to be here that long and started collected things, I think I'd have a museum to match the Club's own at the moment".  Now 77, Vich insists he'll be staying on as Club announcer for as long as he's needed, but as soon as he's finished he'll be taking up his seat at the stadium - Vich has been a member and season ticket holder for all that time, paying his dues despite the fact that he's never yet been able to watch a game from his seat.

    Johan Kramer is a Dutch photographer and film maker who has made a number of films about the Club, including  ‘0,08%’, about  a blind child who is crazy for Barça, or ‘Charly’, about ex-player and coach Carles Rexach, and ‘Johan Primero’ about a superstitious fan who religiously goes around the stadium 50 times a day in his blaugrana car.


    Manel Vich, speaker of Camp Nou
    A new short film by Johan Kramer looks at the life of Camp Nou's long-time public address announcer

    For the last 59 years, Manel Vich has been the public address announcer for FC Barcelona and, coinciding with his presence at the Champions League Final in Berlin, a short Johan Kramer documentary about him, ‘La Veu del Barça’, was released.

    Vich began as an announcer at the Les Corts ground in 1956, a few months before the new stadium was opened, since then, Vich has missed just three games - because of an operation and then the marriage of his daughter.

    A Museum at home

    After more than half a century at the Club, Manel Vich's house is a veritable museum, full of souvenirs from those times and he explains in the film: “I've got lots of shirts, scarves and photos, but if I'd known I was going to be here that long and started collected things, I think I'd have a museum to match the Club's own at the moment".  Now 77, Vich insists he'll be staying on as Club announcer for as long as he's needed, but as soon as he's finished he'll be taking up his seat at the stadium - Vich has been a member and season ticket holder for all that time, paying his dues despite the fact that he's never yet been able to watch a game from his seat.

    Johan Kramer is a Dutch photographer and film maker who has made a number of films about the Club, including  ‘0,08%’, about  a blind child who is crazy for Barça, or ‘Charly’, about ex-player and coach Carles Rexach, and ‘Johan Primero’ about a superstitious fan who religiously goes around the stadium 50 times a day in his blaugrana car.


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    Messi and Neymar Jr show off their wonderful ball control / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
    A selection of the most gobsmacking moments from the different FC Barcelona teams in 2014/15

    1) Messi and Neymar Jr juggling the ball



    2) Busquets, Iniesta and Xavi: 99 touches without hitting the ground



    3) The magic of Rafinha



    4) Skills display by Mariona, Jenni and Virginia



    5) Alves in control at the Allianz Arena



    6) Montoya's amazing basket



    7) Unzué, Putellas and the crossbar challenge



    8) Thomas wows the kids



    9) Impossible goals from Ariño and Saubich


    10) Melanie and Sonia shoot from the corner


    Skills FC Barcelona femení: gols des del córner by fcbarcelona


    Messi and Neymar Jr show off their wonderful ball control / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
    A selection of the most gobsmacking moments from the different FC Barcelona teams in 2014/15

    1) Messi and Neymar Jr juggling the ball



    2) Busquets, Iniesta and Xavi: 99 touches without hitting the ground



    3) The magic of Rafinha



    4) Skills display by Mariona, Jenni and Virginia



    5) Alves in control at the Allianz Arena



    6) Montoya's amazing basket



    7) Unzué, Putellas and the crossbar challenge



    8) Thomas wows the kids



    9) Impossible goals from Ariño and Saubich


    10) Melanie and Sonia shoot from the corner


    Skills FC Barcelona femení: gols des del córner by fcbarcelona


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    The Camp Nou Lounge is open again this summer / FCB
    The area offering top cuisine with prime views over the Camp Nou pitch is open until August 1 and is proving a huge hit with the fans

    The Camp Nou Lounge is off to a winning start. After being operative for one week, the gastronomic service offered by Arts Catering, which is only available in June and July, has already received over 500 lunch and supper bookings. The combination of a panoramic view over the pitch and terraces coupled with a traditional menu designed by Antonio Sáez, the executive chef at Hotel Arts Barcelona, offers a unique experience in the city.

    This is the second year that the club has offered this very special service. At midday, customers can enjoy a menu that includes traditional top quality aperitifs, a wide range of tapas and shared dishes and series of main courses designed for all the family. There is also a set lunchtime menu inclusing a starter, main course and dessert.

    Special night-time fare

    At night, guests can enjoy the Camp Nou under the stars as the venue is organised into a more sophisticated space with a more refined offer of meals, the Arts Experience, to share with friends or enjoy a romantic evening under the night sky. The menu includes shared starters, a main meat or fish dish and a wide selection of desserts. There is also the special offer of a menu for groups of ten people or more.

    The Camp Nou Lounge is open by day seven days a week from 11.00 to 17.00. Lunches can be booked for 13.00, 14.00 and 15.00. The evening menu is available Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with two-hour sittings at either 20.00 or 22.00.

    Bookings can be made by phoning 637 46 15 20 or via the club website. FC Barcelona members get a 5% discount on showing their membership card and also get a special welcome drink.

    Get involved

    FC Barcelona in association with Estrella Damm beer is also running a Camp Nou Lounge event on Instagram whereby guests are invited to take pictures of the experience. All they need to do is take a photo of the Lounge featuring an image of the famous Catalan beer and using the hashtag #campnouloungeestrella. The best three pictures will win signed first team football shirts.


    The Camp Nou Lounge is open again this summer / FCB
    The area offering top cuisine with prime views over the Camp Nou pitch is open until August 1 and is proving a huge hit with the fans

    The Camp Nou Lounge is off to a winning start. After being operative for one week, the gastronomic service offered by Arts Catering, which is only available in June and July, has already received over 500 lunch and supper bookings. The combination of a panoramic view over the pitch and terraces coupled with a traditional menu designed by Antonio Sáez, the executive chef at Hotel Arts Barcelona, offers a unique experience in the city.

    This is the second year that the club has offered this very special service. At midday, customers can enjoy a menu that includes traditional top quality aperitifs, a wide range of tapas and shared dishes and series of main courses designed for all the family. There is also a set lunchtime menu inclusing a starter, main course and dessert.

    Special night-time fare

    At night, guests can enjoy the Camp Nou under the stars as the venue is organised into a more sophisticated space with a more refined offer of meals, the Arts Experience, to share with friends or enjoy a romantic evening under the night sky. The menu includes shared starters, a main meat or fish dish and a wide selection of desserts. There is also the special offer of a menu for groups of ten people or more.

    The Camp Nou Lounge is open by day seven days a week from 11.00 to 17.00. Lunches can be booked for 13.00, 14.00 and 15.00. The evening menu is available Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with two-hour sittings at either 20.00 or 22.00.

    Bookings can be made by phoning 637 46 15 20 or via the club website. FC Barcelona members get a 5% discount on showing their membership card and also get a special welcome drink.

    Get involved

    FC Barcelona in association with Estrella Damm beer is also running a Camp Nou Lounge event on Instagram whereby guests are invited to take pictures of the experience. All they need to do is take a photo of the Lounge featuring an image of the famous Catalan beer and using the hashtag #campnouloungeestrella. The best three pictures will win signed first team football shirts.


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    Barça TV filming with Andrés Iniesta / FCB
    The channel will broadcast in HD on digital platforms and will still be available free-to-air via TDT in Catalonia

    From Wednesday 1 July at 12.00 pm the contract through which FC Barcelona cede the running of the Club’s official channel Barça TV to Telefónica for the next four seasons. The agreement sees the Club maintain the channel’s official status and editorial control over its contents.

    The agreement will bring with it a technological update for the entire channel and will take place gradually over the next two months without affecting transmission. The most significant change will be the move to broadcasting in High Definition. From this week Barça TV will broadcast in HD on digital platforms whilst at the same time it will continue to be able to be seen via the same distribution channels as now, including free-to-air TDT broadcasting within Catalonia.

    During the first two weeks of the month of July, until the first team return to training on 13 July, Barça TV will dedicate their programming to the ‘Heroes of the Treble’, with the best goals, reports and games that pay tribute to the leading figures in the historic 2014/15 season which has only just ended.

    The new era will bring with it a change of image and of content for the channel, which will begin to be seen shortly, coinciding with the beginning of the official season 2015/16 for the football first team.

    FC Barcelona would like to thank Mediapro and their team for their efforts and collaboration from the birth of Barça TV in 1999 which have helped it grow and establish itself as one of the leading club television channels.


    Barça TV filming with Andrés Iniesta / FCB
    The channel will broadcast in HD on digital platforms and will still be available free-to-air via TDT in Catalonia

    From Wednesday 1 July at 12.00 pm the contract through which FC Barcelona cede the running of the Club’s official channel Barça TV to Telefónica for the next four seasons. The agreement sees the Club maintain the channel’s official status and editorial control over its contents.

    The agreement will bring with it a technological update for the entire channel and will take place gradually over the next two months without affecting transmission. The most significant change will be the move to broadcasting in High Definition. From this week Barça TV will broadcast in HD on digital platforms whilst at the same time it will continue to be able to be seen via the same distribution channels as now, including free-to-air TDT broadcasting within Catalonia.

    During the first two weeks of the month of July, until the first team return to training on 13 July, Barça TV will dedicate their programming to the ‘Heroes of the Treble’, with the best goals, reports and games that pay tribute to the leading figures in the historic 2014/15 season which has only just ended.

    The new era will bring with it a change of image and of content for the channel, which will begin to be seen shortly, coinciding with the beginning of the official season 2015/16 for the football first team.

    FC Barcelona would like to thank Mediapro and their team for their efforts and collaboration from the birth of Barça TV in 1999 which have helped it grow and establish itself as one of the leading club television channels.


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