In memory of Mandela, Barça will wear black armbands this evening against Cartagena
In the summer of 2007, when the first team visited South Africa, the former South African president and leader of the fight against Apartheid welcome a delegation from the club
FC Barcelona has expressed its grief at the loss of Nelson Mandela, who played such a prominent role in the fight against Apartheid, and went on to become the first black president of South Africa. Mandela died last night in Johannesburg at the age of 95, and in tonight’s game against Cartagena, the Barça players will be wearing black armbands in memory of one of the greatest public figures of our time, and who set such a wonderful example not only with his leadership, but also with his compassion and forgiveness.
In the summer of 2007, when FC Barcelona were in South Africa for a friendly with the Mamelodi Sundowns, a club delegation made up of members of the board and several players visited Mandela at the headquarters of the Johannesburg based foundation that carries his name. In 1990, ‘Madiba’ was released from prison after 27 years in captivity, and went on to lead the country from 1994 to 1999.
The president of FC Barcelona, Sandro Rosell, and several players have expressed their sorrow in messages lamenting the loss of the charismatic African leader.
The death of Nelson Mandela is a terrible loss, but his memory will help us to build a more peaceful and just society.— sandrorosell (@sandrorosell) December 5, 2013
“Lo que cuenta en la vida no es el mero hecho de haber vivido. Son los cambios que hemos provocado en las vidas... http://t.co/vT0Kyz3kUp— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) diciembre 6, 2013
NELSON MANDELA "Soy el amo de mi destino, soy el capitán de mi alma." https://t.co/SzrsAh2O1z— Daniel Alves (@DaniAlvesD2) diciembre 6, 2013
"La educación es el arma más poderosa que puedes usar para cambiar el mundo". DEP #Madiba— cristian tello (@ctello91) diciembre 6, 2013
Aprendi que a coragem não é a ausência do medo, mas o triunfo sobre ele. O homem corajoso não é aquele… http://t.co/CCOmBkzPuB— Neymar Júnior (@neymarjr) diciembre 6, 2013