It’s worth mentioning that this will be Juan Carlos Navarro’s fourth Olympic showing after the featuring for Spain in Sidney, Athens and Beijing. The Barça Regal captain will equal the record set by another emblematic Azulgrana, Juan Antonio San Epifanio ‘Epi’ - who participated in the 1980 Moscow Games, the Los Angeles Games in 1984, the Seoul Games in 1988 and the Barcelona Games in 1992.
FC Barcelona will be represented by 21 athletes in the upcoming London Olympic Games. The Barça athletes will vie for medals in basketball, handball, football and track and field. In the previous edition of the Games, the Club was represented by 22 athletes.
The Azulgrana contingent in London
Up to 10 Barça handball players will feature for their respective countries in London. Valero Rivera’s team has six Azulgranas (Tomás Rocas, Aguirrezabalaga, Morros, R. Entrerríos and Sarmiento). Sweden has two Barça players on its roster (Sjöstrand and Jernemyr) and, France has named FC Barcelona's Sorhaindo to its team.
Barça have four representatives in three different national teams. Juan CarlosNavarro and Víctor Sada will play for Spain, Joe Ingles for Australia and Marcelinho Huertas will play for Brazil.
Three Azulgranas will play for Spain’s national football team: Barça’s newest signing and recent Euro champion, Jordi Alba, newly promoted first-team player Martín Montoya and Barça B’s Cristian Tello.
Track and Field
Barça will be represented by four athletes in the mother of all Olympic sports, track and field: Sprinters Ángel DavidRodríguez (100 4x100) and Jackson Quiñónez (110m hurdles and 4x100), long distance runner AbdelazizMerzougui (3.000m steeplechase) and the 36-year-old marathon runner Nacho Cáceres.
Football’s early schedule
FC Barcelona’s football Olympians will be the first to open their medal bid. Spain will take to the pitch on July 26 against Japan at 15.45.
Fans will have to wait three days to see Barça’s other Olympians in action, with the exception of the track and field athletes - whose trials start on August 3. Both handball and basketball are scheduled to start on July 29. Barça’s Swedish players will take to the court against Tunisia at 15.30. Spain, with six Azulgranas, will make its debut on the same day at 17.15 against Serbia. France, with Sorhaindo, will face the UK at 20.30 and finally, Laszlo Nagy’s Hungary will take to the court at 22.15 to face Denmark.
Barça Regal’s four players will also make their Olympic debuts on July 29. Brazil will face Australia, which will pit Marcelinho Huertas against his Club teammate Joe Ingle, at 12.15. Spain will take to the court at 17.45 to face China.