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Vilarrubí collects FCB's awards / PHOTO: Gergő Kodrucz

Vilarrubí collects FCB's awards / PHOTO: Gergő Kodrucz

Vilarrubí collects FCB's awards / PHOTO: Gergő Kodrucz

FC Barcelona was the main attraction at the Gala organized by the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) this Friday. Barça’s institutional vice-president, Carles Vilarrubí, received FC Barcelona’s awards on behalf of the Club. FC Barcelona was awarded the distinction of Best Team of 2011 and the Fair Play award at the ceremony in Innsbruck, Austria.

The awards were given out at the 75th international congressional AIPS Gala, the ceremony boasted journalists from 104 countries and political figures such as the Austrian President, Heinz Fischer, Alberto of Monaco and the Jordanian prince, Al Hussein.

Barça Alusport, fourth

The International Sports Press Association recognized FC Barcelona as the best team of 2011 with 43% of votes ahead of the All Blacks and the Brazilian national volleyball team. Barça Intersport, reigning champions of the Asobal League and the European Cup, finished fourth with 7.57% of the vote. AIPS also awarded Barça the Fair Play distinction for the Barça U17 B’s action of allowing Castelldefels to score after Barça had scored while their opponent’s keeper was injured.

Gianni Merlo and Costas Vernikos, president and vice-president of AIPS, respectively, gave Barça’s awards to Carles Vilarrubí, Barca’s institutional vice-president and the Club’s representative at the Gala. In Vilarrubí’s acceptance speech he highlighted that this “is a very special week for FC Barcelona. Our players and managers received distinctions from FIFA for their athletic achievements, but today’s prize is important because it recognizes the values the Club promotes both inside and out of athletics.”

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