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Els guardonats de la segona edició de la Gala de les Estrelles del futbol català / FOTO: GERMÁN PARGA - FCB

This Monday evening the Old Estrella Damm Factory hosted the second edition of the Gala of the Stars of Catalan Football, where the best players, managers and referees of football and futsal are acknowledged for their feats in 2012. The event was dominated by FC Barcelona, seeing that four of the nine awards were given to Barça players and managers.

Sergio Busquets named best player of the year

One of the big protagonists of the event was Sergio Busquets, who was named Best Player of the Year. After receiving the trophy, the midfielder said that he’s “very happy and not very accustomed to winning individual awards. I want to enjoy the moment and thank everyone that made this possible and my teammates.”

Sergio also talked about Tito Vianova and he declared that “the important thing is his health. He’s going through a difficult time but he’s very strong and positive and he knows that we are all behind him.” He added: “for us it’s not easy, we started well and now we’ve had to give more of ourselves along with Roura and the rest of the coaching staff ... We want our first half of the season to translate into titles.”

Carmona and Torras win back-to-back awards

Moving on to Catalan futsal, Barça Alusport took home the Best Manager award, Marc Carmona, and the Best Player award, Jordi Torras, for the second year in a row. “Awards for managers come from winning titles and that’s thanks to the players,” said Carmona. Torras highlighted that “we had a spectacular year, we won every title in play. I’m very pleased for the team and the image we gave of ourselves, that’s what people remember.”

Barça well represented

FC Barcelona vice-president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, led the FC Barcelona delegation at the Gala of the Stars of Catalan Football. He was accompanied by Club directors Jordi Mestre and Javier Bordas, Club football director Andoni Zubizarreta, and director general of FC Barcelona professional teams, Joan Carles Raventós. In addition, Xavi Hernández and Leo Messi accompanied Sergio Busquets.

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