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Rosell and Al-Baker. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

The first team. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Just before this afternoon’s training session at the Camp Nou ahead of tomorrow’s Super Cup showdown with Atlético Madrid, the first team and Qatar Airways, FC Barcelona’s global partner, met on the pitch. The meeting, which was attended by many members of the Club’s board of directors, started off with a few words from Akbar Al Baker. “This is a historic day for Qatar. With Barça we’re creating opportunities through sport,” he said.

Sandro Rosell highlighted the importance this partnership with Qatar Airways has for the Club. “We’re very pleased and honoured. For example, the spot that was unveiled this Tuesday was a success and it’s been viewed by millions of people,” explained the Barça president, who added “we’re mutually helping each other.” After Rosell and Al Baker concluded, the Barça president and the Qatar Airways executive director exchanged gifts – Rosell presented Al Baker with a Barça kit signed by the first team players.

The first team jumps in

The first team players then posed for the Qatar Airways partnership official photo. Messi, Neymar, Xavi, Iniesta and company stood side by side with Rosell and Al Baker on the pitch of the Camp Nou. The players were later joined by the children from FCB Escola, who got the chance to get photographed with their role models.

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