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The floral tribute to Rafael Casanova is an annual tradition, shown here in 2012 / PHOTO: ÁRXIU FCB

[[DES_1]]FC Barcelona is to attend to annual offering of a floral tribute to the monument to Rafael Casanova on occasion of September 11, the National Day of Catalonia. The event will take place at the crossroads between Carrer Ali Bei and Ronda Sant Pere in the morning, and the club’s delegation will be headed by Josep Maria Bartomeu. Other members of the Board that will be attending include Carles Vilarrubí, Jordi Moix and Pau Vilanova.

The first team will be represented by captain Xavi Hernández and goalkeeper Jordi Masip; the basketball section by technical secretary Joan Creus and coach Xavi Pascual; handball by youth coordinator Andrey Xepkin and reserve team captain Beto Miralles; roller hockey by manager Ricard Muñoz and captain Aitor Egurrola, and futsal by coach Marc Carmona and captain Paco Sedano.

Representing the football academy will be women’s team coach Xavier Llorens and team captain Marta Unzué, while Jordi Roura will be there in name of La Masia. The various youth football teams will be represented by Martí Riera (U14), Biel Farrés (U14), Roger Martínez (U12), Sergio Oriol (U12), Héctor Font (U10) and Jan Quiles (U10), while Josep Moratalla will represent the Barça Players Group.

Double ceremony

FC Barcelona will also be represented at the inauguration of a new street, ‘Onze de Setembre’ at 12.30 PM CET. This will be happening at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, and has been organised by Sant Joan Despí Town Council. Director Jordi Moix will be heading the Barça delegation.

Rafael Casanova i Comes (1660-1743)

Rafael Casanova was mayor of Barcelona and commander in chief of Catalonia during the Siege of Barcelona, which ended exactly three hundred years ago on September 11, 1714. He is now recognised as one of the greatest icons of Catalan patriotism and after a monument was erected in his memory in 1888, it became a place of homage and for calls for freedom. The statue was removed under the Franco Dictatorship, but restored in 1977 at the site where Casanova was wounded by a gunshot during the Siege. Since then, major Catalan cultural, sporting and social institutions traditionally gather by the monument every September 11 to leave flowers in his honour.

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