Manel Vich, speaker of Camp Nou

For the last 59 years, Manel Vich has been the public address announcer for FC Barcelona and, coinciding with his presence at the Champions League Final in Berlin, a short Johan Kramer documentary about him, ‘La Veu del Barça’, was released.

Vich began as an announcer at the Les Corts ground in 1956, a few months before the new stadium was opened, since then, Vich has missed just three games - because of an operation and then the marriage of his daughter.

A Museum at home

After more than half a century at the Club, Manel Vich's house is a veritable museum, full of souvenirs from those times and he explains in the film: “I've got lots of shirts, scarves and photos, but if I'd known I was going to be here that long and started collected things, I think I'd have a museum to match the Club's own at the moment".  Now 77, Vich insists he'll be staying on as Club announcer for as long as he's needed, but as soon as he's finished he'll be taking up his seat at the stadium - Vich has been a member and season ticket holder for all that time, paying his dues despite the fact that he's never yet been able to watch a game from his seat.

Johan Kramer is a Dutch photographer and film maker who has made a number of films about the Club, including  ‘0,08%’, about  a blind child who is crazy for Barça, or ‘Charly’, about ex-player and coach Carles Rexach, and ‘Johan Primero’ about a superstitious fan who religiously goes around the stadium 50 times a day in his blaugrana car.

Manel Vich has been FC Barcelona's public address announcer since 1956. por
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