Spotify Camp Nou applauds Barça Genuine Foundation's three titles
LaLiga Genuine Santander, DICUP and The Original Challenge trophies won last season paraded before Elche game
In the build-up to the game with Elche, the players from the Barça Genuine Foundation team and coaches were on the Spotify Camp Nou pitch to show off the LaLiga Genuine Santander, DICUP and The Original Challenge trophies they won last season in front of the 85,073 spectators. Rapturous applause greeted the 20 men and 4 women who have done so brilliantly in their very first year.
In LaLiga Genuine Santander, the Barça team also topped Sevilla, with whom they were tied on points, for fair play, which beautifully reflected the tournament's motto of "sharing before competing", showing that the players not only showcased their skill, but their values too. The six coaches have worked especially hard on behavioural aspects of the game.
Watching from the stands were the players from the Hamble Club FC Pan-Disability from England who are providing the Catalans with their first friendly opposition of the new preseason on Sunday at noon in the Ciutat Esportiva. It will be their third international friendly after playing Seignosse Capbreton Souston of France in May and playing Orlando City in Daytona, Florida in July, which is where they won The Original Challenge.
This season, the team will have a 30-player squad, sic more than last year,. and also a greater female presence.
Statement by Sergi Mascarell, coach of Barça Genuine Foundation
“It was very nice to offer these trophies to the fans. We are still excited about the season that ended in July. They players are back with new verve and enthusiasm. Now need to improve on every level. We have done some interesting work with each of the players to develop their skills. In sporting terms, we'll try to have as good a season as we had last season. We'll be investing all of our knowledge to make sure that happens.”