On Tuesday evening the 3rd edition of the ‘Night of the Stars of Catalan Football’ took place at the Old Estrella Damm Factory venue in Barcelona. As in the previous two editions, FC Barcelona took centre stage with awards for several blaugranes. Sergi Samper, Marta Corredera and Carles Puyol were all named amongst the winners at the gala event with other sportsmen and women nominated in various categories.
The fist Barça player to receive an award was Sergi Samper who took the prize for the ‘Most Promising Catalan Player’ category. The Barça B midfielder was unable to collect his award personally as he on international duty with the Spanish U21 squad. Instead a video of Samper thanking the Federation for his award was played with FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu picking up the prize in his place. The Club President led a large Barça delegation that also included Sporting Vice Preisident Jordi Mestre, club director Pau Vilanova as well as Pere Gratacós the Director of Institutional Football Relations.
The next blaugrana to be recognised was Marta Corredera. The winger from the Barça Women’s team received the award for ‘Best Catalan Female Player’, a prize that she also claimed last season. She took the accolades ahead of fellow blaugrana nominees Vicky Losada and Alexia Putelles. Women’s coach Xavi Llorens was also nominated in the category of ‘Best Catalan Coach’. Finally Carles Puyol was rewarded in recognition of his efforts during his long and highly successful time as a player. The former Barça captain was presented with a special award by the Jury after a trophy laden career with the first team that helped convert him into a point of reference in Catalan football.