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Gustau Biosca, who died on Saturday and whose funeral took place earlier today, was on everyone’s minds as FC Barcelona and the Agrupació Barça Jugadors (Barça Players Group) went ahead with the ceremony to honour the players of the 1940s generation and the team that famously won the Five Cups. The venue was the Auditori 1899 and those in attendance included the president of FC Barcelona Josep Maria Bartomeu, vice-president Jordi Cardoner and directors Silvio Elias and Pau Vilanova, plus the president of the ABJ, Ramon Alfonseda.
The 1940s players being honoured were Ferran Argila and Vicenç Martínez, who attended the event, and Enrique Martín, while the players that won the Five Cups were Gustau Biosca (represented by his son César), Miquel Ferrer, Jaume Peiró, Joaquim Tejedor and Josep Duró (represented by his wife Rosa Pérez). They also received copies of the Monument to the FC Barcelona Players by sculptress Rosa Serra that was recently inaugurated in the club offices.
Reporter Pere Escobar and FC Barcelona historian Carles Santacana spoke about that amazing era of club history and the guests were shown a video of some of the finest moments.
Extract from speech by FCB president Josep Maria Bartomeu:
“Today is a very special day for us all. Today we have said farewell to Gustau Biosca, one of the greatest and most historic players and one so emblematic of the Barça of the Five Cups. Destiny wanted Gustau to be one of the players here today. A tribute to the members of that legendary team and the generation of the 1940s.
Ferran Argila and Vicenç Martínez were at the club through the difficult post-war years. Gustau Biosca, Quique Martín, Joaquim Tejedor, Jaume Peiró, Josep Duró, Miquel Ferrer, Miquel Torra and Enric Roselló were in the team of the Five Cups and wrote one of the most glorious pages in the history of our club.
It is easier for the players now. The club is stronger, and they owe that to you. We are indebted to the players that made this club great. You all defended the Barça colours. You represented the values we believe in, which go much further beyond victories and titles. These are commitment, sentiment and the strength of Barça. The club supports the wonderful work done by the Agrupació Barça Jugadors and will always be at your side”.
Extract from speech by ABJ president Ramon Alfonseda:
“We are here to honour an important era and an unmatchable generation. The exceptional circumstances of the death of Gustau Biosca further stress how important the players and people that have done so much for this club are. I would like to thank you for what you have given us. People and players like you have helped us find the way to become better and to make Barça greater.
A few days ago, we inaugurated the Monument to the Player, a statue that symbolises everyone. Here at the Group we work to make the club’s history part of its day-to-day. We work to make sure that unrepeatable players and people like you can feel proud of feeling part of such a glorious era”.
Medals and badges
Following the ceremony, medals and badges were presented to the people who have been members of the Group for 10, 15 and 25 years. This event was first held in 2012 and is a biennial celebration of the longest-serving members of the association. Those who have been members for 10 and 15 years get bronze and silver medals, respectively, and those that have been members for 25 years get a silver badge.
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