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The Barça Players’ Association (BPA) held its traditional Annual Dinner on Friday, 11th of November, with almost 400 people attending; amongst them were ex-players and the rest of the BPA members and their accompanying guests. The FC Barcelona President, Josep Maria Bartomeu, and the Councillor to the President, Neus Munté, were the authorities who presided over an evening which served to reinforce the relationship between Barça and its ex-players, and also to show the vitality of the BPA. The Club’s delegation was completed by Vice President Jordi Cardoner, and the Directors Jordi Moix, Silvio Elias, Pau Vilanova, the CEO Òscar Grau and ex-President Agustí Montal.
Masía 360, a new project with the participation of the BPA
President Bartomeu explained that the Masía 360 project had a high level of implication on the part of the Club’s ex-players. “The project”, Bartomeu said, “aims to take advantage of all the knowledge that Barça have accumulated over decades, in order to be of benefit to all the players, coaches, educators, families and the player’s surroundings.” The President added that “when a player leaves, we must continue to follow them so that they can one day return to help the Club become greater every day. We need your help; within a few years we’ll see a Barça where the majority of professional positions are held by our ex-players, who have the knowledge which can make the Club bigger and more efficient.” Ramon Alfonseda showed his satisfaction that the Club “counts on the Association as an active part of Masía 360, we are the true representatives of FC Barcelona and its values, and history tells us that we should always be together”.
Councillor Munté, daughter of the Barça ex-player Ferran Munté, remembered “the times when I came to these dinners with my parents, that’s why I don’t feel like guest, I feel like a part of this family”.
Medals for 50, 100 and 200 matches and the top scorer
As is tradition at the Annual Dinner, this time presented by Pep Plaza to great applause, commemorative medals were awarded to BPA members who during 2016 have reached either 50, 100 or 200 appearances for the Association teams. The ex-player Javier Molina was awarded the “Juli Mocholi” Trophy for the top goalscorer.
50 Match Medals
100 Match Medals
200 Match Medals
Amongst the ex-players present at the dinner were Robert Fernández, the blue and claret director of football, Carles Rexach, Josep Maria Fusté, Ronald de Boer, Paco Clos, Quique Costas, Josep Franch, Pau Garcia Castany, Andoni Goikoetxea, Josep M. Laredo, Vicens Martínez, Pere Valentí Mora, Josep Palau, Bartomeu Paredes, Josep Pérez Serer, Juan Carlos Rodríguez, Tente Sánchez, Joan Torrent, Joan Vilà and Rafael Zuviría.The ex-coach Laureano Ruiz was also in attendance.
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