Sandro Rosell and Carles Aleña / PHOTO: ÁLEX CAPARRÓS - FCB

The Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper was the venue for the traditional meeting between the youth football teams of FC Barcelona and Sandro Rosell and members of the board of directors that are responsible for Barça’s youth system, Josep Maria Bartomeu and Jordi Mestre. The event, which also hosted family members and friends, saw 20 football teams on display on Field 7.

From Barça B to the U-6 team and the four women’s football teams, participated in the event. Football director Andoni Zubizarreta and athletic formative football director Guillermo Amor joined Rosell and the directors.

Proud to defend this shield

Speaking for approximately 300 boys and girls, the U-14 player Carles Aleña said, “wearing this shirt with this shield and defending these colours is an honour and we feel fortunate.” The youngster promised that he and his colleagues will work hard seeing that “maybe one day we can be part of Barça’s first team and contribute to this Club’s grandeur.”

Rosell: “the cantera is the axis of our Club”

President Rosell was very pleased to participate in the event with the young footballers: “they are the essence of the Club, the axis.” The head of FC Barcelona talked about the  pride that parents feel when these footballers wear “this shirt, this shield, these values.” He went on to highlight “the human behaviour of our footballers. They need to be examples of an athletic entity like this one, which is more than a club.” Rosell also said, “the hope and excitement that on day it is very likely these players will be in the Camp Nou defending our shirt.” The President didn’t want to forget the hard work that’s put in by the Athletic Commission: “we’re very proud to have them.”

Mestre: “we’re a worldwide leader”

The director responsible for Barça B, U-18 and the youth program, Jordi Mestre, congratulated the teams for the results they’ve earned. The director went on to say “not only are we worldwide leaders when it comes to youth football, but also in a human aspect. Besides making great players, we have to make good athletes and good people.”

Zubizarreta thanked the parents for the trust they show in the Club for allowing Barça to be part of their children’s education. While Amor encouraged all of the players to finish the season on a strong foot.

Official photographs

At the end of the event it was time to take official photographs of each team with President Rosell and the directors Bartomeu and Mestre. The board members also took a picture with the Athletic Commission. As a side note, all the keepers from all the youth teams also got a group photo.

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