Vicepresident Jordi Cardoner, during the events of the PB Guardiola de Berguedà XXV Anniversary, presided by the Avi del Barça / FOTO: VÍCTOR SALGADO - FCB

La Penya Blaugrana de Guardiola de Berguedà enjoyed a special day on Saturday, as they celebrated their 25th anniversary. The Vice-President of the Club’s Social Area, Jordi Cardoner i Casaus led the Club delegation, with the director of the Comissió Social, Jordi Calsamiglia, Comissió de Penyes del Club director, Griselda Soteras and Josep Maldonado, from la Fundació also present. Ex-players and members of the Agrupació Barça Jugadors Robert Fernández and Pere Valentí Mora took part in a round table at the Centre Cívic de Guardiola de Berguedà, together with Manel Vich, the journalist Josep M. Ducamp and Raimon Castanys, grandson of the original illustrator of the Avi del Barça.

The Mayor of Guardiola de Berguedà and member of Parliament , Montserrat Ribera, offered a reception at the Town Hall, which was also attended by the presidents of the penya federations of Bages, Berguedà i la Cerdanya, Ponent Nord, les Comarques de València i Marina Alta, Barcelonès Est and Lleida Sud, ch was followed by a Gala Dinner at the Hotel El Jou in Guardiola de Berguedà.

“This is a very important day because Guardiola de Berguedà is full of Barça fans, The 25th anniversary of a penya is always important, particularly if the president is as special as the Avi del Barça. What’s more, the town is called Guardiola !” commented Cardoner, adding “ the Avi del Barça is an institution, a way to communicate. With Joan and in the past, he represents a friendly family figure. He is still an important figure, who ot to know as children and who helped us to love our Club. Today, our friend Joan embodies that figure”.

The Avi del Barça for the last 30 years

Joan Casals has been taking on the role of the Avi del Barça, the character invented in the 1920s by Valentí Castanys, for the last 30 years and he explained: “I became the Avi del Barça by chance. I went to see the Joan Gamper Trophy with my family. I was wearing a Barça shirt and I had this beard

. People kept saying I looked like the Avi and asked if they could have their photo taken with me. That was the first time and it all started from there”.

La Penya Blaugrana Guardiola de Berguedà... por fcbarcelona
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