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Pau Gasol durant l'entrenament que va fer amb el Barça la temporada 2011/12 /FOTO: ARXIU FCB

[[DES_1]]The selection of both Gasol brothers for the 2015 NBA All Star game is a clear indication of just what a great season both players are having in the toughest league in the world. Before leaving for successful careers in the NBA, Pau and Marc worked their way through the youth teams at FC Barcelona until they reached the blaugrana first team.

Two MVP’s as a blaugrana for Pau

The first of the two brothers to join FC Barcelona was the elder of the two, Pau, who joined the club for the 1997/98 season at the age of 16. After winning the Spanish Junior Championship, Pau made his debut with the first team against Cáceres CB on 17 January 1999, a season that Barça ended as ACB League champions. Little by little the older Gasol worked his way into the first team under coach Aitó García Reneses and his breakthrough season came in 2000/01. That season Pau was named MVP in the Spanish Cup and the ACB League play offs, two competitions that saw the blaugranes claiming the trophy. His outstanding performances caught the attention of teams from the best league in the world and in 2001 he was drafted as the third pick of the first round by the Atlanta Hawks.

Two spells at Barça for Marc

For his part, Marc arrived at the club a year after his older brother. In 1998 he joined the Barça youth system until leaving for the United States with his brother in 2001. Two years later Marc returned to the blaugranes and divided his time between the EBA team and the Barça first team. That very season FC Barcelona claimed the league title with Svetislav Pesic as coach. By the end of the campaign, Marc was a fully fledged member of the first team where he remained for the next two years. In the summer of 2006 he left the club to join Akasvayu Girona from where he finally made the leap to the NBA.


The Gasol brothers Pau and Marc with FC Barcelona by fcbarcelona

Training with Barça

Now well established figures in the NBA, both Pau and Marc Gasol, when they are at home in Catalonia during the off season, have taken part in training sessions with the Barça first team.

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