Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Looking back at a successful tour

(source: fcbarcelona.cat)

FC Barcelona's trip to the United States proved to be a success both on the pitch and off the pitch.

Full stadiums
Attendances at all three of the team's matches were incredible and it all started in Los Angeles when 93,317 people turned up to the Rose Bowl to watch Pep Guardiola's team take on Los Angeles Galaxy. A record crowd and a figure that has not been seen since the World Cup Finals were held in the United States in 1994.

In the second match in Seattle it was difficult to see an empty seat in the Qwest Field Stadium as 66,848 fans attended the encounter against the Sounders. The third and final match against Chivas de Guadalajara saw 62,572 watch in a packed Candlestick Park in San Francisco. With a total of 221,557 spectators watching the three games, FC Barcelona attracted an average of 73,852 people.

Helping the causes
Away from the field, FC Barcelona were able to tie up deals with companies and organisations to help support their causes. One such instance was the agreement with the MLS to help with the Malaria No More campaign. Guardiola and the players helped out attending for example the Montalban Theatre in Los Angeles.

Seattle visits
As well as training and attending social commitments, the Barça players had some fun as they visited sights of interest. One of the most popular trips was to Microsoft headquarters in Seattle where they visited the House of the Future. In the same city, Lionel Messi went to the top of the Space Needle and had his photo taken.

read the full and original report here

Read more:
The economic impact of the US tour
Barcelona intensifies commitment to fight malaria
Barcelona visits Microsoft headquarters


Anonymous said...

how many of you guys think this tour was succesful. i mean aside the financial stuff and also the youth players playing well i felt that the squad did lack some spark. maybe it is because ibra ineista were not playing. but it is worrisome sight when barca played without iniesta and ibra it looked as if they struggled in the final league match.

I am not sure if any of you guys will share my opinion. but thinking of the long season we have it will be good if we can get another midfielder which we desperately missed when ineista was not playing. i am not sure if we can land cesc or masch but is there any other player that barca is following.

Anonymous said...

The worrying factor was not just the absence of Iniesta & Ibra actually. It's more related to some one called Xavi.
Whenever Xavi was on the field, not only was there a free-flow in our game but also the opposition seemed like drowsy... nearer to sleep :P
But when Xavi is not on the field, not only are we not playing fluently & not scoring many goals but also the oppositions seemed aggressive and started scoring.

Now that's a HUGE impact of Xavi's mere presence on the game. But that's too much dependence on the maestro. We CANNOT risk Xavi playing through out the season injury-free. And we would be swept away in a split second if God forbid Xavi is not available. I hate to admit but may be we do need Fabregas & we do need to splash the 40 or whatever that paedophile master of a businessman is gonna demand :(

Josep "Pep" Guardiola i Sala - We are strikers who defend, we are defenders who attack, we are speed, we are strength, we are effort, we are precision, we are as one... We are Barça

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