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Les Relacions Internacionals de Catalunya

Les Relacions Internacionals de Catalunya | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

El periodista Martí Anglada, ex-corresponsal a Brussel·les, Berlín i els Estats Units (per TV3), corresponsal a l’Orient Mitjà, Itàlia i el Regne Unit (per La Vanguardia) i amb llarga experiència com a comentarista de política internacional ha fet una conferència a Bellaterra el dijous 15.11.2012, organitzada per Bellaterra per la Independència i centrada en observacions personals al llarg de la seva carrera periodística.

En Martí Anglada considera que Catalunya ha de tenir relacions internacionals sempre i en tot moment. De fet, la base de les relacions internacionals és tenir amics. I en els moments actuals si no hi ha amics és difícil la independència...

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Barça 2-0 Valencia: Lionel Messi’s 400th goal helps Barcelona beat Valencia in La Liga - The Guardian

Barça 2-0 Valencia: Lionel Messi’s 400th goal helps Barcelona beat Valencia in La Liga - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Lionel Messi scored his 400th goal for Barcelona and set up Luis Suárez for another as the La Liga leaders beat Valencia 2-0

 

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi hit his 400th career goal for the La Liga leaders, deep into stoppage time, to seal a 2-0 win over a Valencia side that will rue their missed chances.

 

Barça’s Uruguay striker Luis Suárez continued his devastating form with a low strike inside the area, after being set up by Messi with less than a minute gone in Saturday’s game.

Messi scored on the counter-attack deep into added time for his landmark goal, knocking the ball into the net after his first shot had been saved by keeper Diego Alves.

 

Barça move five points clear of Real Madrid, who play Malaga at home later on Saturday, when third-placed Atlético Madrid can open a four-point gap over Valencia, who are fourth, if they beat Deportivo de La Coruña.

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PSG 1-3 Barça: Barcelona dazzle PSG as Luis Suárez brilliance lights up Paris - The Guardian

PSG 1-3 Barça: Barcelona dazzle PSG as Luis Suárez brilliance lights up Paris - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Luis Suárez brilliance lights up Paris as Barcelona dazzle PSG

 

Barcelona’s claim on this competition can feel irresistible on nights such as this. They prospered here where Chelsea had so laboured, inflicting a first home defeat in European competition in nine years and 34 games on wounded PSG with Luis Suárez for once eclipsing Lionel Messi as the chief tormentor. The Uruguayan’s two goals were sumptuous, his team’s progress in this quarter-final first leg serene.

Those teams who count themselves in contention should beware.

 

This was a ruthless way to dissect PSG’s raised expectations in the wake of last month’s elimination of the Premier League’s champions-elect. Patched up and makeshift PSG might have been, untimely injuries and suspensions taking their toll, but there was a gulf in class. Laurent Blanc’s players heaved unsuccessfully to contain slippery opponents and were made to look utterly limited at times.

 

Luis Enrique described Barcelona’s performance as “spectacular, both in defence and attack” though, for all their familiar slick possession, it was Suárez’s incisive interventions after the interval that took the breath away...

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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi: I’m back to my best after a difficult year - The Guardian

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi: I’m back to my best after a difficult year - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Lionel Messi has acknowledged that he is back to his best for Barcelona after difficult year that saw him accused of tax fraud and suffer from numerous injuries.

 

The four-times winner of the Ballon d’Or award has been in scintillating form since the turn of the year, having racked up 34 goals in La Liga this season and another eight in the Champions League. That means Messi has already surpassed his tally from last season, when Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo beat him to the Ballon d’Or for the second successive year.

 

In an interview with Barça magazine ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Paris Saint-Germain, the 27-year-old Argentina forward believes he has put a tricky period in his career behind him.

“The truth is that I began the season in another way after everything that had happened to me last year,” said Messi.

“I spent a lot of time away from the pitch [injured] and when I returned I wasn’t in great form. I have tried to forget what I experienced, though, and recover my best version and now I feel really good.”

 

In total, Messi has scored 45 goals from just 44 matches this term and became La Liga’s record goalscorer of all time in November. His goal against Sevilla was his 399th in official games for Barcelona...

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Barcelona’s winning philosophy makes them coaching incubator for top clubs - The Guardian

Barcelona’s winning philosophy makes them coaching incubator for top clubs - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona’s ideas have been spread across the continent by former players who switched to the dugout, including coaches of four Champions League quarter-finalists

 

Where are they now? In the dugout, that’s where, and not just any dugout. Take a look at the picture above. It is nearly 19 years old now: 28 August 1996, the side that won the Spanish Super Cup. You will recognise some of the faces, and among them are four of the eight coaches in the Champions League quarter-finals: this week Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich face Julen Lopetegui’s Porto and Laurent Blanc’s Paris Saint-Germain take on Luis Enrique’s Barcelona. Their Barcelona, where they all played together.

 

If it is extraordinary enough that one team provides half the managers left in the competition, go a little deeper. The starting XI that day ran: Lopetegui, Ferrer, Popescu, Abelardo, Blanc, Luis Enrique, Sergi, Amor, Guardiola, Stoichkov, Pizzi. Only two of them have not become first-team coaches: Guillermo Amor, who ran Barcelona’s academy and is now technical director at Adelaide United, and Gica Popescu, sent to jail for three years for fraud. Now there’s a “Where Are They Now?”.

 

There were 27 players in Barcelona’s squad in the 1996-97 season. Popescu apart, only five others have not worked as coaches or technical directors and among them are Giovanni, who scouts for Olympiakos, and Vítor Baía, an ambassador for Porto, plus the owner of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Ronaldo, and another Ballon d’Or winner, the Fifa presidential candidate Luís Figo...

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The best goals of the week: Neymar, Robert Lewandowski and David Villa - The Guardian

The best goals of the week: Neymar, Robert Lewandowski and David Villa - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Featuring a headers-and-volleys dream goal from Atalanta, a goalkeeper scoring from his own six-yard box, a splendid chip from Sweden, a glorious long-ranger from China and a selection of free-kicks from Germany, Spain and France
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Catalonia to say adéu to long working days - The Guardian

Catalonia to say adéu to long working days - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Region will be first in Spain to bring working day into line with the rest of Europe, ending long days and late-night dinners

 

Catalonia is aiming to become the first region in Spain to bring its working hours into line with the rest of Europe, spelling the end for long working days and late-night dinners.

The Catalan government has promised to put together a proposal to reform working hours by July. “The time to make decisions has come,” said Francesc Homs, a spokesman for the Catalan regional government.

 

Across Spain, most working days start early and are interrupted for a late-morning coffee break and again for a long lunch break around 2pm. Few arrive home before 7pm or 8pm.

This sees Spaniards working nearly 300 hours more a year than Germans, a statistic often highlighted when explaining why Spaniards sleep about an hour less than the rest of Europe, why 10pm dinners are the norm for many and why prime-time television programmes continue until well after midnight.

 

The reforms being eyed by the Catalan parliament would aim to streamline working hours into something akin to a nine to five day.

The announcement comes after a decade of lobbying by campaigners, who argue that a shorter working day would set off a chain of positive outcomes, from higher productivity and less workplace accidents to a more equal division of chores in Spanish households...

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From Catalonia's Pyrenees down to the Mediterranean - The Independent

From Catalonia's Pyrenees down to the Mediterranean - The Independent | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Well, it looks downhill on the map, and it sounds downhill: "From the Pyrenees to the Sea". I was vaguely expecting a stately, five-day descent from the cool mountains that nudge the French border, to the agreeable Catalan village where Salvador Dalí kept a house in Spain's north-eastern corner.

 

But what went down also went up. The going up was every bit as good as the going down, and it was pretty much all totally exhilarating. Having got a train to Dalí's birthplace, Figueres, we did indeed start off up in the mountains, a stone's throw from France. And we had taken our Orwells and Laurie Lees, so were filled with romance about sun-dappled uplands and how, nearly 80 years earlier, foppish Brits equipped only with tweed jackets and idealistic zeal had arrived in the dead of night to do their bit against fascism.

 

The first night was cool. Positively chilly, actually, and wet, even in late May, but it gave us something to look back on in smug accomplishment. The first day's walking, through thickly wooded and wonderfully unfarmed, precipitous hills, was a very roundabout route up to the village of Maçanets de Cabrenys (only 3km as the crow flies), a well-appointed bolthole for hot Catalans in the summer, but seemingly deserted otherwise...

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Spanish resort withdraws support for event popular with British students - The Guardian

Spanish resort withdraws support for event popular with British students - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Salou council says Saloufest, a sports festival with a reputation for drunken bad behaviour, is damaging to town’s image

 

The city authorities in Salou, a resort town on Spain’s Costa Dorada, are withdrawing their support for the annual Saloufest, when around 10,000 British university students descend on the town every Easter for a fortnight of drunken partying.

 

After backing the event for the past five years, the town has decided the financial returns do not justify the harm the revelry does to the image of the resort, which is close to the popular Port Aventura amusement park. In a communique the town council complained that hotels involved were damaging Salou’s image and insisted they stop using the resort’s name in their promotions...

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Barcelona keen on signing Paul Pogba, says Juventus’ Pavel Nedved - The Guardian

Barcelona keen on signing Paul Pogba, says Juventus’ Pavel Nedved - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Barcelona are looking to sign Paul Pogba once their transfer embargo expires, according to Juventus director Pavel Nedved
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In-form Porte triumphs in Tour of Catalonia - Reuters

In-form Porte triumphs in Tour of Catalonia - Reuters | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Team Sky's Richie Porte held on to his overnight lead to win the Tour of Catalonia on Sunday, the in-form Australian securing one of the biggest victories of his career and laying
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Xavi reportedly set to leave Barcelona for Qatari club Al Sadd - The Guardian

Xavi reportedly set to leave Barcelona for Qatari club Al Sadd - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Xavi looks set to end his Barcelona career by moving to Qatari side Al Sadd in a three-year deal with £7m a season, according to reports in Spain

 

Xavi looks set to leave Barcelona and join the Qatari club Al Sadd next season, according to reports in Spain.

The 35-year-old midfielder, who announced his international retirement last August, will sign a three-year deal worth a reported €10m (£7m) a season despite still having a year of his contract at Camp Nou still to run.

 

Last Friday, the Barcelona-based newspaper Mundo Deportivo first hinted at Xavi’s intention to move to Qatar, with AS claiming on Thursday that he will replace the former Real Madrid striker Raúl after he left Al Sadd to join New York Cosmos last year.

“Xavi has signed a three-year deal with the Qatari outfit with the option of a fourth season and will take an annual salary of €10m,” said the report. “The Barça playmaker will form part of the squad as well as undertake other duties, acting as an adviser to the Aspire Academy.”...

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Cristiano Ronaldo faces fine or suspension for ‘calm down’ celebration - The Guardian

Cristiano Ronaldo faces fine or suspension for ‘calm down’ celebration - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo could be sanctioned for his goal celebration during Sunday’s La Liga clásico

 

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo could be sanctioned for his goal celebration during Sunday’s La Liga clásico, according to the president of Spain’s professional football league.

 

Ronaldo, not for the first time when he has scored at the Camp Nou, appeared to be urging the Barcelona fans to calm down when he struck to make it 1-1 in the 31st minute.

 

The Portugal captain has gained a reputation for winding up opposing fans and was widely criticised when he tore off his shirt to celebrate his successful penalty in last season’s Champions League final victory over Atlético Madrid.

 

“We have to be careful with provocative gestures by a player when he scores a goal or with any other provocation or conduct that could incite violence among spectators,” said the LFP president Javier Tebas. “It must be sanctioned, from a fine up to a suspension. We will look into it.”...

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Flight 4U9525: Catalan and German towns join in mourning students - The Guardian

Flight 4U9525: Catalan and German towns join in mourning students - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Llinars del Vallès and Haltern are united in mourning for 16 German exchange students; other victims include businesspeople travelling to a trade fair in Cologne

 

Before the sun had risen on Tuesday morning, one group of teenagers in the Catalan town of Llinars del Vallès had already dragged themselves out of bed.

 

For the past week, the 14- and 15-year-olds had shared their homes and lives with 16 teenagers from western Germany. They had become fast friends months earlier when the Catalan students travelled to the German town of Haltern for the first part of the exchange. On Tuesday, they faced the tough task of saying goodbye to their new friends.

 

Accompanied by their families, the German teenagers dropped their Spanish friends at the town’s train station, some 35 miles from Barcelona’s El Prat airport, exchanging hugs and promising to keep in touch.

 

Hours later, the Catalan students reacted with shock, sobbing as they were told that their friends were believed to be on the Germanwings flight 4U9525 that had crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday morning. “They’re completely distraught,” said Martí Pujol i Casals, the mayor of Llinars del Vallès. “They spent 24 hours a day with these kids this week.”...

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Luis Suárez leaves Edinson Cavani in shade in Champions League show - The Guardian

Luis Suárez leaves Edinson Cavani in shade in Champions League show - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The two Uruguayan strikers embraced before Barcelona’s 3-1 first-leg win at PSG but enjoyed or endured contrasting fortunes after that
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Coals to Newcastle? The London tapas chain opening up in Spain - The Telegraph

Coals to Newcastle? The London tapas chain opening up in Spain - The Telegraph | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Following the success of their tapas restaurants in London, Brindisa are venturing to Barcelona to take their Catalan cooking back to its roots

 

It is 8am, and La Boqueria, just off La Rambla in the centre of Barcelona, is already a hive of activity. Porters scurry up and down narrow avenues, ferrying glistening fish in iced boxes on trolleys as traders shout instructions. First mentioned in the 1200s (some traders here are ninth generation) and encompassing 236 stalls over a site the size of two football pitches, La Boqueria is one of the world’s best food markets.

 

Close to the centre of the market is Menuts Rosa, a favourite stall with many locals. The Gabaldà family have been selling offal here since 1900; today Francisca Gabaldà and her daughter Rosa supply all the city’s top chefs, including Ferran Adrià. Their stall is not a sight for the faint-hearted – piled high behind the counter is everything from tripe and tongue to feet, testicles and sheep’s heads...

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Sevilla feel the noise against Barcelona to extend unbeaten home record - The Guardian

Sevilla feel the noise against Barcelona to extend unbeaten home record - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
No one has won at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán in 13 months and in front of a raucous sellout crowd, Barcelona became the latest to crumble in Seville

 

The music stopped but the singing went on. They belted out El Arrebato acapella, Sevilla’s anthem ringing round the ground, the “oooooooooo” rising and falling. “And that’s why I’ve come here to see you today,” the chorus opens. Almost 45,000 of them had come to watch their team play Barcelona on Saturday, the stadium packed. It was just before 8pm, the teams were out, and they stretched their scarves and sang loudly. Two hours later they were singing it again, even louder now. In front of them stood a dozen footballers in white, soon joined by one in orange. On both sides of the barrier they applauded, as exhausted as they were elated...

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Sevilla 2-2 Barça: Sevilla battle back against Barça and give Real Madrid renewed title hope - The Guardian

Sevilla 2-2 Barça:  Sevilla battle back against Barça and give Real Madrid renewed title hope - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Kevin Gameiro capped a stunning counterattack in the 84th minute to earn a point for Sevilla against Barcelona, who are now only two points clear of Real Madrid

 

Barcelona squandered a two-goal lead to stumble to a draw at Sevilla on Saturday, letting Real Madrid pull within two points of the Spanish league leaders.

 

Neymar set up Lionel Messi for Barca’s first goal and the Brazilian then converted an inch-perfect free-kick after 31 minutes to give Barcelona a 2-0 lead at Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.

 

But Ever Banega pulled one back for the home side in the 38th minute with a long-range drive and the substitute Kevin Gameiro capped a crisp counterattack started by José Antonio Reyes with six minutes to play to keep Sevilla undefeated at home in 32 games and level on points with fourth-placed Valencia, who occupy the final Champions League spot...

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Eric Cantona says Catalonia won 2010 World Cup, not Spain - The Guardian

Eric Cantona says Catalonia won 2010 World Cup, not Spain - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

The former Manchester United and France striker Eric Cantona has revealed a surprising choice for the player he rates as the best in the world – Paris Saint-Germain’s Javier Pastore.

 

Cantona, who won four titles during his spell at Old Trafford and came third in the Ballon d’Or in 1993 behind Roberto Baggio and Dennis Bergkamp, was speaking ahead of the Laureus Sports Awards, which take place in Shanghai on Wednesday.

 

And rather than opting for the current Ballon d’Or holder Cristiano Ronaldo or four-times winner Lionel Messi, the 48-year-old instead plumped for the Argentina forward Pastore, who he described as “the most creative player” in the world.

“For me, the best player in the world is Javier Pastore,” said Cantona. “I watched two PSG games just to see him play. For me, he is the most creative player at the moment. Pastore is full of surprises. I love this kind of player.”

Pastore, who joined PSG from Palermo in 2011 for a reported €39.8m, is likely to come up against Messi’s Barcelona in Wednesday night’s Champions League quarter-final firtst leg. The 25-year-old has three goals and five assists this season.

 

Meanwhile, Cantona also courted controversy by suggesting that Spain’s World Cup triumph in 2010 was only down to the influence of Barcelona on the national team.

 

“Catalonia won the World Cup,” he said. “Spain won it with 10 Barcelona players in the team. Spain did not win the World Cup, Catalonia did. Barcelona won it....

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Barça 4-0 Almería: Barcelona thump Almería with Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi firing - The Guardian

Barça 4-0 Almería: Barcelona thump Almería with Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi firing - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Luis Suárez struck twice to help Barcelona to a 4-0 home victory over struggling Almería, with Lionel Messi and Marc Bartra the other scorers

 

Luis Suárez struck twice to help Barcelona to a 4-0 home victory over struggling Almería that kept them four points clear of second-placed Real Madrid, who won at Rayo Vallecano later on Wednesday.

 

Barça seized control at the Camp Nou before Lionel Messi, who had not scored in three matches since his double against Eibar three weeks ago, skipped in from the right wing in the 33rd minute and whipped a left-foot effort inside the far post.

Almería, who were third bottom at kick-off, defended doggedly but conceded again when Suárez netted an almost identical goal 10 minutes into the second half.

 

The Barça centre-back Marc Bartra, one of several second-choice players Luis Enrique deployed, added a third when he nodded in a Xavi corner with 15 minutes left and Pedro set up Suárez to make it 4-0 in stoppage time...

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Celta Vigo 0-1 Barça: Barcelona get better of Celta Vigo with priceless header from Jérémy Mathieu - The Guardian

Celta Vigo 0-1 Barça: Barcelona get better of Celta Vigo with priceless header from Jérémy Mathieu - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Jérémy Mathieu’s 73rd-minute header secured Barcelona a 1-0 win at Celta Vigo to maintain their four-point lead in La Liga

 

Lionel Messi and the rest of Barcelona’s attack was kept in check by Celta Vigo’s pressure until the hosts tired and Barcelona ultimately won their match on Sunday night 1-0 thanks to a header from Jérémy Mathieu.

 

Xavi, who had come on as a second-half substitute, delivered the free-kick from which Mathieu struck at the far post, fending off Andreu Fontàs’ marking to head the ball in off the crossbar. Mathieu scored a similar header for the opening goal in last month’s 2-1 win over Real Madrid....

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Spain's first sex workers lobby group set up in Barcelona - The Guardian

Spain's first sex workers lobby group set up in Barcelona - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Prostitutes, lawyers and advocates will lobby regional election candidates to recognise sex work as they would any other job, and so guarantee rights

 

Sex workers in Catalonia have created Spain’s first formal lobby group for the profession, with the aim of encouraging candidates in the upcoming municipal and regional elections to back them in their push to regulate the sector.

 

“We are the most stigmatised and criminalised group of women in society,” said Montse Neira, as she and other sex workers launched the Assembly of Sex Work Pro-rights Activists of Catalonia. “From now on, nobody else is going to speak for us.” The lobby group includes sex workers as well as others who work closely with them, such as lawyers and advocates.

 

As Catalonia gears up for municipal elections in late May and regional elections in September, the group will focus on lobbying candidates to recognise sex work as they would any other job, guaranteeing prostitutes’ basic labour rights, said Paula Ezkerra. “The first thing we’re looking to do is to recuperate our dignity.”...

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Barcelona’s Dani Alves grabs journalist’s microphone and sings into it - The Guardian

Barcelona’s Dani Alves grabs journalist’s microphone and sings into it - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The Barcelona and Brazil defender Dani Alves found a novel way of deal with a pack of tenacious journalists at the airport – breaking in to song after losing patience with the repeated questioning
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Bringing a giant puppet eagle to life - BBC

Bringing a giant puppet eagle to life - BBC | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

BBC News meets the makers of the giant puppets of Theatre Company Carros de Foc.

 

What do you need to open a rejuvenated town centre?

 

If you are the town of Stockton in north-east England, then a puppet giant and a huge puppet eagle will do.

 

Theatre Company Carros de Foc are behind the spectacle and BBC News went along to find out how they bring life to these spectacular creatures.

 

Video journalist: Nikki Nahal

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David Squires on … Barcelona's fashionistas - The Guardian

David Squires on … Barcelona's fashionistas - The Guardian | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
In the latest from his series of cartoons, David Squires offers some more sensible outfits for Barça’s post-match celebrations
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Manchester City - That was Barça but this is The Baggies

Manchester City - That was Barça but this is The Baggies | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
VMC's roving young reporter City Jake checks in with an account of his Catalonian travels with The Blues this past week

 

VMC's roving young reporter City Jake checks in with an account of his Catalonian travels with The Blues this past week...

This is Jake Elsworth, Junior Blue, a 16 year old devout Manchester City football fan just returned from Manchester Airport having been given the amazing opportunity of a lifetime to go and watch Manchester City compete in the last 16 of the Champion's League on Wednesday night at the Camp Nou in Barcelona.

I attended the home leg at the Etihad in my usual front row seat of the east stand, and watched a fantastic display of fast pace exciting football between two of the football heavy weights of the world. Unfortunately for City and me the result did not go our way but it set up a fantastic game for the return fixture.

Barcelona is one of the world`s greatest and most historical clubs who have won the competition 4 times. They are looking to take over Europe once more with new manager Luis Enrique who hopes to become a success like Pep Guardiola. Meanwhile, Manchester City still have not yet shown how good they can be in the Champions league and we are all hoping they can change this around.
After losing the first leg 2-1 what can City do in the 2nd leg?
"It`s all to play for!"...

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