The Barcelona FC Camp Nou Experience tour ticket gives you access to the ‘behind the scenes’ action at the club as well as access to the FC museum and the multimedia centre. The tour is ‘self-guided’, meaning that there are no tour guides.
In Canaletas, the legend says that “he who drinks of his water will return to Barcelona”
A destination almost obliged for tourists, the Canaletas fountain crosses thousands of people, located just at the beginning of the Ramblas, a few steps from Plaça de Catalunya. This modest but emblematic fountain-lantern treasures with a history that makes it one of the unavoidable sources for the tourist and the fan of Futbol Club Barcelona, when its successes allow it.
The source of Canaletas was built in XVIII century but its reaison for bein takes us to the implementation of Rec Comtal, a network of channels launched in the tenth century and operating for almost nine centuries, which was extended in the mid-nineteenth century to bring the water that arrived from the Montcada and Reixac dam. With the arrival of industrialization, the water of the canals became contaminated and the city opened some divergent channels to supply to the Ramblas of less contaminated water. They were called ‘Canaletas’.
The original source came from a deposit located in the Tower of San Severo of the old medieval wall, which supplied the area of the Rambla and the Raval, originally from the eighteenth century. In 1862 the old fountain disappeared with the demolition of the walls and in its place settled two provisional iron sources.
In 1888 the City Council of Barcelona agreed to replace it with another definitive source, a project commissioned to Pere Falqués formed by four sources that would be located in different places of the city. Subsequently it was extended to fourteen sources, awarded to Jaume Rodelles. For that reason, although the one of Canaletas was constructed in 1892, it counts on a good number of ‘twin sisters’ distributed by Barcelona.
Made of cast iron, the fountain has a circular base on which a cup-shaped structure rises with four faucets that pour the water over four circular stacks; On this glass rises a column crowned in turn by four lampposts. With the ornamental tracks on the table, nothing better than to trace a route in search of their ‘relatives’ that we will find, among other locations, in the Portal del Ángel, the main street of Gracia, the round of San Pablo, Or the Plaza de la Barceloneta, among others. In total, there are 17 identical sources.
Today it is celebrated for being scene of the festivities in honor to the victories of the Barça. A tradition that was forged when the followers of the azulgrana club were quoted at the gates of the sports newspaper La Rambla, which was in the habit of presenting the results of football matches using a blackboard. Disappeared in the late 1930s, it should be said that the newspaper was located just in front of the fountain, at number 13 of the Ramblas.
Tradition says that “he who drinks of his water will return to Barcelona.” That is why, by superstition, visitors who wish to return to the city do not hesitate to drink their water if they hope to comply with the saying, whose legend can be read inscribed on a plaque.
Please visit our websites:
The main novelty will be the garnet color of the third set
After announcing a few weeks ago the agreement with the new sponsor, Rakuten, it seems that the board of Barça already has the designs of the shirts that will accompany the Japanese giant, as it has leaked on the network and thus have confirmed various media.
After wearing a model this year that resembles those created in the nineties, in the 2017/18 season will return a more innovative and less nostalgic style subdividing the fringes stripes but leaving one of more thickness in the center of color grana. However, the substitute equipment will re-drink from the designs of past decades with a clear greenish tint can approach the sky blue. The mold is broken with the third one, which forgets what established in the Barcelona entity putting a garnet color with orange details in play. A design reminiscent of the usual in the players of Rome.
Please visit our websites:
The iconic New York skyscrapers make a nod to Barcelona on Wednesday for his ten years of collaboration with Unicef
New York unveiled to the world on Wednesday that his heart is Barça. The most emblematic building of the most famous city on Earth will go to sleep wearing the club’s colors. The Empire State Building will light up in blue and red in recognition of the club and its Foundation for the ten years of partnership with Unicef. A symbolic act that will also serve to welcome the city to Barcelona and to its new headquarters.
Vice President Jordi Cardoner ex football player Ronaldinho and Barca will be responsible for carrying out the formal ceremony at the Empire State to turn the lights ready for the occasion. Barca colors will remain linked to the building throughout the New York night, in view of the millions of tourists who gather daily in the Big Apple.
The staff of the club, starting with the president Josep Maria Bartomeu, has moved to Manhattan to open a new sales office which should mean an injection of income for barcelonistas coffers, an act that will take place on Tuesday at 250 Park Avenue , one of the nerve centers of the city.
Please visit our websites:
The project of huge Japanese firm Nikken Sekkei relieves the Foster´s one.
In September 2007 the club presented its previous project for a new Camp Nou. Joan Laporta presided over the club. And Sir Norman Foster was the winner in the contest. The British architect has drafted its proposal from a specification of five pages provided by the club. In its proposal acquired prominence formalism, it resulted in a scaly skin -evocative the roof of Gaudi House Batlló-, with the colors of the Barca shirt and the senyera. It was a time when in Spain built many star architects, sometimes with unbridled expressiveness and budgetary largesse.
This time the club has acted differently: he gave the contestants hundred pages of conditions, from detailing the number of seats to the VIP boxes, through the suggested types of cover for the stadium.
With so extensive specifications Barca sought to achieve the two main objectives of reform -catch up with regard to safety regulations and optimize the performance of the Camp Nou (raising there until additional 50 million euros per year). And, too, it led to the formation of teams of contestants who would represent the local profession, accredited architectural quality, and powerful engineering and architecture, based in the US, Britain, Japan and other countries where their role are dominating the architects, unlike what makes the tradition in Spain. They are engineers, most of them with experience in the construction of large sports facilities, always with very strict criteria for compliance schedule and budget.
In short, the club has been betting on the Laporta era for the iconic, colorful and stellar signature work, to bet on the Bartomeu time for a work that supports high-capacity engineering and diffuse aesthetic identity.
Who’s who in the team that will design the Camp Nou? What are credited? How will your synergy? What can we expect of the work Nikken Sekkei presented yesterday and Pascual-Ausió?
Nikken Sekkei, formed from a construction company that was born in 1900, is one of the largest engineering and architectural firms in the world, with nearly 2,500 employees, headquartered in Tokyo, and regional offices in the Far East and the Persian Gulf. He has participated in 20,000 projects in 40 countries. Among its sports facilities are the Saitama Super Arena in Chuo-Ko, and the Tokyo Dome. It has built skyscrapers and all kinds of private and public facilities. Its Catalan partners in the club, the study of Joan Pascual and Ramon Ausió, based in Barcelona, has a dozen professionals. In his curriculum apartment blocks dominate, such as 200 that ended in several towers of Barceloneta, twenty years ago; among his most recent works, the Diagonal Zero (Barcelona) hotel or the Electra (Terrassa) school.
This difference in muscle between the two partners winners of contest-and something similar happened in the Palau Blaugrana contest, won by Hok (1,800 employees) and TAC-Barcelona suggests that the club has passed the time of architectural and enters starsystem of engineering. It also suggests the elimination of contestants strong personality among the last fallen Bofill, Ferrater, RCR, Matthew or BIG-. And even the career of one who has served as project manager of the operation Espai Barça, which includes the new Camp Nou.
Nikken Sekkei will design the new stadium of soccer club Barcelona
The club has chosen the study proposal of Japanese architecture, Nikken Sekkei, in collaboration with Joan Pascual and Ramon Ausió Arquitectes, to design and implement reform Camp Nou.
After several weeks studying the eight finalists, the jury Espai Barça has finally opted for the Japanese architectural proposal, responsible for several works in Japan as the Niigata Stadium Niigata, Saitama Super Arena in Saitama or Wakayama Big Whale Wakayama .
Nikken Sekkei’s origins date back to the early twentieth century and currently has over 2,500 employees and projects in 40 countries.
Chinese pianist Lang Lang, star of the classical world, you can always lives his passion of Barcelona. ‘La Vanguardia’ accompanied him between trials, business and leisure
“Look, is Lang Lang! Hey, Lang Laaaang! ”
The musician looks around where they come up vocals. They have recognized from the balcony of the fourth floor of number 100 on Passeig de Gràcia. “Can we get a picture with you? We are from San Diego. ” They ask a tourist in front of La Pedrera.
The commotion caused by his presence in the heart of Barcelona test how far has achieved its goal: to make something classical mainstream. He has walked just one block from the hotel Omm, where he stays until the building designed by Gaudí, and half of pedestrians have identified him. Lang Lang is the phenomenon that is self communicators, either on piano or promotional events.
True, Lang Lang does not lose camber when to keep your figure in the media and social networks. But it is at least curious to see how naturally unfolds. Wagered at the Casa Mila, Chinese interpreter takes the microphone and Digital Vanguardia launches a greeting in English: “Dear Friends of La Vanguardia”, pronounced carefully. What will be tested? Like any pianist, he is a perfectionist technique, but at all obsessive. Simply put, if your goal is to seduce the public, you can not afford mistakes.
“Barcelona is one of the most beautiful, exotic and exciting cities in Europe,” he says getting into the car that will take you to L’Auditori, where he expects the CBO to rehearse. “I love spending time here and then, of course, is the famous football team, the best in the world, that makes me crazy,” he emphasizes, rolling his eyes.
“Oh, God, that style with which they play, so artistic. It’s not just the stars, Messi, Neymar, Iniesta … Suarez is also the style. It is as if he were not a sport so artistic that is the way they make a direction, how to carry it out. His technique is superior aesthetics. That which we call technology in the service of music, just that they have them at the service of enjoyment. ”
The idyll of Lang Lang with Barcelona starts in Games 92. He was just ten years but had been seven studying piano and his memory is so mature, “It was a difficult year for me, had been in Beijing, auditioning for the Central Conservatory, and had felt that left me outside the community, they did not like, that seemed an outsider. Barcelona was a very pleasant retreat, I remember the voice Caballé … all very beautiful. ”
But let’s review how it will be today the most media live pianist, after the success of his recital at the Auditorium Wednesday and before the expected concert with the OBC Friday. Lang Lang is not down to breakfast early. Come crazy abundantly and ham. Their diet is varied but avoid raw when on tour, after an episode of intoxication rather not remember. Today, however, you are booking. Tonight plans to dine at the Celler de Can Roca.
“I’ve heard it’s the best restaurant in the world and the truth is that I have so many expectations have hardly eaten today; just a couple of sandwiches. ” Gastronomy drives him crazy, but he has no idea of cooking. The previous year was in the tickets of Albert Adrià.
Just put your feet Auditori how professional we find is by its methodical character. Since it has built its own social project and wants to ensure music education to millions of children since its foundation, its aspiration is to ally with whom you can help and bring Lang Lang brand around the world.
For example, when it comes to the Auditori to rehearse and see that await associations fighting against Alzheimer’s disease, leukemia and childhood disabilities. With the same smile showing on stage, Lang Lang is planted in the photocall that has mounted Allianz and lovingly attends a girl who tells her piano studies. Overwhelms the patience of a character who has the time graph. In fact, the musicians of the OBC and take while waiting to rehearse the concert of Rachmaninov.
At one point, Lang Lang agrees with the press team Auditori suspend a television interview for the next day. And we confesses: “After a concert, euphoria, you say yes to everything. But then you realize that you do not get …. ”
The director, Ruben Gimeno, eagerly awaits you. No hurry. Lang Lang is not satisfied with the upright piano that offer to review the score and goes, without waiting for anyone to another room where there is a grand piano. And suddenly everything flows. So much so that after a few minutes and confesses that Gimeno seems a great director.
In the test with all musicians, Lang Lang merges with the sound and suggests that the orchestra sound like off camera. They have not spent even ten minutes since he was attending to his fans and already acts as if he hours immersed in the score.
After the test, three hours later, Lang Lang goes with the music elsewhere: in the hotel expect nothing less than Barca president Josep Bartomeu.
The pianist will round an idea he shares with La Vanguardia: “I think we can join efforts to get the kids playing soccer or playing instruments can make exchanges and enjoy the two activities. Do you know that Neymar has started to play the piano? ”
‘And that ?, I asked.
I have no idea, but just does it to impress the girls -Responds laughing.
At dusk, the procession heads towards Girona. Where there is a dinner at the best restaurant in the world, which apart Rachmaninov. We ignore what music heard Lang Lang in his car as he headed toward the Celler de Can Roca. We do know that he traveled with his mother, a wizard that takes you calendar and social networking and a young Chinese dressed in a pink beautiful coat that accompanies him everywhere. In another car he travels its representative in Spain, Enrique Subiela.
Already in the Celler, it would seem that there is an exchange of roles. Lang Lang and his family take photos in the restaurant of the Roca brothers. Josep, the music lover, musical shows small altarpieces that have assembled to “acclimate” wines.
The pianist hallucinates. It points to the short menu and returns to the hotel at a reasonable hour. At 11 in the morning and await Rachmaninov, Mozart and OBC.
Courtesy Car Service Barcelona
Leo Messi and Barca crowned as the best of 2015 in Dubai Globe Soccer Awards
Leo Messi led Barca to again become the best team in the world in 2015. The Argentine led a group that joined Barca in the Club World Cup fifth title of the six to which he aspired. And trophies numbers leave no doubt and it’s time to reap the rewards in the form of prizes. The first was the Soccer Globe Award, crowned in Dubai Flea and Barca as the undisputed best last year.
Messi, everything points also collect the January 11 his fifth Golden Ball was awarded best player in 2015 and hailed as the winner of the gala. “I am very happy and grateful for this award, but the important thing is always the collective success,” said the Argentine after receiving the award.
Barca swept these Globe Soccer Awards since besides the prize to Leo Messi, was the best club of the year, the best president (Josep Maria Bartomeu) and the club generated more excitement in the media. “Our goal is to make people happy and play well with the particular philosophy of play we have. I think what we have achieved in 2015 and what we will try next year. ”
Courtesy Car Service Barcelona
Barca (0-4) is carried the “clásico”with an overwhelming superiority before a Madrid that is powerless
At times, the ghost hovers 2-6 the Santiago Bernabeu. The superiority of Barca was awesome and the impotence of Madrid, worried for his own. The first course was just classic Barca color. Luis Enrique Benitez danced, who could only chew gum and look away. A recital that, to make matters worse, Messi witnessed the bench start. A historic victory, without discussion.
The “pañolada” and whistles to the Bernabeu fired his team when Fernandez Borbalán decreed rest, spoke for themselves. “Florentino, resign!” He cried the Madrid fans a far cry unprecedented in Chamartin. 0-2 Barca superiority in the game and the set target impotence provoked the ire of Real Madrid. And all with Leo Messi on the bench warm.
Benitez betrayed its principles and Barca punished him. It decided align all its stars from the beginning to the surprise of friends and strangers.
Eleven had signed a self Florentino Perez, but that is a far cry from the ideas of Benitez. Casemiro, his big bet and one of the banners of their midfield, gave place to the stars. And Luis Enrique was able to use it perfectly.
Messi started on the bench and Barca coach decided to place as Sergi Roberto theoretical companion Neymar and Suarez. A deceptive position, since the work of the youth squad Marcelo canceling his band was incalculable. In attack, Reus also contributed a lot in the game and control the club. Moreover, his appearances in the attacking half from the second row surprised the Madrid defense.
Five minutes lasted gasoline to Madrid, momentum and pressure are over soon, once the club he happened to settle on the field and begin to dominate the ball. Barca played a long combination ended with the ball at the feet of Sergi Roberto, who in two strides to the center of Madrid overcame field and a pass freed Luis Suarez to batiera Keylor with the outside. No hesitation, I would say the dictionary. Whistles Pique Bernabeu began to mutate into boos at Madrid itself.
The strength of the whole Benitez in this initial stage of course was based on the success of Keylor Navas, not the whole game around. When the Costa Rican has dropped a notch in performance, as expected, the defense white is showing all its miseries.
The goal gave Barca tranquility, who became lord and master of the classic with a crushing authority. The Madrid was limited to running after the ball and throw racing aimlessly when he stole without creating any danger. The Catalans, however, matured plays and tired opponent. Sergi Roberto was unable from the penalty spot as Luis Enrique and sang goal on the bench, just before the change and asked Mascherano cede his place to Mathieu.
Neymar says Florentino
The Bernabeu burst before the break, when Neymar, who had been dubious position Iniesta, Navas beat again. The scorer was based as such and stand took his mask and began to whistle his team mercilessly. The sound of wind that became shouts of “resign” Florentino break, after Marcelo save a goal sung by Luis Suarez.
Compelled by the situation, the Madrid stormed out in the second half. In three minutes, the players Benitez created more danger in the first 45 minutes. Bravo was key at the time. But the white souffle collapsed suddenly when Iniesta hit the heel of Neymar and placed the ball in the corner of the goal from Madrid. Benitez looked down, his team was a caricature, and the Bernabeu burst of impotence. A few meters further, Luis Enrique nodded and Argentine with 10 on his back he prepared to enter the field. Purl, I would say again the dictionary.
The setting was perfect for Barca, who could turn your ride into a bloodbath. The Madrid defended not only attacked his heart, not his head.
Bravo you pulled a goal sung Christian, so desperate lately, including another attack without the ball without penalty. Messi led the recital almost at a trot, and the danger is sensed in each robbery. A triangulation between Argentinian and Alba ended with Suarez in front of Navas. There was no remedy, the fourth up to the scoreboard while the stands emptied.
Barça display at the Bernabeu and occupy a space from gold in Barca history books. A superiority which can cause a real earthquake in Madrid and consolidates the growing project of Luis Enrique. The “Messidependencia” is long gone.
Courtesy Car Service Barcelona
Next saturday november 21st at 18:15h Canal + liga (spanish TV)
Madrid-Barça: The 5 key classic
Barca arrives as leader to the Bernabeu, but that does not mean anything in a game that many variations come into play
The Argentine presence on the lawn of the Bernabeu can become the decisive factor of the classic. Tier hatred is inversely proportional to the Argentine love these games. It is the top scorer in the history of Barca-Madrid and exhibits at the Madrid stadium are particularly legendary. In fact, Leo has seen more often in house door rival in the Camp Nou itself. So recovery is the best argument that can be Luis Enrique to win in Madrid. Nevertheless, it seems that not until last when a decision on its presence in the call is taken, which can result in hundreds of speculation.
Effectiveness: MSN against BBC
Barring a few exceptions and historic, classic games are very close, which are decided by small details. In these meetings, the effectiveness front door is essential. And this is where the inspiration for the classic front decide and who knows if also titles. Beyond Messi, Neymar and it is clear that Suarez faced the visit to the Bernabeu in a sweet moment in this regard. Quite the opposite happens at Real Madrid. Extra leave sporting matters in the air performance of Benzema, Cristiano is far from his best and Bale is too irregular. But all this means nothing and the visit of Barca is the best incentive to regain their best game. The effectiveness will be decisive.
Costa Rican goalkeeper has completed a first tranche of season almost immaculate. His stops have given points to Real Madrid, has been decisive. It has cleared all doubts suddenly flying over the goal Bernabeu after the departure of Casillas. Very complicated mission, just short of a great goalkeeper. A similar situation that crossed Claudio Bravo at the club last year and also solved with remarkable success, Valdes is already past.
An injury Keylor has removed the last two league games, which has itself generated Box doubt. His return to the classic face would be a breath of fresh air for Rafa Benitez.
The approach Benitez
Barca can play better or worse, but in most games one can predict what will be your approach without too much risk of being wrong. Luis Enrique’s team likes to be protagonist, have the ball and be more vertical than in past seasons. Benitez In Madrid, the bet is not so clear. His team has moments of lucidity during games, but lacks much continuity. And often it gives the feeling of stepping back when he takes the lead and, for example, against Atletico Madrid ended up paying him. In Seville, in the last league match, and something similar happened Emery’s team finished passing over whites. The classic is always a different rest day, but the talk of Benitez can tip the balance before kick-off.
The Barca defense
Luis Enrique made history during his first season at Barca bench achieving a historic treble. A success founded on the excellence of Messi, but also in a defensive line that you drew from many troubles. Bravo and they grew Ter Stegen in goal-Mascherano and Pique partner formed an impenetrable wall. In the first section of this course, the problems have been the dominant feature over a club with some doubts. Especially Pique has not started well but begins to show signs that he is singing. No longer loses focus and becomes short of the best plants in the world, as it is assumed. Regain that strength is one of the primary missions for Luis Enrique, if you want to take something from their visit to the Bernabeu.
Courtesy Car Service Barcelona