Entries in Barcelona (2)


Barcelona Soccer Team Booted From Impromptu Practice in DC

Pixland/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- If you’re the best soccer team in the world, you might think you’d be able to play wherever you want. Apparently not.

FC Barcelona, widely regarded as the world’s top soccer club after winning both the Champions League and the Spanish La Liga title last season, were booted off the national mall near the White House on Thursday when they tried to hold an impromptu practice there.

According to the team’s star midfielder Xavi, security was not a fan of the team using that location, not far from the home of President Obama.

“Security said you couldn’t have a group of more than 10 or 15 there,” Xavi said, according to the Washington Post. “We wanted to loosen up a little, stretch… Given that the White House was near so it was normal security, nothing more.”

The incident in Washington was such big news in Spain that it appeared on the front page of the Madrid sports daily paper, As. In the Spanish capital, where Real Madrid reigns supreme, the sports dailies are always eager to highlight the misfortune of bitter rivals Barcelona.

“Barcelona Kicked Out of the White House,” blared the headline of As this morning.

“The Secret Service expelled the team while they practiced in a park behind the Obama residence,” the paper said.

Barcelona is in Washington for a friendly on Saturday against Manchester United, the team they defeated in the Champions League final last May.

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Balloons Carry Thank You to Barcelona

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BARCELONA, Spain) -- Saying goodbye to something you love: For some people it's emotional, for others it can be awkward, for Lucas Jatoba it requires 250 balloons and a desire to share his joy with others.

Jatoba lived in Barcelona, Spain, for three years before moving to Australia to live closer to his brother. Before he left Spain, he wanted to thank the city and people of Barcelona.

"When I was looking at the sky one day, I saw a balloon and I said I think I have a great idea to say goodbye to Barcelona, being grateful to the city and to its citizens," he said.

Jatoba decided to release 250 balloons throughout the city and attached a theater ticket to each one. The ticket was to a comedy, which he thought was the best way for others to have as much fun as he did during his time in Barcelona.

He filmed his gesture of thanks and people from around the world have been moved by his action. The video has more than 250,000 views on YouTube.

"I got hundreds of e-mails and comments on my Facebook page, on YouTube and also on my website," Jatoba said. "Lots of people were really moved by the video. Lots of people cried while watching it and I got lots of beautiful e-mails, women that want to marry me, people that said it changed their lives.

"I can feel that the video and my attitude really reached the hearts of people."

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