El Clásico, Saturday December 3

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The Saturday December 3 Barça vs Real Madrid El Clásico at the Elephant and Castle will be for Penya Supporting Members and their guests only, and Members must make a reservation.  The Penya Board of Directors sent an e-mail message to all Supporting Members on November 2 with information on how to reserve a table at Elephant and Castle.  UPDATE:  As of this time, 100% of the spaces at Elephant & Castle have been reserved.

Our Penya’s 5th Anniversary Celebration

 

Our Penya’s 5th Anniversary Celebration

On the early evening of Monday July 27, even though there was no Barça match, our Penya members filled Elephant and Castle.  Instead of cheering on Barça, we celebrated our Penya’s 5th anniversary.

In conjunction with FC Barcelona’s preseason tour that brought the team to Washington DC, FCB Vice President Jordi Cardoner, Board Member Silvio Elías, and Director of Institutional Relations and Protocol Ramon Puyol helped us celebrate the Penya’s anniversary.

To be honest, what our Penya members truly enjoyed — and that is an understatement — were three other very special guests of honor.  The Club’s representatives came to our Penya’s 5th anniversary celebration with the three trophies of the historic 2014-15 season.  For the entire party, our Penya members recognized what a rare and special opportunity we were given, and everyone enjoyed having as many pictures as possible with the triplet of trophies.

Winning the Treble was a tremendous historic accomplishment for FC Barcelona and the Club sharing the three trophies with our Penya for one evening was a historic, amazing, and memorable evening for Penya Barcelonista Washington DC.

Here is a video from FCB that features our Penya.

Visca el Barça!

Barça Legends: Lionel Messi

 

Lionel Messi (Part 1)

by Othman Chebli

When he moved from Argentina to Catalonia as a 13 year old boy, all he wanted was to one day play with the Barcelona first team in the Camp Nou. No one would have predicted that he would make his official debut with the first team at the tender age of 17. Today he is viewed as the greatest player of his generation, and arguably one of the best players to ever play the beautiful game. 

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Barça Legends: Andoni Zubizarreta

By Isaac Moreno

Given current events, we should focus a new Barcelona Legend on the figure of Andoni Zubizarreta, FC Barcelona General Manager until few days ago. Many of us know him only for holding this position, but he is indeed a Legend of Barcelona. He was a goalkeeper and for almost 10 years, until Victor Valdés appeared, he was strongly missed by the supporters. To get an idea, in the ten years between these two legends we had in goal Busquets (a proto-Neuer and father of Sergio Busquets), Vitor Baia (Portuguese, supposedly then the best in the world and a fiasco in our team), Hesp (a very decent Dutch keeper), Reina (former Liverpool player), Dutruel (a French keeper barely remembered), Bonano (nice Argentinean dude) and Rustu Reçber (a Turkish goalie currently in Beşiktaş).

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