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Over 400 people participated in the BPA event which had Blaugrana values and Barça’s living history at its very heart.
Gerard Figueras, Ramon Alfonseda, Jordi Cardoner and the rest of the FC Barcelona representatives.
Sergio Ruiz / BPA
Luis Chavarría receives a shirt in memory of his brother, Sergio, a BPA member, who passed away suddenly on the 30th of September after taking part in an Association activity.
Sergior Ruiz / BPA
On Friday, the 1st of December, over 400 people packed out Barcelona’s Hotel Catalonia Plaza for the Barça Players Association (BPA) Annual Dinner. The evening had a cabaret theme; according to the master of ceremonies anything could happen, and of course it would be kept a secret by all those present. The dinner gave the whole Association family the chance to get together for what has become one of the unmissable dates on the Blaugrana calendar.
The Generalitat’s General Secretary for Sport, Gerard Figueras, was in attendance at the event, and wished to highlight how Barça’s values could be seen in their true essence through the Association. Those same values were also spoken of by the BPA President, Ramon Alfonseda: “Solidarity between ourselves and also with others, the Association as a family, and the Barça spirit, those are three values which must be maintained as pillars of our Association.” Alfonseda showed his gratitude to FC Barcelona, who were represented by Vice-President Jordi Cardoner: “We’re on the right track, we’ve done projects and we’ve got new ones being worked on with La Masia, FCB Escola, the Museum, and especially the Foundation”. Cardoner wanted to underline the rejuvenation of the BPA, “not only due to new ex-players joining, but also other members.”
As is tradition, over the course of the Annual Dinner ex-players were presented with their medals for having made 50 or 100 appearances for the Association team. In an awards ceremony which was presented by the journalist Pere Escobar, the BPA Top Goalscorer Awards were also handed to their respective winners. This year, for the first time, there was also an award for the women’s team top goalscorer.
Bronze Medal for reaching 50 appearances
Silver Medal for reaching 100 appearances
José Manuel Guijo
Josep Rodríguez "Rodri"
"Juli Mocholi" BPA Top Goalscorer Award
Medaller ABJ 2017
Cristina Jiménez, the first Barça women’s ex-player to receive the “Juli Mocholi” BPA Top Goalscorer Award.
Sergio Ruiz / BPA