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Michelle Ackermann

Michelle Ackermann

Born in South Africa, soccer has always been a part of my life, and was pretty much ingrained in my genes. Journalism is my second love in life, and what better way to combine my two favorite things in life than to write about the one thing I am most passionate about. I follow the New York Red Bulls religiously, but have a deep passion for La Liga. This passion is part of the reason why I have moved to Barcelona to pursue my dream of becoming a sports broadcaster.


Barcelona Announces Renewal of Partnership with UNICEF

Written by on August 5, 2011 | 4 Comments »
Posted in General

Dallas, Texas- FC Barcelona superstars, David Villa and Thiago attended an event sponsored by FCB and UNICEF, who has been a proud sponsor of the team for numerous years and announced the renewal of the partnership. The renewed partnership will aim to raise awareness even more by using the social networks affiliated with FCB.

UNICEF spokesperson thanked the efforts of both David Villa, and Lionel Messi, who was unable to attend for their continued ambassadorial commitments to the foundation, and for utilizing their Facebook pages for spreading the word.

FC Barcelona was just as excited for the renewal, as they are “more than just a team”. They are at the end of the day, individuals who care to make a difference in the world.

The selected children, who are part of the YMCA futbol club in Dallas, had the opportunity to ask the players some questions ranging from favorite shirts, favorite moves on the field, most significant moments in life, and most importantly advice for younger players striving to become better players on the field. Thiago and Villa agreed on the last answer with a very simple response,” As long as you do what makes you happy, and work as hard as you can, all things will come together. “

4 responses to “Barcelona Announces Renewal of Partnership with UNICEF”

  1. Its funny about the last quote considering the States has the highest percent of unhappy workers for the pst two decades, at least.

  2. Ed Gomes says:

    A couple of thoughts on this.
    Due to Barca’s deal with the Qatar Foundation, the UNICEF banner will now be located on the bottom of the back of the jersey.
    The other interesting tidbit is that UEFA is allowing Barca to have both sponsors in European competitons. Teams are only allowed their front jersey sponsors in CL, and I believe, Europa matches. They have made an exception for Barca.
    I wonder when the rumbling will start in regards to that.

    I’ve always praised Barca for having the UNICEF banner. They could have always have gotten a ton for that spot, as they have now.

    I’ve also been very critical of Barca and their preception. When attacking they are wonderful to watch and Xavi is absolutely great. Yes, Messi too.
    But when they are playing a big match all the knocking of the ball between the mids and defenders gets monotenous. They also seem to get a pass when it comes to the overspending in teh transfer market. nevermind that their wages are the highest in Europe.
    Due to their Catalan heritage, they are preceived as the little team that could, when that couldn’t be further from the truth.
    They also have the most irritating and dislikable player in Busquets. Only von Bommel comes anywhere near in annoyance, flopping, and dirty play.

  3. Gabe says:

    Ed – I think one the reasons of passing the ball “monotenously” is to get the oppsite defense to relax and when the least expect it. BAAM!! they take it to to next level.

    I understand how it can get boring. Lots of people especially the ones who follow the EPL prefer to get the ball up and down the field in the shortest and fastest way possible.

  4. Ed Gomes says:

    Gabe, I get and understand what your saying and Barca is doing.
    The problem lies when they start doing it after being up 1-0 vs a big team. It’s the same as parking the bus.
    If a new fan turns the match on, they start asking; “this is the beautiful game?”
    You and I may appreciate it, but we also know they could do so much more.
    When they play the minnoes in La Liga, they pounce and are beautiful too watch.
    If you are a Braca fan, a win is a win, but when you know they can do so much more and don’t, it’s tough.

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