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Spain trip 3 – Ties, ties, ties

So we’ve seen 4 games live now, and 4 ties.

Champions League, Europa League, La Liga and La Liga 2nd Division.  All ties.  Two of them were by way of goals in stoppage time, which was pretty cool.  We have seen several games on tv and our hotel has BarcaTV, which plays pretty much non-stop Barcelona soccer news and highlights.  They carry a lot of the youth team stuff, so we’ve seen some of the highlights from U10, U11, etc teams.  One thing we noticed is the mannerisms of the players – they look and act like the players from the senior team, and know what’s expected of them and what to do in situations.  For soccer to continue to grow in the US, our young players need a culture like this.

Yesterday we walked a lot to see the city and get some Christmas shopping done.  My friend Chris and I stopped to watch some kids playing soccer in the little plaza area between some apartments.  It was a lot like any pickup games we see anywhere:  a couple really good players, one guy who kicked the ball as hard as he could every time it came near him, and one kid who wasn’t really playing but just kinda there walking around in the field.


Kids playing in Barcelona

Today we are going to watch a couple of training sessions, and  possibly a Barca women’s team match.  Hasta luego…


Bienvenidos de Barcelona!

Hi guys,

I will be in Spain from Dec 3-11, and will try to blog about the experience as much as possible. I am here with a group of coaches from Tualatin Hills United Soccer Club (THUSC) on a coaches education trip.  We will see one Champions League match, one Europa Cup match, and one La Liga match.   We will spend one day in Valencia, sandwiched between multi-day stays in Barcelona.  We will also tour Camp Nou and watch some Barca youth team matches.

We started out leaving Portland yesterday (Tuesday at 6:55am PDX time) and arrived in Barcelona yesterday (Wednesday at 9:15am Barca time). We’re staying in a small hotel in downtown and spent most of the day walking around like tourists looking at our map and taking photos of the cool buildings. We also partook of the great tradition of the siesta, napping from 2 until about 5 or 6pm. Then out for food and drinks.

Today we will tour the Sacrada Familia Chapel during the day, then attending the Champions League match between Barcelona and Benfica (of Portugal). We are all super-psyched to get to witness first-hand the best soccer team ever play in such a high-level match.   KICKOFF IS AT 11:45am PST for those of you back home!

Full report and more photos later…  Send me an email if you have any questions (brian@baxtersports.com)