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Fundacion Leo Messi Project: A letter to our Barcablog members

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Dear member,

After nearly five years running Barcablog, words can't possibly explain how proud I am to have developed our website into a community where Barcelona fans regularly come to read the latest news, share their opinions, interact with each other and, ultimately, celebrate their love for FC Barcelona.

Having over 500,000 followers in social media and receiving over 2,500,000 visits on the website has certainly exceeded expectations. Considering it all started with simply posting a photo explaining the Barcelona crest on Facebook, it is clear that the journey that followed was impossible to predict.

Barcablog is now in a position to contribute towards achieving goals which go beyond the barriers of football. After much consideration, I am delighted to announce the decision to contribute to the Fundacion Leo Messi on a termly basis. In other words, Barcablog will donate at least $100 on the first day of January, April, July and October. The sum of money donated will increase up to $500 if finances allow it at that point.

If you are reading this letter, thank you. Your support throughout the years has not gone unnoticed. Every single comment, like, retweet, share or click is incredibly valuable. The dream of making a difference to the lives of the children that Messi so passionately supports via his charity is now closer than ever.

Our main channel to attract revenue is Adsense, a Google initiative that places ads next to our content and pays us a very small commision every time a user clicks on them. In order to raise even more funds for our Messi charity project, we have recently become affiliates of Viagogo and Amazon, meaning we get a tiny percentage of any Camp Nou tickets or Barcelona merchandise our visitors may buy.

More often than not, the question "How do you get time to keep the site updated?" pops up. I must admit, it is not always easy. Luckily, my gorgeous wife is hugely understanding of my passion for Barcelona and doesn't complain too much -- although, when she does, it can be scary!

With that in mind, I couldn't be happier to announce that we are recruiting! If you want to join our team and feel you have the passion, talent and confidence needed write for Barcablog, this is your unique chance to prove your worth. And no, you don't have to write every day! Contact at myworldofsport(at)gmail(dot)com for more details.

On behalf of the team at Barcablog, we would like to thank you once again for your continued support by commenting, liking, sharing or whatever-you-are-doing-ing on a regular basis.

We are committed to continue to provide you with engaging content about Barcelona, the best football team on the planet, for many years to come.

As the Barca anthem explains, Tots Units Fem Força (Together We Are Stronger)

Exciting times!

Francesc Tomàs
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FC Barcelona Camp Nou tickets: The ultimate experience for true football lovers!

FC Barcelona Camp Nou tickets

Barcelona's Camp Nou is, without a doubt, one of the most iconic stadiums in the world. Witnessing the magical Lionel Messi, Neymar or Andres Iniesta surrounded by their impressive 99,000-strong crowd has to be the ultimate experience for any true football lovers.

The Camp Nou has been the FC Barcelona stadium since 24th of September 1957, the date of its inauguration. It was designed by architects Francesc Mitjans Miró and Josep Soteras Mauri and it was constructed between 1955 and 1957, using mainly concrete and iron. The whole project cost a staggering 288 million pesetas, which meant the club would spend the following years in heavy debt. 

Although it was originally going to go under the official name of ‘Estadi del FC Barcelona’, it soon came to be popularly known as the 'Camp Nou' (the ‘new ground’), as opposed to the club’s old home at Les Corts. It was not until the 2000/2001 season that  the decision was made to make ‘Camp Nou’ the official name of the stadium. 

FC Barcelona Camp Nou tickets

With a capacity of 99,354, it is now the biggest stadium in Europe. However, the total capacity has varied over the years owing to different modifications. When it was first opened in 1957, it held 93,053 spectators, which would be increased to 120,000 in 1982 on occasion of the FIFA World Cup. However, the introduction of new regulations outlawing standing areas reduced the stadium’s capacity in the late 1990s to just under 99,000.

In the 1998-99 season, UEFA recognised the services and functionalities of the Camp Nou by awarding it five star status.

Apart from being the stage for all of FC Barcelona’s home matches, the Camp Nou has also witnessed several major international finals, including Cup Winners Cup and Champions League finals, and the football final of the 1992 Olympic Games. But it has not only been used for sports, but also several other major international events, such as concerts given by Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson and groups like U2.

FC Barcelona Fans Camp Nou tickets

Unsurprisingly, the Camp Nou continues to attract local fans and visitors in equal measure. Having been fortunate enough to attend Barcelona home matches from a very young age, I must say that those who can stretch their budget enough to travel to the beautiful Catalan capital should certainly take advantage and buy a ticket to watch Lionel Messi and his FC Barcelona teammates live. It would definitely be a memorable experience you and yours will never forget.

"But where to start?" I hear you asking. Fortunately, you can check Barca's schedule and whether tickets for the game you want are still available right here. We are proud to announce that, due to the agreement we have established with the Fundacion Leo Messi, a percentage of the price you pay for your tickets will be donated to the Argentinean star's charity on your behalf. A win-win situation, right?


As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if in need of assistance.

Enjoy the game!

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About Francesc Tomas


Hola! Francesc Tomas here, founder of Barçablog.com and freelance columnist for ESPN and Weloba. Barça is my passion, my home-town club, the team closest to my heart. I consider myself lucky to have the world's greatest team on my doorstep!

Long story cut very short:

- Born in Barcelona right before Maradona signed for the Blaugranas - Do you know when that was?

- Lucky enough to regularly watch live matches at the Nou Camp from a very early age. My family assures me that my first ever match was Barça-Bilbao back in the 1980s - which ended up with a tight 3-1 Blaugrana victory, great start!

- Played football all my life, since I was 3 years old, and still do today - I'm not Messi, but try to be!

- My brother played for the FC Barcelona academy for a couple of seasons, sharing the team with Don Andres Iniesta - known as Andresito those days. This experience has enabled me to have a pretty close understanding of what it takes to move up the La Masia youth system.

As explained in more detail here,  words can't possibly explain how proud I am to have developed our website into a community where Barcelona fans regularly come to read the latest news, share their opinions, interact with each other and, ultimately, celebrate their love for FC Barcelona.

Having over 500,000 followers in social media and receiving over 2,500,000 visits on the website has certainly exceeded expectations. Considering it all started with simply posting a photo explaining the Barcelona crest on Facebook, it is clear that the journey that followed was impossible to predict.

Barcablog is now in a position to contribute towards achieving goals which go beyond the barriers of football. After much consideration, I am delighted to announce the decision to contribute to the Fundacion Leo Messi on a termly basis. In other words, Barcablog will donate at least $100 on the first day of January, April, July and October. The sum of money donated will increase up to $500 if finances allow it at that point.

Whether you have been part of our community for years or you just stumbled across our page for the first time, thank you. Your support does not go unnoticed. Every single comment, like, retweet, share or click is incredibly valuable. The dream of making a difference to the lives of the children that Messi so passionately supports via his charity is now closer than ever.

We are committed to continue to provide you with engaging content about Barcelona, the best football team on the planet, for many years to come.

As the Barca anthem explains, Tots Units Fem Força (Together We Are Stronger)

For any enquiries you may have, please contact me at: myworldofsport(at)gmail(dot)com
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