Barcelona Players and Employees Faithful Despite Interest from Other Clubs

Tre' Atkinson@@TreAtkinsonFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06:  Sandro Rosell,Barcelona Chairman talks to the media after winning the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award at the 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards at Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre on February 6, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images for Laureus)
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There is no hiding the fact that Barcelona has the most successful and impressive academy in the world of football. Yet, the Catalan-based club also boasts some of the brightest off-field employees of any club.

However, when success begins to take place, others notice. Barcelona is now facing one of their biggest tests of the decade. With trophies and star constantly rising, other clubs are looking to the Barcelona model and employees to use as their own.

The Daily Mail recently reported from the Spanish paper, Marca, on an interview with Barcelona president Sandro Rosell.

Rosell did not tip-toe around the truth—he was very clear. Big clubs, mainly Manchester City, have begun an offensive to lure Barcelona players and employees away from the club and to their own.

Yet, in the face of this offensive, Rosell was proud to state that no one wants to go. In his own words, “They wanted to fish here, but there were no fish left. Their attempts have been unsuccessful, though, as our employees are happy here.”

It is not just executives that clubs like Manchester City are after. Rosell noted that contact has come in for players at every level of the club.

Clearly, big clubs are aware of the level of success at Barcelona. Clubs must now attempt to emulate Barcelona’s model, invent their own, or continue the path they are currently on.

However, there are obviously some that will try to bring in those already in the Barcelona model to help in the transition of their own clubs.

Culés, we must not look at this in the wrong way.

Thinking of this as clubs trying to poach or steal from Barcelona is very easy. But that is not how we should view it. Football is also a business and this should be expected. So let us not fall into the trap of getting defensive.

Rather, this report should bring pride.

Barcelona fans should be proud that the Blaugrana model is so successful that others are taking notice. Yet, Culés should be proudest of the good news that Rosell brought. The Barcelona players and employees are happy.

Fans do not have to worry about an exodus. Those are Barcelona are happy and faithful to the Catalan club. So let’s not be upset with this report, rather let’s be encouraged at this proof of our motto.

Més Que Un Club.


So what are your thoughts on this? Should fans be more proud of those faithful to Barcelona? Or is this a wrong way to conduct business by other clubs? Don’t forget to leave your thoughts and comments below.

Tre’ Atkinson, The Catalan Blood of Bleacher Report. 

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