After the open-door training session at the Miniestadi – nearly 14,000 spectators watched from the stands – the first team participated in the yearly tradition of visiting children in local Barcelona hospitals. The hospital visits were coordinated and organised by the FC Barcelona Foundation’s ‘A dream for a present’ campaign.
The team, divided up into seven groups, visited seven hospitals. The children got their first Three Kings Day gift a couple of days ahead of time: Getting to meet their idols and role models [Catalonia tradition calls for giving gifts on Three Kings Day, January 6]. Additionally, the players, managers and Club directors brought gifts for the children.
Rosell, at Hospital de Barcelona
President Sandro Rosell led the FC Barcelona delegation at Hospital de Barcelona, where he was accompanied by Eduard Coll and captain Carles Puyol.
First team manager Tito Vilanova stayed at the Club’s facilities. His assistant, Jordi Roura, visited Barcelona’s Children Hospital along with Leo Messi, Javier Mascherano and José Manuel Pinto.
Director of Football Andoni Zubizarreta led his group to Vall d’Hebron Hospital. He was accompanied by Abidal, Alves, Adriano and Alexis.
Who went where, in detail
Hospital Sant Joan de Déu
Players and managers: Fàbregas, A. Song, Villa, M. Bartra, J. Dos Santos, Thiago and Pepe Costa. Directors: Jordi Cardoner and Dídac Lee. Foundation: Ramon Palou, vice-president of the Foundation, and Mohamed Chaib and Josep Maria Maldonado, Patrons of the Foundation.
Hospital Vall d'Hebron
Players and managers: Dani Alves, Adriano, Alexis, Abidal, Andoni Zubizarreta and Francesc Cos. Directors: Josep Maria Bartomeu and Josep Ramon Vidal-Abarca. Foundation: Tono Tombas, Patron of the Foundation.
Hospital de Sant Pau
Players and managers: Xavi, Montoya, Jordi Alba and Aureli Altimira. Directors: Silvio Elías. Supporters Club Director: Elvira Pou. Foundation: Javier Pérez Farguell, Patron of the Foundation.
Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol
Players and managers: Sergio Busquets, Tello, Pedro and Edu Pons. Director: Jordi Moix. Foundation: Enric Roca, Patron of the Foundation.
Hospital de Barcelona
Players and managers: Puyol and Paco Seirul·lo. Directors: Sandro Rosell and Eduard Coll. Foundation: Jordi Bellmunt, Patron of the Foundation.
Hospital de Nens de Barcelona
Players and managers: Messi, Mascherano, Pinto and Jordi Roura. Director: Jordi Mestre. Foundation: Ramon Alfonseda, Patron of the Foundation.
Cottolengo Padre Alegre
Players and managers: I. Cuenca, Piqué, A. Iniesta, M. Muniesa and De la Fuente. Directors: Pilar Guinovart. Foundation: Lola Bou, vice-president of the Foundation and Marta R. De Llauder, Patron of the Foundation.