Sunday, April 21, 2019

FC Barca to pick lucky 8

THE BARCA WAY. Pedro Rodriguez of FC Barcelona (FCB) shows his skills during his team’s match against Nice in a friendly event. Rodriguez’s team will bring FCBEScola, a football school, to Cebu. The football school aims to teach the young players the methodology of one of the best teams of the world. (AFP FOTO)

THE FC Barcelona (FCB) Escola Cebu Camp is giving away eight free slots to underprivileged kids in Cebu City.

The FCB Escola, with the help of the Cebu Football Association, will hold a one-day tryout on Oct. 2 in Cebu City for underprivileged children that will be recipients of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train under the football school of one of the best football clubs in the world.

FCB Escola is limiting the trials to 80 children in which there will be 20 footballers each in the Under-9, Under-11 Under-13 and Under-15 divisions.

FCB Escola and four local coaches will oversee the tryouts.

Eight players will be picked and will be joining the FCB Escola Camp on Oct. 26 to 30.

The FCB Escola will follow FCB’s philosophy and methodology. The camp’s main goal is “the integral training of students in the FCB values and methods.”

The products of FCB Escola include Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez.

FCB Escola has had two camps this year in Metro Manila, one in Taguig and the other in Alabang. The participants last year were mostly from Metro Manila, but there were also participants from Cebu, Negros Occidental, Davao, Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro.

Smart Cup

Meanwhile, Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Smart Cup won’t be this weekend as the event was postponed to next month.
Instead of Sept. 19 to 21, the PFF Smart Cup will be on Oct. 1 to 3, wherein Group D action will be here in Cebu City at the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC) football pitch.

Glenn Ramos mentored UC Erco-Bro Nationals will represent Cebu in Group D along with the winner of Cluster 4 or Davao del Norte FA and the best second-ranked club from Clusters 1 to 4.

The winner of the five groups will move on to the PFF Smart Club national finals along with three teams from the United Football League, Philippines’ premier football league, and are divided into two groups.

The top two clubs of each group advances to the semi-finals, then the winner of each match moves on to the championship match.
UC Erco-Bro Nationals earned a slot in the PFF Smart Cup after winning the Men’s Open division of the 16th Aboitiz Football Cup last April. A Nigerian-laden UC team beat Leylam FC, 4-0.

UC Erco-Bro National has totally changed its roster because of the rule that limits foreigners from playing. UC Erco-Bro National now has only five foreigners and has been reinforced with players from Erco FC, Bro Nationals and UC alumni and varsity players. The team also has tapped the services of former Azkals player Ian Araneta, who has already played for Erco FC and Bro Nationals in the past. EKA
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