Barcelona organizes the B-Travel tourist fair in June

The B-Travel tourist fair will be held again from June 11 to 13 in Barcelona, ​​”with an edition that aims to contribute to the reactivation of the Spanish tourism sector, an industry particularly affected by the effects of the pandemic and fundamental to the economy. “, according to Fira de Barcelona.

“The event, framed in the restart of the face-to-face activity of Fira de Barcelona, ​​will bring together a wide sample of the best local, regional, national and international proximity destinations in Palace 8 of the Montjuïc fairgrounds”, explains the Barcelona fair entity .

In any case, the show will have a format “adapted to the current situation, and with all the security measures”.

In addition, the 2021 edition of B-Travel “will promote proximity and sustainable tourism, without neglecting the promotion of more distant and safe destinations for an audience, such as Catalan, which constitutes the largest market for travelers in southern Europe” .

The president of the organizing committee, Martí Sarrate, has stressed “the importance of holding this event in the current circumstances to respond to the need of the tourism sector to have a commercial and informative platform such as B-Travel.”

At the same time, he highlighted the role of the show as “an essential catalyst to promote the activity of all the agents that make up national tourism.”

Archive image of the B-Travel fair, Barcelona.

Desire to travel again

For her part, the salon director, Marta Serra, explains: “The organization has worked closely with all sector representatives, from companies to travel agencies, through national and international promotion organizations, to design an event that is useful for their interests and attractive to the visitor, with more desire than never to travel again ”.

Among the already confirmed B-Travel exhibitors, the presence of Renfe, Agència Catalana de Turisme, Andalusia, Aragon, Asturias, Castilla y León, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Extremadura, Region of Murcia-Costa Cálida and Valencian Community, among others, stand out. , which will be present through their tourism promotion agencies.

Indonesia, Morocco and the Croatian city of Zagreb will also participate, among other international exhibitors.

Security protocol

In order to guarantee the safety of operators, exhibitors and visitors, in B-Travel 2021 the prevention and security protocol against Covid-19 that Fira de Barcelona has developed will be applied, with the advice of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona.

The fair institution has also received the international Safe Travels seal awarded by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

Return of face-to-face fairs in Barcelona

B-Travel will thus become the first face-to-face show that Fira de Barcelona will organize this year, “at a time when the institution resumes its activity to be an economic and social engine that contributes to post-pandemic recovery”, indicates the institution.

Thus, it is planned that, in addition to this show, the ISE, the largest event in the audiovisual sector in Europe, will be held from July 1 to 2, with a hybrid format adapted to the current context, it will be followed at the end of the month by MWC Barcelona and 4YFN.

During the month of July, the eShow e-commerce fair, the congress on the SDGs, BForplanet, and the Automobile Barcelona, ​​among others, will take place.

After the summer, Fira will gradually recover its normal activity with shows such as Seafood, Expoquima, IoT Solutions World Congress, the Boat Show, Caravaning or Smart City World Congress.


Barcelona won the women’s Champions League for the first time

Barcelona won their first Champions League, after beating Chelsea 4-0 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Culé women’s team achieved this result from 36 minutes into the first half and managed to maintain it until the end.

The team composed of figures such as Alexia Putellas, Aitana Bonmatí, Caroline Graham Hansen, Sandra Paños, Jennifer Hermoso, Lieke Martens and company gave a great meeting to ensure glory.

Lluís Cortés gave minutes to fundamental players to fulfill this dream: Vicky Losada, Mariona Caldentey, Asisat Oshoala and especially Melanie Serrano, a lifetime of Barça.

Thus, Barcelona culminated a rise to the top of European football that began in 2015 with the professionalization of the women’s team.

If the Barça team also win the Queen’s Cup this season, they will achieve the Champions League, League and Queen’s Cup treble for the first time in their history.


Stoichkov points to Griezmann in Barcelona: Does not score in big games

Editorial Mediotiempo

Mexico City / 17.05.2021 20:09:02

Less than a month ago there was talk that everything painted so that Barcelona take the lead of LaLiga and could be crowned with the most “easy” calendar of the three competitors for the crown, but the “balloon deflated” very quickly with only 5 points won from the last 15 and already there are indicated within the template by a legend.

As an analyst for TUDN, Hristo Stoichkov aimed directly at Antoine Griezmann as one of the most disappointing footballers, who in two years with the club has not scored a goal against important rivals in key matches, thus demanding his departure in the summer.

“Now everyone says ‘Koeman, is that Koeman’, but here it is not all his fault. There are the 11 who come out to play and Barcelona It’s not about how you play against teams like that (small sign) … Because neither against Liverpool, Juventus, PSG, Real Madrid or Atlético has he scored a goal and it was worth a lot of money“said the Bulgarian in reference to the French Little Prince.

And yes, Griezmann does not score against the greats

The words of the ex-footballer member of the Dream Team Johann Cruyff’s are backed by the numbers. Griezmann’s 34 goals came against modest teams like Getafe, Eibar, Granada and Mallorca, but with the powerful of Spain and Europe he went zero, except for the 2020 Spanish Super Cup in which he scored against Atlético de Madrid, but they lost by 2-3.

With Griezmann, Barcelona play with 10: Stoichkov

It is not the first time Hristo slits that way against the World Champion in 2018, since last March he was publicly pointed out for being “A zero to the left” in the field and since then he claimed that he did not appear at key moments for the Blaugranas.

Whenever Griezmann is on the pitch, Barcelona plays with ten players. If they want to do something in the long term, they have to sell it, “he said after the elimination against PSG in the Champions League.


Memphis Depay, future of Barcelona: “I need to make important decisions”

The Dutch forward announced that, from now on, it will be himself who decides his future.

Memphis Depay, a Dutch striker who could be a FC Barcelona player from next season, announced this Monday that from now on he will take “control” over his own career and that it is time to have “important decisions”.

The international striker for the Netherlands has seen his Lyon career reborn since joining the French club in 2017, but is going through the final weeks of his contract. With his future up in the air, the former Manchester United striker has revealed that he will represent himself in future negotiations.

What has Depay announced, future of Barcelona?

“It is time to take control of my career. I have reached a point where I need to make important decisions about my future, I have decided to negotiate my future agreements, together with my team of trusted people, backed by legal experts. I will decide my destiny myself. You will be the first to know, “wrote the Dutchman on his social networks.

Koeman, key to Koeman’s future

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said earlier this year that he was confident of convincing Depay to commit another year to the Ligue 1 club.

However, there has been no progress in the talks and ties with Barcelona have been strengthened. During the weekend it was reported that an agreement with Barça was about to be finalized, but the Catalans have to first solve the future of Ronald Koeman.

Depay and Koeman have a strong bond after working together for some years in the Netherlands National Team. With Koeman’s future in doubt, Depay could well wait for any decision until there is clarity on the situation at the Camp Nou.


Barcelona stops having untouchables in its squad with Joan Laporta

Barcelona has stopped having untouchables in the dressing room. The sad farewell to the Camp Nou with a new defeat against Celta made clear the need for a second stage in the revolution that in September 2020 affected Luis Suárez, Rakitic or Arturo Vidal. If the squad is known as Coutinho, Umtiti, Firpo, Neto or Pjanic, the club is already targeting players who were supposed to be untouchable and, perhaps, have stopped being so.

Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Antoine Griezmann or Sergio Busquets could not be assured of their permanence in the club or, at least, assured that untouchable status that they had until now. So much so that, apart from the players who are considered as the basis for the future and the special case of Messi, who has the decision to make in his hand, the Barça squad is heading for an upheaval that has not been remembered in recent years .

In 2008 Pep Guardiola, with the implicit support of Joan Laporta, took over the team showing the exit door to Ronaldinho, Deco, Zambrotta, Thuram or Edmilson. Five years before, Laporta himself had already changed the wardrobe condemning Riquelme, Frank de Boer, Bonano, Rochemback, Christanval, Mendieta or Geovanni. They were not, precisely, filling players in those squads, but footballers with high salaries, with contracts in force (except Mendieta) with whom agreements had to be reached to carry out that change that now, too, is sensed necessary.

Piqué, who minutes after the Lisbon debacle offered himself in the first person as a victim “if deemed necessary”, goes to the plane as one of the unsuspected ones. Like Busquets or Alba, he is part of the hard core of the squad, protagonists together with Messi of the best stage in the recent history of the club and who now know each other on the target.

Like Griezmann or even Dembélé (this due to the issue of his contract that ends next year), there are not a few footballers whose continuity is questioned but whose contract resolution, if necessary, is understood to be a very difficult solution.

Curiously, Piqué renewed his contract in October until 2024 in full negotiation of a salary reduction with the workforce and adjusting his to defer his income. Alba or Griezmann also maintain a contract until 2024 and a year before Busquets ends. Finding a point of agreement as happened with Suárez in September 2020 would be, if the club considered it, a matter of very difficult agreement.

The club, the team, return to the starting point nine months after the Lisbon debacle. Barça is not in a sporting situation as dramatic as then, but it is far from what would have been expected just four weeks ago, when after winning the Copa del Rey with an exhibition against Athletic Bilbao, it gave the feeling that the project was beginning to take shape. by Ronald Koeman.

The illusion for the double gave way to a collapse as unpredictable as it was gigantic and after two months of winning the elections, with an eye on ordering the numbers of a club threatened by a colossal debt, Joan Laporta’s board of directors began to the need to make drastic and difficult decisions in your sport field.

The wardrobe is no longer untouchable. In fact, he began to lose that aura at the end of last season but the unfinished revolution of then is planning again now. Barça gave way to Suárez, Rakitic and Vidal with financial operations as dubious as, he considered, necessary from the sports perspective. And if there were not more those who left the club, it was simply because of the impossibility of facing low players with unaffordable salaries and contracts.

The situation remains the same but the decisions are considered necessary. What happened in 2003 or 2008, even in 1988 when Cruyff completely changed the dressing room on his arrival, plans again at the Camp Nou. As difficult as it is known, it is to carry it out.


Barcelona seeks young Russian promise Sergey Pinyaev

Editorial Mediotiempo

Mexico City / 17.05.2021 07:15:40

According to Russian media, the Barcelona is interested in signing the forward Sergey Pinyaev 16 years old and who is considered the new jewel of Russian football for his talent and performance on the field.

According to Sport-Express, the Blaugrana club the idea of Barcelona would be to acquire the forward, who currently plays for the Chertanovo, and I would leave it on loan at the Khimki, Russian Premier League team to gain experience before leaving your country.

The interest that the young Russian has aroused, according to the publication, has also involved other big clubs in Europe. One of them is the Manchester United, what He already invited the player to test the team in February 2019 and has closely followed his evolution.

It is worth remembering the Red Devils they cannot incorporate Pinyaev until he turns 18, something that also has to wait for the Barça. That is why these clubs have already begun to show their interest, with the aim of tying it up and then transferring it to some other team in Russia.

Sergey Pinyaev has scored two goals in the 30 games he has played with Chertanovo. He has a contract until June 2022 and is the youngest footballer to debut with the club at 15 years, 9 months and 10 days.


Barcelona, ​​the “largest water park in Europe”

  • “We hope that leisure will open as soon as possible to avoid this pressure,” insists Collboni

The concentrations of young people and the large bottles that have been repeated during the weekend have led to the nightlife employers and the Barcelona City Council to demand the urgent reopening of the establishmentss to ensure fun under control. In public spaces, the only possible mechanism is the police and with enormous pressure on municipalities, they have argued. On the contrary, they argue that entertainment venues could provide more health security.

The Catalan Federation of Nightclubs (Fecalon) has sent a letter to the Ministry of Health to demand that all communities reopen nightlife “immediately”, in order to control the bottles. In his opinion, and after the lifting of the state of alarm and the fall of the curfew, young people have nowhere to turn, and so on. “Pitiful bottle scenes will be repeated with increasing effect.”

In addition, they complain about the disparity of legal frameworks in the different autonomies, for which they request that the Ministerial order of August 14, 2020 be revoked. Another of the arguments they use is that, with this decision, “the pressure of the State Security Forces and Bodies, which have been forced to act to dissolve large concentrations “on public roads.

“Said presence of young people on public roads will be infinitely less if they have the possibility of going to regulated establishments. If they do not act quickly, during the next few weeks, regrettable scenes of bottles will be repeated with an effect called increasing, and the different CCAA They will surely intend to opt again, for the comfortable curfew on the entire population, at the cost of severely curtailing fundamental rights, a measure that implies less expense and risk due to its easy control, but which is not necessary during a period of time. moment of health emergency, we can normalize in a democratic state “, they emphasize.

Fernando Martinez, secretary general and lawyer of the federation, ends by emphasizing that Barcelona has become the “largest water park in Europe”.

“As soon as possible”

The first Deputy Mayor for Economic Promotion in the Barcelona City Council, Jaume Collboni, has made this Monday an appeal to “responsibility”, especially of the youngest, so that the scenes of bottles and massive concentrations on beaches and city squares are not repeated. “The pandemic is not over,” he insisted.

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The mayor has defended the reopening of nightlife establishments to stop the “pressure on public space”, which leaves the problem in the hands of the municipalities. “We hope that leisure will open as soon as possible to avoid this pressure,” he insisted, recalling that police pressure in the streets has already been increased by 30% to combat these excesses.

On the other hand, it has been opposed to closing access to squares or beaches, as some neighbors have requested. It considers that the public space of the city must have free circulation and appeals to the most prudent attitudes, as long as there are no night activities in controlled spaces.


Barcelona beat Arsenal 15 years ago to win their second Champions League

On a day like today, in 2006, Barcelona won the second Champions League in its history. He beat Arsenal 2-1 in the final and thus completed the transition that had begun three years earlier, with the arrival of Joan Laporta to the presidency and a sports revolution that was confirmed as necessary as it was the right conclusion.

In that squad led by Frank Rijkaard, Leo Messi already stood out, Víctor Valdés or Puyol were references, Iniesta asked for a pass, Xavi claimed, Ronaldinho commanded indisputably and Samuel Eto’o was the scorer.

Curiously, the Brazilian was not in Paris transcendental, Xavi remained the entire final on the bench (he came out of an injury) and Messi (still injured) was not called up.

Belletti sentenced after Eto’o tied Sol Campbell’s initial goal. The Brazilian full-back, a substitute, scored the goal of his life assisted by Henrik Larsson, also a substitute and who already served Eto’o 1-1.

Secondary luxury like the then young Iniesta who entered after the break, with 0-1 on the scoreboard, to revolutionize the game with the support of Giuly or the perseverance of Van Broonkhorst. A Barça in which the indisputable light of Ronaldinho was accompanied by footballers who changed the dynamics of a team that had hit rock bottom three seasons before, dragged by an institutional, sports and social crisis that, perhaps, is not so different from the one that it is suffered now around the Camp Nou.

The smile of Ronaldinho returned the illusion to the barcelonismo and led the club towards a success for which its president was largely responsible and that after the years, with his return to command, is placed on stage in the eyes of some fans eager to see if he is capable of repeating that resurrection.

Against all odds, in January 2004, he kept Rijkaard on the bench when the easiest thing was to give in to pressure and fire him. Seven victories in 19 days and seventh in the table, 16 points behind the leader, Barça’s moment was as terrible as Laporta’s muscle was indisputable for sustaining stability. And he had the prize pursued.

Resurfaced in 2004, League champion in 2005 and League-Champions double in 2006, that Barça re-emerged from the bottom to achieve a glory that was ephemeral, but that really existed fifteen years ago and that, in fact, was the door from the outset to discover not long afterwards, the best team in Barça’s history.


Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United, the most valuable clubs | Fortune

Real Madrid (1,276 million euros), Barcelona (1,266 million) and Manchester United (1,130 million) maintain their positions on the podium, occupying the first, second and third place respectively in the ranking of the most valuable football club brands in Spain. 2021, according to the Football 50 2021 report by Brand Finance, the intangibles valuation consultancy.

LaLiga giants: Real Madrid and Barcelona retain gold and silver

Real Madrid, the first Spanish club by economic value (3,130 million euros), is also still the most valuable in the world with a brand value of 1,272 million euros. Covid-19 has caused the white club to lose -10.1% of its brand value this year and 2020 was the first year, since 2012, that it reversed the upward trend. Real Madrid has managed to double (+684 million euros) its brand value in the last ten years in large part due to the enormous strength of its brand. His brand fortress, which has remained stable during the past decade, reaching a score of 91.3 points out of 100, -3.6 points less than in 2020 and maintaining the AAA + elite rating in brand strength. According to Teresa de Lemus, managing director of Brand Finance Spain: “Now it is the turn for Spanish clubs to make the right decisions, it is not a time to divide or compete with each other, but to join together in the face of a common goal.”

Silver is again for FC Barcelona: with a value of 1,266 million euros, the number two in the world ranking is placed, which it already achieved in 2020 just 10 million euros away from Real Madrid. The Blaugrana club, which has been increasing its brand value since 2012, reduces it this year somewhat more than its rival (it falls by -10.4%), but manages to retain its brand strength (-2.5 points) which now stands at 91.1 over 100 (AAA +). At the club, the eyes of many are on Leo Messi, who at the end of this season will announce if he renews or with the Barça team.

While the LaLiga giants remain on the podium in 2021, it has been three years since a LaLiga club reached the UEFA Champions League final and the last appearance was Real Madrid’s win over Liverpool in 2018. Manchester City (2021 finalists) and Bayern Munich (2020 winners) have moved up to 4th and 5th places respectively, demonstrating the positive impact of strong European performances on brand equity. Despite this, both Spanish clubs have been able to qualify among the top spots in the Champions League year after year, for more than 20 years. This constant influx of income and status from the Champions League has played an essential role in the overall success of both, say from Brand Finance.

The list of Spanish clubs in the Brand Finance Football 50 2021 ranking is completed by Atlético de Madrid (position 13), Sevilla FC (position 23), Valencia CF (position 43), Athlétic de Bilbao (position 43) and Villareal CF (position 44).

Atlético de Madrid, the third most valuable Spanish football club brand, is still a big difference from the first two. The pandemic makes it lose 5.3% in brand value and -3.6 points in strength. The entity controlled by the Gil family has agreed to a partial refinancing of the financial debt, which at the end of the 2018/2019 season amounted to 223.6 million euros (of which 160 million correspond to those borrowed from the Mexican bank Inbursa , of the magnate Carlos Slim, for the construction of the Wanda Metropolitano stadium).

Of the Spanish club brands, that of the Athletic de Bilbao is the one that has experienced the greatest fall (-14.5%), since it has been mainly impacted by Covid-19 which, like all clubs, has affected its financial results and they have remained at half of the table in La Liga (9th). Athletic Club will close the 2020/21 academic year with a Spanish Super Cup under its arm, a Copa del Rey final and at the gates of European positions.

In the case of Villareal CF, Although it is in the final of the Europa League, it is currently not within the European places in La Liga (7th), and therefore it would not be classified as it is, so the revenue forecasts have been affected by this. It is, therefore, a key brand for Spanish football at the moment since, if it wins the Europa League and in LaLiga it does not qualify in European positions, there will be 5 Spaniards in the Champions League, 2 in the Europa League and 1 in the Conference League.

For its part, Real Betis, which barely reached the ranking of the most valuable club brands last year at 50th place, has not managed to stay this year as their results in La Liga have not improved and income has also been seen. affected by the pandemic.

The announcement of the Super League makes the clubs involved lose brand strength.

The failed European Super League (ESL) project has washed away the brand strength of the 12 clubs involved, robbing them of more than € 600 million of their total brand value. This has resulted in an average decrease in their Brand Strength Index scores of -3.0 points.

Likewise, the Super League proposal has also caused them to lose 606 million euros from the sum of the total value of the clubs’ brand, the equivalent of an annual decrease of -6%. The weaker brands have poor prognoses for their commercial success and sponsorship possibilities.

In addition to measuring overall brand equity, Brand Finance also determines the relative strength of brands through a balanced scorecard of metrics that assess marketing investment, brand equity, and business performance among others.

According to these criteria, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid have seen their brand strength drop more than the rest of the Spanish teams due to the announcement of the European Super League (ESL) that provoked a significant backlash from groups of key stakeholders, from players, managers, fans, football associations and regulators, as well as politicians and members of the government. Although the European Super League project seems to have been shelved, it has left collateral effects for the clubs involved such as the damage caused to the brands by the negative sentiment that the idea caused.

According to De Lemus, “to repair the damage that the Superliga has done to the brands, the clubs involved would have to act in some way. Perhaps rewarding the damage to the fans, or apologizing or any action that could bring him closer to the fans in an honest and humble way as well as credible and try to realign the brands with the lost values: these are mainly respect for the fans, community spirit and play cleansed. This will also need real actions to demonstrate commitment to this, and not just a statement. “