If there is a city in Korea that reminds one of Barcelona, that one is Busan. And if in Busan the passion is baseball, in Barcelona everyone is wild about football. And that’s maybe the next connection between Barcelona and Busan. FC Barcelona is organizing in Busan two events, one in November and the other one in December to introduce their way to coach here in Busan and for children that want to play football. A Coaches Clinic (28-30TH November), Children’s Clinic (5-7th December) and also a football camp in January will be the FC Barcelona beginning in Busan.
Five years ago, FC Barcelona started its project in Korea, but is now when is starting in Busan. Xavier Mondelo is the man responisible for the project’s inception. to spread FCB’s style to Busan. He is currently a professional coach and he has been with FCB in other events and camps in England, Croatia, El Salvador, China, and Japan.
We talked with him about the coming activities that will take place in Busan.
First of all, tell us about the project of FC Barcelona.
FC Barcelona has already been five years in Korea organizing some activities in different cities all around Korea. We did some activities in Jeju, Jinju, Siheung and, of course, Seoul. After these positive experiences, we decided to do a big project. FC Barcelona intention is to adapt the Barça’s school project to the particularities in Korean football. We’re sure that, overall, it will be positive for Korean football, but especially for the young players.
How are you planning to do it?
We are starting with the Coaches Clinic in Busan on November 28-30th.
For that people that don’t know what a Coaches Clinic is, what you would say to them to explain it.
During three days we are going to instruct coaches. The best coaches will participate in different events that will take place all around Korea and also in Barcelona. They will learn a lot and they will know perfectly how FC Barcelona works. We want to educate them to be able to coach with our team methodology and values.
That’s not the unique activity you’re planning to organize in Busan in the near future.
We also are arranging a Clinic the first weekend on December 5-7th. In the Clinic, children of different ages and levels will participate and they will be able to see how we work in FCB. They will enjoy high level trainers and they will live an intensive experience. Everybody passionate for football is welcome to the activity. They also will receive trousers, shirts, and sweater as others sports clothes.
Let’s talk now about the city. Did you come before to Busan?
I have already been in Busan about four times. I am from Barcelona and Busan reminds me my hometown. Busan is a beautiful city with a better weather than others cities in Korea and open to the sea. That’s why we want to establish here. I really like the chance of work in Busan and bring here the FCB project.
And that means that we will be able to see FCB in Busan for a long time?
We would like to be in Busan many years and do many projects for coaches and also for child. For example, in January we will arrange a football camp for one week. Participants could learn tactics, technical skills, and others activities in morning and afternoon trainings.
Football in Korea is not as popular as it is in other countries in Europe, Latin America and of course Barcelona. How do you think will the football be in this country?
Football is not as popular as in other countries and the K-League doesn’t have enough followers. But the fact is that children love it. Every little kid plays football in school and they know perfectly who Messi or Iniesta are. I’m sure that next generation will have more interest in international and national football. Children will be more interested in playing this sport as time goes on, like a hobby or being a part of a soccer association.
In fact, nowadays there are three Korean players in FC Barcelona’s youth categories. It seems that Korean’s youngest players talent is rising.
That’s right. Without a doubt Korean football level is raising and will rise exponentially to the extent that the number of the youngest players grows up.
Increasingly there are more young people that decide to go outside to Europe or others countries. We think that the ideal situation would be to stay here in Korea, to have the enough sports training to be a professional.
Why has FCB always been linked with a good young category system?
The sports that are played in teams involve an ideal education for the child. The children enjoy it, take good care of his body and, at the same time, interact with others team mates or schoolmates and reach values. Comradeship, effort, leadership, respect, order are essentials values for their future. We go for it; for a comprehensive sport.
Obviously, not everybody can be a professional player, and that’s the reason that for us the person is, after all, the most important.
So, if there isn’t all about sports, there’s also an important social part in these activities besides sports.
Barça, as it said the slogan “More than a Club”, is more than soccer. FCB represents a town and carry the values all around the world. For FCB is important to achieve sports goals, but is more important how they achieve them. Coaches that have won championship with FCB haven’t been accepted at all because they didn’t represent the Catalan town. FCB tries to make happy to their fans through an offensive soccer and the respect to their rivals. That’s better than any title.
If you want to know more about these activities in Busan and how to register, visit www.fcbcamp.cat/korea or call 010-9287-1899.
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