The UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between FC Barcelona and Paris St. Germain at the Camp Nou yesterday captured the spirit of sport. Many counted the five time Champions league title holders FC Barcelona out, as they struggled in the first leg in Paris and were down 0-4 going into yesterdays match.
With a full house of nearly 100,000 spirited fans waiving the Catalonia flag and cheering their team on, Barca scored 3 goals in the last three minutes to go ahead on aggregate and win the match 6-1, moving them forward to the final 8 of the Champions League.
DUSC B2002's will have an opportunity of a lifetime this summer as they travel with Technical Director Jose Luis Rebay for 11 days splitting their time between Barcelona and Madrid to visit and train at 2 of the remaining 8 clubs in the UEFA Champions League Final.
Fellow Spanish club Real Madrid will host DUSC B2002's first as they tour the Bernabeu and train at Real Madrid's facilities with their professional coaching staff. While in Madrid, they will stay in the famed ciudad del futbol, home of former World Cup Champion and MLS MVP David Villa's Spanish National Team. Coaches from the Spanish Federation will train the boys and give them an opportunity to learn the Spanish Way.
After soaking up the experience in Madrid, the team will take a few hour train ride to Barcelona to finish up the remainder of the five day tour. Players and coaches will tour Camp Nou and work with local youth clubs to train, compete and enjoy the soccer experience.
Along the way, the group will soak up the culture off the field as well, sightseeing, eating some amazing food and learning the Spanish way of living.
The international experience is part of a comprehensive plan for DUSC to give players in the academy an opportunity to experience soccer from the top youth clubs in the world along with a cultural experience they will never forget.
In addition to B2002's trip, the B2004's are headed to England and the G2000's are headed to Holland. More to come on those trips soon...