RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — FC Barcelona is widely recognized as best club soccer team in the world, thanks to their victory in the UEFA Champions League in June. They also feature an incredible group of talented players including Argentinian Lionel Messi, Uruguayan Luis Suarez, and Brazilian Neymar.
The team is currently holding a soccer camp for some 300 local youth players in Richmond. Barca, as they are called, also has stops lined up in Charlotte, Raleigh, Louisville, and Cincinnati. All of those markets were big supporters of the 2014 FIFA World Cup as well as the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Former players such as Pere Segarra join coaches and coordinators to teach campers the Barca Way. That includes a style of quick, short passes and a lot of patience, but that’s just the style of play. Barca’s approach also includes core values like respect and humility. The organization says it wants to use soccer to educate kids.
FC Barcelona plans to return to Richmond next summer.