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A Tribute to Jordi Alba’s 11 Years with Barcelona FC

Jordi Alba has been a vital part of Barcelona FC for over a decade, and his departure from the club marks the end of an era. This summer, after 11 years with the first team, Alba is set to move on and start a new chapter in his career. It is therefore fitting to pay tribute to all the successes he achieved during his time as a Blaugrana.

Jordi Alba to leave Barcelona after 11 year-spell

Alba joined Barcelona in 2012 from Valencia for an initial fee of €14 million and quickly established himself as one of Europe’s top fullbacks. His incredible speed meant he could get forward quickly to create chances while also being solid defensively. As such, he was essential in setting up many of Lionel Messi’s goals, while also forming part of arguably the best back four in world football alongside Dani Alves, Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano.

During his time at Barcelona, Alba won numerous trophies including four La Liga titles, two Copas del Rey, three Supercopas de España and one Champions League title (2015). He scored 22 goals for Barca and provided 69 assists in total during his time with the club – testament to just how influential he has been down the left flank. In fact, such was his importance that his Barcelona jersey for 2023/24 was already designed with him in mind prior to the agreement being reached for him to leave this summer.

The Catalan public had always taken a special liking towards Alba due to him being born and raised just outside Barcelona. He was seen as one of their own and they enthusiastically celebrated every goal or assist he made throughout their successful period under Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique. They will undoubtedly be sad to see him go but will never forget all that he did for their team during those 11 years.

From all at Barcelona FC, we thank Jordi Alba for his dedication and hard work throughout those 11 years at Camp Nou and wish him nothing but success wherever he goes nex

LaLiga Chief Tebas Apologizes After Controversial Tweet Draws Criticism

Real Madrid and LaLiga chief Javier Tebas has apologised following criticism of a tweet about Vinícius Júnior which was interpreted as racist. The apology comes amidst an ongoing debate in Spain about racism and the role of governing bodies in tackling it.

In his tweet, Tebas had said that the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) should be doing more to combat racism, as LaLiga does not have any authority over the matter. When his comment was misinterpreted by Brazilian fans as a racist remark about Júnior, Tebas quickly issued an apology.

Javier Tebas

Speaking to ESPN Brasil, he said: “I always tell this to my entire work team. When people or an important part of them understand a message in a certain way, then they are right so I have to be sorry because I think my message was not understood, especially in Brazil.”

Tebas also noted that LaLiga is working hard to combat racism and discrimination of all kinds within Spanish football. He has been vocal in his support for introducing rules such as those seen in England where players and staff face bans if found guilty of conducting such behavior. He believes that clear consequences must be set in place if progress is to be made.

The incident involving Tebas’ tweet highlights the ongoing debate surrounding racism within Spanish society today. It’s a situation which has prompted calls from many quarters for stronger action from the authorities involved. Fernando Sanz, president of Malaga CF and former Real Madrid player, spoke out against the incident saying: “Racism cannot be part of any discussion”.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid themselves released an official statement condemning the remarks made by Tebas regarding their midfielder Vinícius Júnior – who wears jersey number 20 for Los Blancos – and calling on him to apologize publicly for any offence caused by his comments. The club also stated that it takes a zero-tolerance stance towards racism and discrimination of all kinds. If you are interested in Real Madrid jersey 2023/24 and other peripherals, you can find out more by clicking here.

Tebas has since retracted his original tweet but many feel that the damage has already been done with some sections of society questioning why it took him so long to issue an apology for offending anyone with his words – regardless of whether they were taken out of context or not. For now though at least, tensions appear to have simmered down somewhat following Tebas’ public retraction and apology for any harm caused due to the controversial tweet.

The Unstoppable Force of Support for Vinicius After Rayo Win

Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Rayo Vallecano was a victory not just for the team, but for its fans, players and coaching staff who showed their unwavering support for Vinicius Junior in the wake of racist abuse he had suffered at Valencia just days earlier.

The entire squad lined up before the game wearing Vinicius’ No. 20 jersey, with a banner unfurled prematch which read “We are all Vinicius. Enough is enough”. If you are interested in Real Madrid jersey 23/24 and other peripherals, you can find out more by clicking here. As it was unveiled, the Real Madrid faithful rose to their feet and gave a standing ovation to their young Brazilian starlet as they demonstrated solidarity against racism.

Real Madrid's win felt secondary amid shows of support for Vinicius

Karim Benzema opened the scoring in the first half of the match and substitute Raul de Tomas equalised late on for Rayo, before Rodrygo Goes grabbed an even later winner to secure all three points for Zinedine Zidane’s side. However, regardless of the result, it was clear that everyone was there to show their support for Vinicius after such horrific events had occurred during Sunday’s match.

Indeed, Real Madrid have been particularly vocal about racism in football and have actively encouraged people to fight against discrimination in any form. This is evidenced by their decision to wear Vinicius’ No 20 jersey prior to kick-off – a move lauded by UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin who issued a statement saying: “Racism has no place in our sport or society… It is important that we continue to stand together against discrimination in any form.”

Vinicius himself was not involved in Wednesday night’s fixture due to injury but his presence was still felt throughout Estadio Santiago Bernabeu as Madrid supporters chanted his name throughout the match – emphasizing how much they appreciate him both on and off the pitch. Furthermore, Los Blancos coach Zidane also praised the 19-year-old winger when speaking after the game: “It’s very important that we all stick together with what happened to Vinicius… He’s part of this family and we want everyone here at Real Madrid – players and fans – supporting each other through this difficult time.”

Ultimately, Real Madrid’s incredible show of unity on Wednesday night will be remembered as an example of how football clubs can come together against racism; showing that injustice will not be tolerated within LaLiga or anywhere else around Europe. For now though, it should serve as a reminder that despite such tragic events occurring across football grounds worldwide, solidarity will always prevail over hatred.