Hundreds of supporters head to Budapest to support Barça women’s team
NEWS 15 May 2019 - Supporters' Clubs World Confederation
Side coached by Lluís Cortés face Lyon in their first ever Champions League Final
The supporters’ movement is always ready to lend their support to FC Barcelona’s professional teams, and some 250 of its members are travelling from all around Europe to Budapest to cheer on the women’s football team in their first ever UEFA Women’s Champions League Final.
The game, on Saturday 18 May against Olympique Lyonnais, is the first time a Spanish team has featured in the event, while the French side are in their eighth final in ten years and are looking to lift the trophy for the fourth time in a row.
Penya Blaugrana Budapest hosting
Based in the host city, the Penya Blaugrana Budapest will be taking 170 members to the Groupama Arena, 85% of the total, and are preparing a wide range of activities for their guests. There is a supper on the eve of the game, to be attended by Antoni Freire, president of the World Federation; Roser Tiana, member of the Social Commission, and Cristina Fàbregas, member of the Edelmira Calvetó Group and president of the Penya Barcelonista de Sallent. Fans are also invited to a huge gather in Orcy Garden Park at 3.00pm, from where some 200 people will march to the stadium together.
This young supporters’ club, officialised in 2018, has 650 members and is the only official one in Hungary, created by fans in the city that got to know each other via the EuroBarça blog, through which supporters exchange their blaugrana views and passion. The Penya is proud “to gather the Barça community, support members with everything in relation to FC Barcelona, organise events together and generate brotherhood in shared support of the Club and its values”.
Mariona Caldentey supported by PB Els Tamarells
Other World Federation supporters’ clubs that are heading for the Hungarian capital are the Penya Barcelonista “Udo Steinberg” from Vienna, with 15 members, and the Penya Barcelonista Eslovaca dels Alts Tatras from Slovakia and the Romanian Barça Fan Club Cluj, with three supporters each.
Clubs travelling from nearer to home include the Penya Barcelonista “Els Tamarells” de Felanitx from Mallorca, which is sending six and is particularly getting behind fellow islander Mariona Caldentey, the attacking midfielder who scored against Bayern Munich in the semi-final at the Miniestadi and played such a key role in seeing her team through to the final.
The PB Els Tamarells has designed a special shirt for the occasion with the player’s name and her number on the back, and arranged that the Casa de Cultura in the town will be screening the game. They have even presented the local council with 2,500 demanding that the local ‘Es Torrentó’ football ground should be renamed after Mariona Caldentey.