A visit to Girona’s stadium with the name Estadi Montilivi is one of the most attractive football experiences in Spain. Here it is so narrow that the spectator can see every muscle tension, every interruption reaches its addressee, and the entrance to the Game in the mid-term as a VIP-area acts.

Meanwhile, the pretty provincial capital, in addition to the University on the outskirts of so many tribunes grown, that on Sunday the Catalan Derby against FC Barcelona, 14,000 Fans fit in. A record, since the Girona FC in front of one and a half years for the first time in the Primera División rise. On Thursday in Madrid comes to the return game in the Cup quarter-final in the city (first leg 4:2 for Madrid), then jostle the people in the stands.

so You could think of in a very romantic way: In Girona, football is still football. On the other side of this club for much of what abhor tradition-conscious supporters at today’s game: Business and globalisation. Power and interests.

Since the rise of the summer of Girona belongs to the half of the City Football Group, the state Fund of Abu Dhabi, and will therefore holders of the company of Manchester City, and the player’s agent Pere Guardiola, brother of current City-Trainer Pep. According to the Vision of City managing Directors Ferran Soriano, he, too, Catalan, Girona, a top-class block in the global City-Empire to belong to the first division club in the United States, Uruguay, Australia, and Japan. Synergies, among other things, at training camps, games, training, and transfer transactions. Currently three Leihprofis from Manchester in the squad and the 21-year-old Aleix García, Douglas Luiz and Patrick Roberts are among the extended starting eleven.

Pere Guardiola, in turn, is a business partner of Jaume Roures, President of Mediapro, the owner of the TV rights of the Spanish League. Together they founded in 2009, the Agency’s Media Base Sports. In addition to celebrities such as NBA Star Marc Gasol – the owner of the local basketball club – or Joan Roca – chef of a world-famous gourmet restaurants – also sits Roures on the Advisory Board of the Association.

Out of the game in Miami was nothing

surprised, Given this overall constellation, a home game from Girona to the pilot project, an expansion strategy was chosen. Actually, the Spanish League wanted to leave the game against Barcelona last weekend in Miami unsubscribe. After months of dispute among the football associations said the change of location to Florida.

was Played instead in the domestic Montilivi, and 0:2 a lot was offered. Barça defender Gerard Piqué gave a drunk Fan for its particularly original Krakeele his Jersey, Lionel Messi was framed after the provocation of a place of reference for Girona Bernardo so mercilessly booed as otherwise, at best, in Madrid’s Bernabéu, and a rainbow of picturesque the tribune.

in Addition, the afternoon was also an indication of how it is currently, the mood in the Catalan separatism. At the Derby the previous season, the regional President (and Ex-mayor of Girona) was welcomed Carles Puigdemont in the revolution, the euphoria of the independence referendum is a triumphant return to the Catalan anthem. Now Puigdemont is in exile, and while his successor, Quim Torra was announced with the identical staging, which he earned only sparse applause; also the battle cry mitgereister Barça Fans to “Independència” was reciprocated by the home fans. Girona is in the case of elections regularly as a stronghold of Catalan modernism. But his football club is politically less crowded than for example Barcelona.

The Jersey color were able to keep

the City of the club in the daily business is left largely in peace. “Global but local” strategy that respects the existing football Know-how. Other than the Franchises in New York or Melbourne Girona had to accept the sky-blue Jersey color. President and sports Director of officiating for the second League times, and the City players out on loan to get no preferential treatment. Stars the striker Cristhian Stuani and Portu rather, the audience favorites more local heroes such as captain Álex Granell or Pere Pons, who worked from the under-class football to the top. The greatest Talent of the 19-year-old right-back Pedro Porro, whose Name is animated, the Reporter for Puns: Porro is called a Joint.

is one of the most likeable facets of the dedicated, offensive football by Eusebio Sacristán. The coach once played in Barça and studied under Johan Cruyff. How to be a friend of Pep Guardiola – a cross-connection.

But also in the network, sometimes there are defeats. Recently about the case of Brahim Diaz: The midfield talent is managed by Pere Guardiola, and played until Recently at Manchester City, despite several Ask but absolutely not to Girona rent. Instead, the 19-Year-old moved to Real Madrid.

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