The ‘Agrupació Barça Jugadors' (ABJ) was founded in 1959 with the main aim of helping former players that, having retired from professional football, had not made a success of their new profession.
At present, the association has 800 members, the majority of whom are former players from the entire range of Club sports sections. The rest of the membership is made up of Barca fans who wish to help the development of the association.
Nowadays, the main work of the ABJ revolves around guaranteeing dignified social, working, economic and medical standards of living for all veterans. In addition, the association promotes contact between former players and has become a link with the living history of FC Barcelona. For this reason, apart from promoting and spreading the Barca spirit, the ABJ also contributes to the promotion of the values of football based on the experience of its members.
Ramon Alfonseda has been the president of the ABJ since 2003 and works together with 4 vice-presidents: José Antonio Zaldúa, Txiki Begiristain, Josep M. Fusté and Eusebio Sacristán.
Among the activities organised over the year, the numerous football matches played around Catalonia are of particular note. There are also various round table debates between former and current players and an annual meeting of former FC Barcelona players. In addition, there are a variety of events held to recognise and celebrate the contribution of personalities from the Barca family, including Josep Carreras, Àngel Mur and Joaquim M. Puyal.
The ABJ has also been a leading voice in the Sports Group of Former Football Players Associations (EPFA) (link: www.efpafootball.com ). This body aims to be a meeting point for former players throughout Europe. It reflects on the role of former players in society and also organises sporting and social activities.
Agrupació Barça Veterans
Camp Nou (entrance 1)
Av. Arístides Maillol, s/n
Open to members:
From Monday to Friday, from 10.30 to 14.30 and from 16.00 to 20.00.
Competition: Champions League
Home team: FC Barcelona
Visiting team: FC Bate
Date: 06-12-11 Time: 20:45
Stadium: Camp Nou
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