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23.04.2009 14:06

The fight against malaria


On Wednesday evening, the players of FC Barcelona carried publicity on their shirts in favour of the fight against malaria.

And in the Directors’ Box was one of the winners of the tournament held last summer during Barça’s tour of the USA to raise funds for the malaria campaign.

The 25th April is World Malaria Day and so on Wednesday against Sevilla the players wore shirts with the slogan: “More than a Club. Kick it to Malaria, Més que un Club. Un Xut contra la Malària”. At half time the video scoreboards showed a number of messages reminding people of the campaign and emphasising the importance of making people aware of the seriousness of the illness.

Visitors from New York and Los Angeles

QM3D8590.jpgDuring last summer’s tour of the USA, a tournament was held in Manhattan to raise funds for the fight against malaria in which football fans paid to play against the Barça professionals. Chris Schonberger (New York) was one of the winners and he was in the Directors’ Box on Wednesday evening together with friend Nate Houghteling (Los Angeles). The other winner is due to come to Barcelona on 24th May to watch the league game against Osasuna.

At training

23-04-09_MALARIA_04.jpgThe two young Americans were keen to see for themselves how the players of FC Barcelona train. On Thursday morning they visited the training grounds and chatted with some of the players. Chris and Nate also received a number of signed shirts.

The fight against malaria
Their reactions
For Chris Schonberger 'visiting the Camp Nou has been an exceptional experience: “Seeing it empty during the tour and then seeing it full of people at the match is an indescribable feeling”. Meanwhile, Nate Houghteling thanked FC Barcelona and Malaria No More for “putting in motion a very necessary project to fight malaria around the world”.

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