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18.02.2009 14:18

Georgia’s president visits Barça


The president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili visited Camp Nou on Wednesday and was met by the club's president Joan Laporta who showed him around the stadium and the offices.

During an official visit to Catalunya, the leader of the former Soviet state took the chance to have a look at the Blaugrana and even walked out on to the pitch to taste life from the view of the players.

Presidential welcome

Saakashvili led a delegation, among which was the Georgian economy minister, to Barça and were met by Laporta in the trophy room next the presidential box in Camp Nou. Laporta presented every member of the party with a replica Barcelona shirt and a book about the history of the club. In turn, the Georgian president has thanked Laporta for his hospitality and that of FC Barcelona before presenting him with a golden chalice.

Realising a dream

QM3D5801.jpgLaporta and Saakashvili then walked down to the pitch where they kicked a football around. The president of Georgia admitted that he had realised one of his dreams after stating that he had always been an admirer of Barça. The visit was completed with a tour of the club's museum.
Georgia’s president visits Barça
Lunch date
Mikheil Saakashvili has a busy schedule as he will meet the president of the Catalan Generalitat, José Montilla, on Thursday in the Palau of the Generalitat, for lunch. The Georgian president's visit to Catalunya began on Monday and he will leave on Friday.

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