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20.08.2009 21:28

First taste of the European Super Cup


The first UEFA Media Open Day of the new season was held at the Barça training grounds on Thursday ahead of the European Super Cup on Friday 28th August in Monaco.

The football squad returned to training at the Sports Centre on Thursday afternoon to prepare for the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday. However, given that Barça are due to play the European Super Cup the following Friday, the players also spoke to reporters about the match against Shakhtar Donetsk as part of the first UEFA Media Open Day of the season.

First time at the Sports Centre

Previous UEFA Media Open Days have been held at the Camp Nou but this season the event has been moved to the Joan Gamper Sports Centre as the day to day work of the squad is carried out at these training grounds.

Reporters from around the world

Apart from the local reporters that usually cover the Barça news, some fifty international journalists were present today, including representatives from Reuters, British papers 'The Independent’ and 'The Sunday Times‘ and French TV station TF1. Also present was the official Armenian TV station who hold the rights to the Spanish league in their country and who are in Barcelona preparing a special report on Barça.

Focus on Ibrahimovic

A number of Swedish reporters are also in Barcelona to cover the debut of Ibrahimovic in the Gamper and so were also present at the Media Open Day. Newspapers such as ‘Expressen Aftonblaaded’ and ‘Dagens Nyheter’ took the opportunity to speak to the new Barça striker.
First taste of the European Super Cup
The last Media Open Day before Rome final
The last UEFA Media Open Day was held in the Mixed Zone of the Camp Nou on 21st May, six days before the Rome final against Manchester United. Some 239 journalists from around the world were on hand to speak to the future treble winners.

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