13 November 2006
My summer 2006
Barça - Xavier President: Summer 2006

My SUMMER 2006 in Pictures. I was celebrating the UEFA Championship...

(Yes, on May 17th 2006, FC Barcelona beat London's Arsenal in the final of the UEFA Champions League. Here are some pictures of the event):

The Goal







The Cup















The Team






Holding the Cup with President Joan Laporta...







... and with Coach Frank Rijkaard













Then, suddenly, in the middle of the celebration... I became the President of the Club. Yes, the President of FC Barcelona!!!

Here is how some of the Barcelona Press announced it.

Announcements of the News in the Catalan/Spanish press:

El Periodico de Catalunya
La Vanguardia
El Mundo Deportivo

And so, I had to be the President... and here are some of the pictures of what I had to do.

I Presented our new players (Gudjohnsen, Thuram and Zambrotta) in Los Angeles

in the picture, Barça's Footbal Director, Txiki Beguiristain, Gudjohnsen, Xavier, Thuram, Zambrotta and coach Frank Rijkaard.







Attended practice sessions...







Presided over a games ...
(this one at Los Angeles Coliseum)







I walked the Red Carpet in front of the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles























I got to meet a few celebrities like... SUPERMAN!







...Kobe Bryant...













...The most beautiful person in the Universe... (she is the one on the left)






... Jeffrey Sachs...








... and a Gigolo called Deuce Bigalow (Rob Schneider)






I got to go to NASA with our team

The words "Houston we have a problem" were heard in this room...















I met the NASA Director






Ronaldinho with the Brazillian Astronaut Marcos Pontes





Pontes, Xavier and Sylvinho







The three captains (Puyol, Ronaldinho and Xavi) and Frank got to talk to the three astronauts at the international space station...

I also visited a Hospital for Children in Houston with our players

(in the picture with Marquez, Puyol, Messi, Belletti and Zambrotta)






In New York I went to the United Nations with Ronaldinho

in this picture with Roberto de Assis (Ronaldinho's brother), Ronaldinho, Koffi Annan and Lillian Thuram





Giving a Barça book to Mr Annan






Ronaldinho was named Goodwill Ambassador for the UNDP

I signed autographs






In New York I met the President of the NY Red Bulls and the Commissioner of MSL, Don Garber






At the end of the Red Bulls game in New York I met some of our most dedicated American Fans (their bodies read R10 -which is Ronaldinho's brand)






The back of our fans...







I introduced our players to our fans in New York...






I got to make speeches






















I even got to preside over a game along with fellow Columbia professor (and President of the US Soccer Federation) Sunil Gulati! (what are the odds that two Columbia economics professors get to preside over a professional football/soccer game?)

Sunil is the man to my left and the man to his left is Don Garber (the commissioner of MLS) and the man to my right is the Spanish consulate to Los Angeles.





And got to watch lots of football games




























In Sum, I had a really... let's say, peculiar, summer.

Who would have imagined!