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30 years after the opening of the Barcelona Olympic Games

July 25 It will always be a date for the history of Barcelona. And this is the day 1992, was the starting signal for the Olympic Games which promoted and completely changed the city. And this Monday, July 25, 2022, marks the 30th anniversary of the event, which is still so deeply rooted among the population.

So, Estadi Olympic and Palau Sant Jordi were the sports facilities that hosted the most important competitions. However, FC Barcelona cooperated. Making Camp Nou Available to Organizationwhich was the main stage of the football competition, and Palau Blaugrana, In addition, 15 athletes from the club competed in a total of five different modalities.


Spain gold medal at Camp Nou

During these Olympic Games, Estadi hosted six matches, including the Grand Final between Spain and Poland (3–2).

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To win the gold, the Spanish team faced Poland at Camp Nou where some 95,000 people had gathered. At the time of that appointment, the Spanish team had two Barca players: Albert Ferrer and Josep Guardiola (besides the following Antonio Pinilla, which was between two transfers to Mallorca and Albacete). There was also a Tenerife player at the time, Francisco Veza Paqui′, but who came from Barca’s lower tiers, as well as Abelardo Fernández (Sporting de Gijón), Luis Enrique Martínez (Real Madrid) and Alfonso Pérez (Real Madrid), three footballers. were players. They would later wear the Barça shirt, most notably in 1994, 1996 and 2000 respectively.

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Barca Stadium experienced a thrilling final, which was decided in the last minute with a final 3–2 for Kiko, who scored two goals in that game, while Pietu Abelardo scored the second.

In addition to the legendary final played on 8 August, Camp Nou was the venue for Italy–United States (2–1 | 24 July, first leg); Poland-Qatar (2-0 | August 1, quarter-finals); Australia-Sweden (2-1 | August 2, quarter-finals); Poland-Australia (6-1 | August 5, semi-finals); and Ghana–Australia (1–0 | 7 August, matches for third and fourth place).

Palau Blaugrana: Home of Roller Hockey and Martial Arts

The taekwondo and judo competitions and the last games of the roller hockey tournament took place in Palau Blaugrana. In fact, in Barcelona 92, roller hockey was played as a “demonstration sport”, Since it is a sporting instrument it does not appear in the official program of the Olympic Games.

On that occasion, the Palau Blagrana hosted the final, among other matches, in which the Spanish team lost 8–6 to Argentina. Barcelona players Josep Benito and Joan Carles He participated in that final and won the roller hockey silver medal.

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The Spanish team, led by Carles Trullol, a former Barcelona player, also selected Carles Folguera and Ferran Puzalte, who later joined FC Barcelona, ​​for the event. The opposite was the case with Joan Ayat, who wore a Barça shirt until 1991.

On the other hand, the winning team, Argentina, had no Barca players, but three would later join the club: Gabi Cairo, Roberto Roldán and José Luis ‘El Negro’ Pays.

Other 10 Barca Athletes at the 1992 Games

Barcelona 92 ​​also had several other Barca club athletes. In basketball, the participation of Spain (ninth) was Juan Antonio San Epifanio ‘Epi’ and Andres JiménezWhile Puerto Rico (the eighth) did so Jose Rafael ‘Piculin’ Ortijo,

even in handball David Buruffet, Enrique Massip, Angel Hermida, Iaki Urdangarin and Lorenzo Rico He was part of the Spanish team that came fifth.

Finally, two Barca athletes were also present in athletics: the long distance. James Barrosowho was 14th in the 50 km walk, and hangar Daniel MartinWhich was finished after making a maximum jump of 5’40m.

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