Thursday, August 11, 2022

Julia Bartel: “We can and we want to continue to make history”

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FC Barcelona B midfielder takes part in the game before playing the Under-20 World Cup with the Spanish team

“It is important that clubs work on grassroots football as the present will be in the future”

There are few emotions in football as excitement as scoring the winning goal in a final. Julia Bartel (Castellbisbal, 2004) In the last minute of injury time, he scored the goal that won the under-19 team the fourth European Championship in its history.

It was the icing on the cake of a perfect season in which he also managed to stay in the second division with Barca B, which would now become the first RFEF. After a few days of rest, the midfielder’s focus is on a Spanish team that will struggle to win its first gold in the Under-20 World Cup starting in Costa Rica on August 8.

Q: Hot summer this year. How are you?

A: Very happy. With Barca we served our purpose and I also had the illusion of being able to play and win the European Championship. We have a few days to recharge our batteries and now we are looking towards a bigger goal of competing in the U-20 World Cup.

Your great performance at the European Championships culminated in a goal that made you a champion. What did you feel at that moment?

Lots of passion I can’t believe it, it was the most important goal ever and definitely the most celebrated. It was very emotional to share this with colleagues and employees. This is a goal for many, as it requires the effort of everyone, including my family and those who support me every day.

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Now your 100% focus is on the Under-20 World Cup. How do you deal with it?

With confidence and desire. This is a World Cup, there are highly prepared teams and it is in our heads to give the best to each and every one and compete for it as a group.

You are in Group A along with Costa Rica, Brazil and Australia. Which opponent imposes on you more?

all. In the end, every game is important. Brazil and Australia are great teams and Costa Rica is the host of the tournament, so I have no doubt that all the matches will be difficult.

There are several players from the Under-19 European Championship who have been called again. Good work gets rewarded…

Yes, I think we’ve had a good European. And we have been preparing for the World Cup for a long time and everything we have done with both the club and the national team has rewarded us for entering the team. In addition, the work done during the year with Barca also allows us to be more prepared for this type of appointment.

In fact, Barca’s color prevails in the call for this World Cup, something that is common. How important is it to work on grassroots football, especially in clubs?

Yes, there are so many Barca players in the team, it is a sign that the club does a great job with its academy and in that sense I am proud to be a part of it. I am excited to continue growing at Barca. It is important that all clubs work on grassroots football because in the end, in the future, they will be the present.

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There will also be Salma, who will now play for Barka. What do you think of his signature?

He is a great player. We match many times in selection and I know this very well. He can bring momentum and goals to the team.

Spain has never won the Under-20 World Cup. He was a finalist in 2018. What does your generation have to fight for gold?

We have been together for many years, we have played together and we have faced each other. Till the end we all know each other very well. And now we have the opportunity to show that we can and want to continue to make history.

The silver generation of 2018 belonged to Aetana, Petri, Pina, Aleksandri, Lucía García… all of them have now disputed the Euro in full. Is having these references in the elite an impetus?

Yes, a lot of those that were in all 20s are now in the Absolute and have references to us. It inspires us because it shows us that in the future we can be whoever is out there. Now we have to compete for ourselves and learn from them every day.

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