“These girls have revolutionized football,” the mother released her daughter when she saw the crowd at El Prat airport. It was 5.47 in the morning and she smiles while she advises the family’s grandfather, 89 years old and a regular at Barça men’s movements, to sit down. “Go sit down dad, you’ll be tired all day.” She stayed with the teenager queuing to collect the tickets for one of the three charter planes that Barça has chartered for the women’s Champions League final.
The daughter is 12 years old and is a forward on her team in Sant Fruitós de Bages. At 6 she left him, fed up with the machismo of some teammates and the children’s parents. “Don’t pass it on to her,” they released. She switched to volleyball but now, with the Barça women’s ‘boom’, she has returned to football. If before she was almost the only girl in a boys’ team, now she already plays in an all-female team. It is just one of the achievements that Barça women have achieved off the pitch.
Culé tide in Turin pic.twitter.com/t8iDCMARA7
– Roger Pascual (@pascualroger1) May 21, 2022
pink and azulgrana
Turin wore pink and azulgrana this Saturday. The Italian city received this super Saturday the visit of the Giro, but waiting for the arrival of the ‘pink jersey’ the ‘maglie culés’ thrashed in the streets. Anonymous Barcelona fans, or media like Andreu Buenafuente, dyed the streets of the Piedmontese capital. At noon Piazza San Carlo, in the heart of Turin, was taken over by hundreds of ‘culés’ who, oblivious to the sun of justice, made themselves known with their songs, firecrackers and their boats of blue and scarlet smoke.
Unlike other culés displacements, with a clear male majority, in Turin, as happened in the two historic matches at the Camp Nou, the women won by a landslide. Several groups of friends reported that it was the first time they had traveled with the club, but they also agreed that “the occasion is worth it.”
It was expected that Juventus Stadium would have 15,000 ‘culés’ fans in the first great mobilization of women’s Barça, for just 2,000 from Olympique de Lyon, reversing the proportion of the Budapest final three years ago. In 2019 there were only a thousand Barcelona fans in the Champions League final and last year the pandemic prevented the presence of the public. This Saturday the club chartered three charter planes and 40 coaches (in addition to those that went on their own). The culé tide hoped to be able to give an extra energy so that the Barça of the records would take the second women’s Champions League to Barcelona and parade it on Sunday in a parade through the streets of the Catalan capital.