FC Barcelona

Written by Adrian Jeżewski on Wednesday, 07 January 2015. Posted in Hunting Channel

written by Adrian Jeżewski

FC Barcelona is one of the biggest football clubs in the whole world. The club sells souvenirs for thousands of Euro year after year and hits next sales records. It seems to me that original, received in-person autograph could be better and more valuable item than next scarf or t-shirt. This is why so much fans decide to go to FC Barcelona training ground Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi. I was there several times and I did not regret at all even if I did not collect lots of signed photos.

Everyone could get to training base by underground, tram or of course car, because the base is situated near motorway. If you will arrive there, you need to know 2 exits exist. It is not so simple to received Messi's  or Suarez's autographs, because players do not stop se often next to waiting supporters. Or they avoid them using another gate to go out after training. During my 2 trips to Barcelona I visited training grounds 6 times combined.  It was sometimes better, sometimes worse, but finally I have collected a few interesting signatures. In other words, you should not have big demands at all and let be surprised. I really works.

First time when I came to Sant Joan Despi was in the middle of August 2010 I was waiting next to main gates. I met and have received only Diego Milito, Maxwell and Andres Iniesta autographs. That day, but at the evening, I arrived after evening training as well. I choose second exit which is about 700 meters further and I was lucky again. I saw Keita's and Adriano's car stopped and have got signed photos of them. Nonetheless I was little bit disappointed when I realized Messi's, Puyol, PIque's or Xavi's cars did not stop at all. Wave of the hand was everything the fans got from the best players in the team. 

Another day I had some spare time and decided to go to Barca's training grounds, but just in the morning. And that was a hit. One bodyguard I have got to know later said I was very, very lucky. Valdes, Dani Alves, Pinto, Abidal and Zlatan Ibrahimović, Pep Guardiola or a few Barca B members stopped. From guard's standpoint it was like anomaly. As a rule, he claimed players sometimes stop, but not when lots of people wait. Anyway, it happens. Footballers were patient and signed or posed to photos. I was in deep shock. However, waiting in the heat or pushing through the crowd was highly worth for me. I wanted more, but I had not others chances to come to training grounds.

It existed in 2014 which I visited Barcelona again. Unfortunately, it was in September during international games break, but lots of famous players had treated their injuries or have not got call-ups from national coaches. Messi, Suarez, Pique or Xavi stayed in Barcelona. But again the hottest names were unreachable. Martin Montoya, Thomas Vermaelen,  newcomer Douglas, Sandro Ramirez, Luis Enrique and a few Barca B members stopped. 

I talked with local fans and one of them said he saw Messi stopped just once when almost knocked kid down by his car or Xavi never stops. Collecting autographs like FC Barcelona footballers is obviously hard, but in consequence if you succeed, it is a big and unforgettable adventure for fans and autographs hunters as well.

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About the Author

Adrian Jeżewski

Adrian Jeżewski

Is an environmental engineering student / HVAC engineer

He started collecting autographs when he was 13 and he collected mainly polish famous people signatures. Year after year tried to spread his collection, but in 2010 he decided to directed collecting to  NBA players autographs. His dream is collect autographs of all Dream Team '92 members. He knows he will do it. 

Hunting Channel

  • In-Person autograph experience at Hockenheim 2008

    In-Person autograph experience at Hockenheim 2008

     

    Michael Schumacher:
    He was very relaxed. Wrote comparatively much, but still hard to collect. One has to know where he is staying at which time. One evening he was playing poker with Kubica, Heidfeld, Fisichella, Rosberg, Briatore and Ecclestone. He finished the game at 1 o’clock in the morning. Then we got the nicest signatures ever.

  • Autograph hunting at 50th anniversary of Kartclub Kerpen + Belgium F1 Grand Prix 2011

    50th anniversary of Kartclub Kerpen with Michael and Sebastian Vettel

    Both, Michael and Sebastian, were close to the fans. So it was possible to collect a lot of great autographs. Michael wrote autographs in many different situations. Sebastian wrote even more always trying to fulfill every autographs wish. At the end of the day I had more Michael autographs as usual.

    Directly after leaving Kerpen, I travelled to Spa in Belgium. F1.

  • Collecting at Hockenheim 2010

    Jenson Button: 

    He wrote one autograph per meeting an colletor. More is simply not possible to get from a current World Champion. But never the less he was very kind and in a good mood.

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