Barcelona officially opened the new Johan Cruyff Stadium, which will host games for Barca B and their women’s teams, with a fitting Under-19 friendly clash between the Spanish giants and Dutch power Ajax. The new 6,000-seater stadium – located at the club’s training ground in the suburbs of the city – pays tribute to the legendary Cruyff, who played for the Blaugrana between 1973 and 1978 before coaching them between 1988 and 1996. Cruyff died in 2016 and is widely credited with laying the foundations for the unprecedented success the club has enjoyed over the past 15 years. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets were among the Barca stars in attendance at the opening, which saw the two clubs Cruyff is widely associated with facing off at the youth level. Club captain Messi, along with Busquets, Pique and Sergi Roberto, stood in the centre circle prior to Tuesday’s match as Cruyff’s son, Jordi, took a ceremonial kickoff to officially open the stadium. Cruyff’s wife Danny and his daughter Susila were also in attendance as the club paid tribute to one of their legendary figures and his family. The match saw 16-year-old Naci Unuvar of Ajax bag a clinical brace as the visitors claimed a 2-0 win. The opening followed on from Monday’s unveiling of a Cruyff statue outside Camp Nou, with the event also seeing members of Cruyff’s family in attendance. Messi, Busquets and Pique watch on from the centre circle as Jordi Cruyff takes a ‘ceremonial’ kick off to open the stadium named after his father pic.twitter.com/kU5iXHBpTL — Samuel Marsden (@samuelmarsden) August 27, 2019 The stadium represents the first finished piece of the Espai Barca, a project aimed at transforming and integrating FC Barcelona facilities. The project will also see a redesign of Camp Nou, and the creation of a club campus, which will see the Spanish outfit remove architectural barriers and introduce measures to improve urban mobility around the stadium. The new stadium makes the former home ground of Barcelona B and the women’s team obsolete, with the ground the Miniestadi now sits on to be used as the home of the club’s new home for its indoor sports teams, which include basketball, handball, roller hockey and futsal.
LITTLETON, Colorado – October 15, 2019 – The Mediterranean’s sapphire seas lure travelers in and convince them to stay awhile. And, in 2020, as part of its NEW “Undiscovered Mediterranean” series of tours, the Globus family of brands is inviting travelers to off-the-beaten-path destinations along the Mediterranean, including seaside stays in some of the world’s most picturesque places. Here are 6 “Undiscovered” places throughout Italy, Greece, Montenegro and Slovenia to discover – and overnight in – on tour with Globus and Cosmos. These are secluded seaside towns worth a deep dive: ITEA, Greece (NEW! 14-day Southern Italy & Greece) Just as sweet as the wildflower, thyme and fir honey this quiet coastal town is known for is waking up to both mountain and ocean views. Globus invites travelers to spend two nights in this charming village – a highlight of this Mediterranean. PAROS, Greece (NEW! 8-Day Greek Island Adventure) This slower-paced island of whitewashed villages – often referred to as a “mini Mykonos” – is also famous for the white marble once mined here as well as the “Church of 100 Doors,” one of the world’s most significant Byzantine ruins. BUDVA, Montenegro (NEW! 11-Day Discover the Eastern Med) Originally settled by Venetians, this architectural and atmospheric port sets the stage for lavish leisure. Here, travelers are invited to enjoy an evening on their own to sip the regions honey brandy or indulge in the catch of the day. BARI, Italy (NEW! 11-Day Discover the Eastern Med) What better way to end an overnight ferry ride across the Adriatic Sea than to wake-up in this historic port city? Travelers can take advantage of their time here by weaving their way through the maze of beautiful side-streets toward the Basilica of St. Nicholas. LA SPEZIA, Italy (14-Day Mediterranean Flavors) Just minutes from Cinque Terre, this picturesque port town invites travelers down the winding streets of the old town to enjoy some of the best cuisine in Italy. PORTOROŽ, Slovenia (11-Day Venice, Slovenia, Croatia & Montenegro) Famous for its thermal spas, Portorož is the place to immerse in healing waters and indulge in treatments utilizing ingredients from the nearby salt pans. “Globus’ new ‘Undiscovered’ touring vacations take travelers through the winding roads and unspoiled villages, most of which other tour companies don’t visit and cruise ships don’t overnight,” said Steve Born, chief marketing officer for the Globus family of brands. “From waking to the sounds of waves crashing on the shore to learning the secrets behind the places that launched a thousand myths, these Globus, Cosmos and Cosmo Lite tours get travelers to the far-away islands and untouched towns to see and experience the local side of life.” The Globus family of brands’ NEW “Undiscovered Mediterranean” tours are part of the company’s “Undiscovered” series of tours. Other destinations in this popular series include Italy and Great Britain. DEAL ALERT: Book early for the best deals of the year and SAVE 10% on Globus Europe vacations! For more information, agents can visit www.globusfamilypartner.com.