Trip to Barcelona, Spain
In May, 2009 the men's soccer team traveled to Barcelona, Spain for an eight day European soccer and cultural experience. The team stayed in a resort hotel located on the beach of the Mediterranean Sea and spent considerable time enjoying the sunny Spanish environment. Each day the players traveled to memorable locations such as the world famous cathedral La Sagrada Familia (the only cathedral in Europe still under construction), Tossa De Mar, a quaint and cozy resort village, and the Ramblas, a unique shopping district in the heart of Barcelona where the Falcons enjoyed hunting for souvenirs. Without question, the highlight of the trip came when the team visited Nou Camp Stadium and watched FC Barcelona play Osasuana from field-level seats. The energy and passion displayed by the Barcelona fans was overwhelming and unforgettable.
Along with the daily cultural experiences, the Falcon squad also was able to play against some of the most talented soccer teams they have ever witnessed. The Spanish club players who were fine tuned for their league playoffs put on a dazzling display of soccer technique. Even though the men's team was able to win only a single match during the tour, the young players gained valuable experience for seasons to come.
According to Coach Saleska, "The entire tour was unbelievably successful. It was a fabulous learning experience and I think the players will remember the sights and sounds of the Barcelona area for the rest of their lives. They played soccer against incredible competition which will only help them in their future soccer careers. The Concordia soccer program tries to provide a meaningful and memorable international experience every three or four years but this trip to Spain will be difficult to match."