You read that right… Fc Barcelona are in Nigeria! What are they doing here?

First, a story…

Last weekend, I was taking my usual early morning stroll when I came by a Barcelona banner with the photographs of their precious acronym, MSN (Messi, Suarez and Neymar) just in front of the National Stadium at Surulere.

I had to do a quick ‘memory playback’ to remember if there was any news story on MSN coming to Lagos. “It could be that Barcelona have gotten wind of Mark Zuckerberg’s surprise visit last week to Lagos to see the tech community and decided to use the same gimmick to surprise the football community in Lagos by bringing their famous acronym,” I thought excitedly to myself.  My excitement crashed instantaneously when I read closely what was on the banner which in truth, is a good development.

To the question of what is Barcelona doing here; ever heard of FCBEscola Soccer School? It is the name designated to the new FC Barcelona Academy in Lagos Nigeria. Back in July at the unveiling of the academy in Lagos, the Project Manager for FC Barcelona in Europe and Africa Football Schools, Inaki Gonzallo said, “We have produced many world class footballers from our academy and we will use the same curriculum in the Nigerian academy. The academy has been successful in bringing up great footballers around the globe playing for big clubs, I hope Nigeria’s case is not far from that.”

This is the first of its kind in Africa by La Blaugrana and is definitely going to have a reverberating effect on our football (just imagine our future set of Super Eagles players playing tiki-taka football).

The FCBEscola Soccer School is scheduled to start on September 17, 2016, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium (a temporary site). You can check details of how to register below…

Admission Available to talents: 5 – 18 years of age

Registration fee: N13, 500 (thirteen thousand, five hundred Naira only)

Visit the Registration Center at Teslim Balogun Stadium Complex, Surulere, Lagos. Pay your registration fee via POS and collect your registration form.

You can also:

1. Visit the nearest GTBank branch and pay using GT Collections.

2. For GTBank account holders:

  • Pay online via Internet Banking (under the Payment & Collections menu option)
  • Pay via the GTBank mobile app (go to Customized Deposit > GTCollections > FCBEscola Lagos).

3. Present evidence of payment at our Registration Center at Teslim Balogun Stadium Complex, Surulere Lagos… and collect your registration form.

Complete your registration form, submit the necessary documents, collect your registration receipt and get ready!

Good Luck!!!