After we first brought you the news some months ago, it has now been confirmed that the world’s greatest football team, FC Barcelona, are on their way to the Holy Land!
They won’t be coming to play a mixed Palestinian-Israeli team as first planned, but WILL be in Israel to host skills clinics and games with Israeli and Palestinian children in order to promote peace.
There are planned clinics with a mix of Palestinian and Israeli children however, with clinics planned for August 3 in the Southern West Bank (at the Dura municipal stadium near Hebron), and in Tel Aviv (at the Bloomfield Stadium) on August 4.
The boys from Barcelona will visit Ramallah on August 3, and the Western Wall on August 4, before heading to Tel Aviv for their Peace clinic.
First team players will be present at both football clinics, and yes, the world’s greatest, Lionel Messi, is expected to be here!
The clinics will be part of Barcelona’s Peace Tour, and will feature no commercial sponsors OR entrance fees! All proceeds from the Barcelona Peace Tour will be donated to the promotion of peace between Israelis and Palestinians through the values of sport- very noble we have to say!
Peace in the Middle East Señor!