The eight-year-old boy, on hand at Barça’s first training session since arriving in Japan, sang the complete Barça anthem a capella in front of the players, staff, directors, the press and his classmates from the FCBEscola Futsushika
While it was nine years ago that Leo Miyagata became a global phenomenon after being recorded while breaking down in tears after the FC Barcelona’s defeat in the final of the 2006 Club World Cup, which was also held in Japan, a similar phenomenon emerged this Monday during Barça’s very first training session since arriving in Japan earlier in the morning.
Koshiro Yamashita, an eight-year-old Japanese boy, wowed everyone — and we do mean everyone — as he sang the entire Barça anthem a capella for the Barça players, the coaching staff, the Club’s travelling expedition and the press.
Yamashita, one of the more than 240 children from the FCBEscola Futsushika who attended Monday’s training session, was duly applauded by everyone on hand to witness the stunning rendition of the Club’s anthem.
Following the performance, Yamashita was presented with an FC Barcelona badge from the Club’s Vice President, Jordi Cardoner.
The five Barça players have all played a vital part in the three victories in the tournament and no-one has won the competition more than them
FC Barcelona’s victory over River Plate in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup was yet another example of the Club’s domination on the international stage. Barça can now boast three Club World Cup trophies in the last six years: the victory in 2009 in Abu Dhabi over Estudiantes, the triumph in Yokohama in 2011 over Santos and the most recent win, also in Yokohama, over their Argentine opponents.
Five members of the current squad have taken part in all three of those campaigns: Gerard Piqué, Andrés Iniesta, Dani Alves, Sergio Busquets and Leo Messi, a feat that is unique to this magnificent quintet.
Leo Messi, of course, has had an important role in all three finals, having found the net in each one. Against Estudiantes in 2009, the Barça striker found the net in extra time, famously chesting the ball home to give his side a 2-1 victory over the Argentines. In the final in 2011 against Santos, Messi scored not once but twice in the 4-0 win.
Finally, this year, in the final in Yokohama it was the Barça number ‘10’ who opened the scoring in the 3-0 triumph over River Plate. Messi now has five goals in the tournament and leads the all-time ranking alongside his team mate Luis Suárez and César Delgado, the former Monterrey player.
The contribution of Piqué, Iniesta, Alves and Sergio Busquets has been no less significant. All four have started every final in the competition with the exception of Iniesta in 2009 against Estudiantes. The midfielder did feature in the semi-final against Mexican side Atlante, a game in which Sergio Busquets scored the goal that brought Barça back on level terms.
The other side of the Club World Cup win against River Plate
The unseen side of the Club World Cup final against River Plate
After a flight of more than 15 hours from Tokyo, the Barça expedition landed at 5.40pm CET at El Prat Airport in Barcelona
The FC Barcelona party arrived at 5.40pm at Barcelona Airport following a 15 hour flight from Tokyo. Due to a fierce headwind, the flight came in later than expected initially. All the party, with the exception of Gerard Piqué and Arda Turan who with permission from the Club began their holidays independently, disembarked at El Prat Airport.
When they were just an hour away from Barcelona, the four captains, Andrés Iniesta, Leo Messi, Sergio Busquets and Javier Mascherano, the president Josep Maria Bartomeu, the sporting vice-president Jordi Mestre and the technical secretary Robert Fernández all posed for the media with the Cup claimed in Japan.
As they touched down at the airport, the Club anthem was played via the PA, a moment to bring to a close a long but successful expedition than has seen the blaugranes claim their fifth trophy of the year. Now, it is time to enjoy a few days respite before the return of league action on 30 December at Camp Nou against Real Betis.