The fake news They have always existed in football. Those that relate to Barcelona and the Eibar they were inaugurated in 2014, when many media reported that the Basque team, which was promoted to First that year, had bought, at a good price, the Catalan, the confetti that it could not use to celebrate the League title that snatched the Athletic one in the last day. There was someone who labeled Barcelona as a villain for doing business with a material that expired in a few weeks and with a modest club.
However, things did not happen that way. As he related, who asked him, the person in charge of the purchases of Eibar, his club did not buy anything from Barça, but used to do business similar to confetti, with the company that supplies non-sporting material to the Blaugrana entity. When the colors of the two clubs coincided, in Eibar they used to acquire the company, flags, and rolls of cloth with the matching colors, to celebrate their successes, much more modest, and that they came out cheap because they were left over from those that were sold in Barcelona.
With the confetti it happened the same. Accustomed to saving, to look at the euro, the person in charge of purchases sensed that they could celebrate that historic ascent at low cost. In the company they talked about that game that they had not been able to sell to Barça, for obvious reasons, since there was nothing to celebrate. The confetti, by the way, was one of the successes of the celebration of the ascent in the Unzaga square.
The history of Eibar, because of its colors, or as a consequence of them, has a lot to do with Barcelona, its rival this Sunday (18.30, beiN LaLiga). It begins almost with the creation of the armored team, whose first team was red and white, similar to Athletic. However, in 1943, when the money was barely enough to cover the expenses of the club, Eibar accepted a kit that was given to them by the Guipuzcoan Federation and that came from the then Club de Fútbol Barcelona. They did not change again.
There was a year, even, in which the shirts of Eibar were those of Barcelona. "We bought them in El Corte Inglés", recalls Ángel Fernández Zapico, an Asturian from Langreo, who has been everything in the club, even a coach, and who for decades has worked as a coach. "It brings us very good memories. It was in the 1987-1988 season, which is when we went back to Second after 30 years. Zapico still retains one of those t-shirts in which you can read the label that contains the brand: Meyba, and the inscription "Homologat, FC Barcelona". The owner remembers: "We had to undo the shields of Barcelona and sew the ones from Eibar".
The current connection with Barcelona and with Catalonia also comes through the template. In the Eibar they play two players yielded by the leader of LaLiga: Marc Cucurella, which has been uncovered as one of the revelations of the League and is enjoying continuity in the lineups of José Luis Mendilibar. In spite of belonging to the Barça, will play in the Camp Nou. "It will be a very special game that we are very excited to play, both for me and the team. We will go with all the illusion to get a good result. This year we have had good results against difficult teams. Outside the home we are doing good football. Being very focused, you can get something positive. " And despite the coincidence of colors warns: "I will not get confused in the passes. Now I am from Eibar, I am very happy and hopefully next year I will continue here. "
The other loaned is Marc Cardona, who started off with a good footing, but has been taking off from the coach's plans almost from the beginning of the season, to the point that it sounds like possible exit in the winter market. The former Barça B player, is intended by Las Palmas and Granada, among others.
Between Barcelona and Eibar there is a good connection beyond colors. The ceded are a symptom. In addition, the technical director of the Eibar, Fran Garagarza, recognized in Catalunya Radio who are considering exercising the option to buy Cucurella: "Seeing the performance of the boy and his quality, if they ask me at this time what he would do, I would say that we would consider paying the purchase option".
But the Eibar squad has three other Catalan players, only one less than Barcelona itself: Jordi Calavera, from Valls, who acts as a right-back; the midfielder from Lleida, Pere Milla, and midfielder Joan Jordan, from the Espanyol youth academy and born in Regencós (Girona).