The coronavirus crisis threatens an economic tsunami in all sectors. Of course, also in the football industry and, therefore, in clubs. It is easy to suppose that a team like Barça, which has exceeded 1,000 million income, will also be seriously affected by the recession. It is convenient to look back and see what Barça’s behavior was in the last great world economic crisis, that of 2008.And it was timely. With the team undone in the last two years of the Ronaldinho era, Barça rebuilt itself with a restrained investment, typical of times of recession. For starters, and thanks to a bold decision by Laporta and his advisers, including Johan Cruyff, he hired a cheap coach, such as Guardiola at the time, who had just promoted to the subsidiary. That decision meant, among others, ruling out Mourinho, one of the most expensive coaches in the world at the time for his successes in Porto and Chelsea. Barça was rejuvenated. Sold to Ronaldinho ($ 24.15 million), Zambrotta ($ 10.50), Deco ($ 10.00), Giovani (6) and Oleguer (3). Guardiola was in love with Daniel Alves, whom Madrid wanted. Barça won. His signing cost 35.50 million, but few better partners has Messi had. Barça also signed Hleb (17), Martín Cáceres (16.5), Keita (14), Henrique (8) and a certain Gerard Piqué for six million euros. Pinto came free. Not counting the goalkeeper, who was already signing at the age of 32, Barça paid for players with an average of 23 years. Players like Alves and Piqué gave Barça a physical and competitive boost, that in that summer of 2008, when the economic recession was a fact and Lehman Brothers was about to fall (September), he was building a historic team.
President Luis Guillermo Solís will resume work this week, traveling to Brazil on Dec. 31 to participate inPresident Dilma Rousseff’s second-term inauguration ceremony, scheduled for Jan. 1st.On Jan. 2 Solís will travel to China on an official visit, during which he will participate in the opening day of a meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) members with the Asian country.Solís will participate only in the opening ceremony of the meeting, which will bring together the foreign ministers from all 33 member countries of CELAC. Costa Rica is the current CELAC president pro tempore.During his trip to China, the President will also hold meetings to negotiate the final details for the construction of an oil refinery in the Caribbean province of Limón, as well as for the project to expand Route 32, the main highway connecting Limón to San José.The president’s agenda also includes meetings to discuss the terms of other cooperation projects between the two countries. He is scheduled to return to Costa Rica on Jan. 9, the Foreign Ministry reported. Facebook Comments Related posts:President Solís gets good grade from most Costa Ricans as first 100 days pass Costa Rica Supreme Court strikes down ban on clergy holding public office – except Catholics President Solís’ popularity declines as economy worsens, Costa Rica researcher tells Washington panel Central America leaders fail again to reach agreement on Cuban migrant crisis