Barça Atlètic Rise To the Occasion

Our boys in mini-blaugrana, Barça Atlètic, earned promotion to the Segunda, just one step behind the big boys, by beating Sant Andreu 1-0 on aggregate over a two-legged promotion playoff, with the second leg taking place yesterday (Sunday, June 20). Congratulations on promotion, wee laddies!

Atlètic finished 2nd behind Sant Andreu in their Segunda B regular season division with a record of 22W-10D-6L (65GF, 35GA), but were able to beat Poli Ejido (4-4 on aggregate, away goals rule applied) and Real Jaén (3-0 on aggregate) before taking on Sant Andreu. Unfortunately, their match last week ended 1-0 thanks to a late dive by Nolito that earned FCB Atlètic a penalty that was subsequently converted by Jonathan Soriano. Bah.

Still, they fought hard and were able to do the business and earn promotion along with Alcorcón and Ponferradina. Yes, that Alcorcón is now a member of Segunda A. That’s what they get for being a powerhouse in the Copa del Rey, huh? Anyway, it’ll be interesting for Real Betis to visit the Miniestadi instead of the Camp Nou, won’t it?

By Isaiah

Isaiah is a co-founder and lead writer for Barcelona Football Blog. He currently lives in the greater Philadelphia area.


  1. I think a legitimate concern was brought up in the last thread, which was Barca Athletic’s priority is shifting away from providing experience to our A team hopefuls, to generating it’s own success.
    I’m not saying that they are opposing goals, but there has to be some balance to achieve both, and as Barcelona fans, I think most of us agree that providing experience for A-team hopefuls should be priority number one. We have limited resources that must be budgeted. This time it isn’t money, this time it is game time.
    Using our 22, 23, and 24 year old forwards to win promotion, and possibly to stay competitive in the Segunda makes sense, but these kids are clearly not going to break into the first team. and not to seem like they are not important, because even if they won’t break into th first team, they stil serve a purpose. Players play better when playing next to better players, so our JDSs, Thiagos and Muniesas learn more from playing with our other “fringe” canteranos, the ones that will have success stories with the Racings and Deportivos.
    My point, if I have one, is that Barca Athletic’s success is great, obviously, but it’s purpose should not be forgotten.

    1. I think you’re right, but now that we’re at the highest level we can be at with the youth/reserve team, we’re in a position to make it a better breeding ground for amazing players.

      If I’m not mistaken, Xavi, Puyol, and that whole generation was playing in the the Segunda A during their time on Barca B/Atletic and they got quality time against much better opponents and were thus able to develop more. That’s the theory I’m working with, anyway.

      Plus, JDS, Thiago, Muniesa, etc aren’t ready yet so they should be playing in Atletic and seeing them win is a positive thing.

  2. Didn’t Rosell say that if Ath. earn the promotion their home matches would be played in Camp Nou?

  3. Do you see any of the kids from fcb athletic being promoted to the first team next season?

    1. i think JDS and Thiago are already a given. I guess muniesa and bartra will also be drafted along with Soriano who has had an amazing season. Little concerned about Gai though…he does not seem to be featuring at all and is likely to be in the epl next year….hopefully at Arsenal where Wenger can bring him up to speed and we can take him back….ok…just kidding about that last part 🙂

    2. Given? No way. Thiago and JDS will be in between teams like Pedro was in the 08/09 season. Train with the first team most of the time, if they don’t get selected for the matchday squad, they will go play with Atletic.

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