Espanyol shows how it’s done

More heartwarming stuff wrapped up in today’s advent surprise.

They’ve been planning for this reception since July 11, 2010, and on Saturday, with the visit of Barcelona to the Cornellà-El Prat, they finally got their opportunity.  Andrés Iniesta was given a rousing cheer by Espanyol’s fans as he was introduced before the game, in response to his heartfelt gesture towards Dani Jarque in the World Cup final, when he paid tribute to his friend after scoring the game winning goal by removing his jersey to reveal a shirt underneath with the words “Dani Jarque, always with us” on it.  (This shirt was subsequently given to Espanyol for their Dani Jarque mural.)  When the announcer read off the names of Barcelona’s startling line-up, he paused after Iniesta, and the crowd clapped and chanted his name.  Meanwhile, the rest of his teammates and his coach received the usual whistles and boos.

Andresito was given another ovation when he was subbed out late in the game in the 86th minute, with both Espanyol and Barcelona’s players joining in this time.  After the game, he said, “people are above all rivalries.”  And on Facebook, he said “I have no words to describe what I experienced as I left the field, simply thank you!”

And another video here.

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Posted on December 19, 2010, in players and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. omg when I saw this in the game, it brought tears to my eyes. The best part about it was that Iniesta paid the tribute to his friend out of the goodness of his heart. I’m sure he had no expectations that the fans & players of Espanyol would appreciate it so much and give him the reception that he received yesterday.

    Such a class act!

  2. Beautiful n heart-touching moment with those ovation n claps..twice..!! Such gesture, I shivered especially with the second one, when he was subbed out..

  3. pure class, all around. espanyol fans, as well as barca fans, should be proud.

  4. This was just so classy, and really touching. Well done on Espanyol.

  5. This is what it’s all about! Andres is a great man, and the espanyol fans showed pure class!

  6. Such a class act by Iniesta, the Espanyol fans and the Barca fans. And players!

  7. Such a beautiful scene. :)

  8. Beautiful. I definitely teared up a bit when I saw the ovations when I watched the game!

  9. Besides Barca scoring 5 goals against them.. the best part was that … the standing ovation they gave him…it was amazing…. it brought tears to my eyes… I think Andres was the only like person in that game… *lol* … since they were throwing trash and a piece even hit Gerard Pique in the head….

  10. When the announcer read off the names of Barcelona’s startling line-up, he paused after Iniesta, and the crowd clapped and chanted his name. Meanwhile, the rest of his teammates and his coach received the usual whistles and boos.

    This made me laugh. If I understand Andres’s personality, it probably made him squirm when he got the claps and his mates and coach got the boos.

  11. I watched this live, and got chills. The Cornella-El Prat stadium is definitely one for a great atmosphere, and yesterday the place was rockin’ for 90 minutes. But this was the best moment by far. The chants of “INIEEEEES-TA, INIEEEEEES-TA” echoing around the ground were the best part, followed by the visuals of every single fan, and even the PLAYERS, standing to applaud. Ngl, I wiped a tear or two away.

    Gracias, Don Andres, por ser como eres. :-)

  12. lol hmmmm not a fan of how the person who put together the youtube video made sure to post the El Classico score right by the Espanyol score… however still didnt take away from the beautiful moment towards Iniesta

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