06 February 2012

Homare Sawa’s INAC Kobe watch FC Barcelona training

The Japanese club, led by FIFA Ballon d’Or 2011 winner Homare Sawa, and the FC Barcelona ladies team were both at today’s first team training session. Xavi Hernàndez presented an FC Barcelona shirt to a thrilled Homare Sawa.

The INAC Kobe Leonessa ladies are about to leave Barcelona. The Japanese league champions have seven World Cup winners in their squad, including the great Homare Sawa, and one of the last items on their itinerary was a visit to an FC Barcelona training session this morning at Sant Joan Despí.

The FC Barcelona ladies team, who they played last Thursday in the Miniestadi, were also there with them, and the two groups of women welcomed the Barça players onto pitch number 2 with an improvised guard of honour.

There were plenty of cameras flashing and autographs being signed, and 2011 Ballon d'Or winner Homare Sawa got the chance to meet her favourite player, Xavi Hernàndez, who she had described earlier this week as "a player I like a lot, he has great control of the ball and a brilliant final pass. He is very important for his team even though he is neither a big nor strong player. He's marvellous". Sawa gave a chocolate Ballon d'Or to the Catalan star, who returned the gesture by presenting her with a specially dedicated Barça shirt. It was a wonderful surprise for the best female player in the world, and one she will surely never forget.

The INAC Kobe Leonessa and FC Barcelona players then posed for a group picture with Guardiola's squad before watching the best team on the planet train. (via FCBarcelona.cat)