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Laporta wants to change the name of the Barcelona B team

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The new Barça president is starting to make multiple decisions in only his first days back in charge of the club. One of the resolutions is bringing back the name “Barça Atlètic” for Barcelona B, reports Mundo Deportivo. Back in his first presidency (2003-2010), Joan Laporta gave this name to the team but as soon as the new executive board led by Sandro Rosell came in, they changed it to the actual name.

Specifically, Laporta decided to change the name back in 2008. The name had been “Barça B” since 1990. However, historically, the name Barça Atlètic has been officially used for more years, as the second team was created with this name back in 1970 when joining with other teams (CD Condal and Atlético Cataluña) to create the Blaugrana’s youth team.

It is clear that not only does the new president prefer this name, but also he might want to take any decision to dissociate his management from anything that happened during the last decade, during the “Barto-Rosellisme” (the two former presidents) era.

Currently, Barcelona B is playing in Segunda División B, the third tier in Spanish football. They are in the third position of their group (just Catalan teams), three points behind the leader, Gimnàstic de Tarragona. The García Pimienta’s players are seeking the classification to the next round of the competition to keep fighting to promote themselves to Segunda División.

The team is currently full of really interesting young prospects, such as Álex Collado, Konrad de la Fuente, Jandro Orellana, or Ilaix Moriba himself, who scored his first pro goal with the first team in the away win against Osasuna on Saturday.

This year, Barça B has provided many key players for Ronald Koeman’s lineups. Besides Ansu Fati (18 years old), who had already been promoted last season, Ronald Araujo, Oscar Mingueza, and Ilaix Moriba, started the season playing with the youngsters but were quickly promoted to the first team while getting a lot of playing minutes, regardless of the competitiveness in some of their positions.

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