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Edmílson during the tournament's inauguration. GERMAN PARGA / FCB

Former FC Barcelona player Edmilson appeared at the fifth International FCBEscola Tournament to lend his words of wisdom to the youngsters in attendance.

The Brazilian, who won the Champions League in 2006 with the club, took time to speak at the tournament in which over 1,200 children from 19 countries are participating.

“I’m very moved,” said Edmilson. “Watching these kids takes me back to when I was ten years old, playing in Taquaritinga, a small town in Sao Paulo, when we went to play our first tournament in San Carlos. The neighbouring town was just 40 minutes away but it was a fantastic experience because the tournament went on for a wekk and I learned a lot and made good friends.”

The ambassador of the FCBEscola has been the centre of attention, being stopped by children and adults alike for photos and autographs.

“The first day has been very positive. It is with pride that I am here with the children who are able to train following the best philosophy in the world,” said Edmilson.

Barça’s philosophy

Edmilson has been lending his advice to the youngstersat the international tournament: "I have told them to always listen to their coach, to follow their instructions. A successful philosophy is based on attacking football where possession of the ball is key.

“It is a unique tournament. An impressive multicultural event,” the Brazilian concluded.

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