Youth Round-Up: Growing up in Silence

Youth Round-Up: Growing up in Silence

The following is a translation of an article originally written in Catalan by Albert Fibla for “El 9 Esportiu”. The article, titled Ceixer en Silenci, was published this past Saturday and centers around FC Barcelona youth player, Robert Costa (17), currently captain of Barça’s Juvenil B side. Enjoy…

This is another case of a player from the youth teams whom we don’t discuss a lot, but who is having a great season and is flying high.

He started playing as a midfielder, arriving at the center of the midfield later, but he has given his best as a center back.

From the old La Masia, near Camp Nou, he now lives at the new residence (the new La Masia).

Robert Costa is walking with firm steps, bit by bit, making himself day by day a better footballer for the Juvenil B side. The aim is in his name, which may not seem to you to be one that resounds when talking about the future stars from the blaugrana youth teams. He is a center back of good physical build, 1.83 meters tall and weighing 81 kilos at only 17 years of age, he passes the ball from the back, as if he’s a general commanding, he solves any problems presented to him using great vision, he has good aerial play and great wide displacement [of the ball], he is much like Pique and Puyol and he is, without making any noise, earning a future in professional football.

He was born in Girona, on the 6th of June 1994, started kicking the ball at the young age of 4 years, at the Penya Bons Aires of his city. Later, he played a couple of years at Quart and two more years with the the Alevin teams of Girona FC. At the beginning he played in midfield and up until his last season before signing for FC Barcelona, he was playing as a center [defensive] midfielder. He was also called up for the Catalan national Alevin team. 

Captain

In 2006, he arrived at La Masia, specifically to the Infantil teams. During his first two years at Barça he spent his time commuting from Girona, sharing his taxi with current Barça B star Gerard Deulofeu and current Juvenil A attacker Cristian Herrera. Yet ever since his Juvenil days, he has lived in Barcelona, at La Masia. He had the luck to live at the old La Masia during its last year of service, near Camp Nou, and he also has the luck to now live at the Oriol Tort Residence (known as the new La Masia) at the Ciutat Esportiva in Sant Joan Despi.

His first coach at Can Barça, when he played in the Infantil B team, was Sergi Domenech. He was the first one to play Costa as a center back, owing to the injury of his team mate who usually occupied that position. Ever since then, he has never left that position. Next, he passed three consecutive years under Fran Sanchez’s orders, with whom he learned many things, especially on the tactical side of play.

His next coach was Sergi Barjuan, Barça’s former Dream Team player, in the Juvenil B team. Barjuan showed and taught him how to play without haste, and how to slow the game. Currently, he is working with Xavier Garcia Pimienta, who, in addition to other things, gave him the difficult and great responsibility of holding the captain’s armband.

Robert Costa matures and grows up in silence,  surrounded by friends, in a team of great quality, in which the good atmosphere he breathes is distinct. The FC Barcelona Juvenil B captain, leader of the seventh group of his category’s national league, has played as a starter in 24 games out of the 27 they have played up to now. He has seen 4 yellow cards and has scored four goals as well. He is especially happy with what he has accomplished on December 17th earlier this season, at Can Peixauet against Gramenet, scoring a goal with a spectacular shot from goal-to-goal, leaving everyone in silence.

His Numbers:

6 years at the club.

4 goals scored this season.

24 games as a starter.

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