Two simple tests on Sunday evening, with final applause
The tradition of practical jokes on new players coming to FC Barcelona squad has not been lost with time. The last to arrive have been Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal. After two weeks of calm finally they 'suffered' on Sunday evening (local time) after dinner in Washington, according to media in the North American tour.
Arda Turan had to stand up on a chair for everyone to see him and talk for a minute in Spanish explaining the feelings of the early days at the club. The big problem for him was that he hardly speaks this language. Many had difficulties in understanding him, but it all ended in applause for the new Barcelona player.
Aleix Vidal had to do something similar. He was asked to tell a funny story, also standing on a chair. The Catalan, in an Andalusian accent learned during his time at Sevilla and Almeria, told a joke about Chinese people. The mates also applauded him.
The jokes in the past, with more bad mood
These jokes are fairly low level remembering past episodes of jokes in the dressing room. For example, a some curious gifts: The Catalan pro-independence Oleguer Presas was given the biography of the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco; Rafa Marquez was given a CD of the singer Alejandro Sanz, as his partner was the musician's former girlfriend; they gave Thuram a rod, meaning he was in a retiring age, or even a black sheep appeared in the dressing room after Edmilson statements saying there was a "black sheep" in the squad.