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Barcelona youth team's sportsmanship rewarded with Laureus Award

One of Barcelona's youth teams have been rewarded for their sportsmanship with the Laureus Award for the Best Sporting Moment of the Year.

Barca's Infantil B team went viral last August for their actions following a 1-0 win in the final of the World Challenge Cup in Japan against Omya.

After the final whistle sounded, rather than celebrating their own success, the young Catalan team took the time to personally console their weeping opponents individually.

Sergi Mila, who coaches the team that are now in the under-14 age group, collected the award from Laureus ambassador and former Barca defender Carles Puyol at an event in Monaco this week.

It is the third time Barca have been recognised at the Laureus World Sports Awards, which honour remarkable individuals and teams from the world of sport along with the greatest sporting achievements throughout the year.

In 2007 they won the Spirit of Sport award in recognition of their agreement with UNICEF and in 2012 they were named Team of the Year after winning La Liga, the Champions League, Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup and Club World Cup.

Premier League champions Leicester City were recognised at this year's awards in Monaco for their stunning title win last season with the Spirit of Sport award.

Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @SamuelMarsden.


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