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Ivan Rakitić's visit to Des Moines

Rakitić (left, standing next to the Menace Academy's Tomas Boltnar) was with us on June 16-17 at Aliber Soccer Complex. In partnership with Elite Soccer Experiences, the Menace hosted the Barca midfielder. Photos by Joe Sprunger


It’s not every day that an FC Barcelona player visits the United States, much less Iowa.

Thanks to presenting sponsor Oberto Brands, though, Ivan Rakitić was with the Des Moines Menace last weekend.


Here are some of our favorite photos from our time with Ivan.


More than 70 youth were part of Ivan's soccer camp. Some of them weren’t afraid to attack the pro head on…



 But in the end, it was high-fives all around.


Except for KCCI’s Scott Reister. Ivan wasn’t afraid to show off his skills in front of the reporter. Check out this video:



And, he signed so many autographs for campers, we lost count!


Our guest posed for this photo with the Menace on Saturday, right before the start of our Premier Development League match with Thunder Bay.


After a signing autographs and posing for photos with more than 150 fans who were part of a V.I.P. experience, Ivan joined the halftime festivities at Valley Stadium. He even helped Menace staffer Brad Coston (left) run the Chuck-for-a-Buck promotion.


At the Menace's 1-0 win on Saturday, Ivan spent some time with Menace owner Kyle Krause on the sideline. 


What a weekend in Des Moines. Thanks to all who joined Ivan and the Menace, and thanks to our sponsors:

Oberto Brands, Kum & Go, Powerade, Soccer Master and Jaguar of Des Moines.


Story posted June 21, 2017



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