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'Iniesta generation' owe their lives to night of Real passion

Published 30/01/2010 | 05:00

BARCELONA may be famous as a hotbed of footballing passion and it seems that the club's fans have really taken that to heart.

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Cast your mind back to the first week in May of 2009 and you may recall just what a huge week it was for the Catalans. On Saturday, May 2, Pep Guardiola's side went to the home of their biggest rivals and humiliated Real Madrid 6-2 in an astonishing display of power and skill.

Four days later, Barca shattered Chelsea hearts when Andres Iniesta's stunning injury-time goal sent them through to the Champions League final against Manchester United.

It was a time to party for Barcelona fans and it seems that's exactly what they did. A survey in the Catalan capital has revealed that birth rates are currently experiencing a 45pc increase. And, funnily enough, it's around nine months since those two games took place.

"When we notice some sort of surge we look for the reason and it's evident that the cause of the increase this week is the euphoria of Barca fans thanks to the huge win over Madrid and Iniesta's goal," said Mercedes Rodriguez from Barcelona's Quiron Clinic.

The surge in the birth rate has actually left hospitals struggling to find enough maternity beds for what is now known as the 'Iniesta Generation'.

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