FC Barcelona. Barcelona Fooball Club Information - read about the Barça, one of the most famous football soccer teams in the Spanish league.
Barcelona Football Club operates a number of sports teams in Barcelona, Catalonia. Its slogan is Barça is more than a club, which is inspired by the club's pivotal social and political role in Spain. The club's stadium is Camp Nou. It can host the biggest number of spectators out of all stadiums in Europe with 98 800 seats in total. Its official name is Nou Estadi del Futbol Club Barcelona. Barcelona are the legendary champions of Europe and Spain alike. The team's home colors are maroon and blue, and their away colors are yellow and black.
Naturally, Barcelona FC is most famous for its La Liga (the professional soccer league in Spain) team. It is also well known for the Barcelona B, its reserve soccer team. The club also incorporates four other pro sports teams - it has expanded into roller hockey, handball, basketball and indoor football (futsal). These teams wear the same colors and are subsidized by the soccer section. Among them are FC Barcelona - Cifec and Winterthur FCB. The club also includes several excellent amateur sports teams competing at wheelchair basketball, women's basketball, women's soccer, and rugby.
Football Club Barcelona was founded in 1899 by Hans Kamper who would later change his name to the Catalonian Joan Gamper. He was a Swiss-born expatriate and selected maroon and blue as the official team colors because they were the colors a previous team he founded: FC BASEL.
At first the club only had 11 players. In the years after its founding it quickly acquired a great reputation on the Spanish soccer scene. The team took part in the first Copa del Rey and the first Catalan Championship.
Joan Gamper became club president in 1908. He spent 25 years at the fore, having been appointed to this position various times in the club's history. The club received its own stadium during his tenure, which was his main achievement as president. Barcelona had over 10 000 members by 1922. Gamper signed legendary players like Josep Samitier and Ricardo Zamora. These players helped win the first Professional League championship in 1929.
Prior to 2005 Barca refused to feature sponsorship logos on team uniforms. The team colors are believed to represent Catalonia and logos were considered intrusive. In 2005 the team began to wear the logo of Catalonia TV. Recently the players have worn a symbol of the Catalan flag on their shorts, reinforcing the associations of the club with Catalonia.
The club's rivalry with Real Madrid goes back a long way. This is hardly surprsing, as hard feelings often develop between the two best teams in a national league. Ever since the beginning the clubs were believed to represent the two rival Spanish cities, Castile and Catalonia. The antagonism reached a new level during the despotic regime of Franco. Real Madrid was regarded as the regime team, while Barcelona was considered the opposition team.
2005 was a spectacular year for Barca, with an influx of new and talented soccer players like Deco, Eto'o, Giuly, and of course Ronaldinho, who was voted Footballer of the Year. The team also boasts a group of experienced professionals, such as Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Rafael Márquez, and Henrik Larsson. Due to their combined efforts Barca won the Professional League competition and the Supercup of Spain in 2005. 2006 has also started on a high note for the team. Barca won the UEFA Champions League on May 17, 2006. This is their second UEFA championship victory in history (the other was in 1992). On May 3, 2006, Barcelona won their 18th La Liga title. They emerged as the reigning champions of Spain.
From 2009 to 2013, under the leadership of former player Josep (Pep) Guardioala, Barça became the team of reference for soccer around the world known for their Tiki-Taka style of play. This style is defined by the importance given to ball handling and possession. Barcelona was able to evolve this style of play to new extremes thanks to coaching abilities of Guardiola and the exceptional players he had at his disposal (Xavi, Iniesta, Messi…). Thanks to this convergence of craft, ability and hunger to win, Barcelona won a total of 14 trophies winning both Spanish and European Super Cups, the World Club Championship and the Spanish King's Cup. Under Guardiola, Barcelona won the league championship four out of his five years there.
Since Guardiola's departure, the team has been struggling with tragedy and instability to reinvent itself. Guardiola's handpicked successor, Tito Vilanova led the team to an incredible season and another league title. Unfortunately, Tito had to leave the team due to illness. (He would later pass away 2014 due to the same illness) This blow was difficult for the team to assimilate and they brought on Argentine, Gerardo "Tata" Marino for the '13-'14 season. Unable to find a defining style of play and clinging to the remains of the Tiki-Taka style used by the team earlier, the team remarkable remained in the hunt for the league championship until the final game.
Today, the team is under the leadership of another former player, Luis Enrique, who is trying to recapture the spirit and quality that their recent past. Given the rich history of this team, it shouldn't be surprising to see this team fighting for more trophies in the coming years.