“Més que un club”
In English “More than a club” is the main and most representative slogan of the well-known Barcelona Football Club. We have all heard about this incomparable club, but how much do you know about it?
Here in this post, you will find varied and interesting information about one of the most important phenomena in football history.
What is Futbol Club Barcelona?
Futbol Club Barcelona, popularly known as Barça or FCB, is a multi-sport entity based in Barcelona city, Spain. It was founded as a soccer club on November 29, 1899, and officially registered on January 5, 1903.
FCB is one of the most successful institutions in the world, with a total of one hundred and twenty-eight official regional, national and international titles in its more than one hundred and ten years of history, making it the “Spanish club with the most official titles”. Among them, five Champion League, five UEFA Super Cups, four European Cup Winners’ Cups, three Fairs Cups, two Latin Cups, and three Club World Cups stand out for their importance.
FCB holds the record of trophies with seventy-four in national competitions, broken down between twenty-six Leagues, thirty Spanish Cups, seventeen Spanish Super Cups, and two League Cups. In terms of titles in his autonomous community, he has won twenty-three Catalan Championships, seven Catalan Cups, and two Catalan Supercups.
According to IFFHS statistics, Barcelona F. C. is the best European and world soccer team of the first decade of the century and leads the global ranking of the century with 5228. The soccer team has also been on the FIFA World Player (19) and Ballon d’Or (34) podiums the most times.
With the title achieved in the final of the UEFA Women’s Champions League 2020-21, it is the first Spanish and European club to be a continental champion in the men’s and women’s league, an achievement never seen before in Europe, and from May 30, 2021, the first club with male (2) and female (1) hat-tricks.
Its two historic rivals are Real Madrid, against whom it plays “El Clasico”, and Real Club Deportivo Espanyol, against whom it plays the “Barcelona derby”, the former being one of the most rivalrous and interesting matches in world soccer.
The FCB Stadium: The Camp Nou
The F.C. Barcelona stadium is the Camp Nou, owned by the club itself. Inaugurated in 1957, it has a capacity of 99,354 spectators, all seated, making it the largest stadium in Spain and Europe. It is one of the four stadiums in Spain classified as a “Five Star Stadium” by UEFA, which qualifies it to host Champions League, European Super Cup, and UEFA Cup finals, as it has done on 15 occasions.
The stadium is located in the Les Corts district in the city of Barcelona, next to other club facilities, such as the Mini Estadi (Barcelona B’s stadium) and the Palau Blaugrana, the basketball team’s home ground. In the Camp Nou facilities is the F. C. Barcelona Museum, the most visited museum in Catalonia.
Joan Laporta i Estruch is the current president of the famous football team. Laporta was the only candidate who had already been president of FC Barcelona between 2003 and 2010 and now, eleven years later, he is back to lead the Club.
I leave here where is the stadium Camp Nou so you won’t get lost trying to get there.
The FCB team
The current squad of players of this club consists of Frenkiede Jong (Midfielder), Marc-André ter Stegen (Goalkeeper), Konrad de la Fuente (Forward), Memphis Depay (Forward), Gerard Piqué (Defense), Ousmane Dembélé (Forward), Francisco Trincão (Forward), Samuel Umtiti (Defense), Ansu Fati (Forward), Miralem Pjanić (Midfielder), Sergio Agüero (Forward), Norberto Murara (Goalkeeper), Sergi Roberto (Defense), Ronald Araújo (Defense), Philippe Coutinho (Midfielder), Carles Aleñá (Midfielder), Matheus Fernandes (Midfielder), Martin Braithwaite (Forward), Antoine Griezmann (Forward), Iñaki Peña (Goalkeeper), Emerson (Defense), Pedri (Forward), Clément Lenglet (Defense), Riqui Puig (Midfielder), Jordi Alba (Defense), Sergio Busquets (Midfielder), Sergiño Dest (Defense). This Month the world wide know the best player Lionel Messi left the team, but he made a huge impact on FCB, so we’ll talk about him either way.
Lionel Messi, a legend
The best-known player of this FC was Leo Messi, often considered the best player in the world and one of the best of all times, he is the only footballer in history to have won, among other distinctions, the Ballon d’Or six times (two Ballon d’Or and four FIFA Ballon d’Or); in addition to receiving six Golden Boots, a FIFA World Player, and a FIFA The Best. In 2020, he became the first footballer to receive a Laureus Award.
With FCB, he has won 35 titles, including 10 in La Liga and 4 in UEFA Champions League, as well as seven Copa del Rey titles.
A prolific goalscorer, he holds, among others, the records for most goals in a season, in a calendar year, and in the same club; top scorer of La Liga, the Spanish Super Cup, the European Super Cup, and non-European player with the most goals in the UEFA Champions League, as well as top scorer for FCB and the Argentine national team. He is the player with the most assists in official matches since records began.
With all this knowledge, you can now declare yourself a true “barcelonista”, I hope you have enjoyed this article about this magnificent club located in Barcelona city.
In case you don´t know what to do after you visit el Camp Nou, I’ll leave you here an amazing guide on What to do in Barcelona accordingly on how many days you’re staying.
See you in my next post.