Futbol Club Barcelona, also known as Barça, is a Spanish football club from Catalonia. It has historically been one of Europe's absolute top teams and remain so today.
The club was founded by a group of Swiss, English and Catalan men in 1899, and were one of the founding teams of La Liga in 1928. Along with Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao, they have never been relegated from La Liga.
The club motto is mes que un club, which means more than a club, and if any of Europe's top team deserves that motto it is FC Barcelona.
In more than 100 years of existence, FC Barcelona has had 12 different versions of his logo. All of them feature the Catalan flag, the English flag, and the Blaugrana (Red and Blue) stripes. The changes only affected the design and shape of the crest. One can note that during the rule of Franco, from 1939 up until 1974, the initials FCB, catalan for Futbol Club Barcelona, were changed to CFB, Spanish for Club de Futbol Barcelona.
The official anthem was commissioned in 1974 to celebrate the club's 75th anniversary. It is known as the "Cant del Barça" and was written by Jaume Picas and Josep Maria Espinàs
Tot el camp És un clam
More on the FC Barcelona anthem : translation and live videos
FC Barcelona is the first Spanish team to win the treble : Spanish League, Champions League and Spanish Cup during the 2008-2009 season with their new coach Pep Guardiola, former FC Barcelona captain in the 90's. That very same year, Barça became the first football club to complete the sextuple by winning 6 out of 6 competitions in a single year, comprising the aforementioned treble as well as the Spanish Super Cup (Matchup against La Liga Champion an Spanish Cup Winner), UEFA Super Cup (Matchup against Champions League winner and Europa League winner) and the FIFA Club World Cup (Mini-tournament between the 4 continental champions), in which they beat Estudiantes La Plata (Argentina).
Guardiola left the club after 4 glorious seasons as head coach. He was replaced by former assistant coach Tito Vilanova for the 2012/13 season, in which they clinched their 22nd domestic title and fell in the Champions League semi final against Bayern Munich, who subsequently went on to win the trophy against fellow German team Borussia Dortmund.
Even before the end of the 2012/13 season, the blaugrana signed the Brazilian superstar Neymar to a 5 year deal. The young Brazilian from Santos will start playing with his new team for the 2013/14 season, and his association with Leo Messi, arguably the best football player in activity, could be the most fantastic attacking duo in football history. The 2 superstars will be backed up by no others than Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol, Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, and Cesc Fabregas.
Unlike all other major football teams, FC Barcelona did not use to have a commercial sponsorship on their shirts. For the 2006/2007 season, they reached a five year agreement with UNICEF under which they donate almost €1.5 million per year via the FC Barcelona Foundation, and thereby rejecting substantial amounts of money from potential sponsors.
FC Barcelona ended their refusal of corporate sponsorship at the start of the 2011–12 season, with Sandro Rosell, FC Barcelona president, signing a 5-year deal with Qatar Sports Investments (€30m/year), to have Qatar foundation has the main sponsor on the shirt, relegating the Unicef at the back of the shirt, below the Jersey number.
From the 2013/14 season onwards, Qatar foundation will be replaced by Qatar Airways as the main shirt sponsors.
The club has other sponsorship agreements with companies like Nike, Coca-Cola, TV3, Audi, Estrella Damm and Telefonica.
The Camp Nou, also known as the Nou Camp, was built between 1954 and 1957. It is the largest football stadium in Europe (ahead of Wembley stadium) with a current capacity of nearly 99,000 seats. (The Camp Nou has a maximum capacity of 121,749 seats during the 1982 World cup in Spain). Some may argue that it lacks atmosphere when Barca plays less well known clubs... But when it is full, the atmosphere is absolutely electric, and you are guaranteed an incredible football evening.
Address: Av. Arístides Maillol, s/n
Metro: L3 Les Corts / L5 Collblanc
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We had a fantastic night at the Camp Nou. My 7 year old daughter said it was the best part of our trip to Barcelona. The atmosphere in the stadium was electric and the Barca supporters were fanatical, we have never seen anything like it before. Thank you for the magnificant experience that is Barca and Camp Nou.
Tom Power - 2011/04/10