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Top Questions

Who founded FC Barcelona?

FC Barcelona was formed in 1899 by businessman Joan Gamper, who advertised for players in a local Barcelona sports magazine.

What is the game between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid called?

The games between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are referred to as El Clásico (“The Classic”). The match attracts major interest throughout Spain, in large part because the two sides symbolize for many the differences between Catalonian (Barcelona) and Castilian (Real Madrid) Spain.

What does the FC stand for in FC Barcelona?

FC Barcelona in full is Fútbol Club Barcelona. It is also called Barça.

Who is FC Barcelona’s biggest rival?

FC Barcelona’s biggest rival in Spain is Real Madrid.

What is the name of FC Barcelona’s home stadium?

FC Barcelona played its home matches from 1922 to 1957 at the Camp de Les Corts. After the increasingly popular club outgrew that facility, a giant new stadium, Camp Nou, was built in the western part of the city and opened in 1957.

FC Barcelona, in full Fútbol Club Barcelona, also called Barça, Spanish professional football (soccer) club located in Barcelona. FC Barcelona is renowned for its historically skillful and attractive brand of attacking football that places an emphasis on flowing, open play. The team is part of a wider sports and social club with thousands of members.

FC Barcelona was formed in 1899 by businessman Joan Gamper, who advertised for players in a local Barcelona sports magazine. The club’s first trophy was the Copa Macaya (Catalan championship) in 1902, and in 1910 “Barça” won the Copa del Rey (“King’s Cup”)—Spain’s leading national football cup competition—for the first time. In total, Barcelona has won 30 Copas del Rey, more than any other team.

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La Liga, the top Spanish football league, was formed in 1929, and Barcelona captured the title in the league’s inaugural season. The club has won La Liga 26 times and has never been relegated to a lower division. Abroad, Barcelona has won the European Cup Winners’ Cup four times (1979, 1982, 1989, and 1997), the European Cup/Champions League five times (1992, 2006, 2009, 2011, and 2015), and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Super Cup three times (1992, 1997, and 2009). In 2008–09 it won the La Liga championship, the Copa del Rey, and the continental championship (Champions League) to become the first Spanish side to capture this “treble,” a feat it repeated in 2014–15.

Barcelona played its home matches from 1922 to 1957 at the Camp de Les Corts. After the increasingly popular club outgrew that facility, a giant new stadium, Camp Nou, was built in the western part of the city and opened in 1957. A stadium-record 120,000 fans watched the 1986 European Cup quarterfinal between Barcelona and Juventus.

Barcelona’s local adversary is RCD Espanyol, but its biggest rival in Spain is Real Madrid. Games between the two teams are referred to as El Clásico (“The Classic”) and attract major interest throughout Spain, in large part because the two sides symbolize for many the ongoing political and cultural difficulties between Catalonian (Barcelona) and Castilian (Real Madrid) Spain. In addition to a long history of signing some of the football world’s biggest names—including Johan Cruyff in the 1970s, Diego Maradona in 1980s, Luis Figo and Rivaldo in the 1990s, and Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto’o in the 2000s—Barcelona also has developed a number of its own stars, such as Xavi and Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (a football prodigy who at age 24 became the club’s all-time leading goal scorer). Many of the club’s players have contributed to the Spanish national team’s greatest successes, including capturing the 2008 and 2012 European Championships and the 2010 World Cup. In the 2010 World Cup final, for example, 7 of Spain’s 11 starters were from Barça.

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FC Barcelona – history of the football club

Even before they changed the football landscape by inventing the tiki-taka style of play, FC Barcelona have been known for their likable and highly watchable brand of football that always seemed to produce results. During their long and immensely successful history, they have won tons of La Liga titles as well as Copa del Rey trophies, to which can be added Champions Leagues and Cup Winners’ Cups. As one of the richest and most popular clubs in the world, they can afford to be owned and financed exclusively by their own supporters. Since its inception, Barcelona has been a major symbol of Catalonia and its culture, as evidenced by its motto, which says “More than a club” (Més que un club).

Basic facts

Founded: 1899
Country: Spain
City: Barcelona

Home grounds

Carretera d’Horta grounds (1905–1909)
Carrer de Muntaner grounds (1901–1905)
Camp del Carrer Indústria (1909–1922)
Camp de Les Corts (1922–1957)
Camp Nou (1957–)

Main trophies

La Liga: 26
Copa del Rey: 30
European Cup/Champions League: 5
UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup: 4

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La Liga: 1928–29, 1944–45, 1947–48, 1948–49, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1973–74, 1984–85, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2017–18
Copa del Rey: 1909–10, 1911–12, 1912–13, 1919–20, 1921–22, 1924–25, 1925–26, 1927–28, 1941–42, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1956–57, 1958–59, 1962–63, 1967–68, 1970–71, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2008–09, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19
European Cup: 1991–92
UEFA Champions League: 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2014–15
UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup: 1978–79, 1981–82, 1988–89, 1996–97

Prominent players

Josep Samitier, Paulino Alcántara, Antoni Ramallets, László Kubala, Luis Suárez Miramontes, Johan Cruyff, Bernd Schuster, Andoni Zubizarreta, Diego Maradona, José Mari Bakero, Julio Salinas, Luis Enrique, Gary Lineker, Hristo Stoichkov, Michael Laudrup, Ronald Koeman, Gheorghe Hagi, Luís Figo, Romário, Deco, Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Patrick Kluivert, Ronaldinho, Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Gerard Piqué, Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez

Club records

Most games played: Xavi (767)
Top goalscorer: Lionel Messi (474)

Team shot of FC Barcelona in 1903.

In 1899, football pioneer Joan Gamper decided he wanted to form a football club. After eleven other enthusiasts responded to his newspaper advert, the dream became a reality and Barcelona was born.

The new club started off its journey successfully enough; after losing to Bizcaya in the final of the inaugural Copa del Rey in 1902, Barcelona bounced back in style by winning the competition eight times between then and 1928 (they were also doing well in the regional Campionat de Catalunya).

The first golden era and the sudden end of it

The club’s first golden era take place during the 1920s. The club dominated Campionat de Catalunya and the Copa del Rey with Paulino Alcántara as the first big goalscorer.

In 1929 Barca clinched the inaugural La Liga before entering a period of decline due to the ongoing political conflicts in the country, which eventually grew so large that they resulted in the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War and the beginning of Franco’s regime.

Gamper’s time in Barcelona ended abruptly after he was deported from Spain because of political reasons. A few years later he committed suicide. Josep Sunyol had become the new director of FC Barcelona. He was a left-wing politician and this would finally lead to his death, he was executed by the Francoist regime in 1938.

FC Barcelona in 1953.

While life under Franco was proving arduous from a political point of view (the club was in fact forced to change its name to the less Catalanian and Anglian sounding Barcelona Club de Futbol and the Catalan colors were removed from the crest), the next two decades were reasonably successful for the club. In the period from 1942 to 1957, Barcelona claimed five La Liga titles and five Copa del Rey trophies. Following their move to the newly built Camp Nou, the club’s officials decided to turn a new leaf and appoint Helenio Herrera as the new manager. Under Herrera’s guidance – and with a Ballon d’Or winner Luis Suárez (not the Uruguayan footballer) as the team’s leader on the field – Barcelona won two consecutive La Ligas and one Copa del Rey in the next three years.

The worst decade

Even though Barcelona made the history books by becoming the first team to defeat Real Madrid in the European Cup, the 60s as a whole were largely a disappointing time for the club’s supporters. With Di Stéfano in his prime, Real Madrid was simply too strong of an opponent and Barcelona, without the former star Kubala, had to settle with two Copa del Rey trophies for the decade. Ironically, this would prove to be a common theme in the coming years.

In 1973 the Dutch star Johan Cruyff joined the club and was one of the reasons that the team managed to claim a La Liga title in 1974, the first in ten years. The waiting for the next league victory would again hang over ten years until the team with Terry Venables as manager could win another one. This era wasn’t all doom and gloom for Barcelona, though, and the trophy collection would continue to increase rapidly since Barça were far more successful in the cup competitions. During this period, Barcelona won four Copa del Reys and two Cup Winners’ Cups.

FC Barcelona in 1978.


The Cruyff influence

In 1979, Cruyff came up with the idea of founding a football academy that would function on the same principles as the celebrated Ajax Youth Academy. His proposal was eventually accepted, and an old country building named La Masia was converted into the Academy headquarters. In the years that followed, La Masia became the most revered football academy in the entire world, known as much for its immaculate top-down organization as for the many players who passed through it and became stars. The list of La Masia-bred youngsters includes Josep “Pep” Guardiola, Cesc Fàbregas, Gerard Piqué and Lionel Messi.

The year of 1988 is notable for Cruyff’s return to Barcelona, this time in a position of manager. He immediately showcased his eye for talent by assembling a so-called “Dream Team,” combining home-grown players such as Josep “Pep” Guardiola and Txiki Begiristain with international stars like Michael Laudrup, Romário and Hristo Stoichkov. Perhaps even more importantly, the football philosophy Cruyff brought with himself to the club served as a stepping stone to what would later become the tiki-taka system. Under Cruyff, Barcelona claimed four consecutive La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey trophies, one Cup Winners’ Cup, as well as their first European Cup trophy.

In addition to all his accomplishments while at Barcelona, Cruyff opened the club’s door for other celebrated Dutch internationals. Barcelona’s “Dutch connection” was at its most prominent during the 90s and early 00s, with Ronald Koeman, Patrick Kluivert and Giovanni van Bronckhorst in particular leaving a big mark at the club. The Dutch influence did not end with their players, either; shortly after Cruyff’s departure from the club in 1996, Louis van Gaal took over as manager and continued a streak of good results by leading Barcelona to two La Ligas, two Copa del Reys and one Cup Winners’ Cup, all before the turn of the century.

The imposing Camp Nou stadium.

A new era of domination

Losing Luís Figo – one of the club’s heroes up until that point – to Real Madrid’s “Los Galacticos” in 2000 proved to be a tough blow for Barça and their ambitions. The early 00s saw many changes in the club’s personnel, but things didn’t turn for the better until the arrival of another Dutchman in 2005 – Frank Rijkaard. Much like his compatriots Cruyff and Van Gaal before him, Rijkaard went on to form a star-studded team by combining expensive international signings such as Ronaldinho with a base of upcoming Spanish players like Carles Puyol, Xavi and Andrés Iniesta. With Rijkaard in charge, Barcelona won two La Ligas and one Champions League.

In 2008, Pep Guardiola took over as the club’s manager, having previously coached Barcelona’s B Team. Being a product of La Masia himself, Guardiola fully understood the importance of the Academy and the possibilities it holds. His coaching methods focused primarily on the now-famous tiki-taka, a style of play combined Cruyff’s penchant for quick passing and constant movement with maintaining possession at all costs. In addition to that, this tactic favored zonal marking over the traditional, formation-based system. Soon enough, tiki-taka turned into a conceptual revolution in its own right, leaving Barcelona in a great position to profit off it.

During his four years at the helm, Guardiola turned Barcelona into the most dominant club in the world. Led by La Masia’s newest wunderkind, Lionel Messi, Barcelona went on to decimate any opposition in their path, winning three La Ligas, two Copa del Reys and two Champions Leagues from 2008 to 2012. Even after Guardiola’s departure, Barcelona would stick to the successful formula; in the years that followed, they claimed an additional two La Ligas, one Copa del Rey and the 2015 Champions League.

Sponsor controversy

Barcelona’s blaugrana shirt was under a long time free from any sponsor logotypes (the exception was UNICEF, which wasn’t a typical sponsor deal). But in 2010 a deal with the Qatar Foundation that would generate €30 million (for a contract between 2011 and 2015) was apparently too much to say no to. By many reasons this was controversially decisions. In addition to the fact that the T-shirt no longer was “clean” (the UNICEF logotype had been there for some years, but it was a completely different thing), it was a deal with a company from a country with a dictator regime. Even though the members (FC Barcelona is owned by its own members) said yes, many Barça fans have been doubtful to the deal.

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The current crest of FC Barcelona was designed in 1910, until then a diamond shaped crest had been used. The former logo had a crown above the shield analogues to the present logo of Real Madrid. The crest from 1910 was in fact design by a former player, Carles Comamala. Although Comamala’s crest has been modified several times over the years, it is still very alike the first version. The upper left white and blue flag is actually England’s and the reason is that England and Catalonia have the same patron saint. The yellow and red flag in the upper right is the Catalonian. The initials have shifted from FCB. to CFB. and back to FCB. again, standing for Club de Futbol Barcelona and Football Club Barcelona, respectively.

FC Barcelona timeline

1899 The club is established.
1900 First season in the Campionat de Catalunya (Catalan football championship).
1902 Winning the first club title (Copa Macaya).
1902 Reaching the final in the first Copa del Rey.
1905 Winning the Campionat de Catalunya for the first time.
1910 Winning their first Copa del Rey trophy.
1923 The club move to the Les Corts stadium.
1929 Winning the Primera División in its first season.
1957 Camp Nou opens with a capacity of 93 000 spectators.
1973 Johan Cruyff joins the club (will later be appointed as manager).
1979 La Masia, the club’s youth academy, is founded.
1979 First European Cup Winners’ Cup title.
1982 Diego Maradona is transferred from Boca Juniors.
1992 First European Cup title.
1993 First Champions League participation.
2004 Lionel Messi makes his debut in the first team.
2006 First Champions League title.
2013 Become the second club to collect 100 points during a season in Primera División.
2021 Lionel Messi is sold due to financial problems.

Records and statistics

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The history of the team “Barcelona”.

Team history

Football club “Barcelona” in common parlance – “Bars” is stationed in the city of the same name. Founded in 1899 by a group of Swiss, British, Spanish and Catalan players led by Joan Gamper. The club has become one of the symbols of Catalonia, hence the phrase – El Barca es mes que un club (“Barca” is more than just a club).

October 22, 1899 in the Barcelona newspaper “Los Deportes” there was a note about the creation of a football club. It was posted by the Swiss Hans (Joan) Gamper, a 21-year-old accountant. 11 people responded to the ad: Walter Wilde, Lewis d’Osso, Bartolomeu Terradas, Otto Kunzle, Otto Mayer, Enric Ducal, Pere Cabot, Carles Puyol, Josep Llobet, John and William Parsons. At that time, football in the Pyrenees was played mainly by English miners who worked in the mines of Huelva. It was they who founded the first football club in Spain – Recreativo. But let’s get back to Barça. A week later, a meeting was held in the Gimnasio Sole gym, which resulted in the creation of a new football club. They called the team in English “Foot Ball Club Barcelona”, and not in the Spanish manner (it would be Barcelona Club de Futbol). Interestingly, earlier and irreconcilable rivals of the Catalans “Real Madrid” and “Athletic Bilbao” were also called in the English style. By the way, earlier Gamper had already organized a football team in his homeland with the marvelous name “Excelsior”. After he played in Basel and Zurich. Then fate threw him to Barcelona, ​​where at that time there was not a single football team. What Gamper, in fact, corrected …

Birthday “celebrated” on December 8 with a match against the city’s English diaspora – lost 0:1. The Catalans played with ten men – they failed to score more, as part of the founders played for the opposing team. Yes, Gamper became the captain of the newborn club. However, after the Christmas holidays, they won the rematch 2:1. At that time, the “blue garnet” shared the home arena with another club – “Catala” (“Catalan”), claiming to be the leader in the “newborn” Catalan football. And who plays at the stadium was decided very simply – whoever stood up first, that and slippers! Barça’s first trophy was a souvenir from Jose Canalejas, President of the Spanish Gymnastics Federation (!) They played two matches with their neighbors at the Blaugranas stadium – they won 3-1 in the first, 4-0 in the second (and two more players were kicked out of the field for “beating the muzzle of the face”). The losers were offended and refused to “Barcelona” in the co-lease of the ex-velodrome “Bonanova”.

The team began to wander around the city in search of a new arena. By the way, at that time the “blue garnet” were friends with the “Spanish Football Society” (later – “Espanyol” – they even had joint dinners. However, they “became friends” in 1906, when Espanyol disbanded, and most of its players moved to ” X, who controlled the Association of Catalan Clubs, and the referees often whistled in their favor. In 1909, Espanyol resurrected, merged with X, and inherited a feud with Barca – both on the field and in the stands.

So, the club became one of the leading clubs not only in Catalonia, but also in Spain, successfully playing both in the Catalan Championship and in the Spanish King’s Cup. In 1902 the team won its first trophy, the Macaya Cup, and played in the first final of the King’s Cup. In 1908, one of its founders and forward Joan (Joan, Hans) Gamper became the president of the club. The club was on the verge of collapse: after winning the Catalan Championship in 1905, nothing was won in a row for three years in a row, and the financial situation deteriorated sharply. Between 1899 to 1909 played at: Hotel Casanova, Orta and Muntaner. One of the main achievements of Gamper is the acquisition of his own stadium. On March 14, 1909, the team settled at the stadium “Carrer Industria” (8,000 spectators), then moved to the “Camp de Les Corts” (“Les Corts”), at first 22,000 seats, later – 60,000 seats. At the same time, a campaign began to increase the number of club members, and by 1922 their number exceeded 10,000. During the era of his presidency, the Catalans won 11 Catalan Championships, 6 Spanish Cups and 4 Pyrenean Cups, this was the first “golden age” of the club.

The club’s first own stadium was a small arena surrounded by wooden benches. There were no changing rooms (we changed clothes in a neighboring villa), instead of showers we poured water from a jug. However, it was at this stadium that the nickname of the team’s fans was born – “cules” (“culo” – ass). The answer is simple – at that time, passers-by often saw this particular part of the body of Barca fans … The middle of the 1920s marked the beginning of political conflicts that would shake the club for a long time. After the 14 June 1925 years of royalist march in honor of Orfeo Catala (Orfeo Catala) – a reaction against the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera, the stadium was closed for six months (then the period was reduced to 3 months), and Gamper was forced to step down as president. On July 30, 1930, during a period of depression caused by personal and financial troubles, he committed suicide.

The club entered a period of failure and faced a crisis on 3 fronts at once: financial, social (the number of club members was constantly decreasing) and sports (although the team consistently won the championships of Catalonia, but international success besides winning 1937 years in the Mediterranean League, was not). On August 6, 1936, Francoists arrested and killed the president of the club, Josep Sunol. A year later, the team held a tour of the United States and Mexico, from which half the team did not return. On March 16, 1938, the Nazis bombed the Barca social club. A few months later, the city was occupied by the Francoists, and the club, as a fetish of “unruly” Catalan nationalists, faced serious problems and its membership was reduced to 3,486 people. These are difficult times.

After the end of the Civil War, the Catalan language and flag were banned (fight against separatism). It also banned the use of non-Spanish names. In 1941, the name of the club changed to “Club de Futbol Barcelona”, with this name it lasted 33 years. The Catalan flag was removed from the coat of arms. Under the leadership of Josep (Jose) Samitier in 1945, for the first time in 16 years, Barça won the national championship. In 1948-1949, the team won the championship twice, and in 1949, it also won the Latin Cup. When he was the coach of Ferdinand (Fernando) Dauchik, with the great Ladislao Kubala – one of the best players in the world, at 1952, a kind of record was set: victory in the national championship and cup (then called Copa del Generalisimo), Latin Cup, Spanish Super Cup (Eva Duarte Cup) and Martini Rossi Cup. In 1953, they issued a double, winning the championship and the Spanish Cup. In 1957, the new Camp Nou stadium was built.

Victories also accompanied the new coach Helenio Herrera: a national double in 1959 (championship and cup), in 1960 – the second Fairs Cup and victory in the national championship. At 19In 1961, Barça became the first club to break Real Madrid’s monopoly in the European Cup. The original name “Football Club Barcelona” was returned to the team in 1974. In the 1973/74 season, the Dutch forward Johan Cruyff (Cruyff) became the leader of Barça, who transferred from Ajax. He became a favorite of the fans after refusing to move to Real Madrid, and also naming his son by the Catalan name Jordi (Jordi). In 1978, Josep Lewis Nunez became president. He sought to turn Barça into a world-leading club and bring back financial stability. At 19In 82, Maradona moved to the team from Boca Juniors for 3 million pounds. Cruyff took over as head coach in 1988. The following came to the club: Guardiola, Baquero, Begiristain, Goikoechea, Hadji, Koeman, Laudrup, Romario and Stoichkov, and the team in the early 90s, by analogy with the legendary US basketball team of those years, received the nickname “Dream Team”. The team played took all the offered trophies: championship, cups, Super Cups. But it all comes to an end, and the winning streak of the “blue garnet” ended in the final of the League season 1993/94 loss to Milan. During his time at the helm, Cruyff set 2 club coaching records: for the duration of his tenure and for the number of trophies won. In 1996, the coach left the team, and his departure marked the end of the “Dream Team” era.

Bobby Robson became head coach for one season, and Barça created a “cup hat-trick”: the Copa del Rey, the Spanish Super Cup and the Cup Winners’ Cup. Ronaldo moved from PSV, the sir himself was remembered by the phrase: “Catalonia is a country, and Barcelona is its army.” Robson was replaced by Louis van Gaal, with Figo, de Oliveira, Enrique Martinez and Rivaldo joining the team. At 19In 99, the club celebrated its centenary with a victory in the national championship, and Rivaldo was recognized as the best football player in Europe, becoming the fourth “pomegranate” to receive this trophy.
But relegation from the League at the 1/2 final stage fired the president and coach. Fan favorite Figo moved to Real Madrid (later, fans threw a pig’s head at him during one of the Clasicos at the Camp Nou). In 2000-2003, Joan Gaspart was president, with him the team achieved nothing, and the club’s debts reached 70 million euros.

Gaspart was replaced by Joan Laporta, while van Gaal was replaced by former Ajax and AC Milan star Frank Rijkaard. With him, “pomegranate” began to revive. The team came: Ronaldinho, Deco, Eto’o, Messi, Marquez, Puyol, Iniesta, Xavi and Valdes shone. In the 2003/04 season, the team won silver, and in 2004/05 they won the championship and won the Spanish Super Cup, Ronaldinho became the best player of the year, and Eto’o was in 3rd place in that list. The 2005/06 season is considered by many to be the best in history: championship gold, Super Bowl and victory in the Champions League. Rijkaard became the first Catalan coach to win two away wins against Real Madrid. The next season was not so successful – after the pre-season tour of the United States, Messi and Eto’o dropped out for a long time due to injuries. At the end of the disastrous 2007/2008 season, Rijkaard was fired.

In the summer of 2008, Josep Guardiola became a coach, who immediately staged a “great purge”. The team left: Zambrotta, Thuram, Edmilson, Deco, Esquerro, Ronaldinho. Came: Alves, Pique, Keita, Caceres, Enrique, Gleb. The coach did not want Eto’o, who could not keep his mouth shut, to remain in the team, but the Cameroonian striker managed to prove to Guardiola during the pre-season that he would still serve the club faithfully. Also, the mentor, who had previously coached the Blaugranas team, consisting mainly of young players, began to introduce two Barcelona alumni into the main team – Sergio Busquets and Pedro. The team played attacking, beautiful football, which meant that there was only one team on the field – Barcelona. True, for a very long time the Catalans could not win in the Example – only in the third round, for the match with Sporting from Gijon, a victory was won (6:1). In the next round, in a meeting with Betis, Samuel Eto’o scored 100 goals for the club in official matches.

In the 2008/2009 season, the Blue Garnets took all the trophies – the championship in the Example, the Copa del Rey, the Spanish Super Cup, won the Champions League, won the UEFA Super Cup and became the winner of the Club World Cup. That is, Guardiola’s wards made a triplet, winning in one season the King’s Cup, the Spanish Championship and the Champions League, which has not yet been possible for any of the Spanish clubs. Barça is not a Spanish club… The final result is a victory in all six tournaments in which they took part. In the entire “football” history of “Barcelona” became the first club that was able to achieve such a result (as if not the last …)

In the summer of 2009, instead of Silvinho, who moved to Manchester City as a free agent, they signed left-back Maxwell (Inter). Then they changed Eto’o for Ibrahimovic (totally in vain, since Zlatan was supposed to replace the Cameroonian, who did not find a common language with the coach, the Swede, apparently, took over the misunderstanding with the coach, while not completely replacing Samy on the field). .

However, in the next season, the Blaugranas slowed down a little – either they were tired, or they lost their motivation. Or maybe the players were already preparing for the World Cup? Be that as it may, Barca again became the champion of Spain and the owners of the Super Cup, the country’s Cup went to Sevilla. And in the Champions League, a misfire – a relegation in the semi-finals from Inter. The club has changed its president and, as a result, a new transfer policy. Acquisitions: David Villa, Javier Mascherano, Adriano. Out: Chygrynskiy, Enrique, Rafael Marquez, Cáceres, Yaya Toure, Victor Sanchez, Keirrison, Thierry Henry, Ibrahimovic was given to Milan for a year, who kept arguing with Josep Guardiola.

In the 2010/11 season, Barcelona managed to return to a leading position not only in the Spanish championship, but also in the world. The Catalan club became the champion of Spain for the third time in a row, and also won the Champions League final, defeating Manchester United in the decisive match. In August, a victory was obtained over Porto in the game for the UEFA Super Cup.

The following season turned out to be a turning point for Barcelona. And it’s not even that the Catalans gave the title of the best team in Spain to Real Madrid. Just in 2012, Josep Guardiola left the team. Together with him, “Barcelona” rightfully became the strongest team in the world, winning, as a result, fourteen trophies in four seasons, which was a record figure. Moreover, Guardiola became the club’s most successful coach.

Guardiola has been replaced by his assistant Tito Vilanova at the helm of Barcelona. He managed to return Barcelona to victory in the championship of Spain, but, unfortunately, Vilanova was forced to leave the coaching post due to health problems. And in April 2014, Vilanova died of cancer…

The 2013/14 season was coached by Gerardo Martino, and his work with the team was considered unsuccessful: the Catalans finished second in the Example, and also lost in the Spanish Cup final. Martino has been replaced by former Blue Garnet player Luis Enrique at the helm of Barcelona. Under him, a serious personnel update happened: not only veterans like Victor Valdes and Carles Puyol, who ended his career, left the team, but also players such as Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez. At the same time, the reinforcements were incredibly powerful: if Neymar joined Barcelona a year earlier, now Luis Suarez also played in the Blaugranas attack. Neymar, Suarez and Messi in attack is, of course, an incredibly powerful attack. But will Luis Enrique be able to cope with him?

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Author — Sasha Dovgal

💙 Dynamo girls made it to the list of 10 teams, like they shocked Europe with Liza Champions. Version of the authoritative publication “FourFourTwo”

Team Valery Vasilovich Lobanovsky

Today, 10:21


Blog — Volia

Author — Kostiantyn Stepaniuk

The best moment in the history of English football, the inevitable Ramos and “Aguerooooo!” ah.

Yesterday at 20:17


Yesterday at 13:26 Barcelona are not considering signing Kante and Azpilicueta

Yesterday at 13:02 – Barcelona game Atlético” on MEGOGO will be commented by Vinichenko and Shevyakin – for Galina this is the first job at the top match on the service…10

Yesterday at 00:18 Barcelona were offered to sign Mazraoui

April 20, 22:05 Barcelona brought 16-year-old center back Kubarsi to training with the first team to convince them to sign a contract

April 20, 21:30 Barcelona president Gui: “It would be very stupid if Tebas doesn’t help us if we manage to get Messi back”. ..2

April 20, 21:28 Ex-Barcelona defender and European champion Josep Maria Fuste has died… 1

20 April 18:15 Chelsea have been in contact with Real Madrid, Barca, Brighton, Sporting CP and Atalanta regarding the sale of their players…4

April 20, 16:34 Atlético’s appeal against Llorente’s suspension was rejected – Marcos will not play with Barcelona

Blog — Bohemianrhapsody going to Barça debut in Argentina – estimated options

On check engraving serious selection a” will be able to pay Messi 25 million euros a year, a quarter of his previous salary…16

April 20, 09:49 Barcelona are working on the first official offer for Messi…3

April 20, 08:39 Real Madrid and Manchester United have informed Atalanta of their interest in Høilund…6

April 19, 20:00 Barcelona – Atlético: where to watch the live broadcast of the La Liga match

April 19, 19:50 Javier Tebas: “I am a Messi fan, he is the best player in the world, but we are not going to change the rules to bring him back”

April 19, 17:00 “Barcelona” – “Atletico”: online text broadcast of the match La Liga 2023, April 23

April 19, 16:56 RFEF dismissed Elche’s appeal over the result of the match against Barcelona due to Gavi’s participation in it

Blog – Vi tse bachili?

Author — Danylo Syrotiuk

🤔 The directors of “Barsi” lit up in the offices of “Chelsea” – can it mean only one thing

Potential favor?

April 19, 15:40

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Blog — Orange Kava

Author — Irina Kozyupa “Barcelona” and moment to go to England – without letting Lobanovsky

6-time champion of Ukraine pishov from life in 50 years.

April 18, 10:43 pm


April 18, 6:59 pm Leeds close to signing Barcelona winger Ahomas…1

Dinamo analysis

Author — Madridista

Scandalous Interview by Laporti

What did the president of Barcelona say?

April 18, 5:18 pm


April 18, 5:01 pm0042

April 18, 16:32 Real Madrid responded to Laporta’s words about the regime club: “Francisco Franco saved Barcelona from bankruptcy three times”

April 18, 15:36 Ousmane Dembele returned to training, but will not be able to play Atlético

April 18, 15:14 Former sports director of Barcelona Planes will work at Betis

The rapper Schokk starred in the clip, which honors the tragedy in Buchi staged

Previously, the track was also celebrated in PSG and Real Madrid.

April 17, 22:52


April 17, 21:53 Ter Stegen has 24 clean sheets this season, the best result among goalkeepers in the top 5 championships

April 17, 20:50 Premier League clubs will try to sign Vitor Roque if the player does not move to Barcelona “…8

April 17, 15:51 Photos of the Barcelona home kit for the 2023/24 season have appeared online

April 17, 10:59 Laporta said in a conversation with a fan that Messi will return to Barcelona…8

April 17, 10:36 Getafe 0-0 Barcelona: match review and video…2

April 17, 10:19 Marcos Llorente will miss the match against Barcelona due to suspension

April 17 , 09:10 Iñigo Martinez signed a contract with Barcelona until the summer of 2025

April 16, 23:59La Liga: Girona beat Elche, Barcelona drew with Getafe, Atlético beat Almeria… …10

April 16, 20:34 Fati played his 100th match for Barcelona.