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Coordinates: 41°22′51″N 2°7′22″E / 41.38083°N 2.12278°E / 41.38083; 2.12278
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Away colours Full name Nickname(s) Futbol Club Barcelona Barça (team) La Blaugrana (team) Culers or Culés (supporters) Blaugranes (supporters) November 29, 1899 (as Foot-Ball Club Barcelona) Camp Nou, Barcelona (Capacity: 98,772) Joan Laporta Josep Guardiola La Liga La Liga, 1st Current season Third colours

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Futbol Club Barcelona (Catalan IPA: [fudˈbɔɫ ˌklup bəɾsəˈlonə], Spanish IPA: [ˈfutβol ˌkluβ baɾθeˈlona]), also known simply as Barcelona and familiarly as Barça (Catalan IPA: [ˈbaɾsə], Spanish IPA: [ˈbaɾsa]), is a sports club based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It is best known for its football team, which was founded in 1899 by a group of Swiss, English and Spanish men led by Joan Gamper. The club has become a Catalan institution, hence the motto "Més que un club" (More than a club). FC Barcelona is one of the only three clubs that have never been relegated from La Liga and the second most successful club in Spanish football having won nineteen La Liga titles, a record twenty-five Spanish Cups, seven Spanish Super Cups and two League Cups. They are also one of the most successful clubs in European football having won eight official major European trophies in total.[1] They have won two European Cups, a record four UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and two UEFA Super Cups. They also have a record three Inter-Cities Fairs Cups. The club’s stadium is the Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe with a capacity of 98,772 seats. Barcelona enjoys a high rate of popularity; about 25.7% of Spanish population support the club,[2] while according to a recent survey Barcelona is the most popular


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football club in Europe with around 44.2 million fans.[3] With 156,366 socis in June 2007, the Catalan club is also placed among the top football clubs in the world with the most registered members, and the number of penyes, the officially-registered supporter clubs, reached the number of 1,782 worldwide in June 2006. The fans of FC Barcelona are known as culers. The club shares a great rivalry with Real Madrid and contest in one of the most famous football matches worldwide, known as El Clásico. During the season 2007–08, Barcelona was the third richest club in the world with a revenue of €308.8 million. It was also one of the founding members of the now-defunct G-14 group of the leading European football clubs and its modern replacement, the European Club Association. The club also operates a reserve team, FC Barcelona Atlètic, while there was a youth team until 2007, FC Barcelona C.

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FC Barcelona 1903 year In 1908, Joan Gamper became club president for the first time. Gamper took over the presidency as the club was on the verge of folding. The club had not won anything since the Campeonato de Cataluña of 1905 and its finances suffered as a result. Gamper was subsequently club president on five separate occasions between 1908 and 1925 and spent 25 years at the helm. One of his main achievements was to help Barça acquire its own stadium. On March 14, 1909, the team moved into the Carrer Indústria, a stadium with a capacity of 8,000. Gamper also launched a campaign to recruit more club members and by 1922, the club had over 10,000. This led to the club moving again, this time to Las Cortes, which inaugurated in the same year. This stadium had an initial capacity of 22,000, later expanded to an impressive 60,000. Gamper also recruited Jack Greenwell as manager. This saw the club’s fortunes begin to improve on the field. During the Gamper era FC Barcelona won eleven Campeonato de Cataluña, six Copa del Rey and four Coupe de Pyrenées and enjoyed its first "golden age."

Early years (1899–1908)
On 22 October, 1899, Joan Gamper placed an advert in Los Deportes declaring his wish to form a football club. A positive response resulted in a meeting at the Gimnasio Solé on November 29. Eleven players attended, Walter Wild, Lluís d’Ossó, Bartomeu Terradas, Otto Kunzle, Otto Maier, Enric Ducal, Pere Cabot, Carles Pujol, Josep Llobet, John Parsons and William Parsons. As a result FootBall Club Barcelona was born. Several other Spanish football clubs, most notably Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao, also had British founders, and as a result they initially adopted English-style names. Legend says that Gamper was inspired to choose the club colours, blaugrana, by FC Basel’s crest. However, the other Swiss teams Gamper played for, his home canton of Zürich, and Merchant Taylors’ School in Crosby, England have all been credited with or claimed to be the inspiration. FC Barcelona quickly emerged as one of the leading clubs in Spain, competing in the Campeonato de Cataluña and the Copa del Rey. In 1902, the club won its first trophy, the Copa Macaya, and also played in the first Copa del Rey final, losing 2–1 to Bizcaya.

Rivera, Republic, Civil War (1923–1939)
On 14 June, 1925, the crowd at a game in homage to the Orfeó Català jeered the Royal March, a spontaneous reaction against Primo de Rivera’s dictatorship. As a reprisal, the ground closed, while Gamper forced to give up the presidency of the club. In 1928, the victory in Spanish Cup was celebrated with a poem titled “Oda a Platko”, which was written by the important member of the Generation of ’27, Rafael Alberti, inspired by the heroic performance of the Barça keeper. On

With Gamper’s seal (1908–1923)

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July 30, 1930, the club’s founder, after a period of depression brought on by personal and money problems committed suicide. Although they continued to have players of the standing of Josep Escolà, the club now entered a period of decline, in which political conflict overshadowed sport throughout society. Barça faced a crisis on three fronts: financial, social, with the number of members dropping constantly, and sporting, where although the team won the Campionat de Catalunya in 1930, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1936 and 1938, success at Spanish level (with the exception of the 1937 disputed title) evaded them. A month after the civil war began, Barça’s left-wing president Josep Sunyol was murdered by Francisco Franco’s soldiers near to Guadarrama. In the summer of 1937, the squad was on a tour in Mexico and the United States, in which it was received as an ambassador of the fighting Second Spanish Republic. That travel led to the financial saving of the club and also resulted in half the team seeking exile in Mexico and France. On 16 March, 1938, the fascists dropped a bomb on the club’s offices and caused significant destruction. A few months later, Barcelona was under fascist occupation and as a symbol of the ’undisciplined’ Catalanism, the club, now down to just 3,486 members, was facing a number of serious problems.

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Despite the difficult political situation, CF Barcelona enjoyed considerable success during the 1940s and 1950s. In 1945, with Josep Samitier as coach and players like César, Ramallets and Velasco, they won La Liga for the first time since 1929. They added two more titles in 1948 and 1949. In 1949 they also won the first Copa Latina. In June 1950, Barcelona signed László Kubala. Kubala almost signed for Real Madrid but the decisive moment to change his mind was when he had married the daughter of Ferdinand Dauchik, who was in contact with Josep Samitiers, then a scout for Barcelona. Obviously because of this relationship, Kubala chose finally to play for Barcelona. On a rainy Sunday of 1951, the crowd left Les Corts stadium after a 2–1 win against Santander by foot, refusing to catch any trams and surprising the Francoist authorities. The reason was simple: at the same time, a tram strike took place in Barcelona, receiving the support of blaugrana fans. Events like this have made FC Barcelona represent much more than just Catalonia and many progressive Spaniards see the club as a staunch defender of rights and freedoms.[5] Coach Fernando Daucik and László Kubala and Nicolae Simatoc, regarded by many as the club’s best ever player, inspired the team to five different trophies including La Liga, the Copa del Generalísimo, the Copa Latina, the Copa Eva Duarte and the Copa Martini Rossi in 1952. In 1953, they helped the club win La Liga and the Copa del Generalísimo again. The club also won the Copa del Generalísimo in 1957 and the Fairs Cup in 1958. With Helenio Herrera as coach, a young Luis Suárez, the European Footballer of the Year in 1960, and two influential Hungarians recommended by Kubala, Sándor Kocsis and Zoltán Czibor, the team won another national double in 1959 and a La Liga/Fairs Cup double in 1960. In 1961, they became the first club to beat Real Madrid in a European Cup eliminatory, thus ending their monopoly of the competition. To little avail, anyway, they lost 3–2 to Benfica in the final. The 1960s were less successful for the club, with Real Madrid monopolising La Liga. The completion of the Camp Nou, finished in 1957, meant the club had little money to spend on new players. However, the decade also saw the emergence of Josep Fusté and Carles Rexach and the club winning the Copa

Club de Fútbol Barcelona (1939–1974)
After the Spanish Civil War, the Catalan language and flag were banned and football clubs were prohibited from using non-Spanish names. These measures led to the club having its name forcibly changed to Club de Fútbol Barcelona and the removal of the Catalan flag from the club shield. During the Franco dictatorship one of the few places that Catalan could be spoken freely was within the club’s stadium. In 1943, Barcelona faced rivals Real Madrid in the semi-finals of Copa del Generalísimo. The first match at Les Corts was won by Barcelona 3–0. Before the second leg, Barcelona’s players had a changing room visit from Franco’s director of state security. He ’reminded’ them that they were only playing due to the ’generosity of the regime’. Under these conditions, Real Madrid dominated the match, thrashing Barça with a 11–1 win.[4]


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del Generalísimo in 1963 and the Fairs Cup in 1966. Barça restored some pride by beating Real Madrid 1–0 in the 1968 Copa del Generalísimo final at the Bernabéu in front of Franco, having as coach Salvador Artigas, a republican pilot in the civil war. This match will always be mentioned for what was thrown and not for what was happening on the field. The club changed its official name back to Futbol Club Barcelona in 1974.[6]

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After the 1986 World Cup, English top scorer Gary Lineker was signed along with goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta, but the team could not achieve success while Schuster was excluded from the team. Terry Venables was subsequently fired at the beginning of the 1987/88 season and replaced with Luis Aragonés. That season finished with a rebellion of the players against president Núñez, known as the Motín del Hesperia and the 1–0 victory at the Copa del Rey final against Real Sociedad.

Cruyff’s first pass (1974–1978)
The 1973/74 season saw the arrival, as player, of a new Barça legend, Johan Cruyff. Already an established player with Ajax, Cruyff quickly won over the Barça fans when he told the European press he chose Barça over Real Madrid because he could not play for a club associated with Francisco Franco.[7][8] He further endeared himself when he chose a Catalan name, Jordi, for his son. Next to players of quality like Juan Manuel Asensi, Carles Rexach and the talented Hugo Sotil, he helped the club win the 1973–74 season for the first time since 1960, along the way defeating Real Madrid 5–0 at the Bernabéu. He was also crowned European Footballer of the Year in his first year at the club.

From Dream Team to Centenari (1988–2000)
In 1988, Johan Cruyff returned to the club as manager and assembled the so-called Dream Team. He introduced players like Josep Guardiola, José Mari Bakero, Txiki Beguiristáin, Jon Andoni Goikoetxea, Gheorghe Hagi, Ronald Koeman, Michael Laudrup, Romário and Hristo Stoichkov. Under Cruyff’s guidance, Barcelona won four consecutive La Liga titles from 1991 to 1994. They beat Sampdoria in both the 1989 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup final and the 1992 European Cup final at Wembley with a legendary free kick goal from Dutch international Ronald Koeman. They also won a Copa del Rey in 1990, the European Super Cup in 1992 and three Supercopa de España. With 11 trophies, Cruyff became the club’s most successful manager to date. He also became the club’s longest serving manager. However, in his final two seasons, he failed to win any trophies (not to mention the disastrous 4–0 defeat in the UEFA Champions League 1994 final against Milan) and fell out with president Núñez, resulting in Cruyff’s departure. Cruyff was briefly replaced by Bobby Robson, who took charge of the club for a single season in 1996/97. He recruited Ronaldo from his previous club, PSV and delivered a cup treble winning the Copa del Rey, UEFA Cup Winners Cup and the Supercopa de España. Despite his success, Robson was only ever seen as a short-term solution, while the club waited for Louis van Gaal to become available. Like Maradona, Ronaldo only stayed a short time as he left for Internazionale. However, new heroes such as Luís Figo, Patrick Kluivert, Luis Enrique Martínez and Rivaldo emerged and the team won a Copa

The stabilization years (1978–1988)
Josep Lluís Núñez was elected president of FC Barcelona in 1978. His main objectives were to establish Barça as a world-class sports club and to give the club financial stability. Besides, in 1979 and 1982, the club won two of four European Cup Winners’ Cups won in the Núñez era. In June 1982, Diego Maradona was signed for a world record fee from Boca Juniors. In the following season, under coach César Luis Menotti, Barcelona and Maradona in an unforgettable final won the Copa del Rey, beating Real Madrid. However, Diego’s time with Barça was short-lived and he soon left for Napoli. At the start of the La Liga 1984/85 season, Terry Venables was hired as manager and he won La Liga with stellar displays by German midfielder Bernd Schuster. The next season, he took the team to their second European Cup final, only to lose on penalties to Steaua Bucureşti during a dramatic evening in Seville.


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del Rey and La Liga double in 1998. In 1999, the club celebrated its ’centenari’, winning the Primera División title and Rivaldo became the fourth Barça player to be awarded European Footballer of the Year. Despite this domestic success, the failure to emulate Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League led to van Gaal and Núñez resigning in 2000.

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with a nucleus of home grown and Spanish players such as Carles Puyol, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi, and Víctor Valdés led to the club’s return to success. Barça won La Liga and the Supercopa de España in 2004–05, and stars Ronaldinho and Eto’o were voted first and third in the FIFA World Player of the Year awards.

Gaspart’s decline period (2000–2003)
The departures of Núñez and van Gaal were nothing compared to that of Luís Figo. As well as club vice-captain, Figo had become a cult hero and was considered by Catalans to be one of their own. However, Barça fans were distraught by Figo’s decision to join arch-rivals Real Madrid and during subsequent visits to the Camp Nou. Figo was given an extremely hostile reception, including one occasion, when a piglet’s head was thrown at him from the crowd. The next three years saw the club in decline and managers came and went, including a short second spell by Louis van Gaal. President Gaspart did not inspire confidence off the field either and in 2003, he and van Gaal resigned.

Victorious Barça players collect their winners medals after beating Arsenal in the 2006 Champions League Final. In the 2005–06 season, Barcelona repeated their league and Supercup successes. The pinnacle of the league season arrived at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in a 3–0 victory over Real Madrid, Frank Rijkaard’s second victory at the Bernabeu, making him the first Barça manager to win there twice. Ronaldinho’s performance was so impressive that after his second, and Barça’s third goal the Real Madrid fans felt compelled to applaud him. In the Champions’ League, Barça beat English club Arsenal 2–1 in the final. Trailing 1–0 to a 10-man Arsenal and with less than 15 minutes left they came back to win 2–1, with substitute Henrik Larsson, in his final appearance for the club, setting up goals for Samuel Eto’o and fellow substitute Juliano Belletti, for the club’s first European Cup victory in 14 years. Despite being the favourites and starting strongly, Barcelona finished the 2006–07 season trophyless. A pre-season US tour was later blamed for a string of injuries to key players, including leading scorer Eto’o and rising star Lionel Messi. There was open feuding as Eto’o publicly criticized coach Frank Rijkaard and Ronaldinho. Ronaldinho also admitted that lack of fitness affected his form.[9] In La Liga, Barça were in first place for much of the season, but inconsistency in

Return to success (2003–2008)

Frank Rijkaard After the disappointment of the Gaspart era, the combination of a new young president Joan Laporta and a young new manager, former Dutch and Milan star Frank Rijkaard, saw the club bounce back. On the field, an influx international players, including Ronaldinho, Deco, Henrik Larsson, Ludovic Giuly, Samuel Eto’o and Rafael Márquez, combined


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the New Year saw Real Madrid overtake them to become champions. Barça advanced to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey, winning the first leg against Getafe 5–2, with a goal from Lionel Messi, bringing comparison to Diego Maradona, but then lost the second leg 4–0. They took part in the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup, but were beaten by a late goal in the final against Brazilian sides Internacional. In the Champions League, Barça were knocked out of the competition in the last 16 by eventual runners-up Liverpool on away goals. Barcelona finished 2007–08 season third in La Liga and reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League and Copa del Rey, both times losing to the eventual champions: Manchester United and Valencia, respectively. A day after a 4–1 defeat by Real Madrid, Joan Laporta announced that Barça B coach Josep Guardiola would take over Frank Rijkaard’s duties after June 30.[10]

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greatest football clubs of the last 18 years. The All-time Club World Ranking was determined by taking into account all the results of the national championships, the national cup competitions, the club competitions of the six continental confederations and the FIFA. On 14 April, Barcelona qualified for the semi-finals of the Champions League for the second year running after defeating Bayern Munich 5–1 on aggregate over two legs and faced Chelsea in the semi-finals. Their first leg against Chelsea resulted in a scoreless draw at home. Following the game, they faced Real Madrid in El Clásico, which they won 6–2, the most goals ever scored in El Clásico by Barcelona and the biggest margin of victory for Barça since the 70s, when Johan Cruyff led Barça to win 5–0. On 6 May, 2009, immediately after the historic victory over their biggest rivals, Barcelona played against Chelsea in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals. Chelsea led the game at Stamford Bridge 1–0 from the 8th minute, until injury time, when Andrés Iniesta scored the winning equaliser in the 93rd minute from the edge of the penalty area, sending Barcelona through to the final on away goals. On 13 May, Barça beat Athletic Bilbao 4–1 at the Mestalla to win the Copa del Rey for an impressive 25th time. Just days later, as Real Madrid lost to Villarreal, the domestic double was confirmed for Barcelona and the club was crowned La Liga champions for the 2008-09 season. Barça will face defending champions Manchester United at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on 27 May, 2009 for a chance to win their third UEFA Champions League title and a chance to achieve The Treble, having already won the La Liga and Copa del Rey in the same season.

Guardiola as coach (2008–present)
In the pre-season of 2008–09, a motion of no confidence was raised against Joan Laporta. The no confidence motion received 60% support, just short of the 66% required to oust the president, and eight of his directors resigned. Laporta, with the assistance of Director of Football Txiki Begiristain, decided to appoint the legendary former midfielder Josep Guardiola new manager, also responded with a turnover of players, selling Gianluca Zambrotta, Deco, Edmílson and Ronaldinho. Nearly €90 million was spent rebuilding the squad, with Begiristain and Laporta purchasing Seydou Keita, Gerard Piqué, Martín Cáceres, Dani Alves and Aliaksandr Hleb. Despite this, the club retained its homegrown nucleus of players, such as captain Carles Puyol, Xavi, Andrés Iniesta, Víctor Valdés and Lionel Messi. On 17 January, 2009, Barça set the record for amassing the highest points total for the first half of a season in La Liga, attaining 50 points out of a possible 57, with 18 wins, 2 draws, and just 1 loss against CD Numancia in the first game of the season. The club also reached the Copa del Rey final for the first time since 1998 after defeating RCD Mallorca in the semi-finals. Six days later on 23 January, the International organisation IFFHS ranked Barça first in their list of the

El Clásico
For more details on this topic, see El Clásico. There is often a fierce rivalry between the two strongest teams in a national league, and this is particularly the case in La Liga, where the game between Barça and Real Madrid is known as El Clásico. From the start, the clubs were seen as representatives of two rival regions in Spain: Catalonia and Castile,


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as well as of the two cities themselves. The rivalry projects what many regard as the political and other tensions felt between Catalans and the Castilians. During the dictatorships of Primo de Rivera and (especially) of Francisco Franco (1939–1975), all regional cultures were openly suppressed (e.g., all the languages spoken in Spanish territory except Spanish itself were officially banned). Symbolising Catalan people’s desire for freedom, Barça became more than a club (més que un club) for it and one of its greatest ambassadors. According to Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, Catalans’ best way of demonstrating their identity was by joining Barça. It was less risky than joining a clandestine anti-Franco movement and allowed them to express their dissidence. On the contrary, Real Madrid was widely seen as the embodiment of the sovereign oppressive centralism and the fascist regime at management level and beyond (Santiago Bernabeu, the former club president for whom the Merengues’ stadium is named, fought with ’los nacionales’).[11][12] However, during the Spanish Civil War, members of both clubs like Josep Sunyol and Rafael Sánchez Guerra suffered at the hands of Franco supporters. During the 1950s, the rivalry was exacerbated significantly when the clubs disputed the signing of Alfredo di Stéfano, who finally played for Real Madrid and was key in the subsequent success achieved by the club. The 1960s saw the rivalry reach the European stage when they met twice at the knock-out stages of the European Cup. Nowadays, the rivalry is renewed on an almost annual basis with both teams often challenging each other for the league championship. The latest Clásico was played in the Santiago Bernabéu on 2 May, 2009 and ended with a 2–6 win for Barça, with two goals each from Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi, as well as goals from Carles Puyol and Gerard Piqué.

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fans, unlike the multinational nature of Barça’s primary board. Their original ground was in the well-off district of Sarrià. Traditionally, especially during the Franco regime, RCD Espanyol was seen by the majority of Barcelona’s citizens as a club which cultivated a kind of compliance to the central authority, in stark contrast to Barça’s revolutionary spirit.[13] Despite this background the derbi has always been much more relevant to Espanyol supporters than Barcelona ones due to the difference in objectives. Although it is the most played local derby in the history of La Liga it is also the least balanced of them all, with Barcelona being overwhelmingly dominating. In the league table, Espanyol have only managed to end above Barça on three occasions in almost seventy years and even the only all-Catalan Copa del Rey Final in 1957 was won by Barça. Espanyol only has the consolation of achieving the largest margin win with a 6–0 in 1951. The latest Derbi Barceloní ended in a 2–1 win for Espanyol – incidentally this was the first time in the history of La Liga that a side bottom of the standings had beaten a team at the top of the league.

Barça have an attitude to shirt sponsorship that is historically noteworthy. They have continuously refused to advertise corporate sponsors on the shirt since the club’s founding. On 14 July 2006, the club announced a five year agreement with UNICEF, which includes having the UNICEF logo on their shirts. The agreement will see Barça donating US$1.9 million per year to UNICEF (0.7 per cent of its ordinary income) to the FC Barcelona Foundation, and rejecting significant money offers to be the first shirt sponsor of the football team. The club has done this in order to set up international cooperation programmes for development, supports the UN Millennium Development Goals and has made a commitment to UNICEF’s humanitarian aid programs through the donation of one and a half million euro for the next five years. Companies that Barça currently has sponsorship deals with include:[14] • Nike - Official sponsors • Coca-Cola - Official sponsors • TV3 - Official sponsors • Audi - Official sponsors

El Derbi Barceloní
For more details on this topic, see El derbi barcelones. Barça’s ’internal’ rival has always been Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol. ’Blanc-i-blaus’, being one of the clubs granted royal patronage, were founded exclusively by Spanish football


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Period 1982–1992 1992–1998 1998-2006 2006-Present • • • • • • • • Estrella Damm - Official sponsors La Caixa - Official sponsors bwin - Official Betting Partner Acer - Official provider MediaPro - Official provider NH Hoteles - Official provider Vueling - Official provider Babybel - Official provider • 1929, 1953, 1992, 2006, Kit manufacturer Meyba Kappa Nike UNICEF Shirt partner

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1937, 1945, 1948, 1949, 1952, 1959, 1960, 1974, 1985, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2009 1920, 1951, 1968, 1990, 1922, 1952, 1971, 1997, 1925, 1953, 1978, 1998,

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers

Copa del Rey (record) • 1910, 1912, 1913, 1926, 1928, 1942, 1957, 1959, 1963, 1981, 1983, 1988, 2009

Stadium Information

Supercopa de España • 1983, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2005, 2006 Copa de la Liga (record) • 1983, 1986

Major international competitions

Camp Nou stadium • • • • - Camp Nou - Barcelona - 98,772 • Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper (FC Barcelona’s training ground) • La Masia (Residence of young players) • Mini Estadi • Palau Blaugrana (FC Barcelona indoor sports arena) • Palau Blaugrana 2 (Secondary indoor arena of FC Barcelona) • Palau de Gel

Barcelona fans celebrating victory in the Champions League European Champion Clubs’ Cup / UEFA Champions League • 1992, 2006 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (record) • 1979, 1982, 1989, 1997 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (the forerunner to the UEFA Cup) (record) • 1958, 1960, 1966

Domestic competitions
La Liga


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Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P 2003-04 1D 2004-05 1D 2005-06 1D 2006-07 1D 2007-08 1D 2008-09 1D 2 1 1 2 3 1 38 21 9 38 25 9 38 25 7 8 63 4 73 6 80 Cup[16] Europe Fourth round

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Other Manager Competitions Frank Rijkaard Frank Rijkaard Frank Rijkaard Frank Rijkaard Frank Rijkaard Josep Guardiola

39 72 Quarter- UC Final 29 84 Second round

UCL Last 16

35 82 Quarter- UCL Winner SSC Final 33 76 Semifinal 43 67 Semifinal UCL Last 16 UCL Semifinal UCL SSC ESC CWC

38 22 10 6 78 38 19 10 9 76 36 27 5

4 104 33 86 Winner

European Super Cup • 1992, 1997

Other national and international trophies
Latin Cup (record) • 1949, 1952 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Trophy Play-Off • 1971 Campionat de Catalunya (record) • 1902 • 1903 • 1905, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1916, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1936, 1938 • 1938 Catalan Cup (record) • 1991, 1993, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2007 Joan Gamper Cup (record) • 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977,1979,1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 Small World Cup • 1957

total, and 391 in La Liga. Most recently, Xavi, vice-captain of the club, reached 470 games for the club. Barcelona’s all time top goalscorer in official competitions is César Rodríguez, a Spaniard, who has scored 235 goals. Ladislao Kubala is in second place with 196 goals for the club. The highest scoring present squad member is Samuel Eto’o who has scored 126 goals. As of 2 February 2009, Barcelona have reached a total of 5000 La Liga goals. The goal was converted by Lionel Messi in the game against Racing Santander, which Barça won 1–2.

Recent seasons
See also: FC Barcelona seasons
Last updated: 17 May 2009 Div. = Division; D1 = First Division; Pos. = Position; Pl = Match played; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lost; GS = Goal Scored; GA = Goal Against; P = Points UCL = UEFA Champions League; UC = UEFA Cup; ESC = UEFA Super Cup; SSC = Supercopa de España; CWC = FIFA Club World Cup; Cup = Copa del Rey Colors: Gold = winner; Silver = runner-up; Cyan = ongoing

See also: FC Barcelona season 2008-09#Squad information Spanish teams are limited to three players without EU citizenship. The squad list includes only the principal nationality of each player; several non-European players on the

Statistics and records
Migueli presently holds both records for number of total and Liga appearances for Barcelona with a total of 548 games played in


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Position Manager Assistant Coach Goalkeeping Coach Physical fitness coach Director of Football Academy Director Head Coach Reserve Team squad have dual citizenship with an EU country. Also, players from the ACP countries—countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific that are signatories to the Cotonou Agreement—are not counted against nonEU quotas due to the Kolpak ruling. As of 10 January 2009.[17][18][19] Name Josep Guardiola Tito Vilanova Juan Carlos Unzué Lorenzo Buenaventura Txiki Begiristain José Ramón Alexanko Luis Enrique

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From the youth system
Position Player MF Víctor Vázquez 31 FW Jeffrén Suárez 32 GK Rubén Miño 33 DF David Position Player Córcoles FW Thierry 35 MF Abraham Henry González MF Seydou Keita Out on loan DF Sylvinho DF No. — DF FW No. 30 No. 36 41 42 44 45

Current squad
No. 1 Position Player GK Víctor Valdés (2º vicecaptain) DF Martín Cáceres DF Gerard Piqué DF Rafael Márquez DF Carles Puyol (captain) MF Xavi (1º vicecaptain) MF Eiður Guðjohnsen MF Andrés Iniesta (3º vicecaptain) FW Samuel Eto’o FW Lionel Messi FW Bojan Krkic GK José Manuel Pinto No. 14 15 16 18 20 21 22 24 25 27 28 29

Position Pla DF Alb Bo GK Oie Ola DF An Fon MF Thi MF

Xav Tor

2 3 4 5 6

Gabriel Position Player Milito DF Henrique (at Bayer Dani Alves Leverkusen)

7 8

9 10 11 13

Aliaksandr Hleb DF Éric Abidal Current Technical Staff MF Yaya Touré Current Board of Directors GK Albert Jorquera FW Pedro Rodríguez Selected former presidents MF Sergio see also Busquets Cat:FC Barcelona presidents Below is the official presidential history of DF Víctor Barcelona, from when Walter Wild took over Sánchez at the club in 1899, until the present day.[20]


Former personnel

Notable managers
See also List of FC Barcelona managers The following managers have all won at least one trophy when in charge or have been notable for Barça in the context of the


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Office President Vice-president, head of social area and spokesperson Vice president for marketing and media Vice president for finance and treasurer Vice president institutional and assets administration Vice president for sports Secretary Name Walter Wild Bartomeu Terradas Paul Haas Arthur Witty Josep Soler Juli Marial Vicenç Reig Joan Gamper Otto Gmeling Joan Gamper Francesc de Moxó Àlvar Presta Joaquim Peris de Vargas Rafael Llopart Gaspar Rosés Joan Gamper Ricard Graells Gaspar Rosés League, for example Johan Cruyff who holds a League record. • • • Years 1899–1901 1901–1902 1902–1903 1903–1905 1905–1906 1906–1908 1908 1908–1909 1909–1910 1910–1913 1913–1914 1914 1914–1915 1915–1916 1916–1917 1917–1919 1919–1920 1920–1921 Carles Puyol (2008) Xavi (2008) Andrés Iniesta (2008) Name

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Joan Laporta Alfons Godall Jaume Ferrer Joan Boix Joan Franquesa Rafael Yuste Josep Cubells

World Cup winners
Two players have won the FIFA World Cup whilst FC Barcelona players: • • Romário (USA 1994) Rivaldo (Korea-Japan 2002)

Other sports
• • • • • • FC FC FC FC FC FC Barcelona Barcelona Barcelona Barcelona Barcelona Barcelona Bàsquet Futsal Handbol Ice Hockey Hoquei Rugby

European Championship winners
Six players have won the European Championship whilst at FC Barcelona, all with Spain: • • • Jesús María Pereda (1964) Josep Fusté (1964) Fernando Olivella (1964)

See also
• List of fan-owned sports teams • Supporters of FC Barcelona


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Name Joan Gamper Eric Cardona Joan Gamper Eric Cardona Gaspar Rosés Joan Gamper Eric Cardona Joan Gamper Arcadi Balaguer Tomás Rosés Gaspar Rosés Antoni Oliver Joan Coma Esteve Sala Josep Sunyol Managing Commission[21] Joan Soler Enrique Piñeyro Name Josep Vidal-Ribas Enrique Piñeyro Josep Antoni de Albert Josep Vendrell Agustí Montal Galobart Enric Martí Carreto Francesc Miró-Sans Enric Llaudet Narcís de Carreras Agustí Montal Costa Raimon Carrasco Josep Lluís Núñez Joan Gaspart Enric Reyna Managing Commission[22] Joan Laporta Managing Commission[23] Joan Laporta • Richest football clubs Years 1921–1923 1923–1924 1921–1923 1923–1924 1920–1921 1921–1923 1923–1924 1924–1925 1925–1929 1929–1930 1930–1931 1931 1931–1934 1934–1935 1935–1936 1936–1939 1939–1940 1940–1942 Years 1942 1942–1943 1943 1943–1946 1946–1952 1952–1953 1953–1961 1961–1968 1968–1969 1969–1977 1977–1978 1978–2000 2000–2003 2003 2003 2003–2006 2006 2006–present

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Name Period Trophies Domestic to be assigned Jack Greenwell Jesza Poszony Ralph Kirby Romà Forns Joan Josep Nogués Josep Samitier Enrique Fernández Ferdinand Daučík Helenio Herrera Josep Gonzalvo Roque Olsen Salvador Artigas Vic Buckingham Rinus Michels Joaquim Rifé Udo Lattek César Luis Menotti Terry Venables Luis Aragonés Johan Cruyff Bobby Robson Louis van Gaal Frank Rijkaard Josep Guardiola Total 1917–24 1924–25 1925–26 1927–29 1941–44 1944–47 1947–50 1950–54 1958–60, 1980–81 1963 1965–67 1967–69 1969–71 1971–75, 1976–78 1979–80 1981–83 1983–84 1984–87 1987–88 1988–96 1996–97 1997–00 2003–08 2008–present 1899–2009 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 2 2 1 3 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 3 1 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 International 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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External links
• Official club website (Catalan) (Spanish) (English) (Japanese) (Chinese) (Korean) (Arabic) • FC Barcelona Twitter Page • FC Barcelona forum • Russian-speaking site about FC Barcelona • FC Barcelona News, Match Reports and Pictures • English-Speaking FC Barcelona Forum • FC Barcelona Fans site • FC Barcelona at the UEFA official website • Official Club US Store • Lithuanian-speaking site about Barcelona


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• FC Barcelona kit history • FC Barcelona Penye in Spanish

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News sites • FC Barcelona news from Marca (Spanish) • FC Barcelona news from AS (Spanish)

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