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Barcelona Football Club
Barcelona Football Club (Barcelona FC) is one of the largest & most representative teams in Spanish football. Over the years it has been a symbol of unity for its host city Barcelona & its province of Catalonia. Through its sporting achievements it has amassed a huge fan base both nationally & internationally. With this success the club has built up one of the world most acclaimed teams, backed up by an impressive array of sports training & fan orientated facilities.
Its reputation is built on results, with the club having won 16 Spanish league titles, & the Spanish Copa del Rei 24 times. Its European achievements have also won it a truly international audience, having won the UEFA Cup 4 times (though then known as the Industrial Inter-Cities Fairs Cup), the Cup Winners Cup 4 times, & finally the coveted European Cup at Wembley Stadium. It is also the only club to have competed in every European Championship since the contest began in 1955. In short the clubs trophy list contains every trophy possible. Please note that figures given are for up to the year 2005.
The club was founded in 1899 by Hans Gamper, a swiss business man who settled in Barcelona. He had an interest in football (then relatively unknown in Spain) & put out an advert in a local newspaper for willing participants in a team. The men that attended formed the first Barcelona FC team, winning their first trophy (the Copa Macaya) just two years later. In 1909 it secured its first base, the 6,000 seat stadium Carrer Industria. Buliding on ongoing successes & increasing gate receipts the club moved to a new home in 1922, the Les Corts stadium; seating 30,000 initially though later expanded to an impressive 60,000. This ushered in a golden age for the club with it dominating both local & national cups, before finally winning the Spanish league in 1929.
Spanish civil war & the ensuing dictatorship was to severly effect Barcelona Football Club; as the club quickly became a symbol of Catalan unity against the oppressive regime headed by Franco; leader of the Facist party in Spain. During this time the club's president was assasinated by Franco's soldiers & it's headquarters bombed. These events & others brought financial hardship almost resulting in the clubs closure, & this related directly to its on pitch performance. The political climate of these times in fact brought about Barcelona Football Club's rivalry with Real Madrid (located in the nations capital & seat of government), which still exists today.
At around 1950 Barcelona Football Club entered a period of better fortune, winning many competetions including the national league. So much so that its base was once again moved, though this time to its present home the Camp Nou stadium. One of the biggest football stadiums in the world Camp Nou offered 90,000 seats & remains a great symbol of Spanish football.
For information on Barcelona Football Club & its facilities see our FC Barcelona page.
For summarised information on Barcelona Football Club see our F.C Barcelona page.
For information on Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium see our Camp Nou page.
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