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FC Barcelona (Futbol Club Barcelona) 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 firmly on results, with the club winning 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.
Other Sporting Interests
Aside from FC Barcelona's world class football team, over the years it has also become involved in other sporting areas. Under the clubs banner are a women's football team, five a side football team, rugby team, proffesional roller hockey team, an ice hockey team, field hockey team, cycling team, male & female basketball teams, a handball team, volleyball team, figure skating team, & an athletics squad.
Barcelona FC Facilities
A great club needs professional training facilities to back it up, & this is especially the case with FC Barcelona due to its varied sporting interests. Aside from the impressive Camp Nou stadium the club has recently invested in a state of the art training camp in the Sant Joan Despi part of the city; called La Ciutat Esportiva. Covering an area over 130,000 square metres it offers various football training pitches for professional, reserve, & youth teams, supplementary training areas & facilities, & accommodation. Also on site are indoor basketball, handball, & rolley hockey halls, 3 outdoor courts, an eight lane running track, an indoor athletics track, & related athletics facilities.
The La Masia football academy is the start of many young players careers. It is set in a listed building next to the Camp Nou stadium & can house up to 60 pupils.
The Miniestadi (mini stadium) was inaugurated in 1982. It is used to host FC Barcelona's B & C team football matches. It boasts 15,000 seats split over two tiers. This stadium is also the customary site for the clubs presidential elections.
The Palau Blaugrana opened in 1971 & hosts the clubs basketball, indoor football, roller hockey, & handball matches. It can hold over 8,000 spectators & played an important role in the 2002 Barcelona Olympics.
Finally the Pista de Gel ice skating rink belonging to the club plays host to the ice hockey & figure skating events. Home to various facilities it is also open to the public for ice skating every day of the week.
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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