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FC Barcelona History - Barça history

FC Barcelona History - Barça history



On the 29th of November 1899, Joan Gamper founded the Football Club Barcelona ( Barça). Gamper chose the famous blue and claret as the team colours for they are the colours of the Swiss canton he came from. The myth was born: Kubala, Suárez, Cruyff, Maradona and Ronaldinho, among many others, have signed up for this Club. During the 20th century, "Barça" has become a Barcelona symbol, a symbol that represents the Catalan identity as a nation. That's why it is said that "Barça" is more than a Club.


In the Solé Gym office, on the 29th of November 1899, Gamper met Gualteri Wild, Lluís d'Ossó, Bartomeu Terrados, Otto Kunzle, Otto Maier, Enric Ducal, Pere Cabot, Carles Pujol, Josep Llobet, John Parsons and William Parsons. Eleven sportsmen gathered in order to found a football club. Gualteri Wild was appointed President. The 1st match contested was at the Bonanova Cycle Track and they played against a group of English expatriates who were living in Barcelona. The Englishmen won 1-0. On the 14th of March 1909, the Club inaugurated its 1st own ground at c/Indústria, with a capacity for 6,000 people. At that time, the Barcelona FC obtained their first victories: The Catalan Championships: 1909-10, 1910-11, 1912-13, 1915-16, 1918-19 1919-20, 1920-21, 1921-22 and the Spanish Championships: 1909-10, 1911-12, 1912-13, 1919-20 and 1921-22.



The Les Corts ground (also known as "The Cathedral of Football") was inaugurated on the 20th of May 1922. That stadium had an initial capacity of 30,000 spectators but later doubled to 60,000. In 1924 the Club had already 12,207 members and a big number of supporters laid the foundations of the current social mass. During the season 1928-1929, Barça won brilliantly the 1st edition of the Spanish National League Title and ended, therefore, a period full of titles.


THE 30'S

Joan Gamper died on the 30th of July 1930. The decade which was about to start had a fatal beginning and the Club entered a period of decline: institutional crisis, many members left the Club, bad sports results and the Franco's supporters political pressure. The Civil War in 1936 had disastrous consequences for the FC Barcelona. Josep Suñol, President of the Club, was murdered by Franco's soldiers near Guadalajara. However, the Barça kept alive and in 1936 decided to go on tour around Mexico and the USA, fact that would help the Club financial problems. In March 1938 the fascists dropped a bomb on the FC Barcelona Social Club and cause serious damage. In 1939, the Franco's troops created many problems to the Club because it had already become a symbol to the Catalan people. The number of members also dropped to 3,486.


LA COPA LATINA (The Latin Cup)

During the 40's, Barça gradually recovered despite their internal difficulties. In June 1943, the scandalous game against Madrid in the Chamartín ground, saw the Barca players threatened by referee and police and Piñeyro, a fascist supporter, but honestly disgusted at the treatment his team had received, resigned from the presidency of the Club (which he had held since 1940). Better times were to come. Barça won the National League Titles 1944-45, 1947-48 and 1948-49 and the Latin Cup Title 1949, a competition which preceded the European Champions Cup Title, the FC Barcelona 1st international success. It was the time of César, Basora, Velasco, Curta, the Gonzalvo brothers, Seguer, Biosca o Ramallets. Barça celebrated their 50th anniversary reaching member numbers of 24,893.



Ladislao Kubala arrived in Barcelona in June 1950 and made the FC Barcelona become an unbeatable team thanks to their magic forward line: Basora, César, Kubala, Moreno and Manchón. Between 1951 and 1953, Barça won every competition on offer (Spanish Leagues 1951-52 and 1952-53 and Spanish Cups 1950-51, 1951-52 and 1952-53). From that golden period, it is important to emphasize the season 1951-52, in which they obtained the Five Cups: Spanish League, Spanish Cup, Latin Cup Eva Duarte and Martini Rossi trophies.



Kubala was too huge a figure for Les Corts and soon Francesc Miró-Sans promoted the building of the Camp Nou Stadium, which got inaugurated on the 24th September 1957. The new stadium had a capacity of 90,000.

Barça won the Spanish Leagues 1958-59 and 1959-60, and the Fairs' Cups 1957-1958 and 1959-60, coached by Helenio Herrera with such excellent players as Kocsis, Czibor, Evaristo, Kubala, Eulogio Martínez, Suárez, Villaverde, Olivella, Gensana, Segarra, Gràcia, Vergés and Tejada. The 60's were a period of crisis (they won the Spanish Cups 1963 and 1968 and the Fairs' Cup 1966, only). However, it was then that the sentence "more than a Club" was born. Barça was over the sports level: the Club and its colours became a way to defend the Catalan national identity.



In 1973, the signing of Dutch Johan Cruyff put the finishing touches to a golden forward line of Rexach, Asensi, Cruyff, Sotil and Marcial, who led the league winning side of 1973-74. Coinciding with the Club's 75th anniversary, there were now 69,566 members, making it the most powerful sporting club in the World. Joan Miró did the commemorative poster of that event



In 1978, Josep Lluís Núñez became President of the FC Barcelona. The Club then began a considerable period of social and financial expansion. The increase in member numbers reached the 100,000 and many supporter's clubs were founded. The FC Barcelona was becoming the sports most important entity in the world. Barça were also provided with emblematic sports facilities: the Camp Nou expansion (with a capacity of more than 100,000 spectators), the building of the Miniestadi, the Palau Blaugrana, and so on.

The Núñez era constitutes without any doubt the most brilliant sports moment in the Barça history: Basilea Cup Winner’s Cup, the Spanish League 1984-85, under Terry Venables, the Dream Team (1990-1994) under Johan Cruyff (four consecutive Spanish Leagues, the Cup Winners' Cup, the Spanish Cup and the Spanish Super Cup, and the European Champions Cup at the Wembley Stadium). Then came Bobby Robson, who won the Cup Winner's Cup, the Spanish Cup and the Spanish Super Cup in the 1996-97 season and Louis van Gaal's consecutive League Titles in 1997-98 and 1998-99, when the team won the double for the first time in 39 years.



The FC Barcelona is currently a sports entity which includes basketball, handball, hockey, athletism, ice-hockey, figure skating, indoor football, rugby, baseball, volleyball and women's football sections. The football team are the only side to have qualified for European competition every year since its inauguration in 1955. There are now a total of 105,706 members and 1,508 supporters clubs.

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  1. barcelona football - jdr (7 Feb 2018 - 08:54)

    The greatest of all sport teams

  2. barcelona - bubacarr jallow (2 Feb 2018 - 07:26)

    barcelona for yesterday today and tomorrow

  3. Fans - Enock Jester (19 Jan 2018 - 17:02)

    i just want to thanks you all for your effort, u guys are just amenzing

  4. I Am Sameer Namalan - From Nigeria Kano Minjibir (18 Jan 2018 - 08:34)

    I Love to see messi in the pich, so we wish to continou leading unbeaten

  5. Barcelona - Captain solo fsk (15 Jan 2018 - 08:06)

    Barcelona is the best team in the universe,it`s the only club that i predict ball scores exactly up barca...

  6. Barca Good Team - Rhizman Adeleke (14 Jan 2018 - 10:12)

    Barca Is A Very Great Team,they Have Played So Well.Am So Proud To Be A Fans Of Barca

  7. Barcelona - Abdulsalamzy (11 Jan 2018 - 08:16)

    I'm happy to be a Barcelona fan, as I read about Barcelona. the love of been a barça fan came to me again up barça .

  8. die hard fun for fc Barcelona - mogan pepe jnr (20 Nov 2017 - 08:22)

    To messi I like his style of play and it contributions to de team plus ter-stegen marc

  9. Barcelona - Leo ching (13 Nov 2017 - 07:54)

    I love Barcelona an i want to meet Messi my great fan ever

  10. Fcb 4 Life - Prince Zico Abiodun Porshe (6 Nov 2017 - 15:50)

    I Remain Loyal And In Love To Fc Barcelona, Even In My City I Was Nickname Barca, I Started Supporting 4rm My Mum Womb, I Wil Continue In D Grave, Abiodun From Ikorodu Lagos Nigeria

  11. i love barca - stevan (5 Nov 2017 - 12:54)

    i am very like barcelona, i am love it.. i am present a article for barcelona...

  12. NEW SIGNING - Jessie A. Vannie (18 Oct 2017 - 13:34)

    FC Barcelona President should ensure that Coutinho be signed to enhance strength in the midfield. That the sporting Director should also look in Liberia, cause there are promising player for FC Barcelona in Liberia and a workable way for due payment for fans in Liberia

  13. COMMENT - SAMUEL BANTU (29 Sep 2017 - 07:52)


  14. FCB - FCB (24 Sep 2017 - 08:56)

    I love Barcelona,Barcelona is the club have never see in my life its a Peaceful Team,I love FCB for Lifelong❤

  15. Barcelona is the best - Ayol Madul (15 Sep 2017 - 08:48)

    Practice make perfect

  16. forever - Prince James (1 Sep 2017 - 08:06)

    I was born a barça fan and I will die a bars fan........big ups Barcelona

  17. FC BARCELONA - Emmanuel (31 Aug 2017 - 08:58)

    I wish to be a barcelona player in my life. and i will play ball with barcelona becuase of messi in jesus name amen

  18. ode - job (24 Aug 2017 - 10:26)

    I will support barca 4 life

  19. as a fcb barca fan i can keep loving barca on to i die - ramas from Bauchi Nigeria (19 Aug 2017 - 10:34)

    I love barca forever

  20. unstopable barca forever - Ben Garyeazon from Liberia (11 Aug 2017 - 08:00)

    BARCELONA is the only team I will always advocate for in my life.

  21. junior - Messi (10 Aug 2017 - 10:02)

    Barcelona all de way.We love u Guys but we will continue to love u

  22. My club - Abubakar S. Tanko(Mr Sane) (18 Jun 2017 - 11:26)

    I love ❤ Barcelona because its the club in the world. For there are only two football clubs in the world, namely Barcelona and the rest

  23. FC Barcelona - VISAH (17 Jun 2017 - 09:20)

    I love Barcelona, because is the only club that can make me happy, when they talk of football

  24. I love Barcelona - Ajay (11 Jun 2017 - 09:02)

    I love barca forever until and unless
    I die
    I start to look football from 8 years now I'm 16 it have been 8 years that I was supporting dream club Barcelona
    I'm also a football player and I'm keeper
    I love much more (v vadals,C.bravo,tre stegan)

  25. I bron to support Barcelona - Barcelona (11 Jun 2017 - 09:02)

    Never match the other club player to the legends of Barcelona
    I will thanks to the man who found this club
    I will respect his as much as I respect Barcelona legends

  26. ismail abass - about new coach (30 May 2017 - 08:26)

    barca need players pls

  27. barcelona - Tochi emmanuel (29 May 2017 - 08:44)

    this team has an understanding among themselves

  28. Barca - Adediran samod (25 May 2017 - 10:30)

    Barcelona is the club have never seen in my life its a peaceful team

  29. i love Barcelona - minaj gunshot (23 May 2017 - 07:54)

    Barcelona is the best team so ever.does no Barcelona no football.Barcelona is great

  30. me - messi fans (17 May 2017 - 09:10)

    FC Barcelona, also known simply as Barcelona and familiarly as Barça, is based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The team was founded in 1899 by a group of Swiss, English and Spanish footballers led by Joan Gamper. The club played amateur football until 1910 in various regional competitions.

  31. Nigerian - Abubakar Ali (16 May 2017 - 08:08)

    FC Barcelona is the only club I ever support in my life since my childhood. And this is almost over 23yrs now. I love Barca for ever. But am giving advice that Enrique Luiz should go bcos he dont have the capacity to coach the team.

  32. Samuel pam zangra - Nigeria (14 May 2017 - 07:32)

    I'am a barca fans. My name is (samuel pam zangra) I luv barca. 4 more dan 25 years that i no barca, God bless d faunda i wil 4ever luut

  33. berca - Solomon t.wesseh (12 Apr 2017 - 08:14)

    this is the club i love most in this world. and i will forever to cheer for this club.

  34. congratulatory message - (27 Mar 2017 - 08:52)

    Am here by soluting the great men of Barcelona who promise their life to safe Barcelona in all wings ,you have done a great job which we will never forget we the barca fans
    Thank you
    Barcelona fan forever.

  35. Barcelona - My name is fazazy from Nigeria (24 Mar 2017 - 09:48)

    I thank all mighty Allah for giving me a great opportunity of been in Barcelona fans. And may the peace of Allah be upon the foundere of the team. Am very happy been Barcelona fans and i pray insha Allah forward will be our ever and backward will be never bikudrati llah (amen) thanks to our beloved players.the person of lionel messi, nermer, suarez,rakit,pique,bousquet and so on for the greatest job they did am advising them to never relent. Inshot i love Barcelona i love Spain i love our players. Barca 4 live

  36. chasty - zoal madut (19 Mar 2017 - 12:48)

    Un accountable wih un imagine length the way i support

  37. Ghana - Alilu (10 Mar 2017 - 09:02)

    wow barca has come through alot of problems since the time it was formed to be one of the best teams in the world love barca.bigups

  38. FCB - ALVIN K. BROWN FROM LIBERIA (7 Mar 2017 - 20:56)


  39. Congratulation - Momo p.Kiazolu (5 Mar 2017 - 14:06)

    Congratulation to FC Barcelona for her sucess overtime.

  40. barca - israel ekhosuehi (1 Mar 2017 - 14:02)

    i love dis club i tink my blood is barcalood

  41. Zambia - Phiri Fabian Musanide (24 Feb 2017 - 08:24)

    knowing the club's back ground will assist me become a better both a fan and football player..always behind the club

  42. 21th Feb, 2017 barca all the way - Kanjuan Solomon From Ghana (22 Feb 2017 - 08:48)

    God Blees Joan Gamper I Love Barca Forever

  43. FCB - Abu Taleb (20 Feb 2017 - 08:48)

    Proud to be a Barca fan. <3

  44. ENRIQUE - SADIQ DON (20 Feb 2017 - 08:46)

    Luis Enrique you don't now what your doing
    and Andre gomez rakitic is beta dan gomez

  45. Camp Nou - Kyler Morris (17 Feb 2017 - 09:08)

    It is not a place to just sit in watch

  46. Bamgbopa ibrahim - From nigeria (4 Feb 2017 - 13:12)

    Barcelona is a great club,
    and is the best club in the word so any team that want to compete with barca should have messi neymer suares.

  47. MY F.C.B - Anthony (2 Feb 2017 - 09:54)

    i was a fan of bacelona,for 2006 when bacelona won the final.from that very day i joined bacelona..i love mostly messi and ronaldinho

  48. barcelonafc - adeniyi adebayo (14 Jan 2017 - 16:24)

    I love barca and their players especially MSN....Messi....Suarez....Neymar.....they are legends

  49. barcelona the best team ever - Fordjour Rakitic Benefit (30 Dec 2016 - 09:40)

    i love barcelona even more than my girl friend

  50. Barcelona - Ivan (30 Dec 2016 - 09:40)

    Barcelona is my life
    Camp Nou is not just Stadium Its our Home
    Barca Squad Is not just 11 Its Million
    Barcelona Kit is not just Kit It Our Skin
    We Cule are not Just fan We are Family
    Barcelona logo is not just logo Its my heart...

    Barcelona Forever...
    I love Barca

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