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Team GP W D L GD P Real Madrid 35 25 6 4 +43 81 Barcelona 35 20 9 6 +30 69 Barca 35 17 14 4 +22 65 Atletico Madrid 35 19 7 9 +19 64 Real Betis 35 17 7 11 +17 58 Real Sociedad 35 15 11 9 0 56 Villarreal 35 14 11 10 +21 53 Athletic Club 35 13 13 9 +7 52 Osasuna 35 12 barca 13 -10 46 Valencia 35 10 14 11 -4 44 Celta Vigo 35 11 10 14 +3 43 Rayo Vallecano 35 11 9 15 -4 barca Espanyol 35 10 10 15 -12 40 Elche 35 10 9 16 -11 39 Getafe 35 8 13 14 -6 37 Cádiz 35 7 14 14 -14 35 Granada 35 7 13 15 -16 34 Mallorca 35 8 8 19 -30 32 Levante 35 6 11 18 -23 29 Alavés 35 7 7 21 -32 28 Football club Barcelona Full name Futbol Club Barcelona Nickname(s) Barça or Blaugrana (team) Culers or Barcelonistes (supporters) Blaugranes or Azulgranas (supporters) Founded 29 November 1899 ; 122 years ago ( 1899-11-29) as Foot-Ball Club Barcelona Ground Camp Barca Capacity 99,354 [1] President Joan Laporta Head coach Xavi League La Liga 2020–21 La Liga, 3rd of 20 Website Club website Third colours Current season Active departments of FC Barcelona Football (Men's) Football B (Men's) Football U-19 (Men's) Football (Women's) Football B (Women's) Beach soccer Basketball Basketball B Wheelchair basketball Handball Handball B Futsal Rugby union Rugby league Roller hockey Volleyball (Men's) Volleyball (Women's) Ice hockey Esports Closed departments of FC Barcelona Football C (Men's) American Football Baseball Futbol Club Barcelona ( Catalan pronunciation: [fubˈbɔl ˈklub bəɾsəˈlonə] ( listen)), commonly referred to as Barcelona and colloquially known barca Barça ( [ˈbaɾsə]), is a professional football club based in Barcelona, Spain, that competes in La Liga, the top flight of Spanish football.

Founded barca 1899 by a group of Swiss, Spanish, German and English footballers led by Joan Gamper, the club has become a symbol of Catalan culture and Catalanism, hence the motto "Més que un club" ( "More than a club").

Unlike many other football clubs, the supporters own and operate Barcelona. It is the fourth-most valuable sports team in the world, worth $4.76 billion, and the world's fourth richest football club in terms of revenue, with an annual turnover of €582.1 million. [2] [3] The official Barcelona anthem is the " Cant del Barça", written by Jaume Picas and Josep Maria Espinàs. [4] Barcelona traditionally play barca dark shades of blue and red stripes, hence nicknamed Blaugrana.

Domestically, Barcelona has won a record 75 trophies: 26 La Liga, 31 Copa del Rey, thirteen Supercopa de España, three Copa Eva Duarte, and two Copa de la Liga titles, as well as being the record holder for the latter four competitions. In international club football, the club has won twenty European and barca titles: five UEFA Champions League titles, a record four UEFA Cup Winners' Cups, a joint record five UEFA Super Cups, a record three Inter-Cities Fairs Cups, and three FIFA Club World Cups.

[5] Barcelona was ranked first in the International Federation of Football History & Statistics Club World Ranking for 1997, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015, and occupies the sixth position on the UEFA club rankings as of May 2022. [6] [7] [8] The club has a long-standing rivalry with Real Madrid, and matches between the two teams are referred to as El Clásico. Barcelona is one of the most widely supported teams in the world, and the club has one of the largest social media following in the world among barca teams.

[9] [10] Barcelona players have won a record twelve Ballon d'Or awards, with recipients including Johan Cruyff, barca well as a record seven FIFA World Player of the Year awards, with winners including Romário, Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho.

In 2010, three players who came through the club's youth academy ( Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta and Xavi) were chosen as the three best players in the world in the FIFA Ballon d'Or awards, an unprecedented feat for players from the same football academy.

Additionally, players representing the club have won a record eight European Golden Shoe awards. Barcelona is one of three founding members of the Primera División that have never been relegated from the top division since its inception in 1929, along with Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid.

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In 2009, Barcelona became the first Spanish club to win the continental treble consisting of La Liga, Copa del Rey, and the UEFA Champions League, and also became the first Spanish football club to win six out of six competitions in a single year, by also winning the Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup. [11] In 2011, the club became European champions again, winning five trophies.

This Barcelona team, which won fourteen trophies in just four years under Pep Guardiola, is considered by some in the sport to be the greatest team of barca time. [12] [13] [14] By winning their fifth Champions League trophy in 2015, Barcelona became the first European football club in history to achieve the continental treble twice. Contents • 1 History • 1.1 1899–1922: Beginnings • 1.2 1923–1957: Rivera, Republic and Civil War • 1.3 1957–1978: Club de Fútbol Barcelona • 1.4 1978–2000: Núñez and stabilization • 1.4.1 The Dream Team era • 1.5 2000–2008: Exit Núñez, enter Laporta • 1.6 2008–2012: Guardiola era • 1.7 2014–2020: Bartomeu era • 1.8 2021–present: Return of Laporta and departure of Messi • 2 Support • 3 Club rivalries • 3.1 Barca Clásico • 3.2 El derbi Barceloní • 3.3 Rivalry with A.C.

Milan • 4 Ownership and finances • 5 Records • 6 Kits and crest • 6.1 Kit suppliers and shirt sponsors • 7 Stadium • 8 Honours • 9 Players • 9.1 Current squad • 9.2 Barcelona B and Youth Academy • 9.3 Other players under contract • 9.4 Out barca loan • 10 Personnel • 10.1 Current technical staff • 10.2 Football Sport Management • 11 Management • 11.1 Board of Directors • 12 Filmography • 13 See barca • 14 References • 15 Further barca • 16 External links History Gamper's advertisement in Los Barca — English translation: "SPORT NOTE.

Our friend and partner, Mr. Kans Kamper, from the Foot-Vall Section of the 'Sociedad Los Deportes' and former Swiss champion, wishing to organise some barca in Barcelona, requests that everyone who likes this sport contact him, come to this office Tuesday and Friday nights from 9 to 11." [16] On 22 October 1899, Barca Hans Gamper placed an advertisement in Los Deportes declaring his wish to form a football club; a positive response resulted in a meeting at the Barca Solé on 29 November.

Eleven players attended – Walter Wild (the first barca of the club), Lluís barca, Bartomeu Terradas, Otto Kunzle, Otto Maier, Barca Ducal, Pere Cabot, Carles Pujol, Josep Llobet, John Parsons, and William Parsons – and Foot-Ball Club Barcelona was born.

[16] [17] A formation of FC Barcelona in 1903 FC Barcelona had a successful start in regional and national cups, competing in the Campionat de Catalunya and the Copa del Rey. In 1902, the club won its first trophy, the Copa Macaya, and participated in the first Copa del Rey, losing 1–2 to Bizcaya in the final.

[18] In 1908, Hans Gamper – now known as Joan Gamper – became club president barca a desperate attempt to save Barcelona from extinction, finding the club struggling not just on the pitch, but also financially and socially, after not winning a competition since the Campionat de Catalunya in 1905.

He said in a meeting, "Barcelona cannot die and must not die. If there is nobody who is going to try, then I will assume the responsibility of running the club from now on." [19] Club president on five separate occasions between 1908 and 1925, he spent 25 years in total at the helm. One of his main achievements was ensuring Barça acquire its own stadium and thus generate a stable barca.

[20] On 14 March 1909, the team moved into the Camp de la Barca, a stadium with a capacity of 8,000. To celebrate their new barca, the club conducted a logo contest the following year.

Carles Comamala won the contest, barca his suggestion became the crest that the club barca wears – with some minor changes – as of the present day. [21] With the new stadium, Barcelona participated in the inaugural version of the Pyrenees Cup, which, at the time, consisted of the best teams of Languedoc, Midi and Aquitaine (Southern France), the Basque Country and Catalonia; all were former members of the Marca Hispanica region.

The contest was the most prestigious in that era. [22] From the inaugural year in 1910 to 1913, Barcelona won the competition four consecutive times. Carles Comamala played an integral part of the four-time barca, managing the side along with Amechazurra and Jack Greenwell. The latter became the club's first full-time coach in 1917.

[23] The last edition was held in 1914 in the city of Barcelona, which local rivals Espanyol won. [24] During the same period, the club changed its official language from Castilian to Catalan and gradually evolved into an important symbol of Barca identity. For many fans, participating in the club had less barca do with the game itself and more with being a part of the club's collective identity. [25] On 4 February 1917, the club held its first testimonial match to honour Ramón Torralba, who played from 1913 to 1928.

The match was against local side Terrassa where Barcelona won the match 6–2. [26] Gamper simultaneously launched a campaign to recruit more club members, and by 1922, the club had more than 20,000, who helped finance a new stadium. The club then moved to the new Les Cortes, which barca inaugurated the same year. [27] Les Cortes had an initial capacity of 30,000, and in the 1940s it was expanded barca 60,000. [28] Gamper recruited Jack Greenwell as the first full-time manager in Barcelona's history.

After this hiring, the club's fortunes began to improve on the field. During the Gamper-led era, Barcelona won eleven Campionats de Catalunya, six Copa del Rey and four Pyrenees Cups and enjoyed its first "golden age". [18] barca 1923–1957: Rivera, Republic and Civil War The aerial bombardment of Barcelona in 1938 On 14 June 1925, in a spontaneous reaction against Primo de Rivera's dictatorship, the crowd in the stadium jeered the Royal March.

As a reprisal, the ground was closed for six months and Gamper was forced to relinquish the presidency of the club. [29] This coincided with the transition to professional football, and, in 1926, the directors of Barcelona publicly claimed, for the first time, to operate a professional football club.

[27] Team of FC Barcelona, published on El Gráfico, 1926 On 3 July 1927, the club held a second testimonial match for Paulino Alcántara, against the Spanish national team. To kick off the match, local journalist and pilot Josep Canudas dropped the ball onto the pitch from his aeroplane.

[30] In 1928, victory in the Spanish Cup was celebrated with a poem titled "Oda a Platko", which was written by a member of the Generation of '27, Rafael Alberti, inspired by the heroic performance of the Barcelona goalkeeper, Franz Platko. [31] On 23 June 1929, Barcelona won the inaugural Spanish League.

A year after winning the championship, on 30 July 1930, Gamper committed suicide after a period of depression brought on by personal and financial problems.

[20] Although they continued to have players of the standing of Josep Escolà, the club now entered a period barca decline, in which political conflict overshadowed sports throughout society. Attendance at matches dropped as the citizens of Barcelona were occupied with discussing political matters. [32] Although the team won the Barca de Catalunya in 1930, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1936 and 1938, [18] success at a national level (with the exception of the 1937 disputed title) evaded them.

A barca after the Spanish Civil War began in 1936, several players from Barcelona enlisted in the ranks of those who fought against the military uprising, along with players from Athletic Bilbao. [33] On 6 August, Falangist soldiers near Guadarrama murdered club president Josep Sunyol, a barca of the pro-independence political party. [34] He was dubbed the martyr of barcelonisme, and his murder was a defining moment in the history of FC Barcelona and Catalan identity.

[35] In barca summer of 1937, the squad was on tour in Mexico and the United States, where barca was received as an ambassador of the Second Spanish Republic. The tour led to the financial security of the club, but also resulted in half of the team seeking asylum in Mexico and France, making it harder for the remaining team to contest for trophies.

[36] [37] On 16 March 1938, Barcelona came under aerial bombardment from the Italian Air Force, causing more than 3,000 deaths, with one of the bombs hitting the club's offices. [38] [39] A few months later, Catalonia came under occupation and as a symbol of the "undisciplined" Catalanism, the club, now down to just 3,486 members, faced a number of restrictions.

All signs of regional nationalism, including language, barca and other signs of separatism were banned throughout Spain. The Catalan flag was banned and the club were prohibited from using non-Spanish names. These measures forced the club to change its name to Club de Fútbol Barcelona and to remove the Catalan flag from barca crest.

[40] A prolific forward, László Kubala led Barcelona to success barca the 1950s. His statue is built outside the Camp Nou. In 1943, Barcelona faced rivals Real Madrid in the semi-finals of Copa del Generalísimo (now the Copa del Rey). The first match at Les Corts was won by Barcelona 3–0.

Real Madrid comfortably won the second leg, beating Barcelona 11–1. [41] According to football writer Sid Lowe, "There have been relatively few mentions of the game [since] and it is not a result barca has been particularly celebrated in Madrid.

Indeed, the 11–1 occupies a far more prominent place in Barcelona's history. This was the game that first formed the identification of Madrid as the team of the dictatorship and Barcelona as its victims." [42] It has been alleged by local journalist Paco Aguilar that Barcelona's players were threatened by police in the changing room, though nothing was ever proven.

[43] 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.

[44] In 1949, barca also won the first Copa Latina. [45] In June 1950, Barcelona signed László Kubala, who was to be an important figure at the club. [46] 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 was taking place in Barcelona, receiving the support of blaugrana fans. Events like this made CF Barcelona represent much more than just Catalonia and many progressive Spaniards saw the club as a staunch defender of rights and freedoms. [47] barca Coach Ferdinand Daučík and László Kubala led 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, the club won La Barca and the Copa del Generalísimo barca. [28] 1957–1978: Club de Fútbol Barcelona Barcelona line up against Hamburger SV before the 1960–61 European Cup semi-final 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 barca Zoltán Czibor, the team won another national double in 1959 and a La Liga and Fairs Cup double in 1960.

In 1961, they became the first club to beat Real Madrid in a European Cup play-off. However, they lost 2–3 to Benfica in the final. [49] [50] Luis Suárez, the first Barcelona player to win the Ballon d'Or 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 barca players.

[50] The 1960s saw the emergence of Josep Maria Fusté and Carles Rexach, and the club won the Copa del Generalísimo in 1963 and the Fairs Cup in 1966. Barcelona restored some pride by beating Real Madrid 1–0 in the 1968 Copa del Generalísimo final at the Santiago Bernabéu in front of Francisco Franco, with coach Salvador Artigas, a former barca pilot in the Civil War.

With the end of Franco's dictatorship in 1974, the club changed its official name back to Futbol Club Barcelona and reverted the crest to its original design, including the original letters once again.

[51] [52] The 1973–74 season saw the arrival of Johan Cruyff, who was bought for a world record £920,000 from Ajax. [53] Already an established player with Barca, Cruyff quickly won over the Barcelona fans when he told the European press that he chose Barcelona over Real Madrid because he could not play for a club associated with Francisco Franco. He further endeared himself when he named his son "Jordi", after the local Catalan Saint George. [54] Next to champions like Juan Manuel Asensi, Carles Rexach and Hugo Sotil, he helped the club win the 1973–74 season for the first time since 1960, [18] defeating Real Madrid 5–0 at the Santiago Bernabéu en route.

He was crowned European Footballer of barca Year in 1973 during his first season with Barcelona (his second Ballon d'Or win; he won his first while playing for Ajax in 1971). Cruyff received this prestigious award a third time (the first player to do so) in 1974, while he was still with Barcelona. [55] 1978–2000: Núñez and stabilization In 1979, Barcelona bought La Masia, a farmer's house built in 1702, to be a residence for young academy players. It would later play a significant role in the barca future success.

[56] [57] Barca 1978, Josep Lluís Núñez became the barca elected president of FC Barcelona, and, since then, the members of Barcelona have elected the club president. The barca of electing a president of FC Barcelona was closely tied to Spain's transition to democracy in 1974 and the end barca Franco's dictatorship. The new president's main objective was to develop Barcelona into a world-class club by giving it stability both on and off the pitch. His presidency was to last for 22 years, and it deeply affected the image of Barcelona, as Núñez held to a strict policy regarding wages and discipline, letting go of barca players as Diego Maradona, Romário and Ronaldo rather than meeting their demands.

[58] [59] On 16 May 1979, the club won its first European Cup Winners' Cup by beating Fortuna Düsseldorf 4–3 in Basel in a final watched by more than 30,000 travelling blaugrana fans.

The same year, Núñez began to invest in the club's youth programme by converting La Masia into a dormitory barca young academy players from abroad.

The name of the dormitory would later become synonymous with the youth programme of Barcelona. [60] Diego Maradona's blaugrana shirt on display in the FC Barcelona Museum In June 1982, Diego Maradona was signed for a world record barca of £5 million from Boca Juniors.

[61] In the following season, under coach César Luis Menotti, Barcelona won the Copa del Rey, beating Real Madrid. Maradona's time with Barcelona, however, was short-lived and he soon left for Napoli. At the start of the 1984–85 season, Terry Venables was hired as manager and he won La Liga with noteworthy 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 București during a dramatic evening in Seville.

[58] Around this time, tensions began to arise between what was perceived as president Núñez's dictatorial rule and the nationalistic support group, Boixos Nois. The group, identified with a left-wing separatism, repeatedly demanded the resignation of Núñez and openly defied him through chants and banners at matches. At the same time, Barcelona experienced an eruption in skinheads, who often identified with a right-wing separatism.

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The skinheads slowly transferred the Boixos Nois' ideology from liberalism to fascism, which caused division within the group and a sudden support for Núñez's presidency. [62] Inspired by British hooligans, the remaining Boixos Nois became violent, causing barca leading to large-scale arrests.

[63] After the 1986 FIFA World Cup, Barcelona signed the English top scorer Gary Lineker, along with goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta, but the team could not achieve success, as Schuster was excluded from the team. Terry Venables was subsequently fired at the beginning of the 1987–88 season and replaced with Luis Aragonés. The season finished with the players rebelling against president Núñez, in an event known as the Barca mutiny, and a 1–0 victory in the Copa del Rey final against Real Sociedad.

[58] The Dream Team era As coach of the "Dream Team", Johan Cruyff won four consecutive league titles with Barcelona. In 1988, Johan Cruyff returned to the club, this time as manager and he assembled what would later be dubbed the "Dream Team". [64] He used a mix of Spanish players like Pep Guardiola, José Mari Bakero, Jon Andoni Goikoetxea, Miguel Angel Nadal and Txiki Begiristain while signing international barca such as Ronald Koeman, Michael Laudrup, Romário and Hristo Stoichkov.

[65] Starting lineup for the 1992 European Cup Final, the club's first European Cup/Champions League winning team It was ten years after the inception of the youth programme, La Masia, when the young players began to graduate and play for their first team.

One of the first graduates, who would later earn international acclaim, was future Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola. [66] 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 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 trophies.

With 11 trophies, Cruyff became the club's most successful barca at that point. He also became the club's longest consecutive serving manager, serving eight years.

[67] Cruyff's fortune was to change, and, in his final two seasons, he failed to win any trophies and fell out with barca Josep Lluís Núñez, resulting in his departure.

[58] On the legacy of Cruyff's football philosophy and the passing style of play he introduced to barca club, future coach of Barcelona Pep Guardiola would state, "Cruyff built the cathedral, our job is to maintain and renovate it." [68] Reacting to Cruyff's departure, an independent protest group was organised by Armand Caraben, Joan Laporta and Alfons Godall.

[69] The objective of the group, called L'Elefant Blau, was to oppose the presidency of Núñez, which they regarded as a corruption of the club's traditional values. [69] [70] Laporta would later take over the presidency of Barcelona in 2003. [71] Cruyff was briefly replaced by Bobby Robson, who took charge of the club for a single season in 1996–97. He recruited Ronaldo for a world record transfer fee from his previous club, PSV and delivered a cup barca, winning the Copa del Rey, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and the Supercopa de España, with Ronaldo registering 47 goals in 49 games.

[72] Despite his success, Robson was only ever seen as a short-term solution while the club waited for Louis van Gaal to become available. [73] Like Maradona, Ronaldo only stayed a short time before he left for Inter Milan in another world record transfer. [72] However, new heroes emerged, such as Luís Figo, Patrick Kluivert, Luis Enrique and Rivaldo, and the team won a Copa del Rey and La Liga barca in 1998. In 1999, the club celebrated its centenari, winning the Primera División title, and Rivaldo became the fourth Barcelona player to be awarded European Footballer of the Year.

Despite this domestic success, the failure to emulate Real Madrid in the Champions League led to van Gaal and Núñez resigning in 2000. [73] 2000–2008: Exit Núñez, enter Laporta Plaque barca the centenary of FC Barcelona The departures of Núñez and Van Gaal were hardly noticed by the fans when compared to that of Luís Figo, then club vice-captain.

Figo had become a cult hero and was considered by Catalans to be one of their own. Barcelona fans, however, 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.

Upon his first return, a piglet's head and a full bottle of whiskey were thrown at him from the crowd. [74] The next three years saw the club in decline, and managers came and went. Van Gaal was replaced by Lorenzo Serra Ferrer who, despite an extensive investment in players in the summer of 2000, presided over a mediocre league campaign and a first-round Champions League exit, and was dismissed late in the season.

Long-serving Barcelona deputy coach Carles Rexach was appointed as his replacement, initially on a temporary basis, and managed to at least steer the club to the last Champions League spot on the final day of the season against Valencia via an exceptional performance from Rivaldo, who completed arguably the greatest hat-trick in history with an overhead bicycle kick winner in the final minute to secure qualification.

[75] [76] [77] Despite better form in La Liga and a good run to the semi-finals of the Champions League, Rexach was never viewed as a long-term solution and that summer Van Gaal returned to the club for a second spell as manager. What followed, despite another decent Champions League performance, was one of the worst La Liga campaigns in the club's history, with the team as low as 15th in February 2003.

This led to Van Gaal's resignation and replacement for the rest of the campaign barca Radomir Antić, though a sixth-place finish was the best that he could manage. At the end of the season, Antić's short-term contract was not renewed, and club president Joan Gaspart resigned, his position having been made completely untenable by such a disastrous season on top of the club's overall decline in fortunes since he became president three years prior.

[78] Ronaldinho's arrival in 2003 revitalized the club. [79] [80] 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 barca field, an influx of international players, including Ronaldinho, Deco, Barca Larsson, Ludovic Giuly, Samuel Eto'o, Rafael Márquez and Edgar Davids, combined with home grown Spanish players, such as Carles Puyol, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi and Víctor Valdés, led to the club's return to success.

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Barcelona won La Liga and the Supercopa de España in 2004–05, and Ronaldinho barca Eto'o were voted first and third, respectively, in the FIFA World Player of the Year awards.

[81] Barcelona's victorious 2006 Champions League Final starting lineup In the 2005–06 season, Barcelona repeated their barca and Supercopa successes. The pinnacle of the league season arrived at the Santiago Bernabéu in a 3–0 win over Real Madrid. It was Rijkaard's second victory at the Bernabéu, making him the first Barcelona manager to win there twice. Ronaldinho's performance was so impressive that after his second goal, which was Barcelona's third, some Real Madrid fans gave him a standing ovation.

[82] In the Champions League, Barcelona beat the English club Arsenal in the final. Trailing 1–0 to a ten-man Arsenal and with less than 15 minutes remaining, 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 Barca Cup victory in 14 years.

[83] Despite being the favourites and starting strongly, Barcelona finished the 2006–07 season without trophies. 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 criticised coach Rijkaard and Ronaldinho. [84] Ronaldinho also admitted that a lack of fitness affected his form. [85] In La Liga, Barcelona were in first place for much of the season, but inconsistency in the New Year saw Real Madrid overtake them to become champions.

Barcelona advanced to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey, winning the first leg against Getafe 5–2, with a goal from Messi bringing comparison to Diego Maradona's goal of the century, 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 side Internacional.

[86] In the Champions League, Barcelona were knocked out of the competition in the last 16 by eventual runners-up Liverpool on away goals. [87] Barcelona finished the 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. The day after a 4–1 defeat to Real Madrid, Joan Laporta announced that Barcelona B coach Pep Guardiola would take over Frank Rijkaard's duties on 30 June 2008.

[88] 2008–2012: Guardiola era Barcelona's midfield combination of Andrés Iniesta (left) and Xavi (right) were at the heart of Guardiola's tiki-taka passing style of play. [89] Barcelona Barca youth manager Pep Guardiola took over Frank Rijkaard's duties at the conclusion of the season.

[88] Guardiola brought with him the now famous tiki-taka style of play he had been taught during his time in the Barcelona youth teams. In the process, Guardiola sold Ronaldinho and Deco and started building the Barcelona team around Xavi, Andrés Iniesta and Lionel Messi. [90] Lionel Messi in action during the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final victory against Manchester United Barça beat Athletic Bilbao 4–1 in the 2009 Copa del Rey Final, winning the competition for a record-breaking 25th time.

A historic 2–6 victory against Real Madrid followed three days later and ensured that Barcelona became 2008–09 La Liga champions. Barça finished the season by beating Manchester United 2–0 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, with goals from Eto'o and Messi, to win their third Champions League title, and complete the first ever treble won by a Spanish team.

[91] [92] [93] The team went on to win the 2009 Supercopa de España against Athletic Bilbao [94] and the 2009 UEFA Super Cup against Shakhtar Donetsk, [95] becoming the barca European club to win both domestic and European Super Cups following a treble. In December 2009, Barcelona won the 2009 Club World Cup. [96] Barcelona accomplished two new records in Spanish football in 2010 as they retained the La Liga trophy with 99 points and won the Supercopa de España for a ninth time.

[97] [98] After Laporta's departure from the club in June 2010, Sandro Rosell was soon elected as the new president. The barca were held on 13 June, where he got 61.35% (57,088 votes, a record) of total votes.

[99] Rosell signed David Villa from Barca for €40 million [100] and Javier Mascherano from Liverpool for €19 million. [101] At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Barcelona players that had graduated from the club's La Masia youth system would play a major role in Spain becoming world champions.

On 11 July, seven players who came through the academy participated in the final, six of which were Barcelona players whom started the match, with Iniesta scoring the winning goal against the Netherlands. [102] In November 2010, Barcelona defeated their main rival Real Madrid 5–0 in El Clásico.

At the ceremony for the 2010 FIFA Ballon d'Or barca December, Barcelona's La Masia barca the first youth academy ever to have all three finalists for the Ballon d'Or, with Messi, Iniesta and Xavi barca named the three best players in the world for 2010. [103] In the 2010–11 season, Barcelona retained the La Liga trophy, their third title in succession, finishing with 96 points.

[104] In April 2011, the club reached the Copa del Rey final, losing 1–0 to Real Madrid at the Mestalla Stadium in Valencia. [105] In May, Barcelona defeated Manchester United in the 2011 Champions League Final 3–1 held at Wembley Stadium, a repeat of the 2009 final, winning their fourth European Cup. [106] In August 2011, La Masia graduate Cesc Fàbregas was bought from Arsenal and he would help Barcelona defend the Spanish Supercup against Real Madrid.

The Supercup victory brought the total number of official trophies to 73, matching the number of titles won by Real Madrid. [107] Later the same month, Barcelona won the UEFA Super Cup defeating Porto 2–0 with goals from Messi and Fàbregas.

This extended the club's overall number of official trophies to 74, surpassing Real Madrid's total amount of official trophies. [108] The Super Cup victory also barca Guardiola win his 12th trophy out of a possible 15 in his three years at the helm of the club, becoming the all-time record holder of most titles won as a barca at Barcelona.

[109] Barcelona celebrating their 2011 FIFA Club World Cup win against Santos FC In December, Barcelona won the Club World Cup for a record second time barca its establishment, after defeating 2011 Copa Libertadores holders Santos 4–0 in the final barca to two goals from Messi and goals from Xavi and Fàbregas. [110] As a result, the overall trophy haul during the reign of Guardiola was further extended and saw Barcelona win their 13th trophy barca of a possible 16.

[111] [112] Considered by some in the sport to be the greatest team of all time, with Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson stating, ”They mesmerise you with their passing”, [13] their five trophies in 2011 saw them receive the Laureus World Sports Award for Team of the Year. [113] In the 2011–12 season, Barcelona lost the semi-finals of the Champions League against Chelsea.

Guardiola, who had been on a rolling contract and had faced criticism over his recent tactics and squad selections, [114] [115] announced that he would step down as manager on 30 June and be succeeded by assistant Tito Vilanova. [116] [117] Guardiola finished his tenure with Barça winning the Copa del Rey final 3–0, bringing the tally to 14 trophies that Barça had won under his coaching.

[118] It was announced in summer of 2012 that Tito Vilanova, assistant manager at Barcelona, would take over from Pep Guardiola as manager. [119] Barca his appointment, Barcelona went barca an incredible run that saw them hold the top spot on the league table for barca entire season, recording only two losses and amassing 100 points.

Their top scorer once again was Lionel Messi, who scored 46 goals in La Liga, including two hat-tricks. On 11 May 2013, Barcelona were crowned as the Spanish football champions for the 22nd time, still with four games left to play. Ultimately, Barcelona ended the season 15 points clear of rivals Real Madrid, despite losing 2–1 to them at the beginning barca March.

[120] They reached the semi-final stage of both the Copa del Rey and the Champions League, going out to Real Madrid and Bayern Munich respectively. On 19 July, it was announced that Vilanova was resigning as Barcelona manager because his throat cancer had returned, and he would be receiving treatment for the second time after a three-month medical leave in December 2012.

[121] 2014–2020: Bartomeu era On 22 July 2013, Gerardo "Tata" Martino was confirmed as manager of Barcelona for the 2013–14 season. [122] Barcelona won the 2013 Supercopa de España 1–1 on away goals.

[123] On 23 January 2014, Sandro Rosell resigned as president by the admissibility of a complaint for alleged misappropriation following the transfer of Neymar. [124] Josep Maria Bartomeu replaced him to finish the term. [125] Luis Suárez joined the club in 2014.

Messi, Suárez and Neymar, dubbed MSN, formed a record-breaking strike force. Barcelona won the treble in the 2014–15 season, winning La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League titles, and became the first European team to have won the treble twice. [126] On 17 May, the club clinched their 23rd La Liga title after defeating Atlético Madrid. [127] This was Barcelona's seventh La Liga title in the last ten years.

[128] On 30 May, the club defeated Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final at Camp Nou. [129] On 6 June, Barcelona won the 2015 Champions League Final with a 3–1 win against Juventus, which completed the treble, the club's second in six years. [130] Barcelona's attacking trio of Messi, Suárez and Neymar, dubbed "MSN", scored 122 goals in barca competitions, the most in a season for an attacking trio in Spanish football history.

[131] On 11 Barca, Barcelona started the 2015–16 season winning a joint record fifth European Super Cup by beating Sevilla 5–4 in the 2015 UEFA Super Cup. They ended the year with a 3–0 win over Argentine club River Plate in the 2015 Club World Cup final on 20 December to win the trophy for a record third time, with Barca, Messi and Iniesta the top three players of the tournament. [132] The Club World Cup was Barcelona's 20th international title, a record only matched by Egyptian club Al Ahly.

[133] [134] By scoring 180 goals in 2015 in all competitions, Barcelona set the record for most goals scored in a calendar year, breaking Real Madrid's record of 178 goals scored in 2014. [135] On 10 February 2016, qualifying for the sixth Copa del Rey final in the last eight seasons, Luis Enrique's Barcelona broke the club's record of 28 consecutive games unbeaten in all competitions set by Guardiola's team in the 2010–11 season, with a 1–1 barca with Valencia barca the second leg of the 2015–16 Copa del Rey.

[136] [137] With a 5–1 win at Rayo Vallecano on 3 March, Barcelona's 35th match unbeaten, the club broke Real Barca Spanish record of 34 games unbeaten in barca competitions from the 1988–1989 season. [138] [139] Barca Barça reached 39 matches unbeaten, their barca ended on 2 April 2016 with a 2–1 defeat to Real Madrid at Camp Nou.

[140] On 14 May 2016, Barcelona won their sixth Barca Liga title in eight seasons. [141] The front three of Messi, Suárez and Neymar finished the season with 131 goals, breaking the record they had set the previous year for most goals by an attacking trio in a single season. [142] Neymar preparing to take a free kick in Barcelona's comeback against Paris Saint-Germain. On 8 March 2017, Barcelona made the largest comeback in Champions League history in the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second Leg, defeating Paris Saint-Germain 6–1 (aggregate score 6–5), despite losing the first leg in France by a score barca 4–0.

[143] On 29 May 2017, former player Ernesto Valverde was named as Luis Enrique's successor. [144] On 20 September 2017, Barcelona issued a statement exercising their stance on the 2017 Catalan referendum saying, "FC Barcelona, in holding the barca respect for its diverse body of members, will continue to support the will of the majority of Catalan people, and will do so in a civil, peaceful, and exemplary way".

[145] The match against UD Las Palmas on the referendum day was requested to be postponed by the Barcelona board due to heavy violence in Catalonia, but it (the request) was declined by La Liga, therefore being held behind closed doors. [146] Two directors, Jordi Monés and Carles Vilarrubí, handed in their resignations in protest at the game's being played. [147] Winning La Liga for the 2017–18 season, on 9 May 2018, Barcelona defeated Villarreal 5–1 to set the longest unbeaten streak (43 games) in La Liga history.

[148] On 27 April 2019, Barcelona won their 26th La Liga title. [149] However, the La Liga title was overshadowed by an improbable Champions League exit to Liverpool in the semi-finals, with Barça losing the second leg 0–4 after being up 3–0 after a home victory.

[150] On 13 January 2020, following the loss to Atlético Madrid in the Spanish Supercup, former Real Betis coach Quique Setién replaced Ernesto Valverde as the new head coach of Barcelona. [151] Ultimately Barcelona finished the season trophyless for first time in 12 years.

On 17 August, the club confirmed that Setién had been removed from his position as manager with director of football Eric Abidal also dismissed from his position. [152] Two days later, Barca Koeman was appointed as the new head coach of Barcelona. [153] Rising dissatisfaction among supporters due to worsening finances and decline on the pitch in the previous season led to Josep Maria Bartomeu announcing his resignation as president on 27 October 2020, to avoid facing a vote of no confidence from the club members.

[154] [155] 2021–present: Return of Laporta and departure of Messi On 7 March 2021, Joan Laporta was elected president of Barcelona with 54.28% of the vote. [156] Barcelona won their 31st Copa del Rey, their first trophy under Ronald Koeman, after defeating Athletic Bilbao 4–0 in the final. [157] On 5 August 2021, despite Barcelona and Messi having reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract, the deal could not happen due to financial and structural obstacles posed by the Spanish Liga regulations.

[158] On 10 August it was announced that Messi had joined French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent, ending his 21-year spell with Barcelona. [159] Koeman was sacked as manager on 28 October 2021, and on 6 November Xavi was announced as the club’s new manager, with a contract until 2024.

[160] On 8 December, the club dropped to the Europa League for the first time in 17 years, as they finished third in the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League group stage.

[161] On 14 April 2022, Barcelona were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Eintracht Frankfurt, losing 3-4 on aggregate. [162] The next month, they secured a return to the Champions League with a 1-2 away league win against Real Betis.

[163] Support Tifo at the Camp Nou in a 2013 comeback against AC Milan The nickname culer for a Barcelona supporter is derived from the Catalan cul (English: arse), as the spectators at the first stadium, Camp de la Indústria, sat with their barca over the stand. In Spain, about 25% of the population is said to be Barça sympathisers, second behind Real Madrid, supported by 32% of the population. [164] Throughout Europe, Barcelona is the favourite second-choice club.

[165] The club's membership figures have seen a significant increase from 100,000 in the 2003–04 season to 170,000 in September 2009, [166] the sharp rise being attributed to the influence of Ronaldinho and then-president Joan Laporta's media strategy that focused on Spanish and English online media.

[167] [168] In addition to membership, as of 2022 [update] there are 1,264 officially registered fan clubs, called penyes, around the world. [169] The fan clubs promote Barcelona in their locality and receive beneficial offers when visiting Barcelona.

[170] Among the best supported barca globally, Barcelona has the second highest social media following in the world among sports teams, with over 103 million Facebook fans as of December 2021 [update], only behind Real Madrid with 111 million. [9] [171] The club has had many prominent people among its supporters, including Pope John Paul II, who was an honorary member, and former prime minister of Spain José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.

[172] [173] Club rivalries El Clásico Players jostle in Barcelona's 2–6 win against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in a 2009 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 Barcelona and Real Madrid is known as "The Classic" ( El Clásico). From the start of national competitions the clubs were seen as representatives of two rival regions in Spain: Catalonia and Castile, as well as of the two cities.

The rivalry reflects what many regard as the political and cultural tensions felt between Catalans and the Castilians, seen by one author as a re-enactment of the Spanish Civil War.

[174] Over the years, the head-to-head record between the two clubs is 100 victories for Madrid, 97 victories for Barcelona, and 52 draws. [175] Barcelona fans creating a mosaic of the Catalan flag before a 2012 El Clasico at the Camp Nou During the dictatorships of Miguel Primo de Rivera (1923–1930) and especially of Francisco Franco (1939–1975), all regional cultures were suppressed.

All of the languages spoken in Spanish territory, except Spanish ( Castilian) itself, were officially banned. [176] [177] Symbolising the Catalan people's desire for freedom, Barça became 'More than a club' ( Més que un club) for the Catalans.

[178] According to Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, the best way for the Catalans to demonstrate their identity was by joining Barça. It was less risky than joining a clandestine anti-Franco movement, and allowed them to express their dissidence. [179] During Franco's regime, however, the blaugrana team was granted profit due to its good relationship with the dictator at management level, even giving two awards to him.

[180] On the other hand, Real Madrid was widely seen as the embodiment barca the sovereign oppressive centralism and the fascist regime at management level and beyond: Santiago Bernabéu, the former club president for whom their stadium is named, fought on the Nationalist side during the Spanish Civil War.

[181] [182] During the Spanish Civil War, however, members of both clubs such as Josep Sunyol and Rafael Sánchez Guerra suffered at the hands of Franco supporters. [183] During the 1950s, the rivalry was exacerbated further when there was a controversy surrounding the transfer of Alfredo Di Stéfano, who finally played for Real Madrid and was key to their subsequent success.

[184] The 1960s saw the rivalry reach the European stage when they met twice in a controversial knock-out round of the European Cup, with Madrid receiving unfavourable barca from the referee. [185] [186] In 2002, the European encounter between the clubs was dubbed the "Match of The Century" by Spanish media, and Madrid's win was watched by more than 500 million people.

[187] An intense fixture which is marked by its indiscipline in addition to memorable goal celebrations from both teams – often involving mocking the opposition – such notable celebrations occurred in 2009 when Barcelona captain Carles Puyol kissed his Catalan armband in front of incensed Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and in 2017 when Lionel Messi celebrated his 93rd-minute winner for Barcelona against Real Madrid at the Bernabéu by taking off his Barcelona shirt and holding it up barca incensed Real Madrid fans – with his name and number facing them.

[188] El derbi Barceloní Barcelona players parade La Liga trophy around the Camp Nou in May 2006 after barca Espanyol in their last home game of the season Barça's local rival has always been Espanyol. Blanc-i-blaus, being one of the clubs granted royal patronage, was founded exclusively by Barca football fans, unlike the multinational nature of Barça's primary board. The founding message of the club was clearly anti-Barcelona, and they disapprovingly saw FC Barcelona as a team of foreigners.

[189] The rivalry was strengthened by what Catalonians saw as a provocative representative of Madrid. [190] Their original ground was in the affluent district of Sarrià. [191] [192] Traditionally, Espanyol was seen by the vast 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.

[193] Also in the 1960s and 1970s, while FC Barcelona acted as an integrating force for Catalonia's new arrivals from poorer regions of Spain expecting to find a better life, Espanyol drew their support mainly from sectors close to the regime such as policemen, military officers, civil servants and career fascists. [194] In 1918, Espanyol started a counter-petition against autonomy, which at that time had become a pertinent issue.

[189] Later on, an Espanyol supporter group would join the Falangists in the Spanish Civil War, siding with the fascists. Despite these differences in ideology, the derbi has always been more relevant to Espanyol supporters than Barcelona ones due to the difference in objectives. In recent years the rivalry has become less political, as Espanyol translated its official name and anthem from Spanish to Catalan.

[189] Though it is the most played local derby in the history of La Liga, it is also the most unbalanced, with Barcelona overwhelmingly dominant.

In the primera división league table, Espanyol has only managed to end above Barça on three occasions from 87 seasons (1928–2022) and the only all-Catalan Copa del Rey final was won by Barça in 1957. Espanyol has the barca of achieving the largest margin win with a 6–0 in 1951, while Barcelona's biggest win was 5–0 on seven occasions (in 1933, 1947, 1964, 1975, 1992, 2016 and 2017).

Espanyol achieved a 2–1 win against Barça during the 2008–09 season, becoming the first barca to defeat Barcelona at Camp Nou in their treble-winning season. [195] Rivalry with A.C. Milan Barca ultras Boixos Nois in the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League semi-final against A.C. Milan at San Siro One of Barcelona's rivals in European football is Italian club A.C. Milan. [196] [197] [198] [199] The team against which Barcelona has played the most matches (19), it is also the second most played match in European competitions, tied with Real Barca and both after Real Madrid–Bayern Munich (24).

[200] [201] Two of the most successful clubs in Europe, Milan has barca seven European Cups to Barça's five, while both clubs have won a record five European Super Cups. [202] Barcelona and Milan have won other continental titles, which make them the second and third most decorated teams in world football, with 20 and 18 titles respectively, both behind Real Madrid's 26. [203] Barcelona leads the head-to-head record with eight wins and five defeats. The first encounter between the two clubs was in the 1959–60 European Cup.

They faced off barca the round of 16 and Barça won the tie on a 7–1 aggregate score (0–2 in Milan and 5–1 in Barcelona). [204] While Milan had never knocked Barcelona out of the European Cup, they beat Johan Cruyff's Dream Team 4–0 in the 1994 Champions League final, despite being the underdogs.

[205] [206] In 2013, however, Barcelona made a "historic" comeback from a 0–2 first leg defeat in the round of 16 of the 2012–13 Champions League, winning 4–0 at the Camp Nou. [207] [208] Ownership and finances Civil Guards at the socis' entrance of the Camp de la Indústria Along with Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, and Osasuna, Barcelona is organised as a registered association. Unlike a limited company, it is not possible to purchase shares in the club, but only membership.

[209] The members of Barcelona, called socis, form an assembly of delegates which is the highest governing body of the club. [210] As of 2021 [update], the club has 144,000 socis.

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{INSERTKEYS} [211] In 2010, Forbes evaluated Barcelona's worth to be around €752 million (US$1 billion), ranking them fourth after Manchester United, Real Madrid and Arsenal, based on figures from the 2008–09 season. [212] [213] According to Deloitte, Barcelona had a recorded revenue of €366 million in the same period, ranking second to Real Madrid, who generated €401 million in revenue.

[214] In 2013, Forbes magazine ranked Barcelona the third most valuable sports team in the world, behind Real Madrid and Manchester United, with a value of $2.6 billion. [215] In 2014, Forbes ranked them the second most valuable sports team in the world, worth $3.2 billion, and Deloitte ranked them the world's fourth richest football club in terms of revenue, with an annual turnover of €484.6 million. [216] [217] In 2017, Forbes ranked them the fourth most valuable sports team in the world with a team value of $3.64 billion.

[218] In 2018, Barcelona became the first sports team to surpass $1bn in annual revenues. [219] In November 2018 Barcelona became the first sports team with average first-team pay in excess of £10m ($13.8m) per year. [220] [221] However, years of profligate spending under the reign of Josep Maria Bartomeu (president between 2014 and 2020), such as on failed transfers, and other factors such as the COVID pandemic, saw the club’s gross debt rise to about $1.4bn in 2021, much of it short-term.

[219] Records Xavi made 767 total appearances for Barcelona, a former club record In March 2021, Lionel Messi overtook Xavi's record of 767 games played for the club, and presently has made 778 official appearances in all competitions, while also holding the record for the most appearances in La Liga matches for Barcelona, with 520.

[222] Lionel Messi is Barcelona's all-time top appearance maker, top scorer, and the highest scoring player for a single club. Barcelona's all-time highest goalscorer in official competitions is Lionel Messi with 672 goals, surpassing Paulino Alcántara's 369 goals in March 2014, a record which stood for 87 years.

[223] In December 2020, Messi also overtook Pelé’s 643 goals for Santos to become the highest official scorer for a single club. [224] Messi is the record goalscorer for Barcelona in European and international club competitions, [225] and the record league scorer with 474 goals in La Liga.

[226] Four other players have managed to score over 100 league goals for Barcelona: César Rodríguez (190), Luis Suárez (147), László Kubala (131) and Samuel Eto'o (108). [227] Josep Samitier is the club's highest goalscorer in the Copa del Rey, with 64 goals. [228] László Kubala holds the La Liga record for most goals scored in one match, with seven goals against Sporting Gijón in 1952.

[229] Lionel Messi co-holds the Champions League record with five goals against Bayer Leverkusen in 2012. {/INSERTKEYS}

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{INSERTKEYS} [230] Eulogio Martínez became Barça's top goalscorer in a cup game, when he scored seven goals against Atlético Madrid in 1957. [225] Barcelona goalkeepers have won a record number of Zamora trophies (20), with Antoni Ramallets and Víctor Valdés winning a record five each. Valdés had a ratio of 0.832 goals-conceded-per-game, a La Liga record, [231] and he also holds the record for longest period without conceding a goal (896 minutes) in all competitions for Barcelona.

[232] Claudio Bravo has the record of best unbeaten start in a season in La Liga history, at 754 minutes. [233] [234] Pep Guardiola is Barcelona's most successful coach with 14 trophies Barcelona's longest serving manager is Jack Greenwell, with nine years in two spells (1917–1924) and (1931–1933), and Pep Guardiola is the club's most successful manager (14 trophies in 4 years).

The most successful Barcelona player is Lionel Messi with 35 trophies, surpassing Andrés Iniesta, with 32 trophies. [235] Barcelona's Camp Nou is the largest stadium in Europe. The club's highest home attendance was 120,000 in a European Cup quarter-final against Juventus on 3 March 1986.

[236] The modernisation of Camp Nou during the 1990s and the introduction of all-seater stands means the record will not be broken for the foreseeable future as the current capacity of the stadium is 99,354. [237] El Barça de les Cinc Copes is the first team in Spanish football to have won five trophies in a single season (1951–1952). [238] [239] [240] Barcelona is the only club to have played in every season of European competitions since they started in 1955 counting non- UEFA competition Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

[241] [242] On 18 December 2009, alongside being the only Spanish club to achieve a continental treble, Barcelona became the first ever European football team to win six trophies in a calendar year (a sextuple). [243] [244] In January 2018, Barcelona signed Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool for €120 million, the highest transfer fee in club's history.

[245] [246] In August 2017, Barcelona player Neymar transferred to Paris Saint-Germain for a world record transfer fee of €222 million. [247] [248] In 2016, Barcelona's La Masia was ranked second by the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) as the most top-level players producing academy in the world.

[249] Kits and crest Wikimedia Commons has media related to FC Barcelona kits. The first crest (left) worn by Barça from 1899 to 1910, and second crest (right), designed by Carles Comamala in 1910. The club's original crest was a quartered diamond-shaped crest topped by the Crown of Aragon and the bat of King James, and surrounded by two branches, one of a laurel tree and the other a palm. [21] The club shared Barcelona's coat of arms, as a demonstration of its identification with the city and a desire to be recognised as one.

[250] In 1910, the club held a competition among its members to design a new crest. The winner was Carles Comamala, who at the time played for the club. Comamala's suggestion became the crest that the club wears today, with some minor variations. The crest consists of the St George Cross in the upper-left corner with the Catalan flag beside it, and the team colours at the bottom. [21] The blue and red colours of the shirt were first worn in a match against Hispania in 1900.

[251] Several competing theories have been put forth for the blue and red design of the Barcelona shirt. The son of the first president, Arthur Witty, claimed it was the idea of his father as the colours were the same as the Merchant Taylor's School team.

Another explanation, according to author Toni Strubell, is that the colours are from Robespierre's First Republic. In Catalonia the common perception is that the colours were chosen by Joan Gamper and are those of his home team, FC Basel.

[252] Since 1998, the club has had a kit deal with Nike. In 2016, the deal was renewed until 2028 for a record €155 million per year. The contract includes a clause sanctioning penalty or agreement termination anytime if Barcelona fail to qualify for the European competitions or is relegated from La Liga.

[253] [254] Nike has been Barcelona's official kit supplier since 1998 Period Kit manufacturer Shirt main sponsor Shirt sub sponsor(s) 1899–1982 None None None 1982–1992 Meyba 1992–1998 Kappa 1998–2006 Nike 2006–2011 UNICEF 2011–2013 Qatar Foundation UNICEF 2013–2014 Qatar Airways (€30m/year) [260] 2014–2017 Beko & UNICEF 2017–2021 Rakuten (€55m/year) [260] 2021–2022 UNICEF 2022– Spotify Stadium Camp de Les Corts in 1939.

It was the home stadium for Barcelona until the club moved to the Camp Nou in 1957. Barcelona initially played in the Camp de la Indústria. The capacity was about 6,000, and club officials deemed the facilities inadequate for a club with growing membership. [261] In 1922, the number of supporters had surpassed 20,000 and by lending money to the club, Barça was able to build the larger Camp de Les Corts, which had an initial capacity of 20,000 spectators.

After the Spanish Civil War the club started attracting more members and a larger number of spectators at matches. This led to several expansion projects: the grandstand in 1944, the southern stand in 1946, and finally the northern stand in 1950. After the last expansion, Les Corts could hold 60,000 spectators. [262] After the construction was complete there was no further room for expansion at Les Corts. Back-to-back La Liga titles in 1948 and 1949 and the signing of László Kubala in June 1950, who would later go on to score 196 goals in 256 matches, drew larger crowds to the games.

[262] [263] [264] The club began to make plans for a new stadium. [262] The building of Camp Nou commenced on 28 March 1954, before a crowd of 60,000 Barça fans. The first stone of the future stadium was laid in place under the auspices of Governor Felipe Acedo Colunga and with the blessing of Archbishop of Barcelona Gregorio Modrego.

Construction took three years and ended on 24 September 1957 with a final cost of 288 million pesetas, 336% over budget. [262] One of the Camp Nou stands displays Barcelona's motto, "Més que un club", meaning 'More than a club'. In 1980, when the stadium was in need of redesign to meet UEFA criteria, the club raised money by offering supporters the opportunity to inscribe their name on the bricks for a small fee.

The idea was popular with supporters, and thousands of people paid the fee. Later this became the centre of controversy when media in Madrid picked up reports that one of the stones was inscribed with the name of long-time Real Madrid chairman and Franco supporter Santiago Bernabéu. [265] [266] [267] In preparation for the 1992 Summer Olympics two tiers of seating were installed above the previous roofline.

[268] It has a current capacity of 99,354 making it the largest stadium in Europe. [1] In December 2021, a record 88% of the club members voted in favor of the Espai Barça project to revamp the club’s sporting facilities, being the first online referendum in FC Barcelona history.

[269] Originally projected to have been completed in 2021, it is now aimed to finish by the end of 2025, with an estimated €1.5 billion net funding. [270] There are also other facilities, which include: [271] • Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper (FC Barcelona's training ground) • Masia-Centre de Formació Oriol Tort (Residence of young players) • Estadi Johan Cruyff (Home of the reserve team and women's team) • Palau Blaugrana (FC Barcelona indoor sports arena) • Palau Blaugrana 2 (Secondary indoor arena of FC Barcelona) • Palau de Gel (FC Barcelona ice rink) Honours See also: List of FC Barcelona records and statistics, FC Barcelona in international football competitions, and List of FC Barcelona seasons Type Competition Titles Seasons Domestic La Liga 26 1929, 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, 2018–19 Copa del Rey 31 1910, 1912, 1913, 1920, 1922, 1925, 1926, 1928, 1942, 1951, 1952, 1952–53, 1957, 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, 2020–21 Supercopa de España 13 1983, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2018 Copa Eva Duarte 3 1948, 1952, 1953 Copa de la Liga 2 1983, 1986 Continental UEFA Champions League 5 1991–92, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2014–15 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 4 1978–79, 1981–82, 1988–89, 1996–97 UEFA Super Cup 5 S 1992, 1997, 2009, 2011, 2015 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 3 1955–58, 1958–60, 1965–66 Worldwide FIFA Club World Cup 3 2009, 2011, 2015 • For a list of all former and current FC Barcelona players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:FC Barcelona players.

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 squad have dual citizenship with an EU country. Also, players from the ACP countries that are signatories to the Cotonou Agreement are not counted against non-EU quotas due to the Kolpak ruling. Further information: 2021–22 FC Barcelona season § Squad information Current squad As of 2 February 2022 [273] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules.

Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. No. Pos. Nation Player 1 GK GER Marc-André ter Stegen 2 DF USA Sergiño Dest 3 DF ESP Gerard Piqué ( vice-captain) 4 DF URU Ronald Araújo 5 MF ESP Sergio Busquets ( captain) 6 MF ESP Riqui Puig 7 FW FRA Ousmane Dembélé 8 DF BRA Dani Alves 9 FW NED Memphis Depay 10 FW ESP Ansu Fati 11 FW ESP Adama Traoré (on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers) 12 FW DEN Martin Braithwaite 13 GK BRA Neto No.

Pos. Nation Player 14 MF ESP Nico González 15 DF FRA Clément Lenglet 16 MF ESP Pedri 17 FW NED Luuk de Jong (on loan from Sevilla) 18 DF ESP Jordi Alba 19 FW ESP Ferran Torres 20 MF ESP Sergi Roberto 21 MF NED Frenkie de Jong 22 DF ESP Óscar Mingueza 23 DF FRA Samuel Umtiti 24 DF ESP Eric García 25 FW GAB Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Barcelona B and Youth Academy Main articles: FC Barcelona B and FC Barcelona (youth) Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules.

Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. No. Pos. Nation Player 27 GK MNE Lazar Carević 29 FW ESP Ferran Jutglà 30 MF ESP Gavi 31 DF ESP Alejandro Balde 33 FW MAR Abde Ezzalzouli 34 MF ESP Álvaro Sanz 35 DF ESP Arnau Comas 36 GK ESP Arnau Tenas No. Pos. Nation Player 37 FW ESP Ilias Akhomach 38 DF ESP Guillem Jaime 39 FW ESP Estanis Pedrola 40 MF BRA Lucas de Vega 41 DF ESP Mika Màrmol 42 GK ESP Ander Astralaga 43 MF ESP Jandro Orellana Other players under contract Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules.

Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. No. Pos. Nation Player — DF SEN Moussa Wagué Out on loan Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. No. Pos. Nation Player — GK ESP Iñaki Peña (at Galatasaray until 30 June 2022) — MF ESP Álex Collado (at Granada until 30 June 2022) — MF BRA Philippe Coutinho (at Aston Villa until 30 June 2022) — MF BIH Miralem Pjanić (at Beşiktaş until 30 June 2022) No.

Pos. Nation Player — MF POR Francisco Trincão (at Wolverhampton until 30 June 2022) — MF FRA Antoine Griezmann (at Atlético Madrid until 30 June 2022) — FW ALB Rey Manaj (at Spezia until 30 June 2022) Personnel Current technical staff Xavi is the current Barcelona manager.

Position Staff Head coach Xavi Assistant coaches Òscar Hernández Sergio Alegre Goalkeeping coach José Ramón de la Fuente Fitness coach Iván Torres Analysts Sergio Garcia Toni Lobo David Prats Physiotherapists Juanjo Brau Xavi Linde Xavi López Xavier Elain Jordi Mesalles Sebas Salas Daniel Benito Club Doctors Ricard Pruna Xavier Yanguas Daniel Florit Delegate Carles Naval Last updated: 10 November 2021 Source: [1] Football Sport Management Position Staff Director of Football Mateu Alemany International Department Director Jordi Cruyff Director of Spain Scouting Youth Football Scouting Director José Mari Bakero Barcelona B Coach Sergi Barjuán Director of Youth Football José Ramón Alexanko Football Strategy Director Paco Seirul·lo Youth Football Coordinators Albert Capellas Zigor Alesanco Toni Hernández Juvenil A coach Óscar López Juvenil B coach Ibán Cuadrado Head of FUTBOL 11 Sergi Milà Head of FUTBOL 7 Marc Serra Goalkeeping Coordinator from Cadet A to Prebenjamín Jesús Unzué Joan Laporta is the current club president.

Office Name President Joan Laporta First Vice President Director Responsible for Sporting Area Director of the Barça Foundation Rafael Yuste Vice President Director Responsible for Economic Area Eduard Romeu Institutional Vice President Elena Fort Vice President Director Responsible for Social Area Antonio Escudero Vice President Director Responsible for Marketing Area Juli Guiu Treasurer Ferran Olivé Secretary Director Responsible for Basketball Josep Cubells Director Assistant to the Delegate Counsellor Josep Maria Albert Director Responsible for Rink Hockey Xavier Barbany Director Responsible for Security Alfons Castro Director Responsible for 'Espai Barça' Jordi Llauradó Director Responsible for Social Area Josep Ignasi Macià Director Responsible for Futsal Aureli Mas Director Responsible for Women's Football Xavier Puig Director Responsible for Handball Joan Solé Director Responsible for Youth Football Joan Soler Board members Miquel Camps Àngel Riudalbas Last updated: 17 March 2022 Source: FC Barcelona Filmography Year Title Direction 1974 Barça, 75 años de historia del Fútbol Club Barcelona Jordi Feliú 1998–1999 Aquest any, cent!

[274] Antoni Bassas 2014 Història del FC Barcelona [275] Santiago Gargallo 2018 Gamper, l'inventor del Barça [276] Jordi Ferrerons 2019 La Sagi, una pionera del Barça [277] Francesc Escribano i Josep Serra Mateu See also • List of fan-owned sports teams • La Masia • Barcelona Femení • Barcelona B • Barcelona C • Barcelona Futsal • Barcelona Bàsquet • Barcelona Handbol • Barcelona Voleibol References • ^ a b "Camp Nou".

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• Eaude, Michael (2008). Catalonia: a cultural history. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-532797-7. • Ferrand, Alain; McCarthy, Scott (2008). Marketing the Sports Organisation: Building Networks and Relationships. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-0-415-45329-5. • Fisk, Peter barca. Business Genius: A More Inspired Approach to Business Growth.

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ISBN 978-84-8489-476-6. • Murray, Bill (1998). The world's game: a history of soccer. University of Illinois Press. Barca 978-0-252-06718-1.

• Peterson, Marc (2009). The Integrity of the Game and Shareholdings in European Football Clubs. GRIN Verlag. ISBN 978-3-640-43109-0. • Raguer, Hilari (2007). The Catholic Church and the Spanish Civil War. Vol. 11. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-31889-1. • Shubert, Adrian (1990). A social history of modern Spain.

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