FC Barcelona History - Barça history
THE FC BARCELONA : MORE THAN A CLUB
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.
THE MYTH IS BORN
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.
LES CORTS STADIUM
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.
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.
THE CAMP NOU, 1957
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
JOSEP LLUÍS NUÑEZ
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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Appriciations - D,Jeremiah sumo (7 Mar 2023 - 09:52)
Thanks ever so much to mr.joan gamper, and his co-workers for making a decition to formed this wounderful team barcelona.my prayers and supports is all about barca.
We need them back - Precious (27 Feb 2023 - 14:08)
i need messi and neyma back to thn team
habefe Messi - bhgfsa (21 Aug 2022 - 09:02)
Barca is my favorite team my only team I will not another club fan's I know one day we will get better again
barcelona - Mubarak yakubu (13 Aug 2022 - 11:44)
we're Barca supporters
visca Catalonia visca barca
supporter - Samuel oluwagbejami (25 Feb 2022 - 09:00)
Fc Barcelona for life I will continuously be proud and support fc Barcelona since when I was five years old I was supporting fc Barcelona and still now am still there with fc Barcelona even when we were having challenges I still support you continue your good job. Mr Xavi i acknowledge your present in fc Barcelona continue your good job but am expecting my best defender Puyol to be with you after your tenor I will be expecting my mentor Gaucho to come thanks fc Barcelona
sierra leone richard-barca - the best team in world (3 Jul 2021 - 11:16)
my one and only team in the planet.may the almighty always bless us with happiness .may the lord bless us with so many trophies from now on onwards
f c barcelona history - KEFAS DAVID MAIGANGA BURAK (10 Mar 2021 - 11:00)
i love my favorite club barca.Because how barca playing is something different .may the Lord be with barcelona fans in burak in gombe and in nigeria and all over the world. faske jr burak.
FC Barcelona Histoy - INUMAMA THANKGOD (8 Dec 2020 - 08:34)
UP UP UP BARCA am so proud to be a suporter of this great club
KEEP SHINING BARCELONA FOR LIFE
FC Barcelona - Yung Wiva Em (24 Nov 2020 - 08:40)
I am so proud to be a fan Barca
Visca El Barcelona - Agok Wilson from South Sudan (23 Nov 2020 - 10:44)
The first time a landed my eyes to a Barcelona match was the time i believed that football seems to be an easy game cause i saw pass and control the ball , the style of play of Barca is the best , we have groomed players , Barca has given birth to stars , new and Old generation i.e Kulaba , Dihno, Maradona, Messi , Bosquets. In conclusion my love for Barcelona will never depreciate, Visca El Barca
Barcelona - moses Samuel (29 Oct 2020 - 09:38)
My best team in the world is Barcelona I love the club since when I was small to now and messi is my lendend won or lost am still the with Barcelona because the world club still the in my heart.
THIS SO NICE. - www.barcadaily.com (21 Aug 2020 - 11:32)
The history must start from somewhere. Joan did excellently well and may he continue to rest well for being a source of many people happiness.
08126192462 - Isa moh,,d (15 Jul 2020 - 08:40)
Isa moh..d from borno to nigeria i love barca so much the best team wodlt
barca 2 - christie (6 Jul 2020 - 12:38)
i dont no if there will be a club like barca in their tikitaka pattern that i will fans.........up barsa more than a club
Barcelona - Adequadri19@gmail.coM (29 Jun 2020 - 08:50)
Barcelona is not play like before i need barca play like before because it was my only team my support up barcelona
Barca - Daniel (22 Jun 2020 - 09:18)
I wish I could one day play for barca I am a well and self trained talented player if only one day l can play for barca and see my mentor MESSI contact me on 09036175650 Nigeria
My favorite football club in the world. - Muhammed (Olayinka4muhammed2019@gmail.com) (10 Jun 2020 - 12:32)
FC Bacelona it's my first and ever favorite football club in the world it's one of best club in the world.
Barca Amor - Guy Greta (17 May 2020 - 12:14)
My first football club and will continue to be my favorite club.
barcca love - dfresh kid (29 Jan 2020 - 10:08)
this is my greatest team since child hood and is still and will remain my best spain team ever
How I became a Barcelona fan - Godwinkpogli417@gmail.com (24 Oct 2019 - 08:40)
I was born with Barcelona and cos of that my parents named me Barcelona FC which mean Barcelona Frésh Coûtinho and I'm proud to be a Barca fan and because of that all my family members are Barca fans
Barca - Annonumys (21 Sep 2019 - 11:46)
barca - marshallroman (5 Aug 2019 - 09:04)
I will alway b a barca fans till I die dis club gives me joy nd hapiness and is a club that dont mis trophy in any season I lov all barca players but messi is ma nonba 1player nd model in d football world
Love - Jacob terseer scaro D (26 Jul 2019 - 09:42)
I love barca because is the best team that don'sn't miss trophe for a season.
My Love For Barca - Umar Manu (8 Jul 2019 - 09:26)
I Like Barcelona More Than Any Club In The World, Also Messi Is My Legend
My Lovo To Barca - Umar Manu Nigeria (8 Jul 2019 - 09:26)
Barcelona Is My Best Team Also Messi Is My Legend Almost The Time
The love i have for barcelona is uncomparable....... - Adole angelo michael (19 Apr 2019 - 09:10)
This is the best club in the world.....we play together if we loss we loss together and if we win we win together.............catanlan blood in my vein.......
History - Sahr ngaujah (25 Mar 2019 - 07:12)
I love barca more then all other club in the world
I love Barca from my childhood - Alexander de risky (3 Mar 2019 - 11:56)
Barca is the only team in this world that I love .
Anything about Barca pleases me ,and make me happy .
FC barcelona - J.Michael sanwon (27 Feb 2019 - 08:16)
I love barcelona.Barcelona is best club in the world. We don't what people say we are bercelona more then a club....
what a wanderful club - batmang Alfoson (11 Feb 2019 - 07:48)
keep flying and never be tire
Fc Barcelona history - Asante walker (9 Feb 2019 - 10:28)
FC Barcelona is in blood
So my group is barca
I love fc Barcelona so much and is the best club in the world.
the way i love barca - tetteh Joseph (23 Dec 2018 - 09:54)
fc is my best club in the whole world.
Batca,my beloved club.
I love Barca.
soccer - lilly (5 Dec 2018 - 08:40)
me lovae barca
my dream team - AGASHI ELIYA@ (4 Nov 2018 - 11:26)
from nigeria, benue, abinse village, barca is football and there is no football without barca, one day i will be live there is in my dream glory to barca spirit
Fc Barcelona - Omar Bright (2 Oct 2018 - 08:04)
I am proud to be in my team for long time i wish my team all the best and i am happy to be a fun as Barcelona fun thanks you
Mathew Ntekayi - from Ghana (23 Sep 2018 - 08:34)
am proud to be fc barca fan forever I wish my team all the titlies this season.
sextuple - Edem...From Ghana (8 Sep 2018 - 10:04)
Barca is the best club ever....This season we're going all out for sextuple....History will speak for itself....No doubt....!
Fc Barca - Thabang (21 Aug 2018 - 14:32)
From South Africa..i love and cherish futbol de club Barcelona...it is the best team in the World...we have great Legends, Carles Puyol,Xavi Hernandez,Ronaldinho,Iniesta,the list goes on and on...i was out of words when Barca was playing against Mamelodi Sundowns. Forcà Bàrca
Barcelona - Bakare Gafar (5 Aug 2018 - 08:44)
from Nigeria I love Barcelona I love Lion messi I love all Barcelona player God grid them to make Barcelona glory
good lack Barcelona - good lack Barcelona (18 Jul 2018 - 08:24)
My name,s Fankibi Gbesco I love Barcelona in my heart and I will die for u my dream is that one day my son will play for Barcelona .Barcelona I love u .good lack .dreams will come turu
FCB, the mysterious - Sylvester S. Newton, Jr. (20 Jun 2018 - 08:36)
I love FCB the best. Watching the team playing is a complete joy cause it teaches and explains the game. I see no team, absolutely no team that does that for me. Even though it's the plan, but I'm hurt really for the departure of Iniesta, the divisor of play in the game. Hope to see you back coaching.
fan - christian (9 Jun 2018 - 12:12)
Barcelona - messi (20 May 2018 - 10:40)
Barcelona is the best team in world and messi is the best player in world. this message is from Abdul azeez Bukhari I am living in Nigeria my state name is Bauchi my nick name is yaya I am 15 to 16 years Barcelona for life thanks you from you fans Yaya.
thank full of all players of Barcelona - Muhd Auwal Goma (18 May 2018 - 10:32)
l am muhd Auwal Goma from kano Nigeria l love Barcelona more than I thought and I want see messi and Iniesta,sergio to doing football together I am so happy with that I was so angry with Iniesta to leave us this year and I was thanks to him about his all career to give us at this club I wanted to him go and rest I hope to see you here again for coaching Barcelona.
Barcelona fc - Rudolf burna from Ghana (11 May 2018 - 10:22)
Barca till death, visca barca..more than a club...in Barcelona we trust ##messi,Iniesta,ronaldinho,etc
Ghanaian - yeboah gideon (9 May 2018 - 11:00)
I love the team Barcelona more than myself
my love for BARCA - New tongue (6 May 2018 - 09:58)
am from Nigeria and I am number one fan of the Almighty Barca fc. I must confess that barca fc is the best club ever no competition or argument
Barcelona - Shedrack (29 Apr 2018 - 18:44)
i love the club Barcelona they show the word what is football and they work with wisdom by giving a good pass infact Barcelona is the best club
Nigeria - Patrick (27 Apr 2018 - 07:28)
I really luv barca with all my hrt..
Most expecialy daddy messi..you are too much..luv seeing you in the pitch becus you make things happens. .luv you all.....
FC barcelona - ayegba vincent from kogi state (23 Mar 2018 - 09:38)
barcelona s the club in the hole world. i love all the players. In clouding messi. I am thinking hw be among them so any help from the coach. please i need ur help. 09083693388.thank u