F.C. Barcelona

association football club in Barcelona, Spain

Futbol Club Barcelona, commonly known as Barcelona or simply Barça, is a Spanish professional football club from Barcelona, Catalonia. They currently compete in La Liga, the top division of Spanish football. It was founded in 1899 by Joan Gamper as FBC Barcelona.

Barcelona
Full nameFutbol Club Barcelona
Nickname(s)Barça or Blaugrana (team)
Culers or Barcelonistes (supporters)
Blaugranes or Azulgranas (supporters)
Founded29 November 1899; 122 years ago (1899-11-29)
as Foot-Ball Club Barcelona
GroundCamp Nou
Capacity99,354[1]
PresidentJoan Laporta
Head coachXavi
LeagueLa Liga
2020–21La Liga, 3rd of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season
Més que un club (in Catalan): More than a club.

They are known for winning the treble (La Liga, the Copa Del Rey, and the UEFA Champions League) all in 1 season, twice, in the 2008-09 season and in the 2014-15 season. Their biggest rival is Real Madrid. Matches between F.C. Barcelona and Real Madrid are called "El Clásico", which means "The Classic" in Spanish. The team has won many tournaments, which is why Barcelona is considered one of the best teams in the world. Their home stadium, Camp Nou, is the largest stadium in Europe with a capacity of 99,354.[2]

Barcelona have won 97 official titles. They are the most successful club in Spain, with 75 titles. Those domestic titles are 31 Copa del Rey, 26 La Liga, 13 Supercopa de España, 3 Copa Eva Duarte, and two Copa de la Liga. Internationally, the club is also one of the most successful. It has won 22 official titles, including two Latin Cup, three Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, five UEFA Champions League, four UEFA Super Cup, four UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and three FIFA Club World Cup.

Barcelona is one of the three clubs that have never been relegated from the first division. The other ones are Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid.

HistoryEdit

FC Barcelona was founded in 1899 by a group of Swiss, Spanish, English, and Catalan footballers led by Joan Gamper. The club won its first Copa del Rey in 1910, and their first league title in 1929. The club was forced to change their name in 1938 to Club de Futbol Barcelona and also had to remove the Catalan flag from the crest. This happened because of Italian rule. In 1957, the Camp Nou opened. In 1974, the club changed its name back to Futbol Club Barcelona and went back to using the original crest with the Catalan flag and the red and blue colors. Barcelona won their first UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1979 against Fortuna Düsseldorf, and won again three years later. A year later, in 1983, the club won their first Supercopa de España. The club won its first Champions League in 1992 against U.C. Sampdoria. In 1992, they also achieved a treble, winning their first UEFA Super Cup and the league title, along with the Champions League. From 1990 to 1994, Barcelona won four consecutive league titles with Johan Cruyff.[3]

RivalriesEdit

The club's main rival is Real Madrid, but it also has more rivalries. It has a local rivalry with RCD Espanyol, since both clubs are from the city of Barcelona. Matches between the two clubs are known as Derbi barceloní. Espanyol supporters used to see FC Barcelona as a foreign team because Espanyol were a Spanish club, unlike Barcelona. Barcelona has been very dominant because Espanyol has only been able to finish above Barcelona in the league on 3 occasions in 70 years.

League positionEdit

Season Division Position
2000–01 La Liga 4th
2001–02 La Liga 4th
2002–03 La Liga 6th
2003–04 La Liga 2nd
2004–05 La Liga Champions
2005–06 La Liga Champions
2006–07 La Liga 2nd
2007–08 La Liga 3rd
2008–09 La Liga Champions
2009–10 La Liga Champions
2010–11 La Liga Champions
2011–12 La Liga 2nd
2012–13 La Liga Champions
2013–14 La Liga 2nd
2014–15 La Liga Champions
2015–16 La Liga Champions
2016–17 La Liga 2nd
2017–18 La Liga Champions
2018–19 La Liga Champions
2019–20 La Liga 2nd

HonoursEdit

Domestic Competitions[4]Edit

  • La Liga
    • Winners (26): 1928/29, 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
    • Runners-up (26): 1929/30, 1945/46, 1953/54, 1954/55, 1955/56, 1961/62, 1963/64, 1966/67, 1967/68, 1970/71, 1972/73, 1975/76, 1976/77, 1977/78, 1981/82, 1985/86, 1986/87, 1988/89, 1996/97, 1999/00, 2003/04, 2006/07, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2016–17, 2019–20
  • Copa del Rey
    • Winners (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
    • Runners-up (11): 1901/02, 1918/19, 1931/32, 1935/36, 1953/54, 1973/74, 1983/84, 1985/86, 1995–96, 2013–14, 2018–19
  • Copa de la Liga
    • Winners (2): 1982–83, 1985–86
  • Supercopa de España
    • Winners (13): 1983, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2018
    • Runners-up (11): 1985, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2021
  • Copa Eva Duarte (The forerunner to the Supercopa de España)
    • Winners (3): 1947, 1952, 1953.
    • Runners-up (2): 1949, 1951

European Competitions[4]Edit

 
Barcelona players celebrating victory in the 2008–09 Champions League. They beat Manchester United 2–0.

Major Worldwide Competitions[4]Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 7 January 2022[5]

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   Germany Marc-André ter Stegen
2 DF   United States Sergiño Dest
3 DF   Spain Gerard Piqué (vice-captain)
4 DF   Uruguay Ronald Araújo
5 MF   Spain Sergio Busquets (captain)
6 MF   Spain Riqui Puig
7 FW   France Ousmane Dembélé
8 DF   Brazil Dani Alves
9 FW   Netherlands Memphis Depay
10 FW   Spain Ansu Fati
11 FW   Austria Yusuf Demir (on loan from Rapid Wien)
12 FW   Denmark Martin Braithwaite
No. Pos. Nation Player
13 GK   Brazil Neto
15 DF   France Clément Lenglet
16 MF   Spain Pedri
17 FW   Netherlands Luuk de Jong (on loan from Sevilla)
18 DF   Spain Jordi Alba (4th captain)
20 MF   Spain Sergi Roberto (3rd captain)
21 MF   Netherlands Frenkie de Jong
22 DF   Spain Óscar Mingueza
23 DF   France Samuel Umtiti
24 DF   Spain Eric García
26 GK   Spain Iñaki Peña
FW   Spain Ferran Torres

Barcelona B and Youth AcademyEdit

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   Montenegro Lazar Carević
28 MF   Spain Nico González
29 FW   Spain Ferran Jutglà
30 MF   Spain Gavi
31 DF   Spain Alejandro Balde
33 FW   Morocco Abde Ezzalzouli
34 MF   Spain Álvaro Sanz
No. Pos. Nation Player
35 DF   Spain Arnau Comas
36 GK   Spain Arnau Tenas
37 FW   Spain Ilias Akhomach
38 DF   Spain Guillem Jaime
39 FW   Spain Estanis Pedrola
40 MF   Brazil Lucas de Vega
41 DF   Spain Mika Màrmol

Other players under contractEdit

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   Senegal Moussa Wagué

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   Spain Álex Collado (at Granada until 30 June 2022)
MF   Brazil Philippe Coutinho (at Aston Villa until 30 June 2022)
MF   Bosnia and Herzegovina Miralem Pjanić (at Beşiktaş until 30 June 2022)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   France Antoine Griezmann (at Atlético Madrid until 30 June 2022)
FW   Albania Rey Manaj (at Spezia until 30 June 2022)
FW   Portugal Francisco Trincão (at Wolverhampton until 30 June 2022)

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Camp Nou". FC Barcelona. Archived from the original on 9 June 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  2. "Camp Nou". fcbarcelona.com. Retrieved 28 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "The History of FC Barcelona - Decade by decade". www.fcbarcelona.com. Archived from the original on 28 January 2021. Retrieved 10 February 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Honours". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 29 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "Players". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 20 November 2021.

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