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Barcelona
Full nameFutbol Club Barcelona
Nickname(s)Barça or Blaugrana (team)
Culers or Barcelonistes (supporters)
Blaugranes or Azulgranas (supporters)
Short nameFCB
Founded29 November 1899 (1899-11-29) (121 years ago)
as Foot-Ball Club Barcelona
GroundCamp Nou
(capacity: 99,354[1])
PresidentJoan Laporta
Head coachRonald Koeman
LeagueLa Liga
2020–21La Liga, 3rd of 20
WebsiteClub home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season
Més que un club (in Catalan): More than a club.

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.

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. They are also the only European club to have won a treble twice. 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.

History

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]

Rivalries

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 position

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


Honours

Domestic Competitions[4]

  • 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]

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

Major Worldwide Competitions[4]

Players

Current squad

As of 6 October 2020[5]
No. Position Player
1 Germany GK Marc-André ter Stegen
2 United States DF Sergiño Dest
3 Spain DF Gerard Piqué (3rd captain)
4 Uruguay DF Ronald Araújo
5 Spain MF Sergio Busquets (vice-captain)
6 Spain MF Carles Aleñá
7 France FW Antoine Griezmann
8 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Miralem Pjanić
9 Denmark FW Martin Braithwaite
10 Argentina FW Lionel Messi (captain)
11 France FW Ousmane Dembélé
12 Spain MF Riqui Puig
No. Position Player
13 Brazil GK Neto
14 Brazil MF Philippe Coutinho
15 France DF Clément Lenglet
16 Spain MF Pedri
17 Portugal FW Francisco Trincão
18 Spain DF Jordi Alba
19 Brazil MF Matheus Fernandes
20 Spain DF Sergi Roberto (4th captain)
21 Netherlands MF Frenkie de Jong
22 Spain FW Ansu Fati
23 France DF Samuel Umtiti
24 Spain DF Junior Firpo

Out on loan

No. Position Player
Spain GK Álex Ruiz (at L'Hospitalet until 30 June 2021)
Spain DF Sergio Akieme (at Almería until 30 June 2021)
Brazil DF Emerson (at Real Betis until 30 June 2021)
Spain DF Josep Jaume (at Badalona until 30 June 2021)
Spain DF Juan Miranda (at Real Betis until 30 June 2021)
No. Position Player
Senegal DF Moussa Wagué (at PAOK until 30 June 2021)
France DF Jean-Clair Todibo (at Benfica until 30 June 2021)
Spain MF Monchu (at Girona until 30 June 2021)
Netherlands MF Ludovit Reis (at VfL Osnabrück until 30 June 2021)

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