NICKNAME – Barca, Blaugrana (The Blue and Reds)
FOUNDED – 1899
LOCATED IN – Barcelona, Catalonia
STADIUM – Camp Nou
CAPACITY – 99,354
PROMOTED – Ever Present
BEST LA LIGA FINISH – Winners (26 times)
BEST COPA DEL REY RUN – Winners (30 times)
BEST EC/CL FINISH – Winners (5 times)
BEST UC/EL FINISH – SF (4 times)
BEST CWC FINISH – Winners (4 times)
RECORD GOALSCORER – Lionel Messi (658)
2019/2020 FINISH – 2nd
FIVE FUN FACTS ABOUT FC BARCELONA
1. With the motto “mes que un club” (more than a club), FC Barcelona is strongly associated with the fight for Catalan independence.
2. Barca have won the most Copa del Rey of any Spanish club with 30 wins to their name.
3. Their players have won a record number of Ballon d’Or (best footballer in the world) and European Golden Shoe (best striker) awards.
4. Club legend Lionel Messi has won 6 of each and netted in excess of 600 competitive goals for the Blaugrana.
5. Barca contest the biggest “derby” in world football, “El Clasico”, with Real Madrid, as well as “El Derbi Barceloni” with city rivals Espanyol.
FIVE FACTS ABOUT BARCELONA
1. Barcelona was a fiercely Republican city in the Civil War and suffered under Franco as a consequence; both Catalan culture and language were suppressed at this time.
2. Despite this, 95% of today’s population can understand Catalan with the vast majority also able to speak it.
3. The 1992 Olympic Games were held here, which prompted the creation of a hugely popular beach in place of industrial buildings on the seafront.
4. Gaudi’s influence is everywhere in the city, with his most notable work the still unfinished (construction began in 1882) Sagrada Familia, considered the most incredible cathedral in the world. It is estimated that work will be completed in the next 10 to 20 years.
5. There are thought to be over 200 squats in the city with thousands of inhabitants living within them.
OTHER SPANISH CLUBS
Alaves, Athletic Bilbao, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Cadiz, Celta Vigo, Eibar, Elche, Espanyol, Getafe, Granada, Huesca, Leganes, Levante, Mallorca, Osasuna, Real Betis, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad, Real Valladolid, Sevilla, Valencia, Villarreal