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NICKNAME – Barça, Blaugrana (The Blue and Reds)
FOUNDED – 1899
LOCATED IN – Barcelona, Catalonia
STADIUM – Camp Nou (Estadi Olímpic in 2023/2024)
BY METRO – Line 3 from the city centre (for Camp Nou)
CAPACITY – 99,354
PROMOTED – Ever Present
BEST LA LIGA FINISH – Winners (27 times)
BEST COPA DEL REY RUN – Winners (31 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 (672)
2022/2023 FINISH – 1st

1. With the motto “més que un club” (more than a club), FC Barcelona is strongly associated with the fight for Catalan independence.
2. Barça 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, netting nearly 700 competitive goals for the Blaugrana.
5. Barça contest the biggest “derby” in world football, “El Clásico”, with Real Madrid, as well as “El Derbi Barceloni” with city rivals Espanyol.

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. Gaudí’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.

“Cant del Barça”
“Somos el Barça”
Fan chants
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