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    History of Fc Barcelona


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    History of Fc Barcelona

    Post by Admin on Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:05 pm

    This is taken from the official FC Barcelona website.



    the late 1800's Hans Gamper and ten other enthusiasts were playing an
    unknown sport called 'foot-ball'. When Gamper went on to found
    Barcelona Football Club on 29 November 1899, he could hardly have
    imagined the momentous events that would follow!

    Throughout some
    of Catalonia's most difficult years, the flag represented the people's
    hopes for freedom, and today that very flag is the symbolic link which
    continues to represent the ties between a very special club and its'

    Over the course of 100 years, the club has lived
    through moments of glory and tragedy, through good times and bad,
    through epic victories and crushing defeats. Each one of these moments
    has contributed to shaping Barcelona into the absolutely unique club
    that it is today.

    Barcelona's renown can be attributed, in part,
    to impressive statistics but another factor is certainly that Barcelona
    is one of the most highly decorated teams in the world. With the
    exception of the International Cup, the showcases of the Barcelona
    museum contain every trophy possible. Topping off the impressive
    collection is the European Cup, the crowning glory of a Wembley final
    that went into the history books.

    Quite apart from winning the
    supreme continental prize, Barcelona is also in the extremely enviable
    position of being the only team in Europe to have participated in every
    European Cup since 1955 the first year the tournament began. Their
    massive European trophy collection also includes the Cup Winners' Cup,
    which the club has won no less than four times - making it undisputed
    king. Barcelona has also collected four UEFA Cups, two of these when
    the tournament was still known as the Industrial Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

    course, Barcelona reigns in Spain as well as in Europe and no other
    Spanish team can equal Barcelona's 24 championship titles in the Copa
    del Rey.

    As for the Spanish championship league (historically
    one of the toughest competition grounds for the club), Barcelona
    celebrates the centenary birthday with 16 league titles to its name.
    Six of these were amassed over the last ten years alone.


    Barça is born

    Gamper set up a club that gradually wound its way into Catalan society.
    This section explains more about the early days of the Club, it
    pilgrimage through different football grounds and the earliest symbols
    of FC Barcelona, such as the club crest and the shirt.


    Hans Gamper, born in Winterthur on 22 November 1877, was the man who
    decided to start a football club in Barcelona, by putting a note in a
    local sports magazine on 22nd October 1899, calling for players.
    Gamper, known in Barcelona as Joan, had moved to the Catalan capital in
    1898 for business reasons and just over a month after placing his ad,
    on 29th November 1899 he preside over the first club meting at the
    Gimnas Sole. Together with Gamper, Gualteri Wild, Lluís d'Ossó,
    Bartomeu Terradas, Otto Kunzle, Otto Maier, Enric Ducal, Pere Cabot,
    Carles Pujol, Josep Llobet, John Parsons and William Parsons attended
    that historic gathering. The meeting established the club and
    Englishman Gualteri Wild became the first President, combining his
    executive duties with his playing skills, since Wild, like the rest of
    the founders, was first and foremost a player.

    The first kit

    the start, the players wore the famous blue and claret colours, half
    the shirt one colour and half the other with the sleeves the opposite
    colour and white shorts.

    The first club coat of arms

    the beginning of its history the club shared the citys coat of arms, as
    a demonstration of its commitment to the city. Later, in 1910 the board
    decided that the club needed its own coat of arms and organized a
    competition to find the best design which was won by an anonymous
    member who produced the present model.

    The first game

    their firstever match, Barca played a team made up of English
    expatriates in Bonanova(now known as Turo Park). The English team,
    which actually included a number of Barca players, won 1-0.

    The first grounds

    early search for a permanent home saw them playing at the Hotel
    Casanovas (1900), la carretera d'Horta (1901), el carrer Muntaner
    (1905) and carrer Indústria, which was the first ground owned by the
    club and had a capacity of 6,000 with a two tier stand, unique for its
    time. The ground was officially opened on 14th March 19 1909, by which
    time the club had already begun to collect titles, having won the Copa
    Macaya in 1901-02 and the Catalan Championships of 1904-05 and 1908-09.
    Spurred on by their new surroundings, the club went on to win the
    Catalan Championships of 1909-10, 1910-11, 1912-13, 1915-16, 1918-19
    1919-20, 1920-21 and 1921-22, and the Spanish Championships of 1909-10,
    1911-12, 1912-13, 1919-20 and 1921-22, as they enjoyed their first big
    period of sporting and social expansion.


    Les Corts, scene of a successful era

    Les Corts stadium, inaugurated in 1922, set the stage for the growth of
    the Club throughout our golden era (1919-1929). This wonderful period
    was suddenly cut short by the outbreak of the Civil War and the
    consequences that followed. However, the Les Corts stadium was still to
    live through yet another magnificent period, that of the Barça of the
    Five Cups.

    The start of the Glory Years - El Camp dels Corts

    decade between 1919 and 1929 is considered a golden age for the club,
    when the team boasted players such as Samitier, Alcántara, Zamora,
    Sagi, Piera and Sancho, whose skill drew in the crowds and the club
    began to take on its identification with Catalan nationalism during a
    particular difficult period.
    The 20th May 1922 saw the inauguration
    of the new Les Corts ground, which soon became known as 'the cathedral
    of football'. It was a magnificent stadium with a capacity of 30,000,
    later doubled to 60,000. On the celebration of the club's 25th
    anniversary in 1924, marked by the famous poster drawn by Valencian
    artist Josep Segrelles, FC Barcelona had a total of 12.207 members and
    the future looked bright for the club. Five years later, season
    1928-29, Barca won the first of their many Spanish League titles, a
    fitting climax to a period that had seen them conquer the Catalan
    Championship in 1923-24, 1924-25, 1925-26, 1926-27 and 1927-28 and the
    Spanish Championship in 1924-25, 1925-26 and 1927-28. This last victory
    came after two replays with Real Sociedad and a heroic performance from
    Barca keeper Franz Platko, which was later celebrated in a poem by
    Rafael Alberti.

    Difficult times

    In the midst of
    the glorious 20s, Barca suffered a precursor of the non-sporting
    conflicts which were to mark the following decade. On 14th June 1925,
    during Primo de Rivera's dictatorship, the crowd at a game in homage to
    the Orfeo Catalan jeered the Spanish national anthem and as a reprisal
    the government closed the ground for six months, later reduced to
    three, and forced Gamper to give up the presidency of ten club. Five
    years later, on 30th July 1930, the club's founder died. Although they
    continued to have players of the standing of Ventolrà, Raich or Escolà,
    the club now entered a period of decline in a period when political
    conflict overshadowed sport throughout society. Barca faced a crisis on
    three fronts: financial, social, with the number of members dropping
    constantly, and sporting, where although the team won Catalan
    Championships in 1929-30, 1930-31, 1931-32, 1934-34, 1935-36 and
    1937-38, success at Spanish level evaded them.

    The effects of the Civil War

    month after the civil war began, Barca president Josep Suñol was
    murdered by Franco's soldiers near to Guadalajara. Fortunately, the
    squad was on a tour of Mexico and USA, which although it proved the
    financial saving of the club, also resulted in half the team seeking
    exile in Mexico and France. On 16th March 1938 the fascists dropped a
    bomb on the club's social club and caused serious damage. A few months
    later, Barcelona was under fascist occupation and as a symbol of
    Catalan nationalism, the club, now down to just 3,486 members, was
    facing a number of serious problems. In March 1940 a close collaborator
    with the Franco regime, Enric Piñeyro, marquès de la Mesa de Asta was
    appointed President. At the same time, the name of the club was changed
    from its anglicized original Futbol Club Barcelona, to the more Spanish
    Club de Fútbol Barcelona,(a change which was finally reversed in 1973),
    and the four red bars of the Catalan flag on the coat of arms were
    reduced to two, the original not being put back until 1949.

    From near relegation to the Copa Latina (1949)

    the 40s, the club gradually recovered from a crisis which had seen them
    nearly relegated in 1942, although they did win the Spanish Cup in the
    same season. During the next season, the scandalous game against
    Madrid, 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. With
    the conquest of the Spanish Leagues of 1944-45, 1947-48 and 1948-49, as
    well as the Copa Llatina in 1949, the club finally seemed to have
    turned the corner and put the problems of the previous few years behind
    them. With figures as important as César, Basora, Velasco, Curta, the
    Gonzalvo brothers, Seguer, Biosca and Ramallets on the books, Barca
    celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1949 boosted by member numbers of
    24,893 and boasting a total of 21 Catalan Championships, 9 cups and 4
    Spanish League titles.

    Kubala and the five cups

    the arrival of Ladislau Kubala in June 1950, it soon became clear that
    Barca were growing too big for their Les Corts ground. Between 1951 and
    1953, Barca won every title on offer -the Spanish Leagues of 1951-52
    and 1952-53, the Spanish Cup in 1951,52 and 53. During the 1951-52
    season, the team won the five cups: Spanish League, Cup, Latin Cup Eva
    Duarte and Martin Rossi trophies, with their famous forward line of
    Basora, César, Kubala, Moreno and Manchón.


    The Camp Nou welcomes the Barça of the future

    Kubala was too huge a figure for Les Corts and the Club went on to open
    the doors of the Camp Nou (1957). Some of the greatest players in the
    world have graced its turf (Kubala, Cruyff, Maradona, Schuster,
    Ronaldo...) and in the 1990s it was the scene of some of the most
    spectacular football ever played, thanks to the unforgettable 'Dream
    Team'. And while the Club keeps growing, the stadium is continually
    being extended and improved.

    The Nou Camp

    unfortunate climax of the Di Stefano affair, which saw the Argentinean
    star finally sign for Real Madrid, led to the dismissal of Barca
    President Enric Martí Carreto. His successor, Francesc Miró-Sans put
    all his energies into the building of the Nou Camp Stadium, which was
    opened on 24th September 1957. The new stadium had a 90,000 capacity
    and was the perfect setting for a team who'd just won their latest
    Spanish Cup and now had 40,000 members. With boss Helenio Herrera in
    charge, the team, with such excellent players as Kocsis, Czibor,
    Evaristo, Kubala, Eulogio Martínez, Suárez, Villaverde, Olivella,
    Gensana, Segarra, Gràcia, Vergés and Tejada. won the Spanish League in
    1958-59 and 1959-60 as well as the Fairs Cup in 1957-58 and 1959-60.
    Unfortunately the sixties didn't see a continuation of their success
    and the team won only three trophies during the decade: the Spanish Cup
    in 1963 and 1968 and the Fairs Cup in 1966. Despite this, the club
    became more and more identified with the Catalan society of that time
    and began to be known as 'more than a club' because of its social
    importance. The club again became a focus for nationalist sentiments
    during a period of dictatorship which came down hard on any other
    popular manifestations of Catalan identity.

    Johan Cruyff arrives

    won the Spanish Cup in 1971 and began work in October on the Palau
    Blaugrana and the ice skating rink. Two years later, in 1973, the
    signing of Dutch legend Johan Cruyff put the finishing touches to a
    wonderful 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.

    The Josep Lluís Núñez era begins

    the team winning the Spanish Cup in 1978, JosepLluis Nuñez became
    President on 6th May, with a clear message of renovation and
    rebuilding. The club then began a considerable period of expansion and
    financial stability linked to an increase in members, ground
    improvements and, most importantly sporting success. With 30,000
    Catalans present at the final, Barca won the Cup Winners Cup in 1979
    and then the Spanish League in 1984, under Terry Venables, before the
    wonderful era of Cruyff's 'dream team' which won four consecutive
    Spanish Leagues between 1990 and 1994 and the European Cup on 20th May
    1992 at Wembley. Then came Bobby Robson, who won the Cup Winners 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.
    Names such
    as Migueli, Sánchez, Carrasco, Schuster, Urruti, Maradona, Zubizarreta,
    Lineker, Bakero, Begiristain, Amor, Koeman, Laudrup, Ferrer, Stòitxkov,
    Guardiola, Romario, Sergi, Abelardo, Ronaldo, Luis Enrique, Figo,
    Rivaldo, Kluivert, Puyol and Saviola have all been involved in this
    wonderful era of success. The celebration of the club's centenary
    coincided with the arrival of new President Joan Gaspart, whose efforts
    have been directed to the completion of the new training facilities
    'Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper' in Sant Joan Despí.

    Barca in the 21st Century

    unique social position continues to see its importance grow. The team
    are the only side to have qualified for European competition every year
    since its inauguration in 1955 and has won the Cup Winners Cup record
    four times and is also the leader in wins in the Spanish Cup with 24
    titles to its name. The other sporting sections have been equally
    successful at national and international level and there are now a
    total of 105.706 members and 1.508 supporters' clubs.

    Last edited by Cool3atool on Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:15 pm; edited 1 time in total

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    Re: History of Fc Barcelona

    Post by Admin on Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:06 pm

    FC Barcelona is the most succesful club organization on earth.


    7 Champions League (1st*)
    5 Cup Winners Cup (1st)
    5 European Supercup (1st)
    17 Ligas Asobal (1st)
    14 Copas del Rey (1st)
    11 Spanish Supercups (1st)
    4 Copa ASOBAL (1st)
    1 EHF Cup

    18 La Ligas (Spanish League)
    24 Copas del Rey (1st)
    2 European Cups
    4 Cup Winner's Cup (1st)
    3 UEFA Cups (1st)
    2 European Supercups
    7 Spanish Supercups

    1 Euroleague
    2 Saporta Cup
    2 Korac Cup
    11 Ligas ACB (1st)
    3 Ligas (before the professionalism)
    19 Copas del Rey
    1 SuperCopa ACB (1st)

    Roller Hockey
    16 Champions League (1st)
    19 La Liga's (1st)
    15 Copas del Rey (1st)
    13 Continental Cups (1st)
    3 Iberic Cup (1st)

    American Football (FC Barcelona Dragons)
    1 NFL Europe

    Women's Basketball (Just recently formed)
    2 La Liga's

    Cycling (Sergi Escobar)
    2 Olympic Bronze medals
    1 World Championship

    titles in baseball, ice hockey, field hockey, rugby, figure skating,
    futsal, women's football, athletics (individual and team), and more.

    2004, these sections of the club have won an amazing 837 titles between
    them. All these play with the full support of 150,000+ club members and
    more than 2,000 fan clubs around the world.

    *(1st-This means that we have the most trophies in that sport comparing to other clubs)

    FC Barcelona has the biggest stadium in Europe.
    FC Barcelona has not been in any commercial sponsorship deal (except NIKE) since it was founded.
    FC Barcelona has been competiting every year in European Cups since they began.
    FC Barcelona has the most socios (club members), 135,000 and constantly rising, than any other club in the world.

    Most successful athletic organization in the WORLD, no denying it.

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