FC Barcelona is a professional football club based in Catalonia, Spain. Being a second most valuable team, it is worth $3.56 billion. Unlike other football clubs, the supporters own and operate it. FCB is a registered association. One cannot purchase shares in the club, but membership. In 2015, it became first European club in history to achieve continental treble twice. At the same time, it has many rival teams. A fierce rivalry of two strongest teams in national league i.e. Barcelona and Real Madrid, reflects the political and cultural tensions amid Catalans and the Castilians. Matches of two called as El Clasico, in sports world.
Evolution: In 1899, Barcelona appeared under Joan Gamper’s leadership. It had a successful start in regional and national cups. In 1902, it won its first trophy, Copa Macaya. The club made its first logo in 1910, which it still wear, with minor changes. After 1917, it gradually evolved into a symbol of Catalan identity. Civil wars rose its social and financial difficulties in following years. Real Madrid existence lessen its success in sports world by 1950-70. But years after that the club got a new face, and today it is a dream team with several triumph stories and pride.
Achievements: Barcelona ranked first in the Iffhs Club World ranking for 1997, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015. It currently occupies third position on the UEFA ranking. In the international club football, the cups and titles, it owns are:
- 4 UEFA Champions League titles
- 4 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
- 5 UEFA Super Cup
- 3 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
- 3 FIFA Club World Cup
And domestically, it has won
- 24 La Liga
- 29 Copa Del Rey
- 12 Supercopa De Espana
- 3 Copa Eva Duarte
- 2 Copa De la Liga
Popularity: Club has largest social media following in the world among numerous teams. For many fans, being a part of club’s collective identity is extra appealing. It has produced some of the best footballers having millions of fans today. In 2010, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi, three excellent team mates, chosen as the best players in the FIFA Ballon d’Or awards. Some non-European players possess dual citizenship with Spain.
A long journey starting World War period till present, Futbol Club Barcelona succeeded gaining a strong footing in football globally and will continue to do so amid Catalonia crises.