FC Barcelona is regarded as one of the largest clubs in world football. Alongside their fierce rivals Real Madrid, Barcelona are one of the most successful clubs in the history of the sport and have established themselves as a global brand. Founded in 1899 and nicknamed ‘Barca’, the Spanish club play their home matches at Camp Nou - a stadium that has a capacity of over 99,000 spectators.
With superstars such as Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta coming through the club’s academy setup, Barcelona have always created exciting teams and quickly became recognised for the outstanding style of football they play. However, Barca have failed to win the Champions League since 2015 and will be hoping to bring European success back to the community of Catalonia.
Overall, Barcelona are one of the most successful clubs regarding silverware and trophies. The club has won the La Liga title a staggering 26 times in their existence, only second to their rivals Real Madrid with 34. Barcelona also has 30 Copa Del Rey’s and 13 Supercopa de Espana’s to their name - both of which are current records.
On a European scale, Barcelona are five-time Champions League winners, with four of those coming since 2005. The club has won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup four times, the UEFA Super Cup five times and the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup thrice; all of which are records.
However, recent European dominance has been a struggle. Despite inheriting some of the best players in world football in recent years, Barcelona have fallen behind the likes of Bayern Munich and Liverpool in terms of European success. Messi is reaching the end of his playing career and the Argentina forward will be hoping to produce a few more moments of magic before he retires to leave the Barca fans with something special.
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Camp Nou, with a capacity of 99,354
Who owns Barcelona?
Several people; the current president is Carles Tusquets.
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