FC Barcelona
Posted 4/11/07 , edited 4/11/07
Futbol Club Barcelona, known familiarly as Barça (IPA: baɾsa), is a Catalan sports club based in Barcelona, Spain. It is best known for its football team. It was founded in 1899 by a group of Swiss, English, and Catalan men led by Joan Gamper. The club has become a Catalan institution, hence the motto Més que un club (More than a club). They were founding members of La Liga in 1928, and, together with Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao, they have never been relegated from the Primera División. The club were also the first La Liga champions and were the 2005-2006 winners of the Champion's League.

The club's main stadium is the Camp Nou and the fans of FC Barcelona are known as culers or culés. In September 2006, the number of socis (club members/owners) reached 151,127, while in June 2006 the number of penyes (officially-registered supporter clubs) reached 1782 worldwide.

The club also operates a reserve team, FC Barcelona B, a youth team FC Barcelona C and four other professional sports teams, Winterthur FCB (From 2007/8 AXA-Winterthur FCB), FC Barcelona-Cifec, FC Barcelona Futsal and FC Barcelona Sorli Discau that compete at basketball, handball, futsal and rink hockey respectively. There are also a number of prominent amateur sports teams that compete at rugby union, women's basketball, women's football and wheelchair basketball. These include FCB Rugby, UB-Barça and FC Barcelona-Institut Guttman. Other amateur teams represent the club at ice hockey, athletics, baseball, cycling, field hockey, figure skating, and volleyball.

During the 2005-06 season, FC Barcelona was the second richest club in the world with an estimated revenue of €259.1 million.

After the disappointment of the Gaspart era, a combination of a new young president Joan Laporta and a relatively young new manager Frank Rijkaard saw the club bounce back. It was during this time, that Barça had gotten a tagline. It read Blaugrana Al Vent, which in Catalan, the official language of Barcelona, means The Red-Blue, Flowing In The Wind. But aside from that, on the field, an influx of talented players, such as Ronaldinho, Deco, Ludovic Giuly, and Samuel Eto'o, and experienced professionals, such as Rafael Márquez and Giovanni van Bronckhorst combined with a nucleus of home grown players, Carles Puyol, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi, Lionel Messi and Víctor Valdés saw the club return to success. Barça won La Liga/Supercopa de España doubles in both 2005 and 2006. In 2006 they also won the UEFA Champions League. Trailing 1-0 to Arsenal with less than 15 minutes left, they won 2-1 after the substitute Henrik Larsson set-up two late goals, one for Samuel Eto'o and the other for Juliano Belletti.

For the 2006/07 season, FC Barcelona has been reinforced with the arrival of Eidur Gudjohnsen, Gianluca Zambrotta, Lilian Thuram, and the return of Javier Saviola [1].

On 14 July 2006 the club announced a five year agreement with UNICEF, which includes having the UNICEF logo on their shirts. The agreement will see FC Barcelona donating US$1.9 million per year to UNICEF, and rejecting significant commercial offers to be the first shirt sponsor of the football team.

They took part in the FIFA Club World Cup 2006, making it to the final, only to be beaten by a late goal against Internacional.

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Posted 11/13/07 , edited 11/14/07
good club football team
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30 / M / Peru (at last here)
Posted 11/13/07 , edited 11/14/07
OM!!! huge first post eh!??! barcelona is a cool team i only watch soccer when real madrid or barcelona playing ^_^ (unlessit's like world cup or sumthing)
Posted 11/14/07 , edited 11/14/07
Barcelona is a good club.....with good history...but MU beat them in European Super Cup in the past to become a famous club that we know today....So thank you Barcelona for losing to Manchester United!!
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Posted 6/16/08 , edited 6/16/08
Barca is a great club
It also has many big names like Ronaldinho,
Henry, Messi, etc.

I say i like Barca but then again...
I like R. Mad better! (They're rival
clubs btw)
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29 / M / Bangalore,India
Posted 6/16/08 , edited 6/16/08
I like Arsenal better.
The OP's post made me laugh a bit,coz Rijkaard got sacked and everybody's baying for Laporta's head.Zambrotta is a Milanista now, Thuram and Gudjohnesen are on their way out too.
One year is a long time in football
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Posted 6/16/08 , edited 6/16/08
I'm a Man U fan but I admit Barca have been a great over the years and have had most of the best players ever playing for them. They are going through a phase where they have to reorganise themselves but will definitely be back.
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