"Més que un club" (More than a club)
The Club Barcelona, also known as FC Barcelona or Barca, is a football team full of history and records. In terms of overall titles (82), Barcelona is the most successful football club in Spain. Barca is a team with many supporters worldwide and the largest fan base among all social media platforms. The clubs motto "Mes que un Club" is a symbol of the Catalan nationalism. FC Barcelona is the world´s second richest football club in revenue. The annual turnover is $613 million and a value of $2.6 billion. It is the third most valuable sports team worldwide. Besides, it is one of the football clubs with the best football players in history. It is a unique experience for every football lover to see Neymar and Messi play in the Camp Nou.
History of FC Barcelona
On 22 October, 1899, Hans Gamper placed an advertisement in Los Deportes expressing his wish to form a football club. On 29 November, 11 players attended and FC Barcelona was born.
History of the Barcelona flag
The FC Barcelona logo changed the most for 1899 and 1910, and after that only minor changes were made. Barca´s original crest was a crown of Aragon with the bat of King James on top of a quartered diamond-shaped crest. It was surrounded by two branches, a palm on the right side and on the other side a laurel tree. The new logo shows the St George Cross in the upper left corner and the Catalan flag on the right side. The team colors are on the bottom. Joan Gamper himself chose the colors regarding to his home team, FC Basel.
Development of the FC Barcelona kit
FC Barcelona had no corporate sponsorship before season 2011/2012. The club announced a five-year agreement with UNICEF on 14 July 2006. They had the UNICEF logo on their shirts and donated 1.5 million € per year to UNICEF. Since 2011 /2012, Barcelona signed a five-year and 150 million € deal with Qatar sports investment. It was the first time for FC Barcelona to have a corporate sponsorship. The Qatar foundation logo was replaced by Qatar Airways for the 2013/2014 season.
Football games between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are called El clásico. The rivalry occurs as Madrid and Barcelona are the biggest cities in Spain, and Real Madrid represents the Spanish nationalism and Barcelona represents the Catalan nationalism. It is one of the biggest rivalry in sports. Both clubs are among the richest and biggest football clubs in the world. The clubs have a big global fan base, and they are the most followed sports team on social media. Next to the superstars Messi and Ronaldo, there is Benzema and Bale from Madrid and Suarez and Neymar from Barcelona, who are in the focus of every clásico.
Camp Nou Stadium
This football temple is legendary and a must see attraction for all football lovers. Some of the best football players in the history played here, and some of the greatest matches of all times were hosted here.
Did you know all these facts about Camp Nou?
- The first stadium of FC Barcelona called Camp de Les Corts was located near Camp Nou. It was too small to host all supporters
- Built in1957 and with a capacity of 98,000 seats. Camp Nou the biggest stadium in Europe and the third biggest in the world.
- Camp Nou was once the same as the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, but due to safety reasons, it was reduced.
- The meaning of "Camp Nou" is "New Stadium" in Catalan?
The Barcelona stadium will be renovated from 2017 to 2021. The capacity will increase from 95,000 to 105,000 seats. The cost will be around 400 million €, and it will be partly financed by a stadium sponsor. The stadium is already by far the biggest in Europe, and the renovation shows Barcelona’s intention to dominate the European football in the upcoming years. As you can see from the picture below, there will be LED lights on the roof. It looks similar to the Allianz Arena of Bayern Munich.
It is a unique experience for every football team to see the Camp Nou Stadium. If you have the chance to watch a live game, you will see some of the best football players of all time and experience the spirit of this unique club. If you do not have tickets for a game, you can still go in the stadium and enjoy a different look behind the scenes with the Camp Nou Experience Tour. The tickets includes entrance to the museum, the impressive Camp Nou Football stadium, and the Multimedia zone. There is also the possibility to hear all facts and stories in an audio guide system (languages: Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Italian, German and Dutch).
- Camp Nou Experience Tour - No waiting line
- Multi-Media Area
- Entrance to the FC Barcelona Museum
- Audio guide (several languages)
You can also see these areas
- Changing rooms of the visiting teams
- You will probably be surprised by the simplicity of the room
- The chapel
- Finished in 1958 and blessed by John Paul II in 1982, gives the players the opportunity to the pray before a game.
- Player tunnel to the field
- Imagine how the players feel before they enter the grass in front of 100,000 screaming supporters
- Player benches
See the perspective of the players and coach during a game
- Press room
Here is enough room for 120 journalists. Before and after the games, interviews take place in this room.
- Mixed zone
You know this area from interviews after a game. In the background, you can see the club sponsors’ logos.
- Press tribune
Where the moderators sit during a game and experience how they feel and what they can see from their position.
Prices for the Camp Nou Experience Tour:
- Adult 23€
- Child (6-13) 18€
- Child (0-5) free
- Senior (70+) 18 €
- Student 18€
Opening Hours Museum
Monday to Saturday, (from 4th April to 9th October) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Camp Nou Tour until one hour before the Museum closes. The rest of the year, the Museum’s opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Sundays and public holidays, from 10 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. - Camp Nou Tour until one hour before the Museum closes.
On days of League and Champions matches in the stadium, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Camp Nou Experience Tour is not available.
The stadium is located in Carrer d´Artistides Maillol, 12. You can reach it by taking the L3 metro, Palau Reial or Les Corts stop and the L5 metro, Collbland or Badal stop.
It is very likely that FC Barcelona will win their 24 La Liga title in 2016 and maybe their 28 Copa del Rey title as well. They have also won 11 Supercopa de España, three Copa Eva Duarte and two Copa de la Liga trophies, as well as being the record holder for the latter four competitions. They have also won five UEFA Champions League, a record of four UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, a shared record of five UEFA Super Cup and a record of three FIFA Club World Cup trophies. They also won three Inter-Cities Fairs Cup trophies, and are considered to be the predecessor of the UEFA Cup-Europa League.
Barcelona is the only football team that has played continental football every year since 1955, and it is one of three clubs that has never been relegated from La Liga. In 2009, Barcelona was the first club in Spain that managed to win the treble consisting of La Liga, Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League. In the same year they also won the Spanish Super Cup, the Uefa Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. In 2014-2015 season, they were also the first club in European history to win the treble twice.
Upcoming FC Barcelona home games:
Saturday 03/12/2016 FC Barcelona - Getafe CF (League, round 29)
Saturday 04/17/2016 FC Barcelona - Real Madrid CF (League, round 33)
Sunday 04/17/2016 FC Barcelona - Valencia CF (League, round 33)
Sunday 04/24/2016 FC Barcelona - Sporting de Gijon (League, round 35)
Sunday 05/8/2016 FC Barcelona - RCD Espanyol (League, round 37)
The tickets are often sold out. Here you can find the possibility to find last minute tickets.