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Barcelona is a professional Spanish football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia. They play their home games in the renowned Camp Nou, now known as the Spotify camp Nou for sponsorship reasons. Barcelona are commonly referred to as ‘Barca’ for short and are also known as ‘La Blaugrana’ due to their blue and red striped kits. ‘Blau’ means blue in Spanish and ‘grana’ refers to deep red. 

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Barcelona History

Barcelona has a rich history dating back to its foundation in 1899. The club’s early years were marked by financial difficulties, but it quickly established itself as a major force in Spanish football. In 1910, Barcelona, won its first Campeonato de Catalunya, a regional tournament that was then the only organised football competition in Spain. 

 In the 1920s, Barcelona became one of the first football clubs to embrace professionalism, signing foreign players and investing in infrastructure. The club won its first La Liga title in 1929, and over the following decades, it cemented its place as one of the top teams in Spain. 

Barcelona’s golden age came in the 1990s and 2000s, when the club won numerous domestic and international titles under the leadership of Johan Cruyff, Pep Guardiola, and others. During this period, Barcelona developed a distinctive style of play known as ‘tiki-taka,’ characterised by short passes and quick movement, which has influenced football around the world. 

In recent years, Barcelona has faced some challenges, including financial difficulties and a decline in on-field performance; however they have been able to somewhat turn this around, winning La Liga last season.

Who Owns Barcelona

Barcelona is one of the 4 clubs in Spain that is owned by its fans. The club is owned by 144,00 members that vote on who should become the club’s president and as a result have a say in how the club is run. The current president is Joan Laporta Estruch. 

Barcelona Manager

Barcelona’s current manager is Xavi. Xavi is an ex-Barcelona legend who moved to Qatari team Al Sadd in 2015 and after 4 years became the manager. In his time there he won 4 trophies in 2 years. He then joined Barcelona after the departure of Ronald Koeman. He was able to turn around their form and take Barcelona from 8th to 2nd. IN the following season Xavi won La Liga with Barcelona and was on track to beat Atletico MAdrid defensive record of 18 goals conceded in 38 games. Xavis Barcelona had conceded 11 goals in 33 games however they conceded 9 goals in the last 5 games. 

Biggest Barcelona Transfers

Barcelona being one of the biggest clubs in the world have been able to spend lots of money on world class players. Such players include:

  • Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool for £135.00m
  • Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund for £135.00m
  • Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid for £120.00m
  • Neymar from Santos for £88.00m
  • Frenkie De Jong from Ajax for £86.00m

Like most clubs they aren’t able to recoup their money through bigger sales but they still have some huge departures such as:

  • Neymar to PSG for £222.00m
  • Arthur Melo to Juventus for £80.60m
  • Luis Figo to Real Madrid for £60.00m
  • Malcom to Zenit Saint-Petersburg for £44.50m
  • Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal for £42.50m

Barcelona Drama

Most recently Spanish football was shocked when it became public that Barcelona had been paying millions of Euros to a company belonging to the president of Spanish refereeing. Barcelona had been accused of giving money in exchange for favourable decision-making processes by referees in matches. Barcelona deny that this is what happened however there is surmountable evidence at this point. 

Who Plays For Barcelona Now

Barcelona has an incredible team stacked with world-class players. Their defence consists of players such as Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Araujo, Kounde, Christensen, Inigo Martinez who was recently signed from Athletic Club, Lenglet, Eric Garcia, Balde, Alonso, Dest and captain Sergi Roberto.

They have a very exciting midfield with some young talents and experienced players including Romeru, Pedri, Gvai, De Jong, Kessie, Gundogan and Nico Gonzalez. Their attack is also quite young and features players such as Fati, Torres, Ezzalzouli, Dembele, Raphina, Alex Collado and Lewandowski. 

What Have Barcelona Won

Barcelona are the 2nd most successful club in Spain and one of the greatest teams in the world. There trophy collection is very impressive and it includes 4 Champions Leagues, 1 European Champions Clubs Cups, 3 Fifa Club World Cups, 27 La Liga titles, 5 UEFA Supercups, 4 Cup Winners Cups, 14 Spanish Super Cups, 3 Inter-cities Fairs Cup Winners, 9 Copa Catalunya cups, 3 Copa Eva Duartes and 31 Copa Del Reys. Barcelona currently hold the record for most Copa Del Reys in Spain. 

Barcelona 2023/24 Season Prediction

This season Barcelona will look to retain the La Liga title and go far in the cup competitions. They are definitely one of the favourites to win the league however it is important to note that Real Madrid have improved their squad very well this transfer window and could provide very tough competition. In the Champions League Barcelona will definitely compete but we are not sure if their squad depth is good enough to win the competition. 

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