History and achievements
Barcelona Football Club was established by a group of British, Swiss, Catalan and Spanish footballers headed by Joan Gamper. The club’s followers throughout the country are сommonly known as ‘Culés’. By the end of May 2006 the number of officially registered ‘Culés’ reached 140,000. The club’s stadium Camp Nou has the greatest capacity in the whole Europe.
The club also comprises a basketball, a hockey and a handball team supported by the football part and wearing the same kit colours. Besides, the club upholds a number of amateur teams in women’s football, women’s basketball, baseball, field hockey, rugby, cycling, volleyball, figure skating and others.
For decades Barcelona FC refused to place sponsorship logos on players’ kits as club’s colours coincided with the colours of Catalonia and appearance of a logo would mean an offense to the public.
Nevertheless in 2005 a logo of TV3 appeared on the left sleeve of the shirts and a small flag on the collar and the shorts.
On July 14, 2006 the club announced about a treaty according to which UNICEF logo will be placed on the team’s kit. Four years later Barcelona and Qatar Foundation signed a five-year agreement specifying that the club would receive €30 million annually for putting the company’s logo on the shirts.
By the end of the season 2006/07 Barcelona became 3rd richest club in the world with an income of €291.1 million.
In 2009 Barcelona made an outstanding achievement becoming the only club in Europe to win every major tournament (the UEFA Super Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup, Copa del Rey (the Spanish Cup), Supercopa de España (the Spanish Super Cup) and the national championship ‘La Liga’).
On January 19, 2009 Barcelona’s first team moved their training ground to the sports complex of ‘Ciudad Deportiva Joan Gamper’.
‘Barca’ is one of the few clubs that never suffered relegation from top division (alongside with Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao).
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Club top players
|№||Name and surname||Role||Ranking||Age||Weight||Height||Country|
|29 years||67 kg||169 cm||Argentina|
|29 years||85 kg||192 cm||Spain|
|32 years||65 kg||170 cm||Spain|
|24 years||65 kg||174 cm||Brazil|
|28 years||77 kg||189 cm||Spain|
|33 years||64 kg||171 cm||Brazil|
|33 years||84 kg||184 cm||Chile|
|29 years||81 kg||182 cm||Uruguay|
|32 years||66 kg||175 cm||Argentina|
|27 years||69 kg||170 cm||Spain|
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