FC Barcelona is one of the four professional clubs in Spain along with Real Madrid, Athletic Club and Club Atlético Osasuna. According to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics, it is the best European and world soccer team of the first decade of the 21st century.
The most illustrious figures of European soccer were part of FC Barcelona, such as Romário, Ronaldinho, Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi, the latter also recognized as the top scorer in history and the one who won the most titles as part of the club. Find the latest news about the best player to ever wear an FC Barcelona jersey and get to know all the details of his professional career.
In addition to being the most awarded Spanish club, FC Barcelona is also distinguished by its number of members and supporters. The club integrates political, religious, cultural and social issues within the sporting arena, allowing members to take part in the club's social events and have greater involvement in administrative activities.
The soccer team has been on the FIFA World Player and Ballon d'Or podiums the most times. It also holds the record number of trophies in national competitions with seventy-four, including twenty-six Leagues, thirty Spanish Cups, seventeen Spanish Super Cups and two League Cups. Learn more about the Spanish league they compete in and keep up to date with the results.
FC Barcelona then and now
FC Barcelona was founded on November 29, 1899 by a group of twelve foreign soccer fans called by the Swiss Hans Gamper through an advertisement published in the magazine Los Deportes.
The original name chosen was "Foot-ball Club Barcelona", and the Swiss Walter Wild was appointed as the first president of the club because he was the oldest member of the group. It was officially registered on January 5, 1903.
Players of foreign origin have always played an important role throughout its 121 years of history. Initially, the team was made up of players of English, Swiss and German origin.
Among its most outstanding coaches are Johan Cruyff and Josep Guardiola. Currently, with Ronald Koeman as its coach and Joan Laporta as president, FC Barcelona is experiencing one of the worst economic crises in its history due to the covid-19 pandemic and the loss of several of its star players as Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi.
Following the hard defeat in the first round of the Champions League against Bayern Munich, Laporta is considering a list of possible new coaches if results do not improve. Some of his options are Henrik Larsson, third coach of the main team, Xavi Hernandez or Diego Martinez, former coach of Granada.
Looking to the future and leaving behind the devastating 2021 transfer market, he is betting on the incorporation of top-level stars to FC Barcelona, such as Dani Olmo, Erling Haaland and Paul Pogba.