Write-up by Liam Morris
Football fields in Spain are endowed with some of the most thrilling gamers in the globe. A lot of planet popular players have plied their trade in Spain, none much more recognizable than Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto’o, Josep Guardiola, Ronald Koeman, Johan Cryuff and now Thierry Henry. And it is no coincidence that all these stalwarts play or have played for arguably the greatest club in Spain, Futbol Club Barcelona, identified all about the earth as Barca.
Barcelona is not just a club, its an institution. Apart from football, the club has teams which compete in games these kinds of as basketball, handball, futsal and rink hockey. Back in 1899, a gentleman named Joan Gamper wished to kind a football staff. And it was his initiative which led to the formation of Barcelona. Gamper himself served as President of the club from 1908 to 1923. Barcelona are no strangers to achievement and have won an outstanding 18 La Liga Championships, 24 Copa del Rey’s, 2 UEFA Champions League titles, 2 European Super Cups and 4 European Cup Winners’ Cups. Barcelona play in their popular maroon and blue house strip. Their property stadium is named the Nou Camp (which is Catalan for ‘new field’) and their enthusiasts are acknowledged as ‘culers’ or ‘cules’. Barcelona’s approach in the direction of sponsorship on jerseys is novel and unique. Barcelona, who by no means had a commercial logo on its shirts, lately has signed a five 12 months agreement with UNICEF. Rather of accepting income for sporting the logo, Barcelona will donate US$ 1.9 million each and every yr to UNICEF. During the 2005-06 period, FC Barcelona was the 2nd richest club in the planet.
Numerous stars have donned the Barcelona jersey in the past. Sandor Kocsis, Johan Cryuff, Diego Maradona, Michael Laudrup, Romario, Hristov Stoichkov, Gheorghe Hagi have all graced Camp Nou. The current crop of stars contains the likes of Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto’o, Thierry Henry, Lionel Messi and club captain Carlos Puyol. An indecisive defense has been Barcelona’s Achilles’ Heel for the previous few of seasons. In order to fortify their leaky backline, Barcelona have lately signed Yaya Toure, Eric Abidal and Gabriel Milito, all blessed with powerful defensive instincts. Javier ‘the Minor Rabbit’ Saviola has left the club and joined rivals True Madrid although Santiago Ezquerro has also confirmed that he will be leaving the club. The latest chairman of the club is Joan Laporta although Dutchman Frank Rijkaard is the manager of the Spanish giants.
As described previously mentioned, Barcelona’s biggest rivals in the Spanish scene are Actual Madrid. Barcelona’s with True is titled ‘El Classico’ and is the most anticipated game in the Spanish football calendar. At stake is pride, honour and of course the bragging rights.
The spirit of Barcelona is typified by their motto ‘Mes que un club’ which when translated into the Queen’s language indicates ‘More than a club’. Certainly FC Barcelona is much more than just a club, as mentioned earlier, it is an institution!
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