Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About FC Barcelona
On October 22, 1899, Hans Kamper placed an advertisement in a local newspaper claiming his wish to form a football club; a few positive answers led to a meeting at the Gimnasio Solé on November 29th. Eleven players attended, led by Joan Gamper. FC Barcelona was created.
The club has become a symbol of Catalan culture and Catalanism through the years, with the motto “Més que un club” (More than a club).
The club has long been controversial due to its revolutionary spirit during both Primo de Rivera´s and Francisco Franco´s dictatorships. The symbols born by the club as well as its identity clearly show the catalán nationalism.
Unlike many other football clubs, the supporters own and operate Barcelona. Barcelona is the most successful club in Spain, in terms of overall official titles won (82). Barcelona was also ranked first in the “All-Time Club World Ranking” by IFFHS, on 31 December 2009, and was placed on top of the 2012/13 UEFA club rankings. The club is one of the most supported teams in the world and has the largest fan base among all sports teams on all major social networks.
Evolution of the FCB crest
As you may see, the logo of FC Barcelona has largely evolved from 1899 to 1910 and has remained approximately the same afterwards. The
club’s original crest was a quartered diamond-shaped crest topped by the Crown of Aragon and the bat of King James and surrounded by two branches, one of a laurel tree and the other a palm. The new crest represents the St George Cross in the upper-left corner with the Catalan flag beside it and the team colours at the bottom. Regarding the colours of the shirts, several inspiration have been mentioned but it is commonly said that the colours were chosen by Joan Gamper himself and represent his home team, FC Basel.
Did You Know?
FC Barcelona is full of secrets and unpopular facts that have been kept through the years. For example, did you know that the nickname of FCB supporters is bum? Did you know that FC Barcelona is a symbol of rebellion against the Franco dictatorship? Did you know that The Clasico is the second most-watched match worldwide? Come and read this article to discover some amazing facts about the most famous football club in the world.