Alaves v Barcelona
Barcelona is well-known to anyone who watches sport on TV, being the fourth most valuable sports team in the world (with an estimated value of $4.06 billion) according to Forbes. The club was founded in 1899 and was originally known as Foot-Ball Club Barcelona. The nickname most often used for the club is Barça.
The team is based at Camp Nou, which is the biggest stadium in Europe and one of the biggest in the world. Built in the mid-1950s, Barcelona took up occupancy of it when it was completed in 1957. Before then, the club had been based at the Camp de Les Corts, and at the Camp de la Indústria prior to that.
Barcelona play in the top tier of Spanish football, which is the Campeonato Nacional de Liga de Primera División. Watch Barcelona on TV or speak with fans and you will often hear that league title abbreviated to the much simpler La Liga.
Club Badge and Colours
The club's badge is made up of a shield with the letters FCB (which stands for Futbol Club Barcelona) running across the middle. The top half of the shield is divided by a vertical line, and shows a St. George Cross on the left and the Catalan flag on the right. The lower half of the shield show a football against the team colours.
Those team colours are blue and red, and the home strip comprises of a blue shirt with red vertical stripes, blue shorts and blue socks with red horizontal striped. When watching Barcelona on TV for an away match, you will see the away strip, which is primarily yellow.
Key Players and Managers
Barcelona has been managed by head coach Ernesto Valverde since 2017. Earlier managers include Luis Enrique, Gerardo Martino, Pep Guardiola, Sir Bobby Robson and Terry Venables.
Key former players for Barcelona include Neymar, Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol, Ronaldinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thierry Henry and Diego Maradona.
Key players on the current Barcelona squad include captain Lionel Messi, forwards Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele, midfielders Sergio Busquets, Arturo Vidal and Philippe Coutinho, and defender Gerard Pique.
Honours, Noteworthy Stats and Memorable Moments
With more than a century of history behind them, Barcelona have achieved far more than many other football clubs. Here are just a few of their accomplishments and winnings:
- Copa del Rey title a total of 30 times, with the first win being achieved in 1909/10.
- La Liga title for the first time in 1929. The team went on to repeat that feat more than two dozen times, with 25 title wins to date.
- Supercopa de España 13 times.
- Copa Eva Duarte three times and the Copa de la Liga twice.
- UEFA Champions League for the first time in 1991/92. Barcelona then repeated that success four more times, most recently in 2014/15.
- UEFA Super Cup five times, with the first success being achieved in 1992 and the most recent in 2015.
- FIFA Club World Cup three times, in 2009, 2011 and 2015.