Futbol Club Barcelona, or Barca, as it is sometimes called, is a football team few people have not heard of. It is one of the most successful clubs in Spain, Europe, and the world, really. If nothing else, they certainly have quite a following on social media. They are most known for implementing the infamous tiki-taka style of playing the games, as well as their wealth, which enables them to keep belonging to their true fans. Some teams have to have the name of their sponsor in the title, but Barcelona only bears the name of its city. It is easy to see why their motto is “More than a club“. Truly, a fascinating team with a fascinating story.
In the Beginning
The football club sprouted in 1899, through an advert in the newspaper, no less. Barcelona won its first trophy in 1902, the Copa Macaya. Joan Gamper took the club over, trying to make it not only successful but financially stable. He succeeded in his efforts and procured a stadium and a steady income for the team during the 20-something years he was running the show.
In 1929, the amazing football club won the famous La Liga, though their success declined over the following years as the Spanish Civil War was inevitable. Sadly for the team, and Joan Gamper himself, he was deported. The same way Real Madrid had to change its name, so did Barcelona. It became Barcelona Club de Futbol and the Catalan elements of the team were disposed of. This was particularly vexing, as the club began as a fusion of Swiss, Spanish, English and Catalan footballers, so this type of rebranding was most unwelcome.
Over the years, Barcelona won several La Liga and Copa Del Rey titles. The 60s, on the other hand, were largely uneventful for the club and La Liga was dominated by their rivals, Real Madrid. It wasn’t until 1974 that Barcelona made its way back into the center stage. Furthermore, this was a good year for the team. Since Franco’s regime was over, the team was able to change back to its original name.
One of the reasons for the club’s success in the following period was the arrival of Johan Cruyff. He heavily influenced Barcelona’s gameplay and was responsible for La Masia, one of the most renowned football academies in the world.
His style and way of thinking cleared the path for the so-called tiki-taka. Tiki-taka is a style of playing football that focuses on possession, zoning, and controlling the field by passing the ball quickly over short distances. Pep Guardiola, a former player and coach, hated that way of playing the game, stating that it’s just passing for the sake of passing. Still, Cruyff’s strategy worked so well that it soon became the staple of Spanish football.
Achievements and Players
We would not be writing about Barcelona if they hadn’t made history once or twice during their existence. They have won the World Cup three times, 17 titles in Europe, and over 70 titles at home. Their most notable achievements are 26 La Liga wins, though they don’t hold the record for most wins, which is a rarity indeed, considering how many of their victories broke the football records.
The most famous players of FC Barcelona are Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Gerard Piqué, if we choose to cite only the ones that are recognized by the audience that doesn’t follow football all that much.