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All about the FC Barcelona team

FC Barcelona was originally formed in 1899 by Hans Gamper, a Swiss immigrant, who placed an ad in a sports magazine asking for those interested in forming a football club in Barcelona. The club was then formed and comprised of both Catalan and foreign players. Ten years after, the club’s first stadium on Carrer d’Industria was built.

Members grew significantly and continued to do so up until the present day, from a few hundred to now well over 100,000 members worldwide. In 1957, the new Camp Nou stadium was opened  with an initial capacity of 90,000 which has increased to 110,000 making it the largest football stadium in Europe.

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More than a club “Mes que un club” came from the acceptance speech of club president Narcís de Carrera in 1968. It still emanates great significance for the club today as it continues to grow not only in size but also into other sectors and sports. The club now doesn’t just consist of a football club but also men’s, women’s and wheelchair basketball, roller hockey and handball teams.

In 1994, the Barcelona Foundation was set up  as a non-profit foundation linked to the club as part of their corporate social responisibility. It has various partnerships with several organisations including UNICEF in which the Foundation donates 1.5m annually and bears the UNICEF logo on their shirts in support. Since 2010, players and staff have also contributed by donating a percentage of their wages to the organisation.

FC Barcelona matches and tickets:

If you are lucky enough to be in Barcelona during a match then we recommend that you book the tickets as soon as possible. Tickets often sell out 1-3 weeks before the match especially for important matches. You can book tickets online. and they can cost €50 upwards depending on the match, where you are seated and how far in advance you book.

Camp Nou Experience:

If you are not able to see a match during your stay, then a tour of the stadium and museum is the next best thing. Opening times are generally 10am – 6.30pm Mondays to Saturdays and 10am – 14.30pm Sundays. However, during the summer months these hours are lengthened.
Tickets cost €23 for adults and are free for children under 5 and for members of the club. It is best to reserve online especially during the summer as spaces can fill up quickly.
For up-to-date opening times throughout the year it is best to check the official website.

How to get to Camp Nou:

Metro:
L5 Collblanc and Badal
L3 Maria Cristina, Palau Reial and Zona Universitària

Even for those not interested in football, the club has had a unique and interesting role to play in the history of Barcelona. It is worth at least a visit to the stadium to learn about the fascinating past of one of the largest football clubs in the world. For those looking for their ideal accommodation in Barcelona during their stay in the city, visit www.barcelona-home.com.


Address: Carrer d’Aristides Maillol, 12, 08028 Barcelona, Spain.

Transport: By Metro – L5 Collblanc and Badal, L3 Maria Cristina, Palau Reial and Zona Universitària.

Prices: Various

Schedules: Mondays to Saturdays: 10am – 6.30pm and Sundays: 10am – 14.

 

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Written by: xavi

xavi

Hello there! I love to travel, and Barcelona is a great city to live, thats why I decided to write about it and share my experiences!

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