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