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FC Barcelona

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The FC Barcelona is synonymous of football, and the fact is that the Spanish club since it was founded in the year 1899 has continued to grow institutionally and athletically, to become one of the most successful clubs in the current soccer scene. The Azulgrana club tops the lists of the most influential teams in the world of sports, being one of the most recognized worldwide for its trajectory and values. In the ranks of Barcelona have played players who are considered legends of the sport, such as Puyol, Beckembauer, Cruyff, Xavi, Iniesta, Maradona and an endless list of historical names that have made FC Barcelona a club recognized by all corners of the planet.

Hans Gamper, the driving force behind the dream

Hans Gamper was the founder of FC Barcelona. The Swiss arrived in the city of Barcelona in the year 1898 for professional reasons, however, in his spare time he played with his business partners a game, at that time not very well known nationally, football. Gamper was a great fan of this sport and played in the streets of the Catalan capital, which soon discovered how an unstoppable movement for the colors blue and gray arose. It was not until a year after his arrival in Barcelona when Gamper published an advertisement in the magazine "Los Deportes", calling for the founding of a football team in the city.

Hans Gamper.| Photo: FC Barcelona
Hans Gamper.| Photo: FC Barcelona

OnNovember 29 of the same year, Hans Gamper met with eleven other men to form an association that would bear the name FC Barcelona and the city's crest. The Swiss was the one who put the first grain of sand to constitute the values and the greatness of the azulgrana club, Gamper wanted an entity open to all, regardless of the origin of the people. he imagined an inclusive club in which everyone could say theirs, and bet on a democratic society, freely governed by its members.

First golden period, with Johan Cruyff (1990-1995)

The 1990s was one of the best periods in the club's history. FC Barcelona, under Johan Cruyff, won a total of 4 consecutive leagues between 1991 and 1994. The club had exceptional players in its ranks such as Koeman, Guardiola, Laudrup, Bakero, Amor, Romário or Zubizarreta, who led the azulgrana club to the top. The culmination of a golden day came in 1992, when the club won its first European Cup. At Wembley FC Barcelona won its first major European championship against Sampdoria, with a magnificent free-kick goal by Koeman, which will go down in the annals of the club's history.

After the resounding success by the conquest of the European Cup and the 4  consecutive leagues, the Barça was known as the Dream Team"Dream Team", not only by the titles achieved but also by the game that was embodied on the green. Johan Cruyff, from the bench, was the greatest exponent of the new philosophy of the Culé team, with which they won Europe and the national championship on several occasions. The Dutchman created a style of play with which FC Barcelona has become identified over the generations until the present day, winning a multitude of titles along the way.

Johan Cruyff at Camp Nou. | Photo: FC Barcelona
Johan Cruyff at Camp Nou. | Photo: FC Barcelona

Ronaldinho and the second Champions (2004-2006)

After the golden era of Cruyff, FC Barcelona underwent a series of changes in its institutions, passing through two presidential mandates (Nútilde;ez and Gaspart) and ending with Joan Laporta as president. The Blaugrana club was not going through its best moment and decided to make signings that would change the course of the Catalan team in the league championship and in Europe. In 2004, Barça signed players such as Ronaldinho, Ett'o, Márquez, Deco and debuted; the great azulgrana jewel, Leo Messi. The team righted the course after the signings made and won the league in the 2004-2005 season and repeated the success in the 2006 season. That same year, the team not only became league champions, but also won its second Uefa Champions League, in Saint-Dennis against Arsenal by 2-1. The match was settled by goals from Ett'o and Belletti to turn around Campbell's early goal and give Frank Rijkaard's side the second league title in their history.

Puyol lifting the trophy. | Photo: UCL
Puyol lifting the trophy. | Photo: UCL

This stage is also remembered among FC Barcelona fans as that of Ronaldinho, a player who in the years he spent with the azulgrana team astonished the fans with his magnificent way of understanding soccer. The Brazilian left recitals for history, such as the one he gave at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2005, scoring two goals and bringing the crowd to its feet and giving him a standing ovation, seeing the insulting superiority he showed on the field.

The Brazilian's performance at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2005, scoring two goals and bringing the crowd to their feet and giving him a standing ovation, seeing the insulting superiority he showed on the pitch.

The Brazilian's performance at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2005, scoring two goals and bringing the crowd to their feet and giving him a standing ovation, seeing the insulting superiority he showed on the pitch.

The Brazilian's performance at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2005, scoring two goals and bringing the crowd to their feet and giving him a standing ovation, seeing the insulting superiority he showed on the pitch.

The Guardiola era  (2008-2012)

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The best era in the history of the azulgrana club was the one led by Josep Guardiola at the helm of the Catalan side, during 5 golden years. FC Barcelona became a legend after winning the first treble in the history of the club and Spain (League, Cup and Champions League) in the 2008-2009 season. The Uefa Champions League was won 2-0 against Manchester United in Rome, with goals from Samuel Ett'o and Leo Messi, the latter with a stratospheric header. In the league, Barça were proclaimed champions, leaving one of the best games in the club's history in the memory, the 2-6 win over Real Madrid at the Bernabéu.

Leo Messi and Iniesta with the Champions League trophy. | Photo: UEFA.com
Leo Messi and Iniesta with the Champions League trophy. | Photo: UEFA.com

After the success of winning every possible competition in one season, Guardiolawould continue to extend his legacy at Barça. At the start of the following season 2009-2010, the azulgrana team won the Supercopa de España, after beating Athletic de Bilbao, won the Supercopa de España, and won the Supercopa de España; the European Super Cup against Shaktar Donetsk and won the Club World Cup against Estudiantes de la Plata. FC Barcelona definitely went down in the history of football and sport, being the only team in the world capable of achieving a feat of such dimensions, winning all the competitions they played in a calendar year.

 

 

The 6 cups won by FC Barcelona. | Photo: FC Barcelona
The 6 cups conquered by FC Barcelona in a calendar year. | Photo: FC Barcelona

The Culé team continued to accumulate titles to its trophy cabinet, after starting the 2009-2010 season in the best possible way. Pep Guardiola guided his players to their second consecutive league title, achieving a total of 99 points, a number that no team had ever achieved before. That same year, the Spanish national team won the World Cup against the Netherlands, with a goal by Iniesta in extra time. The national team was compared to Guardiola's Barça for the way it played and won the admiration of the football world for the good game it showed. The following 20010-2011 season ended with great successes, again, for the team led by Pep and led by Leo Messi who was winning gold balls at the same time. FC Barcelona won the league for the third consecutive year and once again lifted the trophy, as on the first occasion, in the skies of Wembley, after defeating Manchester United 3-1. After winning the Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup, Club World Cup and Copa del Rey in the 2011-12 season, the Guardiola era came to an end with fourteen titles won out of a possible eighteen, a period that many classify as unrepeatable in the soccer elite.

Josep Guardiola cheered by the team. | Photo: goal.com
Josep Guardiola being shouted by the team. | Photo: goal.com

           

Second treble (2014-2015)

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Luis Enrique was the coach who made it possible for FC Barcelona to dream again with the coveted treble achieved, so far, únicamente with Guardiola. The Asturian coach entered without making much noise in the Bar  bench of Barça, and expanded notably the palmarés of the azulgrana team, becoming one of the most successful coaches in the history of the club. Barcelona, with an immeasurable Leo Messi, won the League in a vibrant match against Atlético Madrid at the Vicente Calderon, the Cup against Athletic Bilbao and the Champions League against Juventus by 3-1. In this way Barça achieved the second treble in its history and became the first team in the world to achieve it on two occasions.

 

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