FC Barcelona

What is your opinion? Does Barcelona make Lionel Messi the great footballer he is? Or does Lionel Messi make Barcelona the great club it is? This is an ongoing debate amongst football experts. Whatever the answer to this question is, there would come a day in which you will be able to tell the next generation of football fans to come, "I have lived in this era in which Messi was playing for Barcelona and I have witnessed both him and the team conquering the world of football".

But before we dive into the present let's have a brief look at the club's history. FC Barcelona had humble beginnings. In October 1889, a young Swiss named Hans (Joan) Gamper who was residing in Barcelona, placed an advert in the Los Deportes magazine in order to find players that would be interested in forming a football club. A bunch of Swiss, English and local young men came and built the squad. This is how FC Barcelona was born. Joan Gamper himself was a dominant figure in the club for its first 30 years, first as a player and later as a president. He also brought the idea of having the blue and red stripes as the club's jersey. This beginning had marked one of Barcelona's characteristic features of having a blend of foreign and local players and also having foreigners in the leading positions.

Barcelona won its first national title, Copa Del Rey, in 1912 and has won it 29 times in total so far, more than any other club in Spain. It has 24 La Liga championships attached to its name, first one gained in 1929, which was the very first year in which La Liga was inaugurated. FC Barcelona has always been more than a football club for its fans. It has been a national symbol for the Catalan people. As a consequence, it took a toll due to political realities in Spain during the 20th century. It is one of the reasons why the club fluctuated between periods in which it had dominance over the Spanish football (like the early 1920s and mid 1940s until mid 1950s) and periods in which it gained very few titles or any at all, for more than a decade (like the 1930s and the 1960s).

Since the 1970's FC Barcelona is pretty much committed to the Total Football style. This style in its modern version was introduced to the world by Dutch coach Rinus Michels and his team captain in Ajax Amsterdam and in the Netherlands national team Joan Cruyff. It is characterized by an offensive way of playing with agile players that move all around the pitch playing in all positions in order to cover other players as they go for the attack. In the early 1970s FC Barcelona adopted the Total Football style by signing Rinus Michels as the head coach and a couple of years later by signing the best football player of his time and one of the greatest in history, Johan Cruyff himself. This style, has been taught and practiced in the club's academy (the famous La Masia) and has been mastered and perfected at the club ever since. In the late 1980s and early 1990s Cruyff put its name permanently in the club's hall of fame by leading the 'Dream Team' as a manager to 4 consecutive championships and 7 more titles including the first European cup for the club in 1992 and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1989.

With Frank Rijkaard as its manager (2003-2008) and Ronaldinho as its protagonist player, FC Barcelona developed a very attractive way of playing football, which has won it the second European cup in 2006 (the first in the Champions League era), 2 consecutive championships and 2 Spanish super cups. Pep Guardiola, one of the  the 'Dream Team's players became the club manager in 2008. He further elaborated Barcelona's style to what became known as the 'Tiki-Taka' style in which Barcelona dominates the game by an endless amount of short passes among its players and constant pressure and attacks on the rival's goal. In four seasons under Guardiola's management the club won an amazing number of trophies (14) including 2 Champions League titles, 3 consecutive La Liga championships, 2 Copa Del Rey, 3 consecutive Spanish Super Cups, 2 UEFA Super Cups and 2 FIFA Club World Cups. This team is considered by many as the best team in the history of the club. Many would argue that it was the best team to ever play football with the best player that has ever played the game.

 Of the long list of superb players that have played for  the club the following and more recent could be mentioned: Michael Laudrop, Romario, Stoichcov, Koeman and goal keeper Zubizarreta of the 'Dream team' and in Rijkaard's and Pep's teams Deco, Puyol, Ronaldinho , Samuel Eto'o, Xavi, Iniesta and Messi. Xavi holds the record of appearances for the club with more than 470 games in LA Liga and more than 720 in total. Extraordinary Messi holds the record of goals for the club with more than 400 goals and is breaking almost any possible record of the club being just at the midst of his career.

Biggest rivalries of the club are with Real Madrid (This match is called El Clasico) and the adjacent club of Español (This match is called Derby Barceloni)

CAMP NOU, Barcelona's stadium which was inaugurated in 1957 is regarded as one of the finest stadiums in the world and has the largest crowd capacity in Europe with 98,787 seats.

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FC Barcelona tickets - 2017-2018
Event
Date
Price
Get it
Spanish La Liga (Football (Soccer)) El Clasico: Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona
Madrid, Spain - El Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
23 Dec 2017,
13:00
from
322
Spanish Cup - Copa del Rey (Football (Soccer)) Round of 16: Celta de Vigo vs FC Barcelona
Vigo, Spain - Estadio Municipal de Balaidos
03 Jan 2018,
15:00
Not Final
from
61
Spanish La Liga (Football (Soccer)) FC Barcelona vs Levante UD
Barcelona, Spain - Camp Nou
07 Jan 2018,
16:15
from
67
Spanish Cup - Copa del Rey (Football (Soccer)) Round of 16: FC Barcelona vs Celta de Vigo
Barcelona, Spain - Camp Nou
10 Jan 2018,
15:00
Not Final
from
53
Spanish La Liga (Football (Soccer)) Real Sociedad vs FC Barcelona
San Sebastian, Spain - Estadio Anoeta
14 Jan 2018,
20:45
Not Final
from
164
Spanish La Liga (Football (Soccer)) Real Betis Balompie vs FC Barcelona
Seville, Spain - Estadio Benito Villamarin
21 Jan 2018,
20:45
Not Final
from
164
Spanish La Liga (Football (Soccer)) FC Barcelona vs Deportivo Alaves
Barcelona, Spain - Camp Nou
28 Jan 2018,
20:45
Not Final
from
67
Spanish La Liga (Football (Soccer)) RCD Espanyol vs FC Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain - Cornella-El Prat Stadium (Power8 Stadium)
04 Feb 2018,
20:45
Not Final
from
96
Spanish La Liga (Football (Soccer)) FC Barcelona vs Getafe CF
Barcelona, Spain - Camp Nou
11 Feb 2018,
20:45
Not Final
from
67
Spanish La Liga (Football (Soccer)) SD Eibar vs FC Barcelona
Eibar, Spain - Ipurua Municipal Stadium
18 Feb 2018,
20:45
Not Final
from
263
UEFA Champions League (Football (Soccer)) Round of 16: Chelsea vs FC Barcelona
London, England - Stamford Bridge
20 Feb 2018,
19:45
from
322
Spanish La Liga (Football (Soccer)) FC Barcelona vs Girona FC
Barcelona, Spain - Camp Nou
25 Feb 2018,
20:45
Not Final
from
67
Spanish La Liga (Football (Soccer)) UD Las Palmas vs FC Barcelona
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain - Estadio de Gran Canaria
28 Feb 2018,
20:45
Not Final
from
194
Spanish La Liga (Football (Soccer)) FC Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid
Barcelona, Spain - Camp Nou
04 Mar 2018,
20:45
Not Final
from
109
Spanish La Liga (Football (Soccer)) Malaga CF vs FC Barcelona
Malaga, Spain - Estadio La Rosaleda
11 Mar 2018,
20:45
Not Final
from
127
UEFA Champions League (Football (Soccer)) Round of 16: FC Barcelona vs Chelsea
Barcelona, Spain - Camp Nou
14 Mar 2018,
20:45
from
185
Spanish La Liga (Football (Soccer)) FC Barcelona vs Athletic Club Bilbao
Barcelona, Spain - Camp Nou
18 Mar 2018,
20:45
Not Final
from
78
Spanish La Liga (Football (Soccer)) Sevilla FC vs FC Barcelona
Seville, Spain - Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan
01 Apr 2018,
20:45
Not Final
from
134
Spanish La Liga (Football (Soccer)) FC Barcelona vs CD Leganes
Barcelona, Spain - Camp Nou
08 Apr 2018,
20:45
Not Final
from
67
Spanish La Liga (Football (Soccer)) FC Barcelona vs Valencia CF
Barcelona, Spain - Camp Nou
15 Apr 2018,
20:45
Not Final
from
98
Spanish La Liga (Football (Soccer)) Celta de Vigo vs FC Barcelona
Vigo, Spain - Estadio Municipal de Balaidos
18 Apr 2018,
20:45
Not Final
from
99
Spanish La Liga (Football (Soccer)) FC Barcelona vs Villarreal FC
Barcelona, Spain - Camp Nou
22 Apr 2018,
20:45
Not Final
from
98
Spanish La Liga (Football (Soccer)) Deportivo La Coruna vs FC Barcelona
La Coruna, Spain - Estadio Municipal de Riazor
29 Apr 2018,
20:45
Not Final
from
94
Spanish La Liga (Football (Soccer)) El Clasico: FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid
Barcelona, Spain - Camp Nou
06 May 2018,
20:45
Not Final
from
562
Spanish La Liga (Football (Soccer)) Levante UD vs FC Barcelona
Valencia, Spain - Estadi Ciutat de Valencia
13 May 2018,
20:45
Not Final
from
94