Barcelona, Futbol Club Barcelona is the best team in the world at the moment. The team is often referred to simply as Barca among fans. The team is based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain and plays in La Liga. Barcelona is the only team that has played continental soccer every year since 1955 and has played in La Liga since it formed.
Barcelona was founded 1899 by a group of Swiss, English and Catalan footballers led by Joan Gamper and has the motto “Més que un club” which means “More than a club”. It is one of the most successful clubs ever and the most successful of all the Spanish teams, closely followed by Real Madrid. Barcelona have won 21 La Liga, 25 Copa del Rey, 10 Supercopa de España, 3 Copa Eva Duarte and 2 Copa de la Liga trophies. Internationally the team has won four UEFA Champions League, four UEFA Winners’ Cup, four UEFA Super Cup and one FIFA Club World Cup trophies. They also won three Inter-Cities Fairs Cup trophies. In 2009 the team became the first team ever to win La Liga, Copa del Rey, Champions League, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup in the same year.
Barcelona and Real Madrid have dominated Spanish soccer since the 50s and there is a deep rivalry between the two teams. Games between the two teams are know as “El Clásico” and attract a lot of fans. Many consider “El Clásico” one of the biggest soccer experiences you can experience due to the atmosphere at the games.
Barcelona differs from most other clubs in that they are owned and operated by the supporters. The team has an annual turnover of €398 million and is the second richest soccer club in the world after arch rival Real Madrid.