9 Interesting Facts about FC Barcelona

  • The first FC Barcelona Stadium was close where the Camp Nou Stadium is now, but it was too tiny to accommodate all of the fans.

  • The supporters of FC Barcelona are known as "culés," which means "ass" in Catalan. Passers-by in the former Stadium in Les Corts could see the bums of supporters seated in the highest row of the stadium during the 1920s, according to legend.

  • In 1957, the Camp Nou was built. It is Europe's largest stadium and the world's third largest stadium, with a capacity of 98.000 seats.

  • The Olympic games were held in Barcelona in 1992, and La Roja, Spain's national football team, defeated Poland 3-2.

  • "Mes que un Club," the club's motto, was a symbol of Catalan nationalism, particularly during Franco's tyranny.

  • Joan Gamper, a Swiss football fan, formed the club on November 29th, 1899.

  • It wasn't until 1974 that the club renamed itself Futbol Club Barcelona.

  • FC Barcelona is the second-richest football club in the world in terms of revenue, with a $613 million annual turnover, and the third-most valuable sports franchise in the world, valued at $2.6 billion.

  • The club changed sponsors in 2013 and now displays the Qatar Airways/Foundation emblem prominently.

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