Joan Gamper, founder of Barcelona
The history of Futbol Club Barcelona spans from the club's inception in 1899 to the present day. FC Barcelona, also known as Barça or simply Barcelona, is a Spanish football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia. Joan Gamper led a group of Swiss, English, and Spanish footballers who formed the team in 1899. Until 1910, the club competed in amateur football tournaments throughout the area. The club first competed in an European competition in 1910, and has since won fourteen UEFA trophies, including a sextuple. Barcelona, along with a number of other clubs, co-founded La Liga, Spain's top football league, in 1928.
Barcelona, along with Athletic Bilbao and arch-rival Real Madrid, has never been relegated from La Liga up to date.
Barcelona FC's first Copa del Rey-winning team in 1910.
Barcelona has a long and tumultuous political history. Barcelona became a club associated with Catalan values over time, despite the fact that it was founded and run by foreigners. Catalonia became increasingly hostile to the central government in Madrid during Spain's transition to autocracy in 1925.
When Francisco Franco banned the use of the Catalan language, the stadium of Barcelona became one of the few places where the people could express their discontent. The club's image of Catalan pride has been tarnished by Spain's democratic transition in 1978. Club officials openly called for Catalonia to become an independent state in the 2000s, a time of sporting success for the club and a greater focus on Catalan players.
This is how Barcelona was founded and the rest is history.
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