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FC Barcelona is “more than a club” in Catalonia because it is the sports club that most represents the country and is also one of its greatest ambassadors
Respect for others is one of the basic requirements of democratic life and the capacity to live in society. It affects the individual and has both a social and a collective dimension. Respect is a fundamental part of sport, for sport generates situations of tension that have to be resolved almost instantaneously. There is therefore a need, above rules and standards, for this value to be present in order to guarantee cordial and correct interrelations between people. In sport, respect is needed in similar situations to those where it is demanded in wider society, but the intensity of the moment implies that the presence or absence of respect can be very obvious and can affect the development of the situation or event.
There are many social models that avoid effort and advocate instead luck, opportunism and immediate triumph. However, effort is a value that can take us to unthinkable heights and lead us to achieve targets and objectives that may at other times appear distant or inaccessible. Dedication, rigour, constancy, sacrifice and perseverance all bear fruit, while luck and the search for a quick win are often fleeting and momentary. Note that at school, teachers have for a long time being promoting a culture of effort as the vehicle for academic development and personal achievement, and this helps to construct new social models.
Ambition is the desire to achieve the maximum performance and do things not only well but also as well as is feasibly possible and to improve every day. This value is applicable both to individuals and to groups. It involves use of a web of values as varied as excellence, patience, discipline, order, motivation and responsibility. Indeed, ambition invokes and requires a broad system of values and, in turn, is related with a job being done well, effort and rigour. Regarding targets, ambition is probably the surest way of achieving them, for it is the impulse to grow.
Teamwork implies that the subject forms part of a group and that, as a member of the same, becomes an active element that acts on behalf of the whole (sometimes even to the determine of their own individuality). There are undeniable benefits of knowing that you are part of a team and this requires the learning and accentuation of many other values.
Often when athletes, and people in general, achieve the goals they have set themselves, they start feeling superior in physical, moral, economic and other terms, and this leads them to forget certain values that have in all probability helped them to achieved those very goals: effort, perseverance, self-control, etc. We are all aware of how FC Barcelona has dealt with its victories of recent years, and how it has always shown humility (and also such values as effort, rigour, responsibility and others) to win respect in its field, and among its opponents, and generally everyone. Humility probably consists of knowing how to be clear about one’s values, and to maintain them and defend them even in situations where you are clearly superior and more successful.
A Historic Slogan
The slogan “more than a club” expresses the commitment that Futbol Club Barcelona has maintained and still maintains beyond what belongs in the realm of sport. For many years, this commitment specifically referred to Catalan society, which for many decades of the 20th century lived under dictatorships that persecuted its language and culture. Under these circumstances, Barça always supported Catalan sentiments, and the defence of its own language and culture. It was because of this that, even though Catalan was not an official language, in 1921 the club drafted its statutes in the language of Catalonia. It was also in this era that in 1918 the club adhered to a petition for a statute of autonomy for Catalonia, which was being demanded from all sectors of the catalanista movement.
The club’s orientation led to reprisals from the Spanish authorities and it was closed down for six months under the Primo de Rivera dictatorship. During the Second Spanish Republic, the club intensified its message of implication with Catalonia’s own culture and institutions. President Josep Sunyol led this process using the slogan “sport and citizen ship”, the purpose being to imply sports in the country’s social and cultural affairs. Sunyol, who was also a member of parliament, was shot dead early in the Spanish Civil War in 1936; and from then on, the club came to be an icon of the defence of the Republic, as shown by the tour of Mexico and the United States in 1937. When the Civil War ended, General Franco’s dictatorship sought to destroy the club’s social significance.
It enforced the Spanish version of its name and the removal of the four Catalan stripes from the crest. Despite the dictatorship’s persistence, in the late 1960s the club starting recovering its former spirit, as made so evident by the speeches of President Narcís de Carreras, the man who coined the famous nation of being “more than a club” in 1968. Outside of Catalonia, in many parts of Spain, Barça also became symbolic of democracy and anti-centralism. When democracy returned after the death of Franco, the club maintained its social commitment and new ways of supporting charitable causes emerged, which would later be encompassed by the creation of the club’s Foundation. Now in times of globalisation, Barça has extended its social commitment to the rest of the planet, with a specially significant event being the signing of an agreement with Unicef in 2006, which was a way of saying that a sports club should not be marginal to problems going on in society, in this case, the plight of children around the world. Because of this, Barça continues to be “more than a club” both in Catalonia and elsewhere in the world, and is implied in numerous cultural, social and charity initiatives.
El Cant del Barça is the name given to the official anthem of the Futbol Club Barcelona
El Cant del Barça is the name given to the official anthem of the Futbol Club Barcelona. It was first played in 1974 at Camp Nou as part of the club’s 75th anniversary celebration. The words were written by Jaume Picas and Josep Maria Espinàs and the music was composed by Manuel Valls i Gorina.
The official version of the song was performed by the choir Coral Sant Jordi. It was written entirely in the Catalan language. In the FC Barcelona Museum we can hear the Cant del Barça in different languages, including all the languages of every player to have worn the Barça shirt. We can also enjoy the Cant del Barça as sung by the fans in Camp Nou at the 29 November 2009 match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.
As a well-established ritual in the early matches in the Nou Camp stadium's public address strong feel-good anthem of the club, 'Can not Barca' fans to sing well.
The 'Cant del Barca' is not, however, neither the first nor the only song that had the club.
Learn about the history of the FC Barcelona anthems.
FC Barcelona Information
(Last updated 16 November 2013)
- Capacity: 99,354
- Dimensions: 105x68 m.
- Opened: 24th Setember 1957
- Capacity: 15,276
- Dimensions: 103x65 m.
- Opened: 23rd September 1982
- Training grounds opened: 1st June 2006
- Surface area: 136,839 m2
- Capacity: 7,235
- Opened: 23rd October 1971
- Ice Rink Capacity: 1,256
- Opened: 30th October 1971
PALAU BLAUGRANA 2 (PICADERO)
- Capacity: 1,200
- Owned since: 31th October 1974
- 3 teams: First team, Barça B and Under 18 A
YOUTH FOOTBALL (18 teams)
- Boys Teams: Under-18 B, Under-16 A, Under-16 B, Under-14 A, Under-14 B, Under-12 A, Under-12 B Under-12 C, Under-12 D, Under-10 A, Under-10 B, Under-10 C, Under-10, Under-8.
- Girls teams: Female A, Female B, Female under 18, Female Under-14.
SECTIONS (13 sections)
- 4 Professional sections: Basketball, handball, roller hockey and 5-a-side football.
- 7 Amateur sections: Unes-FCBarcelona (Wheelchair basketball), athletics, rugby, volleyball, field hockey, ice hockey. and ice skating.
- 2 associated sections: CVB Barça (Women's Volleyball) and CBS Barça (women's basketball).
- Basketball (6 teams): Barça B, Under 18, Under-16 A and B, Under-14 A and B.
- Handball (5 teams): Senior B, Under-18 A, Under-16 A and B, and Under-14.
- Rink (4 teams): Senior B, Under-18, Under-16 and Under-14.
- 5-a-side football (5 teams): Senior B, Under-18, Under-16, Under-14 and Under-12.
- Athletics (16 teams): Under-10, Under-12, Under-14, Under-16, Under-18, Junior, Promises and Senior Male. Under-10, Under-12, Under-14, Under-16, Under-18, Junior, Promises and Senior Female.
- Rugby (9 teams): Senior A, Senior B, Under-18, Under-16, Under-14, Under-12, Under-10, Under-8, and Babies.
- Volleyball (5 teams): Senior, Senior B, Under-18, Under-16, and Under-14 Male.
- Field Hockey (13 teams): Senior A, Senior B, Senior C, Under-18, Under-16, Under-14, Under 12, Under 10 (3) male. Senior A, Senior B and Under 12 female.
- Ice Hockey (6 teams): Senior, U-18, U-15, U-13, U-11 and U-9.
- Figure skating (16 teams): Beginners (Female), Young Talent (Male and Female), Female Promises, Minimum (Male and Female), Youth (Male and Female), Novice Female, Junior 3rd (Male and Female ) Junior 2nd (Male and Female) Junior 1st (Male and Female). Ballet: Elite and young hopefuls.
- CVB Barça (Women's Volleyball) (20 teams): Senior A, Senior B, Senior C, Senior D, Under-18 (3), Under-16 (5), Under-14 (4), Under-12 (3) and Beginners.
- CBS club (women's basketball) (17 teams): Senior A, Senior Blue, Senior Red, Junior (3), Under-16 (2), Pre-Under-14 (3), Pre-Under-14, Mini (3) and Pre-Mini (2).
- Male 134,099
- Female 43,147
- Barcelona 63.361
- Rest of Catalonia 87,890
- Outside of Catalonia 25,995
Official supporters' clubs
Number of Clubs
- 1,354 worldwide
- Zone 1 (Catalonia, Valencia, Balearic Islands and Catalunya North): 651
- Zone 2 (Rest of Spain): 612
- Zone 3 (Rest of the world): 91