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
Since it was founded, FC Barcelona has always been firmly rooted in its country, Catalonia, a commitment that has arisen out of Catalan society and that is understood by Barça supporters in the rest of Spain and the world. The club projects, with conviction and firmness, the image of Catalonia around the world. Barça defends the idea of a multicultural, integrating, fair and caring Catalonia.
When the club anthem says “It doesn’t matter where you are from” it is expressing the spirit of a club that is open to everyone, and that brings together fans from the five continents in a united brotherhood, and also expresses history and the way half of its founders were not Catalan. FCB has members and supporters clubs from more than 50 countries, from Cameroon to China, and millions of supporters that typify the wonderful unity of the club.
Barça is an open, integrating and caring club, and on a daily basis makes this patently clear, whether through the club’s own programmes run through the Foundation, or through agreements with such international institutions as UNICEF, or through collaborations with such local associations as the Food Bank. The projects it develops can be related to education, to the promotion of arts and culture, to community support or to developmental aid.
The club members are also its owners and decide democratically who will run the club. The democratic principle is one of the essential pillars of the club, and has only been neglected when dictatorships have prevented it. At present, Barça is one of the few major European clubs that are still governed democratically, something else that makes it so unique.