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Primer mosaic al Camp Nou / FOTO: SPORT

March 7 is the 20th anniversary of the first mosaic created at the Camp Nou. For a league fixture against Real Madrid, 17,000 fans held up cards in the second and third tiers of the North Goal. The background was in the Barcelona and Catalonia colours, and the message featured just one word, 'BARÇA'.

FC Barcelona moved on to set new standards for mosaics in Spanish football stadiums. The idea was imported from Italy, where FCB supporter Jordi Sant, the founder of the Penya Barcelonista Almogàvers, had studied the phenomenon and considered the idea of introducing it to the Camp Nou.

As the year have gone by, FC Barcelona has realised the benefits of such initiatives, which project such a powerful image around the world, and from 2000 the club has taken an active interest in their promotion, often in collaboration with the media.

Fans' role essential

Not one of these mosaics could ever had have become a reality without the help of the Barça fans themselves. But little encouragement is needed. The fans know exactly how they are supposed to hold up their cards when the club anthem plays before the match, or when their team scores a goal. Thanks to their enthusiasm, the image of mosaics has made the Camp Nou more synonymous than ever with football played as a spectacle.

Over the last twenty years, there have been 56 mosaics to express the crowd's support for Barça. Twelve of these have involved the entire Camp Nou, which requires the production of 90,000 cards. Of particular importance was the day of the club's centenary match against Brazil. That day the mosaic not only covered the entire stadium but was also reversible, offering not one but two amazing panoramic images of the Camp Nou.

Mosaics in numbers

- 56 mosaics

- 9  times in finals (5 Champions League finals)

- 12 mosaics covering the entire Camp Nou

- 19 times in games against Real Madrid

- All of the mosaics in total have involved the support of 1,990,000 people

- If all of the cards that have been used were put together in one line, they'd measure 1,203 kilometres, further than the distance between the Camp Nou and Wembley (1,140 kilometres)

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