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Following the international break, FC Barcelona return to Liga action with a trip to Granada on Sunday 2 April at 8.45pm CET. Here’s a little more background on the Andalusian club.  

Where are they from?

Best known for its Moorish architecture, and especially the citadel/palace called the Alhambra, Granada is located within an hour of both the Sierra Nevada ski slopes and some of the most sun-scorched beaches in Europe. What more you you wish for!

Origins and history

Formed in 1931, the club originally known as Recreativo de Granada used to be quite a regular feature of La Liga, but the city had seen no first division football for 35 years when the team was promoted back in 2011. Six seasons later and they’re still here.

Nickname

The club are frequently called the Nazaríes, which is a nod to the Nasrid dynasty that ruled the Emirate of Granada from 1238 until 1492, the last Muslim stronghold in Spain and which constructed the Alhambra.

Stadium

The 22,369 capacity Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes was opened in 1995 to replace, as its name so clearly reveals, the old Los Cármenes stadium. A carmen is what the locals call the typical white-walled houses with gardens and orchards, which used to surround the old stadium.

Manager

After failing to make the grade as a footballer, Lucas Alcaraz decided he was better destined for a career in coaching and was just 29 when he started managing Granada as a third division outfit back in 1995. He’s been at a host of other clubs since and returned for a third spell at Granada at the start of this season.

2016/17 season

Granada have had some close calls in their 6-year spell back in the top flight, and they’re going to need another escape act this time round. They’re second from bottom with seven points between them and the safety zone as things stand.

Barça connections

Second captain David Lombán spent a season at Barça B, while winger Isaac Cuenca made 16 official appearances for the first team. And Sergi Samper is playing at Granada on a loan deal from FCB, one of an extraordinary number of sixteen different loanees wearing the red and white shirts.

Did you know?

Whenever they have needed a win on the final day to guarantee a Liga title, FC Barcelona have never failed in that mission. And last season they did it again, and precisely at the stadium that they’ll be returning to on Sunday. Luis Suárez scored all three goals in a 3-0 win that sparked off league championship celebrations in Catalonia for the 24th time.

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