For years, people have wondered what exactly makes a football club great? Is it based on success, legacy, or a special connection that fans have with that club?
Here I’m gonna throw some light on 5 facts only Barca fans can understand.
Are you a Barca-ian? Hurray, Then this is for you 🙂
Blaugrana is one of the nicknames for the Barcelona Football Club. Barcelona is the capital city of catolonia which is an autonomous community of spain.
In native catalan language, Blau means blue and Grana means red.
These two colors indicate the blue and red stripes in their football jersey.
Barcelona FC is known for their unique style of passing the ball which is famously known as Tiki Taka.
This technique requires plenty of short and quick passes between the players. Johan Cruyff, the famous manager who laid the corner stone for trophy-laden Barcelona’s golden era used Tiki Taka as his main tactics to build up the play.
Tiki Taka is part of his philosophy called as “Total Football”. In which the goalkeeper is the one who starts the attack from the back and the striker is the one start to defend from the front.
These tactics were then followed by upcoming managers Pep Guardiola, Tito Vilonova, Luis Enrique.
3. La Masia
La Masia is the youth football academy of Barcelona FC.
The idea was first proposed by Johan Cruyff in 1979. He used the famous Ajax academy as the reference to build La Masia. La Masia became famous for producing world class players like Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol, Busquets etc.
La Masia is still active and producing a lot of world class talents.
2. El Classico
“El Classico”, the Spanish word stands for “The Classic”.
The name El Classico is given to any match played between Barcelona FC and their famous arch rivals Real Madrid FC. These two teams have the expensive and star-studded lineups throughout the decades.
So matches between these two teams are always special. It is considered as one of the biggest club football games in the world and is among the most viewed annual sporting events. It has always been a heated match, from both sides.
The two clubs are among the richest and most successful football clubs in the world.They are the world’s two most followed sports teams on social media.
1. Mes que un club
“Mes que un club” in Catalan stands for “More than a club”.
A club that competes in a sporting sense on the field of play, but that also beats every day to the rhythm of its people’s concerns.
FC Barcelona was an important symbol of the Catalan pride and identity during the Franco regime.
It was, literally, a lot more than “just another football club”.