Barcelona's Camp Nou is the largest stadium in Europe. The club's highest home attendance was 120,000 in a European Cup quarter-final against Juventus on 3 March 1986.[207] The modernisation of Camp Nou during the 1990s and the introduction of all-seater stands means the record will not be broken for the foreseeable future as the current capacity of the stadium is 99,354.[208]

Koeman will come up against Guardiola when he takes his side to Manchester City next Saturday and he has spoken ahead of the match about how he took the Catalan under his wing when he was promoted to the first team at Barcelona.

He made only nine La Liga starts over the remainder of the season as he struggled to force his way into Luis Enrique's plans, leading to speculation he could be sold.

The centre-back is out on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach but has caught the eye of the Spanish champions, who see him as Gerard Pique's long-term successor

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On 22 October 1899, Hans Gamper placed an advertisement in Los Deportes declaring his wish to form a football club; a positive response resulted in a meeting at the Gimnasio Solé on 29 November. Eleven players attended — Walter Wild (the first director of the club), Lluís d'Ossó, Bartomeu Terradas, Otto Kunzle, Otto Maier, Enric Ducal, Pere Cabot, Carles Pujol, Josep Llobet, John Parsons, and William Parsons — and Foot-Ball Club Barcelona was born.[17]

On 16 May 1979, the club won its first Cup Winners Cup by beating Fortuna Düsseldorf 4–3 in Basel in a final watched by more than 30,000 travelling blaugrana fans. The same year, Núñez began to invest in the club's youth programme by converting La Masia to a dormitory for young academy players from abroad. The name of the dormitory would later become synonymous with the youth programme of Barcelona.[59]

Pascual’s side boss the match at the Palau and maintain their status as league leaders

A bloody Neymar was removed from Brazil's 5-0 defeat of Bolivia after receiving an elbow to the face on Thursday.

On 17 May, in a game where they needed to defeat Atlético Madrid (who had eliminated them from the UEFA Champions League in the quarterfinals earlier in the year) to be crowned champions of La Liga for the 23rd time, they drew after Atlético defender Diego Godín headed in the equaliser in the 49th minute, giving Atlético the championship.[117]

After Laporta's departure from the club in June 2010, Sandro Rosell was soon elected as the new president. The elections were held on 13 June, where he got 61.35% (57,088 votes, a record) of total votes.[93] Rosell signed David Villa from Valencia for €40 million[94] and Javier Mascherano from Liverpool for €19 million.[95]

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Xavi presently holds the team record for most number of total games played (767) and the record number of La Liga appearances (505), Carles Puyol comes second with 593 in all competitions and 392 in the League.[196]

Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza has praised Lionel Messi as a player who "knows everything about everything" in football.

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Messi, 29, announced his retirement from the national team after he missed a penalty during a shootout defeat to Chile in last month's Copa America Centenario final, in what was a third consecutive loss in a major final for La Albiceleste.

Although they continued to have players of the standing of Josep Escolà, the club now entered a period of decline, in which political conflict overshadowed sports throughout society. Attendance at matches dropped as the citizens of Barcelona were occupied with discussing political matters.[31] Although the team won the Campionat de Catalunya in 1930, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1936 and 1938,[18] success at a national level (with the exception of the 1937 disputed title) evaded them.

Barcelona's La Masia is ranked by the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) as the academy that produces more top-level players than any other academy in the world.[218][219][220]

On the other hand, Real Madrid was widely seen as the embodiment of the sovereign oppressive centralism and the fascist regime at management level and beyond: Santiago Bernabeu, the former club president for whom their stadium is named, fought on the Nationalist side during the Spanish Civil War.[162][163] However, during the Spanish Civil War, members of both clubs such as Josep Sunyol and Rafael Sánchez Guerra suffered at the hands of Franco supporters.

During the same period, the club changed its official language from Castilian to Catalan and gradually evolved into an important symbol of Catalan identity. For many fans, participating in the club had less to do with the game itself and more with being a part of the club's collective identity.[25] On 4 February 1917, the club held its first testimonial match to honour Ramón Torralba, who played from 1913 to 1928. The match was against local side Terrassa: Barcelona won 6–2.[26]

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At the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Barcelona players that had graduated from the club's La Masia youth system would play a major role in Spain becoming world champions. On 11 July, seven players who came through the academy participated in the final, six of which were Barcelona players whom started the match, with Iniesta scoring the winning goal against the Netherlands.[96]

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Futbol Club Barcelona (Catalan pronunciation: [fubˈbɔɫ ˈkɫub bərsəˈɫonə] ( listen)), commonly known as Barcelona and familiarly as Barça,[note 1] is a professional football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

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Reacting to Cruyff's departure, an independent protest group was organised by Armand Caraben, Joan Laporta and Alfons Godall.[68] The objective of the group, called L'Elefant Blau, was to oppose the presidency of Núñez, which they regarded as a corruption of the club's traditional values.[68][69] Laporta would later take over the presidency of Barcelona in 2003.[70]

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Schooled in the ways of the club from his time in the Barcelona B side in 2013-14, Denis Suarez already looks like the archetypal Barca midfielder, demonstrating outstanding technique, passing and vision since rejoining from Villarreal for just...

Cruyff was briefly replaced by Bobby Robson, who took charge of the club for a single season in 1996–97. He recruited Ronaldo from his previous club, PSV and delivered a cup treble, winning the Copa del Rey, UEFA Cup Winners Cup and the Supercopa de España. Despite his success, Robson was only ever seen as a short-term solution, while the club waited for Louis van Gaal to become available.[71]

Valencia-based newspaper Superdeporte is among the outlets to report that the striker has personally asked club president Layhoon Chan to facilitate a move to the La Liga champions. 

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On 22 July 2013, Gerardo 'Tata' Martino was confirmed as manager of FC Barcelona for the 2013–14 season.[113] Barcelona's first official games under Martino were the home and away legs of the 2013 Spanish Supercup, which Barça won 1–1 on away goals. On 23 January 2014, Sandro Rosell resigned as president by the admissibility of the complaint for alleged misappropriation following the transfer of Neymar. Josep Maria Bartomeu replaced him to finish the term in 2016.