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Barcelona Football Club
FC Barcelona was founded on November 29, 1899 and in their 100+ year history have lived up to their motto, Mes Que Un Club (More Than a Club).   Barça has a global following with trophies from domestic, European, and International tournaments but remain true to their Catalan roots. La Blaugrana have fielded some of the best players in the game from Johan Cruyff, Ronaldinho, and Xavi to Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, and Luis Suarez.
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The FC Barcelona 2018/19 home jersey has been unveiled by Nike Soccer. Barça’s latest shirt takes inspiration from the city’s ten districts.

Barcelona will debut the latest home shirt in their last match of their LaLiga championship-winning season, at home against Real Sociedad. The classic blaugrana striped jersey returns, in a more compact composition, with thinner stripes on the body. The collar and sleeves are a solid blue.

A Catalonia flag-based breathable mesh back neck tape fills the nape, with the familiar yellow and red stripes of the Senyera. The chest has a yellow swoosh across from the club crest.

All ten of Barcelona’s districts – Ciutat Vella, Eixample, Sants/Montjuïc, les Corts, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, Gràcia, Horta-Guinardó, Nou Barris, Sant Andreu and Sant Martí – are each represented by evenly distributed thin stripes on the body. Barcelona’s full kit will have blue shorts with striped blue and red striped socks. Rakuten returns as shirt sponsor, with Beko reprising the left sleeve sponsor spot.

With an exciting style of play and huge success on the field over the last decade, Barcelona is arguably the most popular soccer teams in the world. The Catalan club is well-known for their red and blue jerseys which according to some stories they stole from Switzerland’s FC Basel.

The club’s founder and first president, Joan Gamper, is credited with selecting the iconic colors by most fans. The Winterthur, Switzerland native was an early captain of FC Basel. Gamper is responsible for saving the club in the early years. He famously said, “Barcelona cannot die and must not die. If there is nobody who is going to try, then I will assume the responsibility of running the club from now on.”

Two other myths behind the club’s colors are that first club president Arthur Witty based them on the colors of the Merchant Taylor’s School team and that they were based on the colors from Robespierre’s First Republic.

It is not surprising that most fans see as the truth Gamper’s connection. To this day, Gamper remains a figure of respect and admiration in and around the Camp Nou. Since 1966, Barca has hosted a pre-season tournament where invited teams compete for the Gamper Trophy.

From its formation in 1899 until the 1920s, the Catalan team sported a jersey that was bisected from the collar to the waistline with one half red and the other blue, the design was reprised for the 1999/00 campaign to mark the club’s centenary.

The halved jerseys were replaced by multiple vertical stripped jerseys but staying true to the Blaugrana (blue and red) colors. Various widths have been used for the vertical stripes over the years to give unique styles to different jerseys.

Barcelona FC and the club’s technical sponsor, Nike, shocked the world not to mention the clubs culés (supporters) with the launch of the 2015/16 home jersey. The famous vertical stripes had been replaced with horizontal stripes.

The new design lasted only one season and Barcelona has since reverted to its traditional look. The controversial kit didn’t stop Luis Enrique’s side from performing out on the field however, as Barca retained the La Liga and the Copa del Rey titles although they fell short of expectations in the UEFA Champions League that term. But not all fans were put off by the new look as it topped the Best Selling Official Jersey list for 2015 in the U.S. for the year.

Perhaps the most iconic Barca jerseys were those worn in the 1990’s produced by Kappa. It certainly helps that the Johan Cruyff-managed ‘Dream Team’ was sweeping all before them in that era, winning four consecutive La Liga titles as well as the 1992 European Cup (now known as the UEFA Champions League), the first time the club ever lifted Europe’s most prestigious trophy.

Ironically, Barca wore their orange away jersey in the 1-0 win over Sampdoria at Wembley Stadium to claim the trophy. But the players were quick to change into their iconic home jersey to celebrate the club’s first European Cup trophy. Resplendent in blue and red with the iconic Kappa logo running along their sleeves, Michael Laudrup, Ronald Koeman, Hristo Stoickov and Romario were entertaining and effective in equal measure.

And they did so with great style and panache. Cruyff’s team was built on a possession-based platform that Pep Guardiola, a player on that ‘Dream Team,’ took to new heights while in charge at the Camp Nou between 2008 and 2012.

Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi have significantly added to the romance associated with Barca’s famous colors in the decade-and-a-half that followed. Indeed, many of the game’s all-time greats have worn the Barca shirt, with varying degrees of success.

As a player, Cruyff moved to Catalonia from Ajax when Barca were an unfashionable club in the shadow of the likes of Real Madrid and Athletic Club. He was widely regarded as the best player in the world at the time and shunned offers from more successful sides to embark on a passion project. For the way he reshaped the Camp Nou side, he is undoubtedly the most important figure in the club’s history.

The great Diego Maradona was also thought of as the most gifted forward on the planet when he moved to Barca in 1982. With 38 goals in 58 appearances, his two-year stay in Spain was not world changing but hardly a disaster.

If there is one player who could challenge Maradona’s status as the greatest of all-time, it’s Messi. A product of Barca’s famous La Masia academy, the 29-year-old magician has broken every record and won every trophy possible, producing jaw-dropping performances with unnerving regularity.

The special players and revolutionary coaches that have broken football’s boundaries and taken the game to new levels within walls of the Camp Nou have all fed into the unique history of the Barcelona shirt and its famous colors. Few jerseys evoke such emotion, reverie and respect as the red and blue (vertical) stripes of Barca.

In October of 2016, Barcelona extended their contract with Nike for an additional 10-years and reportedly for a record $170 million per year. The deal starts ahead of the 2018/19 season.

“FC Barcelona and NIKE, Inc. have extended their current sponsorship deal, which was due to end on June 30, 2018,” Barcelona said in a statement. “The long-term agreement is a landmark in global football and builds upon a highly successful partnership.” Nike first signed as Barcelona’s technical sponsor in 1998. Since they partnered, Barcelona has won 10 La Liga titles, 4 UEFA Champions League titles, 4 Copa del Reys, and 3 Club World Cups.

In November 2016, Barcelona signed a 4-year sponsorship deal with Rakuten worth $58.7 Million per season with an option to extend for a 5th season. The deal begins before the 2017/18 campaign and includes additional bonuses of $1.6 million for winning La Liga and $5.3 million for winning the UEFA Champions League.

Unusual for a deal this big is that it only includes the senior team jersey. Barcelona’s VP of Marketing and Communications Manel Arroyo said, “The first team shirt is the most visible, but the training kit, the women’s shirt and that of the youth teams are all still open.”

The Japanese internet retailer replaces Qatar Airways on Barcelona’s jersey. The Middle Eastern based airline has been on Barca’s jersey since 2011 paying out $36 million per season. They were one of ‘5 big companies’ that was interested in the sponsorship placement. And while they did not land the deal, Barca has stressed their relationship is still ‘loyal.’

Gerard Piqué and his wife Shakira were instrumental in setting the deal in motion when they arranged a dinner between club president Josep Maria Bartomeu and Rakuten CEO Hiroshi Mikitani during the club’s 2015 U.S. tour.

“It all started with a dinner organized by Gerard Piqué at [Rakuten Chairman and CEO] Hiroshi Mikitani’s house in San Francisco,” revealed Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu during Wednesday’s presentation at the he Auditori 1899 at Camp Nou.

Barcelona’s jersey also includes sponsorship logos fore Beko, Turkish electronics brand, on the sleeve and Intel on the inside of the jersey.

Barcelona was the last major European soccer club to sign a front-of-the-jersey sponsorship deal. They had no sponsor until signing a sponsorship agreement with charity UNICEF in 2006 and then from 2011/12 featuring the logos on Qatar Foundation and Qatar Airways.

Barcelona FC is well-known for their soccer jersey. The traditional blue and red vertical stripes are instantly recognized and even copied by other teams. The jersey was also renowned for not having a jersey sponsor for decades but that all changed in 2006. Let's take a look back at the history of Barca’s jersey sponsors.

Rakuten became the Blaugrana’s latest jersey sponsor after announcing a mega deal worth $58 million per season over 4 seasons with an option to extend for an additional year. It is one of the most lucrative jersey deals in the game and will insure that players like Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Luis Suarez stay put in Catalonia capital. Barcelona was the last major European soccer team not to have a jersey sponsor although jersey sponsors are a relatively recent phenomenon with European teams only embracing the strategy in the 1970’s.

The sponsor free era ended for Barcelona in 2006 when they signed a partnership with UNICEF. The relationship was as unique as not having a sponsor as Barcelona donated $1.5 million per season to the charity ratherr than be paid to wear the brand’s logo. UNICEF is no longer the front of the jersey sponsor for Barcelona but still have a strong partnership and a placement on the back of the club’s jersey under the player number. The club continues to help give back by increasing their donation to $2.1 million per season this year.

“Our groundbreaking partnership with FC Barcelona has helped transform the lives of 1 million children worldwide, giving them the chance to learn, play and take part in sport. We are delighted to be working with one of the world’s most successful and popular football clubs to change the lives of even more children in the coming years so millions of children get a chance to fulfill their potential,” UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth said at the extension earlier this month.

The Qatar Foundation official ended the 111-year history of no jersey sponsorship when they signed a 5-year deal to replace UNICEF on the front of the jersey for a then world record amount of $31 million per season. The deal was finalized in December 2010, eight days after the Middle Eastern nation won the right to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The partnership with the Qatar Foundation included a clause that allowed Qatar Airways to assume the jersey sponsorship after 2 years and that was confirmed in early 2013. The $45 million per season deal kicked off ahead of the 2013/14 season.

Qatar Airways completed the initial 5-year deal and extended it for an additional year. The last minute deal came so late that rumors were circulating the Barcelona would once again play in a jersey without a sponsor but those fears were put to rest in July.

The major sponsors looking to replace Qatar Airways included Pepsi, Ferrari, and Amazon but Rakuten stepped up their game to finalize the deal that was announced last week.

Barcelona’s motto ‘més que un club’ which means ‘more than a club’ was first used in 1968 by newly elected club president Narcís Serra. The motto speaks to the heart and soul of the club and all its members and is seen written proudly on the seating and around the Camp Nou. The fans of the club, known as ‘Los Cules,’ regularly hold colored placards up before big matches which together write out the motto to reinforce the idea of team work and that the fans are part of the club.

After outgrowing their original soccer stadium, Camp de les Corts, Barcelona moved into the Camp Nou or ‘New Camp’ in 1957. The ground was intended to be called Estadi del FC Barcelona in tribute to their host club but the popularity of the Camp Nou name was never displaced and now is known around the world for one of the top soccer cathedrals.

Barcelona played their first match at the Camp Nou on September 24, 1957 against a club team from Warsaw. The match was part of a larger opening ceremony that included the academy sides playing matches at the old Les Corts stadium, a mass with a blessing by the Archbishop of Barcelona, Gregorio Modrego, and dignitaries from the city and nation attending the match.

Fittingly the home side won the match 4-2 with Eulogio Martínez scoring the first goal at the new stadium. 22 players featured for Barcelona in that opening match with a different 11 used for each half. At halftime, 10,000 doves were released.

Spanish poet Josep M. de Sagarra wrote a sonnet, 'Azul Grana', celebrating the new stadium.

Barcelona and their legendary players like Lionel Messi, Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto’o, Deco, Luis Figo, Ronaldo, Thierry Henry and many others have allowed the stadium to live up to the fanfare of the opening over the decades.

While the focus of most fans is on the home Barca side, the events on the field at this spectacular stadium in Gaudi’s city go far beyond the city limits.

The venue has hosted 2 UEFA Champions League finals (1988/89 and 1998/99) and the first European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1972.

Internationally, the Camp Nou hosted 5 matches (the most of any venue) at the 1982 FIFA World Cup including the opening match, 3 group stage matches, and 1 semi-final. The venue was the largest for Espana 82 with a capacity of 120,000.

It also hosted the football competition at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

The stadium has gone through other renovations and currently seats 99,354. The grass surface features a field that is 115 yards by 74 yards and will no doubt feature many more great players and great matches.


Great Matches Played at the Camp Nou


Argentina 0 – 1 Belgium – 1982 FIFA World Cup
In the opening match for the 1982 FIFA World Cup, Barcelona faithful showed up with special interest as Argentina forward Diego Maradona was (correctly) rumored to be headed to Barca at the end of the summer. The additional support from the home crowd did not help as Belgium stunned the defending champions 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Erwin Vandenbergh in the 67th minute. It is still considered one of the most famous games in Belgium soccer history.

Poland 2 – 3 Spain – 1992 Summer Olympics Gold Medal Final
The 1992 Summer Olympic soccer tournament was the first to feature Under-23 sides. Spain marched through the tournament advancing to the final without conceding a goal. They faced Poland, who had been impressive in attack scoring 15 goals, in the final at the Camp Nou on August 8. Poland opening the scoring in first half injury time but Spain had a reply 20 minutes into the second half, setting up a great finish. Spain eased the nerves of the most of the 95,000 fans when Kiko gave them a lead in the 72 minute but this time it was Poland that had a reply only 4 minutes later from Ryyszard Staniek. The stage was set and Kiko took the starring role to complete his brace with the winner in the 90th minute. The game featured 2 players that would be instrumental in the future of the stadium. Both Pep Guardiola and LUIS ENRIQUE were part of the gold medal winning side. They both played for and managed Barcelona.

Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich – 1999 UEFA Champions League Final
One of the most exciting finishes in UEFA Champions League history took place at the Camp Nou. Manchester United trailed Bayern Munich 1-0 in the 91st minute but the Red Devils came up with a miracle. Teddy Sheringham scored the equalizer followed 30 seconds later by the winner from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The German giants were shocked while referee Pierluigi Collina said it was the most memorable match he ever officiated.

Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid – La Liga 2010/11 Campaign
Real Madrid was flying high under new manager Jose Mourinho and ready to put the 2-time La Liga defending champion Barcelona in their place. But Barca did not get the memo and ran out 5-0 winners with goals from Xavi, Pedro, a brace from David Villa, capped off with an injury time finish from Jeffren Suarez in injury time. The win put Barca at the top of the table, a position they would never relinquish on the way to a 3rd consecutive title.

Barcelona 4-0 AC Milan – 2013 UEFA Champions League Round of 16
The Camp Nou inspires Barca players with confidence and has a great history of second leg comebacks in European action. The home side showed their mettle to overcome Ipswich Town 3-0 (3-1 penalties) in the 1978 UEFA Cup, to beat Anderlecht 3-0 (4-1 penalties) in the 1979 Cup Winner’s Cup, and to defeat Gothenburg 3-0 (5-4 penalties) in the 1986 European Cup (now known as the UEFA Champions League) semi-final, but that did what was until then impossible when they erased a 2 goal deficit without an away goal in the Champions League era with their win over AC Milan. The result ended up being a walk with Messi hitting a first half brace before David Villa and Jordi Alba made it look easy.

Barcelona 6-1 Paris Saint-Germain -2017 UEFA Champions League Round of 16
After losing 4-0 in the first leg, Barcelona needed a miracle at the Camp Nou to advance in the Champions League. Matters looked even worse in the 88th minute; despite having a 3-1 advantage the home side needed 3 goals to take the tie. Neymar cut the deficit with his brace in the 88th and 91st minutes and Sergi Roberto stole the show with a winner in the 95th minute. By erasing the 4-goal deficit from a first leg, Barca made history with the biggest comeback in Champions League history.

As you would expect from a club that after 118 years is still on top, Barcelona’s top five greatest players includes several of the world’s all-time greats. From the beginning of the 1900s to today, some of the world’s best have spent some of their most productive years in Barca’s iconic blue and white jerseys and WorldSoccerShop.com looks at some of the best of the best.

Barca’s Top 5 Club Legends

Paulino Alcantara (1912-1916, 1918-1927) - Barcelona Jersey #9
He held Barca’s record for most goals scored in a career for 87 years before Lionel Messi came along. Alcantara scored 369 times in 357 games over two stints with the club. Alcantara made his Barca debut at age 15 years, four months, 18 days, a record that still stands as the youngest player ever to play for the senior side. He returned to his native Philippines with his parents at age 17 and missed two seasons, but returned in 1918. He retired at age 31 to become a doctor. Alcantara is considered Barcelona’s first real star.

Ronaldinho (2003-2008) - Barcelona Jersey #10
Perhaps the most important signing in club history, Ronaldinho arrived at Camp Nou at a time when Barcelona was at a low point in its history. The entertaining Brazilian spearheaded the re-emergence in La Liga and Europe. From 2004 to 2006, Ronaldinho led Barca to two La Liga crowns and one the Champions League title (2006). Ronaldinho scored 110 goals during his stay at Camp Nou and is considered one of the club’s most important players ever.

Ladislao Kubala (1950-1962) - Barcelona Jersey #9
Led by Kubala, the Barcelona 1951-52 team was so popular, it outgrew Les Corts, its stadium at the time. As a result, the popular Kubala is credited with being influential in the club’s decision to build Camp Nou. Tall, strong and powerful, Kubala was a dominant midfield player who scored 280 goals in his Barca career. During his stay, Barcelona won four league titles and five Copa del Rey championships. The Hungarian-born Kubala is honored with a bronze statue at Camp Nou.

Xavi (1998-2015) - Barcelona Jersey #6
No one has played more games for Barcelona than Xavi Hernandez. No one has won more La Liga championships (8), or Champions League trophies (5). Called the brain of Barca’s engine, Xavi’s creativity and play-making ability allowed the club to dominate possession of the ball. He made 133 appearances for Spain and is considered the best Spanish player in history. Xavi, a native of Barcelona, helped Spain to the 2010 World Cup title.

Lionel Messi (2004-Present) - Barcelona Jersey #10
That was easy. Messi certainly ranks in the top 5 of any list of the world’s all-time greatest player, so putting him at the top of Barcelona’s top five is a no-brainer. With 371 Barcelona goals and counting, he is the five-time FIFA World Player of the Year. Messi took the award four years in a row from 2009 to 2012. He helped Barca to four Champions League trophies, eight La Liga crowns and 26 trophies overall.

Honorable Mentions:

Hristo Stoichkov (1990-1998) - Barcelona Jersey #8
A key member of Barca’s Dream Team under manager Johan Cruyff. Stoichkov, a Bulgarian international, scored 162 goals for Barcelona. He is one of the few Barca players to have won the European Cup (1992), the Golden Boot (1990) and the Ballon d’Or (1995).

Johan Cruyff (1973-1978) - Barcelona Jersey #14
One of the world’s greatest players of all time, Cruyff had a profound impact on Barcelona during his playing career, and again as a manager beginning in 1988.

Michael Laudrup (1989-1994) - Barcelona Jersey #9
He scored 93 goals for Barcelona, but his play-making ability lands him on this list. A crowd favorite at Camp Nou, where an “Enjoy Laudrup” banner hung during his career.

Carlos Puyol (1999-2014) - Barcelona Jersey #5
Perhaps Barcelona’s greatest defender of all time. He played 663 games with the club, and at the time of his retirement in 2014, only Xavi Hernandez had appeared more times in the Barcelona shirt.

Andres Iniesta (2001-present) - Barcelona Jersey #8
Iniesta is a key component in what makes Barcelona’s technical ability the envy of the football world. His 628 appearances for the club rank second all-time behind Xavi.