Barcelona Marks It’s 120th Birthday Today

On this day in 1899, Barcelona ware founded by Joan Gamper. Happy Birthday!

Founded in 1899 by a group of Swiss, Spanish, English, and Catalan footballers led by Joan Gamper, the club has become a symbol of Catalan culture and Catalanism, hence the motto “Més que un club” (“More than a club”wink.

Domestically, Barcelona has won a record 74 trophies; 26 La Liga, 30 Copa del Rey, 13 Supercopa de España, 3 Copa Eva Duarte, and 2 Copa de la Liga trophies, as well as being the record holder for the latter four competitions.

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In international club football, the club has won 20 European and worldwide titles; 5 UEFA Champions League titles, a record 4 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, a joint record 5 UEFA Super Cup, a record 3 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, and 3 FIFA Club World Cup.

The president Josep Maria Bartomeu said: “120 years later, we remain faithful to the values of our founder Joan Gamper. Catalanity, democracy and universality coexist at Barça with maximum sporting ambition and an undeniable global projection. Congratulations, culés!”

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