Barcelona are a football club that is synonymous with Catalonia. Nicknamed the Blaugrana, they play their home games at the Camp Nou Stadium. Their traditional kit is dark red and blue striped shirts, and blue shorts.
Founded in 1899, they are the second most successful club in Spanish history after Real Madrid. They have won La Liga 26 times – including this season – and the Copa del Rey a record thirty times. In Europe, Barcelona have won the Champions League five times, and the European Cup Winners Cup Final on four occasions. In addition, they lifted the Inter Cities Fairs Cup (the forerunner of the Europa League three times). Furthermore, they are three times winners of the Club World Cup.
They have a significant local rivalry with Espanyol, but their bitterest enmity is with Real Madrid, with whom they play El Clásico, one of the most hotly contested derbies in the world. The hostility between the two teams is not just because they are usually playing for the major honours but is also political – Real are the “regime team” in Spain, whereas Barcelona were symbols of Catalan independence and resistance.
Along with Real Madrid, Barcelona holds the record of never having been relegated from La Liga.
Current Barcelona predictions are for the club to enjoy more success this season. Already crowned La Liga champions, they have a significant lead over Liverpoo lin their Champions League semi-final. Most bookmakers’ Barcelona betting tips make them odds-on favourite to claim the ultimate prize in club football again in Madrid next month. And they are also in the Copa del Rey cup final.
And for next season? They have a strong team, will strengthen over the summer and have the best player in the world in the form of Lionel Messi. Therefore, another Barcelona tip – expect more success for them in the years to come.