Barça: the Story Behind Barcelona’s Football Giants

3h English, Spanish

FC Barcelona - ́Barça ́ - pretty much started out as a hobby. Its constitution was cobbled together in a dingy city centre gymnasium 120 years ago. Fast forward to the 21st century, and FC Barcelona is the most famous and prestigious soccer club on the planet. It boasts the largest stadium in Europe, filled with passionate supporters singing the ‘Cant del Barça’. Starting at the site of the old gym and finishing outside the iconic Camp Nou stadium, we’ll look at how Barça has become a truly unique social and sporting phenomenon.

What you'll discover

  • Find out how FC Barcelona became one of the world’s top football clubs
  • Visit the site of Barça’s birth and view their crest in the beautiful Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar
  • Pay homage to some of the team’s greatest players in Les Corts Cemetery and chart their extraordinary stories
  • Explore how Barça became an inspiring symbol for modern Catalan culture
  • See Camp Nou Stadium - the team’s mothership and Europe’s largest football stadium

We’ll take you on a journey into the soul of one of the world’s greatest football clubs - FC Barcelona. How did it grow from such modest beginnings into the giant it is today? Our walk brings us to El Gimnasio Solé, where the club was founded in 1899. We’ll see the late medieval Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar, with its window panel displaying the crest of Barça. And we’ll pay homage to some of Barça’s immortals in El Cementiri de Les Corts (Les Corts Cemetery), including the communist emigré Ladislav Kubala - perhaps the finest player ever to play for the team. Barça’s sense of drive has long been bound up with its Catalan identity. After the Spanish Civil War, Catalan culture was repressed by the dictator, Francisco Franco. Following his death in 1975, Catalonia regained a measure of autonomy and local confidence grew. Barça rose to challenge the dominance of its bitter rival, Real Madrid. ‘El Clásico’ fixtures (Barça vs Real Madrid) remain intensely charged occasions - now played between two sporting giants. While Barça is seen as the de facto Catalan national team, its choice of players has long been international - from Kabala to Cruyff, Maradona to Ronaldinho, all the way to that modern star, Lionel Messi. These players are viewed as ‘honorary Catalans’, locals who just happen to have been born elsewhere. As we conclude out walk, we’ll consider how sport, culture and politics have made Barça into far “More than a Club”. NOTE The final part of this tour includes a trip by public transport to Camp Nou. STADIUM VISIT: the walk will conclude outside Camp Nou Stadium. Tickets to tour inside the stadium may be purchased online: https://www.fcbarcelona.com/en/tickets/camp-nou-experience.

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The meeting point is at the front of the Born Cultural Centre, underneath the giant Catalan flag: you can't miss it!

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Meet your Stroller

Brian Pla Loughnane

HOLA, BON DIA - as we say in Catalonia! I’m Brian, and I’ve lived in Barcelona for six years now, married to a charming Catalan lady, and have been active as a professional tour guide for over a decade. I originally came to Barcelona from Ireland, via university in the U.S.A. I’m fascinated by history and sport, and I’ll show you how both phenomena have helped shape the identity and outlook of this extraordinary city. I look forward to meeting you on a Stroll tour. FINS AVIAT! - See you soon!

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