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FC Barcelona – an overview of the best

Soccer is a very popular sport, especially in Europe. Some of the world’s most famous soccer clubs come from Spain, with FC Barcelona at the top of the list.

FC Barcelona has cemented their presence as one of the top teams of the sport. Attending a FC Barcelona game is always a great way to enjoy soccer, as well as witness one of the most talented clubs play. Iconic games, such as the first game 1982 match between FC Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur.

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What Makes FC Barcelona One of the Best

When you think about the best soccer clubs in the world, FC Barcelona is undoubtedly one of the first that come to mind. But what makes FC Barcelona so special?

Being one of Spain’s biggest clubs, FC Barcelona is one of the most popular teams in the world. 

FC Barcelona, also known simply as Barcelona and familiarly as Barça, is based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. The team was founded in 1899 by a group of Swiss, English, German and Catalan footballers led by Joan Gamper. The club played amateur football until 1910 in various regional competitions.

FC Barcelona is renowned for its historically skillful and attractive brand of attacking football that emphasizes flowing, open play. The team is part of a wider sports and social club with thousands of members.

Moreover, they have a reputable presence in competitions and tournaments. They’ve won La Liga a staggering 24 times, the Copa del Rey 29 times and the Supercopa de Espana 12 times, and that isn’t mentioning smaller domestic trophies. 

On the European scene, they’ve won the European Cup/Champions League on five occasions, five UEFA Super Cups, four European Cup Winners Cups, and three of the old Inter-Cities Fairs Cups. And if that is not enough to cement their reputation as one of the best, they’ve also won the FIFA World Club Cup on three occasions.

FC Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur

Despite their long association with European football stretching right back to their first-ever appearance in the 1961/62 European Cup, it’s somewhat surprising that Tottenham Hotspur had only met Barcelona once in competitive action prior to their Champions League matchday.

White Hart Lane was the venue for the first leg on 7 April, 1982, and it would be fair to say the game wasn’t pretty. 

Tottenham Hotspur were renowned at the time for a free-flowing style of football under Keith Burkinshaw and were certainly tough to beat on their own patch, so Barcelona did their best to prevent them from playing their usual game.

Even though they were reduced to 10 men, Barcelona made the breakthrough, Antonio Olmo’s long-range effort slipped through Ray Clemence’s grasp to give the Catalans a vital away goal.

FC Barcelona’s top players

There have been many famous and popular Barcelona players over the years. 

To start off, Xavi is undoubtedly one of the top 5. He was the pack leader in midfield during Barcelona’s hay days a decade back. He was a part of the team when they were winning everything. Xavi is a living case of FC Barcelona’s significant style of play. Xavi cemented his reputation as one of the best and won 25 titles.

Moving on, Neymar has to be mentioned. He is no longer at the club but remains one of the most famous players at the club. In 2017, Neymar was recorded by Time to be one of the most compelling individuals on the planet, and in 2019, Forbes positioned him the world’s third most generously compensated competitor (after Messi and Ronaldo).

Next off, Ronaldinho is another famous Barcelona player. Ronaldinho satisfied a long lasting dream by joining FC Barcelona in 2003, and winning the amazing No. 10 shirt. In 2004 and 2005, Ronaldinho won consecutive FIFA World Player of the Year grants, the game’s most noteworthy individual respect.

Coming up next, Johann Cryuff must be mentioned. He played in central midfield and was the club captain and later the manager of a club where he reinvented the passing game. He was one of the greatest players of the 20th century and gave Barcelona an identity.

Finally, no list of famous Barcelona players would be complete without mentioning Lionel Messi. He won the 7th Ballon d’Or in 2021 – leaving his arch-rival Ronaldo behind with 5 Ballon d’Ors, setting a world record, which he now stands alone at the top of. Hands down, he is probably one of the greatest soccer players ever.

Recently, there have been speculations pointing to potential transfer business with Tottenham Hotspur, although still unclear.

Barcelona and Tottenham may have clashed only a few times, but each game was worth following.

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