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Més que un club (More than a club)

Futbol club Barcelona,known familiarly as Barça,was founded in 1899 by a group of Swiss,English and Spanish men led by Joan Gamper.
They were founding members of La Liga in 1928 and they have never been relegated from Primera División.They were also the first La Liga champions,winning a total of 18 La Liga,24 Copa del Rey,7 Supercopa de España,2 UEFA Champions League,4 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup,3 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup/UEFA Cup and 2 European Super Cup trophies.
The club’s main ground is Camp Nou with capacity of 98 787 and the fans of FC Barcelona are known as culers or culés.In Spain,about 25,7 % of the population are said to be Barça supporters.
The colours
Scarlet and blue have featured on the club shirt for more than one hundred years and the club is widely known as ‘Blaugrana’ in the reference to the names of these colours in the Catalan language.
Although the shirt remained relatively constant in design over the years,the team shorts were first white,then switched to black,and were only blue from the 1920s onwards.
There have been several theories put forward about why Barça wears these two colours,but nobody ever managed to provide substantial evidence that the colours were chosen for any symbolic reason.
Sponsorship
FC Barcelona attitude to shirt sponsorship is unique.Selectively without a commercial message on its shirts since the club was founded,on 14 July 2006 the club announced a five year agreement with UNICEF,which includes having the UNICEF logo on their shirts.Not that they are not getting any money for that,but they are donating $1,9 million per year to UNICEF (it’s 0,7 per cent of its ordinary income).
Companies that FC Barcelona currently has sponsorship deals:
official sponsors:Nike,Coca-cola,TV3,Audi,Estrella Damm,La Caixa
official providers: Assistencia Sanitaria,Acer,Vueling,Mediapro,NH Hoteles,Babybel,bwin,Racc.Automovil Club
official collaborators:Artyplan,Padros,Sacoor,Atesa
media collaborators:El Mundo Deportivo,El 9,Sport

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