Football Club Barcelona is probably one of the best teams in their field, very well known around the world and with thousands of fans. You might know all the names of the players but there are a lot of things that only a local would know and they are part of the story of the club and who they are nowadays. Let's see how many answers do you know out of the 6 facts I explain below on Barcelona team.
The story of why a supporter of Barça is called "Culé"
The meaning of culé is very simple and interesting at the same time, but we will need to travel in time until 1909 when the matches where played in the stadium located in Industria street in the city. The stadium had a limited capacity, it could accommodate 6000 people. When there were important matches, the stadium was over the capacity and people even sat in the wall beyond the stands.
These followers who sat on the wall where seated in a way that their ass could be seen from Industria street, in catalan ass is "cul", people who passed by on the street could see their culs. That is why they called them "culers", the ones who showed the ass on the wall, and the word derived to culés as we call them nowadays.
What is the origin of the slogan Més que un club (More than a club)
Barça has been famous for his slogan, més que un club that makes the sentence meaning be more than a slogan. The sentence was pronounced for the first time on 17th January 1968 by Narcis Carrera, the president of the club at that time. He said that Barça is more than a football club, more than being the place where to spend a sunday and see a football team play, more than all those things we have an spirit deep inside, are a colors that we love above all.
The sentence though was not as popular until his predecessor, Agustí Montal, used it in his campaign in 1973: Barça is something more than a club.
I personally think that they couldn't have thought about a slogan that fits better than this one, Barcelona team is very close to the history and catalan culture and it is not only a club by any means.
Why do Catalans celebrate victories in Canaletas Fountain?
There are no Barça celebrations that have not been held in the fountain Canaletas, located in the famous Ramblas in Barcelona. Once again, to understand why we do it, we need to go back to 1930 where in front of the fountain there was a sports newspaper called "La Rambla".
At that time radio was not spread, so every time that there was a match -mainly when they played outside-, culés went there as the reporters from the newspapers received all information through a teleprinter. The reporters used to take out the results in a board, since all culés were there to check out the results, when they won they had a big celebration.Although from the teleprinter they moved to the transistor, the tradition to go to Canaletas remained until our days.
Colors of Barça
FC Barcelona shield
The shield is one of the main identifiers for a football club. Barcelona was founded in 1899 and at the beginning adopted the shield from Barcelona city with subtle changes.
In 1910 Gamper wanted to relaunch the club and promoted with their own shield. In order to create a new brand image for Barça, Gamper created a contest opened to all club members and the project that won was from one of the football players: Carles Comamala. He played in FCB from 1903 until 1912.
The Barça shield was born at that time, it has the shape of a pot and on the upper part has the St Jordi cross and the "senyera" -Flag from Catalonia-. In the center of the shield is written FCB and below the blaugrana colors with a football ball.
The shield seen nowadays was redesign by Claret Serrahima on 2002, he did some tweaks on the design but not on the elements that keep the same.
The legacy from Guardiola is still present, and being a team united all together was one of his values. When the team wins, they celebrate it with a circle between the members, all the team from footballers to the technical team. The celebration look like the typical Catalan traditional dance called Sardana. See am example of la Sardana Blaugrana.