A soccer dynasty in Europe and beyond
...for three centuries
Despite a wide lack of interest in the United States, soccer is undoubtedly the most widespread, popular sport on the planet. Multiple professional leagues exist all over the globe, with the top club franchises located mostly in Europe.
Spain, England, and Italy are widely considered to have the highest level competition in the world, with their first-division leagues attracting many of the best star players from South America, Asia, and every other continent.
Within the Spanish Liga Primera, 20 teams compete for the national championship and a place in the European Champions League. Without argument, the country's two top dogs are the fierce arch-rivals: F.C. Barcelona, from the Catalunya region, and Real Madrid, from the capital.
The Fútbol Club de Barcelona (1898) is the only team in Europe that has participated in every European Cup since 1955, the first year the tournament began. Their unmatched European titles collection includes the Cup Winners' Trophy, which the club has won four times - making it undisputed king. Barcelona has also collected four UEFA Cups.
Not surprisingly, Barcelona reigns within Spain as well as in Europe. No other Spanish team can equal Barcelona's 24 championship titles in the Copa del Rey.
As for the Liga Primera, Barcelona celebrates 17 league titles to its name. Six of these were amassed over the last ten years alone, including their recent crowning as No. 1 in May 2005.
To learn more, visit the team website - www.fcbarcelona.com