More Than a club.
It is perhaps this flexibility that makes it so appropriate for defining the complexities of FC Barcelona's identity, a club that competes in a sporting sense on the field of play, but that also beats, every day, to the rhythm of its people's concerns.
FC Barcelona is "more than a club" in Catalonia because it is the sports club that most represents the country and is also one of its greatest ambassadors. Also, for different reasons, FC Barcelona is "more than a club" for many people living elsewhere in Spain, who see Barça as a staunch defender of democratic rights and freedom.
Today, football has become a global phenomenon, and support for Barcelona has spread spectacularly around the world. The number of club members from outside of Catalonia and Spain is increasing daily, and the club wants to respond to that show of passion for Barça. This has developed into a need and an obligation. And the best way for the club to do that has been to take a step further and become "more than a club around the world" as well. This Barça that is so concerned for its people needs to be globalised. This caring and humanitarian Barça needs to be globalised. It is a strategic decision that is in keeping with the club's history and the way that football is continuing to develop on a worldwide basis.
That is why the club has decided to contribute 0.7 per cent of its ordinary income to the FC Barcelona Foundation in order to set up international cooperation programmes for development, supports the UN Millennium Development Goals and has made a commitment to Unicef's humanitarian aid programs through the donation of one and a half million euros for the next five years and now wears the Unicef logo on its shirts. An agreement that has made Barça unique
A historic slogan
The slogan ‘més que un club' (‘more than a club') was coined on an exact date and by a particular person.
It was president Narcís de Carreras, in his presidential acceptance speech in January 1968 who was the first person to use these words to describe the social importance of FC Barcelona in Catalonia. And, a few year later, in 1973, in his campaign for re-election to the club presidency, Agustí Montal i Costa gave it its definitive form when he adopted it during his election campaign. Barça is "quelcom més que un club de futbol" ("something more than a football club"), was the slogan used in the build up to the elections that were eventually won by Lluís Casacuberta.
Gamper, the key
At the same time, the roots of ‘more than a club' go back much further. It was an idea first induced by club founder Joan Gamper during his first presidency in 1908. The period when Gamper took the reigns of the club, thus avoiding its dissolution at a dramatic assembly, is well documented. In fact, Gamper's gesture to save the club from closure has often overshadowed his other great deed of the time. On that famous December 2, 1908, given the collective desertion, Gamper stood up to say "Barcelona cannot and should not die. If there is nobody who wants to try, I shall take full responsibility and look after it in the future."
Gamper, who had founded the club, was now going to save it from disappearing. But more important for the future of the club was they way he wanted to run it. To the original reason why the club was founded, that of doing sport, he added another: for it to be a pro-Catalan club and actively serve its country. And so it was that the club approached the most actively pro-Catalan political sectors and had no doubts about coming out in defence of the identity and national rights of Catalonia, whether than be in support of the ‘Autonomy of the Commonwealth' or to bring the Olympic Games to Barcelona.
The ‘sport and citizenship' programme created by the executed president Josep Sunyol during the years of the Republic or the actions of president Agustí Montal in leading FC Barcelona to support the 1977 campaign for a Statute of Autonomy and to invite the restored president of the Generalitat, Josep Tarradellas, to the Camp Nou just a few days after his return from exile, were just a few of the practical applications of the idea of being 'més que un club' (‘more than a club').
Written into the club statutes
The spirit that Gamper injected into FC Barcelona from 1908 (the year when it could be said that the club was ‘refounded'), has survived to this day and is even present in the current club statutes. It is article 4, describing the functions of the club, which states that the second objective is "complementarily, the promotion and participation in social, cultural, artistic, scientific or recreational activities that are adequate and necessary for maintaining the public representation and projection that the club enjoys, the fruit of a permanent tradition of loyalty and service to club members, citizens and Catalonia".
'Més que un club' (‘More than a club') in Spain
For different, but not contradictory, reasons, for many people living in the rest of Spain, FC Barcelona has also been seen as being 'més que un club' (‘more than a club'). If in the Catalan case the starting point can be dated to a deliberate decision made by the directors, or better put, that of its president Joan Gamper, in the Spanish case this movement came from below. It was the intellectual classes and left wing politicians that become Barça supporters in recognition of its role in defending democratic rights and freedom.
This movement reached its peak during the Spanish Civil War and under the Franco regime. There were some particularly poignant episodes, such as the tour of America, in which the team was received as ambassadors of the Republic, or the tram strike in 1951, with received the support of Barcelona fans much to the surprise of the Francoist authorities who could not understand why, on that Sunday in the pouring rain, the fans left Les Corts stadium after beating Santander 2-1 and refused to catch any trams. It is moments like these that show how FC Barcelona represents much more than just Catalonia for so many forward-thinking Spaniards.
The Franco regime explains much of the extension of 'més que un club' (more than a club') to the rest of the Spanish territory. But it also goes back even further than that. Certain Spanish intellectuals had already alluded to the club back in the twenties, such as poet Rafael Alberti, whose 'Ode to Platko' is the prime example. Others used the figure of Josep Samitier, another of the key people for understanding the way that FC Barcelona managed to reach much further than its natural sphere of influence.
The idea of creating a Museum to display the history of FC Barcelona goes back to the twenties, when the club founder Joan Gamper put the suggestion to members of the board.
For various reasons, the project never got off the ground. It was not until 1984 during the Josep Lluís Núñez presidency that the club was able to inaugurate its Museum. FC Barcelona was once again setting standards for the rest of the football world to follow. Since then, the Museum has been expanded on three occasions, in 1987, 1994 and 1998, to now become a facility that takes up a surface area of 3,500 m2
Year after year, the Museum has been consolidated as one of the finest platforms for explaining the social and cultural projection of the club. It has gained so much prestige that it is now generally considered the best football museum in the world, and is also the most visited museum in the whole of Catalonia, welcoming more than 1,200,000 visitors a year. The Museum has also set an example that many other clubs both in Spain and abroad have followed by starting similar initiatives of their own.
A visit to the Museum, which includes a panoramic view of the stadium from the grandstand, can be divided into three main areas of content.
The Historic Museum: Displays more than a hundred years of club history including all the major trophies won by the different sports teams, photographs, sports materials from different periods, audiovisual presentations, anecdotes and a wide range of other exhibits and souvenirs that make any visit an emotional experience.
Futbolart Collection - Pablo Ornaque: A whole universe of curiosities and antiques related to the history of the sport from the 19th century to the modern day, all set in an authentically modernist ambience.
Temporary exhibitions: Displays that can cover all manner of different subjects, for example ‘The Joan Gamper Exposition, 1877-1930: The men, the club, the country', which explains the life and times of the club founder; 'The Camp Nou - 50 years of the Blaugrana beat', a display that looks back over the 50-years of Camp Nou, one of the main symbols of the Catalan club.
An extended way of enjoying an FC Barcelona Museum Visit is to go on the Camp Nou Tour on which, as well as the museum area, visitors can also enjoy the chance to explore some of the most emblematic areas of the Barcelona stadium.
Special prices for groups of more than 20 people and option of private guide.FC Barcelona members get free entrance Special prices for groups of more than 20 people and option of private guide
FC Barcelona members get free entrance
Conditions for sale of tickets for games at the Camp Nou to members and general public
Additional period of ticket sales
Tickets for the home match will go on sale in two phases. Members will have priority and all tickets available at any moment will be offered for sale. Availability of tickets will vary continuously as season ticket holders who cannot attend the match release their seats for resale.
• Members without a season ticket: Tickets will go on sale exclusively for members without a season ticket two days before the match - from 7th April- at 10 am. They may be purchased via the website www.fcbarcelona.cat, at Servicaixa ATMs of "La Caixa" Savings Bank or by phone 902 1899 00. A maximum of two tickets per membership card may be purchased with a 5% discount on the first ticket.
• Members and the general public: Members and the general public will be able to purchase tickets the day before the match from 10 am onwards and until kick-off. Members may purchase these tickets via the website www.fcbarcelona.cat, at Servicaixa ATMs of "La Caixa" Savings Bank, by phone 902 1899 00 and at the FC Barcelona ticket office (gate 14, from 10 am). A maximum of two tickets per membership card may be purchased with a 5% discount on the first ticket. Non-members may only purchase tickets at the Club ticket office and must show their identity card or passport. For safety reasons, tickets will not be sold to fans of the opposing team.
We remind you that if the tickets sell out, thanks to its Seient Lliure scheme, FC Barcelona will be putting on sale all tickets that members with Complete or League season tickets free up.
The Seient Lliure system enables any member with a Complete or League season ticket and that cannot attend a specific league match to return the purchased ticket to the club, thus meaning that seat availability is always changing. That means that although there may be no tickets available at a certain time, more could become available at a later date.
Pre-match ticket sales period opens
Sales of tickets for all Barça home games for members opens at 10.00 on 3rd September.
Internet (CHOOSE YOUR SEAT): if you purchase your ticket by internet you can choose your seat using the plan of the Camp Nou showing the position of the seat you choose.
Telephone 902 1899 00 or +34 93 496 36 00(if calling from outside Spain)
La Caixa' Servicaixa ATM's
FC Barcelona General Ticket Office (access 14):
· Monday to Thursday, from 9.00 to 13.30 and 15.30 to 18.00
· Friday, from 9.00 to 14.30
· Saturday from 9.00 to 13.30 on weekends of matches played at the Camp Nou.
FC Barcelona Boulevard Ticket Office (access 7/9):
· Monday to Thursday from 10.00 to 18.00
· Sundays from 10.00 to 14.15.
FC Barcelona Gol Nord and Gol Sud Ticket Offices:
· Match days: from 11.00 until kick off booths Gol Nord (North Goal) and Gol Sud (South Goal).
Also look at the offical home page at. www.fcbarcelona.com
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