Traveling Spain with two football fans makes it difficult to escape the Barca magic. Since we were in Barcelona when no games were played, we did the next best thing – tour of Camp Nou Barcelona.
History of Camp Nou Barcelona
- Gamper, the founder, conceived a sports club in Barcelona.
- Gamper was a sports lover – a former athlete, cyclist, football and rugby player – who saw sport as a means of exalting the human spirit.
- During a period of less than ten years, from 1899 to 1908, FC Barcelona used four different locations for its grounds
- In 1902, FC Barcelona won the first official title in its history – Copa Macaya.
- The number of members increased from 201 in 1909 to 2,973.
- The first club-owned stadium was inaugurated on 14 March 1909, and owned by the club until 1922.
- During four seasons from 1910 to 1913, the Club won a series of titles, which included the Spanish Cup (also known as the King’s Cup), and four Pyrenees Cups, which was the first international tournament that Barça played in.
- Paulino Alcántara (legendary goalscorer), from the Philippines, played his debut season in 1911-12, aged just fifteen.
- Zamora (legendary goalkeeper), nicknamed “el Diví” (The Divine One), only played with Barça for three seasons, but his performances meant he left his mark on the team.
- Considered as one of the most emblematic players in the history of FC Barcelona and the best forward in Europe at that time, Josep Samitier led the formidable Barça through its golden age, during the 1920s.
- The Les Corts Football Ground — Barça’s “Cathedral” was inaugurated in 1922.
- 1929 – Barça Wins the First Ever League
- Joan Gamper had committed suicide due to personal problems on 1930.
- After the civil war, FC Barcelona experienced terrible times of social, economic and sporting hardships. The team did not have enough players and a bomb had destroyed the Club’s headquarters.
- The 1948-49 season saw Barça win the Latin Cup, a competition organized by FIFA and the precursor to the European Cup
- On 17 February 1974, Barça won 0-5 at the Bernabéu.
- 1979 – Barça Wins its First European Cup Winners’ Cup.
- One of the most complex and expensive transactions carried out by FC Barcelona was the signing of Diego Armando Maradona, in the summer of 1982.
- FC Barcelona managed to secure four consecutive Spanish League championships, between 1990 and 1994.
- The player holds a privileged place in the history of the club, being the second player who has worn the Barça shirt most times (553), only beaten by Xavi. In 1989 he left the team.
- 1999 – Barça celebrates its Centenary.
- In 2006 a historic agreement was signed with UNICEF, by virtue of which the Club undertook to collaborate financially with this association. The first match in which the team sported the shirt with the UNICEF logo was on 12 September 2006, in the Camp Nou,
- 2008 to 2015 have been the best years in their history.
- 2009 – Barça and Guardiola won third European Cup in Rome
- The team won six cups on 2009.
- Barça made history when Xavi, Iniesta and Messi were announced as the three FIFA Ballon d’Or 2010 finalists.
Lionel Andrés Messi
- He is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team.
- Messi is the only football player in history to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or five times, four of which he won consecutively.
- Born and raised in central Argentina, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency as a child. At age 13, he relocated to Spain to join Barcelona, who agreed to pay for his medical treatment.
- He made his competitive debut aged 17 in October 2004.
- At 22 years old, Messi won the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year award by record voting margins.
- At youth level, he won the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, finishing the tournament as its best player and top scorer, and an Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
- After making his senior debut in August 2005, Messi became the youngest Argentine to play and score in a FIFA World Cup during the 2006 edition, and reached the final of the 2007 Copa América, where he was named young player of the tournament.
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior
- Born on February 5, 1992, in São Paulo, Brazil.
- Neymar joined the youth system of Santos FC at age 11.
- He drew attention for his impressive soccer abilities as a teenager, winning four straight Player of the Year awards while becoming one of Brazil’s most popular public figures.
- Neymar made his senior debut for Santos in 2009 and lived up to the hype by earning the league’s Best Young Player award.
- Neymar scored his 100th professional goal on his 20th birthday in 2012.
- In May 2013, the gifted youngster announced his move to Europe to play for Spanish powerhouse FC Barcelona.
My family and I had a great time exploring the stadium I only wish that my sons had the chance to see one of their favorite teams playing right in front of them. Next time maybe the help of an online Barcelona Trip Planner will allow me to find a good date.
Information About Visiting Camp Nou
Duration: 1.5 hours
- General 23 €
- Infants (from 6 to 13 years) 18 €
- Over 70 years 18 €
- Children under 6 (from 0 to 5 years) Free
- Open all year round apart from January 1 and December 25.
- On days of matches in La Liga or the Copa del Rey: The Tour will be closed all day.
- On days of matches in the Champions League: The day before the match and on the match day itself, the Tour is closed all day.
The tour takes you to:
- Museo FCB – Where you find the trophies and learn about the team’s history through interactive displays.
- Messi Space – A special area dedicated to Argentine superstar Leo Messi, where you can see his 5 Ballons d’Or and his 3 Golden Boots, and enjoy watch all of his goals on interactive walls.
- Multimedia Area – Large interactive wall consisting of HD monitors with a system of gestural interaction, that allows you to access a database of images from the club’s past.
- Dressing room
- Player’s tunnel – The way taken by players on their way to the field.
- The fields
- commentary Boxes
- Giant screen – 35 metre audiovisual projection of some of the greatest highlights of recent seasons.
- Touch screens – Enjoy Barça with your five senses using these touch screens that reveal 200 of the club’s most magical moments.