For several years now, Spanish football ‘monsters’ Barcelona F/C has governed the world’s football with their huge amounts of beautiful goals, aptitudes, top players, polished skill, awards, and historic record making. In fact, Barcelona makes football look simple and interesting to watch, consequently pulled in a large number of supporters around the globe to be a part of their fan base.
The team’s authentic presentation on the field of play attracted numerous fans to the team including myself. Essentially called “Barça”, the 120 year old Catalonian club has for such a large number of years engaged football lovers with beautiful and great football.
Having so many laurels to their credit, nobody expected that, there will be a day for the team to fall embarrassingly like the ongoing Champions League quarter last match against Germany’s Bayern Munich.
In fact, supporters who own and operate Barcelona were amazingly drained and broken down when Bayern Munich ‘destroyed’ their team by 8-2 just like the German National team did to multiple World Cup Champions Brazil in their homeland infront of a massive home crowd.
The team has lost to other good teams previously but this edge of scoreline is quite ‘disgraceful’ to such a colossal football brand. Indeed, Bayern Munich defeated the ‘Lions’ of club football.
It was as though there was nothing in question for the players of the side, as the looked on weakly. After the match, football intellectuals, fans and Barcelona officials, have blamed the manager of the side for a poor show on the day.
Subsequently, Barcelona has on Monday seventeenth August, 2020, officially fired the manager, Quique Setien. He leaves after only seven months in the job. Authorities of team has however, announced a presidential elections to fall off soon.
The 61-year-old Quique Setien was appointed in January 2020 but was sacked after the end of a disorganized campaign for the Catalan giants. However, a lump of the Barcelona players have also been put on sale.
In the meantime, the club’s official statement reads:
“The Board of Directors have agreed that Quique Setién is no longer the first team coach. This is the first decision within a wider restructuring of the first team which will be agreed between the current technical secretary and the new coach, who will be announced in the coming days.”
And here’s the details on the elections
“The FC Barcelona Board of Directors, assuming its responsibility for the sporting situation that the club are experiencing, have agreed that the date for the next presidential elections will be the first match day past March 15, 2021. The formal announcement of the elections will take place at the end of January 2021, in accordance with the provisions of article 43.1 of the Club Statutes.”
Ronald Koeman is presently the most loved to supplant Setien at Barcelona and is relied upon to be unveiled in the not so distant future.
Locally, Barcelona has won a record 74 trophies: 26 La Liga, 30 Copa del Rey, 13 Supercopa de España, 3 Copa Eva Duarte, and 2 Copa de la Liga trophies, as well as being the record holder for the latter four competitions.
In international club football, the club has won 20 European and worldwide titles: 5 UEFA Champions League titles, a record 4 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, a joint record 5 UEFA Super Cup, a record 3 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, and 3 FIFA Club World Cup.
Barcelona was ranked first in the International Federation of Football History & Statistics Club World Ranking for 1997, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2015 and currently occupies the third position on the UEFA club rankings
Barcelona is one of the most widely supported teams in the world, and the club has one of the largest social media following in the world among sports teams. Barcelona players have won a record number of Ballon d’Or awards (12), with recipients including Johan Cruyff, as well as a record number of FIFA World Player of the Year awards (7), with winners including Ronaldo, Romário, Ronaldinho, and Rivaldo.
In 2010, three players who came through the club’s youth academy (Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta, and Xavi) were chosen as the three best players in the world in the FIFA Ballon d’Or awards, an unprecedented feat for players from the same football school. Additionally, players representing the club have won a record number (8) of European Golden Shoe awards.
Barcelona is one of three founding members of the Primera División that have never been relegated from the top division since its inception in 1929, along with Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid.
In 2009, Barcelona became the first Spanish club to win the continental treble consisting of La Liga, Copa del Rey, and the UEFA Champions League, and also became the first Spanish football club to win six out of six competitions in a single year, by also winning the Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup. In 2011, the club became European champions again and won five trophies.
This Barcelona team, which won 14 trophies in just 4 years under Pep Guardiola, is considered by some in the sport to be the greatest team of all time.
By winning their fifth Champions League trophy on 6 June 2015, Barcelona became the first European club in history to achieve the continental treble twice.
The highest paid sports team in the world, in November 2018 Barcelona became the first sports team with average first-team pay in excess of £10m ($13.8m) per year.