Going to my first Barça game has definitely been the highlight of my time here so far. I didn’t understand how important fútbol is to Barcelona until I experienced it first hand and saw the pride fans have for their team. This isn’t just a game for Barça fans… it’s who they are.
Here are a few cool facts/things that I learned while attending my first fútbol game:
- The team is referred to as just Barça.
- The have a huge jumbo screen by the score bored, but close ups aren’t shown during the game because they’re afraid fans would go crazy in the stands if they saw every call up close.
- The Camp Nou stadium is so big, there are three different metro stops to get there.
- Kids are recognized for their talent at a young age and recruited to attend a fútbol school where all they do is train to be the next Barça star. For this reason, universities don’t have organized sports teams.
- Unlike the U.S., Barca fans don’t eat during the game. They devote 100 percent of their attention to the game since they don’t want to miss move. They only eat during halftime, that’s when everyone busts out their bocadillos (sandwiches).
- All the local Catalunya cities have charter busses that are dedicated to just to taking fans to the games (we went to a Tuesday game and the stands were packed).
- The Barça fútbol team has been around sine 1899!
Cant Del Barca . The Barcelona Song
Tot el camp . A clamor rises
és un clam . from the pitch
som la gent blau-grana . We’re the blue and claret people
tant se val d´on venim, . Makes no difference where we hail from
si del sud o del nord, . Whether it’s from the south or the north
ara estem d´acord, . Now we all agree
estem d´acord . we all agree,
una bandera ens agermana: . One flag unites us in brotherhood
blau-grana al vent, . Blue and claret flowing in the wind
un crit valent, . One valiant cry
tenim un nom, . We’ve got a name
el sap tothom: . that everyone knows:
Barça! Barça! Baaarça!