FC Barcelona was founded 121 years ago © FIRO / SID
The Futbol Club Barcelona is one of the largest football clubs in the world. 26 Spanish championships, 30 cup wins, 5 Champions League triumphs, plus countless stars and style-defining styles of play represent the prestigious club. The Catalans have been “Més que un club” (more than a club) for exactly 121 years.
29. November 2020
Barca was founded by, among others, the Swiss Hans Max Gamper, who was born in 1877. His irrepressible enthusiasm for sports is evident at an early age, he takes part in cycling races and athletics competitions, plays rugby, tennis, golf and soccer. The latter is his great love.
He becomes the co-founder and captain of FC Zurich. After a stopover in Lyon, Gamper also looked for a way to play football in Barcelona. Because no club wanted to accept him in the strictly Catholic city, Gamper founded FC Barcelona on November 29, 1899 together with 29 other foreigners and Protestants.
Gamper, who from then on introduced himself in Spain by the first name “Joan”, also played a big role as captain and scored an impressive 120 goals in 51 games. He is also said to have determined the blue and red jersey colors, which have not been touched to this day.
In the 1920s, however, the change for Gamper followed: In the course of political unrest, the staunch Protestant was forced to resign as club president and was excluded from the club from then on. Without his beloved Barca and plagued by money worries, Joan Gamper shot himself to death on July 30, 1930 in his apartment in the heart of Barcelona. But the “Blaugrana” (“blue carmine red”) have not forgotten his legacy. He is listed as the number one member in the club annals.