FC Barcelona B

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Barcelona B
Full name Futbol Club Barcelona "B"
Nickname(s) Barça B
Founded 12 June 1970; 48 years ago (1970-06-12)
as FC Barcelona Atlètic
Ground Mini Estadi, Barcelona,
Catalonia, Spain
Capacity 15,457
Chairman Josep Maria Bartomeu
Coach Xavi García Pimienta
League Segunda División B
2017–18 Segunda División
20th (relegated)
Website Club website
Current season

Futbol Club Barcelona B is a Spanish football team based in Barcelona, in the autonomous community of Catalonia.

Founded in 1970 as FC Barcelona Atlètic, it is the reserve team of FC Barcelona, and currently plays in Segunda División B, holding home matches at the Mini Estadi.

Reserve teams in Spain play in the same league system as the senior team, rather than in a reserve team league. They must play at least one level below their main side, and thus Barcelona B are ineligible for promotion to La Liga. They also cannot play in the Copa del Rey.

History[edit]

Espanya Industrial[edit]

Founded on 1 August 1934 as Societat Esportiva Industrial Espanya, the club was originally the sports team of the factory with the same name, and its shirt featured blue and white vertical stripes. The company was owned by the family of Josep Antoni de Albert, who was briefly president of FC Barcelona in 1943; during Albert's presidency the club, now known as Club Deportivo Espanya Industrial, became Barcelona's reserve team and began to play home games at Camp de Les Corts.

Initially, Industrial played in the local regional leagues but, in 1950, it was promoted to Tercera División, reaching Segunda División two years later. In 1953 the club finished as runners-up in both the league and the promotion play-off but, being a nursery club of Barcelona, it was unable to move up a division.

CD Condal[edit]

After winning another promotion play-off in 1956, Espanya Industrial became independent of FC Barcelona and was renamed Club Deportivo Condal. The club wore blue shirts with two white diagonals stripes.

Condal competed once in La Liga, in the 1956–57 season, being relegated as 16th and last. In 1968 the club rejoined the Barcelona family as its reserve team, and adopted the blaugrana colours.

Barcelona Atlètic / Barcelona B[edit]

Barcelona Atlètic crest

In 1970, Barcelona president Agustí Montal decided to merge Condal with another junior club, Atlètic Catalunya, and formed Barcelona Atlètic. Atlètic was founded in 1965 as a result of the merger of two other teams: UE Catalunya de Les Corts (founded in 1918 as Catalunya Sporting Club) and CD Fabra Coats (1926).

Under the new denomination the B-team played a total of ten seasons in the second level. At the end of 1988–89 the side returned to Segunda División B – the new third level created in 1977 – after ranking 17th.

In 1990 the team was renamed Barcelona B, but club president Joan Laporta changed the name back to Barcelona Atlètic in 2008. Two years later, his successor Sandro Rosell returned to the previous denomination.[1]

Former club player Luis Enrique (he also played for Real Madrid) succeeded Pep Guardiola as team manager in the summer of 2008, as the latter was appointed main squad coach.[2] In 2009–10 the club finished second in Group III and returned to division two after an absence of 11 years; this was followed by a third-place in the following campaign, but the team was not eligible for promotion.

Season to season[edit]

Season Tier Division Place
1970–71 3 4th
1971–72 3 1st
1972–73 4 Regional 1st
1973–74 3 1st
1974–75 2 10th
1975–76 2 6th
1976–77 2 20th
1977–78 3 2ª B 5th
1978–79 3 2ª B 4th
1979–80 3 2ª B 14th
1980–81 3 2ª B 3rd
1981–82 3 2ª B 1st
1982–83 2 11th
1983–84 2 7th
1984–85 2 9th
1985–86 2 13th
1986–87 2 13th
1987–88 2 8th
1988–89 2 17th
1989–90 3 2ª B 2nd
Season Tier Division Place
1990–91 3 2ª B 1st
1991–92 2 6th
1992–93 2 8th
1993–94 2 8th
1994–95 2 6th
1995–96 2 14th
1996–97 2 19th
1997–98 3 2ª B 1st
1998–99 2 20th
1999–00 3 2ª B 11th
2000–01 3 2ª B 9th
2001–02 3 2ª B 1st
2002–03 3 2ª B 2nd
2003–04 3 2ª B 8th
2004–05 3 2ª B 11th
2005–06 3 2ª B 6th
2006–07 3 2ª B 19th
2007–08 4 1st
2008–09 3 2ª B 5th
2009–10 3 2ª B 2nd
Season Tier Division Place
2010–11 2 3rd
2011–12 2 8th
2012–13 2 9th
2013–14 2 3rd
2014–15 2 22nd
2015–16 3 2ª B 10th
2016–17 3 2ª B 1st
2017–18 2 20th
2018–19 3 2ª B

Honours[edit]

Winners (5): 1981–82, 1990–91, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2016-17
Winners (2): 1973–74, 2007-08

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 August 2018[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Montenegro GK Lazar Carević
Spain GK Jokin Ezkieta (vice-captain)
Spain GK Iñaki Peña
Uruguay DF Ronald Araújo
Spain DF Chumi
Spain DF Jorge Cuenca
Spain DF Óscar Mingueza
Spain DF Guillem Jaime
Spain DF Juan Miranda
Spain DF Dani Morer
Senegal DF Moussa Wagué
No. Position Player
Spain MF Oriol Busquets (3rd captain)
Spain MF Álex Collado
England MF Marcus McGuane
Spain MF Monchu (4th captain)
Spain MF Riqui Puig
Spain MF Ferrán Sarsanedas (captain)
Spain MF Carles Pérez
Ecuador MF Kike Saveiro
Canada MF Ballou Tabla
Spain FW Rafa Mújica
Spain FW Abel Ruiz

Youth team[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Spain DF Mateu Morey
Spain MF Alejandro Orellana
Venezuela FW Alejandro Marqués

Personnel[edit]

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach Xavi García Pimienta
Assistant coach Pau Martí
Assistant coach Albert Peris
Fitness coach Marc Guitart
Goalkeeping coach Carles Busquets
Technical assistant Albert Peris
Juvenil A coach Denis Silva

Last updated: 21 May 2018
Source: FC Barcelona B

Former players[edit]

Former managers[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

All competitions[edit]

Ranking Nationality Name Years Goals
1  Spain Jonathan Soriano 2009–2012 55
2  Nigeria Haruna Babangida 1998–2004 46
3  Spain Sergio García 2002–2004 34
4  Spain Mario Rosas 1997–2000 30
=  Spain Joan Verdú 2002–2006 30
6  Spain Nolito 2008–2011 29
=  Spain Roberto Trashorras 1999–2003 29
=  Cameroon Jean Marie Dongou 2011–2016 29
9  Spain Thomas Christiansen 1991–1996 28
=  Spain Jon Bakero 1992–1997 28

Stadium[edit]

The Mini Estadi

On 23 September 1982 the Mini Estadi was inaugurated by Barcelona president Josep Lluís Núñez. Next to the ground there are two training pitches, pitch 3 and 4, which have artificial turf – the latter has a regulation size of 100 x 70 metres and has seating for 1,000 spectators.

Mini Estadi has also hosted games for the Andorra national football team, and the Barcelona Dragons of American football.

As part of the Espai Barça project, a new 6,000 capacity stadium will replace the Mini Estadi this year in 2018. Also, as part of this project the Camp Nou will undergo renovation.[4]

La Masia[edit]

Inaugurated on 26 September 1966, La Masia is the name given to Barcelona's training facilities located near the Camp Nou in the Les Corts district of Barcelona. It is an ancient country residence built in 1702 and once Camp Nou was inaugurated in 1957, the building was remodelled and extended for use as the club's social headquarters.

In 1979, La Masia became the residence of young players from outside of the city. In the following decades the academy forged several players that would later appear for both the main squad and the Spanish national team, Guillermo Amor, Albert Ferrer, Iván de la Peña, Carles Puyol, Gerard López, Xavi, Víctor Valdés, and Andrés Iniesta being amongst the most prominent.[5][6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ El Barça Atlètic volverá a llamarse Barça B (Barça Atlètic to be called Barça B again); El Mundo Deportivo, 3 July 2010 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Luis Enrique, nuevo entrenador del Barcelona B (Luis Enrique, new Barcelona B coach); El País, 26 May 2008 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ "Barcelona B squad". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  4. ^ https://www.fcbarcelona.es/club/instalaciones/ficha/que-es-l-espai-barca
  5. ^ La Masia history; Barcelona's official website
  6. ^ La Masia – A footballing factory par excellence; Total Barça, 22 April 2010
  7. ^ La Masia graduates have scored more goals this season than in any other season in the Club's history; Barcelona's official website, 18 March 2012

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