FC Barcelona B

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Barcelona B
Full nameFutbol Club Barcelona "B"
Nickname(s)Barça B
La Masía
Founded12 June 1970; 51 years ago (1970-06-12)
as FC Barcelona Atlètic
GroundEstadi Johan Cruyff, Sant Joan Despí, Catalonia, Spain
Capacity6,000
PresidentJoan Laporta
Head coachSergi Barjuán
League1ª RFEF – Group 2
2020–212ª B – Group 3 (A), 2nd of 11
2ª B – Group 3 (C), 2nd of 6

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 Primera División RFEF, holding its home matches at the Estadi Johan Cruyff.

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
The Mini Estadi during a match

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 (who 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 Copa del Rey
1970–71 3 4th First round
1971–72 3 19th Second round
1972–73 4 Reg. Pref. 1st
1973–74 3 1st Fourth round
1974–75 2 10th Round of 16
1975–76 2 6th First round
1976–77 2 20th Second round
1977–78 3 2ª B 5th First round
1978–79 3 2ª B 4th
1979–80 3 2ª B 14th Second round
1980–81 3 2ª B 3rd
1981–82 3 2ª B 1st Third round
1982–83 2 11th Third round
1983–84 2 7th Round of 16
1984–85 2 9th Third round
1985–86 2 13th First round
1986–87 2 13th Third round
1987–88 2 8th Round of 32
1988–89 2 17th Third round
1989–90 3 2ª B 2nd Second round
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 8th
2019–20 3 2ª B 2nd
2020–21 3 2ª B 2nd / 2nd
2021–22 3 1ª RFEF

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 1 September 2021[3]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Montenegro MNE Lazar Carević
2 DF Spain ESP Guillem Jaime (3rd captain)
3 DF Brazil BRA Igor Gomes
4 DF Spain ESP Arnau Comas (captain)
5 DF Spain ESP Mika Màrmol
6 MF Spain ESP Nico González
7 FW Spain ESP Gerard Fernández
8 MF Spain ESP Álvaro Sanz (4th captain)
9 FW Spain ESP Ángel Rodado (on loan from Ibiza)
10 MF Brazil BRA Lucas de Vega
11 FW Spain ESP Nils Mortimer
12 MF Brazil BRA Matheus Pereira
13 GK Spain ESP Iñaki Peña
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 MF France FRA Kays Ruiz-Atil
15 DF Senegal SEN Moussa N'Diaye
16 MF Spain ESP Jandro Orellana
17 FW Morocco MAR Zacarias Ghailán
18 FW Spain ESP Carlos Polo
19 MF Spain ESP Antonio Aranda
20 FW Morocco MAR Abdessamad Ezzalzouli
21 DF Argentina ARG Santiago Ramos Mingo
22 FW Spain ESP Jordi Escobar (on loan from Almería)
23 FW Spain ESP Ferran Jutglà
24 GK Spain ESP Arnau Tenas (vice-captain)
25 DF Spain ESP Alejandro Balde

Other players under contract[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Spain ESP Sergi Rosanas
FW Japan JPN Hiroki Abe

From Youth Academy[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
26 MF Spain ESP Marc Casadó
27 FW Spain ESP Ilias Akhomach
28 MF Spain ESP Gavi
29 DF Spain ESP Arnau Solà
No. Pos. Nation Player
30 DF Spain ESP Arnau Casas
31 GK Spain ESP Arnau Rafús
32 DF Spain ESP Pelayo Fernández

Personnel[edit]

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach Spain Sergi Barjuán
Assistant coach Spain Felip Ortiz
Goalkeeping coach Spain Carles Busquets
Doctor Spain Xavier Valle
Fitness coach Spain Marc Guitart
Physioterapist Spain Chechu Pérez
Spain Francesc Guilanyà
Spain Jon Álvarez
Juvenil A coach Spain Sergi Mila

Last updated: 12 July 2021
Source: FC Barcelona B

Former players[edit]

Former coaches[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
5  Spain Joan Verdú 2002–2006 30
6  Spain Nolito 2008–2011 29
7  Spain Roberto Trashorras 1999–2003 29
8  Cameroon Jean Marie Dongou 2011–2016 29
9  Spain Thomas Christiansen 1991–1996 28
10  Spain Jon Bakero 1992–1997 28

Stadium[edit]

The Mini Estadi, home stadium until 2019

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 a part of the Espai Barça project, the Mini Estadi was demolished and the Estadi Johan Cruyff was opened to take its place starting in the 2019–20 season. 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, Josep Guardiola, Carles Puyol, Gerard López, Xavi, Víctor Valdés, and Andrés Iniesta being amongst the most prominent. Lionel Messi is also a famous alumni of La Masia and is one of the most legendary players to play for Barcelona as well as the Argentina national football team. [5][6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ El Barça Atlètic volverá a llamarse Barça B (Barça Atlètic to be called Barça B again) Archived 2010-08-18 at the Wayback Machine; 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. ^ "FC Barcelona B". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 1 September 2021. Barça B 2021/2022
  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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