FC Barcelona (women)

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Barcelona Femení
Full name Futbol Club Barcelona Femení
Nickname(s) Blaugranes, Culés
Founded 1988
Ground Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper
Ground Capacity 1,400
Chairman Josep Maria Bartomeu
Manager Xavier Llorens
League Primera División
2015–16 Primera División, 2nd
Website Club home page

Futbol Club Barcelona Femení is a women's football team from Barcelona founded as Club Femení Barcelona in 1988. It is the women's section of FC Barcelona. It is one of the most successful women's football teams in Spain.

History[edit]

CF Barcelona, which was sponsored by FC Barcelona, was a founder member of the Spanish League in 1988, and won the 1994 Copa de la Reina. It had a successful 3-year run in the early 1990s, winning the 1994 Queen's cup and being the championship's runner-up in 1992 and 1994, but it subsequently declined to bottom table positions.

In 2001 CF Barcelona was incorporated to FC Barcelona as an official section as the Spanish League was refounded into the Superliga Femenina, but it wasn't accepted due to its results in the previous season. After two unsuccessful appearances in the promotion playoffs the team was promoted in 2004. It ended in mid-table positions for the next two seasons, but in 2007 they ended in last and were thus relegated.

Barcelona returned to the Superliga the next year, and between 2009 and 2011 it consolidated itself in the top positions. In 2011 it won its second Spanish Cup, beating local rival RCD Espanyol 1–0 in the final,[1] and in 2012 it won its first national championship with a record 94 points,[2] qualifying for the first time for the UEFA Champions League, where it was defeated by Arsenal FC in the first round. The title was successfully defended in 2013 with a last matchday away win over leading team Athletic Bilbao, and weeks later it also won the national cup with a 4–0 win over Prainsa Zaragoza to become the fifth team to win the Spanish double.

The club qualified for the first time the quarterfinals of the Champions League in the 2013–14 edition. Three seasons later, it reached the semifinals.

Current squad[edit]

As of 10 November 2016 [3] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Laura Ràfols (vice-captain)
2 Spain DF Ane Bergara
3 Spain DF Ruth García (3rd captain)
4 Spain MF Marta Unzué (captain)
5 Spain DF Melanie Serrano
6 Denmark DF Line Røddik Hansen
7 Spain MF Gemma Gili
8 Spain MF Miriam Diéguez
9 Spain FW Mariona Caldentey
10 Spain FW Jennifer Hermoso
11 Spain MF Alexia Putellas (4th captain)
12 Spain MF Patricia Guijarro
13 Spain GK Sandra Paños
14 Spain MF Sandra Hernández
No. Position Player
15 Spain DF Leila Ouahabi
16 Spain MF Victoria Losada
17 Spain MF Irene del Río
18 Spain DF Marta Torrejón
19 Spain FW Bárbara Latorre
20 Spain FW Olga García
21 Ivory Coast FW Koko Ange N'Guessan
22 Brazil MF Andressa Alves
23 Spain DF Leire Landa
24 Spain MF Aitana Bonmatí
25 Spain GK Andrea Giménez
Spain DF Ona Battle
Spain DF Ariadna Rovirola
Spain MF Paula Fernández
Spain FW Carla Armengol

Former internationals[edit]

For a list of all former and current FC Barcelona (women) players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:FC Barcelona (women) players.