Futbol Club Barcelona Handbol is a Spanish handball team based in Barcelona, Catalonia, that plays in Liga ASOBAL. It is the most successful handball club in Spain and Europe with a record number of domestic, European and international titles.
The handball section of Futbol Club Barcelona was founded on 29 November 1942 during the presidency of Enrique Piñeyro. In the beginning handball was played with eleven players per team and did not have a specialized field to play. They used football fields until the late 50's, when they started to play, as in actual games, with seven players and a covered field.
In the early stages, competitions were dominated by other teams like Atlético de Madrid and Granollers, breaking their domination few times. Things changed radically with the arrival of one of the best coaches in handball history, Valero Rivera. With him, the team became virtually unbeatable in Spain and in Europe, winning a record of 62 trophies under his rule, including 5 consecutive European Cups.
In the summer of 2013, the Barça handball team, conducted by the head coach Xavi Pascual, won the Super Globe trophy, the only trophy that was still missing from the clubs trophy cabinet.
FC Barcelona’s handball team closed out the 2013/14 Liga Asobal with a record-breaking winning run. Barça made history this season when they completed their Liga Asobal without dropping any points from all 30 match days.
FC Barcelona successfully defended its IHF Super Globe title in 2014, marking the first time a team has won back-to-back titles since the most prestigious club handball event has been hosted annually in the Qatari capital Doha.
Again, FC Barcelona handball team ended the 2014/2015 Liga Asobal season unbeaten for the second consecutive year.
FC Barcelona handball team won the seven titles disputed the 2014/2015 season, something which had not happened since the 1999/2000 season with Valero Rivera's Dream Team.