Joan Gamper Trophy
|Number of teams||2 (1997–)
|Most successful club(s)||Barcelona (39 titles)|
|Television broadcasters||TV3 Televisió de Catalunya|
|2016 Joan Gamper Trophy|
The Joan Gamper Trophy (Catalan: Trofeu Joan Gamper) or Joan Gamper Cup is an annual friendly football competition held in August, before the start of Catalan club FC Barcelona's La Liga season. The competition is hosted by FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou stadium and is named in honour of Joan Gamper, a founding member, player, and later president of the club. The competition was inaugurated in 1966 by Enric Llaudet, one of Gamper's successors as club president. The trophy itself is an 800 grams (1.8 lb) silver cup with five micrometres of gold finishing, on top of a 10 kilograms (22 lb) marble plinth base.
Initially, four teams participated in the competition, which featured two semi-finals, a third-place play-off, and a final. For the first competition in 1966, Barcelona were joined by Belgium's R.S.C. Anderlecht, France's FC Nantes, and Germany's FC Köln. Barcelona beat the German team 3–1 in the final. Köln subsequently won the competition in 1978 and 1981 and were runners-up in 1979, making them the only team, other than the hosts, to win the competition more than once. The next edition saw the first appearance of another Spanish team, Atlético Madrid, who along with the hosts, were joined by German side Bayern Munich, and Argentina's Boca Juniors. The latter two clubs are among the most regular guests. Bayern were runners-up in 1984, 1987 and 2006, while Boca became the first of several South American guests to be invited and have since returned in 1977, 1984, 2003 and 2008. The only non-European team to win the tournament was Brazil's Internacional, in 1982.
Subsequent competitions have included teams from Italy's Serie A, Germany's Bundesliga. Other top-flight Spanish clubs have also occasionally been invited, including Tenerife and Valencia, who were winners in 1993 and 1994, respectively. Since 1997, the competition has only featured a one-off game, the tournament being shortened due to an increased fixture list and a shorter close season. If the match is tied after 90 minutes, no extra-time is played and the winner is decided by a penalty shoot-out.
Winners and finals
A (p) marks the winner was determined after a penalty shootout
Titles by club
Participation by club
Below is the participation by club listed, grouped by country.
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Man of the Match Award (Most Valuable Player)
- Lionel Messi is the only player in the history of Joan Gamper Trophy who has won the man of the match award (MVP) three times. First in 2013 against Santos, then in 2014 against Club León and most recently in 2016 against Sampdoria.
- Lionel Messi is the only player in the history of Joan Gamper Trophy who has scored in four consecutive editions (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016).
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