FC Barcelona Bàsquet

FC Barcelona Bàsquet

Basketball section of the FC Barcelona sports club

Barça Bàsquet (English: FC Barcelona Basketball), commonly referred to as FC Barcelona (Catalan pronunciation: [fubˈbɔl ˈklub bəɾsəˈlonə] ) and colloquially known as Barça ([ˈbaɾsə]), is a professional basketball team based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It is a part of the FC Barcelona multi-sports club, and was founded on 24 August 1926, which makes it the oldest club in the Liga ACB. The team, which competes in the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague, is one of the most successful basketball teams domestically as well as internationally. Two times European champions, Barça completed a triple crown in 2003 by winning the season's league, cup and EuroLeague. Their home arena is the Palau Blaugrana, which was opened on 23 October 1971. They share the facilities with the roller hockey, futsal and handball teams of the club.

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Some of the well-known players that have played with the team included Pau Gasol, Rony Seikaly, Marc Gasol, Anderson Varejão, Juan Carlos Navarro, Jaka Lakovič, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Dejan Bodiroga, Gianluca Basile, Ricky Rubio, Juan Antonio San Epifanio, Saša Đorđević, and Tony Massenburg.

FC Barcelona also has a reserve team, called FC Barcelona Bàsquet B, that plays in the Spanish 2nd-tier LEB Oro.


Early years

Founded on 24 August 1926, the club entered its first competition in 1927, playing in the Campionat de Catalunya de Basquetbol (Catalan Basketball Championship). During these early years, basketball in Catalonia was dominated by clubs such as CE Europa, Laietà BC and Société Patrie (later CB Atlètic Gràcia) and it was not until the 1940s that FC Barcelona became established as a basketball team. During this decade they won six Copas del Generalísimo de Baloncesto and were runners-up once. In 1956 they were founding members of the Liga Española de Baloncesto and finished as runners-up. In 1959 they won Spanish basketball's first-ever league and cup double.[1]

Decline in the 1960s

The 1960s and 1970s saw the team in decline. In 1961 the club president Enric Llaudet dissolved the team in spite of its popularity. However, in 1962, the club was reformed after a campaign by the fans. In 1964 the league's Primera División was cut from fourteen teams to eight and the club found themselves in the Segunda División after not finishing between the two first qualified teams in the relegation playoffs.[2] However they quickly returned to the top division after being crowned Segunda champions in 1965. During the 1970s the club was persistently overshadowed by its rivals Real Madrid and Joventut.

Revival in the 1980s

In the 1980s club president Josep Lluís Núñez gave the team his full support with the aim of making the club the best in Spain and Europe. His support produced results and during the decade inspired by their coach Aíto García Reneses and players like Juan Antonio San Epifanio (better known as Epi), Andrés Jiménez, Sibilio, Audie Norris and Solozábal, the club won six Spanish championships, five Spanish cups, two European Cup Winners' Cups, the Korać Cup and the World Championship. However the European Cup remained elusive, ending as runners-up in 1984.[3] In the 1987–88 season Barça won the Copa Príncipe, Liga ACB, Copa del Rey and the Supercopa completing a quadruple.

Champions of Europe

The club built on this success during the 1990s, winning a further four Spanish championships and two Spanish cups. They were still unable to win the European Cup despite playing in a further four finals in 1990, 1991, 1996 and 1997. They also made a record six EuroLeague Final Four appearances. The star player during this era was Juan Antonio San Epifanio.

Their persistence eventually paid off and in 2003, inspired by Dejan Bodiroga, Gregor Fučka, Šarūnas Jasikevičius and Juan Carlos Navarro, they won the EuroLeague, beating Benetton Treviso 76–65 in front of a packed Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona.[4] They repeated the feat in 2010, defeating Olympiacos by a wide 86–68 in Paris,[5] and that October, they made further history when they beat the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers – including Kobe Bryant and FCB Bàsquet alumnus and Barcelona native Pau Gasol – 92–88 at the Palau Sant Jordi as part of the 2010 NBA Europe Live Tour. The match was also notable for being both a match-up between the reigning NBA and EuroLeague champions and the first time a European team had won against a defending NBA champion. Two FCB Bàsquet players in that game – captain Navarro and point guard Ricky Rubio – either had or went on to play in the NBA.

Recent years

In the following years, Barcelona would stay on top of Spanish basketball, playing almost all league and cup finals against rival Real Madrid. From 2012 until 2014, Barcelona managed to reach the Euroleague Final Four. However, it could not reach further than the semifinals. Barcelona won the Spanish Championship in 2014, but the next few seasons became absolute disasters, both in the Euroleague, and the Spanish League. However, the team saw a return to form in the Copa del Rey, which was won in 2018, in 2019 and in 2021 defeating Real Madrid on all three finals. In 2021 the Spanish Championship was won for the 19th time—the first in seven years—and only a narrow defeat against Anadolu Efes in the championship game of the 2021 EuroLeague Final Four prevented the Catalan giants from winning the competition for the third time. On june 21 2023 Barça defeated Real Madrid 82-93 to win their 20th Spanish Championship.

Sponsorship naming

From 2004 until 2007 the club was sponsored by the Winterthur Group, a Swiss insurance company with offices in Barcelona since 1910, which led to the team featuring the birthplace of Joan Gamper, the club's founder, on their shirts. In 2006 the Winterthur Group was taken over by AXA, leading to a change in the club name. In the 2008–09 season, the club's sponsorship changed to Spanish insurer Regal (a division of Liberty Seguros, the Spanish subsidiary of American insurer Liberty Mutual). This sponsorship finished in June 2013.

  • FC Barcelona Banca Catalana (1989–1998)
  • Winterthur FC Barcelona (2004–2007)
  • AXA FC Barcelona (2007–2008)
  • Regal FC Barcelona (2008–2011)
  • FC Barcelona Regal (2011–2013)[6]
  • FC Barcelona Lassa (2015–2019)[7]

Home arenas

Palau Blaugrana
A Barcelona home game inside the Palau Blaugrana.


Retired numbers

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Current roster

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA-sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

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Depth chart

† indicates an overseas player.

* indicates a "cupo" player.

In compliance with ACB's homegrown player policy, only 2 overseas players can be in the roster for every given match, with the exception of those holding a European citizenship, or from any country with an association treaty, such as the Cotonou Agreement. In addition to that, at least 4 of the players in a 12 or more player roster must "cupo" players (i.e., they are Spanish, or must have been in the youth systems of a Spanish club for at least 3 years).[8] Euroleague Basketball does not have any policy in regards of players' origin, so it is possible for teams to call more than two overseas players for a match in Euroleague competitions.

Notable players

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Players at the NBA draft

* Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game and All-NBA Team
# Denotes player who has never appeared in an NBA regular season or playoff game
~ Denotes player who has been selected as Rookie of the Year
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Head coaches


Domestic competitions

European competitions

Worldwide competitions


Regional competitions

  • Catalan Championship (defunct): 9
    • 1942, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1955
    • Runners-up (3): 1928, 1949, 1953
  • Catalan League: 24
    • 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1993, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2022, 2023
    • Runners-up (15): 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2018, 2020, 2021

Other Competitions

  • Pohlheim, Germany Invitational Game:
    • 2008
  • Calonge, Spain Invitational Game:
    • 2008
  • Bologna, Italy Invitational Game: 1
    • 2008
  • Sant Julia de Vilatorta, Spain Invitational Game:
    • 2009, 2012, 2014
Runners-Up (2): 2018, 2019
  • Sabadell, Spain Invitational Game:
    • 2011
  • Palamós, Spain Invitational Game:
    • 2011
  • Tarragona, Spain Invitational Game:
    • 2011
  • Cordoba, Spain Invitational Game:
    • 2014
  • Trofeo MoraBanc:
    • 2015
  • Torneo de Fuenlabrada
    • 2015
  • Trofeo Circuito de Pretemporada Movistar:
    • 2016
  • Monzon, Spain Invitational Game:
    • 2017
  • Platja D'Aro, Spain Invitational Game:
    • 2017
  • Trofeo Memorial Quino Salvo:
    • 2017
  • Torneig d'invitacions de Les Borges Blanques:
    • 2018
  • Torneo Xacobeo:
    • 2019
  • Badalona, Spain Invitational Game:
    • 2020

Individual awards

ACB Most Valuable Player

ACB Finals MVP

Spanish Cup MVP

Supercup MVP

ACB Slam Dunk Champion

EuroLeague MVP

EuroLeague Final Four MVP

EuroLeague Rising Star

All-EuroLeague First Team

All-EuroLeague Second Team

All-ACB First Team

All-ACB Second Team


Note: Players with a * are still playing for Barcelona.

Season by season

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International record

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Matches against NBA teams

20 October 1989
FC Barcelona Spain 103137 United States Denver Nuggets
Italy Palaeur, Rome
10 October 2003
FC Barcelona Spain 8091 United States Memphis Grizzlies
5 October 2006
FC Barcelona Spain 10499 United States Philadelphia 76ers
18 October 2008
FC Barcelona Spain 104108 United States Los Angeles Lakers
United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
19 October 2008
FC Barcelona Spain 109114 United States Los Angeles Clippers
United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
7 October 2010
FC Barcelona Spain 9288 United States Los Angeles Lakers
9 October 2012
FC Barcelona Spain 9985 United States Dallas Mavericks
5 October 2016
FC Barcelona Spain 8992 United States Oklahoma City Thunder

See also


  1. HISTORY OF THE SECTION, fcbarcelona.com, accessed 29 December 2010.
  2. "Liga Española 1963–64" (in Spanish). Linguasport. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  3. "Champions Cup 1983-84". Linguasport. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  4. "FC Barcelona is the 2002-03 Euroleague champion!". EuroLeague.net. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  5. "Regal FC Barcelona is the 2010 Euroleague champion!". EuroLeague.net. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  6. "Lassa Tyres, nuevo patrocinador principal de las secciones del FC Barcelona" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 3 June 2015. Archived from the original on 10 August 2017. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  7. "Acb.Com". Acb.Com. Archived from the original on 9 December 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2012.

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