The Crest Dissected - FC Barcelona
When you become addicted to the drug that is football you need to find ways to fill the cravings. Most fans hooked to the beautiful game follow more than the one team, for me it’s Cardiff City, Liverpool and AFC Bournemouth but this also extends internationally. Whether you're Barca or Real, Milan or Inter and PSG or Lyon etc each club has a distinct crest and this is the first in my new series on, “The Crest Dissected” looking weekly into the reasons behind why certain things appear on the badges fans hold so dear and the history of some clubs.
The Spanish civil war began in 1936 and the Barca players fought alongside the Athletic Bilbaoteam. Dictator Franco assumed control and banned all signs of regional nationalism including Catalan. This mean the Catalan flag was banned and the club were prohibited from using non-Spanish names. The measures forced a name change to Club de Futbol Barcelona see on the change of crest from 1938. They were even threatened by the dictatorship and after a visit to the changing room before one semi final against Real Madrid they were comfortably beaten 11–1.
|Development of the crest|
When Franco fell in and died in 1975 Barcelona were again free to revert to their 1910 FCB dropping the CFB as Catalan became acceptable once more. Cant del Barca was adopted as the clubs anthem as the next 20 years saw stabilization and stars such as Lineker,Stoichkov and Guardiola graced the 99,000+ capacity Camp Nou as part of the “Dream team”.
Nowadays we have all come to know and love the smart crest and same yet well varied red and white stripes of the kit. The most recent badge was unveiled in 2002 and has seen the club’s best years under the guidance of Rijkaard and Guardiola, even being the first ever team to win the sextuple in 2009. Throughout it all, Barcelona have never forgotten their roots and turbulent times, they see themselves as mes que un club and I fully believe they are right to!