Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of decades or you don’t know anything at all about sports, you should know the Camp Nou is one of the world’s most mythical stadiums. Throughout the course of history, hundreds of the world’s best soccer players have walked over the Camp Nou’s grass, as this beautiful building has been the home of the FC Barcelona for many, many years. FC Barcelona is one of the most popular and successful soccer clubs in the world, with over 153.458 supporters just in Spain, according to the club’s official figures. Sadly for them, the Camp Nou can only fit 99.354 of them, which makes it the biggest stadium in Europe. The Camp Nou has seen some of the most glorious moments of FC Barcelona’s history, like Lionel Messi’s debut, and Carles Puyol’s retirement, and it’s currently the world’s third biggest stadium and one of the most popular tourist venues in Spain.
The First Victory
The Stadium opened its gates in 1957, and it was actually blessed by Gregorio Modrego, Barcelona’s archbishop back in the day, paving the way for one of the most iconic ceremonial acts in FC Barcelona history. With over 90.000 viewers on its bleachers, FC Barcelona faced some of the finest footballers of Warsaw, and the rest, as you may know, is history. The first FC Barcelona players to ever lace up in the Camp Nou were Ramallets; Olivella, Brugué, Segarra, Vergés; Gensana, Basora, Villaverde, Martínez; Kubala, and Tejada, with Eulogio Martinez scoring the first goal ever en route to a 4-2 victory for the home team. The Blaugrana coliseum has hosted thousands of incredible games. From the Euro back in 1964 to the World Cup in 1982, Copa del Rey finals, Copas de Feria finals, Supercopa Finals, two UEFA Champions League finals, and the Olympic Games Finals in 1992, which saw Spain beat Poland to win their first and only gold medal in that sport. The Catalans have been one of the most successful teams of the decade ever since the Pep Guardiola tenure as the team’s head coach, with players of the likes of Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry, Carles Puyol, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, and even Ronaldinho getting people off their seats with their outstanding displays.
Moreover, thanks to the partnership between FC Barcelona and Telefonica, the Camp Nou will become the world’s first fully-operational 5G stadium in the world, which is great news for the thousands of tourists that line up week to week to visit this soccer temple. There’s been a lot of speculation regarding the future of Camp Nou. While some would like to make it even bigger, the club’s fundamentalists believe it has been expanded enough already over the course of time. Also, there’s no doubt that FC Barcelona have built a true identity in Camp Nou, and the stadium has become a true symbol of the city and the Catalan separatist movement as well, especially over the last couple of years. So, if you’re ever in Barcelona even if you’re not a big sports fan, visit Camp Nou and let it wow you with its size and magnificent history.