Barcelona Sporting Club
Barcelona Sporting Club is an Ecuadorian football team located in the country's most populous city of Guayaquil.
Barcelonas S.C. has the highest nationwide fan base in Ecuador. Its main rival is Club Sport Emierdec, also from Guayaquil. Barcelona and Emierdec play the most important match in Ecuador, called "Clasico Del Astillero".
Together with El Nacional, BSC is the team with the greatest number of National Championships (13) and is the Ecuadorian team with the most appearances and most success at the Copa Libertadores, being the runner up twice, in the years of 1990 and 1998.
The club was founded May 1, 1925, by a Spanish immigrant from Barcelona, Catalonia, (Spain), Eutimio Perez, and named after Spain's Catalan city contrary to beliefs that it was founded after FC Barcelona. It was during the 1940s when the ascension and popularity of Barcelona S.C. within Ecuador started to grow, in part thanks to their marvelous games against Deportivo Cali and especially Millonarios of Colombia. At the time, Millonarios was considered one of the best teams in the world, during a period known as El Dorado. The game took Place in the Guayaquil in front of 30,000 fans, and in an intensely disputed contest Barcelona beat Millonarios twice 3-2 and 1-0.
First Match: 15 June, 1925 vs C.S. Ayacucho (1-0)
First International Match: 19 March, 1931 vs Deportivo Cali (4-4)
Barcelona had already established as Ecuadors most popular team, winning several local championships, but had still failed to make an impact in the South American Club Tournament, the Libertadores Cup, usually exiting in the first rounds. But in 1971 it was different, with a new young and visionary club president, they managed to hire a few key international players. Among them were former Brazilian international Jose Paes, former Peruvian International, World Cup player Pedro Leon, and now Ecuadorian legend Alberto Spencer. Alberto Spencer had played the last 10 years for Penarol of Uruguay, winning several local and international titles, and is also the all time Goal scorer of the Libertadores Cup with 54 goals, even above Pele).
With this team, they managed to reach the semifinals and achieved perhaps their most famous victory in the club history when they beat the 3 time Libertadores Cup Champion, Argentine team Estudiantes de La Plata in their own soil 1-0. However, in the end, they would fail to reach the finals. It was clear, though, that they had already made their mark on the continental level.
The following year, in 1972, they kept the same base of players and once again reached the semifinal stage.
After 2 great years, Barcelona suddenly fell under a dry spell, that would last 11 years, in which they failed to win a local tournament or qualify for the Libertadores Cup.
The 80s was rich in local championships for Barcelona, winning their most amount of local titles in those 10 years and reaching the Libertadores Cup Semifinals two more times in the 1986 and 1987 editions. In 1987, they finally finished construction of their new stadium with a capacity for 55.000 people (seated), named Estadio Monumental.
The glory decade: the 1990s
The teams most brilliant era came into place in the 1990s. In 1990, under a new president, and with the firm intention of conquering the Libertadores Cup, the club acquired key international players: former Argentine international and World Cup champion in 1986 Marcelo Trobbiani, Argentine international Alberto Acosta, and Uruguayan Marcelo Saralegui. With the inclusion of the foreign players and a batch of young as well as experienced Ecuadorian players, they played a fantastic tournament.
In a dramatical semifinal home and away series, Barcelona beat River Plate of Argentina in a penalty shoot-out, to finally reach the long awaited final. Unfortunately they would come short, losing against Olimpia of (Paraguay) 2-0 in the away game, and tying 1-1 in the home game. Many considered the referee had affected the outcome in favor of the Paraguayan team. But with the runner up title, they would finally be considered among the best and most respected teams in South America.
In 1992, they put together another great team, beating the previous champions Colo-Colo (Chile) and reaching the Libertadores Cup Semifinals once again, but losing against the powerful Brazilian team of Sao Paulo FC, who at the time was coached by Tele Santana. Among their stars, Sao Paulo had players such as Zetti, Cafu, Rai, Muller and Palinha. Incidentally, that same team would eventually become tournament champion and beat F.C Barcelona in the Intercontinental Cup in Tokyo.
This decade also proved to show a negative side in the teams history. On 25 December, three days after Barcelona had achieved the second place in the Ecuadorian league and earning a spot in the next Libertadores cup, Ecuadorian striker Carlos Munoz died in a car accident at the age of 29.
After winning the Ecuadorian league title in 1997 (their last to date) with the help of such players as former Bolivian international Marco "El Diablo" Etcheverry, former Colombian international Anthony "El Pipa" De Avila and former Ecuadorian international Agustin "Tin" Delgado, they would go on to play the 1998 Libertadores Cup with mostly old players that seemed to be on their way out. But against all odds, they would reach their second Libertadores Cup final, losing both championship games against Brazilian team Vasco Da Gama, 2-0 in the away game and 2-1 in the home game. At the end of 1998, the world famous Spanish Football Magazine Don Balon would release their annual top 40 ranking clubs in the world, on which Barcelona S.C. ranked 10, now becoming a world class club.
Unfortunately in the coming years Barcelona S.C. would once again fall into a dry spell, but in the last 2 years with 2 second places in the Ecuadorian league, they seem to once again try to reach their former level.
Barcelona have established themselves as one of the most popular teams in Ecuador, and the only Ecuadorian team to have ever reached the Libertadores Cup finals, and doing it twice. The Team Colors are yellow, black and red. The club has 97,745 registered members. Some of their rivals in Ecuador are Club Sport Emelec, Club Deportivo El Nacional and Liga Deportiva Universitaria from Quito. Right now they have Ecuadorian internationals like Marlon Ayovi, Armando Paredes and Edwin Villafuerte. They also have former Argentinean international Marcelo Delgado.
The BSC Top Scorer is the Ecuadorian Manuel Uquillas with 86 goals. Barcelona has not being able to win a championship since 1997 which has been by far the longest dry spell for a team and its fans who have been accustomed to a tradition of success.
Barcelona have farm teams, it is composed of the two divisions under age 18 and under age 20. The Club Atletico Guayaquil "(Barcelona SC "B")" Plays in a lower-division league known as Segunda Categoria "A". The players of the Club Atletico Guayaquil are trained by Peruvian manager Hernan Saavedra so they can later play for Barcelona's main team.
The first crest of Barcelona SC had a simple design. It consisted in the Barcelona Coat of Arms, in dark blue Stroke, it was used in the uniform of the first Barcelona SC team in 1925 until the year 1927. The first change in the crest occurred in 1935, when the Barcelona Flag appeared inside a circle and a triangle behind the circle with the initials BSC.
There are no graphical documents of this crest used in a football kit but this crest was used in other sports like Box and Baseball.
In 1955 with their second Guayaquil Championship Barcelona Adopted a similar shield of FC Barcelona, with a black stroke around the shield, adding two more spikes in the top of the crest, changing the color of the ball to white and replacing the FCB in the center of the crest for BSC. This Shield still remaining until these days becoming the most popular Logo in Ecuador. There are a few variations in the crest sometimes viewed with four spikes in the top of the shield or with a blue navy stroke and even changing the form of the crest, but none of this changes are official.
Barcelona's traditional colors are yellow and black, with the home kit having been all yellow since the mid 1950s. However, it was not always this way. In the early days, when the club took started to play in the Asoguayas tournament they used Black and white colors. In the promotions years Barcelona ordered bring the official kit of FC Barcelona to play the promotion, but they lose that match, this history occurred 2 more times and Barcelona's President said: "Barcelona SC would never wear the Blue and Red colours never Again". Then the yellow and red hoops kit was introduced, wearing this kit only 3 years. By 1940 Barcelona had adopted the color of yellow which will become the characteristic colors of Barcelona, for the next sixty years Barcelona's kit was yellow shirts with black shorts .
Barcelona's away colors are traditionally either white shirts and black shorts or all gray. However, in 2006 an all Orange kit was introduced. After various colour combinations in the Barcelona wear again the Baulgrana colors in the mid 90's. The current away kit is white shirts, white shorts and white socks, all with red trim.
Barcelona S.C. Fans and Ultras
The Barcelona SC fans are better known as La Sur Oscura (The Dark South) and are the largest soccer fanbase in Ecuador, this Barra Brava is located in the southern parts of Monumental Stadium. Its Ultras are famous because of their passion for the matches and the subsequent fights against the fans of opposing teams, for example, local rivals Emelec's fan group "La Boca del Poso" (Mouth from the Well). La Sur Oscura is made up of fans from all over Guayaquil and the country. They're also known for provoking many fights during matches. This fan group shows their dedication by singing various chants throughout the games.
Honours and Stats
Seasons in Serie A: 50
Seasons in Serie B: N/A
All Time Position in Serie A: 1st Place
Biggest Win: 7-0 vs Patria
* In Serie A: 7-0 vs Tecnico Universitario \
* In International Cups: 6-1 vs UA Maracaibo
Biggest Defeat: 7-0 vs El Nacional
* In Serie A: 7-0 vs El Nacional
Best Place in Serie A: 1st (13 Times)
Worst Place in Serie A: 8th (2007)
Best Place in Copa Libertadores de America: Runners-up
Top Scorer: Manuel Uquillas with 86
Less Goals Conceded: Jose Francisco Cevallos
Most Caps: Nicolas Geovanni Asencio
Ecuatorian First Division
*Winners (13): 1960, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1995, 1997
*Runners-up (11): 1957, 1962, 1968, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1993, 2002, 2003, 2005-A
*Winners (6): 1950,1955,1958,1961,1965,1967
*Runners-up (5): 1953, 1954, 1957, 1962, 1964, 1966
*Reserves Cup (1): 2006
Campeonato Amateur del Guayas
*Winners (2):1946, 1947
Copa Libertadores de America
*Runners-up (2): 1990, 1998
*Semifinalist (5): 1971, 1972, 1986, 1987, 1992
Famous coaches (sorted by Nationality)
Jose Omar Reinaldi
Francisco de Souza Ferreira
Juan Jose Pelaez
Mario Cesar Jacquet
Ever Hugo Almeida
Roque Gaston Maspoli
As of December 17 2007
Squad changes during 2008/09 season
Rolando Zarate from River Plate
Marcos Mondaini from Boca Juniors
Christian Lara from LDU Quito
Luis Miguel Garces from Macara
Pablo Palacios from Deportivo Quito
Fernando Hidalgo from Deportivo Quito
Segundo Matamba from Deportivo Quito
Carlos Castro from El Nacional
David Quiroz from El Nacional
Carlos Hidalgo from El Nacional
Omar de Jesus from El Nacional
Jorge Guagua from Emelec
Edmundo Zura from Sporting Club Imbabura
Oscar Bagui from Olmedo
Ivan Hurtado from Atletico Nacional
Gustavo Nazareno from Macara
Edwin Villafuerte to Olmedo
Jose Luis Cortez to Deportivo Quito
Isaac Mina to Deportivo Quito
Armando Paredes to Club Sport Emelec
Leonardo Soledispa to Club Deportivo Cuenca
Carlos Quinonez to Club Deportivo El Nacional
Gilbert Quinonez to Universidad Catolica
Diego Lara to Deportivo Azogues
Enrique Gamez to Macara
Manuel Cotera to Macara
Raul Noriega to N/A
Daniel Ferreira to N/A
Troadio Duarte to N/A
Nicolas Geovanni Asencio to N/A
Copa Libertadores de America Finalist Squad 1989/90
|Coach: Miguel Angel Brindisi|
Copa Libertadores de America Finalist Squad 1997/98
|Coach: Ruben Insua|
It was the first Ecuadorian Team in Copa Libertadores history to reach the finals. It reached the 1990 Copa Libertadores and the 1998 Copa Libertadores final, but lost to Olympia from Paraguay in 1990 and lost to Vasco da Gama from Brazil in 1998. Source: Conmebol
BSC is the only team in Ecuador and Serie A to never have played in Serie B. It has always managed to prevent from descending to Serie B Ecuador'
It is the first Club to be officially founded and recognized by the FEF in Ecuador
Along with Club Deportivo El Nacional Barcelona leads the Serie A with 13 national titles.
Barcelona has played in four Stadiums. The first one was the Estadio George Capwell, Emelec shared its stadium with its Biggest Rival because that was the only stadium in Guayaquil; they agree to play both in La Caldera del Sur as the Emelec fans call it.
In 1959, they moved to the Guayaquil's brand new stadium Estadio Modelo, with a revolutionary structure calling the attention of the Guayaquilenos and also coincided with the Barcelona Golden Years, so because of that every game was played at full-capacity, During those years emerged the Barcelona Ultras La Sur Oscura. For several years Barcelona shared this stadium with Emelec and Patria.
After Estadio Modelo's success, the president Isidro Romero Carbo started the Dream of every Barcelona SC fan, its own stadium.
Romeros talked with Jaime Nebot Saadi Guayaquil's Mayor and Leon Febres Cordero the President of Ecuador (both Barcelona SC fans) about the idea, so they decided to help. Nebot donated a huge ground, the San Eduardo garbage dump site, for construction and Febres Cordero helped him with money, Romero put up the first block of the stadium in 1986.
In 1987, Barcelona SC had its first stadium, with a structure never seen before in Ecuador this was the first stadium in Ecuador with its ownsuites and a capacity of 90,000 persons.
List Of Chairmen of the Barcelona S.C.
Eduardo Maruri is the current chairman of the Barcelona S.C. He was elected for the 2007-2011 period.
Barcelona SC, Club Official Website
Barcelokas SC Video, Youtube Video
Barcelokas SC, with rich information in Spanish
Fans of Barcelona SC - Videoblog
Conmebol Ecuador's Ranking
Copa Libertadores All Time Table
Meet the REAL Barcelona
Foro Univision.com Futbol Ecuatoriano: Barcelona Sporting Club
Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo
Federacion Ecuatoriana de Futbol
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