FC Barcelona Atlètic

Futbol Club Barcelona Atlètic, commonly referred to as Barça Atlètic or Barça B, is a football team based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, that competes in Primera Federación, the third tier of the Spanish league system. Founded in 1970, it is the reserve team of FC Barcelona and it plays its home fixtures at Johan Cruyff Stadium.

Barcelona Atlètic
Full nameFutbol Club Barcelona Atlètic
Nickname(s)L’Atlètic
Barça B
Founded12 June 1970; 52 years ago (1970-06-12)
as Barcelona Atlètic
GroundJohan Cruyff Stadium
Capacity6,000
PresidentJordi Casals
Head coachRafael Márquez
LeaguePrimera Federación – Group 2
2022–231st

Reserve teams in Spain play in the same league system as the senior team, rather than in a reserve team league. They must play at least one level below their main side and they are not eligible to play in the Copa del Rey.

HistoryEdit

Espanya IndustrialEdit

Founded on 1 August 1934 as Societat Esportiva Industrial Espanya, the club was originally the sports team of the factory with the same name, and its shirt featured blue and white vertical stripes. The company was owned by the family of Josep Antoni de Albert, who was briefly president of FC Barcelona in 1943; during Albert's presidency the club, now known as Club Deportivo Espanya Industrial, became Barcelona's reserve team and began to play home games at Camp de Les Corts.

Initially, Industrial played in the local regional leagues but, in 1950, it was promoted to Tercera División, reaching Segunda División two years later. In 1953 the club finished as runners-up in both the league and the promotion play-off but, being a nursery club of Barcelona, it was unable to move up a division.

CD CondalEdit

After winning another promotion play-off in 1956, Espanya Industrial became independent of FC Barcelona and was renamed Club Deportivo Condal. The club wore blue shirts with two white diagonals stripes.

Condal competed once in La Liga, in the 1956–57 season, being relegated as 16th and last. In 1968 the club rejoined the Barcelona family as its reserve team, and adopted the blaugrana colours.

Barcelona Atlètic/Barcelona BEdit

 
Barcelona Atlètic crest
 
The Mini Estadi during a match

In 1970, Barcelona president Agustí Montal decided to merge Condal with another junior club, Atlètic Catalunya, and formed Barcelona Atlètic. Atlètic was founded in 1965 as a result of the merger of two other teams: UE Catalunya de Les Corts (founded in 1918 as Catalunya Sporting Club) and CD Fabra Coats (1926).

Under the new denomination the B-team played a total of ten seasons in the second level. At the end of 1988–89 the side returned to Segunda División B – the new third level created in 1977 – after ranking 17th.

In 1990 the team was renamed Barcelona B, but club president Joan Laporta changed the name back to Barcelona Atlètic in 2008. Two years later, his successor Sandro Rosell returned to the previous denomination.[1], until Laporta changed again the name back to Barcelona Atlètic during his second presidential term in 2022.[2]

Former club player Luis Enrique (who also played for Real Madrid) succeeded Pep Guardiola as team manager in the summer of 2008, as the latter was appointed main squad coach.[3] In 2009–10 the club finished second in Group III and returned to division two after an absence of 11 years; this was followed by a third-place in the following campaign, but the team was not eligible for promotion.

Season to seasonEdit

Season Tier Division Place Copa del Rey
1970–71 3 4th First round
1971–72 3 19th Second round
1972–73 4 Reg. Pref. 1st
1973–74 3 1st Fourth round
1974–75 2 10th Round of 16
1975–76 2 6th First round
1976–77 2 20th Second round
1977–78 3 2ª B 5th First round
1978–79 3 2ª B 4th
1979–80 3 2ª B 14th Second round
1980–81 3 2ª B 3rd
1981–82 3 2ª B 1st Third round
1982–83 2 11th Third round
1983–84 2 7th Round of 16
1984–85 2 9th Third round
1985–86 2 13th First round
1986–87 2 13th Third round
1987–88 2 8th Round of 32
1988–89 2 17th Third round
1989–90 3 2ª B 2nd Second round
Season Tier Division Place
1990–91 3 2ª B 1st
1991–92 2 6th
1992–93 2 8th
1993–94 2 8th
1994–95 2 6th
1995–96 2 14th
1996–97 2 19th
1997–98 3 2ª B 1st
1998–99 2 20th
1999–00 3 2ª B 11th
2000–01 3 2ª B 9th
2001–02 3 2ª B 1st
2002–03 3 2ª B 2nd
2003–04 3 2ª B 8th
2004–05 3 2ª B 11th
2005–06 3 2ª B 6th
2006–07 3 2ª B 19th
2007–08 4 1st
2008–09 3 2ª B 5th
2009–10 3 2ª B 2nd
Season Tier Division Place
2010–11 2 3rd
2011–12 2 8th
2012–13 2 9th
2013–14 2 3rd
2014–15 2 22nd
2015–16 3 2ª B 10th
2016–17 3 2ª B 1st
2017–18 2 20th
2018–19 3 2ª B 8th
2019–20 3 2ª B 2nd
2020–21 3 2ª B 2nd / 2nd
2021–22 3 1ª RFEF 9th
2022–23 3 1ª RFEF

HonoursEdit

Winners (5): 1981–82, 1990–91, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2016–17
Winners (2): 1973–74, 2007–08

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 1 September 2022.[4]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ESP Arnau Tenas (captain)
2 DF   ESP Sergi Rosanas
3 DF   MAR Chadi Riad
4 MF   ESP Marc Casadó
5 DF   ESP Álex Zalaya
6 DF   SEN Alpha Diounkou (on loan from Granada)
7 FW   MAR Zacarías Ghailán
8 MF   ESP Álvaro Sanz (vice-captain)
9 FW   ESP Roberto Fernández (on loan from Málaga)
10 MF   ESP Antonio Aranda
11 FW   ESP Estanis Pedrola
12 DF   ARG Román Vega (on loan from Argentinos Juniors)
13 GK   ESP Nil Ruiz
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 MF   TUR Emre Demir
15 DF   ESP Álvaro Núñez
16 FW   ESP Fabio Blanco
17 FW   COL Juanda Fuentes
18 MF   ESP Pablo Torre
19 MF   ESP Txus Alba
20 MF   ESP Luismi Cruz (on loan from Sevilla B)
21 MF   ESP Álex Carbonell
22 DF   ESP Alejandro Balde
23 DF   ESP Pelayo Fernández
24 GK   ESP Iñaki Peña
25 DF   ESP Álex Valle

From Youth AcademyEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
26 DF   ESP Arnau Casas
27 FW   ESP Ángel Alarcón
28 MF   ESP Aleix Garrido
29 FW   ESP Víctor Barberá
No. Pos. Nation Player
30 FW   ESP Ilias Akhomach
37 FW   DOM Derek Cuevas
41 GK   HUN Áron Yaakobishvili

Other players under contractEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   ESP Arnau Rafús
FW   JPN Hiroki Abe

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ESP Fermín López (at Linares Deportivo until 30 June 2023)
FW   ESP Josep Cerdà (at Olot until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   GUI Saïdou Bah (at Olot until 30 June 2023)
FW   BRA Gustavo Maia (at Internacional until 31 December 2022)

PersonnelEdit

Current technical staffEdit

Position Staff
Head coach   Rafael Márquez
Assistant coach   Albert Sánchez
Goalkeeping coach   Carles Busquets
Doctor   Xavier Valle
Fitness coach   Marc Guitart
Physioterapist   Chechu Pérez
  Francesc Guilanyà
  Jon Álvarez
Juvenil A (U19 A) coach   Óscar López

Last updated: 14 July 2022
Source: FC Barcelona B

Former coachesEdit

RecordsEdit

Most appearancesEdit

Bold indicates player is still active with club.

All competitions[5]Edit

Top scorersEdit

All competitions[5]Edit

StadiumEdit

 
The Mini Estadi, home stadium until 2019

On 23 September 1982 the Mini Estadi was inaugurated by Barcelona president Josep Lluís Núñez. Next to the ground there are two training pitches, pitch 3 and 4, which have artificial turf – the latter has a regulation size of 100 x 70 metres and has seating for 1,000 spectators.

Mini Estadi has also hosted games for the Andorra national football team, and the Barcelona Dragons of American football.

As a part of the Espai Barça project, the Mini Estadi was demolished and the Estadi Johan Cruyff was opened to take its place starting in the 2019–20 season. Also, as part of this project the Camp Nou will undergo renovation.[7]

La MasiaEdit

Inaugurated on 26 September 1966, La Masia is the name given to Barcelona's training facilities located near the Camp Nou in the Les Corts district of Barcelona. It is an ancient country residence built in 1702 and once Camp Nou was inaugurated in 1957, the building was remodelled and extended for use as the club's social headquarters.

In 1979, La Masia became the residence of young players from outside of the city. In the following decades the academy forged several players that would later appear for both the main squad and the Spain national team, Guillermo Amor, Albert Ferrer, Iván de la Peña, Josep Guardiola, Carles Puyol, Gerard López, Xavi, Víctor Valdés, and Andrés Iniesta being amongst the most prominent. Lionel Messi is also an alumnus of La Masia and is one of the most famous players to play for Barcelona as well as the Argentina national football team.[8][9][10]

Notable playersEdit

Note: This list includes players that have appeared in at least 100 top league games and/or have reached international status.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ El Barça Atlètic volverá a llamarse Barça B (Barça Atlètic to be called Barça B again) Archived 2010-08-18 at the Wayback Machine; El Mundo Deportivo, 3 July 2010 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ "El filial volverá a llamarse Barça Atlètic" [The reserves will be called Barça Atlètic again] (in Spanish). FC Barcelona. 31 May 2022. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  3. ^ Luis Enrique, nuevo entrenador del Barcelona B (Luis Enrique, new Barcelona B coach); El País, 26 May 2008 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ "Barça Atlètic". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  5. ^ a b "Players list of Barcelona Atlètic". BDFutbol.
  6. ^ a b "Players list of Barcelona Atlètic - Liga (2° + 2°B)". BDFutbol.
  7. ^ https://www.fcbarcelona.es/club/instalaciones/ficha/que-es-l-espai-barca[dead link]
  8. ^ La Masia history; Barcelona's official website
  9. ^ La Masia – A footballing factory par excellence; Total Barça, 22 April 2010
  10. ^ La Masia graduates have scored more goals this season than in any other season in the Club's history; Barcelona's official website, 18 March 2012

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