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FC Barcelona Femenino: Spain’s Most Successful Women’s Team

On December 25th, 1970, a group of women from Barcelona played their first match. However, this team was not officially recognized as part of the FC Barcelona club, and as a result, were not allowed to wear the Barça jersey or even use the club’s name.

The team was called the City of Barcelona Selection, and the original players were Mínguez, Gimeno, Gazulla, Vilaseca, Arnau, Jaques, Mayte, Cabecerán, Llansá, Estivill, Fernández, Ortiz, Pérez, Nieto, Ros and Comas.

Little did they know, this team of 16, the ones who were wearing white shirts and blue shorts the day they stepped out onto the pitch for their first time, would change the world’s view about women’s football for many years to come.

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Early History (1971-2002)

In February 1971, The City of Barcelona Selection changed its name to Peña Femenina Barcolonista. After this, they received some financial support from FC Barcelona, and were finally able to wear the Barça jersey, but were still not considered a part of the club.

In October of 1980, women’s football became a part of the Spanish Football Federation. The first Copa De La Reina Cup was held in 1983. Meaning ‘Queen’s Cup’ in English, this tournament is held annually for the Spanish women’s association football teams.

In 1994, under the name of Barcelona Women’s Club and as a part of the federation, they won the cup for the first time.

After many years, in June of 2002, the Barcelona women’s team became a part of the club and became known as FC Barcelona Femení.

Finding Success

In 2005, coach Natalia Astrain brought FC Barcelona Femenino to the Super League. In 2006, they received a new coach, Xavi Llorens, and the team’s success skyrocketed.

Under Llorens, FC Barcelona Femení had an amazing record of 4 La Liga league titles, 5 Copa De La Reina Cups, and 9 Catalan Cups.

Becoming Professional At FC Barcelona Femení

In 2015, after working towards it for many years, the Barça women’s football team finally became professional. Since then, they have been ranked one of the best women’s teams in Europe by many sources.

First Champions League Title

FC Barcelona Femenino won their first Champions League title in 2020-21. At the largest stadium in Europe, Camp Nou, they broke the world record for the largest attendance in women’s soccer history.

And just 3 weeks after that, on April 22, 2022, they broke it once again as they had 91,648 fans attend their game against Wolfsburg in the Women’s Champion League semi-final. After a successful 2021-22 season, they just missed winning back-to-back titles after losing to Lyon 3 to 1 in the Women’s Champion League final.

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One of FC Barcelona Women’s All-time Best Players – Alexia Putellas

Best Players At FC Barcelona Femenino

Even though there are many incredible players in this women’s club, there are a couple over the years who have really stood out.

Sonia Bermúdez, although she is now retired, has made many contributions to the Camp Nou team. From the 2011-2012 season to the 2014-2015 season, she was FC Barcelona Femení’s top scorer with a combined 4 year total of 115 goals.

Secondly, Jennifer Hermoso. As of now, she is the top goal scorer for Barcelona. She played for the team from 2014 to 2017 and then, after a short time away, returned to Barcelona in 2019.

Since her return, she has helped lead the team to 3 La Liga league titles, as well as 2 Copa De La Reinas victories. In 2021, she nearly won the Ballon d’Or award, receiving the second-highest amount of votes behind her own teammate Alexia Putellas. In 2021 as well, she was the highest female goalscorer of the year with a total of 51.

Even though scoring is important, it is impossible to win a game without defending too. María Pilar León, a player who is currently on the team, has held their backline very strong in many games. In 2022 she was nominated for the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year award.

This team is incredibly talented and even though just a few players were listed, every single player on the team contributes to their group’s success on the field.

Trophies Won By FC Barcelona Femenino

Trophies Won By FC Barcelona Femenino

Since their first Copa De La Reina victory in 1993, FC Barcelona Femení has accumulated many trophies and won many titles.

Women’s League

Times won: 7

Years: 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22

Description: Regular Spanish League season champions.

UEFA Women’s Champions League

Times won: 1

Years: 2020-21

Description: The Union of European Football Associations, UEFA, is a league that features the top club teams from all of Europe.

Copa De La Reina

Times won: 8

Years: 1993-94, 2010-11, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2019-20, 2020-21

Description: Copa De La Reina, meaning Queen’s Cup in English, is a yearly tournament for the top women’s teams in Spain. From 2004 to 2017, only the top 8 teams made it to this tournament, but in 2018, all of the 16 teams in the 1st division were allowed to join.

Since then Copa De La Reina has continued to grow, and in the past season, 2021-2022, the tournament featured 52 teams.

Catalan Cup

Times won: 10

Years: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Description: Tournament hosted by the Catalan Football Federation in the Catalonia region of Spain.

Spanish Super Cup

Times won: 2

Years: 2020, 2022

Description: The teams that finish first and second place in the Copa De La Reina as well as the highest-ranking teams from the Primera División compete in this four-team tournament.

Copa Generalitat

Times won: 1

Years: 1985

Description: Term for the Catalan Cup in the 1980s

Conclusion

At the end of the 2021-2022 season, FC Barcelona Femenino was in first place in the league with 90 points. The Camp Nou team was undefeated in 30 matches, and had a total goal differential of 148, averaging over 5 goals per game.

To put it in perspective, the 2nd place team, Real Sociedad, had 66 points and a goal differential of 29. This was their 7th title, but undoubtedly they have more to come.

Despite many struggles finding support early on, this team has found a large amount of success, proven they deserve a spot on the field, and changed the world’s view of women’s soccer.

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