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Regal FC Barcelona
Regal FC Barcelona logo
Leagues ACB
Euroleague
Founded 1926
History F.C. Barcelona
(1926–Present)
Arena Palau Blaugrana
(capacity: 8,250)
Location Barcelona, Catalonia
Team colors Blue, Maroon, Gold
              
President Joan Laporta
Head coach Xavier Pascual
Championships 1 European Championship
2 Korać Cup
2 Saporta Cup
15 Spanish Championships
20 Spanish Cups
2 Spanish Supercups
Website
Uniforms
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Home jersey
Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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FC Barcelona Bàsquet, known for sponsorship reasons as Regal FC Barcelona, is a Spanish professional basketball club. It is part of the FC Barcelona family and was founded on August 24, 1926. The club competes in the Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto (ACB) and the Euroleague. It has won seven of the last thirteen ACB championships and in 2003 completed a Liga ACB, Cup and Euroleague treble. FC Barcelona Bàsquet has played in all its history in 6 Euroleague finals having won the last one, in 2003.

The team play their home games at Palau Blaugrana which was opened on October 23, 1971. They share the facilities with the roller hockey, five-a-side football and handball teams.

Well-known players that have played with the team have included: Pau Gasol, Rony Seikaly, Marc Gasol, Anderson Varejão, Juan Carlos Navarro, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Dejan Bodiroga, Gregor Fučka, and Tony Massenburg.

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History

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Early years

The club entered its first competition in 1927, playing in the Campionat de Catalunya de Basquetbol (Catalonian Basketball Championship). During these early years basketball in Catalonia was dominated by other clubs such as CE Europa, Laietà BC, CB Atlètic Gràcia and Société Patrie and it was not until the 1940s that FC Barcelona became established as a basketball team. During this decade they won six Copas del Generalissimo and were runners-up once. In 1956 they were founding members of the Spanish League and finished as runners-up. In 1959 they won the Spanish basketball's first-ever league and cup double.

Decline in the 1960s

The 1960s and 1970s saw the team in decline. In 1961 the club president Enric Llaudet dissolved the team in spite of its popularity. However, in 1962, the club was reformed after a campaign by the fans. In 1964 the league's Primera División was cut from fourteen teams to eight and the club found themselves in the Segunda División. However they quickly returned to the top division after being crowned Segunda champions in 1965. During the 1970s the club was persistently overshadowed by its rivals Real Madrid and Joventut.

Revival in the 1980s

In the 1980s club president Josep Lluís Nuñez gave the team his full support with the aim of making the club the best in Spain and Europe. His support produced results and during the decade inspired by their coach Aíto García Reneses and players like Epi, Andrés Jiménez, Sibilio, Audie Norris and Solozábal, the club won six Spanish League titles, five Copas del Rey, two European Cup Winners Cups, the Korac Cup and the World Championship. However the European Cup remained elusive. They were, however, runners-up in 1984.

Champions of Europe

The club built on this success during the 1990s, winning a further four Spanish League titles and two Copas del Rey. They were still unable to win the European Cup despite playing in a further four finals in 1990, 1991, 1996 and 1997. They also made a record six Final Four appearances. The star player during this era was Juan Antonio San Epifanio.

Their persistence eventually paid off and in 2003, inspired by Dejan Bodiroga, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Juan Carlos Navarro, they won the Euroleague, beating Benetton Treviso 76-65 in front of a packed Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona.

Sponsorship naming

From 2004 until 2007 the club was sponsored by the Winterthur Group, a Swiss insurance company with offices in Barcelona since 1910, which led to the team featuring the birthplace of Joan Gamper, the club's founder, on their shirts. In 2006 the Winterthur Group was taken over by AXA, leading to a change in the club name. In the 2008-09 season, the club's sponsorship changed to Spanish insurer Regal (a division of Liberty Seguros, the Spanish subsidiary of American insurer Liberty Mutual).

  • FC Barcelona Banca Catalana 1993–97
  • Winterthur FC Barcelona 2004–07
  • AXA FC Barcelona 2007–08
  • Regal FC Barcelona 2008–present

Home arenas

  • Sol de Baix Sports Complex (1926–40).
  • Les Corts Court (1940–71), located next to Les Corts football stadium.
  • Palau Sant Jordi (1990–92), after 1992 occasionally used for home games.
  • Palau Blaugrana (1971–90, 1992–present).

Players

Retired numbers

Roster

FC Barcelona Bàsquet roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
SF 13 Czech Republic Bartoň, Luboš (INJ) 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 98 kg (216 lb)
SG 5 Italy Basile, Gianluca 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 95 kg (209 lb)
SG 44 Spain Grimau, Roger (C) 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 95 kg (209 lb)
PG 10 Slovenia Lakovič, Jaka 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 82 kg (181 lb)
C 25 Slovenia Lorbek, Erazem 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 111 kg (245 lb)
SF 33 United States Mickeal, Pete 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 102 kg (225 lb)
PF 23 United States Morris, Terence 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 109 kg (240 lb)
C 21 Senegal N'Dong, Boniface 2.13 m (6 ft 12 in) 109 kg (240 lb)
SG 11 Spain Navarro, Juan Carlos 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 91 kg (201 lb)
PG 9 Spain Rubio, Ricky 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 86 kg (190 lb)
PG 24 Spain Sada, Víctor 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 93 kg (205 lb)
PF 8 Spain Trias, Jordi 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 102 kg (225 lb)
C 17 Spain Vázquez, Fran 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) 109 kg (240 lb)
SG 22 Spain Rabaseda, Xavi 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Spain Agustín Julbé
  • Spain Josep M. Berrocal
  • Spain Iñigo Zorzano

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (*) Playing only in Euroleague
  • (INJ) Injured

Roster • updated 2009-09-01

Depth Chart

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Reserve
C Fran Vázquez Boniface N'Dong
PF Erazem Lorbek Terence Morris Jordi Trias
SF Pete Mickeal Roger Grimau Luboš Bartoň
SG Juan Carlos Navarro Gianluca Basile
PG Jaka Lakovič Ricky Rubio Víctor Sada

Head coaches

Managers since 1974:

Trophies and achievements

Trophies

  • Spanish King's Cup (20):
    • 1943, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1959, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1994, 2001, 2003, 2007.
  • European Super Cup (1):
    • 1987.
  • Catalunya Cup (6):
    • 1942, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948.
  • Prince of Asturias Cup (1):
    • 1989.

Individual awards

Records

Most points scored in a game: FC Barcelona 147-106 Cajabilbao (1986/87 season)

Biggest point differential: 74 - FC Barcelona 128-54 Mataró (1972/1973)

Biggest point differential (against): 60 - Real Madrid 125-65 FC Barcelona (1973) and Real Madrid 138-78 FC Barcelona (1977)

Most games played with FC Barcelona: Juan Antonio San Epifanio "Epi" (421)

Most minutes played with FC Barcelona: Juan Antonio San Epifanio "Epi" (11.758)

Most career points scored with FC Barcelona: Juan Antonio San Epifanio "Epi" (7.028)

Most assists: Juan Carlos Navarro "Navarro (932)*[1]

Most rebounds: Roberto Dueñas (2.113)

Most blocked shots: Roberto Dueñas (266)

Most 3-point shots made: Juan Carlos Navarro "Navarro" (684)*[1]

Most steals: Nacho Solozábal (611) *Playing in FCBarcelona

FC Barcelona against NBA teams

20 October 1989 Denver Nuggets United States 137–103 Spain FC Barcelona    Italy Palaeur, Roma
10 October 2003 FC Barcelona Spain 80–91 United States Memphis Grizzlies    Spain Palau Blaugrana, Barcelona
5 October 2006 FC Barcelona Spain 104–99 United States Philadelphia 76ers    Spain Palau Blaugrana, Barcelona
18 October 2008 Los Angeles Lakers United States 108–104 Spain FC Barcelona    United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
19 October 2008 Los Angeles Clippers United States 114–109 Spain FC Barcelona    United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

Notable players

   

see also Cat:FC Barcelona basketball players

See also

References

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