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Barcelona Sporting Club is an Ecuadorian sports club based in Guayaquil, known best for its professional association football team. They currently play in the Ecuadorian Serie A, the highest level of football in the country, and hold the distinction of being the only team to have never been relegated.

With thirteen national championships, Barcelona is tied with Club Deportivo El Nacional for national championships in Ecuador. They have also won six regional titles (five in the professional era), and were the first Ecuadorian club to make it to the Copa Libertadores finals, having done so twice. Their success has led International Federation of Football History & Statistics to name Barcelona as the IFFHS continental Clubs of the 20th Century South America.

Barcelona was founded on May 1, 1925 by Eutimio Pérez, a Spanish immigrant who named the club after his home city of Barcelona. Since then, Barcelona has become the most popular club in the country. The club holds a long-standing rivalry with Club Sport Emelec, and matches between the two teams are referred to as "Clásico del Astillero". The club plays their home matches in Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo, the largest stadium in the country.

In addition to football, the club has teams in professional basketball, bowling, boxing, swimming, volleyball, baseball, football, athletics, and tennis. In 2008, its basketball team was the champion in the Ecuadorian National Basketball League.

History

Foundation and early years (1925-1969)


Barcelona Sporting Club was founded on May 1, 1925 by Eutimio Pérez, a Spanish immigrant who decided to name the club after his home city of Barcelona, Spain. The team was named after Pérez' return to Ecuador, BSC's Barça-like crest was adopted later on. The team competed in the provincial amateur tournament organized by Asociación de Fútbol del Guayas (AFG), which included clubs from around the Guayas Province, Ecuador in Ecuador. During the 1940s, Barcelona's popularity grew thanks in part to notoriety achieved by playing matches against important Colombian teams such as Deportivo Cali and Club Deportivo Los Millonarios, two of the best teams from Colombia's El Dorado (football) era of football. Barcelona defeated Millionarios twice in Guayaquil, by scores of 3-2 and 1-0.

In 1950, Barcelona won their first AFG amateur title; the following year, the Association turned professional, and between 1951 and 1967, Barcelona racked up five professional regional titles and finished as runners-up six times, tying crosstown rival Club Sport Emelec for the most titles. In 1957, as one of the top two finishers in the Guayas regional tournament, Barcelona was invited to participate in the newly organized Serie A de Ecuador, which would crown a national championship from among the top two teams from both the AFG and the Interandino tournament disputed by teams from Quito and Ambato, Ecuador. Barcelona finished second in their first participation. Barcelona won its first national title in 1960, and became the first Ecuadorian team to compete in the South American continental tournament, the Copa Libertadores.

- First match: June 15, 1925 vs C.S. Ayacucho (1-0)
- First international match: March 19, 1931 vs Deportivo Cali (4-4)

Historical Matches


Success, then fall from grace (1970s)

By the 1970s, Barcelona had established themselves as one of Ecuador's more popular teams after winning a number of provincial and national championships. Despite their national success, their performance in the Copa Libertadores had been lackluster, having exited the tournament early in competition. That changed in Copa Libertadores 1971, when they reached the semi-finals of the tournament with a star-studded squad that featured players such as Brazilian international Jose Paes, Peruvian World Cup player Pedro Pablo León, and Ecuadorian legend Alberto Spencer. Although they failed to reach the finals, at that time Estudiantes de La Plata was undefeated 4 years in row in home matches in Copa Libertadores, they managed to defeat three-time tournament winner Estudiantes de La Plata 1-0 in La Plata, later it would be recognized as La Hazaña de la Plata. In 1972, they reached the semi-finals again, establishing themselves in the international stage.

The first two years of the decade were in stark contrast to the remainder; after the 1972 season, the club entered a dry spell that would last nine years. Barcelona did not win a national title, nor did it qualify for the Copa Libertadores, until the 1980s.

Resurgence (1980s)

In the 1980s, Barcelona shed the shackles of the prior decade and resurged on the international and domestic fronts. In 1980, the team won their first national title since 1971, going on to win four more before the end of the decade, making the 1980s the team's most successful period in terms of national titles; Barcelona became the first Ecuadorian squad to win 10 national championships. During this period, Barcelona competed in six editions of the Copa Libertadores, reaching the semi-finals twice in Copa Libertadores 1986 and Copa Libertadores 1987.

In 1987, Barcelona inaugurated a new home ground, the Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo. With a capacity of almost 90,000 spectators, the Monumental is the largest stadium in Ecuador, and the second-largest in South America, after the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro.

The glory years (1990s)

The team’s 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 FIFA World Cup Marcelo Trobbiani, Argentina 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 1990 Copa Libertadores Copa Libertadores edition, a dramatical semifinal home and away series, Barcelona beat Club Atlético River Plate of Argentina in a penalty shoot-out, to finally reach the long awaited final. Unfortunately they would come short, losing against Olimpia Asunción 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 Copa Libertadores, 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 São Paulo FC, who at the time was coached by Tele Santana. Among their stars, São Paulo had players such as Zetti, Cafu, Raí, Luiz Antônio da Costa and Palinha.

This decade also proved to show a negative side in the team’s 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 Muñoz (Ecuadorian footballer) died in a car accident at the age of 26.

After winning the Ecuadorian league title in 1997 (their last to date) with the help of such players as former Bolivia national football team Marco Etcheverry, former Colombia national football team Antony de Ávila and former Ecuador national football team Agustin Delgado, they would go on to play the Copa Libertadores 1998 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 Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama, 2-0 in the away game and 2-1 in the home game.

While international titles eluded the team, the domestic front saw a number of successes; before the end of the decade, Barcelona took home three more national titles, bringing their overall count to 13, becoming the most successful team in the history of professional Ecuadorian football (Until 2006, when Club Deportivo El Nacional reach them).

Title drought (2000s-Present)

Barcelona has not won a national title since 1997, and participated in only two editions of the Copa Libertadores in the 2000s. Despite the lack of titles in recent years, the club remains among the most successful teams in the league, having managed three Serie A runners-up finishes in the decade. Barcelona continues to be among the top contributors to the Ecuador national football team, and remains one of the most popular teams in Ecuador. The Clásico del Astillero with crosstown team Club Sport Emelec, remains the most popular football game in Ecuador.

Maruri and Harb Era (2007-2011)

In November 2007, Eduardo Maruri was elected President of Barcelona for 2007-2011 period. Maruri and Noboa (Barcelona's Vicepresident), brought the slogan La Renovacion (The Renovation) which promised to bring key international players also the best of Ecuadorian footballers and to clean up the mess that has kept Barcelona from winning a national title. In 2009 season, was the worst season that Barcelona had in its history in the Serie A de Ecuador. Lots of teams like Sociedad Deportivo Quito, Club Deportivo ESPOLI, Club Deportivo Cuenca and Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Portoviejo came out and spoke about their concerned that if Barcelona was relegated, it would enormously impact in their economic situation, since when they play against Barcelona its almost a guarantee sold out in their home stadium because Barcelona has the largest supporters of any other team in Ecuador. On October 3, 2009 more than 70,000 fans show up to Estadio Monumental Banco del Pichincha to support El Idolo del Ecuador from not being relegated to the Serie B de Ecuador. Barcelona beat Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Portoviejo 2-0, Goals from José Luis Perlaza (46), Juan Samudio. (90) in a intense match that save themselves from being relegated and to remain as the only Ecuadorian team that has never been relegated to the Serie B de Ecuador.

On November 5, 2009, Barcelona's president Eduardo Maruri, announced the hiring of multimedia communications group from Spain, MediaPro to help them as a consultant and guide them on this new decade in the parts of advertisement, finance and sporting in hopes of bringing Barcelona back to the international level and to give the fans what they most desire, the 14th national title.

Eduardo Maruri resigned the presidency of Barcelona after a surprise press conference on December 22, 2010, stating it was due to "family issues". Maruri was elected on November 2007 and his term was up on November 2011, Maruri was short from one year ending his term. After Maruri resigned, Juan Carlos Estrada was designated as the new president of Barcelona. Estrada also resigned the next day and Alfonso Harb Viteri assumed the Presidency. Alfonso Harb stated that he was going to step down as president and announced that Barcelona's presidential elections would be held on June 11.

Noboa Era(2011-Present)

The Business men Antonio Noboa with his slogan Primero Barcelona, defeated his opponent Jose Herrera and was sworn as the new president of Barcelona SC on June 11, 2011.

Colors and badge

The crest of Barcelona has changed over the years. The teams' first crest consisted of a modified version of the city of Barcelona's Coat of Arms in dark blue borders. The team used this crest for two years until 1927. In 1935, the first major change came when they used Barcelona's flag in a circle, with a triangle behind it bearing the team's initials. In 1955, after the team won their first Guayas Championship, the team adopted their current crest, which is similar to FC Barcelona's. Changes they made to it included the number of spikes, the color of the ball, border color, and the initials.

The team's traditional colors are yellow and black, with the home kit being all yellow since the mid-1950s. Prior to that, the teams used to play in black and white kits. For a period early in their history, the team used the a kit similar to FC Barcelona's, but after a series of losses in that uniform, the team president swore never to wear those colors again. In the 1940s, yellow was introduced, and would eventually become the team's primary color, replacing white altogether; black would become the secondary color, used in their alternate kit.

Stadium


Barcelona has played in three stadiums. Their first stadium was Estadio George Capwell, with whom they shared with crosstown rival Emelec as it was the only stadium in Guayaquill.

In 1959, they moved to the Guayaquil's brand new stadium Estadio Modelo Alberto Spencer Herrera. This was the stadium in which the teams played in during the golden years. For several years Barcelona shared this stadium with Emelec and Patria.

After Estadio Modelo Alberto Spencer Herrera's success, the president of Barcelona, Isidro Romero Carbo, initiated the project to give Barcelona their own stadium. Romero talked with Jaime Nebot, Guayaquil's mayor, and León Febres Cordero, then President of Ecuador (both of whom are Barcelona fans) about the idea; they decided to help. Nebot donated a huge ground, the San Eduardo garbage dump site, for construction and Febres Cordero helped him with money. In 1986, Romero put up the first block of the stadium in 1986. In 1987, Estadio Monumental opened for the first time. The stadium was the first in Ecuador to have suites, and became the largest in terms of capacity, with space for close to 90,000 fans.

Recently the team signed a ten year deal with Latin America Futbol Corporation to install a state of the art LED perimeter board in the Estadio Monumental Banco Pichincha. The 243 meter LED perimeter board was installed in September, 2008 and is the first LED perimeter board in an Ecuadorian football stadium. The deal is a 50-50 partnership between the two groups.

Rivalries

El Clásico del Astillero


El Clásico del Astillero is a match played against Barcelona's old rival Club Sport Emelec. It was not until 22 August 1943 that the two sides faced each other for the first time, in a Guayaquil League match. Sporting their distinctive yellow jerseys, Los Canarios defeated El Eléctrico 4-3, with Pedro Villalta scoring a late winner for Barcelona. It was a match that would forever be remembered as The Derby of the Posts due to the number of times that the Club Sport Emelec forwards struck the woodwork.

In 1948, the local derby received a name of its own in a preview in the newspaper El Universo, becoming known forever more as Clásico del Astillero (The Shipyard Derby).

In 1990, proved to be a very special year in the history of Clásico del Astillero, with the two sides facing off in a Copa Libertadores quarter-final second leg on 29 August. Barcelona advanced to the semis after a 1-0 win.

The rivalries between these two teams was immense in Ecuador and international that it caught the eye of international filmmaker Filmadora Panamericana and in 1973 a movie was made titled "El derecho de los pobres", starting Spain actor Enrique Rambal, Mexico actor Enrique Rocha and Ecuadorian footballer Alberto Spencer, proclaim the best Ecuadorian soccer player of all times, makes his cinema debut.

Although Barcelona have failed to win the title since 1997 and Club Sport Emelec since 2002, it still remains as the most important match in Ecuador and is recognized by FIFA as one of the fiercest Major football rivalries Barcelona vs Emelec in the world.

Supporters

Barcelona has the largest fanbase of any team in Ecuador and is the only team in Ecuador that has fans from every city in the country.

When Barcelona plays against other rivalry's in other cities apart from his home stadium in Guayaquil, it seems like Barcelona is the host because of so many followers that show up to the stadium to root for Barcelona.

Barcelona's ultras are known as La Sur Oscura (English: The Dark south). During home matches, they are located in the southern end of the Estadio Monumental. In Quito Barcelona's Ultras are known as Sur Oscura Quito (English: Dark Highland Quito).

Another Barcelona's Ultra are known as Zona Norte (English: North Zone) and many more from different parts of the country.

Players



Personnel


Current technical staff





Management

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Notable players

Sorted by nationality (nickname in parenthesis).

- Washington Aires (Coconut)
- Gustavo Balvorín
- Antonio Barijho (Chipi)
- Ángel Bernuncio
- Sergio Berti (Bruja)
- Rubén Capria (Mago)
- José Chatruc
- Marcelo Delgado (Chelo)
- Osvaldo Escudero (Pichi)
- Rodolfo Graieb (Witch)
- Ariel Graziani (Jester)
- Rubén Insúa (Poeta)
- Gerardo Martino (Tata)
- Pedro Monzón
- Marcelo Morales (Pepo)
- Carlos Alfaro Moreno (Alfarito)
- Ruben Ponce de Leon
- Ramón Quiroga (Insanity)
- Gastón Sessa (Cat)
- Marcelo Trobbiani (Mandrake)
- Julio César Baldivieso (Viejo)
- Marco Etcheverry (Devil)
- Luís Carlos Machado
- Gilson Da Souza
- Janio Pinto (Maestro)
- José Paes (Pépe)
- Manga (goalkeeper)
- Rodrigo Teixeira
- Severino Vasconcelos
- Víctor Ephanor (Artista)
- Cyril Makanaky
- Carlos Caszely (Chinese people)
- Jaime Pizarro (Kaiser )
- Jorge Bermúdez (Patronage)
- Antony de Ávila (Pipa)
- Freddy Grisales (Tottono)
- Neider Morantes
- Elkin Soto (Sultan)
- Albeiro Usuriaga (Columbidae)
- Samuel Vanegas (RoboCop)
- Sigfredo Agapito Chuchuca (†)
- Rigoberto Aguirre (†)
- Juan Luis Anangonó

- Guido Andrade (†)
- Nicolás Asencio (Cajeton)
- Raúl Avilés
- Arlín Ayoví
- Marlon Ayoví
- Walter Ayoví
- Máximo Banguera
- Ermen Benitez (Cougar)
- Jimmy Blandón
- Alex Bolaños
- Geovanny Caicedo
- Héctor Carabalí
- Carlos Ernesto Castro
- Enrique Cantos (Bird) (†)
- Luis Capurro (Capurrinho)
- José Francisco Cevallos (Manos del Ecuador)
- Kenny Espinoza Chang (Kennyur)
- Helio Cruz (†)
- Ulises de la Cruz
- Agustín Delgado (Tín)
- Omar de Jesus
- Ángel Fernández (Knife)
- José Gavica (Pepín)
- Fricson George (UFO)
- Luis Gómez (footballer) (China)
- Jorge Guagua (Patron)
- Walter Rolando Guerrero (Rolo)
- Raúl Guerrón (Gorilla)
- Carlos Ramon Hidalgo (Huancavilca)
- Fernando Hidalgo
- Eduardo Hurtado (Tank)
- Iván Hurtado (Bamm-Bamm Rubble)
- Jefferson Hurtado
- Jimmy Izquierdo (†)
- Iván Kaviedes (Toddler)
- Christian Lara (Devil)
- Félix Lasso (Pereque)
- Vicente Lecaro (Ministro)
- Luciano Macías
- Juan Madruñero (Corner)
- Heráclides Marín (†)
- Segundo Matamba
- Víctor Mendoza (Spartacus)

- Jimmy Montanero (Mormon)
- Alberto Montaño
- Jairo Montaño
- Carlos Luis Morales (Eyebrow)
- Carlos Muñoz (Ecuadorian footballer) (Forehead) (†)
- Washington Muñoz (Curl (football))
- Manuel Murillo (†)
- Geovanny Nazareno
- Raul Noriega (Turkey)
- Pablo Palacios
- Flavio Perlaza (Ghost)
- Augusto Porozo (Porozito)
- Dennys Quiñonez
- Hólger Quiñónez (Piquetero)
- David Quiróz (Cholito)
- Mike Rodriguez
- Enrique Romo (†)
- Julio César Rosero (Emperor)
- Carlos Sánchez (Ecuadorian footballer) (†)
- Galo Solis (Papa Chola)
- Alberto Spencer (Cabeza Mágica) (†)
- Byron Tenorio
- Edwin Tenorio (Patada)
- Ramon Unamuno
- Manuel Uquillas (Matador)
- Patricio Urrutia (Pato)
- José Vargas (†)
- Galo Vásquez (Mafalda)
- Danny Vera
- Edwin Villafuerte (Don Villa)
- Petter Villegas
- Edmundo Zura
- Hugo Brizuela
- Roberto Cabañas
- Derlis Florentin (†)
- Juan Samudio
- Pedro Pablo León (Parrot)
- Juan Manuel Bazurco (Priest) (†)
- Marcelo Fleitas
- Mario Saralegui
- Ricardo David Páez (Chamo)

Notable managers

List according to each manager that has won a title.
- Ramón Unamuno (won the clubs first Serie A title in 1960 & second tenure, won the Serie A title in 1970)
- Francisco de Souza Ferreira (won the 1963 Serie A title)
- Pablo Ansaldo (won the 1966 Serie A title)
- Otto Vieira (won the 1971 Serie A title)
- Paulo Sérgio Poletto (won the 1980 Serie A title)
- Ronaldo Borba Filho (won the 1981 Serie A title)
- Antonio Ferreira (won the 1985 Serie A title)
- Roque Máspoli (won the 1987 Serie A title)
- José Omar Reinaldi (won the 1989 Serie A title)
- Miguel Brindisi (runners up in 1990 Copa Libertadores & won the 1991 Serie A title)
- Salvador Capitano (won the 1995 Serie A title)
- Rubén Insúa (won the 1997 Serie A title & runners up in 1998 Copa Libertadores)

Honors

Regional
- Campeonato Amateur del Guayas (1): 1950
- Campeonato Professional de Guayaquil (5): 1955, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967
National
- Ecuadorian Serie A (13): 1960 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol, 1963 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol, 1966 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol, 1970 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol Serie A, 1971 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol Serie A, 1980 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol Serie A, 1981 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol Serie A, 1985 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol Serie A, 1987 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol Serie A, 1989 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol Serie A, 1991 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol Serie A, 1995 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol Serie A, 1997 Campeonato Ecuatoriano de Fútbol Serie A

Other sports

Baseball
- Liga Nacional de Beisbol (12): 1930, 1933, 1947, 1964, 1966, 1969, 1973, 1977, 1979, 1996, 2002, 2007
- Festival Olímpico (1): 2005.
Basketball
- Liga Nacional de Básquet (1): 2008
- Liga Provincial de Básquet (1): 2008
Bowling
- Campeón nacional de bolos (1): 2003
Sailing
- Campeón de la Regata de Balzar (1): 2008
Volleyball
- Liga Provincial de Voleibol (8): 2002
Waterpolo
- Campeón de la 3 copa ANAVI (1): 2008
- Campeón del torneo internacional de waterpolo (1): 2009

Records

In Serie A de Ecuador:
- Seasons: 52
- All-time position: 1st
- Best finish: 1st (13 times)
- Worst finish: 9th (2009)
- Biggest win: 7-0 vs. Club Social y Deportivo Macará
- Biggest defeat: 7-0 vs. Club Deportivo El Nacional
- Most caps: Nicolás Asencio
- Top scorer: Manuel Uquillas (86 goals)
- Less goals conceded: Pablo Ariel Santillo (796 minutes)




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