Tableau explain why FC Barcelona is still the best team in Spain (and the whole World)
Futbol Club Barcelona, also known as Barça is a professional football club, based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Founded in 1899 by a group of Swiss, English and Catalan footballers led by Joan Gamper, the club has become a symbol of Catalan culture and Catalanism, hence the motto “Més que un club” (More than a club). Unlike many other football clubs, the supporters own and operate Barcelona. It is the world’s second-richest football club in terms of revenue, with an annual turnover of $613 million and the third most valuable sports team, worth $2.6 billion.The official Barcelona anthem is the “Cant del Barça” and it is knows to all 480 000 000 fans around the World.
Johan Cruyff and Charly Rexach returned to Barcelona in 1988 and began to install a philosophy that would change the way people play and view football forever. Both Cruyff and Rexach admit that it wasn’t a completely new philosophy. Admitting that it was one adapted from ideas given to them by Michels, and one which many believe had been given to Europe by the Hungarian side of the early 1950s. The foundation of this philosophy was, and still is, built upon the basic template of touch, technique, maintaining possession, and stretching the pitch with continuous circulation of the ball (Tiqui-Taka). Elements that, at the time, were not valued by many Barcelona supporters (Hunter, 2012)
The chart down (OptaPro) shows the power of Barcelona over other La Liga teams, its play philosophy of short passes and ball possession.
With this in mind, it seems that a lot of clubs steal ideas from Barcelona that they see on the surface, such as tactics, and implement them in the short term, but fail to intertwine them into their own specifically moulded model. It is one thing to use Barcelona as inspiration, but it must be remembered that Barcelona’s philosophy is tailored to THEIR own needs, no one else’s, and the coaching and playing staff have grown together surrounded by it. They have lived by it and through it. Due to Barcelona’s on field success, many are using various aspects of the Barcelona model to shape their own coaching methods, training programmes, and playing style etc. Often missing the point that a club philosophy needs to be self defined and fully committed to by all. There are many different styles of playing football, Barcelona have their own unique style of playing, but it should be remembered that this playing style is born out of wider and deeper beliefs in the cultural values of their personal, independent philosophy.