Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary

I’ll let Wikipedia do the introduction:

On 22 October 1899, Hans Kamper placed an advertisement in Los Deportes declaring his wish to form a football club; a positive response resulted in a meeting at the Gimnasio Solé on 29 November. Eleven players attended—Walter Wild(the first director of the club), Lluís d’Ossó, Bartomeu Terradas, Otto Kunzle, Otto Maier, Enric Ducal, Pere Cabot, Carles Pujol, Josep Llobet, John Parsons, and William Parsons—and Foot-Ball Club Barcelona was born.

And now, 112 years later, we can celebrate that day however we choose. The club has survived a long time and gone through a lot, but has come out stronger and better than ever before. Whatever your political leanings or your opinion on the current presidential administration, I think it’s safe to say that the vast majority of us are enjoying the run of results under Pep Guardiola and Frank Rijkaard. I know I am. So, Happy Birthday, Barça!

To commemorate it would be easy: light off blaugrana fireworks. To show it the respect it deserves would require a spine-tingle-inducing animation showing you what happened exactly one year ago today:

(H/T Yev in the comments to the Rayo preview)

And for those of you wondering, the Barça cake above is a blaugrana velvet cake (red, blue, red layers inside) made a year ago for my birthday by Mrs. The Lady.

By Isaiah

Isaiah is a co-founder and lead writer for Barcelona Football Blog. He currently lives in the greater Philadelphia area.


  1. Pep needs to show the boys the highlights of the match in the dressing room before the match. Just the highlights, not too long and not short, just enough to get the message across.

  2. It’s hard to remember now, but going into that first Clasico last year many considered Madrid to be the favorites. They were obtaining enormous results and steam rolling La Liga.

    What a match.

    That second goal is what they Barca needs to get back to. Villa skinning Ramos off the edge and squaring the ball to Pedro. A goal created largely through the two forwards flanking Messi.

    1. I remember that well. EE were on fire, and ahead of us (albeit not by much). I was scared to death. I came home from Momma duty (carpooling stuff), turned on the TV and we were ahead 2-0. Could’ve knocked me over with a feather.

    2. Don’t want to be the pessimist but the difference b/w last yr and this yr was that while Madrid were playing really well, we were too. This yr, we are not, not at the same level anyway.

      Of course it’s football, anything can happen. I think both defences are a little too leaky right now for either team to be confident. A 3-1 for either team is a realistic possibility but at THIS juncture, I would guess a 2-1 win for them.

    3. Well, we had our share of stumbles last year too. Losing by 2 to Hercules at home being the largest one. But boy did we ever step up when we faced EE!

  3. I think this is the first time we have a full squad par injured Afellay. Everyone’s fully healed at the right time IMO.

  4. Will there be a loveblob or is this the comment thread. I’m digging out my 09/10 season T-shirt. We’ve never lost when I’ve worn that. Xavi (the new puppy) and will watch together (unless the little furball starts teething on said T-shirt).

    OMgosh I just remembered…Lights…I got to find those blue and red lights from last year and blaugranafy my room again…now where did I put them? Maybe I’ll decorate a tree with them. Sing with me now. Blaugrananbaum, blaugrananbaun, Wie treu sind deine Blätter!

    1. I support Drogba bid as long as he’s humble enoungh to play like Larsson role. It will be great addition.

      Drogba is one of the player I scare of everytime we play Chelsea

  5. BarcaTheOffside Offside Barcelona
    Barça starting XI (vs Rayo V.): VV, Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Abidal, Keita, Xavi, Iniesta, Alexis, Messi and Villa.

    Squad full of win. Bit worried about ghostface starting in his first game back. Expected Busi over Keita but maybe Pep expects a very physical game. Is it a 4-4-3, a 3-4-3, a 3-5-2, or a 1-8-1?

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