The history of the Blaugrana is about more than just football and it is tightly interwoven with the cause of Catalan separatism

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So what does it mean exactly and where did it come from? takes a look.

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What does "Mes Que Un Club" mean?

The mottoMes Que Un Clubis a Catalan phrase and it means "more than a club".

Barcelona"s official trang web proudly declares: "We are more than a team of great stars, we are more than a stadium full of dreams, we are more than the we’ve scored và more than the trophies that we’ve won throughout our history."

Said khổng lồ have been first uttered by former club president Narcis de Carreras in his 1968 nomination speech, Mes Que Un Club has since become synonymous with the Liga giants, occupying a place at the very heart of the institution.

It is a khẩu hiệu which immediately evokes intrigue, prompting one to question how exactly Barcelona are more than a football club.

The club itself explains that it is more than a club due to lớn the fact that it is a members-led outfit with a chất lượng philosophy, promoting values such as humility, ambition, teamwork and respect in all its sports.

La Masia - the club"s youth academy system - is also a huge part of the notion of Barcelona being more than a club, in that its intention is lớn nurture well-rounded people through education as well as great athletes.

Perhaps most importantly of all, though, is that all of the above is firmly rooted in a powerful sense Catalan identity & the celebration of the region"s distinct culture.

Barcelona và Catalan independence

The struggle for Catalan independence from Spain has long been a prominent feature of Barcelona the football club và it is undoubtedly crucial lớn the idea of Barca beingmes que un club.

That association can trace its origins back to lớn the early 20th century, when keenly felt divisions in Spain eventually culminated in a bloody civil war in the late 1930s.

Furthermore, one of Barcelona"s presidents, Josep Sunyol, a noted Catalan separatist politician and writer, was killed without trial by General Franco"s forces in 1936. Sunyol subsequently became known as the martyr president.

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In that repressive climate, Barcelona, which had warmly embraced the Catalan culture since its establisment by a group of Swiss, English và Spanish individuals in 1899, evolved into a bastion & venues such as Camp de Les Corts & Camp Nou soon became safe ground for those who were sympathetic lớn the Catalan political cause.

Camp Nou general view

The tradition endured throughout the 20th century and lives on the 21st century. Indeed, the club & a number of individuals associated with it were notably lớn the fore of the push for Catalan independence in 2017.

Former Barca head coach, Pep Guardiola, for example, was a vocal presence in the drive for secession, speaking passionately at rallies & showing his solidarity by defiantly wearing a yellow ribbon, even with the threat of sanction by football"s governing bodies.

The club was particularly critical of the Spanish government"s heavy-handed response to lớn the vote for independence, with scenes of violence marring polling day, & participated in a number of region-wide strikes in protest.

In a reminder of their position on the matter, a statement of condemnation issued at the time referenced the club"s "historic commitment khổng lồ the defence of the nation".

Lionel Messi Catalan flags

Interestingly, however, former Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu had not been as forthright as others when it comes to lớn the matter of Catalan independence, preferring not khổng lồ become too mired in the issue.

While stressing the club"s support for the democratic process & the will of the Catalan people, Bartomeu previously saidthat he would not let the club be used as a "political instrument".

"No one can doubt Barca’s commitment khổng lồ the Catalan community. We defend the principles of democracy, the right to decide & freedom of expression, always with respect," he said at Barcelona"s 2017 annual general meeting.

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"That said, more than ever we hotline for dialogue and respect. In our case, we also call for respect lớn improve the coexistence between people. We know Barca are more than a club & Camp Nou is a place for expression.

"We cannot be a political instrument, no one can use or manipulate our badge or our flag, we will not let them be used. You can be sure that this board will always act in the club’s defence."