Origins of football in Barcelona (1892-1903)

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    This article shows some unpublished data that seek to clarify the origins of football in Spain and particularly in Barcelona. Apart from the influence of the English colony in the dissemination of football, the background of school sport is described and evaluated. It is provided data about football in Barcelona which reveal that before the constitution of the Football Club Barcelona, often considered the first team of the city, there were ten associations that practiced this sport. It emphasizes the importance of the British colony, gyms and sports clubs of Barcelona from 1892 to 1903, to generate the enabling environment that made the modern sport of football triumph, stimulating in turn the context Regenerationism and the emergence of associations sports from the early twentieth century. The research method has focused on historical analysis techniques, with the treatment of the original documentary sources and complemented with historicist indirect sources.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)80-102
    JournalRICYDE. Revista internacional de ciencias del deporte
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


    • Football Club Barcelona
    • History of football
    • Regenerationism
    • School sports
    • Sports associations


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