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FC Barcelona's lessons in socialism

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16 August 2011 17:03

Here's a Spiegel article (h/t Browser) which will satisfy that small subset of people who are both football tragics and policy wonks (I know you're out there). Geek out to this:

FC Barcelona consider themselves as having stood in opposition to the Spanish tyrant and having defended the Catalan culture, so present-day matches against Real Madrid are still considered to be demonstrations against the central state. This is why the museum implies that it was actually Catalonia which became European champions in 2008 and World Cup winners in 2010. Eight of the 12 players on the Spanish team were from Barcelona, every Spanish goal in the World Cup was scored by a Barca player, and the national team's playing tactics were the same as those seen at Camp Nou.

A football club as a resistance group, a football club as an aid worker -- the club's own foundation supports children in developing countries as well as UNICEF -- and a football club with 170,000 members. This is why the 57 million supporters of Barcelona believe that they are not only better fans, but arguably also better people. The appearance of the triumph of a rather socialist form of football over a more conservative style is always in evidence when Barcelona meet Madrid.

"We play leftist football," says Guardiola. "Everyone does everything."

Across the globe, Madrid are considered to be the prototype of a market economy-centric club: The team buys whoever is high-quality and expensive, and from these purchases they form a team that must be successful. Barcelona take a more planned-economy tack: they formulated an idea of a superior form of football and then created a team of young players that could embody this idea.

 Photo by Flickr user pietroizzo.

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