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FC Barcelona

A source of pride and glory for Catalans throughout its more than 120 years of history (1899-today), FC Barcelona is a true symbol not only for the global football scene, but also for the culture and identity of Catalanism – which explains the club’s motto “Mes que un club” (More than a club).   The Football Club Barcelona (FCB) was founded in the 29th of November, 1899 by a group of Swiss, English, Spanish and Catalan players – led by the true founder of the club, a Swiss entrepreneur (Joan Jamper), who placed an ad on a local newspapers calling for players to join his brand-new club. The club went on to participate in local competitions until FC Barcelona and other Spanish football clubs co-founded the Spanish League “La Liga” in 1928.   FC Barcelona was always involved in politics, despite its foreign founders and players. The political situation and autocratic leadership in Spain affected Catalonia and its residents who found their refuge in the stadium of Barcelona as a place not only to watch football, but also as a playground for political debates. 
By 1978, Spain transitioned into democratic rule, but FC Barcelona remained as “more than a club”, growing into the symbol of Catalan values and their source of pride. The football club is also known under the name “Barça”.
FC Barcelona is one of three Spanish clubs that were never relegated from the Liga, along with Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao. As the winner of many Spanish, European and International trophies, the club’s past and present is a story of continuous success, presenting some of the best football teams and players in the history of the game. 
In 2009, Barcelona became the first team in history to win six major trophies in one calendar year – a miracle perfectly timed to celebrate its 110 years of history.    

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FC Barcelona is one of three Spanish clubs that were never relegated from the Liga, along with Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao. As the winner of many Spanish, European and International trophies, the club’s past and present is a story of continuous success, presenting some of the best football teams and players in the history of the game. 
In 2009, Barcelona became the first team in history to win six major trophies in one calendar year – a miracle perfectly timed to celebrate its 110 years of history.The club attracted many legendary players throughout its history, players such as Johan Cruyff, Maradona, Romario, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and Messi, as well as revolutionary playing styles that pioneered the football game, which was highly affected by the Dutch school under Rinus Michels in the 1970’s and Johan Cryuff in the 1990’s. 
Followed by Pep Guardiola’s reinvention of the playing style in the late 2000’s.Today FC Barcelona is one of the biggest football clubs in the world, followed by hundreds of millions of fans. In addition, its outstanding stadium (Camp Nou), is the biggest stadium in Europe with a capacity of over 98,000 seats – which attracts spectators from all over the globe and is considered as a top tourist destination in Barcelona.
The sports infrastructure of the city does not stop at the Camp Nou. The FC Barcelona foundation created and developed many sport facilities, such as the prestigious La Masia academy for young football players and the FC Barcelona sports city project of world-class facilities around the Camp Nou.
The club’s greatness is not limited to its male football team, but also runs a very successful team for women’s football, in addition to competitive teams in sports other than football such as BasketBall, HandBall and Hockey.   Don’t miss out and contact us for tickets with 10% discount.

Legal Requirements for Non-EU Students to Come to Spain

If you are planning to come from a non-EU country and study in Spain, there are some important requirements that you will need to fulfill.  These steps are divided into two groups: 
– Visa requirements (In your home country)  – Residence requirements (Upon arriving in Spain).
This article gives a general overview that provides you with adequate information about all necessary processes.  

1. Pre-Arrival (Visa requirements)


After identifying which study path you would like to pursue, the next step would be to initiate communication with your desired university/school in Spain to get the admission approval.
Upon receiving your admission confirmation, you will have to communicate with the Spanish Embassy in your country to set an appointment for obtaining a student-visa.   In general, the Embassy will ask you to prepare a list of documents, those normally include:

  • Passport (Make sure it is updated)
  • ID with photo
  • Admission confirmation from a Spanish School/University
  • Transcripts (authenticated high school or university transcripts in English)
  • Proof of payment (for your studies in Spain, for the entire study fee or partial depending on school and program requirements)
  • Proof of financial capability (bank statement from your account or your sponsor’s account
  • Health Insurance (obtained from your country to cover your first months in Spain)
  • Accommodation (where you will stay upon your arrival in Spain)
  • Flight booking (indicating your intended date of travel and date of return to your country)
  • Visa fee (varies depending on your country’s rates)

2. Upon-Arrival (Residence requirements)


After obtaining your student visa and your arrival in Spain, the next step would be to obtain your student-residence card (NIE). 
NIE is a requirement for both EU and non-EU students coming to Spain and it is the number associated with every foreigner living in Spain.
It is mandatory by Spanish law to apply for the NIE within your first 30 days in Spain. 

Below is an overview of the steps required to get your NIE card:


Empadronamiento: which is the residence certificate that a student needs to obtain from the local council to show his/her address in Spain.
University/School documents: your school or university should provide documents indicating that you are enrolled in a program that lasts more than 6 months.
Appointment: to get the NIE you will need to book an appointment (Cita Previa) with the Spanish immigration authority to submit all documents and your fingerprints. Booking this appointment is a major problem in Barcelona, as it is very difficult to obtain, even if you speak Spanish. 
Therefore booking this appointment is a major problem in Barcelona and it is very difficult to obtain, even if you speak Spanish. 
Card: approximately, after one month of your appointment, you will receive your NIE card.

Lifestyle Barcelona

Barcelona is an open, cosmopolitan city, which welcomes millions of visitors from all over the globe and attracts everyone to dream of becoming a part of its lifestyle. Many people from all around the world consider the opportunity to live in Barcelona itself a strong motivation, without thinking much about financial rewards.

Barcelona offers its residents the chance of living a touristic life throughout the year with its ubiquitous attractions, outstanding Mediterranean weather, beautiful beaches and unique architecture.  

Work/Life Balance

  The lifestyle in Barcelona consists of a healthy work/life balance, where people place a lot of importance on maintaining this equilibrium. Normal jobs usually start at 9 or 10 in the morning and a normal dinner time would be around 10pm.    Some shops close for an hour or two between 1 to 3 in the afternoon, for the famous Spanish “Siesta” rest time. With many cultural events, exciting nightlife, delicious and various cuisines and numerous shopping options, you will never run out of possibilities to enjoy your time in Barcelona.  

Beaches & Mountains

  One of the most desirable features of Barcelona is its beaches by the Mediterranean, with the high season between April and September. Barcelona’s beaches are well equipped to handle the flow of tourists and residents and provide an amazing experience.   The city is perfectly located between the beaches and mountains with lots of architectural wonders in between. With easy and various transportation options, you can spend a day enjoying your morning by the beach and hiking the mountains on the afternoon.  

Art, History and Culture

  With its rich history of artists, architects and cultural blend, Barcelona offers a varied experience for different tastes. There is a wide collection of artistic and architectural attractions such as Gaudí’s famous “Sagrada Familia”, a selection of museums such as the museum of Picasso, and bohemian neighborhoods with notorious street artists and street performers in areas such as “El Raval” and “Gracia”.    Every neighbourhood in Barcelona has its own “Fiesta Mayor”, where the regional inhabitants decorate their streets and celebrate one week with dancing and music in the streets – Everybody is welcome! With many music festivals all around the year, the main tourist magnet is the Electronic festival “Sonar”, which usually takes place in July.    The most popular free festival is the Barcelona city festival “La Mercè”, when the whole city is the show stage for cultural attractions, dances and parties in the streets.  

Summer festival Brunch 

Night Life

  Unlike many major cities in the world, nightlife in Barcelona is an everyday scene. Residents and visitors enjoy a variety of bars and clubs, which are open everyday. Most bars and clubs are located around the center of the city near Placa Catalunya and La Rambla street, while El Gotico offers another more laid back vibe with a blend of tourists and locals.    People normally finish their jobs by no later than 8pm and head out to meet friends and have a few drinks around these areas. The weekend scene is much more crowded with clubs open until 5 or 6 in the morning.  

Sports

  The biggest stadium in Europe and the second biggest in the world – Camp Nou – is home to the world-famous football Club FC Barcelona. In general, Barcelona is one of the main hotspots for sports fans. The city’s many sport facilities which were created for the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, in addition to its continuous investment on developing its sports infrastructure allows locals to enjoy various sports activities.    The city has developed a modern infrastructure for cyclists, with routes for everyday rides around the city as well as for hill climbing. If you are more into football you can easily meet new people by connecting with players on the field through apps like Celebreak.   #barcelona #nightlife #worklifebalance #barcelonabeach #arts #history #culture #sports  

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