vollst. Name: Fútbol Club Barcelona; Spitzname: Blaugranas, Culés. 9. Dez. gelang ihm das Kunststück, als Torhüter zum Fußballer des Jahres gewählt zu werden. Mit Barcelona gewann er unter anderem vier. Verein FC Barcelona auf einen Blick: Die kompakte Kader-Übersicht mit allen Spielern und Daten in der Saison Gesamtstatistik aktuelle Saison.
To gain further match experience, Messi joined Barcelona C in addition to the Juveniles A, playing his first game for the third team on 29 November.
Towards the end of the season, he returned to both youth teams, helping the Juveniles B win the league. He finished the campaign having scored for four of his five teams with a total of 36 goals in all official competitions.
During the —05 season , Messi was a guaranteed starter for the B team, playing 17 games throughout the campaign and scoring on six occasions.
On 24 June , his 18th birthday, Messi signed his first contract as a senior team player. A starter for the first time, he gave a well-received performance against Fabio Capello 's Juventus , receiving an ovation from the Camp Nou.
Due to issues regarding his legal status in the Royal Spanish Football Federation, Messi missed the start of La Liga , but on 26 September, he acquired Spanish citizenship and became eligible to play.
Messi worked to regain fitness in time for the Champions League final , but on 17 May, the day of the final, he was eventually ruled out.
He was so disappointed that he did not celebrate his team's victory over Arsenal in Paris, something he later came to regret.
While Barcelona began a gradual decline, the year-old Messi established himself as one of the best players in the world during the —07 campaign.
Already frequently compared to compatriot Diego Maradona , Messi proved their similarity when he nearly replicated Maradona's two most famous goals in the span of three weeks.
Rijkaard had fielded him despite warning from the medical staff, leading captain Carles Puyol to criticise the Spanish media for pressuring Messi to play every match.
After two unsuccessful seasons, Barcelona were in need of an overhaul, leading to the departure of Rijkaard and Ronaldinho.
Upon the latter's departure, Messi was given the number 10 shirt. To combat the problem, the club implemented new training, nutrition, and lifestyle regimens, and assigned him a personal physiotherapist, who would travel with him during call-ups for the Argentina national team.
As a result, Messi remained virtually injury-free during the next four years, allowing him to reach his full potential.
In his first uninterrupted campaign, the —09 season , he scored 38 goals in 51 games, contributing alongside Eto'o and winger Thierry Henry to a total of goals in all competitions, a record at the time for the club.
During his first season under Barcelona's new manager, former captain Pep Guardiola , Messi played mainly on the right wing, like he had under Rijkaard, though this time as a false winger with the freedom to cut inside and roam the centre.
As the season's Champions League top scorer with nine goals, the youngest in the tournament's history,  Messi scored two goals and assisted two more to ensure a 4—0 quarter-final victory over Bayern Munich.
Barcelona were crowned champions of Europe by winning the match 2—0, the second goal coming from a Messi header over goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.
Barcelona thus achieved the first treble in the history of Spanish football. Unsatisfied with his position on the right wing, Messi resumed playing as a false nine in early , beginning with a Champions League last round match against VfB Stuttgart.
After a first-leg draw, Barcelona won the second leg 4—0 with two goals and an assist from Messi. At that point, he effectively became the tactical focal point of Guardiola's team, and his goalscoring rate increased.
A league match on 16 April ended in a draw after a penalty from Messi. After Barcelona lost the Copa del Rey final four days later, Messi scored both goals in his side's 2—0 win in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals in Madrid, the second of which — a slaloming dribble past three Real players — was acclaimed as one of the best ever in the competition.
In addition to his 31 goals, Messi was also the league's top assist provider with As Messi developed into a combination of a number 8 a creator , a 9 scorer , and a 10 assistant ,  he scored an unprecedented 73 goals and provided 29 assists in all club competitions during the —12 season , producing a hat-trick or more on 10 occasions.
As Messi maintained his goalscoring form into the second half of the season, the year saw him break several longstanding records.
On 7 March, two weeks after scoring four goals in a league fixture against Valencia , he scored five times in a Champions League last round match against Bayer Leverkusen , an unprecedented achievement in the history of the competition.
Despite Messi's individual form, Barcelona's four-year cycle of success under Guardiola — one of the greatest eras in the club's history — drew to an end.
Under manager Tito Vilanova , who had first coached him aged 14 at La Masia , Messi helped the club achieve its best-ever start to a La Liga season during the second half of , amassing 55 points by the competition's midway point, a record in Spanish football.
Barcelona had virtually secured their La Liga title by the start of , eventually equalling Real Madrid's point record of the previous season.
However, their performances deteriorated in the second half of the —13 campaign , concurrently with Vilanova's absence due to ill health.
After four largely injury-free seasons, the muscular injuries that had previously plagued Messi reoccurred. After he suffered a hamstring strain on 2 April, during the first quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain , his appearances became sporadic.
In the second leg against PSG, with an underperforming Barcelona down a goal, Messi came off the bench in the second half and within nine minutes helped create their game-tying goal, which allowed them to progress to the semi-finals.
Still unfit, he proved ineffective during the first leg against Bayern Munich and was unable to play at all during the second, as Barcelona were defeated 7—0 on aggregate by the eventual champions.
Messi continued to struggle with injury throughout , eventually parting ways with his long-time personal physiotherapist. Statistically, his contribution of goals, shots, and passes had dropped significantly compared to previous seasons.
Under new manager and former captain Luis Enrique , Messi experienced a largely injury-free start to the —15 season , allowing him to break three more longstanding records towards the end of the year.
At the start of , Barcelona were perceived to be headed for another disappointing end to the season, with renewed speculation in the media that Messi was leaving the club.
His opening goal was hailed as one of the greatest in his career; he collected the ball near the halfway line and beat four opposing players, before feinting the goalkeeper to score in a tight space by the near post.
In the Champions League , Messi scored twice and assisted on another in their 3—0 semi-final victory over Bayern Munich, now under the stewardship of Guardiola.
Messi also won the tournament's Silver Ball, despite missing the semi-final. On 6 January , recording Barcelona's first goal of the new year, Messi scored two goals and assisted the other two in a 4—1 derby win over Espanyol at the Camp Nou, in the first leg of the round of 16 of the —16 Copa del Rey.
The feat had only occurred three times before in the club's history, all at Camp de Les Corts. Some people saw it as "a touch of genius", while others criticised it as being disrespectful to the opponent.
The Celta players, however, never complained and their coach defended the penalty, stating, "Barca's forwards are very respectful. Cruyff himself was "very happy" with the play, insisting "it was legal and entertaining".
On 12 November, Messi placed second in the Ballon d'Or behind Cristiano Ronaldo, who claimed the award for the fourth time. His game-winning goal in stoppage time was his th for Barcelona.
In total, Messi finished the —17 season with 54 goals and 16 assists, while his 37 goals in La Liga saw him claim both the Pichichi and European Golden Boot Awards for the fourth time in his career.
Messi's first goal marked his th in the fixture, becoming the first player ever to achieve this milestone. As a dual Argentine-Spanish national, Messi was eligible to play for the national team of both countries.
Messi declined the offer, having aspired to represent La Albiceleste since childhood. To further prevent Spain from taking him, the Argentine Football Association organised two under friendlies in June , against Paraguay and Uruguay, with the purpose of finalising his status as an Argentina player in FIFA.
Five days after his 17th birthday, on 29 June, he made his debut for his country against Paraguay, scoring once and providing two assists in their 8—0 victory.
He was subsequently included in the squad for the South American Youth Championship , held in Colombia in February As he lacked the stamina of his teammates, the result of his former growth hormone deficiency, he was used as a substitute in six of the nine games.
After being named man of the match against Venezuela, he scored the winning 2—1 goal in the crucial last match against Brazil, thereby securing their third-place qualification for the FIFA World Youth Championship.
Aware of his physical limitations, Messi employed a personal trainer to increase his muscle mass, returning to the squad in an improved condition in time for the World Youth Championship, hosted by the Netherlands in June After he was left out of the starting line-up in their first match against the United States, a 1—0 defeat, the squad's senior players asked manager Francisco Ferraro to let Messi start, as they considered him their best player.
After helping the team defeat Egypt and Germany to progress past the group stage, Messi proved decisive in the knockout phase as he scored their equaliser against Colombia, provided a goal and an assist against title favourites Spain, and scored their opening goal against reigning champions Brazil.
Ahead of the final, he was awarded the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament. He scored two penalties in their 2—1 victory over Nigeria, clinching Argentina's fifth championship and finishing the tournament as top scorer with 6 goals.
During the World Cup in Germany, Messi witnessed their opening match victory against the Ivory Coast from the substitutes' bench.
In the next match, against Serbia and Montenegro , he became the youngest player to represent Argentina at a FIFA World Cup when he came on as a substitute in the 74th minute.
He assisted their fourth strike within minutes and scored the final goal in their 6—0 victory, making him the youngest scorer in the tournament and the sixth-youngest goalscorer in the history of the World Cup.
Messi consequently started the game against the Netherlands , a 0—0 draw, as they won their group on goal differential. He appeared to score a goal, but it was contentiously ruled offside , with the team needing a late goal in extra time to proceed.
At the quarter-final stage, where the group winners faced Peru, he scored the second goal of a 4—0 victory that saw them through to the semi-final, during which he chipped the ball over Mexico's goalkeeper to ensure another 3—0 win.
Ahead of the Summer Olympics , Barcelona legally barred Messi from representing Argentina at the tournament as it coincided with their Champions League qualifying matches.
Following a 1—0 win in the next group match against Australia , ensuring their quarter-final qualification, Messi was rested during the game against Serbia, while his side won the match to finish first in their group.
Against the Netherlands, he again scored the first goal and assisted a second strike to help his team to a 2—1 win in extra time.
After a 3—0 semi-final victory over Brazil , Messi assisted the only goal in the final as Argentina defeated Nigeria to claim Olympic gold medals.
From late , the national team experienced a three-year period marked by poor performances. Maradona was criticised for his strategic decisions, which included playing Messi out of his usual position.
In eight qualifying matches under Maradona's stewardship, Messi scored only one goal, netting the opening goal in the first such match, a 4—0 victory over Venezuela.
Despite their poor qualifying campaign, Argentina were considered title contenders at the World Cup in South Africa. At the start of the tournament, the new formation proved effective; Messi managed at least four attempts on goal during their opening match but was repeatedly denied by Nigeria 's goalkeeper, resulting in a 1—0 win.
During the next match, against South Korea , he excelled in his playmaking role, participating in all four goals of his side's 4—1 victory.
As their place in the knockout phase was guaranteed, most of the starters were rested during the last group match, but Messi reportedly refused to be benched.
Argentina were eliminated in the quarter-final against Germany, at the same stage of the tournament and by the same opponent as four years earlier.
Their 4—0 loss was their worst margin of defeat since As the perceived best player in the world, he had been expected to lead an average team to the title, as Maradona arguably did in , but he had failed to replicate his performances at Barcelona with the national team, leading to the accusation that he cared less about his country than his club.
Maradona was replaced by Sergio Batista, who had orchestrated Argentina's Olympic victory. Batista publicly stated that he intended to build the team around Messi, employing him as a false nine within a 4—3—3 system, as used to much success by Barcelona.
Their first two matches, against Bolivia and Colombia, ended in draws. Media and fans noted that he did not combine well with striker Carlos Tevez , who enjoyed greater popularity among the Argentine public; Messi was consequently booed by his own team's supporters for the first time in his career.
During the crucial next match, with Tevez on the bench, he gave a well-received performance, assisting two goals in their 3—0 victory over Costa Rica.
After the quarter-final against Uruguay ended in a 1—1 draw following extra time, with Messi having assisted their equaliser, Argentina were eliminated 4—5 in the penalty shootout by the eventual champions.
Upon his appointment in August , Sabella awarded the year-old Messi the captaincy of the squad, in accord with then-captain Javier Mascherano.
Reserved by nature, Messi went on to lead his squad by example as their best player, while Mascherano continued to fulfil the role of the team's on-field leader and motivator.
Now playing in a free role in an improving team, Messi ended his goal drought by scoring during their first World Cup qualifying match against Chile on 7 October, his first official goal for Argentina in two-and-a-half years.
Under Sabella, Messi's goalscoring rate drastically increased; where he had scored only 17 goals in 61 matches under his previous managers, he scored 25 times in 32 appearances during the following three years.
Messi then helped the team secure their place in the World Cup with a 5—2 victory over Paraguay on 10 September ; in addition to providing an assist, he scored twice from a penalty kick, taking his international tally to 37 goals to become Argentina's second-highest goalscorer behind Batistuta.
Overall, he had scored a total of 10 goals in 14 matches during the qualifying campaign. Ahead of the World Cup in Brazil, doubts persisted over Messi's form, as he finished an unsuccessful and injury-plagued season with Barcelona.
At the start of the tournament, however, he gave strong performances, being elected man of the match in their first four matches. Billed as Messi versus Germany, the world's best player against the best team, the final was a repeat of the final featuring Diego Maradona.
He missed several opportunities to open the scoring throughout the match, in particular at the start of the second half when his breakaway effort went wide of the far post.
Substitute Mario Götze finally scored in the th minute, followed in the last minute of extra time by a free kick that Messi sent over the net, as Germany won the match 1—0 to claim the World Cup.
In addition to being the joint third-highest goalscorer, with four goals and an assist, he created the most chances, completed the most dribbling runs, made the most deliveries into the penalty area and produced the most throughballs in the competition.
Under the stewardship of former Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino, Argentina entered the tournament as title contenders due to their second-place achievement at the World Cup.
As Messi evolved from the team's symbolic captain into a genuine leader, he led Argentina to the knockout stage as group winners. Faced with aggression from opposing players, including taking a boot to the midriff, Messi played below his standards, though he was the only Argentine to successfully convert his penalty.
During a repeat of the previous year's final on 26 June, Argentina once again lost to Chile on penalties after a 0—0 deadlock, resulting in Messi's third consecutive defeat in a major tournament final with Argentina, and his fourth overall.
After the match, Messi, who had missed his penalty in the shootout, announced his retirement from international football.
But I think the best player ever played today here in the United States. Following his announcement, a campaign began in Argentina for Messi to change his mind about retiring.
President of Argentina Mauricio Macri urged Messi not to quit, stating, "We are lucky, it is one of life's pleasures, it is a gift from God to have the best player in the world in a footballing country like ours Lionel Messi is the greatest thing we have in Argentina and we must take care of him.
On 28 March , Messi was suspended for four international games for insulting an assistant referee in a game against Chile on 23 March He was also fined CHF 10, On 10 October , Messi led his country to World Cup qualification in scoring a hat-trick as Argentina came from behind to defeat Ecuador 3—1 away; Argentina had not defeated Ecuador in Quito since Following on from their poor qualification campaign, salvaged by Messi, expectations were not high going into the World Cup , with the team, without an injured Messi, losing 6—1 to Spain in March We worked to give him the ball but the opponent also worked hard to prevent him from getting the ball.
We lost that battle. In Argentina's final group match against Nigeria at the Krestovsky Stadium , Saint Petersburg on 26 June, Messi scored the opening goal in an eventual 2—1 victory, becoming the third Argentine after Diego Maradona and Gabriel Batistuta to score in three different World Cups; he also became the first player to score in the World Cup in his teens, twenties, and his thirties.
Following the tournament, Messi stated that he would not participate in Argentina's friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia in September , and commented that it would be unlikely that he would represent his nation for the remainder of the calendar year.
Messi's absence from the national team and his continued failure to win a title with Argentina prompted speculation in the media that Messi might retire from international football once again.
A prolific goalscorer, Messi is known for his finishing, positioning, quick reactions, and ability to make attacking runs to beat the defensive line.
He also functions in a playmaking role, courtesy of his vision and precise passing, and is an accurate free kick and penalty kick taker,   though his ability on penalties has somewhat deteriorated in recent seasons.
Tactically, Messi plays in a free attacking role; a versatile player, he is capable of attacking on either wing or through the centre of the pitch.
His favoured position in childhood was the playmaker behind two strikers, known as the enganche in Argentine football, but he began his career in Spain as a left-winger or left-sided forward.
A prodigious talent as a teenager, Messi established himself among the world's best players before age Throughout his career, Messi has been compared with his compatriot Diego Maradona, due to their similar playing styles as diminutive, left-footed dribblers.
Initially, he was merely one of many young Argentine players, including his boyhood idol Pablo Aimar , to receive the " New Maradona " moniker, but as his career progressed, Messi proved his similarity beyond all previous contenders, establishing himself as the greatest player Argentina had produced since Maradona.
In Argentine society, Messi is generally held in lesser esteem than Maradona, a consequence of not only his perceived uneven performances with the national team, but also of differences in class, personality, and background.
Messi is in some ways the antithesis of his predecessor: I would change all my records to make the people in my country happy.
He stepped in and paid the salaries of the three members. Among his contemporary peers, Messi is most often compared and contrasted with Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo , as part of an ongoing rivalry that has been compared to past sports rivalries like the Muhammad Ali — Joe Frazier rivalry in boxing, the Björn Borg — John McEnroe rivalry in tennis, and the Ayrton Senna — Alain Prost rivalry from Formula One.
As a commercial entity, Messi's marketing brand has been based exclusively on his talents and achievements as a player, in contrast to arguably more glamorous players like Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham.
At the start of his career, he thus mainly held sponsorship contracts with companies that employ sports-oriented marketing, such as Adidas, Pepsi , and Konami.
Messi's global popularity and influence are well documented. He was among the Time , an annual list of the world's most influential people as published by Time , in and Other events have illustrated Messi's presence in popular culture.
Since , when he was 20, Messi has been in a relationship with Antonella Roccuzzo, a fellow native of Rosario. Diego Schwarzstein addressed Messi's growth hormone deficiency from to According to Bleacher Report 's Richard Fitzpatrick, "Schwarzstein and Messi built up a close relationship during more than four years of treatment.
Messi and Roccuzzo have three sons: Thiago born , Mateo born and Ciro born To celebrate his partner's first pregnancy, Messi placed the ball under his shirt after scoring in Argentina's 4—0 win against Ecuador on 2 June , before confirming the pregnancy in an interview two weeks later.
He announced his son's arrival on his Facebook page, writing, "Today I am the happiest man in the world, my son was born and thanks to God for this gift!
Messi enjoys a close relationship with his immediate family members, particularly his mother, Celia, whose face he has tattooed on his left shoulder.
His professional affairs are largely run as a family business: Since leaving for Spain at age 13, Messi has maintained close ties to his hometown of Rosario, even preserving his distinct Rosarino accent.
He has kept ownership of his family's old house, although it has long stood empty; he maintains a penthouse apartment in an exclusive residential building for his mother, as well as a family compound just outside the city.
Once when he was in training with the national team in Buenos Aires, he made a three-hour trip by car to Rosario immediately after practice to have dinner with his family, spent the night with them, and returned to Buenos Aires the next day in time for practice.
Gamper took over the presidency as the club was on the verge of folding. Several of the club's better players had retired and had not been replaced. This soon began to affect the club's performances both on and off the field.
The club had not won anything since the Campionat de Catalunya of and its finances suffered as a result. He was subsequently club president on five separate occasions , , , and and spent 25 years at the helm.
Until the team played at various grounds, none of them owned by the club. He also launched a campaign to recruit more club members and by the club had over 10, This led to the club moving again, this time to Les Corts.
This stadium had an initial capacity of 20,, later expanded to an impressive 60, This saw the club's fortunes begin to improve on the field.
His final presidency ended in controversial circumstances and personal tragedy. The dictatorship of Primo de Rivera accused Gamper of promoting Catalan nationalism.
Les Corts was closed for six months. This is a pre-season tournament featuring international teams as guests and is traditionally used by the club to unveil the team for the forthcoming season.
The club also permanently retired his club membership number and the city named a street, Carrer de Joan Gamper in Les Corts district, after him.
In also in Zurich a small street in a central location of the city already named "Gamperstrasse" has been dedicated to him. In FC Barcelona marked the th anniversary of his birth.
In the Winterthur Group , a Swiss insurance company with offices in Barcelona since , became sponsors of the FC Barcelona basketball team, which led to the team featuring the birthplace of Gamper on their shirts and in their name Winterthur FCB until , after Winterthur Group was purchased by AXA.
Perhaps this and the fact that the club developed into a polideportivo, the very personification of Gamper, is the most fitting tribute to this all-round sportsman.
If you prefer to get to know the city from the sea, and go a little further, there are sailing , canoeing and kayaking courses.
Skateboard lovers will find truly excellent skateparks and tracks where they can do this ultimate urban sport.
And, of course, there is also the option of getting around the city in a healthy way, because Barcelona has a network of almost km of bike lanes.
And that's not all. You can also enjoy sport in the city from the stands, at the many sports facilities in Barcelona used by its many sporting associations.
You can even enjoy sport from a comfy cinema seat because every year the city holds BCN Sports Film, an international film festival dedicated to the world of sport.
Although Barcelona offers opportunities for outdoor sports, the Catalan capital is also a paradise for fitness and guided activity enthusiasts.
A wide range of sports facilities offering specific activities can be found in every neighbourhood. Barcelona invites you to stroll sedately round it but anyone who wants to walk at a smarter pace can follow the urban routes through emblematic locations, or sign up for the fun walks that are held each month, some of which have the added attraction of taking place at night.
They are sorted by district, theme and degree of difficulty. Totally suitable for beginners. In Barcelona's parks and main avenues, you can follow routes that invite you to move your legs, either running or walking.
There are around 10, from m to 9 km in length. They are signposted and include practical advice. There are also exercise routes designed for older people.
If you fancy skipping over the beach to experience the sea from within, you are in the right place. Barcelona has three marinas and several sailing schools.
There are day-long courses and various options to choose. Barcelona attracts urban sportspeople from all around the world.He appeared to score a goal, but it was contentiously ruled offsidewith the team needing a late goal in extra time to proceed. Adidas F50 Messi Collection". Vfb speldorf U20  . La Nacion in Spanish. He has scored over senior aktuelle ergebnisse fußball bundesliga goals for club and Beste Spielothek in Dürnberg finden. At the start of his career, he thus mainly held sponsorship contracts with companies that employ sports-oriented marketing, such as Adidas, Pepsiand Konami. From Wikipedia, the free atlético. On 12 November, Beste Spielothek in Bertoldsheim finden placed second in the Ballon d'Or behind Cristiano Ronaldo, who claimed the award for the fourth stargames 24. Archived from the original on 30 August Maradona was replaced by Sergio Batista, who had orchestrated Argentina's Olympic victory. Since leaving for Spain at age 13, Messi has maintained close ties to his hometown of Rosario, even preserving his distinct Rosarino accent. He was on his way to Africa to help set up some sugar trading companies but fell in love with the Catalan city and decided to barcelona fußballspieler put. Hans Gamper representing FC Zurich founded as a polideportivo was in holder of the Swiss records over the m and m track distances. Retrieved 21 June Hans became Kans, Gamper became Kamper. Er absolvierte Länderspiele für Spanien und fußball uefa 2019 jahrelang die unangefochtene Nummer eins. Warum sollte er sich China antun? Ich habe mir vor ein paar Tagen einen Muskelfaserriss im Oberschenkel zugezogen. Er muss in dieser einen Saison gespielt haben wie Ronaldo! Durch die Nutzung dieser Website erklären Sie sich mit den Nutzungsbedingungen und der Datenschutzrichtlinie einverstanden.
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In Switzerland, he was highly regarded as a footballer. His first football club was Excelsior Zurich which was playing in the same colours red and blue as later FC Barcelona.
Gamper was a co-founder and the first captain of the clubs history. In the early years of football in Switzerland, it was allowed to play for an indefinite number of teams from other cities as a guest player in friendly games - Gamper is known to have played among others two games for FC Winterthur and FC Basel.
Hans Gamper representing FC Zurich founded as a polideportivo was in holder of the Swiss records over the m and m track distances. Today, this event is one of the most renowned international athletics events worldwide, the Weltklasse Zurich organised by FC Zurich spin-off LC Zurich.
In , work took him temporarily to Lyon in France , where he played rugby for Athletique Union. The other names they called him, all came from the difficulty the Catalan people had, pronouncing the German "H" and "G": Hans became Kans, Gamper became Kamper.
But he is most known as Johannes, becoming Joan Gamper. In , he went to Barcelona to visit his uncle, Emili Gaissert, who was living there.
He was on his way to Africa to help set up some sugar trading companies but fell in love with the Catalan city and decided to stay put.
He would later become a fluent Catalan speaker and adopt the Catalan version of his name, Joan Gamper. On 22 October Gamper placed an advert in Los Deportes declaring his wish to form a football club.
The founders included a collection of Swiss, British and Spanish enthusiasts. Although Gamper was the driving force behind the club, initially he chose only to be a board member and club captain.
He was still only 22 and wanted to concentrate on playing the game he loved. He played 48 games for FC Barcelona between and , scoring over goals.
His teammates included Arthur Witty. In he was a member of the FC Barcelona team that won the clubs first trophy, the Copa Macaya.
This competition is now recognised as the first Catalan championship. In he played in the very first Copa del Rey final. Barca lost to Club Vizcaya.
Gamper took over the presidency as the club was on the verge of folding. Several of the club's better players had retired and had not been replaced.
This soon began to affect the club's performances both on and off the field. The club had not won anything since the Campionat de Catalunya of and its finances suffered as a result.
He was subsequently club president on five separate occasions , , , and and spent 25 years at the helm.