Camp de Les Corts

Camp de Les Corts (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈkam də ləs ˈkoɾts]), commonly referred to as Les Corts, was a sports stadium in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was the home for FC Barcelona until the club moved to the Camp Nou in 1957. It was also the home of CD Condal for the club's entire history.

Les Corts was built as a result of a long-term plan by the club president, Joan Gamper, to provide FC Barcelona with its own stadium. It replaced the Camp de la Indústria as the home of FC Barcelona. Inaugurated in 1922, the initial capacity was 20,000. The first game played at the ground was between FC Barcelona and St Mirren. On May 13, 1923, the stadium hosted the Copa del Rey final between Athletic Bilbao and CE Europa and on December 21, 1924, Les Corts hosted a game between Spain and Austria.

On June 24, 1925, the stadium was the scene of an incident that saw it closed for six months. During a game, FC Barcelona fans jeered the Spanish national anthem and then applauded God Save the King, performed by a visiting British Royal Marine band. The dictatorship of Primo de Rivera accused Joan Gamper of promoting Catalan nationalism. Les Corts was shut down and Gamper was expelled from Spain.

The stadium was the home of FC Barcelona during two of its most successful eras. During the 1920s with coach Jack Greenwell and players such as Paulino Alcántara, Sagibarba, Ricardo Zamora, Josep Samitier, Félix Sesúmaga and Franz Platko, the club dominated the Campionat de Catalunya and emerged as one of the top clubs in Spain. The club built on that success and also won the first ever La Liga while based at Les Corts.

By the late 1940s, FC Barcelona had outgrown Les Corts. The stadium had been extended on several occasions, reaching a final capacity of 60,000. However, there was no room for further expansion and in 1950 the club began to make plans for a new stadium, the Camp Nou.

Les Corts
Camp de les corts 1930

Camp de Les Corts in 1930
Full nameCamp de les Corts
OwnerFC Barcelona
OperatorFC Barcelona
CD Condal
Capacity60,000
Field size101 m × 62 m (331 ft × 203 ft)
Construction
Opened20 May 1922
Expanded1926
Demolished2 February 1966
ArchitectSantiago Mestres
Josep Alemany
Tenants
FC Barcelona (1922–1957)
CD Condal (1934–1970)

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Coordinates: 41°23′09″N 2°08′08″E / 41.38583°N 2.13556°E

1923–24 FC Barcelona season

The 1923–24 season was the 25th season for FC Barcelona.

1924–25 FC Barcelona season

The 1924–25 season was the 26th season for FC Barcelona.

1925–26 FC Barcelona season

The 1925–26 season was the 27th season for FC Barcelona.

1927–28 FC Barcelona season

The 1927–28 season was the 29th season for FC Barcelona.

1930–31 FC Barcelona season

The 1930–31 season is FC Barcelona's 32nd in existence, and was their third year in the Primera División. It covers the period from 1930-08-01 to 1931-07-31.

FC Barcelona won the Catalan league for the 17th time, the 2nd in a row, their only title in the season.

1935–36 FC Barcelona season

The 1935–36 season was the 37th season for FC Barcelona.

1937–38 FC Barcelona season

The 1937–38 season was the 39th season for FC Barcelona.

1939–40 FC Barcelona season

The 1939–40 season was the 41st season for FC Barcelona.

1941–42 FC Barcelona season

The 1941–42 season was the 43rd season for FC Barcelona.

1942–43 FC Barcelona season

The 1942–43 season was the 44th season for FC Barcelona.

1943–44 FC Barcelona season

The 1943–44 season was the 45th season for FC Barcelona.

1948–49 FC Barcelona season

The 1948–49 season was the 50th season for FC Barcelona.

1950–51 FC Barcelona season

The 1950–51 season was the 52nd season for FC Barcelona.

1951–52 FC Barcelona season

The 1951–52 season was the 53rd season for FC Barcelona.

1952–53 FC Barcelona season

The 1952–53 season was the 54th season for FC Barcelona.

1953–54 FC Barcelona season

The 1953–54 season was the 55th season for FC Barcelona.

1954–55 FC Barcelona season

The 1954–55 season was the 56th season for FC Barcelona.

1955–56 FC Barcelona season

The 1955–56 season was the 57th season for FC Barcelona.

1956–57 FC Barcelona season

The 1956–57 season was the 58th season for FC Barcelona.

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