Catalonia national football team

The Catalonia national football team (Catalan: Selecció de futbol de Catalunya Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Cataluña) is the official football team of the Spanish autonomous community of Catalonia. It is organised by the Catalan Football Federation. The team has been referred to by various names including Selecció Catalana, Selecció de Barcelona and the Catalan XI.

Catalonia is not affiliated with either FIFA or UEFA and is therefore not allowed to participate in either the FIFA World Cup or the UEFA European Championship. Other than in certain cases where other nationalities are involved, Catalan players are full Spanish citizens who are eligible to play for Spain, and often do.

Since 1904, the team has played nearly 200 games against various national, regional and club teams.[1] International friendly games have been played more regularly since 1997. Among the teams they have played are Nigeria, Brazil and Argentina.

Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationCatalan Football Federation (Federació Catalana de Futbol)
Head coachGerard López and Sergio González
CaptainSergio García
Most capsSergio González (15)
Top scorerSergio García (9)
Home stadiumCamp Nou
First colours
Second colours
First international
France France 7–0 Catalonia Catalonia
(Paris, France; 21 February 1912)
Biggest win
Catalonia Catalonia 5–0 Lithuania 
(Barcelona, Spain; 22 December 2000)
Catalonia Catalonia 5–0 Nigeria 
(Barcelona, Spain; 22 December 1998)
Biggest defeat
 Spain 7–0 Catalonia Catalonia
(Barcelona, Spain; 13 March 1924)
 France 7–0 Catalonia Catalonia
(Paris, France; 21 February 1912)


First games

The Catalonia team made their debut in 1905. Initially they played against various club teams such as Club Espanyol, Madrid CF, FC Barcelona and Irún Sporting Club. On 2 February 1912, they made their international friendly debut against France, losing 7–0 in Paris. The team was: Reñé, Irízar, Amecharruza, Alemany, Peris, Armet, Forns, Rodríguez, Comamala, Morales and Ramiro. On 1 December 1912, the two teams met again in Barcelona and this time the Catalans won 1–0. In 1914, the Catalan XI played the Basque Country XI for the first time, but there is no record of the result.[2] The first recorded game between the two teams took place on 3 January 1915 at San Mamés Stadium; the Catalan XI lost 6–1.[3]

Copa Príncep d'Astúries

Between 1915 and 1926, the Catalan XI competed in an inter-regional competition. They finished as runners-up in 1915 and won the Copa Príncep d'Astúries for the first time in 1916, beating a Castile XI 8–5 over two games. They then retained the trophy in 1917 after beating the Castile XI 2–0. During the 1920s, a team featuring Josep Samitier, Paulino Alcántara, Sagibarba and Ricardo Zamora helped the Catalan XI win the competition in 1922, 1924 and 1926. The last competition in 1926 was a play-off between the two teams who had won the competition the most. The Catalans beat an Asturias XI 6–3 over two games.

As well as playing other regional teams from throughout Spain and Europe, the 1920s also saw the Catalan XI play several international friendly matches. On 13 March 1924, at the Camp de Les Corts, the Catalan XI played Spain for the first time. The Spain XI included Josep Samitier and Ricardo Zamora, two of the best Catalan players of the era, while the Catalan XI featured Paulino Alcántara and Sagibarba. Samiter scored twice as the Spain XI won 7–0. On 13 December 1925, Samitier, Zamora, Alcántara and Sagibarba were on the same side as the Catalan XI beat Czechoslovakia at the Estadi de Sarrià. After conceding a penalty and going down 1–0, Sagibarba then equalised with another penalty before Samitier clinched a 2–1 win. On 7 July 1926, the Catalan XI played Czechoslovakia in Prague. Despite Samitier putting the Catalans 1–0 ahead, they eventually lost 2–1.

Catalonia vs. Brazil

During the 1930s, Catalonia continued playing friendly games against an array of teams; 1934 was a particularly good year. On 2 February, they played Spain and lost 2–0 at Les Corts. Four months later, they played Brazil twice. On 17 June, the Catalan XI beat Brazil 2–1 at Les Corts and then on 24 June, they held them to a 2–2 draw at the Vista Alegre in Girona. The Brazil team had been in Europe to play in the official 1934 FIFA World Cup and included the legendary Leônidas in their team. The Catalan XI completed a good month when on June 29 they beat the reigning official La Liga champions, Athletic Bilbao, 5–1.

The Franco era

After the Spanish Civil War, caudillo Francisco Franco imposed several restrictions on Catalonia, abolishing the Generalitat de Catalunya and banning the official use of the Catalan language and the Catalan flag. Despite these restrictions, the Catalan XI continued to play regularly during this period and even played Spain twice. On 19 October 1947, at the Sarrià and with a team featuring Juan Velasco, Marià Gonzalvo, Joan Segarra and César, they beat Spain 3–1. On 9 August 1953, Spain avenged this defeat with a 6–0 win.

During this era, several notable Barcelona players, including the Spanish players László Kubala, Luis Suárez, Evaristo and later Jesús María Pereda, played for the Catalan XI. On 26 January 1955, in a friendly game against Bologna at Les Corts, Kubala was also joined by another guest player, Alfredo Di Stéfano. The Catalan XI won 6–2 with two goals from Kubala and one from Di Stéfano. On 1 September 1956, Di Stéfano returned to Les Corts with Real Madrid, recent winners of the first official European Cup, and played a Selecció de Barcelona. Real won the game 7–3.

The Catalan XI marked the end of the Franco era with a friendly game against the Soviet Union at the Camp Nou on 6 June 1976. The team included Carles Rexach, guest Netherlands players Johan Cruyff and Johan Neeskens, and Chilean international Carlos Caszely who played for Espanyol. The game finished 1–1 with Neeskens scoring for the Catalan XI. Cruyff's son, Jordi, would subsequently play regularly for the Catalan XI.

Democratic era

Catalunya Euskadi 2006
Catalonia vs Basque Country team playing in Camp Nou

Since the restoration of democracy in the 1970s, the Catalonia representative team has regularly played international friendly matches. They put together a string of successful results against countries like Bulgaria, Nigeria, Yugoslavia, Lithuania and Chile. On 5 May 2002, Catalonia hosted Brazil in a warm up friendly game before the official 2002 World Cup. Brazil, who went on to win the official competition, beat Catalonia 3–1. In 2004, Brazil returned for a second friendly game and this time won 5–2 at the Camp Nou, where some months later Argentina defeated Catalonia 3–0. The last friendly matches have been against Paraguay, Costa Rica, Basque Country, Argentina and Colombia.

Johan Cruyff era

On 2 November 2009, it was announced that Dutch legend and former Barcelona manager Johan Cruyff would be the new coach of Catalonia.[4][4] On 22 December 2009, they played a friendly against Argentina, which ended in a Catalonia win, 4–2 at Camp Nou. On 28 December 2010, Catalonia played another friendly against Honduras winning 4–0 at Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys.[5] On 30 December 2011, Catalonia played Tunisia in a goalless draw at the Lluís Companys.[6] In their last game under Cruyff, on 2 January 2013, Catalonia drew with Nigeria at the Cornellà-El Prat, 1–1.[7]

Post-Cruyff era

Former player Gerard was appointed new coach for the Catalan team for two years. His first match with the team took place on 30 December 2013 against Cape Verde at the Olímpic Lluís Companys.[8]

Results and fixtures

20 February 1912 FriendlyFrance 7–0 CataloniaColombes
Report Stadium: Stade de Colombes
1 December 1912 FriendlyCatalonia 1–0 FranceBarcelona
De la Riva Goal Stadium: Camp de la Indústria
Referee: Hodge
3 January 1915 FriendlyBasque Country 6–1 CataloniaBilbao
Pichichi GoalGoalGoalGoal
Pagaza Goal
Patricio Goal
Report Kinké Goal Stadium: San Mamés
Attendance: 6,000
7 February 1915 FriendlyCatalonia 2–2 Basque CountryBarcelona
Monistrol Goal
Kinké Goal
Reguera Goal 0' (o.g.)
Belauste Goal
Stadium: Camp de la Indústria
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Sampere
13 May 1915 Copa PríncipeBasque Country 1–0 CataloniaMadrid
Legarreta Goal Report Stadium: O'Donnell
Referee: Menéndez
21 May 1916 FriendlyCatalonia 1–3 Basque CountryBarcelona
Kinké Goal Report Patricio Goal
Chacho Goal
Pichichi Goal
Stadium: Camp de la Indústria
22 May 1916 FriendlyCatalonia 0–0 Basque CountryBarcelona
Report Stadium: Camp de la Indústria
4 June 1916 FriendlyBasque Country 5–0 CataloniaBilbao
Patricio GoalGoalGoalGoal
Legarreta Goal
Stadium: San Mamés
Referee: Hurtado
3 April 1921 FriendlyCatalonia 4–0 ProvenceBarcelona
Report Stadium: Camp de la Indústria
Referee: Massana
4 April 1921 FriendlyCatalonia 1–0 ProvenceBarcelona
Stadium: Camp de la Indústria
Referee: Timer
13 March 1924 FriendlyCatalonia 0–7 SpainBarcelona
Report Zabala GoalGoalGoal
Samitier GoalGoal
Carulla Goal 0' (o.g.)
Laca Goal
Stadium: Les Corts
Referee: Llovera
13 December 1925 FriendlyCatalonia 2–1 CzechoslovakiaBarcelona
Sagibarba Goal 0' (pen.)
Samitier Goal
Report Schaffer Goal 0' (pen.) Stadium: Sarrià
Referee: Christophe
7 July 1926 FriendlyCzechoslovakia 2–1 CataloniaPrague
Hajný GoalGoal Report Samitier Goal Stadium: Letná
Referee: Hinler
8 June 1930 FriendlyCatalonia 0–1 Basque CountryBarcelona
16:45 Report Gorostiza Goal Stadium: Montjuïc
Attendance: 45,000
1 January 1931 FriendlyBasque Country 3–2 CataloniaBilbao
Olivares Goal 32'39'
Lafuente Goal 36'
Report Samitier Goal 17'
Arocha Goal
Stadium: San Mamés
Referee: Malcón
14 February 1934 FriendlyCatalonia 0–2 SpainBarcelona
15:45 Report Casuco Goal 30'
Lángara Goal 60'
Stadium: Les Corts
Referee: Arribas
17 June 1934 FriendlyCatalonia 2–1 BrazilBarcelona
17:00 Escolà Goal 20'
Morera Goal 48'
Report Armandinho Goal 74' Stadium: Les Corts
Referee: Comorera
24 June 1934 FriendlyCatalonia 2–2 BrazilGirona
17:00 Gual Goal 15'
Calvet Goal
Report Leônidas Goal
Octacílio Goal 75'
Stadium: Vista Alegre
Referee: Santiago
19 October 1947 FriendlyCatalonia 3–1 SpainBarcelona
16:00 César Goal 11'30'
Toni Goal 67'
Report Bilbao Goal 2' Stadium: Sarrià
Referee: Azón
9 August 1953 FriendlyCatalonia 0–6 SpainBarcelona
Report Stadium: Galileu
Referee: Azón
21 February 1971 FriendlyBasque Country 1–2 CataloniaBilbao
Marañón Goal 50' Report De Diego Goal 15'55' Stadium: San Mamés
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Ortiz de Mendibil
9 June 1976 FriendlyCatalonia 1–1 Soviet UnionBarcelona
20:45 Neeskens Goal 45' Report Maksimenkov Goal 59' Stadium: Camp Nou
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: López Cuadrado
23 December 1997 FriendlyCatalonia 1–1 BulgariaBarcelona
20:45 CET Dani García Goal 6' Report Goal 34' (o.g.) Quique Álvarez Stadium: Olímpic
Attendance: 35,300
Referee: Spain Antoni Llonch
22 December 1998 FriendlyCatalonia 5–0 NigeriaBarcelona
20:30 CET Óscar Goal 4'29'
Celades Goal 18'
Tamudo Goal 82'
Barbarà Goal 87'
Report Stadium: Olímpic
Attendance: 53,630
Referee: Spain Xavier Moreno
23 December 1999 FriendlyCatalonia 1–0 YugoslaviaBarcelona
20:30 CET Óscar Goal 45' Report Stadium: Olímpic
Attendance: 43,700
Referee: Spain Antoni Llonch
22 December 2000 FriendlyCatalonia 5–0 LithuaniaBarcelona
21:15 CET Óscar Goal 10'83'
Jordi Goal 43'
Gerard Goal 71' (pen.)
Xavi Goal 78'
Report Stadium: Camp Nou
Attendance: 47,000
Referee: Spain Antoni Llonch
28 December 2001 FriendlyCatalonia 1–0 ChileBarcelona
21:00 CET Luis García Goal 56' Report Stadium: Camp Nou
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Spain Jesús Téllez
18 May 2002 FriendlyCatalonia 1–3 BrazilBarcelona
21:00 CET Luis García Goal 63' Report Goal 20'44' Ronaldinho
Goal 75' Edmílson
Stadium: Camp Nou
Attendance: 96,700
Referee: Spain Jesús Téllez
28 December 2002 FriendlyCatalonia 2–0 China PRBarcelona
21:15 CET Roger Goal 10'
Luque Goal 48'
Report Stadium: Camp Nou
Attendance: 63,416
Referee: Spain Xavier Moreno
28 December 2003 FriendlyCatalonia 4–2 EcuadorBarcelona
18:30 CET Sergio García Goal 9'17'
Xavi Goal 26'
Luis García Goal 76'
Report Goal 26' Ordóñez
Goal 87' Espinoza
Stadium: Camp Nou
Attendance: 67,100
Referee: Spain Jesús Téllez
25 May 2004 FriendlyCatalonia 2–5 BrazilBarcelona
21:05 CET Gerard Goal 75'
Sergio García Goal 89'
Report Goal 16'37' Ronaldo
Goal 52' Oliveira
Goal 63'90+1' Baptista
Stadium: Camp Nou
Attendance: 83,357
Referee: Spain Xavier Moreno
29 December 2004 FriendlyCatalonia 0–3 ArgentinaBarcelona
21:30 CET Report Goal 1' Scaloni
Goal 52' Maxi Rodríguez
Goal 75' Galletti
Stadium: Camp Nou
Attendance: 65,320
Referee: Spain Xavier Moreno
28 December 2005 FriendlyCatalonia 1–1 ParaguayBarcelona
21:30 CET Soriano Goal 58' Report Goal 69' Dante López Stadium: Camp Nou
Attendance: 33,000
Referee: Spain Alfonso Álvarez
24 May 2006 FriendlyCatalonia 2–0 Costa RicaTerrassa
21:30 CET Piti Goal 7'
Roger Goal 63'
Report Stadium: Olímpic
Attendance: 8,155
Referee: Spain Xavier Moreno
8 October 2006 FriendlyCatalonia 2–2 Basque CountryBarcelona
18:30 CET Verdú Goal 67'
Luque Goal 84'
Report Goal 19' Aduriz
Goal 64' Llorente
Stadium: Camp Nou
Attendance: 56,353
Referee: Spain Vicente Lizondo
29 December 2007 FriendlyBasque Country 1–1 CataloniaBilbao
20:30 CET Aduriz Goal 69' Report Goal 29' Krkić Stadium: San Mamés
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Spain Miguel Ángel Pérez
24 May 2008 FriendlyCatalonia 0–1 ArgentinaBarcelona
19:00 CET Report Goal 19' Lavezzi Stadium: Camp Nou
Attendance: 42,380
Referee: Spain Alfonso Álvarez
28 December 2008 FriendlyCatalonia 2–1 ColombiaBarcelona
19:00 CET Krkić Goal 15'
Verdú Goal 64'
Report Goal 90+2' Montero Stadium: Camp Nou
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Spain Alberto Undiano
22 December 2009 FriendlyCatalonia 4–2 ArgentinaBarcelona
20:30 CET Sergio García Goal 44'
Krkić Goal 56'
Sergio Goal 70' (pen.)
Hurtado Goal 76'
Report Goal 63' Pastore
Goal 72' Di María
Stadium: Camp Nou
Attendance: 53,000
Referee: Spain Alfonso Álvarez
28 December 2010 FriendlyCatalonia 4–0 HondurasBarcelona
19:00 CET Corominas Goal 26'
Sergio García Goal 50'
Krkić Goal 60'71'
Report Stadium: Lluís Companys
Attendance: 28,150
Referee: Spain Xavier Estrada
30 December 2011 FriendlyCatalonia 0–0 TunisiaBarcelona
19:00 CET Report Stadium: Lluís Companys
Attendance: 36,545
Referee: Spain Alfonso Álvarez
2 January 2013 FriendlyCatalonia 1–1 NigeriaCornellà de Llobregat
19:00 CET Sergio Goal 3' (pen.) Report Goal 55' Dike Stadium: Cornellà-El Prat
Attendance: 27,234
Referee: Spain Xavier Estrada
30 December 2013 FriendlyCatalonia 4–1 Cape VerdeBarcelona
19:00 CET Sergio García Goal 17'18'
Krkić Goal 19'
Riera Goal 64'
Report Goal 10' Djaniny Stadium: Lluís Companys
Attendance: 20,700
Referee: Spain Alfonso Álvarez
28 December 2014 FriendlyBasque Country 1–1Catalonia CataloniaBilbao
20:30 CET Aduriz Goal 3' Report S. García Goal 44' Stadium: San Mamés
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Bikandi Garrido
26 December 2015 FriendlyCatalonia 0–1 Basque CountryBarcelona
21:30 CET Report Aduriz Goal 39' Stadium: Camp Nou
Attendance: 51,224
Referee: Estrada Fernández
28 December 2016 FriendlyCatalonia 3–3 TunisiaGirona
20:00 CET Gerard Goal 35'
S. García Goal 69'
Verdú Goal 79'
Msakni Goal 9'30'67' Stadium: Estadi Montilivi
Attendance: 8,311
Referee: Álvarez Izquierdo
Penalty missed Verdú
Penalty missed Víctor Álvarez
Penalty scored Vázquez
Penalty scored Riera
Sassi Penalty scored
Dhaouadi Penalty scored
Bguir Penalty scored
Azouni Penalty missed
Khalifa Penalty scored
25 March 2019 FriendlyCatalonia v VenezuelaGirona
Stadium: Estadi Montilivi

All-time record

As of 28 December 2016
Against P W D L GF GA GD Win %
 Argentina 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 33.33%
 Basque Country 13 1 5 7 12 27 −15 26.92%
 Brazil 4 1 1 2 7 11 −4 37.5%
 Bulgaria 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 50%
 Cape Verde 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 100%
 Chile 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100%
 China PR 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100%
 Colombia 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100%
 Costa Rica 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100%
 Czechoslovakia 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 50%
 Ecuador 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 100%
 France 2 1 0 1 1 7 −6 50%
 Honduras 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 100%
 Lithuania 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 100%
 Nigeria 2 1 1 0 6 1 +5 75%
 Paraguay 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 50%
 Provence 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5 100%
 Serbia and Montenegro 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100%
 Soviet Union 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 50%
 Spain 4 1 0 3 3 16 −13 25%
 Tunisia 2 0 2 0 3 3 0 50%
Total 46 18 12 16 72 81 −9 52.17%

Current squad

The following players were called up for the match against Tunisia on 28 December 2016.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Jordi Masip 3 January 1989 (age 30) 3 0 Spain Valladolid
13 GK Edgar Badia 12 February 1992 (age 27) 1 0 Spain Elche

2 DF Víctor Álvarez 14 March 1993 (age 25) 4 0 Russia Arsenal Tula
3 DF Andreu Fontàs 14 November 1989 (age 29) 4 0 United States Sporting Kansas City
4 DF Alberto de la Bella 2 December 1985 (age 33) 4 0 Spain Las Palmas
5 DF Sergi Gómez 28 March 1992 (age 26) 2 0 Spain Sevilla
6 DF Pol Lirola 13 August 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Sassuolo
13 DF Gerard Valentín 28 July 1993 (age 25) 1 0 Spain Deportivo La Coruña
14 DF Aarón Martín 22 April 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Germany Mainz 05

7 MF Xavi Hernández 25 January 1980 (age 39) 12 2 Qatar Al Sadd
8 MF Joan Verdú 5 May 1983 (age 35) 11 3 China Qingdao Huanghai
9 MF Sergi Roberto 7 February 1992 (age 27) 6 0 Spain Barcelona
10 MF Marc Crosas 9 January 1988 (age 31) 3 0
11 MF Víctor Rodríguez 23 July 1989 (age 29) 2 0 United States Seattle Sounders
12 MF Sergi Samper 20 January 1995 (age 24) 2 0 Spain Barcelona
13 MF Marc Roca 26 November 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Spain Espanyol
14 MF Pere Pons 20 February 1993 (age 26) 1 0 Spain Girona

15 FW Sergio García 9 June 1983 (age 35) 14 9 Spain Espanyol
16 FW Álvaro Vázquez 27 April 1991 (age 27) 6 0 Spain Zaragoza
17 FW Gerard Moreno 7 April 1992 (age 26) 3 1 Spain Villarreal
18 FW Oriol Riera 3 July 1986 (age 32) 2 1 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team in the last two years.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
GK Kiko Casilla 2 January 1986 (age 33) 5 0 England Leeds United
GK Jordi Codina 27 April 1982 (age 36) 4 0 Spain Fuenlabrada
GK Pau López 13 December 1994 (age 24) 1 0 Spain Betis

DF Gerard Piqué 2 February 1987 (age 32) 9 0 Spain Barcelona
DF Martín Montoya 14 April 1991 (age 27) 5 0 England Brighton & Hove Albion
DF Marc Bartra 15 January 1991 (age 28) 5 0 Spain Betis
DF Jordi Alba 21 March 1989 (age 29) 5 0 Spain Barcelona
DF Aleix Vidal 21 August 1989 (age 29) 3 0 Spain Sevilla
DF Jordi Amat 21 March 1992 (age 26) 2 0 Spain Rayo Vallecano
DF Dídac Vilà 9 June 1989 (age 29) 2 0 Spain Espanyol
DF Raúl Rodríguez 22 September 1987 (age 31) 1 0
DF Marc Muniesa 27 March 1992 (age 26) 1 0 Spain Girona
DF Sergio Juste 12 January 1992 (age 27) 1 0 Spain L'Hospitalet
DF Marc Valiente 20 March 1987 (age 31) 1 0 Serbia Partizan

MF Sergio Busquets 16 July 1988 (age 30) 8 0 Spain Barcelona
MF Piti 26 May 1981 (age 37) 6 1
MF Cesc Fàbregas 4 May 1987 (age 31) 3 0 Monaco Monaco
MF Víctor Sánchez 8 September 1987 (age 31) 3 0 Spain Espanyol
MF Javi Márquez 11 May 1986 (age 32) 2 0 Spain Gimnàstic
MF David López 9 October 1989 (age 29) 1 0 Spain Espanyol
MF Sergio Tejera 28 May 1990 (age 28) 1 0 Spain Oviedo
MF Jordi Xumetra 24 October 1985 (age 33) 1 0 Spain Olot
MF Oriol Rosell 7 July 1992 (age 26) 1 0 United States Orlando City
MF Isaac Cuenca 27 April 1991 (age 27) 1 0 Japan Sagan Tosu
MF Gerard Deulofeu 13 March 1994 (age 24) 1 0 England Watford
MF Joan Jordán 6 July 1994 (age 24) 1 0 Spain Eibar

FW Ferran Corominas 5 January 1983 (age 36) 8 1 India Goa
FW Bojan Krkić 20 August 1990 (age 28) 7 6 England Stoke City
FW Jonathan Soriano 24 November 1985 (age 33) 5 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal
FW Cristian Tello 11 August 1991 (age 27) 2 0 Spain Betis
FW Keita Baldé 8 March 1995 (age 23) 1 0 Italy Internazionale

Notable players

List of Catalan players who also represented FIFA international teams in International and Olympic matches



 Equatorial Guinea







Guest players

Because Catalonia is not a member of either UEFA or FIFA due to it being a region of Spain, obvious eligibility rules based on birthplace do not apply. As a result of unofficial friendly team, a number of players who were not born in Catalonia have guested for the Catalan XI. With the notable exception of Alfredo Di Stéfano, most were playing for Barcelona at the time. Some of these players, such as Andrés Iniesta, Jordi Cruyff or Lionel Messi had lived most of their lives (and childhood) in Catalonia. Some others, as Sagibarba or Paulino Alcántara had Catalan ancestors (for example: Alcántara was the son of a Catalan military officer in the Spanish Philippines and moved to Barcelona after the Spanish–American War as a child).

Selected coaches


  • Copa Príncep d'Astúries
    • Winners (5): (1916, 1917, 1921, 1924, 1926)
    • Runners-Up (1): (1915)

Estimated Elo

The Elo rating system was adapted for football by adding a weighting for the kind of match, an adjustment for the home team advantage, and an adjustment for goal difference in the match result. Its estimated Elo is 1856 (fantasy rank: 16th; 31 December 2018). Its highest Elo were 1885 points (after winning against Honduras on December 28, 2010). At that time it would have been the seventh world national football team in the World behind Spain, Germany, Argentina and England and above Portugal, Italy, France and among those.

See also


  1. ^ Archived September 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Archived November 25, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Vasconia-Cataluña" (PDF). Mundo Deportivo, 4/1/1915. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Cruyff will coach Catalonia team". BBC News. 2 November 2009.
  5. ^ "Catalonia defeats Honduras". La (Honduran national newspaper). 29/12/2010.
  6. ^ "Catalonia draws with Tunisia". El Periódico de Catalunya (Catalionian newspaper) 31/12/2011.
  7. ^ "Catalunya empata con Nigeria en la despedida de Cruyff". 2 January 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Catalunya jugará contra Cabo Verde el 30 de diciembre". 15 November 2013.

External links

2012–13 in Spanish football

The 2012–13 season was the 109th season of competitive football in Spain. It started officially on 1 July 2012 and ended on 30 June 2013.

Athletic–Barcelona clásico

The Athletic–Barcelona clásico refers to football matches between Athletic Bilbao and FC Barcelona, two clubs competing in Spanish football competitions.

The two clubs are among the oldest in the country, and have participated in every season of the national championship, La Liga. Owing to this, as well as contesting eight finals of the Copa del Rey (in which they are the two most successful clubs), it is the third most-played football fixture in Spain, after the meetings of each with the third constant member of the league, Real Madrid. Due to this, it has been referred to as a Clásico, the modern Spanish term for a significant and traditional fixture (a classic) which is not a derbi based on geographical proximity.

The relationship between Athletic and Barcelona has historically been fairly healthy aside from certain periods when competitiveness became hostility, such as in the early 1980s. By the turn of the 21st century, the rivalry had largely become a historical concept due to the disparity in the fortunes of the clubs and the lack of a local element, but their frequent meetings in matches of importance, including three Copa del Rey finals, restored some relevancy to the fixture.

Camp Nou

Camp Nou (Catalan pronunciation: [ˌkamˈnɔw], meaning new field, often referred to in English as the Nou Camp) is the home stadium of FC Barcelona since its completion in 1957.

With a seating capacity of 99,354, it is the largest stadium in Spain and Europe, and the third largest football stadium in the world in capacity. It has hosted two European Cup/Champions League finals in 1989 and 1999, two UEFA Cup Winners' Cup finals, four Inter-Cities Fairs Cup final games, five UEFA Super Cup final games, four Copa del Rey finals, two Copa de la Liga final games, twenty-one Supercopa de España final games, five matches including the opening game of the 1982 FIFA World Cup, two out of four matches at the 1964 European Nations' Cup and the football competition final at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Catalan Football Federation

The Catalan Football Federation (Catalan: Federació Catalana de Futbol) is the football association responsible for administering football in Catalonia. It was formed on 11 November 1900 as the Football Associació de Catalunya (English: Football Association of Catalonia). It was the first football association founded in Spain. The first president was Eduard Alesson and the original members included FC Barcelona, Català SC, Hispania AC and Sociedad Española de Football.

Between 1903 and 1940, the federation organised the Campionat de Catalunya, the first league championship ever played in Spain. Since 1904, the federation has also organised the Catalonia national football team. Today, the federation continues to organise its own club competition, the Copa Catalunya. It also administers Tercera División Group 5 and the Primera Catalana within the Spanish football league system.

Clemente Gràcia

Bosch Josep-Clemente Gràcia (5 February 1897 – 6 March 1981), known as Grace, was a Spanish Catalan footballer who played as a forward and out as header during a career which lasted from 1917 to 1926. In the midst of his years (1919–26) as a member of FC Barcelona, he achieved a record, during the 1921–22 season, which has remained unbroken into 2010 — the most goals (59) scored by a player in a season.

Eduardo Manchón

Eduardo Manchón Molina (born 24 July 1930 in Barcelona, died there on 29 September 2010) was a Spanish footballer who played as a forward.

Although naturally left-footed, he was also adept with his right, and was capable of playing both as a striker and on the left wing.

Between 1950 and 1957 he scored 88 goals in 201 games for Barcelona, where he witnessed one of his most successful periods in his career. He belonged to the legendary "Five Cups-Barça" side, which won all five possible trophies in 1952. During his time with the club, he won La Liga twice, the Spanish Cup four times, the Copa Eva Duarte twice, and even the Latin Cup.

Estadi Olímpic de Terrassa

The Estadi Municipal Olímpic is a stadium in Terrassa, Catalonia, Spain. It is currently used for football matches and is the home stadium of Terrassa FC. The stadium holds 11,500 spectators.

The venue hosted the field hockey competitions for the 1992 Summer Olympics. Built in 1955, it was renovated in 1991 for those games. It was also used in a friendly match between the Catalonia national football team and Costa Rica on May 24, 2006, in which Catalonia won 2-0.

George Saunders (footballer, born 1989)

George Saunders (born 10 June 1989) is an English footballer who plays as midfielder for Colombian club Envigado.

Gerard Valentín

Gerard Valentín Sancho (born 28 July 1993) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for CD Lugo on loan from Deportivo de La Coruña as a right back.

List of foreign MLS players

This is a list of foreign players in Major League Soccer. The following players:

Have played at least one MLS regular season game. Players who were signed by MLS clubs, but only played in playoff games, U.S. Open Cup games, or did not play in any competitive games at all, are not included.

Are considered foreign, i.e., outside Canada or the United States determined by the following:A player is considered foreign if he is not eligible to play for the national team of Canada or the United States.More specifically,

If a player has been capped on international level, the national team is used; if he has been capped by more than one country, the highest level (or the most recent) team is used. These include American and Canadian players with dual citizenship.

If a player has not been capped on international level, his country of birth is used, except those who were born abroad from American or Canadian parents, or moved to Canada or the United States at a young age, and those who clearly indicated to have switched his nationality to another nation.Up to now, 117 different nations have been represented in MLS. South Korea is the most recent nation to be represented with Kim Kee-hee playing for Seattle Sounders on 18 March 2018 at Dallas FC.

In bold: players who have played at least one MLS game in the current season (2018 Major League Soccer season), and are still at the clubs for which they have played. This does not include current players of a MLS club who have not played a MLS game in the current season.

List of foreign Serie A players

This is a list of foreign players (i.e. non-Italian players) in Serie A. The following players:

have played at least one Serie A game for the respective club (seasons in which and teams for, a player, did not collected any caps in Serie A , have NOT to be listed).

have not been capped for the Italian national team on any level, independently from the birthplace, except for players born in San Marino and active in the Italian national team before the first official match of the Sammarinese national team played on 14 November 1990 and players of Italian formation born abroad from Italian parents (so called 'Oriundi').

have been born in Italy and were capped by a foreign national team. This includes players who have dual citizenship with Italy.Players are sorted by the State:

they played for in a national team on any level. For footballers that played for two or more national teams it prevails:

the one he played for on A level.

the national team of birth.

If they never played for any national team on any level, it prevails the state of birth. For footballers born in dissolved states prevails the actual state of birth (e.g.: Yugoslavia -> Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, etc.).

These are all the teams that have had at least a foreign player while playing in a Serie A season and in bold are the ones currently playing for the 2018–19 season :

Alessandria, Ancona, Ascoli, Atalanta, Avellino, Bari, Benevento, Bologna, Brescia, Cagliari, Carpi, Catania, Catanzaro, Cesena, Chievo, Como, Cremonese, Crotone, Empoli, Fiorentina, Foggia, Frosinone, Genoa, Inter, Juventus, Lazio, Lecce, Lecco, Legnano, Livorno, Lucchese, Mantova, Messina, Milan, Modena, Napoli, Novara, Padova, Palermo, Parma, Perugia, Pescara, Piacenza, Pisa, Pistoiese, Pro Patria, Reggiana, Reggina, Roma, Salernitana, Sampdoria, Sassuolo, Siena, SPAL, Torino, Treviso, Triestina, Udinese, Varese, Venezia, Verona, Vicenza.

These are the only teams that have participated in Serie A but have not had a foreign player :

Casale, Pro Vercelli, Ternana

In bold: players still active in Serie A and their respective teams in current season.

List of foreign Serie B players

This is a list of foreign players in Serie B of the Italian football league system. The following players:

have played at least one Serie B game for the respective club;

have not been capped for the Italian national team on any level, independently from the birthplace, except for players born in San Marino and active in the Italian national team before the first official match of the Sammarinese national team played on November 14, 1990 and players of Italian formation born abroad from Italian parents;

have been born in Italy and were capped by a foreign national team. This includes players who have dual citizenship with Italy.These are all the teams that have had at least a foreign player while playing in a Serie A season and in bold are the ones currently playing for the 2018–19 season :

AlbinoLeffe, Alessandria, Alzano Virescit, Ancona, Arezzo, Ascoli, Atalanta, Avellino, Bari, Benevento, Bologna, Brescia, Cagliari, Carpi, Castel di Sangro, Catania, Catanzaro, Cesena, Chievo, Cittadella, Como, Cosenza, Crema, Cremonese, Crotone, Empoli, Entella, Fanfulla Lodi, Fermana, Fidelis Andria, Fiorentina, Foggia, Frosinone, Gallipoli, Genoa, Gubbio, Juve Stabia, Juventus, Lanciano, Latina, Lazio, Lecce, Lecco, Legnano, Licata, Livorno, Lucchese, Maceratese, Mantova, Messina, Milan, Modena, Napoli, Nocerina, Novara, Padova, Palermo, Parma, Perugia, Pescara, Portogruaro, Piacenza, Pisa, Pistoiese, Pro Patria, Pro Vercelli, Reggiana, Reggina, Rimini, Roma, Salernitana, Sampdoria, Sassuolo, Siena, SPAL, Spezia, Taranto, Ternana, Torino, Trapani, Treviso, Triestina, Udinese, Varese, Venezia, Verona, Vicenza, Voghera.

These are the only teams that have participated in Serie A but have not had a foreign player: Acireale, Alba Roma, Barletta, Biellese, Bolzano, Brindisi, Campobasso, Carrarese Calcio, Casale, Cavese, Centese, Derthona, Fiumana, Forlì, Magenta, Massese

In bold are the players that have played at least one game in the 2018–19 season.

List of foreign football players in India

This is a list of foreign football players in I-League, Indian Super League and I-League 2nd division. The following players must meet both of the following criteria:

A player who joined the team (irrespective of whether he made an appearance for the team or not).

Players who played in their national football league are eligible to feature in this list.Player in bold signifies that he has been capped by the national team.

List of foreign football players in Malta

This category is for non-Maltese footballers who currently play or have played in any of the Maltese leagues. The list includes also players that earned Maltese nationality during the years since being Maltese or marrying a Maltese wife. Players with two different nationalities are written in both of the countries.

(As to January 19, 2010)

List of foreign football players in Super League Greece

This is a list of foreign football players in Superleague Greece. The players written with bold are currently playing in Superleague,

Marc Valiente

Marc Valiente Hernández (born 29 March 1987) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays mainly as a central defender for Serbian club Partizan.

He was formed at Barcelona and later played for Sevilla. While youngster he mainly gained experience as a reserve player at both clubs. All until 2010, when he joined Valladolid, where he became a regular starter and played 157 official games in a five-year span he spend in the club at both Spanish first and second levels. In 2015 he decides to take his chance abroad, and has spells at highest levels in Israel, Belgium and Serbia.

As a promising talented youngster, in 2006 and 2007, Valiente was, respectivelly, regular at Spanish U19 and U20 sides. Later, in 2013, when Valiente was making consistent performances with Valladolid in La Liga, he was elected among the best Catalan players and represented Catalonia national football team in their game versus Cape Verde played in December that year.

Outline of Catalonia

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Catalonia:

Catalonia – nationality and one of the seventeen autonomous communities of Spain, located on the northeastern part of the Iberian Peninsula.

Pol Lirola

Pol Mikel Lirola Kosok (born 13 August 1997) is a Spanish footballer who plays as right back for Italian club Sassuolo.

Slovenia national football team

The Slovenia national football team (Slovene: Slovenska nogometna reprezentanca) represents Slovenia in international football and is controlled by the Football Association of Slovenia. In the period between 1920 and 1991, Slovenia was ineligible to field a separate team for competitive matches; local players instead played for the Yugoslavia national football team. Slovenia played its first official match in 1992, one year after the country gained independence from Yugoslavia.

Slovenian national team has participated in three major football competitions. In 1999, Slovenia qualified for the UEFA Euro 2000 after eliminating Ukraine in a playoff. Slovenia achieved another success two years later, qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, this time defeating Romania in a playoff. The team did not lose a match in its whole qualifying campaign, finished in second place with six wins and six draws, but did not obtain any points in the group stage of the finals. Despite failing to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Slovenia was the only team to defeat the eventual World Cup winners Italy during the campaign. Slovenia qualified for its last major tournament in 2009 after defeating Russia in a playoff to clinch a berth for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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