Paris vs Barcelone

FC Barcelona

Founded in 1942, the Handball section of FC Barcelona is today the most successful club in the Spanish Championship, as well as the most successful in the Champions League with 9 victories. The Blaugrana experienced their golden age in the 1990s, marked by 6 Champions League titles acquired in 1991 and 2000, 5 of them consecutively between 1996 and 2000.

Their main rivals are Atletico Madrid, BM Granollers and Real Ademar Leon.

The club's president is Josep Maria Bartomeu, whose first team has been coached by Xavier Pascual since 2009.

Its most capped player, David Barrufet, has no less than 26 seasons with the Blaugrana, and an impressive record of 7 Champions League, 11 Spanish Championships and 7 medals in European and world competitions with La Roja. His flocked number 16 jersey hangs from the ceiling of the Palau Blaugrana.

In the 2014-15 season, the club won all the competitions in which it took part: Spanish Cup, ASOBAL Cup, King's Cup, Championship, Champions League and Super Cup!

The Parisians against Barcelona

The draw on June 27th, 2019, united them in Group A, with Celje, Aalborg, Pick Szeged, PPD Zagreb, Elverum and Flensburg. At the end of these 14 group phase matches, the Barcelona side finished in first place ahead of Paris Saint-Germain with 13 wins and one defeat, as well as the best attack.

On October 19th, 2019, the capital's players made the trip to Barcelona. The Parisians were defeated 32-36 on matchday 5 of the EHF Champions League. The two teams met again in Coubertin on December 1st, 2019. At the end of this match, the Barcelona team finally won by 32-35 despite a very nice match of Sander Sagosen, elected top scorer of the match!

On December 28th, 2020, the Parisians have been defeated by the Blaugrana 32 - 37, as part of Final4 semi-finals. Goalkeeper Kevin Moller did a stunning performance.

In the 2014-15 edition of the EHF Champions League, the Parisians lost in the quarter-finals to Veszprem KSE, future unfortunate finalists against FC Barcelona.

Players to follow

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Luka Karabatic

Pivot 19/04/1988
Born on April 19th, 1988 in Strasbourg, Luka Karabatic is a French player. He plays in a pivot position. He has already played for Montpellier Handball and the Pays d'Aix Université Club Handball. He joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2015 with his brother Nikola. With Les Bleus, he is part of this golden generation, with whom he won the European Championship as well as the Worl Championship twice, in 2015 and 2017.
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Ludovic Fabregas

Pivot 01/07/1996
Born in Perpignan on July 1st, 1996, Ludovic Fabregas is a French fulcrum who has been playing for FC Barcelona Handbol since the summer of 2018. Considered one of the best pivots of his generation, he has an impressive record of achievement, both at club and national level with Les Bleus: Winner of the Champions League in 2018, the French Cup and the League Cup in 2016 with Montpellier Handball. For his first season with FC Barcelona, he won the Spanish Championship, the King's Cup, the ASOBAL Cup and the Spanish Super Cup.

Palau Blaugrana

Inaugurated on October 23rd, 1971, the Palau Blaugrana is the official home of FC Barcelona Handball, as well as the basketball, futsal and rink hockey sections. The venue for many of the events of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, the Palau Blaugrana has a total capacity of 8,250 seats. Its ceiling is decorated with numerous jerseys removed, in the style of the National Basketball Association, as a tribute to the illustrious players who wore the Blaugrana colours.

Avingunda de Juan XXIII
08 028 Barcelone
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Practical information
Located in the Les Corts district, the Palau Blaugrana is part of an area where sport is king, along with the Camp Nou, the Reial Club Polo de Barcelona, the Complex Esportiu Municipal Hospitalet and the FCBEscola. The Blaugrana grounds can be reached by public transport at the Coliblanc stop, via metro lines 5, 9S and 10S. By bus, lines 113 and M12 serve Palau Blaugrana at the bus stop of the same name. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)