The Role of FC Barcelona in Fuelling Catalan Nationalism: Football and Regional Identity

By Rakshit Chopra.

Published by The Sport Collection

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The alleged atrocities committed by the right wing fascist dictator Francisco Franco against the province of Catalonia in Spain aroused sentiments of separatism within its people. In light of the current financial mess that Spain finds itself embroiled in, FC Barcelona, a football club based in Central Catalonia, has become an institutional embodiment of the Catalan identity. This paper examines football through the lens of regional identity and attempts to assess the role played by Football Club Barcelona in fuelling Catalan Nationalism.

Keywords: Regional Identity, FC Barcelona, Catalan Nationalism

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 4, Issue 3, November 2014, pp.11-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 321.307KB).

Mr Rakshit Chopra

South Asian University, New Delhi, Delhi, India

Rakshit Chopra has a master’s degree (M.A) in international relations from the South Asian University in New Delhi and a bachelor’s degree (B.E) in electronics and communication engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal University. His special interest lies in examining the complex relationship between sport, identity, and politics. He is currently working as an executive in the International Department of the Confederation of Indian Industry in New Delhi.