The world of football agrees that FC Barcelona’s trademark is its own style of playing football. A philosophy, as others prefer to call it, that is characterized by an offensive play and ball possession. The implementation of this style goes back to the beginning of the 1990s when Johan Cruyff, as manager of the team back then, established this new way of playing and since then it becomes Barça’s identity. All the managers that came after him kept the same style of playing with each one’s touch on top, while improving, adding and inventing new features to the game plan.
Barça’s Philosophy has been a key element in the triumph of the team during the last decade. In fact, the continuity in implementing the same style of playing helped the team master its way of playing. No matter who the manager was and no matter which school and background was he from, the team always kept the same beautiful football that Barça is known for. This gave the team the ability to improve its way of playing throughout each manager’s period. Subsequently, each coach kept the work of the last manager and improved the aspects where the team was failing. Thus, the game plan improved from one manager to another and the team kept getting better and better. Since then, FC Barcelona has been in a continues development. During Johan Cruyff’s era, Barça has achieved 11 titles during 8 years. Frank Rijkard has achieved 5 titles during 5 years. After him, Guardiola has achieved 14 titles during 4 years, which was known as the ultimate best era. Currently, Luis Enrique has achieved 5 trophies during one year and he is heading towards another treble this year.
Moreover, the strategy of the club to use La Masia “The Academy of FC Barcelona” to prepare players that will fit into their style of playing has also a major part in the success of the team. For instance, today’s Barça has 11 players from its academy and the core of the squad consists of 5 essential players for the team. The growth of those key players within the club permitted the coach to find players that, possess the right skills and the tactical intelligence essential for Barça’s game plan, require no time to adapt, and most importantly have the passion for the Club. This also gave the possibility to the club to hire back its former players to become managers of the team. The thing that contributed further in the development and improvement of the style, since Barça’s retired players know more than any other manager the weaknesses of the team and how to fix them. Guardiola and Enrique are both a great example for this. Finally, the success that Messi brought to the team. Not only the talent he has or his capability to decide important games, but also his unceasing eagerness to achieve awards and titles that motivates the whole squad to stay in a consistent hunt towards success.
Fins la instauració del campionat de lliga els enfrontaments entre el Barça i el Madrid eren majoritàriament amistosos o competicions considerades "no oficials". L'abril de 1917 després dels incidents del campionat d'Espanya de 1916, es van enfrontar en una competició amistosa per a l'obtenció d'un trofeu donat per Mariano Foronda