Camp de Les Corts


Camp de Les Corts

Camp de Les Corts, commonly referred to as Les Corts, was a sports stadium in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was the home ground for FC Barcelona until the club moved to the Camp Nou in 1957.

"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 "Carrer 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 like Paulino Alcántara, Sagibarbá, Ricardo Zamora, Josep Samitier, Félix Sesúmaga and Franz Platko, the club dominated the Championat de Catalunya and emerged as one of the top clubs in Spain. The club built on this success and also won the first ever La Liga while based at Les Corts.

The club enjoyed another golden age during the 1940s and 1950s when players such as Ramallets, Velasco, Joan Segarra, Ladislao Kubala, Luis Suárez, Sandor Kocsis and Zoltán Czibor saw the team win numerous trophies. 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.

External links

* [http://stadesmythiques.free.fr/corts.htm Stadium history in French]


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