Barcelona Sporting Club (Spanish pronunciation: [baɾseˈlona]) is an Ecuadorian sports club based in Guayaquil, known best for its professional football team. Internationally known as Barcelona de Ecuador or Barcelona de Guayaquil, in Ecuadorian land it is simply referred as Barcelona or El Idolo (BSC). They currently play in the Ecuadorian Serie A, the highest level of football in the country, and hold the distinction of being the only club in Ecuadorian top flight to not have played in the Serie B. *Barcelona was relegated to the 2d Division for the 1959 season, but the team Union Deportivo Valdez suddenly decided to withdraw from the Federation and that available spot allowed Barcelona to remain in the 1st Division.
Barcelona de Guayaquil is the most successful football team in Ecuador, having won the Serie A title a record 16 times, most recently in 2020. They have also won six regional titles (five in the professional era), and were the first Ecuadorian club to make it to the Copa Libertadores finals, but lost on both occasions, which were commemorated with two black stars above the badge of the 2007 shirt and removed after Liga de Quito won the 2008 Copa Libertadores Final.
It is claimed that Barcelona de Guayaquil was founded on 1 May 1925, by Eutimio Pérez, a Spanish immigrant who named the club after his home city of Barcelona. There is no documentation to prove that claim, but others believe that the name was taken from the famous Spaniard team, FC Barcelona founded in 1899. Since then, Barcelona de Guayaquil has become the most popular club in the country. The club holds a long-standing rivalry with Emelec, where matches between the two teams are referred to as "El Clásico del Astillero". The club plays their home matches in Estadio Monumental Banco Pichincha, the largest stadium in the country.
In addition to football, the club has teams in professional basketball, bowling, boxing, swimming, volleyball, baseball, athletics, and tennis. In 2008, its basketball team was the champion in the Ecuadorian National Basketball League.
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