The movement gets stronger and stronger internationally and is also consolidated in the Balearic Islands and North Catalonia
The World Confederation of Supporters' Clubs has added six new supporters' clubs to its list of members after the FC Barcelona Board of Directors approved their applications at yesterday’s meeting. Four of them are from the international zone, thus continuing the trend of recent years, while the other two are from North Catalonia and the Balearic Islands. FC Barcelona now has a total of 1,271 official supporters' clubs, 445 of which are in Catalonia, 677 elsewhere in Spain and 149 elsewhere in the world. That means it has over 170,000 individual members.
Asia and Europe, more blaugrana than ever
Of the new members in the World Federation, three are in the rapidly expanding Asia region. Two of those are in the Persian Gulf: the Penya Blaugrana de Kuwait City, which thus becomes the first official club in Kuwait and already has 70 members, and the Penya Barça de Basra, which also has 70 members and becomes the second club in Iraq after the Penya Blaugrana de Bagdad. The third is the Penya Blaugrana Ha Noi, which is the first club to be recognised in Vietnam, and which expects to expand on its current membership of about fifty.
Europe continues to grow too, and especially in one of the hotbeds of Barça support, Poland. The Penya Blaugrana de Lodz, is the centre of the country, is the fourth to join the movement.
Expansion in Balearics and North Catalonia
The Federació de les Illes Balears now has a massive 33 official clubs after the Penya Blaugrana Som Culé de Lloret de Vistalegre joined the throng with its 35 members based in a town located right in the heart of the island of Mallorca.
Another region that’s seeing plenty of expansion is North Catalonia, which now with the addition of the Penya Barça Collioure Les Templaires has seven clubs. This one has 40 members and means that the Federació de l’Empordà i Catalunya Nord now has a total of 27 penyes.
These six new clubs are further evidence of the growing presence of FC Barcelona supporters clubs around the world. Here is the full list of new additions:
Penya Blaugrana de Kuwait City (Kuwait)
Penya Barça de Basra (Iraq)
Penya Blaugrana Ha Noi (Vietnam)
Penya Blaugrana de Lodz (Poland)
Penya Blaugrana Som Culé de Lloret de Vistalegre (Mallorca)
Penya Barça Collioure Les Templaires (North Catalonia)