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FC Barcelona: 6 Camp Nou Traditions for Every Barcelona Fan to Know

Tre' AtkinsonFeatured ColumnistAugust 5, 2013

FC Barcelona: 6 Camp Nou Traditions for Every Barcelona Fan to Know

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    Barcelona’s Camp Nou opened in September of 1957 and has since been one of the premier stadiums in the world of football. Taking in a game at the historic stadium is a life-changing event, and fans need to know what to expect when they enter.

    As with most stadiums, the fans of the Camp Nou are passionate. There are several traditions that take place at the Barcelona stadium, and not all of them are just chants.

    In this article we will take a look at six important Camp Nou traditions that all Barcelona fans need to be aware of.

Barcelonale!

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    We begin with one traditional chant that is sung at every single match at the Camp Nou. As a fan it is very important to know how this one goes.

    Above all else it is important to know exactly why this is sung. “Barcelonale” is sung by the fans at Camp Nou for the sole purpose of making as much noise as humanly possible.

    There is not much in the way of translation, but here are the lyrics.

    Lo, lolololololo, lo lo

    Lo, lolololololo, lo lo

    Barcelonale!

    Barcelonale!

    Barcelonale ale ale!

The Camp Nou Inflatables

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    Our next tradition is seen in this picture. Just look in the top-right corner and there is the Camp Nou inflatable flailing-armed man. There are actually two of these, and they are a very important tradition at the stadium.

    At the beginning of every match you can see the pair blowing in the wind and also whenever Barcelona scores a goal. They serve the purpose of just celebrating and adding a joyful atmosphere to the terrific stadium.

    If you ever get the chance to take in a game at the Camp Nou, be sure to look out for them. In fact just watch out for them next time you watch from home, they are hard to miss.

Madridista Qui No Boti, Eh! Eh!

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    To be honest this may be one of the most fun chants to be a part of in all of football. It takes a passionate crowd to see everyone leave their seats and jump around at once, and it happens during every match at the Camp Nou.

    This chant is directed right at the heart of Barcelona fans. It references that if you aren’t taking part in the chant then you are a Real Madrid supporter.

    It isn’t just sung during El Clasico, it takes place all the time. But the jumping does get a bit more ferocious when the stadium is hosting a few Madridistas.

    Here are the lyrics translated.

     

    Catalan

    Boti, Boti, Boti

    Madridistas qui no boti, Eh! Eh!

     

    English

    Jump, jump, jump

    [You are a] Madridista if you don’t jump, Eh! Eh!

I Si Tots Animem! I Si Tots Animem! I Si Tots Animem Guanyarem!

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    This chant may just be the favorite of all Barcelona fans. It is used to get the entire crowd pumped up and in turn to push the players to do their best.

    It is sung just as much on the road as it is at the Camp Nou. But make no mistake about it, you will be singing along several times if you are ever lucky to take in a game at the historic stadium.

    Here are the lyrics translated.

     

    Catalan

    Lo lo-lo lo-lo, Lo lo-lo lo-lo lo-lo lo

    I si tots animen!

    I si tots animen!

    I si tots animen guanyarem!

     

    English

    Lo lo-lo lo-lo, Lo lo-lo lo-lo lo-lo lo

    And if all are encouraged

    And if all are encouraged

    And if all are encouraged, we will win!

Mosaics

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    One tradition that the Camp Nou is famous for is one that all fans are very proud of. The stadium is regularly adorned with some form of mosaic that preaches the history, unity or culture of FC Barcelona.

    Many mosaics, like the one above, show the Catalan flag as the symbol of Barcelona. Others have varied from stating the club’s motto or the year it was founded, to flags and cries for Catalan independence.

    One thing is for sure: If you attend a match at the Camp Nou, you will see something emblazoned in the stands long before kickoff, and it’s message will be felt across the entire stadium.

El Himne Del Barca

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    Every Barcelona fan should recognize the club hymn. It is played as the players walk onto the pitch and continues for quite a while afterward. And it is played again after the final whistle has blown regardless of the result of the match.

    The Barcelona hymn, when understood, can bring chills. It is the cry of the Catalan people, and whether the club has won or lost, every fan at the stadium will sing their lungs out in dire love for FC Barcelona.

    Along with the hymn, the second half of the chorus is always sung multiple times during matches and is always the go-to chant when nothing else is going on.

    For the sake of reading here is the translation for the chant. But if you want the entire lyrics to the hymn, click here.

     

    Catalan

    Blaugrana al vent

    Un crit valent

    Tenim un nom el sap tothom

    Barca! Barca! Baaarca!

     

    English

    Blue and claret blowing in the wind

    One valiant cry

    We've got a name that everyone knows

    Barca! Barca! Baaarca!

     

    What are your favorite Camp Nou traditions? Any you would like to add to the list? Leave your thoughts and comments below.

     

    Tre’ Atkinson. Follow me on Twitter for more discussions on FC Barcelona and all Spanish football.

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