Why are Barcelona fans called cules?

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Real Madrid fans are called ‘Madridistas’, a nickname derived from their club’s name.

Camp Nou hasa capacity of almost 100,000, but the home of Barcelona wasn’t always as expansive and accommodating.

The true backstory of why Barcelona supporters call themselves ‘cules’ dates back to the early 20th century, when Barcelona played their matches at a small ground called Calle de la Industria which could hold only6,000 people.

The stadium was very simple and not lavish at all, nowhere near the grandiose design of Camp Nou. But even back then, Barcelona had more fans than they were able to accommodate at their ground, with the stadium only boasting a simple wall and a two-tiered stand.

And so, in order for most Barcelona fans to catch their team in action, they would start perching on the walls that surrounded the field.

Those passing the ground from the outside, then, could only see glimpses of these fans’ backsides.

The Catalan word ‘cul’ translates to ‘backside’ in English – and so the nickname for those fans was born.

The English author, Phil Ball, noted that at the time, “all you could see was row upon row of bums”.

Barcelona eventually moved to a larger stadiumin 1922 namedLesCorts, which held20,000 supporters initially,and was later expanded to contain 60,000.

Camp Nouopened in 1957 and is now the largest stadium in Europe, though theearlier, more modest roots of the club will forever be immortalised with the Blaugrana fans still calling themselves ‘cules’.

Barcelona’s official motto, ‘Mes Que Un Club’ is a Catalan phrase and it means ‘more than a club’.

Barcelona’sofficial websiteproudly states: “We are more than a team of great stars, we are more than a stadium full of dreams, we are more than the goals we’ve scored and more than the trophies that we’ve won throughout our history.”

It is understood that the motto wasfirst originated byformer club president Narcis de Carreras in his 1968 nomination speech.

Source : goal.com