FC Barcelona win their 45th European title

FC Barcelona won the Handball Champions League by beating Polish team Kielce in a penalty shootout final in Cologne. It’s a record 45e European title for the club in different sports:

Men’s football: 5
Women’s football: 1
Basketball: 2
Inline hockey: 22
Futsal: 4
Handball: 11

Back to back in handball

It is the second year in a row that the Barça handball team are continental champions. They also won five titles in a row from 1996 to 2000 and won four more titles in 1990/91, 2004/05, 2010/11 and 2014/15.

First title in 1973

Barca’s first European title came in 1972/73, when the roller hockey team beat Benfica to win the first of 21 European Cups. The most recent in the sport was 2017/18.

six in football

After losing the European Cup finals in 1961 and 1986, Barça finally became European football champions in 1992 at Wembley, winning 1-0 against Sampdoria. In the Champions League era, they added four more titles to their collection: 2005/06, 2008/09, 2010/11 and 2014/15.

And in 2021 in Gothenburg, the women’s football team claimed their first-ever continental crown with a clear victory against Chelsea.

Two EuroLeagues

In basketball, the team first hit the European skies in their hometown at Palau Sant Jordi. It was in 2002. In 2010, in Paris, they won the trophy again.

futsal too

Barça had already won a European title this season, in futsal. Having also won the Champions League in 2012, 2014 and 2020, that now makes four titles for the section.