Considering the increased pressure and agitation for independence by the Catalans, what is the future of Barcelona FC in La Liga? There is every tendency that Catalonia will gain their independence from Spain with the majority of voters handing out a Yes Vote card in their recently concluded referendum. However, the future of one of the biggest football clubs in Spain, Barcelona FC, is at stake. The prediction is high that Barca will be sent packing from La Liga if Catalonia secures independence.
That the question is often a loaded one is reflected in the fact that it’s repeatedly asked of Barcelona and comparatively rarely asked of Espanyol. If Espanyol is usually seen as a club caught up in a process not of their making, Barcelona is usually seen as agents of it. While Barcelona’s commitment to political Catalanism is more shifty and nuanced than is sometimes imagined, the two clubs’ histories and identities are different.
Barcelona’s alignment with Catalanism is less ambiguous (but still contains ambiguities) and the club boasts a social and political power that is gigantic. That is something they have embraced too, of course, through the idea of being more than a club. One member of the Catalan parliament, a Catalan separatist exiled in the UK for many years, tells how his father always said: “the day there are chants for independence at the Camp Nou is the day we will get independence.”
Definitely, Catalanism has put Barcelona in an awkward situation as regards its future. In recent days, they have been linked to the English Premiership. In addition, there is media fuss that the Spanish giant club of Catalonia region would be joining Germany league, Bundesliga.