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Barcelona has an ancient sporting tradition, being a home to a lot of competitions, sport games, and activities of both national and international venues. From XIX century Barcelona is known as a powerful sporting city, giving birth to the most progressive and promising sportsmen and sportswomen, as well as to a number of sport teams.

1992 Summer Olympics were the peak of Barcelona's success on the sporting field, where all the International Olympic Committee countries participated and 169 nations sent their athletes to take an active part.

Barcelona houses football matches all the time on its Olympic Stadium and is an owner of one of the most prosperous football clubs (FC Barcelona) all over the world.

The 1982 FIFA World Cup, the 12th World Cup, was held in Spain. It was the first World Cup of such a huge size, as 24 football teams participated.

Barcelona hosted the X FINA World Championships and Euro basket twice. X FINA World Championships was the 10th FINA World Championships in Aquatics, when the sporting events were held thought the whole city: Palau Sant Jordi, Piscinas Bernat Picornell, Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc, Club de Natación de Barcelona, and the beaches of Barcelona to the Old Port for the open water swimming.

Euro basket is the men's basketball championship, played between the teams of European countries. It is one of the biggest basketball tournaments of the entire planet.

Barcelona disposes of two UEFA five-star rated stadiums, named FC Barcelona's Nou Camp and the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys. The last one was used for holding 1992 Summer Olympics.

The Open Seat Godo is a 50-year-old ATP Tour International Series Gold tennis tournament, taken place annually in Barcelona, and gathering all the professional tennis players from the entire planet.

The Spanish people have been always known as a running nation and nowadays a lot of running competition is organised, including the hugest ones: Cursa Del Corte Inglés (where about 60,000 participants take part each year), Cursa Jean Bouin, Cursa de la Mercè, Milla Sagrada Família, and the San Silvestre.

Being a coastal city, it goes without saying that swimming competition are musts in Barcelona. Every Christmas an immense swimming race across the port is organized.

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