Wednesday, January 20, 2016

“For most fans of soccer (or as many would call it,...



"For most fans of soccer (or as many would call it, football) around the globe, Barcelona is synonymous with @fcbarcelona. But in Ecuador, Barcelona is more commonly associated with a club founded in #Guayaquil, the country's largest city. How the immensely popular Barcelona Sporting Club performs on the field resonates in Ecuador much in the same way that the achievements and occasional failures of @leomessi and his teammates touch all of Spain. The clubs have played each other 3 times, though not since 1988. Each team's record includes a victory and a draw. But as @fcbarcelona has emerged as one of the most successful clubs in the world, @barcelonasc has struggled, both financially and on the field. @bearguerra photographed @barcelonasc's Tito Valencia with a young fan. Follow @nytimessports to see more photos. #⚽" By nytimes on Instagram.



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