When you approach the stadium on match days there is a real buzz in the air with fans of all ages making their way to the all-seater stadium, the famous Nou Camp, which can hold up to 98,000 spectators. Football is family entertainment in Spain and the fans may consist of die hard supporters in the 20s, middle-aged couples, grandparents with their grandchildren, kids birthday parties – you can see it all.
And when the match kicks off that excitation spills over and becomes uncontainable. The passion and excitement create an atmosphere that is electric – and if you're a football fan going to see Barça play is a must, particularly at the moment with such a great and successful team.
The 2010-11 season was an extraordinary one for FC Barcelona despite not achieving the treble of 2009 – the Copa del Rey went to arch rival Real Madrid instead. We're currently off season as far as league football goes, the period in which football fans look forward to the start of the new season, while non-fans feel relieved at the break.
After the 2010 World Cup, which had an impressive tally of Barça players in the lineup for the final including new signing David Villa, the players were really fired up for the start of the season.
That translated into win after win with a huge goal tally and even Real Madrid, a team never to be underestimated, was destroyed against the might of Barcelona, who completely humiliated them with a 5-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in November.
For a time scoring 5 goals appeared to be par for the course but they peaked with an 8-0 away win against America. Of course that kind of run could not last, but it does show how much Barcelona dominated the season.
One of the keys to Barcelona's success is the high possession and undutely high fitness levels of the squad to maintain that. Their game is beautiful to match, consisting of pass after pass while they control the pace and position of the ball; and when an opportunity opens up it is the trinity of Xavi, Iniesta and Messi that often makes things happen.
Lionel Messi in particular is something to watch with some moments of completely sublime football. While not everything he does works out, at least it is good to watch and what he can do with the ball looks sometimes to be magic.
Of course all that is appreciated by Barcelona's fans, or Cules as they are known. Matches often take place in a party like atmosphere as great play and hopefully great results melt away everyone's problems in life into the background for the 90 minutes of play for what for some is a quasi religious experience.