Barça in the Americas
On September 8, the first FC Barcelona supporter’s club in Uruguay was inaugurated. The Penya Barcelonista de Montevideo “Héctor Scarone” is the 27th supporters club we have in the Americas.
The inauguration of the Penya Barcelonista de Montevideo “Héctor Scarone” was organised
at a historic venue, none other than the Estadio Centenario. The home the first ever World Cup
Final was also the stage for this emblematic FC Barcelona occasion.
Very special guests
The event was attended by Carles Murillo in representation of FC Barcelona, the club’s
director of the Statutory Economic Commission. Murillo reminded listeners of some of the great
Uruguayan players that have played for FC Barcelona in the past and thanked the club for inviting
him to such a homely event.
The ceremony was also attended by Carlos Scarone, the nephew of Héctor Scarone, Maria Gibert,
President of the Casal Català de Montevideo, Pablo Martínez, President of the supporters club, and
its secretary, Sarita Figueras. The guests of honour also included Alberto Caloggero, President of
the PB de Buenos Aires, Daniel Vitali, FC Barcelona0s representative in Argentina – Juniors
Luján, directors of the Panathlon Club de Montevideo and some of Héctor Scarone’s relatives.
Who was Héctor Scarone?
Héctor Scarone spent a fleeting time at Barça in the 1925-26 season. He was signed from
Nacional de Montevideo, playing 9 games and scoring 6 goals. He is considered one of the finest
Uruguayan footballers ever, and the best in the world at the time. He was Barça’s first ever
truly big name international signing, being an inside forward of exceptional class, with amazingly
accurate passing and a powerful shot.
27 supporters clubs in the Americas
There are thousand of Barça supporters in both North and South America, and this is reflected in
the large number of supporters clubs dotted around the two continents. They are in Venezuela (3
clubs), Argentina, Cuba (4 clubs), Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, United States (3 clubs),
Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama (2 clubs), Brazil (2 clubs), Peru (2 clubs), Chile, Nicaragua,
Canada, Honduras, Mexico and now Uruguay.