Common mistake Barca or Barça

Barca or Barça?

One common mistake in English is the confusion between "Barca" and "Barça." These two terms are often used interchangeably, but they have different meanings and spellings. Let's take a closer look at the correct usage of each term.


"Barca" is an informal abbreviation or nickname for the city of Barcelona in Spain. It is commonly used to refer to the city's vibrant culture, architecture, and lifestyle. For example:

  • "I fell in love with the lively streets of Barca during my visit to Spain."
  • "Barca is known for its beautiful beaches and delicious food."


"Barça," on the other hand, is a term specifically used to refer to the famous football club in Barcelona, FC Barcelona. The term is derived from the Catalan pronunciation of the club's name, which includes a cedilla beneath the "ç" to indicate the "s" sound. For example:

  • "Lionel Messi has been a key player for Barça for over a decade."
  • "Barça is one of the most successful football clubs in the world."

It's important to note that "Barça" is the correct term when referring to the football club, while "Barca" without the cedilla is used to refer to the city of Barcelona.

Using Linguix grammar checker can help you avoid common language mistakes like these by providing real-time suggestions and corrections. It's a valuable tool for anyone looking to improve their English writing skills.

Barca or Barça mistake examples

  • Correct:
    I know about Ponte da Barca, Hamilcar Barca, Hannibal Barca, and Pedro Calderón de la Barca.
  • Incorrect:
    I know Barca beat Real Madrid.

    I know Barça beat Real Madrid.

  • Correct:
    Barca is the surname of Hannibal.
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