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Toumba Stadium was built in the late 1950s after PAOK’s ground in the centre of Thessaloniki had become too small for the club. Toumba Stadium officially opened on the 6th of September 1959 with a friendly between PAOK and AEK (0-1). Initially the stadium counted with 20,000 places, but this was soon expanded to a total of about 45,000, and on the 19th of December 1976 the stadium recorded its highest attendance when 45,252 people attended a match between PAOK and AEK. In the mid-1990s, capacity of the stadium decreased again as a result of the installation of seats in place of the terraces. A last series of renovations, including the addition and improvement of VIP facilities, were performed in 2004.
The slogan “more than a club” expresses the commitment that Futbol Club Barcelona has maintained and still maintains beyond what belongs in the realm of sport. For many years, this commitment specifically referred to Catalan society, which for many decades of the 20th century lived under dictatorships that persecuted its language and culture. Under these circumstances, Barça always supported Catalan sentiments, and the defense of its own language and culture. It was because of this that, even though Catalan was not an official language, in 1921 the club drafted its statutes in the language of Catalonia. It was also in this era that in 1918 the club adhered to a petition for a statute of autonomy for Catalonia, which was being demanded from all sectors of the catalanista movement.
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