Barcelona Football Club is reportedly seeking to be officially recognized as the national champions of the 1937 league season by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF). Despite winning the Mediterranean League in 1937, a tournament that took the place of La Liga due to the RFEF’s suspension during the Spanish Civil War, the title has never been included in Barcelona’s official tally of 26 league titles. However, Barcelona is now appealing to the RFEF to rectify this.
The Spanish club believes that recent precedents have been set, which permit other clubs to claim honors for unofficial cup competitions. Levante has recently been recognized as the winner of the 1937 Free Spain Cup, and Deportivo de la Coruna has been named the winner of the 1912 Concurso de Espana. Despite neither tournament being an official RFEF competition.
Barcelona had previously appealed for recognition of the 1937 title in 2009, but their request was denied. Nevertheless, the club remains hopeful that the RFEF will now reconsider their decision. Should their appeal be granted, Barcelona’s league title tally would increase to 27. Closing the gap on Real Madrid’s record of 35 trophies.
Meanwhile, Barcelona is currently enjoying a successful season and is the favourite to win this year’s La Liga title. Xavi’s side has opened up a significant lead at the top of the table. With a 12-point advantage over their nearest rivals Real Madrid. However, the club is also looking to add a historic bonus honour to their record books. By officially recognising their 1937 league victory.