In a series of tweets by one of the most popular football clubs of the world FC Barcelona, it was revealed that the club has recovered its only surviving memento from 1937 Mediterranean League.
Apparently one of the sports collectors had approached the Barça museum with a pennant. He felt that the pennant had some value as it belonged to the Spanish Civil War era.
Pablo Pérez the collector, said that “it’s very hard to find collectors’ items from that era”.
Post a thorough analysis by the Museum curators, it was found that the pennant actually belonged to Barça which they won after defeating Levante FC by 2-1, in history’s only Mediterranean League tournament on 11 April 1937.
The Mediterranean League was played between January and May 1937 in the month of the Civil War. It was a contest among the members of the zone which was loyal to the republic, ie. Catalonia and Valencia.
A few months ago, a young collector of sports antiques from Valencia contacted the Barça museum.
A pennant from 1937 had come into his hands. This is the story behind it.
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The Barça XI that day read: Iborra, Babot, Rafa, Argemí, F. García, Berdina, Ventolrà, Escolà, Gual, Balmanya & Munlloch.
The Mediterranean League pennant is the only recovered piece of the competition till date and is now the oldest on display at the Barça Museum.