chapter  2
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Undoubtedly, Barcelona belongs to the premier league of European sports cities. The second city of Spain owes this status to its successful clubs and its experience in organising major sporting events. The sports image of the city is largely determined by Football Club Barcelona, which has more members than any other football club in the world and the second highest budget after Manchester United. The four professional sports departments of the club (football, basketball, handball and roller hockey) all play at the top European level. Furthermore, at the time of writing Barcelona’s second football club - Espanyol - also plays in the Primera Division (the Spanish premier league).