In order to transfer Suarez a club should meet a release-clause of around £80m that was included in the £200,000 per week contract Suarez signed in last December. Though it was a third time since Suarez bit an opponent in three years, Liverpool’s valuation has not altered. However, Ian Ayre puts his interest in the Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez.
If the Chile international moves to Anfield, he would be valued in the £30m region by Barcelona. The Catalans are much more keen for the courtship of the Premier League leading goal scorer, Luis Suarez.
With the influence of Barcelona, Suarez may go to public with an apology for biting Chiellini amid concerns over how his prospective transfer would be received. Six days after the incident on Monday, the apology and U-turn from Suarez duly followed via social media. The Barca employees were fulsome in their praise of Suarez’s action.
Barcelona’s Sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta speaks at unveiling of the midfielder Ivan Rakitic,
“ Luis Suarez is humble enough to admit an error. In this case it’s the best thing a person can do”
The former Barcelona and Spain goalkeeper added ,
”Everyone knows last season he played in various positions in attack, but everyone also knows that he is a Liverpool player and he is an excellent player indeed.”
Ivan Rakitic also commented by saluting Suarez character and strength
“ Suarez has the necessary quality to play for Barca”
Meanwhile, Liverpool will attempt to develop their defence following the £25m signing of Adam Lallana. The English midfielder Lallana joins his former Southhampton team-mate Rickie Lambert and the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can,£4.5m and £9.85m deals respectively.
Liverpool manager’s leading central defensive target is Croatia international Lovren. The manager is believed to be keen on a move to Merseyside despite rival interest from Tottenham Hotspur, the club which is currently led by the former Southampton coach Mauricio Pochettino.
Liverpool supporters will recall Suarez’s finer moments in the club , the hat-tricks, stunning goals, individual skill while he becomes free to undergo the medical for Barcelona. The Suarez transfer news is not a gossip anymore. The legend Kop banner was inspired by Suarez saying,
“Luis Suarez can nutmeg a mermaid’.
In reaction to Suarez transfer news others will also recall one of the final images of Luis Suarez when he ushered off the pitch at Selhurst Park by Captain Steven Gerrrd, his face covered to his tears.
The Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez arrived in the Catalan city on Tuesday to complete the formalities of his reported €94 million (£75m) transfer from his former Club Liverpool.
Xavi Hernandez has recently left Barcelona to join the Qatari football club, Al Sadd SC. He may leave, but the legacy he left behind in Nou Camp, will last for generations. Xavi was the most decorated player for Barcelona. He signed off in a best possible way, by lifting the Champions League title in Berlin in a great passion. With Xavi’s absence in the heart of the Barcelona’s midfield, an enormous void was created for the Catalans. Barcelona need to fill the blank immediately, but to suggest that player would be a direct replacement for Xavi Hernandez, is pushing it somewhat.
We have looked over five players who might step into Xavi’s shoes. Barcelona would be planning to organize the midfield in such a manner that would definitely suit for a Champions league winner. So, Let’s have a look-
5 potential replacements of Xavi in Barcelona:
1. Denis Suarez
Denis Suarez has really found his feet in La Liga for Sevilla over the past 12 months in the last season. He was sent on loan to play in Sevilla as a part of the deal that brought Ivan Rakitic to Nou Camp. Suarez proved himself as a great attacking midfielder back in Andalusia. But the loan contract still to go on for another year and it would not be easy for Barcelona to bring him back. However, it is not impossible for a club like Barcelona.
The Catalans has already built up a healthy relationship with Sevilla, signing Aleix Vidal in the most recent time from Sevilla. Denis Suarez has the potential to become successful in Barca, much like Gerard Deulofeu, who was given much the same opportunities. He could be a better replacement for Xavi, as during his time with Barcelona B,he used to take the midfield responsibility quite successfully.
Paul Pogba, the French midfielder appears the most likely to be signed by Barcelona this summer. Already some initiatives are taken to grab this Juve at personal and club level. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said,
“it is true that Paul Pogba is one of the leading targets of ours and obviously we are interested to bring him at the Nou Camp. But, I cann’t say anything more right now.”
Pogba would make a real change of direction in the midfield for the Barcelona. He would be a more powerful midfielder than the ‘conductor’ Xavi has been. Landing the ex-Manchester United man would cost Barcelona more or less around €80 million and the midfielder is just waiting for the green signal.
If Barcelona are interested in Real Madrid midfieder Isco, firstly, they have to arrange a third party to have Isco signed for them before he move onto Barca. It’s a matter of just a few months. There is absolutely no chance that Florentino Perez would sanction a move to Real Madrid’s greatest rivals.
Although, Isco would be significantly cheaper than Pogba, there are unlikely to be too many supporters fussed about Isco previously having plied his trade at the Santiago Bernabeu if there was a chance of signing him to Barcelona. It doesn’t need to be a researcher say that Isco is the right man, at right place, at right age.
Barcelona have been considered a potential destination for Marco Reus for some while, but prefers to remain as a Borussia Dortmund midfielder. In February, Reus has made a new deal for the German club. So, any proposed deal would be difficult for him right now. Considering Reus’ adaptability, Barcelona may feel that he is player worth pursuing.
Marco Reus is an amazing footballer, who can play in any part of the ground and is comfortable in possession. He has a sense of sit and hold as well as pop off inch perfect passes and assists in. He is a high-class football performer. Barcelona have to dig deep to catch Marco Reus.
Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is the perfect guy, who knows many of the team well through his time with the Spanish National team. It is quite unclear what Arsene Wenger would make an approach from Barcelona’s offer. But, at 30, Santi Cazorla isn’t exactly the one for future. But, the Barcelona team always want to test waters. Barcelona are quite capable to bring out the class within the players. Let’s do them some experiment this summer. Hopefully, they will find a perfect replacement for Xavi in the midfield.
Former Barcelona midfielder Luis Enrique has signed as Barca’s new first-team manager.
Luis Enrique signed a two-year contract at the Nou Camp, Barcelona and takes over from Gerardo Martino, who left Barcelona after only one season in charge.
Luis Enrique’s career in Barcelona:
It will be Luis Enrique’s third spell at Barcelona, having previously joined as a midfielder from Real Madrid in 1996. That time he soon became a firm favourite for his competitive attitude. He made himself the key member of the team with his versatility, technical ability and knack of scoring big goals.
In the first three seasons Luis Enrique won two league titles, two Spanish Cups, a European Super Cup and a European Cup Winners Cup. He scored 109 goals in 300 appearances in his eight years of playing. He captained Barcelona from 2002 to 2004. During this period he finally hung up his boots as a player.
Signing the Contract:
Last season, Luis Enrique was in charge of Celta Vigo. The club announced his appointment in a statement saying that the FC Barcelona have confirmed Luis Enrique as their first team coach, following a proposal from Andoni Zubizarreta, the sporting director of FC Barcelona. Luis Enrique signed a two year deal with the proposal.
This new contract just came after Barcelona confirmed that Lionel Messi has signed a new deal at the La Liga runners-up that will reportedly make him highest paid footballer in the world.
The Spanish club also completed the signing of high-rated German goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen from Borussia Monchengladbach, midfielders Gerard Deulofeu and Rafinha Alcantara from Celta Vigo and Everton respectively. They will return to the Nou Camp next season of La Liga.
Luis Enrique, guiding the next season:
Next season, they will play under Luis Enrique, with the new boss tasked with bringing silverware back to Nou Camp.
Under Gerardo Martino, the club missed out in the league, cup and Champions League, finishing second to Atletico Madrid on the final day of the primera Division..
Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid have just been hit with the devastating penalty of a freeze on transfer activity in the next two windows – January 2017 and summer 2017. Both clubs profess their innocence and have the chance to appeal against the ban again before September 14, but it is looking likely that the Madrid sides will face the same fate as Barcelona last year for illegal international transfer activity with players under the age of 18.
With the recent resurgence of Atletico in La Liga to turn the league into more of a three horse race, and Real’s continued tussling at the top, a transfer ban could gift Barcelona a clear run at the title in the 2017/18 campaign as their main rivals are unable to enlist reinforcements. The Catalan club has won the league for the past two seasons running and Zinedine Zidane is desperate to re-establish his side as the top contenders. This season at least, though, it is close. In the Bet365 La Liga betting, Luis Enrique’s side are at 5/6 to win, with the Galacticos at 5/4.
Each club under scrutiny was able to conduct their desired transfer business in this summer’s transfer window, so the implications of this ban won’t really be felt until next summer. Both Madrid clubs currently have the staff on the books to challenge in the league, but the crucial factor is holding onto key players in the next two windows when they won’t be able to replace them.
Luckily for Atletico, their key player, Antoine Griezmann has said that while Diego Simeone is at the club, he will stay. The Argentine is a sought after manager though, and there is a chance he may be approached to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal next summer should the Frenchman fail to earn a new contract with the London club. The Red and Whites may therefore be wise to offer enriched salary incentives to crucial protagonists after their recent successes.
Barcelona proved that a transfer ban is not the end of the world, as they still managed to win the league, the Champions League, and the Copa Del Rey during their punishment. However, in preparation for the ban, the 24-time La Liga champions spent significant sums on strong recruits such as Luis Suarez, and Ivan Rakitic. The most notable move from Atletico this summer was the signing of Nico Gaitan from Benfica. Real Madrid’s was re-signing Alvaro Morata from Juventus. Neither team added the much needed extra depth to their squads.
With the Madrid clubs facing this stern retribution seemingly under-prepared, it certainly provides Barcelona with the opportunity to hold a firm grip at the summit of the league for at least the next two seasons.
Prior to the last match on Saturday, Granada had conceded only four goals throughout the season. But Barcelona probably have welcomed them in a different way to Camp Nou.
The Catalans have showed that the forward line were straight back in the groove. Six unanswered goals were really something celebrating for them after the last performance against Malaga in midweek.
This day their attack was truly like the Barcelona play. It was something that can be described in words like quick and sharp pass and move. That simple pattern of play proved effective for the Barcelona side.
Undoubtedly Neymar and Messi will take all the headlines. Neymar had his second hat-trick for the club. And Messi with two goals and two assists have showed that he has again started to enjoy the game. But scratching the last game a little deeper, we can be acknowledged about area of Barcelona’s play.
Seven clean sheets in all competitions since the start of the season is a frankly astonishing statistic for the Catalans. Another notable thing is, Gerard Pique was left out for three of the seven games.
Liga BBVA, commonly known as La Liga was founded in the year of 1929. In other words, it is officially known as the Primera Division of the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (LFP). It has been the strongest league in Europe for the past five years and more (with respect to UEFA’s League coefficient system). Twenty teams are permitted to participate in this division. The lowest three teams are selected to be relegated at the end of the season. La Liga is considered as the second most watched football league in the world after Barclays Premier League (English Premier League).
This particular premier division has always been lauded for its technique visibly nonexistent physicality and flair. La Liga has also been criticized for its predictability and a two horse race competition. Real Madrid and Barcelona, this two teams have won the Spanish first division in the past nine years. But hopefully the equations of Liga champions may be changing in Spain due to the rise of a certain Atletico Madrid last season.
La Liga has always produced some fine footballers. Guardiola and Romário in the 90’s, Zidane – Beckham and Ronaldinho in the 2000’s and at present times amazing football superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Iniesta and Gareth Bale are playing right here in La Liga.
And as always, quality players mean quality salaries for those brilliant individuals. There are uncountable highly paid soccer players playing in La Liga every season.
Top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga:
Let’s take a look at the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga. Mostly highest paid footballers in La Liga are found within the two horses, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.
10. Xavi Hernandez
Present Club: FC Barcelona
Position: central midfielder
Earnings: $9.36 million per year
Xavi Hernandez, known as the master of passes, plays for the Spanish national team and FC Barcelona. He joined through the youth ranks of La Masia and gradually taken to the first team of Barcelona. His professional debut came in 1997. He played regularly in Spain’s U17, U18, U20, U21 and U23 football teams. Finally Xavi made it to the senior side in 2000.
Xavi also represented the Catalonia’s national team. He is the 1st player to register assists in 2 separate Euro finals and also the lone goal in the 2008 final. With 2 assists in the final 4 years later. With more than 25 trophies Xavi can be decided the maximum trophy winner among the Spanish players in history.
He created countless goals with genius ball handling while never relinquishing possession technique. Xavi’s abnormally good vision, world-class ball control and pinpoint accurate passing ability allowed him to dictate the flow of football. The assist king, the number 10 highest paid footballer in La Liga currently earns an estimated total wages of €6.9 million ($9.36 million) per year at FC Barcelona.
Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior, known as Marcelo is often Likened to Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos for his technical ability, fierce shot and good passing. The Brazilian plays for Spanish Capital Club Real Madrid.
Marcelo started playing with Fluminense and was sold to Real Madrid in January 2007. He is also praised for representing Brazil in different youth levels: U-17, U-20 and U-23. He made it to the senior side in 2006.
Marcelo can be considered as another perfect example of a traditional Brazilian left-back with great offensive play ability. He has outstanding dribbling skills and tricks. The Real Madrid Star, commonly known as the opponent’s terror is right now the 9th of the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga. He earns an estimated total wages of €6.98 million ($9.45 million) per year at Real Madrid.
Another Brazilian defender, Daniel Alves plays for FC Barcelona and loves to attack. He also plays for the Brazilian National team.
Alves started his professional career at Esporte Clube Bahia. He was moved to Sevilla in 2002, primarily on a temporary basis and then permanently. He stayed six years at the club and then joined FC Barcelona in the summer of 2008 for €32.5 million transfer fee.
The Brazilian superstar made his international debut in 2006. Probably his favorite hobby is to torment opposition’s left flank with his right winger. As being a regular member of Barcelona’s starting XI, Dani Alves currently earns around €7 million ($9.5 million) per year at Barcelona. Another defender at the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga.
One of the “BBC” attack of Real Madrid, Karim Mostafa Benzema is a French footballer who plays as a striker. The former French youth international has also represented his nation from under-17 level onwards. The under-17 team won the 2004 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship. Karim Benzema made his senior international debut in March 2007.
He has earned over 65 caps and represented France at three major international tournaments. The French international shows tremendous intelligence and foresight to make runs off the ball. He is not just a box poacher. And he is not even necessarily expecting to receive possession but purposely creating spaces for his wide forwards to exploit centrally.
Benzema has proven himself to be a key figure in front of the goal. He has already scored 17 times in La Liga and also nine notable assists. Now a time there are not many “pure” forwards in the league who can match Benzema’s rate of 1.8 key passes per game. Probably this the indication of his being 7th at the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga 2016. He has an estimated earnings of $9.6 million per year from Real Madrid.
Andrés Iniesta Luján, commonly known as Andres Iniesta is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Spain national team as a central midfielder.
He is another player who came through La Masia (Barcelona Youth Academy) after an early emigration from his birthplace. Iniesta made his debut in 2002 at the age of 18. Very soon he became an integral part of the Barcelona side in 2009 and probably that was the only time a club has achieved six titles in one season.
Iniesta showed his very best form in big games, ever since he joined the Catalan’s side. On the ball, there are few players in world football (never mind in La Liga) who can match Iniesta’s ability to beat defenders in restricted territory. Undoubtedly he is one of the greatest midfielders of his generation, Andres Iniesta is considered the sixth of the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga. His estimated wages are around $9.8 million per year from FC Barcelona.
He started his professional career joining Santos youth academy in 2003 and rose through the ranks to the first team. He made his professional debut in 2009. Neymar also represented Brazil in U17, U20 and U23 levels and made his senior National Team debut in 2010. Now a days he is seen representing the Brazil National Team.
FC Barcelona paid €57 million to sign him in the summer of 2013. Neymar is quite a complete package of dribbling, acceleration, finishing and the ability to use both feet. He has easily become an important member of FC Barcelona. The number 5 of the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga currently earns an estimated wages of $10 million per year from Barcelona.
Iker Casillas plays for and captains both La Liga club Real Madrid and the Spanish national team. He can be undoubtedly considered as one of the finest goalkeepers of all time.
Casillas joined Real Madrid at youth level. And then gradually he made his debut in 1998-99. He had always been the first choice keeper until the January arrival of Diego last year. Iker Casillas also represented Spain at U15, U16, U17, U18, U20 and U21 levels.
The most capped player of all time for the Spanish national team, Casillas made his senior debut in 2000. He captained the Spanish national team to two Euro Cups and a World Cup. Despite not being regular for both the Champions league and La Liga, Casillas is still one of the top goalkeepers in world and earns €7.5 million ($10.17 million) per year, which in turn makes him the 4th of the top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga. And the only goalkeeper for the highest paid soccer players list.
What more is there to say about a four-time Ballon d’Or winner? Lionel Messi is arguably the best player in the world, who plays for FC Barcelona and is skipper of the Argentina national team. He is also another player from Barca’s youth academy La Masia. He joined as a young player from Newell’s Old Boys.
After rising through the ranks, Messi became an inevitable part of Barcelona first team. Messi had represented Argentina in U20 and U23 action and made his senior debut in 2005. He also represented the Argentina National Team in the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil.
Intially a left winger, Messi was moved to right wing by then Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard. As he needed to cut in and finish using his left foot. This turned out to be a very effective move as his goal tally increased tremendously. And then Pep Guardiola gave him a free role, namely ‘false 9’.
The total Barcelona team is built around him. The record breaking and history making footballer of this age, Lionel Messi currently earns an estimated wages of €16 million ($21.7 million) a year from the Catalan club. Right now he is at the 2nd position of the list of top 10 highest paid footballers in La Liga.
Gareth Bale is one of the most expensive footballers in history. The Welsh International plays for the Spanish Capital Club Real Madrid. Bale started as a regular of Wales’ U17, U19 and U21 sides. He made it onto the national team in 2006.
After starting out his professional career at Southampton in 2006, he was signed in Tottenham Hotspur for an eventual £7 million in 2007. Though starting as a left back, Bale was moved further forward to utilize his speed and crossing ability. After a prolific scoring season in 2012-13, Gareth Bale got his dream move to Real Madrid with €100 million record transfer fees.
A footballer with tremendous speed, exceptional physical qualities and with a great left foot, Bale is making £15.6 million ($25.7 million) per year at Real Madrid. He is considered as the 2nd highest paid footballer in Liga BBVA.
One of the most prolific goal scorers of his generation, Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, commonly known as Cristiano Ronaldo plays for Spanish giants Real Madrid and captains the Portuguese national team.
Ronaldo Started out his career as a youth player with Andorinha and joining C.D. Nacional. Afterwards he stepped onto his professional career at Sporting Club de Portugal. The English powerhouse Manchester United signed him for €15 million in the year 2003. Finally, Real Madrid made him the most expensive footballer in history at that time when they bought him for €94 million in summer of 2009.
Cristiano Ronaldo has represented Portugal at U17, U20, U21, U23 and senior levels. After the national team debut in 2003, Cristiano captained Portugal National Team since July, 2008. Unbelievable but true that he scores more than a goal per game for his current club. He is also the top goal scorer of his country.
Lauded for his finishing, pace, dribbling, positioning and his passing and crossing ability, Ronaldo can be proclaimed as the Commander In Chief at Real Madrid. Currently Cristiano receives around €21 million ($28.5 million) salary per year from Real Madrid. Undoubtedly he is the highest paid footballer in La Liga for the year 2015-2016..
Luis Suarez is the last biggest transfer for Barcelona. Suarez has signed a 5 year contract with a weekly salary of around 200,000 GBP in Barcelona. This is the same salary he was getting at Liverpool. But, probably he will be having a lot other clauses that can boost his earnings definitely.
Naymar was signed last year and he is 4th highest paid player in Barcelona ranks. Currently Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and Pique all earn more than the sensational forward. His yearly salary is published around Euros 7 Million. Neymar was signed from Santos in June 2013 for 2nd most expensive Transfer in Barcelona history. His contract remains until 2018 with Barcelona.
Here we are trying to present you a very carefully researched wage list of 2014-15 Barcelona team. As the clauses in the contracts are never disclosed, so the players salary list cannot be assured 100% accurate. But tried our best research on each Barcelona Players from sources like – BBC, Guardian, MARCA and CNN.
Barcelona Players Salary 2014-2015:
The La Liga Champions Barcelona have bought so many of the biggest names in soccer. So many legendary players with great amount of salary played in this Spanish Club. And present day performers are also found here to help them at the toughest fights in La Liga and Champions League.
Here is the complete list of FC Barcelona Players salary 2014-2015 and their contract expiry dates. One thing to be noted that the Barcelona players wages are presented here on weekly basis.
Let’s find, who is the highest paid player in Barcelona squad?
Lionel Messi is quite unstoppable. If you saw the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao, it was none but Leo who spun away from three athletic defenders surrounding him and then jinked three more challenges before slamming the ball into the net. If Juventus want to win the champions league title, they must have to stop him in Berlin. Stopping Leo wouldn’t be enough for Juventus, as they also have to keep eyes on Neymar and Suarez.
Before semi-final of Champions League, Bayern Munich coach and former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola mentioned that it was quite impossible to defend against Leo Messi. To deal with Messi, Guardiola organized the front three and packed men in the midfield by pressing high up the pitch. The changing move was widely criticized and someone called it even ‘suicidal’. It was a kind of gamble which has made a certain kind of sense in this regard.
Barcelona Vs Juventus match preview:
Guardiola is man of plan. He seems to have reasoned. He probably recalled how his Barca side struggled against Marcelo Bielsa’s Athletic. So, he made up his mind to pack the midfield and pressure the ball early with a hope perhaps his Bayern could cut off the supply to the front line.
Pep Guardiola’s plan didn’t work this time. He was forced to change the tactics after 15 minutes of the first leg in semi. It turned out that, Barcelona weren’t flustered at all by being pressed. Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic were delighted in sliding passes into the space behind Bayern’s defense line for Suarez, Messi and Neymar.
Bayern fell back deeper after that despite being able to control the ball possession. Guardiola’s side were beaten brutally by 3-0.
Juventus simply don’t have to concern about dominating the ball possession. Their only plan would be to drop deep in the field, pack men into midfield and look to make everything as congested in their defense as possible. Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez will be waiting for a counter attack as a front runner.
The ploy worked for Internazionale against Barcelona in 2010 Champions League semi-final and also for Chelsea against Barca at the same stage in 2012. But, since then Barcelona has evolved much and hopefully the plan wouldn’t be beneficial this time. Juventus striker Tevez will have a big role to play in the final.
The new Barcelona may not adapt the idea of Total Football which was implanted at the club by Johan Cruyff and Rinus Michels. But, Barcelona will certainly be less prone to being frustrated by the packed defences. Barca’s front three dribble are encouraged to devastate all kind of defenses with the “MSN” (Messi, Suarez, Neymar). Back in the 2011/12 season, Messi, Pedro and Alexis Sanchez completed an average of 4.1 dribbles per Champions League match. According to WhoScored.com, in this season of Champions league, Messi, Neymar and Suarez have completed an average of 12 dribbles per game.
When the opponent is masked a defensive cover, rather than pass their way into space, Barcelona always have the capacity to beat the defenders with a trick. Each member of Barca’s front three has the ability to take two or three defenders out of the game easily with a moment of individual brilliance. The front line of Barcelona is so high profiled that it makes them extremely hard to defend against in any situation of the game.
Juventus would likely to play with a diamond shaped midfield in the final match. Barcelona have two full-backs, Jordi Alba and Dani Alves, who will be independent in pushing on and overlapping whenever they feel like it. And here is the real problem. Juventus may find a way to stop Leo Messi, but it doesn’t mean they will be able to stop Barcelona.
In a very short time, Barcelona will face Juventus at the final of Champions League 2015 in Berlin. All the FCB fans all around the world will definitely hope for a fifth time triumph for their supported club. Of course the opposition is also pretty much talented. So, the Catalans need to be at their very best for prestigious treble along with the fifth UCL trophy.
Barcelona have already achieved four Champions Leagues in history. Twice in London and once both in Paris and Rome. Here we are going to look back those previous four Champions league Titles for Barcelona.
Previous Four Champions League Titles:
4. Wembley (992)
This was Barcelona’s first time European Cup victory at Wembley in 1992. And the night must be remembered Ronald Koeman’s wonder strike, which brought them the glory of winning Champions League title.
This was another Italian Club named Sampdoria. They brought their best defense against the Catalans, but not enough for Fausto Pari in Barca. Many refers that as the dream team for Barcelona. But we should never forget to mention the master class side of Vujadin Boskov.
The Dutchman Koeman found just about the only place that keeper Gianluca Pagliuca couldn’t reach at the late moments put the end of that memorable story.
3. Paris (2006)
The second of Barcelona’s four Champions League Titles took a little longer to come. After exactly fourteen years in Paris they got to another title, which was against Arsenal. Though the scenario was quite different than the past experience for the Catalans.
Arsenal were taking for much of the final. Robert Pires sacrificed for the substitute goalkeeper Manuel Almunia. However, Barcelona struggled for any sort of consistency in the first 45 minutes. And then Sol Campbell headed surprise for the Gunners.
They also replaced Edmilson with Andres Iniesta and Henrik Larsson with Mark van Bommel. Both the substitutes brought enough effort to bring the Catalans their second Champions League victory.
2. Rome (2009)
This was the first time Barcelona felt the glory of winning a treble in their club history. They arrived in Rome in such quest which was in fact the first time for any Spanish side. But you can feel the difficulty especially against Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United. The English giants were also seeking for a history of making back-to-back Champions League titles.
Manchester United would provide tough opposition with Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Scholes in their side. The Catalans simply didn’t get going until a stroke of luck saw Samuel Eto’o beating Nemanja Vidic. The goal seemed to lift Barca. In fact after that Lionel Messi also sent his looping header goalwards to end the game.
Even Iniesta and Thierry Henry had to play their parts with injury doubts. Carles Puyol too defended like his life depended on it and the Catalans ran out worthy Champions League winners.
1. Wembley (2011)
I think, many of you readers have not yet forgotten this specific event in great Wembley stadium 2011. As Manchester United just got the chance to avenge only after two more seasons. In fact it was their home soil. Barcelona of course had fond memories of victory with the venue.
This time Barcelona side was even better than they had been in 2009. They grew stronger with so many talented footballers with them. It was one of the great final performances in many a year. Alex Ferguson had to say –
“They’re the best in Europe, no question about that. I would say they’re the best team we’ve faced”
Truly it was a great moment for the Catalans. Probably they deserved the fourth title of Champions League. People would definitely acknowledge that those Barcelona boys may have played the game right way.
It was well known for everyone that Juventus would be seen as underdogs against Barcelona in Champions league Final 2015. Probably the moment, they secured their place in the final, they could have felt the strength of Luis Enrique’s side. Anyone who watched the match live, will definitely appreciate Juventus for their efforts for the trophy. They played very well, in fact throughout the whole League. May be it wasn’t enough to defeat the most powerful football team in Europe.
Definitely the Bianconeri have enjoyed unrivaled dominance in Serie A. Even they could also distinguish themselves from the very best side of La Liga. Yet, they were supplied enough confidence, especially after their win over another La Liga giant Real Madrid in the semifinal. Probably they were determined to give a good account of themselves in Berlin.
“We started out with the important aim of getting into Europe’s top eight. Now we’ll look to finish first”
– as per coach Massimiliano Allegri.
He was also trying to have a second thought of not just stopping Barcelona. He tried to build his own way of play to win the Champions League final 2015. Everyone knew, the game will never finish goalless.
Barcelona vs Juventus: Champions League Final 2015
The first shock was determined for Juventus. It was even before the game started. They had to endure the loss of Giorgio Chiellini to injury just a few days earlier. Coach Allegri mentioned of this problem earlier and finally it was proven, when Andres Iniesta ran unchecked into the box and linked up with Jordi Alba.
It was quite a superb pass by the Barcelona skipper. And Ivan Rakitic footed past a helpless Gigi Buffon the first lead. Vidal had the chance to equalize and missed. The Chilean eventually received a yellow card for a foul on Neymar. Buffon continued excellent stops. In fact the Catalan side were unfortunate enough, not to get another advantage into the half-time.
After the break, it was again the Juventus captain, who made another unbelievable stop from Luis Suarez. Then, when the Spanish champions seemed set to be winners, Juventus came storming back into the game. Claudio Marchisio sent Lichtsteiner away down the right, while the full-back finding Carlos Tevez with a neat pass of his own.
Alvaro Morata reacted quickest, tapping in the rebound to net his fifth goal in his last seven Champions League matches. The former Real Madrid star enjoying his strike to the fullest.
Juventus stood toe-to-toe with Barcelona for the next few minutes. It seemed like they also deserve the Europian Title. Some of the moments were really crucial for the Catalans to keep calm. The Italians hardly reflected on that time that their opponents will net twice more to win the Champions League Final 2015.
Juventus truly have a very poor record in European Cup finals. They have just won twice in eight appearances. Supporters may have blamed for such worthless accomplishment after reaching this stage. It will take time for the pain of defeat to ease. But all must acknowledge, this was undoubtedly a remarkable campaign for the Italian side.
They need to focus on feature. Morata perhaps summed up the situation best, speaking to Sky Italia immediately after the game –
“This is a great squad, a great family and we must continue working hard. This team has no limits, it can win the Champions League and the directors are working to build an even stronger side”
It is very charming to watch Lionel Messi playing football at his own pace. You will forget other 10 men on the pitch while watching Leo in action. The Argentine captain is so mesmeric and marvelous. In the champions league final, there was a beautiful Leo Messi move, where he float forward, making an one-two exchange with Neymar and Suarez, before striking the ball an inch wide of the top left corner of the post. Juventus goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon was turning his head, with his heart in his mouth, in order to see the ball heading in or over.
Neymar and Suarez, the cunning forward were perfectly in sync with what Lionel Messi was trying to do. After Messi’s goal that won Barca La Liga, two other goals that won them Copa del Rey, everybody thought it will be none but Lionel Messi’s goal would make the difference in Barcelona vs Juventus UCL Final 2015 .
UCL 2015 Final: Barcelona vs Juventus
And of course Leo was the key in Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Juventus in the UCL 2015 Final. Lionel Messi was the prime catalyst for the Barca’s first goal by kicking a pinpoint-accurate ball from the deep to Jordi Alba’s feet on the left of the penalty area. Then Ivan Rakitic flashed his shot across Buffon and into the net. But it was Lionel Messi who started the move. Jordi Alba, Neymar and the brilliant Iniesta put their contribution to the ball, with the latter finally bursting into the penalty box at the perfect moment to square it for Ivan Rakitic.
Every players of Barcelona played their respective part to perfection in that game. With Neymar’s superbly timed pass for Iniesta and everyone’s contribution was just amazing. The goal was to be considered as a team-goal out of several perfect individual actions. All other 10 outfield players touched the ball in building up that goal.
Barcelona has become strongest with bundles of talented players. Barca goal keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has produced some matured display all through the Champions League as well as La Liga. Dani Alves. On other hand, has turned to be a big match boy, by putting consistently impressive displays, especially in big important games. And Gerard Pique has been quite outstanding for past few months, while Javier Mascherano has shut down his doubters both on the pitch and out of it.
Jordi Alba has proved to be wonderfully consistent in his playing, with his streak down the pitch to set up a goal for Neymar in Barcelona’s Copa del Rey win over Althletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon. Sergio Busquets has been showing supreme confidence throughout the season.
For Andres Iniesta, it has been a tough campaign as Barcelona’s approach seemed top-heavy before turning the year. However, it was Andres Iniesta who was awarded the man of the match in the Champions league final. As an assistant for Rakitic’s goal and two other mind blowing passes, and doing some extraordinary ball distribution, it was only Iniesta to be awarded the man of match.
Then, time for Xavi came, he entered replacing Iniesta when Barcelona was struggling to control the game despite 2-1 lead. When Iniesta left the pitch, putting the captain’s armband on Xavi, and telling him to go on and bring the cup him in his final match for the club, it was a memorable moment to see.
Xavi did his duty, winning his 25th trophy for Barcelona in 17-long season career. Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has used Xavi consistently as a substitute. The commander of the match came right at the moment when Barcelona looked to be pressurized. Xavi did exactly what a perfect captain would do in that situation of the game.
Ivan Rakitic was the first man to score in this vital game. Rakitic was actually the can-opener and it’s not the first time this season. He was the opening goal-scorer for Barcelona on five other occasions this season. When the attackers have been locked down, Ivan Rakitic is the man upon whom everyone can depend. But, that doesn’t happen frequently, when Messi, Suarez and Neymar are playing in one team. The MSN triad have scored an unbelievable 122 goals so far in all competitions this season, which has become a record for an attacking trident in Spanish football.
Barcelona emphasized the “team” nature for the victory in the UCL 2015 Final. The team was consisted of Claudio Bravo (the Zamora trophy winner), Jeremy Mathieu (first goal in the Clasico) and many more talents, enough to be the best among all European clubs.
After proving so hard to defeat all through the Champions League, the Barcelona players found it hard to take it all in. Having a 3-1 victory over Juventus in Berlin’s Olympiastadion, there had an air of disbelief about what they had achieved, which added an obvious joy and sense of vindication to the whole Barcelona team.
It is Andres Iniesta, whom you would think by now had seen it all. Literally, Iniesta had won it all. Iniesta began,
“Six years ago we thought that winning a treble again was unrepeatable. But, we did it this time and it makes your hair stand on end when you think back and see how much lucky you guys are to see winning everything. “
The new generation of Barcelona own the modern Champions League in the way their great rivals at Real Madrid owned the old European Cup. Barcelona have long been the benchmark for the European Championship and the reference point. Right now, they have again re-asserted that status. This is not just their second treble in the space of six years, as Andres Iniesta mentioned, but also their fourth Champions League in nine seasons.
That consistency is unmatched since the European Cup was rebranded and restructured in 1992. Actually, it is the longest spells of continuous success for Barcelona in its 60 years of existence. There are hardly any that can match that level of success.
This is certainly something hard to achieve. The chronological evolution and extreme success of this bunch of players was only emphasized by the order in which they emerged from the dressing room, after almost two hours of joyful celebration.
Ivan Rakitic was the first man coming out, who also scored the first goal in that final and so energetically introduced fresh impetus and proper direction to his team throughout the season. The Croatian has sped things up by releasing the rampage of attack more frequently. Rakitic shared his first Champions League medal with his young daughter, while both Luis Suarez and Neymar clearly wanted to share their first successes in the Champions league with their children too.
Next, the three-time champion Dani Alves came out with joyful bopping of his body along with the sound of music, which was coming from a set of speakers he was carrying. The joy was a reflection of his great success who had rediscovered his mojo this season along with many other players.
Then, the magnificent Leo Messi came to the arena carrying his son in one arm. He then switched his boy to other in order to shake the hand of Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, whom he had spotted chatted to Italian media. Messi had shown a great sportsmanship to go with his place at the apex of the sporting world.
The Champions league trophy was then carried out by no other than one man, the captain Xavi. He held one arm of the prized piece of hardware, while the other arm was held by his long-time midfield partner Sergio Busquets. The other one of that fantastic central midfield trio Andres Iniesta said,
“The picture of Xavi leaving with the Champions League trophy in his arm is the most beautiful one for a footballer like him.”
There is one person who was assuredly striding out at the back of it all and he is Gerard Pique. He mentioned how Barcelona had “suffered” in the final when it went on to 1-1 following Morata’s goal. But Pique felt that the Morata score only brought out the spirit to the team that has sparked a treble season. The Barcelona team have rediscovered the motivation with so many talents, is the most remarkable aspect of all, especially from a historical point of view. All
Assuredly striding out at the back of it all, as ever and as he had done in this final, was Gerard Pique. He talked about how the team had “suffered” in the final, using some choice language about when it went to 1-1 following Alvaro Morata’s goal, but felt that the Morata score only brought out the spirit and defiance that has sparked a treble season. All three trophies of Barcelona’s treble are on the top of the display during their double-decker bus parade in Barcelona. It was quite a picture to capture and the Barca fans will remember it for long time.
While Real Madrid won five European Cups between 1955 and 1966, there were four key players who were involved in the first to last season with the team. Then came Liverpool, winning four titles between 1977-1984, having only one such player. In Milan’s triple between 1989-1994, there were six players with that potential. And with Barcelona, the number is seven.