first team / Champions League

Presenting… FC Barcelona

Published on the 31 August 2007 à 10:40 by BV

In Champions League group E, Olympique Lyonnais will be pitted against FC Barcelona, VfB Stuttgart and Rangers FC. Presenting the Catalan club…

Background:
FC Barcelona was founded on November 29 1899 by Hans Gamper, a Swiss who worked and played in… Lyon. In March 1920, the Catalan club moved to the Vell Camp, a 60,000-seater stadium, before moving to the 100,000-seater Nou Camp in 1957.
During the Spanish Civil War, club president Josep Sunyol was shot by Franco’s troops. Through the course of its history, the club acquired a new dimension, becoming the symbol of Catalan identity, which is reflected in the club motto of “More than a club” (Més que un club). It became the principal rival of Real Madrid, with the 2 sides facing off in 2 times a year in “el classico”.
At the beginning of the 90s, under the direction of Johan Cruyff, Barça won 4 consecutive league titles, 1 Spanish Cup, a Cupwinners Cup and the first Champions League title in the club’s history.
In 2006, with Franck Rijkaard at the helm, the club won its second Champions League title.

Titles:
18 Spanish league titles : 1929, 1945, 1948, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1959, 1960, 1974, 1985, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2005 and 2006
24 King’s Cups : 1910, 1912, 1913, 1920, 1922, 1925, 1926, 1928, 1942, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1959, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1988, 1990, 1997 and 1998
7 Spanish Supercups: 1983, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2005 and 2006
2 Champions League titles: 1992 and 2006.
4 Cupwinners Cups: 1979, 1982, 1989 and 1997
3 UEFA Cups: 1958, 1960 and 1966
FC Barcelona is, and will remain the only club to have won the 3 major European titles.
6 FC Barcelona players have won the Ballon d’Or: Luís Suárez 1960, Johan Cruyff 1973, 1974, Hristo Stoitchkov 1994, Rivaldo 1999 and Ronaldinho 2005

Champions League results in season 2006-07:
Eliminated in the last 16 by Liverpool (1-2, 1-0)

League result in season 2006-07:
Runners-up (behind Real Madrid)

[IMG42461#R]Team:
12 Spaniards, 3 Frenchmen, 4 Brazilians, 4 Mexicans, 2 Argentines, 1 Italian, 1 Portuguese, 1 Ivorian, 1 Cameroonian and 1 Icelander.

First team:
Valdes – Abidal, Thuram, Puyol, Zambrotta – Iniesta, Yaya Touré, Xavi – Messi, Ronaldinho, Henry (and Eto’o, out injured for 2 months).

President:
Joan Laporta

Manager:
Franck Rijkaard

Stadium:
Nou Camp (98,772 seats)

Head-to-head with OL:
2 group phase matches in season 2001-02.
2 wins (2-0 in Barcelona and 3-2 in Lyon).

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