FC Barcelona vs UD Almería was a special occasion for Barça’s ‘Tarzan’ Carles Puyol. The 35-year-old put in a good shift on his return to the starting XI, alongside Javier Mascherano in central-defence and capped off his performance by scoring his first goal of the campaign to make it 3-1 for Barça late in the match.
February 25 is a special day in the history of FC Barcelona. On that day in 1912, the club’s highest ever goalscorer, Philippines-born Paulino Alcántara made his first team debut aged 15. The striker started a Copa Catalunya game between Barça and Català, and managed to score a hat-trick. He went on to play a further 356 games (including friendlies) for the club, and ended his career with an impressive goal tally of 369 goals. Although Leo Messi is en route to beating this record, his current balance is standing at 339 goals in 409 official appearances.
On this day, 40 years ago, culés experienced one of the club’s greatest joys after many years of frustration and political persecution. The club were in the doldrums. The La Liga crown hadn’t been won since 1960, 14 long years ago that coincided with Alfredo di Stefano’s Real Madrid dominating Spanish and European football. Knowing that Di Stefano was rightly Barça’s player, it hurt that much more.
Today, February 12th 2014, marks the 85th anniversary since FC Barcelona’s La Liga debut. That’s right, on Tuesday February 12th 1929 at 15:30, Barça made their league debut in the Campos de Sport de El Sardinero against Racing Santander, which they won 2-0 thanks to Manuel Parera who scored both goals. Those were the first three points won by the Catalan club, and crucial as they were, that was the first league title for Barça who competed against 10 teams back then.
3,954 points, 2,632 matches, 1,484 victories and 22 league cups later, Barça are still found top of the table after 85 years of shared Spanish dominance with rivals Real Madrid.
Lionel Messi (26) will attend Monday’s Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zürich. The Argentine, who has already won the prestigious award an impressive four times, heads to the ceremony achieving another remarkable feat: Ending up in the top three for the seventh time in a row.
Leo has been attending the ceremony since the age of 19 back in 2007, where he’s been in the top three nominees for the award for seven years straight. Inconsistency? He doesn’t know the meaning of the word.
More after the jump.
totalBarça brings you everything you need to know about the past encounters of the two giants, Atlético Madrid and FC Barcelona. Tomorrow’s game promises to be this season’s most exciting game as both clubs are sharing points at the top of the table with only the goal difference giving Barça the edge. Read more about the head to head statistics, some interesting facts, and the memorable moments of these past classical encounters right after the jump.
On November 29, 1899 12 men got together at a hotel on a little street of La Rambla to create a football association named Football Club Barcelona. Founding member Joan Gamper along with Swiss compatriot Otto Kunzle, Englishman Walter Wild, John Parsons and William Parsons, German Otto Maier and Catalans Lluís d’Ossó, Bartomeu Terradas, Enrique Ducal, Pere Cabot, Carles Pujol y Josep Llobet were the men in that first ever meeting.
Much has happened since both glorious and painful, but forever the date will be remembered as a special one for cules the world over.
Happy Birthday FC Barcelona from totalBarça!
FC Barcelona’s defeat to Ajax Amsterdam on Tuesday evening marked the club’s 250th match in football’s premier competition, the UEFA Champions League/European Cup. Sport prepared a nice infographic that summarizes the main statistics over this long journey. All the triumphs and tribulations after the jump.
On this day, November 19, 40 years ago, was the debut of one of FC Barcelona’s most illustrious players. Most people nowadays when they hear Tarzan associated to Barça immediately think Carles Puyol. While that isn’t erroneous, Puyol is not FC Barcelona’s original Tarzan. Miguel Bernardo Bianquetti, or Migueli, was born in Spain’s autonomous city in North Africa called Cueta. He joined FC Barcelona at the age of 21 from Cadiz in 1973 and was quickly an undisputed start in defense for Rinus Michel and every manager after until he was forced to retire due to injury in 1988. Migueli was as tough as they come, often playing through painful injury, including a broken collar-bone in the triumphant 1978/79 Cup Winners Cup final against Fortuna Düsseldorf. His steel and resolve is how he earned the nickname.
Few players will have the impact on sport like Lionel Messi already has. And it all started on this day, November 16, ten years ago. It would be easy to go into a soliloquy of Messi unbelievable records and milestone or his jaw dropping displays but it’s not necessary. Words can never give justice to his genius. Yesterday FC Barcelona published over two hours of video collected during this decade and that’s certainly worth a watch on this day.
Barça TV will broadcast a special program called “The Day Number 10 Will Debut” on Thursday at 21:00, then repeat at 23:30. It will then run three times each day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Check out the source link below for a two-minute clip of Messi speaking about the moment, including saying: “November 16th 2003 is a very important date for me, because that’s when I was able to make my childhood dream come true. It was a very happy day for me. I’d fought hard to make that moment happen and it was really special.”
On the opportunity of the 10 year anniversary of Leo Messi’s official debut for FC Barcelona, which is tomorrow (his first official senior team appearance was on November 16th 2003, against FC Porto), FC Barcelona has put together a really nice compilation of King Leo’s goals between 2003 and 2011.
That’s nearly 2 hours of Messi footage! Enjoy!
Barça’s 3-1 victory over AC Milan on November 6th was a milestone evening for the club. That match was FC Barcelona’s 500th official match in European competitions.
It all began 64 years ago on June 26th, 1948, against Stade de Reims. That match was in the Latin Cup, both a precursor and parallel competition to the European Cup, that many football historians rate on par at the time with said European Cup. Barça won the match 5-0 and so began the path onwards to 17 continental titles.
On this day, November 1, 100 years ago FC Barcelona beat Real Madrid 7-0 in a friendly. Goals came from Carlier (3), Percival Wallace (2), Alcántara and Greenwall. An interesting tidbit is that in the Real Madrid defense was Marcelo Bernabéu, the brother of Santiago who would reside as club president for 35 year and is still considered the most influential person in Madrid’s history.
Despite the scoreline, this match is not historically significant. It was a friendly firstly and both clubs had only been in existence for 14 and 11 years respectively so it was still amateurish. Additionally, the massive Barça-Real rivalry had not yet formed. That would still take several decades.
On this day, October 28 but 40 years past (1973), Johan Cruyff made his official debut for FC Barcelona. His debut was delayed over two months as Real Madrid tried to hijack the deal. Thankfully by this time the capital club did not have the power they once did within the Spanish football federation and could not pull off an Alfredo Di Stefano style treachery.
In his debut match, at the Camp Nou, Barça beat Granada 4-0 with two goals from the Dutchman. From this match onward, FC Barcelona went on a 26 game unbeaten run and secured the league title with five matches to spare. The league was eventually won by an eight point margin over Atlético Madrid with an incredible 75 goals scored and only 24 conceded over the 34 match campaign. The next closest scoring rival was Real Zaragoza with 51, 24 goals back. It was the first league crowning for the Catalan club since 1960. During this season was the infamous manita at the Santiago Bernabéu, Cruyff got one.
October 28,1973: A day to remember and savor.
Tomorrow’s match is sure to a cracker, an important first for Tata Martino, Neymar, Carlo Ancelotti, and Gareth Bale. But it also has the potential to be a clásico for the record books: In Liga Clasicos, Xavi and Puyol are set to become Barça’s most capped players, and a goal from Messi would tie him with Cesar for Barça’s top scorer. Not pictured, but even more importantly, a goal tomorrow would make Messi El Clásico’s all-time top scorer in all competitions – he is currently tied with Alfredo Di Stefano at 18 apiece.
Source: FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and AC Milan have a lot in common. They were both founded by foreign businessmen, and have been at the very top of their respective national championships numerous times. The connection most people are likely to know about, however, is the fact that many great players have played in both the blaugrana and the rossonero shirts. Mundo Deportivo selected the most prominent of these players, and we present them to you below.
On this day, October 16, nine years ago, a 17-year, three-month, 2-day old Lionel Andrés Messi made his official league debut for FC Barcelona under the management of Frank Rijkaard. On that night in 2004, Messi, wearing his original number 30, was introduced for Deco on the 82nd minute at the Monjuïc against city rivals Espanyol.
The rest, as they say, is history. Follow the source link for a little video of his debut.
No, this is not very slow reporting. No, we didn’t just get this in. However, you don’t get a statue built for you on the Camp Nou grounds for nothing. This is Ladislao Kubala; the man who brought FC Barcelona back to what it was at the beginning of Spanish Football history. We might remember Ronaldinho these days as the player who brought back the fun and spark to our modern game, but Barça passed through that a few other times before, and one of the major points in the clubs evolution was the debut of Kubala. Follow this post after the break for a quick history lesson!
FC Barcelona has gone unbeaten against their next Liga opponents, Real Valladolid, for almost sixteen years. Valladolid’s last win to date at the Camp Nou came on November 9, 1997 in the 1997/98 season. Barça were then under the guidance of Louis Van Gaal, who experienced his first home defeat as Barça coach on such day, despite his team fielding a line-up that included stars such as Luis Enrique, Rivaldo and Luis Figo. The Barça stars were unable to push their team to victory and Valladolid won the game by 2 goals to 1. In fact, the game’s opening goal was scored by current Barcelona B manager and former Barça midfielder Eusebio Sacristán, who was a Valladolid player at the time.
On this day, October 2, 14 years ago Carles Puyol made his official debut for FC Barcelona. Former manager Louis van Gaal didn’t do everything right, but as is typical of his career, the Dutchman always looked to youth and during his tenure handed debuts to some of Barça’s most historical figures. Puyol was substituted on for Simao on October 2, 1999 in an away match versus Valladolid. Back then he was a right-back, wore number 32, but it was immediately apparent he was the real deal.
On this day, September 17, a 13 year old boy from Argentina and his father landed at Barcelona’s El Prat airport. His name was Lionel Messi.
Through gross ineptitude FC Barcelona nearly drove the Messis out of Barcelona after frustrating the family by not offering an official deal. In fact, many members on the board and technical staff at the time officially recommended discarding him. We all must have enormous gratitude for Carles Rexach and Horacio Gaggioli, the critical players in finally having him sign a contract: on a napkin in a Barcelona bar nearly three months after he arrived.
How different things could have been. How grateful I am they aren’t.
On this day, August 13, exactly 40 years ago (1973) Johan Cruyff signed his contract for FC Barcelona for a fee of 60 million pesetas, six million guilders or two million dollars. Barça knew at the time they had signed one of the best players available but they could never have imagined the deep footballing, cultural and structural impact Cruyff would eventually have on the club and continues to have to this day. Cruyff was signed by compatriot, mentor and revolutionary manager Rinus Michel under the watch of former president Augustí Montal.
It’s the never ending debate, who is the best ever, what is the best team in history? From fans to journalists and to the players themselves the debate is continuous.
This week, British football magazine World Soccer published their version of the best eleven of all time determined via a voting process collected from former players and professional reporters. Playing the classic 4-4-2, of the eleven best players ever in their positions, three donned the FC Barcelona jersey during their careers: Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi. Messi has the special crown of being the only active player in this historic lineup. The full team is after the jump.
On this day, May 28, FC Barcelona defeated Manchester United 3-1 at Wembley in 2011 to bring the fourth European Cup to the Camp Nou. Goals from Pedro, Lionel Messi and David Villa were too much for the English club to handle, despite Rooney leveling up the score (1-1) just before half time. This match was globally regarded as one of the greatest performances in a final ever. The road to the final was difficult, especially the venomous battle with José Mourinho’s Real Madrid, but the journey was capped off with one of the most emotional tributes in footballing history when captain Carles Puyol handed the trophy over to Èric Abidal.