São Paulo’s Douglas Pereira (24) is set to sign for Barça this weekend, making him the sixth Brazilian full back signed by the Catalan club this century. The full back position has been filled by a Brazilian ever since Juliano Belletti and Sylvinho wore the blaugrana shirts back in 2004. Remarkably, Belletti and Sylvinho were also products of the Brazilian club São Paulo. Culés around the world will never forget Belletti’s winner against Arsenal in the 2006 Champions League final in Paris. Sylvinho also featured both in the 2006 and the 2009 Champions League winning squad.
It was a match for the ex-Barça players of 2006 to reunite for one last time in Deco’s testimonial match where FC Barcelona 20006 played against FC Porto 2004. Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto’o, Juliano Belletti, Deco and Sylvinho all took part in this match with Deco playing for a number of minutes with each side. Deco ended his career with an astonishing lob finish in the dying minutes of the match to equalize for Porto making the match end (4-4).
After the match, Belletti, Deco and Sylvinho took time to talk about the new Barça and they all had promising words to say…
Juliano Belletti, a former FC Barcelona defender and famously known for his winning goal against Arsenal FC in the 2006 Champions League final in Paris, was interviewed by the club and asked about the World Cup experience, his time at Barça, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. as well as the undergoing changes at the club. Belletti’s goal marked the start of the club’s European success, winning Barça’s second Champions League trophy at the time, and very few can forget that rainy Parisian night. Continue reading for the full interview.
“It’s good that someone who knows the team and what’s been happening is in charge now. It’ll be tough to keep up the run of titles and although people will make comparisons, the base of the team is the players and they will still be there which will be a great help for Tito Vilanova.”
Former FC Barcelona player Juliano Belletti speaks positively about the appointment of Tito Vilanova.
Former FC Barcelona defender Juliano Belletti officially announced his retirement from football on Monday. The decision of the player, announced through his personal website and Twitter feed, is blamed on physical injuries.
Former Barça right-back, Juliano Belletti, has joined Brazilian side Ceara on loan until the end of the season.
Arriving from fellow Brazilians team Fluminese, Belletti will be looking for more first-team football than he has recently been getting with the Rio de Janeiro based side, the player only featuring in nine games over the past two seasons.
“Barcelona is the place where I intend to live when I’ve finished my career. Whenever I’m going to party there, I have a home, some business, friendship with the players, with president Joan Laporta. My wife has friends there. I have the idea of being a sort of ambassador of FC Barcelona, working for the club in the city or elsewhere. I’m already working on it.”
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