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Anderson Luis de Souza played for FC Barcelona for four seasons. In that time he won two league titles, two Super Cups and the Champions League
Anderson Luis de Souza announced this Monday that he’s officially retiring from football. Deco is hanging up his boots after 17 successful years as a professional footballer. The player, born in Brazil but of Portuguese nationality, played for Barça for four seasons, where he won two Ligas, tow Spanish Super Cups and the Champions League. Under the tutelage of Frank Rijkaard, and team-mates with Ronaldinho, Eto’o and company, Deco was one of the leaders of the Barça side that regained its winning mentality, a mentality that still persists today.
Deco signed with FC Barcelona in the summer of 2004, after being named the best player of the Euro Championship played in Portugal. The player featured 124 times for Barça, he scored 35 goals and he was named the best player of the Champions League in 2006.
In the summer of 2008 he signed with Chelsea. He played two seasons in London, where he won the Premier League, two FC Cups and the Community Shield. He also made 75 appearances for Portugal and scored 5 goals in his international career. In 2010 he returned to Brazil, where he concluded his successful 17-year career as a professional footballer.
Barça legend Antoni Ramallets passes away
Ronaldinho legendary goals
From 2003 through 2008, the Brazilian dazzled football fans with magical and almost unbelievable goals. Review the best goals with this two videos:
RONALDINHO 1ST PART
RONALDINHO 2ND PART
The Argentinian and the Brazilian will pair up to lead Barça's attack next season
Before them, Kubala and César, Cruyff and Sotil, Kluivert and Rivaldo or Ronaldinho and Eto'o left their mark on the Club
Leo Messi and Neymar Jr will feature for the same team next season. The two footballers, who recently played against each other in a charity match, will form an attacking duo that could very well mark an era in Blaugrana football.
Deluge of goals at Les Corts
Barça’s first great attacking duo was formed by Césat Rodríguez (1942-55) and Ladislao Kubala (1951-61), two players who devoured defences at Les Corts Stadium for four years. The Hungarian revolutionised Barça in the 1950s with his tremendous skill and César played his 'Number 9' role to perfection. The two of them scored a total of 571 goals for the Blaugrana (291 for César and 280 for Kubala).
Another legendary pair in FC Barcelona history was Johan Cruyff (1973-78) and Hugo Sotil (19733-76). The two players started their Barça careers in the summer of '73, and the Dutchman’s magic, combined with Sotil’s mobility, allowed Barça to win the league title that season. The two players continued on at Barça for two additional seasons, until 1976, when Sotil returned to Peru.
Heroes of the 1982 Cup Winners Cup
Three years later, in 1979, the Dane Allan Simonsen (1979-82) arrived to Can Barça where he paired up with Quini (1980-84). The two players shared the same team for only two seasons, but in that time they won the Copa del Rey and the Cup Winners Cup. Simonsen and Quini both scored in the final against Standard Liège (2-1).
Nearly two dreamlike seasons
The most devastating duo of the 90s was made up by Hristo Stoitxkov (1990-95 and 1996-98) and Romario (1993-95). In addition Laudrup’s creative contribution, the Bulgarian and the Brazilian were the embodiment of attitude, power, accuracy and imagination on the pitch, a lethal combination that carried FC Barcelona to its fourth consecutive Liga title and to the final of the Champions League. The two footballers went on to seduce the world with their football in the 1994 World Cup.
Patrick Kluivert (1998-04) and Rivaldo (1997-02) led FC Barcelona into the 21st century. The combination of the Dutchman’s elegant right foot with the Brazilian’s left proved lethal to Barça’s opponents. They carried the team to a 1998/99 Liga title, and that same year, despite playing on the wing under Van Gaal’s orders, the Brazilian claimed the Ballon d’Or award.
Magic and character
The most recent duo to grace the Camp Nou’s pitch was made up by Ronaldinho (2003-08) and Samuel Eto’o (2004-09). They helped the team to back-to-back league titles in 2005 and 2006, as well as the Champions League crown. The two players combined for a total of 263 goals. Ronaldinho led the team with his creativity and Eto’o stood out for this pace, hunger in front of goal and character.
Enjoy our selection of the best goals scored by FC Barcelona legends
Today’s Legendary Goals chapter is the perfect episode to bring the video series to a close. Barça TV has selected some of the best goals scored by Amor, Bakero, Begiristain, Eto’o, Guardiola, Henry, Kluivert, Koeman, Laudrup, Luis Enrique, Rivaldo, Romario, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Stoichkov and brought them together for the final epidose. Enjoy!
Guillermo Amor was one of FC Barcelona's first modern-day legends. He featured for the Blaugrana from 1988 through 1998
Guillermo Amor, born in Benidorm (Alicante) on December 4 of 1967, played for Barça’s first team from 1988 through 1998. The midfielder was one of the first La Masia graduates to make a lasting impact on the first team and throughout his Barça career he scored some unforgettable goals.
The second part of Barça TV’s look back at some of Patrick Kluivert’s best goals, scored between the 2001/02 and 2003/04 seasons
Barça TV looks back at some of the Barça striker’s best goals between 1998 and 2004. This time, the episode focuses on the goals he scored between the 2001/02 and 2003/04 seasons. The former Dutch international netted some truly beautiful efforts.
Patrick Kluivert was the Barça striker between 1998 and 2004. Six seasons in which scored some magnificent goals thanks to his exquisite talent
Patrick Kluivert, born in Amsterdam on July 1, 1976, joined FC Barcelona from AC Milan. He was tall, strong forward with plenty of European experience. For six seasons, he assisted Barça with its outstanding ability and excellence. This is the first part of Barça TV’s look back at some of Kluivert’s finest goals, a veritable delight for any Barça member or supporter.
The FC Barcelona Players Association and the Club paid tribute to two of the team's most storied players
Antoni Ramallets and Josep Seguer, two FC Barcelona legends, were given a warm and emotional welcome this Saturday afternoon by the Barça Players Association and the Club. Many of the players’ friends were present at the ceremony, in addition to President Sandro Rosell, who noted: “because of my age I wasn’t able to see you play, but my father, who is here, told me about you. I tip my hat to the both of you, José and Antonio.”
One of the most moving moments of the event was when a pre-recorded video of Ramallets, who couldn’t attend due to health reasons, showed on the main screen. “I would have liked to attend because I only get to see my friend Seguer, who is one year older than me, once in a while,” said Ramallets. “I would have liked to share this dedicatory event with all of you.”
“He’s still ‘Don Antonio’”
“I fell three times in just a couple of days and I can’t go anywhere without my walker. I can’t complain about my life and from what I see you love me,” said Josep Seguer when he took to the stage. The ex-Barça player wasn’t the only one to give a speech to the attendees, Ángeles, Ramallets’ daughter, said the following about her father: “he’s still the same. He has a lot of character, that’s the way he is. He’s called ‘Don Antonio’ at home.”
Ramallets featured for FC Barcelona for 15 seasons (1946 through 1961) and in that time he won five Zamora trophies. Seguer played for the Club for 14 seasons (1943 through 1957). Both players were crucial to the famous team known as the ‘Barça of the Five Cups.’ President Rosell, making note of the accomplishments of both players, said: “you show that Barça are a team with history and tradition. We’re doing only what you deserve. This is a tribute to the team of the Five Cups. We’re here to show our gratitude and we thank you for everything you have done for this Club.”
Michael Laudrup was one of the most elegant football players ever to grace the game. Between 1989 and 1994 he made his mark on FC Barcelona
The Dane was one of the biggest names in the Dream Team. He made 288 appearances for FC Barcelona and scored 93 goals. He had an astounding ability to read the game and exquisite ball skills that he used to score some tremendous goals. Here Barça TV remembers some of these in this latest chapter of ‘Legendary Players'. One European Cup, four Ligas and one Copa del Rey were Laudrup’s major honours as a Barça player.
The ex-FC Barcelona player scored a total of 102 goals for Barça, an incredible mark considering he played in the full back position
Ronald Koeman was one of the leaders of FC Barcelona’s legendary Dream Team. He played a total of 345 matches for Barça from 1989 through 1995 and he scored 102 goals, an extraordinary feat considering he was a full back.
The Frenchman was part of the team that won the treble in 2009, and he then went on to make it 6 for 6 with the Club World Cup title, and the Spanish and European Super Cups
Thierry Henry signed for FC Barcelona from Arsenal in the 2007/08 season. He played for the Blaugrana for three seasons, through 2009/10. He won two Liga titles, one Champions League, one Club World Cup, one Copa del Rey, one Spanish Super Cup, and one European Super Cup with FC Barcelona.
Henry, one of the classiest players to ever set foot on the pitch of the Camp Nou, scored 49 goals from 121 official appearances. He’s especially remembered for his goals in Barça's rout of Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu (2-6) in the 2008/09 season.
The Asturian footballer was one of the most charismatic players to ever feature for the Blaugrana. He netted 123 goals in his 354 appearances for FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique Martínez played for FC Barcelona from 1996 to 2004. In that time he won two Ligas, two Copas del Rey, one Cup Winners Cup, one European Super Cup and the Spanish Super Cup. The Asturian is probably one of the most charismatic players to feature for the Blaugrana in recent history. Barça TV takes a look at some Lucho’s best goals in the latest edition of the FC Barcelona Legends series.
‘Txiki’ Begiristain was a key fixture in the Dream Team that claimed the European Cup. Intelligent and skillful like few others on the pitch, he scored many fantastic goals for FC Barcelona.
Aitor Begiristain, also known as ‘Txiki,’ played for the Balugrana from 1988 through 1995. Intelligent and skillful like few others on the pitch, he scored many fantastic goals for FC Barcelona. He was a crucial fixture in the Dream Team that claimed the European Cup. He also won four Ligas and one Copa del Rey, among other titles. Here’s a look back at a few of his 121 goals.
Here's a look at the goals the Brazilian scored from 2005 through 2008
The second installment of Barça Legends: Ronaldinho starts off with a bang: the two goals he scored at the Santiago Bernabéu to cap off the 0-3 rout in the 2005/06 season. From 2003 through 2008, the Brazilian dazzled football fans with magical and almost unbelievable goals.
Ronaldo de Assis Moreira is considered one of the best players to ever play for FC Barcelona. The Brazilian scored 110 goals for the Club and his skills on the ball mesmerized millions
Ronaldinho played for FC Barcelona from 2003 to 2008. The Brazilian led the Rijkaard’s team for five seasons with imaginative and stunning football. Ronaldinho scored 110 goals in 250 appearances and he was the key player in Barça’s Champions League conquest, as well as two Liga titles and two Spanish Super Cups. Here (above) is a look back at the legendary player.
All details about the Champions League Match at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium
Josep Guardiola was FC Barcelona's leader throughout the 1990s. He was known for laser-guided assists and his tremendous ability to rally and motivate his teammates
Guardiola defended the Blaugrana colours from 1990 through 2001. He won one European Cup, one Cup Winners Cup, two Copas del Rey, two European Super Cups and four Spanish Super Cups. The Masia graduate was the linchpin in Barça’s midfield throughout the 90s. Guardiola gave superb assists to the likes of Romario, Laudrup, Bakero, Ronaldo, Rivaldo and company.
Ronaldo Luiz Nazário da Lima takes centre stage in Barça TV's newest installement of ‘Jugadors de Llegenda’. The Brazilian forward netted 47 goals in 51 matches for the Blaugrana
Ronaldo only needed only season with FC Barcelona to leave a long-lasting mark on the Club. The Brazilian forward donned the Blaugrana strip in the 1996/97 season. That year he netted 47 goals in 51 matches. He led the team to the Cup Winners Cup title, the Copa del Rey title and the Spanish Super Cup.
José Mari Bakero takes centre stage in Barça TV's ‘Jugadors de Llegenda’ programme. The midfielder donned the Blaugrana strip from 1988 through 1996
Barça TV turns its focus on the legendary FC Barcelona midfielder, José Mari Bakero. The player arrived at FC Barcelona in 1988 from Real Sociedad and he stayed at Can Barça through 1996. He claimed the European Cup, four Liga titles, one Copa del Rey, one European Super Cup and four Spanish Super Cups.
The second installment of the collection of 152 goals scored by Eto'o during his time at FC Barcelona between 2004 and 2009
All goals about the Bulgarian star of 'Dream Team'. Hristo Stoichkov was born in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) in 1966. He left CSKA Sofia to join Barça in 1990 and stayed until 1998, although for one season, 1995-96, he was at Parma in Italy
Hristo Stoichkov was one of the stars of the Dream Team and one of the fans’ most popular players of the 1990s, both for his football and his extraordinary fighting spirit. He was versatile, and could play either on the left or in the middle, making him a highly efficient forward player, with great speed and a goalscoring instinct. He was considered one of the best players in the world for his time, and is the only Barça player to have won the European Cup (1992), the Golden Boot (1990) and the Balon d’Or (1995)
He was a charismatic person both on and off the pitch, and sincerely felt the Barcelona colours, which he was always ready to bravely and intensely defend.
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development hosted Ramón Alfonseda, a former FC Barcelona player and President of the European Former Football Players Association (EFPA)
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development hosted Ramón Alfonseda, a former FC Barcelona player and President of the European Former Football Players Association (EFPA), earlier today.
Mr Alfonseda, who is also president of the Barça Players Association, listened intently to a presentation outlining the vision and mission of Qatar Foundation. He was introduced to the many educational initiatives, community development projects and scientific research programmes undertaken by Qatar Foundation.
Alfonseda came through FC Barcelona’s youth ranks and went on to make 117 appearances for the club between 1969 and 1973, scoring 27 goals.
He is best remembered for his performance in the 1971 Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup Final) against Valencia, when he scored the winning goal in a game that ended 4-3 to FC Barcelona.
His experiences in the youth side have stayed with him, and he said, “When you are a young player you receive a lot from the coaches and you learn respect, to work as a team and that means you must listen and take care of others. You learn punctuality, to think with others. There are some values that you can transfer very easily with football.”
Commenting on Qatar Foundation’s partnership with FC Barcelona, Mr Alfonseda said, “We must learn from one another. If you can implement something from Barcelona here and we, as Barcelona Football Club, can implement something from you in our country, in our institution, as a club, and in our children. I think when you get a kind of cooperation like this, both sides must see what is possible to get as values from one side to another. I think it is the kind of cooperation that can support and help the world.”
This is the first installment of Barça TV's new series 'Barça Legends." The series will focus on the players that made an impact on FC Barcelona's recent history. First up, Romario
Barça TV will highlight Barça players that marked FC Barcelona’s recent history in the new programme called “Barça Legends.” Players like Schuster, Eto’o, Koeman, Guardiola, Luis Enrique, Kluivert, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho are but a few of men that will feature in the new programme. Barça Legends will first take a look at Romario da Souza Faria, who played for Barça from 1993 through 1995. The Brazilian forward scored unforgettable goals for the Club and was key in Barça’s Liga and Spanish Super Cup campaigns.
Profile of the legendary Barça keeper through a series of curious, and sometimes humorous, stories
Antoni Ramallets left us this Tuesday at the age of 89. Here’s a series of stories about the man who was known as “The cat with wings:”
On various occasions he mentioned why he decided to be a keeper: “I was fat when I was young and I didn’t like to run. One day I had to play football with my friends and everyone was in agreement: ‘This guy, he doesn’t like to run, he should be the keeper. Besides, he’s fat, that way he’ll cover more of the goal.’”
Ramallets might have been a bit conceited. Legend has it that he kept a mirror fixed to his right goal post. After a play, he would check to see if his hair had become uncombed.
A Barcelona journalist once wrote: “Ramallets, he missed them all.” The opposing team had only shot on goal once, and it had gone in. It is true, however, that Ramallets had the most thankless and difficult job in the world of football ... being Barça’s goalkeeper.
His fame soon extended beyond the borders of Spain and Catalonia. He once received an overseas letter that only read “Ramallets-España” accompanied by a sketch of the keeper in goal.
He always repeated the same ritual before a match: he went to his goal, lifted his hand gesturing a greeting, and then threw his gloves and hat into the back of the net.
In 1954, when he was in his prime, he featured in a film alongside Josep Samitier named “Eleven pairs of boots” directed by Francisco Rovira-Veleta.
One of the first things the controversial manager Helenio Herrera said to Ramallets when he arrived in Barcelona in 1958 was: “Some directors who know nothing about football told me that we need to find a keeper, that you’re getting old. What should I tell them?” Ramallets responded: “It’s true, they know nothing.” Then Herrera pulled out a list with the names of four goalkeepers on it and ripped it up.
A couple of days before he retired, he was given a letter signed by “the Blaugrana family.” Alone in the dressing room, Ramallets read the letter which simply said: “Without you Barça will never be the same.” The letter touched Ramallets deeply.
In the 1970s, after he had retired from football, he was an officer in a bank until he retired. It often was the case that Barça fans would go to the bank under the guise of requesting a small loan to engage the Barça legend in conversation.
President Rosell and a number of ex-teammates, like Messi and Puyol, talk about the extent to which Ronaldinho left his mark on the Club
10 years of a magic number 10. This Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of the Club’s signing of Ronaldinho. Coming to the side after a four year lean spell, Ronaldinho lit up the Camp Nou and with his infectious smile and lovely skills he won the hearts of football fans all over the world and led the team to two consecutive league titles and that wonderful Champions League victory in Paris.
To mark the anniversary, Barça TV will show a documentary called ‘Quan el Barça va recuperar el somriure’ – “When Barça got their smile back” – which includes contributions from Club President Sandro Rosell, ex-teammates like Messi, Carles Puyol, Deco and Sylvinho, coaching assistant to Frank Rijkaard, Eusebio Sacristán and the head of sports at El Pais, Ramon Besa.
An end to a negative spiral
Sandro Rosell, who was Sporting Vice President in 2003, stresses the complete turnaround that Ronaldinho brought to the Club: “he is the person who changed the negative spiral into the positive one which continues to this day”. An opinion echoed by Messi who explains: “he changed the whole situation at the Club not just in the sporting arena, but really in every aspect”.
Puyol admits the pessimism that was in the Club at the time of Ronaldinho’s arrival: “ we were coming out of a very tough period in which we were not only winning titles, we weren’t even competing”. Sylvinho reckons: “Ronaldinho brought the great Barça back.