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The 41 year old Brazilian was at Barça from 1997 to 2002, when he scored 136 goals and also won the Ballon d'Or
Rivaldo used social networks to reveal that “with tears in my eyes I’d like to give thanks to God, my family and for all the support I have received in 24 years as a player. Today I’m announcing to my fans around the world that my history as a player has reached its end.”
The now former striker is unquestionably one of the greatest players ever to play for Barça. He excelled here for five years between 1997 and 2002. Rivaldo (Recife, Brazil, 1972) arrived from Deportivo la Coruña for the 1997/98 season, as a direct replacement for his compatriot Ronaldo. Tall and strong, he did so brilliantly with the kind of skill rarely seen before, a tremendous left foot, exquisite dribbling ability, a powerful shot and an outstanding capacity to score from set pieces.
Best in the world 1999
He wasn’t a natural centre forward, but tended instead to play out wide or just behind the attack, but still managed to score an astonishing amount of goals for FC Barcelona: 136 in 253 appearances. He was always a discrete person who preferred to so his talking on the pitch, and was rewarded with the Ballon d’Or in 1999.
Some of the fondest memories of his time at FCB include a famous hat-trick at the San Siro, a brace (with another goal inexplicably disallowed) at the Bernabéu in 2000/01, and most of all his spectacular last-minute overhead kick against Valencia to ensure qualification for the following season’s Champions League. At Barcelona, Rivaldo won two leagues, one cup and one European Supercup.
After winning the 2002 World Cup with Brazil, Rivaldo left Barça to spend two seasons at AC Milan. Since then, he also played for clubs in Brazil, Greece, Uzbekistan and Angola. He is currently president of Brazilian Serie C club Mogi Mirim, where is son Rivaldinho is among the playing squad.
He was in the Barça first team for 14 years and played 470 games, scoring 133 goals
Playing at full back, he was one of the key members of the famous team of the Five Cups
In 1969/70 he acted as caretaker manager between Salvador Artigas and Vic Buckingham
Last night, Josep Seguer Sans passed away at the age of 90. Then former Barça star’s funeral will be on Friday at 12.00 in l'Hospitalet de l'Infant. Born in Parets del Vallès (Barcelona) on May 6, 1923, Seguer dedicated a large part of his life to FC Barcelona after joining the club’s amateur team in 1940 from CF Parets.
After going on loan to Granollers in 1942/43, he returned to FCB, and remained in the first team for fourteen seasons (1943-1957), playing 470 games and scoring 133 goals. He also had four international caps for Spain. He started out as a midfielder, and it was from that position that he helped the team to several titles in the forties. But Seguer was famously versatile, and played in several other positions before eventually settling for full back.
Star of the Five Cups
Seguer was both strong and skilful, and it was never easy for opponents to predict his next move, earning himself the peculiar nickname of 'Diesel' because of the incredible amount of ground he would cover during a game.
In 1951/52, under manager Ferdinand Daucik and alongside the great Ladislau Kubala, Seguer was one of the mainstays of the famous team of the Five Cups, playing in defence next to Biosca and either Martín or Segarra, in that wonderful team of closely-knit friends, most of whom were locally born, and who all used the Catalan language to communicate.
By 1956/57, Seguer was becoming a veteran and struggling to hold his place in the team, which is when he decided to end his long spell at FC Barcelona. At Barça he had won five leagues (1944/45, 1947/48, 1948/49, 1951/52 & 1952/53), four Spanish Cups (1950/51, 1951/52, 1952/53 & 1956/57), two Latin Cups (1948/49 & 1951/52) and two Eva Duarte Cups (1948/49 & 1951/52).
Caretaker between Artigas and Buckingham
But Seguer did not leave football after FCB. He signed for Betis, where he became player-manager in 1958/59. He then did the same at Manresa, before coaching the FC Barcelona amateur team for three years from 1961/62. From November 1961, he was assistant first team manager to Ladislau Kubala, and remained in the post until the 1963/64 season, where he was also assistant to Josep Gonzalvo and Cèsar, while also coaching the amateur side. In 1964, he left to manage Lleida, and after that Terrassa, before returning to Barça in 1969 to coach the reserves, known at the time as El Condal. But just five games into the season, following the dismissal of first team manager Salvador Artigas, Seguer stepped in as caretaker manager until the arrival of Vic Buckingham in January 1970, under whom Seguer served as assistant.
In 1970, he became the first manager of Barça Atlètic, the new FCB reserve team following the merger of El Condal and Atlètic Catalunya. He remained in the job until the 1971/72 season
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.
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.