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FC Barcelona have won the Copa del Rey after a sublime first half that saw them sentence the game with goals in the first 25 minutes from Pedro (2) and Messi
The Vicente Calderón was the venue for final masterpiece by Josep Guardiola and his incredible team. FC Barcelona have won the Copa del Rey for the 16th time on yet another amazing evening in which the result was as good as decided within the first half hour thanks to a brace from Pedro and another from Leo Messi. From then on, all Barça had to do was let the minutes pass as they delighted their fans with yet another astonishing spectacle of passing, possession and control. And at the end of it all, the 14th and final trophy of the Guardiola era was waiting.
After scoring the fastest three goals in the history of Spanish Cup Finals, FC Barcelona were well on course for the fourth trophy of the season, having already conquered the Spanish and European Supercups and the Clubs World Cup.
The game was only 25 seconds old when Messi sent a shot skimming wide of the post. Two minutes later, Pedro made the most of a misjudged defensive clearance to pounce on the ball and put a left-footed strike past a wrong-footed Gorka. Such an electric start left Athletic Bilbao shell-shocked, and what’s more, they got their tactics all wrong. Man marking was merely gifting space to FC Barcelona, and the Catalans made the most of the situation in devastating style.
3-0 after 25 minutes
Following yet another dangerous Messi strike, Gorka Iraizoz was called upon once again after a quarter of an hour. The Argentinian had another chance just five years later, the result of a magnificent Iniesta assist. Messi’s finish was as perfect as perfect could be, and Barça were already two up. It was a continuous FC Barcelona onslaught on the Bilbao goal, and after 25 minutes, Iraizoz was picking the ball out of the net for the third time. Pedro, following the massive confidence boost of the opening goal, was on target again. With more than two thirds of the game still to play, it was already clear that there was only ever going to be one champion. Why, even Mascherano had a pop on goal from the halfway line!
For the remainder of the first half and much of the second, Barça were at ease to do as they pleased. Looking relaxed and with Iniesta simply outstanding in midfield, Guardiola’s side produced footballing poetry. Messi, following one of his slalom runs that we never grow tired of admiring, came close to getting Barça’s fourth. Athletic Club, missing Susaeta and De Marcos from the break onwards, did manage to conjure up a chance or two of their own, but both Ibai and Aurtenetxe would have hoped for much better.
It was all over long before it finished. FC Barcelona suffered almost zero pressure throughout the entire second half, and instead gifted Guardiola the dream farewell. The outgoing manager is leaving the club after winning 14 titles out of a possible 19. We have been enjoying the exhibition for four years, but what we saw tonight at the Vicente Calderón was almost like a condensed version of all that magic. Magic that will never be forgotten.
Barça proclaimed world champions after an historic four goal victory over Santos in Japan
The Catalans were three up at half time after goals from Messi, Xavi and Cesc, with the Argentinean rounding the game off with a fourth after the break
Legendary status is ever closer for this Barça team, who brilliantly saw off the threat from a Santos team led by Neymar and themselves aiming to emulate Pele's great team of the 60s. Goals from Messi (2), Xavi and Cesc gave Guradiola his 13th title in charge of a team which was packed with graduates from La Masia and gave yet another masterful performance in its own unique style.
With nine home grown players in the team, Guardiola again started with a back three, packing the midfield and using Alves as an auxiliary winger. The team dominated from the start with Messi, who inspired the attack, seeing an early effort stopped by Cabral(who also saved the follow up from Thiago), before opening the scoring on 17 minutes after a magic piece of control from Xavi set up the world's best player to stroke home with a beautiful touch.
Barça were purring now and their quick passing and movement left Santos helpless as they continued to create chances almost at will. Xavi got the second with another piece of spectacular control after a pass from Alves and the Catalan midfielder, who seemed to be in complete control of the game, then set up Cesc, whose shot came back off the woodwork. Santos were then forced into a change in tactics as they tried to halt the waves of attack from Guardiola's men.
However, no change in their opponents' tactics was going to stop this Barça and Guardiola's side continued to find space easily, rounding off the half with a third from Cesc. Barça had had a total of 74% of possession in the first magnificent 45 minutes and at the start of the second half, they showed there was not likely to be too much of a let up, with Cesc coming close to making it four, only being denied by another fine stop by Cabral. Santos showed some signs of life though, with Borges and Neymar getting through and forcing Valdes into two good one on one saves.
Wonderful collective performance
Barça were playing without any recognised out and out strikers, but were enjoying themselves with some emblematic passing and control and that nearly converted into another goal on 79 minutes when Alves rattled the woodwork and the Brazilian, who was very active throughout the game, set up the fourth goal, winning the ball back before slipping it to Man of the Match Messi to round the keeper and slot home. That was a fitting end to a great performance that saw Barça take their second Club World Cup and, amazingly, their 13th title in just three and a half years, stats that merely confirm their legendary status.
4 Champions League, 3 Fairs Cup, 4 Cup Winners Cup and 4 Super Cup triumphs to their name
AC Milan are now just behind Barça, with 7 Champions Leagues, 2 Cup Winners Cups and 5 Super Cups, whilst Madrid (12), Liverpool (11) and Ajax(9) trail them. The last 4 seasons have seen the Club charge up the table of continental trophy winners , with Pep Guardiola guiding them to 2 Champions League and 2 Super Cup victories.
Four years of unparalleled success
Indeed, with the victory over Porto, Pep Guardiola has overtaken Johan Cruyff as the Club's most successful manager. The Dutchman won 11 titles in 8 seasons, whilst during the Club's finest era, Pep has now taken 12 out of the 15 on offer between 2008 and 2011.
One Super Cup behind Milan
Guardiola has been involved in all four Super Cup wins –as a player in 1992 and 1997 and as a manager in 2009 and 2011 and this latest win sees his team draw to within one title of AC Milan as the team who have won the competition the most times - five.
FC Barcelona were proclaimed Champion of the Spanish Super Cup after beating Real Madrid 3-2 at the Camp Nou, and 5-4 overall over the 2 legs
Iniesta and Messi (2), with a goal right at the death, were the home team scorers
The Spanish Super Cup already has an owner. It's FC Barcelona, who managed to defend their crown after a long night of football; the game finished some time after 01.00. Just like the first leg, the game was end-to-end, played at top speed and with two opposing styles: the touch and elegance of Barcelona against the rough and physical Madrid. One star outshone the rest: Leo Messi, the best player in the world, who made the first goal for Barça and scored the other 2, the last one after 87 minutes when the tie seemed destined for extra time. Earlier, Real Madrid had twice equalized with goals from Ronaldo and Benzema.
The game had a dream end: Cesc made his debut and played a vital part in the goal that made it 3-2. The Super Cup is staying in Barcelona!
Messi assist, Iniesta definition
As in the first leg, Madrid pressurized Barça from the very beginning, and very high up the pitch, making it difficult to move the ball out of defence, and forcing the defenders to play the long ball. Much of the game was being played in the Barça half, although Madrid were creating very few chances. In their first long and quick combination, Barça went 1-0 ahead, when Messi and Iniesta changed roles. Leo got away from Khedira and Coentrao, and put a perfect through ball to Iniesta, who calmly chipped Casillas. A fabulous goal.
Madrid had no other option but to play higher up the field. After 15 minutes they needed two goals to overturn the tie. Madrid benefited from the intensity of the game and long balls into the area, and hardly played in the centre of the pitch. However, they almost scored an equalizer through Benzema, but his execution was poor. However, from the resultant corner, Ronaldo scored after some messy play in Valdés's area.
Pique and Messy fantasies make it 2-1
The game didn't lack goals. There was no respite, and before the break, there was time for a very powerful shot from Ronaldo that Valdes diverted onto the crossbar. The goal tio make it 2-1, scored by Messi, just like the Madrid goal, came from a corner. Leo benefited from a fantastic back-heel by Pique, and with all the calm in the World, chipped the ball over Casillas. Just like in the first leg, Messi dealt a lethal blow to Madrid's morale just before half time.
The game heats up
After the break, tempers began to heat up. Cristiano Ronaldo and Mascherano saw yellow after a scuffle following a foul by Marcelo, on the pitch from the start of the second half. Later, Pepe crudely blocked Messi, incensing the Camp Nou crowd. In this situation, chances were scarce until Messi tested Casillas after a touch of genius from Iniesta, who invented a new dribble with his back to goal. As an answer to this Ramos saw a header go just wide of the far post. Both sides were giving everything, despite the intense heat.
Getting close to the 90 minutes Mourinho was forced to throw his most attacking players, Higuain and Kaka, into the fray, replacing Di Maria and Özil, and Madrid managed to equalize again, once more with a bit of luck on their side, following a corner, just like for the first goal. Benzema was the scorer this time, and tied up the game once more.
It really looked like the match was going into extra time at the Camp Nou, which witnessed the debut of Fabregas, Barça's brand new signing. However, with Messi on the pitch, anything is possible. Messi, Fabregas, and Adriano, another who came on late in the second half, teamed up for one of the last moves of the match, to decide which team would be Champion. A fabulous volley by Messi, from the Adriano cross, won the match for Barça, who chose to play football again. The game ended in a similar fashion as the 5-0, with an impotent Madrid, with only ten players on the field after a brutal foul by Marcelo on Cesc. Villa was also sent off in the brawl that followed. In the end, nastiness aside, football was the winner.
With this win, Barça have begun the season how they finished the previous one, with a trophy. It's the eleventh in the Guardiola era, and he's lifted the Spanish Super Cup 3 years running.
Barça’s basketball team have won their 17th league title – the 14th in the ACB era which they have totally dominated
After winning the Lliga Catalana and the Spanish Super Cup, Barça Regal have finished off the 2011/12 season on a high by beating Real Madrid in the play off finals in a thrilling final game, after previously seeing off Lucentum Alicante and Valencia, to take their 17th league title. Three of those titles came between 1958 and 1983, with the rest coming in the ACB era – a period Barça have dominated.
Barça have won 14 of the last 29 ACB titles and lead the honours table in the modern era, ahead of Madrid (8), Caja Laboral (3), FIATC Joventut (2), Assignia Manresa (1) and Unicaja (1).
In fact, the team have reached 14 of the last 18 finals and this latest win was in their sixth successive final appearance - three of which have ended in victory.
The last three titles have all come under the stewardship of coach The Catalan continues to pile up the trophies after four and a half seasons at the helm and is now fourth in the table of league winning coaches, level with Antoni Serra,and behind Pedro Ferrándiz (12), Lolo Sáinz (10) and Aíto García Reneses (9).
Barça’s roller hockey team mathematically secure the OK Liga title - the 24th in the history of the Club- after beating Calafell by 7-4
This victory gives Barça an 11-point advantage over second-place Liceo, with 9 points still left in play
This is the roller hockey team’s third titled this season after the Spanish Super Cup and the King’s Cup
The FC Barcelona roller hockey team have embarked on a new era in the OK Liga. After the title slipped away last season, which broke Barça’s 13 years of consecutive OK Liga title wins, the Liga crown is back in Azulgrana hands thanks to Gaby Cairo’s managerial skills. Barça’s 24th OK Liga title became a reality when the roller hockey team beat Calafell by 7-4 in front of 1,025 supporters and Sandro Rosell at the Palau Blaugrana. This Monday’s victory means that Barça have 62 points and an 11-point lead over second-place team Liceo, with 4 matches left on the schedule.
Third title of the season
This title reaffirms Cairo’s era at the helm of FCB’s roller hockey team. After winning the Spanish Super Cup and the King’s Cup, now it’s time to celebrate the OK Liga. There’s still, however, one more important challenge, the European League, which could be the icing on the cake for a team that has won everything else in play. The Barça squad come into the Final Eight playoff, which will be played in Lodi (Italy) from May 24th through the 27th, as group leaders.
Calafell quickly made it clear that they would not be an easy team to beat when they came out onto the Palau Blaugrana court. Barça’s players, on the other hand, showed themselves to be solid on defence. On six minutes, Pablo Álvarez brought the title that much closer when his behind-the-goal shot caught Calafell’s keeper off guard. Two minutes later, Torra committed a penalty and Coy brought his team level from the spot. Barça were coming close to scoring on Dalmau’s goal time and again, but none of the chances finished with the ball in the back of the net.
4-1 at the half
Borregán, however, made sure to net his shot on 13 minutes, after taking advantage of a rebound from Marc Gual’s shot. Calafell, at this point, were struggling to find the right balance on defence. Barroso, five minutes later, made it 3-1. Marc Torra, twice, and Coy hit the post. With two seconds to go before the break, Gual struck the decisive blow and made it 4-1.
At the start of the second half, the team managed by Cairo quickly made it 5-1 through Reinaldo García. Calafell’s second came on the 33rd minute thanks to another goal scored by Coy. Despite the goal, the Azulgrana team, with a three-goal advantage, were comfortable on the court. Barça quickly made it 6 thanks to Torra, with 11 minutes to go before full time. However, it was Coy, with two more goals in three minutes (45 and 48) that kept his team in the match. One minute later, however, Borregán sealed the win and the title when he beat Dalamu for Barça’s seventh.
Joy at the Palau Blaugrana
The party started after Borregán’s second goal. The supporters, knowing what the outcome meant for the team, erupted into applause and cheers as the referee called full time. Embraces, smiles, boisterous yelling and the team’s lap of honour quickly followed. The images of Cairo being tossed in the air by his players, the team posing for photos with their families and the technical staff giving the champions the honour guard are but a few of the lasting memories of Barça’s 24th OK Liga title win.
Three goals from Torra, Álvarez and Ordeig in five minutes secured the title for FC Barcelona
This is the second title of the season for Gaby Cairo’s men, it’s also their second consecutive Cup
FC Barcelona’s 19th King’s Cup title is now a reality. Barça beat Noia Freixent by 2-3 at Vilanova i la Geltrú, which means that the Catalan team’s bid to defend their title was successful (this is also their second title of the season). Noia took the early lead, but a strong reaction from FC Barcelona, with three goals in five minutes before the half, secured the title for Barça. Noia wasn’t able to mount a comeback in the second half.
Seró scores for Noia
The first minutes of the match were market by both teams displaying a solid defence. A shot to the post from Torra on five minutes was the only real chance before the both teams went on the attack at the end of the first half. A Seró goal, from a powerful shot just outside the area, put Noia ahead with five minutes remaining in the half.
Fight back before the break
The Azulgrana reaction came immediately. A great individual play from Torra brought Barça level. It was FC Barcelona’s first blow. The second blow came one minute later, Gaby Cairo's took the lead thanks to Pablo Álvarez. Before the break Barça scored their third, Ordeig ripped a shot from long distance and Puigbí could do nothing to avert the goal. In the blink of an eye Barça was up 3-1.
Seró pulls one back
The start of the second half was much like the first. With few chances at either end of the court. Cairo’s men defended their lead. Noia, a team that doesn’t boast the team depth on the bench that Barça does, was struggling to maintain the pace of the match. A penalty, scored by Seró, in the last minute of the game brought back a glimmer of hope to Noia. However, it was too late, the clock was winding down. 60 seconds later, Cairo’s men lifted the King’s Cup title. Champions!
Barça Intersport claim their second consecutive Liga Asobal title, the 19th in Club history, after beating BM Torrevieja. Players, managers and Barça fans intensely celebrate the title at the Palau
It's been 16 years, March 23rd 1996, since the Azulgranas have been able to win the Liga title at home. Barça's seven league titles since then have all been won away from the Palau. Last year's title was won in Logroño
Xavi Pascual's men close out the season with 58 points out of 60, and a record of 29 victories and only 1 defeat
The Palau Blaugrana hosted a massive party this Saturday, the celebration of the 19th Liga Asobal title won by Barça Intersport (the team’s second consecutive Liga title). Xavi Pascual’s men beat BM Torrevieja in the last match of the competition and thus sealed the title crown after a season-long duel with BM Atlético Madrid. This is the first time Barça have won back-to-back titles since the Dream Team’s historic run of five consecutive Liga crowns (1996-2000).
Players, managers and Barça fans intensely celebrated the new title as the confetti rained down from the ceiling. This Saturday the fans were completely behind the team from the first minute of the game. They wanted to party at the Palau, the venue that has hosted so many epic athletic feats in the past. BM Torrevieja, who had many absences and had nothing at stake, were Barça's scapegoat after such a hard-fought season.
The match started with two goals from Rutenka, but Manolo Laguna’s men put up a fight from the 10th minute when the scoreline was 5-7 in their favour. Pascual called for a timeout in an attempt to break the negative dynamic on the court. “The entire season rests on this game,” said the manager on multiple occasions this week. Barça Intersport had not played a competitive match in 15 days and Pascual didn’t want his team to lose focus. The Azulgranas managed to level with BM Torrevieja on various occasions (8-8, 9-9 and 10-10), but they couldn’t nick the lead until the 21st minute.
The tying goal was a turning point for the team. The Alicante side, playing with a 6-0 solid defence, didn’t give up, however. But Barça’s effectiveness grew as time went on and, little by little, the team found its best form. A goal from Igropulo allowed the Azulgranas to go to the break with a three goal lead (18-15).
At the start of the second half, Barça Intersport increased their lead to 25 to 19 on 20 minutes and 31 to 22 on 50 minutes. The second half was much more open than the first, with fast transitions on both sides of the court. Saric was putting in a splendid performance in goal and Rutenka and Igropulo were Barça’s engine on defence and offence. Pascual gave minutes to all of his players and in the dying minutes of the game the crowd knew the title was staying in Barcelona. The team reaped the reward of a hard-fought season this Saturday and the players were ecstatic that they could celebrate it with the fans. Some of the players won’t be with the team next season but the party at the Palau will never be forgotten. This is the first time in 16 years that Barça were able to celebrate a Liga victory at the Palau.
An amazing save in the last second from Saric gave Barça Intersport the Asobal Cup on Reale Ademar de Leon’s court
The Catalans always led their rival, even though the game was very close, especially in the second half
Barça Intersport players will start their Christmas vacation with the Asobal Cup neatly tucked under their arms - their second title of the season after the Pirineos Cup - and with qualification for the next edition of the Champions League ensured. They won the title with all honours. After knocking out Valladolid in the semi-final yesterday, they dispatched the reigning champions in the closely contested final. The game was very similar to Wednesday’s: clear dominance from Barça in the first half and a resurgent rival in the second. Tonight, however, a providential and heroic Saric was needed to claim the title.
Without allowing themselves to be intimidated by the hostile crowd, Barça Intersport started the game like true champions. They broke the deadlock after 10 minutes (3-6). The first half from Daniel Saric and Ademar’s keeper, Venio Losert, were truly memorable performances. Barça jumped ahead thanks to a hungry Nagy (4-9, min 15), even though the flow of the game was slow.
The match slows down
The home team managed to stop Barça’s offence, however, they were having difficulties penetrating the visitor’s defensive wall. In the few chances that they did have, Saric was there to stop each shot. The Azulgranas, guided by an effective Entrerrios, had control of the game (9-12, with a last second goal from the Castellano) at the half.
The flow of the game opened up in the second half. At times it was crazy, and Ademar took advantage of it as they came within one goal of Barça (13-14, min 25). However, four key goals from Sorhaindo stopped the fightback dead in its tracks. Saric, an impenetrable wall in the goal, was also responsible for keeping Barça in the game. Nagy and Rutenka’s power served the visiting side to preserve the lead when they needed it most (22-25, min 52).
Ademar, with more heart than skill, managed to get to the final minutes of the match with options to win the title. They even had an opportunity to force overtime in their last attack, but Saric stood in their way. Thanks to the keeper’s brilliant performance, Barça lifted the Asobal Cup.
With the Liga title in the bag, Barça's second consecutive Liga, the Azulgranas close out the season where they also won the UEFA Futsal Cup, the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Cup
The Azulgrana futsal team closed out the best season in the history of the Club after Barça Alusport beat ElPozo and claimed the Liga title this evening. This year Barça won four of the five titles that the team contested. This season Marc Carmona’s men have written their names in eternal ink in the Club history books.
Once again the victim was ElPozo Murcia. This time it was a best-of-five series and the Southerners simply couldn’t cope with the Azulgranas, who won their second consecutive Liga title. Barça won the title over the team that have the second-most titles in the LNFS (5).
Lobelle, the first victim
This season’s amazing run started on March 11, when the Azulgranas claimed their first title. It was the Spanish Cup. Barça played the final in Logroño against Lobelle Santiago and won by 5-3 . Before beating the Northerns in the final, Marc Carmona’s men saw off Inter Movistar in the semifinals (4-1), and Caja Segovia in the quarterfinals (0-3). This was Barça’s second consecutive Spanish Cup.
In the heavens of Europe
On April 29 of this year, the first time in Club history, Barça Alusport stretched its dominance over the continent. The Azulgrana hegemony became a reality at the Pabellón Barris Nord in Lleida, where Barça played in the semifinals of the UEFA Futsal Cup. Carmona’s men left Sporting Clube in the dust with a 5-1 drubbing and in the following match, the final, Barça claimed the title by beating Dynamo Moscow by 3-1.
First blow to ElPozo
Barça Alusport’s rival in the final of the LNFS, ElPozo Murcia, tasted defeat as well in the Copa del Rey final. Barça won the match by 6 to 3 in the title game. This as well was Barça second consecutive Copa del Rey title. In the semifinal, Barça had beaten Inter Movistar in the semifinals.
With the historic victory of the Futsal team in Lleida, the Club can boast 17 successive seasons with at least one of its professional teams as European Champions
The Club have been proclaimed European champions on 34 occasions -4 times at football, 2 at basketball, 8 at handball, 19 at roller hockey and now one at futsal
Over the last 17 seasons, the Club have won 22 European Cups
The Club won its 34th European Champions trophy this Sunday at the Barris Nord in Lleida this Sunday, when Barcelona Alusport beat Dynamo Moscow to take the first European crown for the futsal section in the Club’s history.
Marc Carmona’s men achieved a historic win that ensured the Club continued its amazing 17 year run with at least one of the professional teams winning at a European Champions League.
First Futsal trophy
The 34 titles won by the five professional sections include the four Champions League won by the football team – Wembley, Paris, Rome and Wembley again- and the two won by the basketball section – the most recent in Paris in the 2009/10 season.
The handball section has won 8 Champions League titles, whilst the 19 won by the roller hockey team have dominated the continent with 19 titles Today’s first win by the futsal team means the Club can claim 34 Champions League titles in total.
17 years and 22 titles
Since the 1994/1995 season, the Club have won at least one Champions League title per year, taking 22 titles in all: three at football, two at basketball, seven at handball, nine at roller hockey and now one more at futsal.
The professional teams have actually won an international trophy every year since 1988/89 when the football team won the Cup Winners Cup. Over those 24 seasons, the Club have claimed a total of 59 international titles.