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Barça have won six league titles and three Champions League titles in the last decade, more than European rivals such as Real Madrid, Inter, Juventus, Porto, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, PSG and Lyon
The side from Turin overcome Lazio 2-1 after extra time and now head to Berlin looking for their first ever treble
Juventus have claimed a second trophy of the season after beating Lazio in the final of the Coppa Italia. Barça’s opponents in the Champions League final on 6 June in Berlin were already league champions and on Wednesday they added the Italian Cup to their honours list with a 2-1 win in extra time over Lazio. La Vecchia Signora claimed the trophy for the first time since 1995 and in doing so moved past Roma on the all time list of Coppa Italia winners.
Massimiliano Allegri’s side got off to the worst possible start in the final when they fell behind after just four minutes when Lazio’s Radu put the Romans ahead from a well placed header from a set piece. However, the Serie A champions did not panic and just seven minutes later Giorgio Chiellini drew the side from Turin level, also from a set piece. There were plenty of chances for both sides in the remainder of the first half and in the second 45 minutes to take the title yet the game ended 1-1 at the final whistle.
With just five minutes of extra time played, striker Alessandro Matri pounced on a loose ball in the box to make it 2-1 to Juventus. Moments later Lazio’s Djordjevic had a great chance to level things up but his effort came back not just off one post but off both of Storari’s goal and as such la Juve held on for the victory. The Italians now head to Berlin with the double already in their pockets and with the incentive of claiming the league, Cup and Champions League treble for the first time in their history.
Juventus will also wear their famous black and white first kit for the game in the Olympiastadion in the German capital on 6 June
FC Barcelona will wear their home blaugrana kit in the Champions League final in Berlin against Juventus just as they have done in all their previous finals since Europe’s top club competition was rebranded for the season 1992/93. Barça wore blaugrana in the final at Wembley in 2011, in Rome in 2009, in Paris in 2006. In the competition in its former guise as the European Champions’ Club Cup, Barça wore blaugrana in 1994 in Athens and in 1961 in Berne. In Seville in 1986 they wore blue and at Wembley in 1992 they wore orange.
Details have emerged of the Barça first team’s travel plans for the final in Berlin. It is expected that the blaugrana party will arrive at Berlin Tegel airport on Friday 5 June at around 1.00pm (exact time to be confirmed). Juventus will arrive at the same airport at around 12.00pm. The timetable for pre-game press conferences and training sessions is as follows:
- 6.45pm: Luis Enrique press conference + 2 players
- 7.45pm: open training session
- 4.45pm: Press conference (coach + 2 players)
- 5.45pm: open training session
*All times CET
The lowdown on FC Barcelona's opponent in the Champions League Final in Berlin
Formed by students. The Juventus Football Club was set up in 1897 by a group of students from the Liceo Massimo D’Azeglio, which is the origin of the club’s Latin name.
La Vecchia Signora. Juventus are known as the ‘Old Lady of Turin’. It is generally believed that the term dates back to the 1920s when the Agnelli (FIAT) family took mover the club. As the owners were known as the vecchios signores, or ‘old gentlemen’, the club became known as the ‘old lady’.
Rivalry with Torino and lnter. Juventus FC has a local rivalry with Torino FC, known as the derby della mole, after the famous Mole Antonelliana building in the city. But the equivalent of the clásico in Italy is the game between Juve and Inter Milan, who along with AC Milan are the most widely supported clubs in the country.
Most fans in Italy. The club is also known as La Fidanzata d'Italia, or ‘Italy’s girlfriend’ because they have more supporters than any other team.
Tragic first European Cup. Juventus became continental champions for the first time in 1985 by beating Liverpool 1-0 in a final better remembered for awful reasons. At the Heysel Stadium in Brussels, 39 supporters were killed in a human avalanche that caused a wall to collapse shortly before kick-off. The game went ahead despite the tragedy and Juventus won by a penalty converted by three-time Ballon d’Or winner Michel Platini.
Only other title in 1996. Juve won the trophy for the second and last time in 1996, when they beat Ajax on penalties at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. Juventus have lost more finals than any other club, a total of five (losing to Ajax, SC Hamburg, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and AC Milan).
First treble winners. Only five teams have won what were once the three different European titles (European Cup, Cup Winners’ Cup and UEFA/Fairs Cup). The others are Bayern, Ajax, Barça and Chelsea. Of these, Juve achieved the treble first.
Best Italian club of 20th century. The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) deemed Juventus the best Italian club of the previous century. They were followed by AC Milan in second and Inter in third.
Scandal and demotion to Serie B. In the darkest period in club history, in 2005 and 2006, a scandal emerged regarding refereeing fraud that involved a number of major clubs. Juventus suffered more than any. Their two championship titles were declared null and void and they were demoted to Serie B with a 9-point penalty. This is the only time they have been relegated out of the top flight.
Four consecutive scuddettos. Juventus rose from the ashes and returned to Serie A in 2007. They have won the Italian league title every year since 2011/12 with an experienced, compact and talented squad.
FC Barcelona won 10 of their 12 games, scoring 28 goals and recording shutouts in half of their matches
The cliché goes that ‘to win the Champions League you have to beat the best teams in Europe’. Players, managers and commentators say it all the time, and as Barça powered their way to this year’s final, it was never so true. In the first knockout round they beat Premier League champions Manchester City, then got the better of French title holders PSG and in the semis put out last season’s winners of the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich.
It’s been an extraordinary run for the Catalans, winning 10 of their 12 games, only losing at the Parc des Princes in the groups, and in the second leg at the Munich Arena, a defeat that was really a victory, as it ensured an aggregate win of 5-3 and a ticket to Berlin, where they will meet Juventus, the champions of another Europe’s major leagues, the Italian Serie A.
Having scored 28 goals and conceded just ten, Barça’s +18 record is only topped by Bayern Munich with +2. And Barça keeper Ter Stegen has kept no fewer than six clean sheets.
Here’s a review of the main stats from FC Barcelona’s impressive run to the Champions League Final:
Barça have come up against the Old Lady of Turin five times in European competition - qualifying three times and getting knocked out twice
Barça and Juventus have crossed paths five times in European competitions in the past, but their meeting at the Olympiastadion in Berlin next June 6 will be their first for 12 years. Barça are looking to win the trophy for the fifth time, having last won it four years ago. Meanwhile, Juve are seeking a third European crown and the first for almost 20 years.
First meeting: Latin Cup
FC Barcelona and Juventus first met in the 1951/52 Latin Cup semi-finals, with the Catalans easing through to final by winning 4-2 with the goals scored by Manchón, Kubala and Basora. They’d go on to win the trophy by beating Nice at the Parc des Princes in Paris.
Second time: Fairs Cups
The Vecchia Signora had to wait 15 years to get their revenge in the round of 32 of the 1970/71 Fairs Cup. Barça lost both legs 2-1 and Juventus marched into the final, which they lost on the away goals rule to Leeds United.
Game three: European Cup
In the 1985/86 European Cup, Barça and Juventus clashed at the quarter final stage. Barça won the first leg at the Camp Nou 1-0 thanks to a goal scored by Julio Alberto, and a draw in Turin was enough to seal passage to the quarter finals. Managed by Terry Venables, Barça went on to lose the final in Seville on penalties to Steaua Bucharest.
Fourth encounter: Cup Winners’ Cup
It was in 1990/91 that Barça and Juventus would next meet, and once again in a different competition. Barça made it through this Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final by winning 3-1 at the Camp Nou with goals from Stoichkov (2) and Goikoetxea and then a 1-0 defeat in Italy.
Last time: Champions League
The last time the two teams met was in the 2002/03 Champions League. That tie will always be remembered for the ill-fated period of extra time at the Camp Nou, which saw Juventus qualify. Barça had drawn 1-1 away in the first leg, the goal scored by Javier Saviola, but Nedved put the Serie A side ahead in Barcelona before Xavi took the game into overtime. It looked like the match was heading for penalties, but right at the end, Zalayeta scored for Juve and Barça were out
The Italian club will face Barça in the Champions League showdown in Berlin
Juventus will be the blaugranes’ opponent in the Champions League final which will be played on 6 June in Berlin. La Vecchia Signora have overcome Real Madrid in the semi-finals 3-2 on aggregate (2-1 in Turin and 1-1 in Madrid) after the second leg on Wednesday evening in the Santiago Bernabéu. It will be the first time that the Barça and Juventus have met in the final of Europe’s top club competition.
More than a decade has passed since the two sides have met in European competition. The last time they crossed swords came in a Champions League encounter in 2003, an extra time goal from Uruguayan striker Zalayeta knocking out a Barça side that contained current coach Luis Enrique.
Previously, the teams had met in the semi-finals of the European Cup Winners’ Cup in the season 1990/91, in the European Cup quarter-finals and in the old Fairs Cup in the season 1970/71. Barça went through in the ties in the Cup Winners’ Cup and in the European Cup with the Italians emerging victorious in the Fairs Cup.
Now they will meet again in Berlin in what will be FC Barcelona’s fourth final in ten years and the first for the Turin club since 2003. Juventus have won the competition on two previous occasions, in 1985 and in 1996 and they have also been runners-up five times, in 1973, 1983, 1997, 1998 and 2003.
Also on for the treble
To get to the final in Berlin, Juventus have had to see off Borussia Dortmund, Monaco and Real Madrid. In the group stage they finished in second place behind Atlético Madrid but ahead of Olympiacos and Malmö. The Italians are gunning for the treble as they are already league champions and finalists in the Coppa Italia.
Barça are in the final in Berlin and will be looking to repeat the successes of Wembley in 1992, Paris in 2006, Rome in 2009 and Wembley again in 2011
The Champions League final in Berlin will be Barça’s fourth in the last ten years. After claiming the trophy at Wembley in 1992, the blaugranes repeated that success in Paris in 2006, in Rome in 2009 and once again at Wembley in 2011. We take the chance to look back at those four victorious Champions League finals won by FC Barcelona.
1991/92: Barça ended their jinx in Europe’s top club competition in London. A legendary strike from Ronaldo Koeman in extra time was enough to secure victory over Sampdoria in the final. The goal came in the 111th minute and after defeats in the final in 1961 and in 1986, the blaugranes finally were able to proclaim themselves Champions of Europe.
2005/06: Goals from Eto’o and Belletti in the final few minutes of the game gave Barça their second Champions League title under the fain in the Saint Denis stadium in Paris against Arsenal. The team coached by Frank Rijkaard played most the game against 10 men following the early red card for Jens Lehmann, nevertheless, they had to come from behind after Sol Campbell put Arsenal ahead in the first half.
2008/09: Pep Guardiola and his team rounded a perfect season in Rome. Goals from Eto’o and Messi saw off a Manchester United side who were looking to retain the trophy in Italy. After claiming the Cup and the League, Barça recorded an historic treble with their third victory in the Champions League
2010/11: Once again Manchester United were the opponents in the final, this time at Wembley Stadium. Pedro put Barça ahead but Rooney leveled things up with the game still in the first half. After the break goals from Messi and Villa reflected Barça’s superiority and FC Barcelona were able to claim their fourth success in the competition.
As the Brazilian ties Leo Messi's run in 2010/11, we take a look at the stats from the game at the Bayern Arena
- FC Barcelona have beaten the champions of England (Man City), France (PSG) and Germany (Bayern) en route to the final, as well as those of Holland (Ajax) and Cyprus (APOEL).
- Neymar Jr’s two goals against Bayern made him the first Barça player to ever score in both legs of a Champions League semi-final.
- The FCB trident have broken the record set by Rivaldo, Kluivert and Luis Enrique in 1999/2000 for goals in a Champions League season: 25.
- Neymar Jr is also the first Barça player to score in four consecutive Champions League knockout matches.
- Luis Suárez is the second Barça player this season to make it to 20 assists, the other being Leo Messi.
- This was the first time that Barça ever scored two or more goals in both legs of a Champions League semi-final.
- Neymar Jr has scored in seven consecutive matches, and is the first FCB player to do so since Messi in 2010/11.
- After Bayern failed to do so, there is still no club that has been able to knock Barça out of the Champions League twice at the semi-final stage.
Neymar Jr joins Luiz Adriano of Shakhtar and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid on nine goals in this season’s UCL. Messi leads the ranking with ten.
Messi and Neymar have become the first duo from the same club to score at least nine goals each in a single edition of the Champions League.
Bayern became the first team in 2015 to score a header against Barça.
Benatia’s goal was also ended FC Barcelona’s incredible 25-0 goalscoring streak.
Sergio Busquets won the most balls for Barça in Munich, a total of 13
- In green, good passes by Sergio Busquets; in red, bad passes; in yellow and blue, balls won and interceptions.
FC Barcelona are off to Berlin and we take a look at what the world's newspapers have to say about it
On June 6, FC Barcelona will be appearing in the Champions League final against either Real Madrid or Juventus. After the 3-2 defeat at Bayern still meant comfortable qualification by 5-3 on aggregate against the Bundesliga champions, it was double goalscorer Neymar who featured most prominently in the world media’s commentaries, along with his strike partners Suárez and Messi – whose connection seems to get stronger as every game goes by.
In Catalonia’s sports papers, Mundo Deportivo proclaimed ‘To Berlin!’ on its front page along with a reminder of the other cities where Barça have played finals before, Sport opted for ‘Into the final!’, illustrated with Messi and Neymar embracing, and L’Esportiu commented on the MSN trident by saying ‘Trio for the fifth’.
As for the general interest papers, La Vanguardia ran with the headline ‘Barça wait for Berlin’ and El Periódico for ‘The fifth, in Berlin’. ARA also had a reminder of the previous venues where Barça have played finals: ‘Paris, London, Rome, BERLIN’ and El Punt-Avui opened with ‘Barça, off to Berlin’.
Turning to the international media, in France L’Équipe spoke of ‘A great Spectacle’, the Italian La Gazzetta dello Sport of ‘Messi and Neymar to Berlin’ and Portugal’s A Bola of ‘Neymar ends the Bavarian dream’.
In the English language media, we have The Guardian saying that ‘Neymar leads Barcelona to Champions League final’, The Times with ‘Neymar has Bayern fighting losing battle’ and the New York Times with ‘Barcelona ushers resigned Bayern Munich out of Champions League’.
Iniesta and Neymar believe that as long as Barça are in final, who they play doesn't matter
The FC Barcelona players were very proud after securing their ticket to the Champions League Final in Berlin on 6 June, the Club’s fourth final in 10 years. Andres Iniesta said that the team is optimistic for what are essentially three matches that can give them the three titles but that the players are aware that there is unfinished business.
"We are where we should be each year. We’re close to winning everything, but we have one last step in all three competitions,” Iniesta said.
He continued: “Our goal was to be the final and once there it doesn’t matter who our rival is. But we mustn’t stop and we have to try and win everything. Being in the final is huge and it would be incredible to get the titles for the team and for the fans," Iniesta admitted.
As for the game, the Barça midfielder said they expected Bayern to come out with intensity: "We knew they would come out strong at the beginning, but our two goals gave us a cushion."
"In the second half, they came out hungry again. The important thing is that we’re in another final. It’s great. We’ll try to finish on top."
Here are some highlights from the players’ post-game reactions:
"I want to congratulate the whole team for the game we played. I’m very happy with the goals and to be in the Final. It's great."
"Now we have only one step left. The dressing room hosted a small party, but we still have one more step."
"It's very important to be in the Final. It doesn’t matter who we play."
"A final against [Real] Madrid would be very exciting and historic."
"We’ve marked an era. I'm very happy to be part of this team. We’ll remember for a long time, now is the time to enjoy it."
"The big teams win more than they lose. We’re having a great season, we’re in two finals and now we’ll try to win the league."
"I want Barça to be in all competitions. We are and on Wednesday we'll see who we’ll face in the final."
A photographic look back at the first team's return after reaching the Champions Final in Berlin
'We're one win away from winning each of the three competitions. This is our objective'
Barça are where Luis Enrique always wanted them to be at this stage of the season – just one win away in each competition - League Cup and Champions League – from taking all three trophies. As he put it after tonight’s game in Munich: "It’s mission accomplished. Our next objective is to be European champions. We're one win away from winning each of the three competitions. This is our objective. It's a nice moment but we still have to seal the deal”.
The win is down to everyone
As to the game itself, the boss insisted: “We are very happy, we deserve a place in the final. The team did well and getting to half-time with a lead was important. It was a game that was determined by our rival’s need to take risks and attack, but even though they took the lead, we came back at them and created plenty of chances. The win is down to all of the people who make up the team and it’s a moment to enjoy”.
Nerves in the second half
Luis Enrique did admit: “I suffered a bit, but I suffer in every tie, they all have their difficulties. We lost a lot of possession in the second half and I felt we had slipped into the idea that we were already in the final, but we know our players’ abilities and what they can do and I am very happy with their performance - this is a moment to congratulate them”.
Video highlights of Barça's Road to Berlin to challenge for their fifth victory in the competition
FC Barcelona are in the Champions League final in Berlin on 6 June after a 5-3 aggregate victory over Bayern Munich in the semif-finals gives Luis Enrique and his team the chance to challenge for their fifth title in the competition.
This video takes another look at the best moments from the Champions League campaign so far as Barça enter the final steps of the Road to Berlin - Hallo Berlin!
Luis Enrique follows on from Rijkaard (2006) and Guardiola (2009 and 2011). Manchester United and Bayern Munich have played three finals in the same period
FC Barcelona are through the Champions League final for the fourth time in a decade. Berlin will be the venue this time, following finals in 2006 in Paris, 2009 in Rome and 2011 in London.
The first was played at the Stade de France, Paris on May 17, 2006. Frank Rijkaard had guided the side past Chelsea, Benfica and AC Milan in the previous rounds. Two goals from Eto’o and Belletti cancelled out Campbell’s opener for Manchester United.
Three years later, on May 27, 2009, the Olympic Stadium in Rome was the venue for another final with Barça involvement. Manchester United were the opponents once again and Eto’o and Messi won Barça’s third title. In the previous rounds, FCB had eliminated Olympique Lyon, Bayern Munich and Chelsea.
Guardiola was manager for another final two years later, on May 28, 2011 at the new Wembley in another final against Manchester United. Barça won once again with goals from Pedro, Messi and Villa. Arsenal, Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Madrid were FC Barcelona’s victims in the previous rounds.
Berlin is now a reality. Luis Enrique beat the champions of three of Europe’s biggest leagues, Manchester City, PSG and Bayern, to reach final four in the last decade. No other club can match that record, with Manchester United and Bayern Munich having featured in three, each side winning just one of those.
Luis Enrique is the third coach at the Club to reach the final in his first season, following on from Orizaola and Guardiola
Luis Enrique has joined a select group of managers who have taken a team to the Champions League Final and what’s more, he’s done it in his very first year in charge of the side and in his first ever season as a coach in the continent’s top competition.
Since the European Cup changed its format in the 1992/93 season, there have been 11 coaches who have led their team to the Champions League Final in their debut season at their club. The full list is:
Following in the steps of Orizaola and Guardiola
Luis Enrique is the third coach in the Club’s history to coach a side to the final in his first season, following on from Enrique Orizaola and Pep Guardiola.
Enrique Orizaola took over the side in January 1961 after the departure of the Serbian Ljubisa Brocic and in his five months at the Club he reached the European Cup Final in Bern, where Barça lost 3-2 to Benfica in what proved to be Orizola’s last game in charge.
Bayern Munich’s current manager Pep Guardiola had a superb debut season at Barça in 2008/09, winning the League and Cup titles, as well as claiming the Champions League in Rome.
Barça’s other appearances in the final, in 1986 under Terry Venables, 1992 and 1994 with Johan Cruyff, 2006 with Frank Rijkaard and 2011 under Pep Guardiola, all came about with coaches who’d had more than a season at the Club.
A rundown of comments on social media following the game against Bayern on Tuesday night
A look inside the Bayern Munich stadium, where FC Barcelona will be looking to book their tickets for Berlin
The 26 players named in the Barça squad have been through their paces at the venue for Tuesday Champions League semi-final second leg
After an intense day, FC Barcelona have trained at the Allianz Arena, the venue for Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich. Luis Enrique and his squad, who arrived in Germany at around midday local time, performed their usual day before the game session on the pitch where the tie will be decided tomorrow.
The training session saw all 26 players selected for the squad in action with the Barça coach having taken his entire first team squad plus Munir, Sandro and Samper from the B squad.
The Barça coach does not want an end to end game but neither will his team defend their 3-0 lead in the tie in the Allianz Arena
“Focused, concentrated and ready to win the game,” that is how Luis Enrique sees his man ahead of the second leg of their Champions League semi-final in the Allianz Arena against Bayern Munich. The 3-0 win in the first leg has not altered his plans. “If we have got this far with good results then we have to do the same. We won’t sit back,” warned the Barça coach in his pre game press conference in Munich.
Furthermore, as Pep Guardiola his counterpart had said previously, he said his side would try to control the game. “A crazy game does not suit us. We prefer to have the ball and in our opponents half, even though we know that it will be difficult and that at a given moment we will have to look for the space,” admitted the Asturian. Below we outline some more comments from Luis Enrique’s press conference:
A quality semi-final
“It’s impossible to be relaxed in a semi-final of the Champions League. On the contrary, at times I have to put the brakes on the players.”
“I hope the most important night of my career is still to arrive.”
An ever dangerous rival
“I see an offensive Bayern side as always. The same as us, I hope to see a very attractive game.”
“In the previous round they came back. We know that at times we will have problems. We want the game to be like the first leg.”
“We are coming off the back some good performances away from home and we will maintain our objectives.”
“If we go forward with the idea that we have to go after the game, that will bring us close to the final. We know that we can create problems for them.”
The Argentinian believes Barça will go after the win because the reward is playing in the Champions League final
Only 90 minutes separate FC Barcelona from another Champions League final. The game against Bayern Munich is creating enormous expectation for the blaugrana side given the prize is a ticket to the final in Berlin. “The prize is a great one: to play in the Champions League final” admitted Javier Mascherano, assuring everyone “we will do what we have to get there.”
In the pre-game press conference on Tuesday, Mascherano also touched on the following topics:
“We are playing to achieve our objectives and defend the honour of a club like FC Barcelona. The game tomorrow is very exciting for us, the excitement of being able to play in a Champions League final. For a footballer, it is one of the most important games you can play in.”
“A final in Europe is one of the most important games you can play in, as is this semi-final. You are playing against world class players. They are the kind of games that you dream about playing in as a kid. In my case, I try to enjoy it and experience it with intensity. You never know when it’s going to happen again.”
“For our way of understanding football, we have to go after the game and the win. If we try and change, we will be mistaken. We will be true to our style.”
“We will do what we have done all year, taking into account the quality of our rivals, but looking to score.”
“A game is full of things that you can’t predict. In order not to put the tie at risk, we have to be ourselves. We only know how to play one way.”
“We know the coach of the club very well and we are going to experience first hand their stadium. We are not complacent about what could happen. Bayern is a club with a lot of history. We know we have the tools to find a win.”
“It’s good that people are excited, that means we are doing our job on the field. Obviously, in the group, we analyse things in a different way. We know it will be a tough test and to get to Berlin we will have to do everything almost perfectly.”
We offer you a guide to kick-off times and TV channels around the world for Tuesday''s Champions League match
The Champions League match between Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona is being shown in different countries and on different channels. But don’t worry if it’s not available in your country, because you can always listen to our live English commentary on Radio Barça. You can also follow our minute by minute coverage as well as the team and player stats on Barça's official website. Twitter users can follow @FCBarcelona for live updates as the action unfolds.
Tuesday 12 May 2015
Los Angeles – 11:45 AM (PST) / New York – 2:45 PM (EST)
Fox Soccer 2GO USA, SiriusXM FC, Fox Sports GO, Fox Sports 1 USA
Brazil – 3:45 PM (Brasilia)
Rede GLOBO, BAND and ESPN Brasil
Latin America – Buenos Aires 3:45 PM / Santiago 3:45 PM / Mexico City 1:45 PM
ESPN + Sur, ESPN Play Argentina, ESPN HD Latin, ESPN Cono Sur, ESPN Cono Norte, ESPN Play Latin America, FOX Play Latin America, ESPN Latin America Andina, ESPN + Andina, FOX Sports Cono Sur, FOX Sports 2 Cono Sur, Fox Sports Cono Sur, ESPN Mexico, ESPN DOS
United Kingdom – 7:45 PM
STV Scotland, UTV, ITV 1 UK
France – 8:45 PM (CET)
Barcelona – 8:45 PM (CET)
TV3, Movistar TV Fútbol, TVE La 1
Arab Countries – 9:45 PM (Mecca Time)
beIN SPORTS CONNECT Arabia, beIN Sports Arabia 11 HD, beIN Sports Arabia 1 HD
Russia – 9:45 PM (MSK)
NTV+ Football 2, NTV+ Football, Sport Plus, NTV+ Sport Online, NTV+ Football 3
Wednesday 13 May 2015
India – 0:15 AM (IST)
TEN Sports India, TEN Sports LIVE, Ten HD, Ten Action
Indonesia – 1:45 AM (WIB)
SCTV, Nex Entertainment
China – 2:45 AM (CST)
FC Barcelona: Tencent Weibo, Sina Weibo and www.fcbarcelona.cn
Japan – 3:45 AM (JST)
SKY PerfecTV LIVE
Australia – 4:45 AM (Sydney)
ESPN Australia, ESPN3 Australia, SBS One Australia
*Source: Live Soccer.tv
The Barça striker is also the man who has completed most passes (618) and the ninth player with most minutes, 967 in 11 matches
Leo Messi is an unstoppable talent for any defence. That was the message sent last week by Pep Guardiola in the press room ahead of the first leg of the semi-final between Barça and Bayern. On the field the Argentine demonstrated just how right his former coach was with two goals that brought Camp Nou to its feet – the second in particular – and he also created the third for Neymar. Messi’s exhibition is reflected in the overall statistics for the Champions League in 2014/15.
The Argentine has scored 10 goals in 11 matches and leads the goalscoring charts in Europe’s top club competition, ahead of both Luiz Adriano of Shaktar Donetsk and Cristiano Ronaldo who both have nine. All the goals he has scored this season have been scored from inside the area, five with his right foot, four with his left and one with his head. Those figures allow him to be the top goalscorer in the competition’s history with 77 goals.
He also creates goals
Aside from scoring goals with his two feet, Messi also creates them. This season he has five assists to his name, just ahead of the four assists by fellow blaugranes Iniesta, Dani Alves and by Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea), Koke (Atlético Madrid) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).
With the ball in play, Messi top striker and sixth overall in the category of who has completed most passes (618), well ahead of other strikers such as Pastore (455), Götze (380) and Tévez (375).
Together with Ter Stegen, Messi is the only player in Luis Enrique¡s side who has played all 11 matches. He has played 967 minutes out of a possible 990 and is ninth in the list of players with most minutes in this season’s Champions League.
CENTURY IN EUROPE. In the first semi-final against Bayern, Messi reached 100 games in European competition: 97 matches in the Champions League and three in the European Super Cup.
BREAKING RECORDS. In this season’s Champions League, in the game in Amsterdam against Ajax, Messi grabbed his 71st goal in the competition in a 2-0 win to equal Raúl González as the all time top scorer. Currently, he is on 77 goals, just one ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The coach spoke to the media on Monday morning to talk about Tuesday's Champions League semi-final return leg versus FC Barcelona
After Barça's 3-0 win in the first leg, Pep Guardiola spoke to the media before Tuesday's second leg at Allianz Arena in Munich. The Bayern Munich coach is aware of the advantage that Barça has, but he trusts the quality and potential of his players: "We can only play our game, not complain about the first leg."
Here are the highlights of what Guardiola had to say:
"We are down three goals against one of the best teams in Europe in the last 15 years, but we have to try."
"We have to attack more than we did in Barcelona. We have to control the game."
"We have to defend well too. With the strikers they have, every turnover becomes a counterattack."
"I think the players have shown they want to be in the final. It's a big challenge and we'll try our best."
"I'm the coach, I'm a realist, and I'll never say we don't have a chance. We have to play with our hearts and our heads."
Thomas Müller and Rafinha also spoke to the press. Here are the highlights:
"We want to turn the page. We want to get to the game already. In football everything is possible. We have a plan and we'll put it into practice, but we know it will not be easy. "
"We've had many injured players, but we also have the depth to replace them. With these same players we came back against Porto."
"Both Lewandowski as I look for a direct path to the goal, we understand each other very well."
"At Camp Nou we played very well for [most of the game], we have to keep that in mind. We know that we're very strong with our stadium and our fans."
"Everyone knows how good Messi is. We can try to keep him from scoring, but the problem is that any Barça player can hurt you."
"The coach decides the system. For me it will not be a problem if we play with three or four defenders, it won't matter."
Full team and staff departed Barcelona El Prat airport at 10.30am CET, arrived about two hours later, and checked into their hotel
FC Barcelona are at their hotel in Munich and resting before this evening's training session. The team's flight left at 10.30am* from Barcelona El Prat airport on a charter flight to the Bavarian capital for Tuesday's Champions League semi-final second leg match. Luis Enrique has taken all players and staff.
Also traveling with the team are Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, vice presidents Javier Faus, Carles Vilarrubí, Jordi Mestre and Manel Arroyo, and directors Jordi Moix, Jordi Monés, Ramon Pont, Javier Bordas, Silvio Elías, Dídac Lee and Josep Ramon Vidal-Abarca.
At 6.00pm there will be a press conference for Luis Enrique and Javier Mascherano, and at 7.00pm the squad will train at Allianz Arena.
*All times CET
Luis Enrique calls on all first-team players plus Barça B's Samper, Sandro and Munir
Jérémy Mathieu received medical clearance after Sunday's training sessionFC Barcelona's full squad have been called for Tuesday's return leg of the UEFA Champions League, set for 8.45pm CET in Munich, Germany. Luis Enrique also called on Barça B's Sergi Samper, Sandro Ramírez, and Munir El Haddadi. Jérémy Mathieu, who received medical clearance after Sunday morning's workout, will also go.
Thus, the following 26 players will travel to the Bavarian capital: Ter Stegen, Bravo, Masip, Alves, Montoya, Douglas, Alba, Adriano, Mathieu, Mascherano, Vermaelen, Pique, Bartra, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Sergi Roberto, Samper, Rakitic, Rafinha, Pedro, Sandro, Munir, Neymar Jr., Messi, and Suarez.
Messi and Suarez work out individually
Before the squad list was announced, the team trained for the final time before heading to Munich. Seven Barça B players participated — Diagné, Lucas, Càmara, Ié, Joan Román, Munir and Adama. Mathieu worked out with normality, while Messi and Suárez did so on their own.
The team will travel to Munich on Monday morning. There they will train for the final time before Tuesday's match at the Allianz Arena. If the 3–0 win achieved at Camp Nou last week holds up, they'll stamp their ticket to the final in Berlin.
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Barça look to book ticket for Champions League final at Allianz Arena on Tuesday and to win La Liga at Vicente Calderón on Sunday
After the victory at home against Real Sociedad, FC Barcelona face perhaps the most important week of the season. on Tuesday at 8.45pm*, Barça will try to make good on last week's 3–0 win over Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals with a ticket for the final in Berlin at stake. Then, on Sunday at 7.00pm the Catalans visit Vicente Calderón Stadium, where a win over Atlético Madrid will mathematically give Barça the La Liga title.
Here's a look at the week ahead:
Monday 11 May
7.00pm: Training at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany
Tuesday 12 May
8.45pm: Bayern Munich v FC Barcelona — UEFA Champions League semi-final return leg
Wednesday 13 May
Thursday 14 May
11.00am: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper
Friday 15 May
11.00am: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper
Saturday 16 May
11.00am: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper
Sunday 17 May
7.00pm: Atlético Madrid v FC Barcelona — Match day 37 in La Liga
*All times CET
It's been a great week for Barça both domestically and in Europe with the wins over Bayern and Real Sociedad
The win over Bayern on Wednesday, which takes the Club a step closer to the Berlin final, and the victory against Real Sociedad on Saturday which leaves them four points clear at the top of La Liga with just two games to play, were the highlights of what’s been a brilliant week for Barça as the domestic and European seasons reach their climax.
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UNBEATEN AT HOME IN EUROPE. Barça have won all 6 Champions League games at the Camp Nou this season, something they last achieved in the 1993/94 campaign
MESSI MAKES THE DIFFERENCE. Facts and Figures from the Bayern win
LUIS ENRIQUE: We're going to Munich to win. The boss' post-match press conference
MATCH REPORT. Neymar and Pedro lead 2-0 victory. The 2-0 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday leaves Barça four points clear at the top of the table, with just two games left to play
REACTIONS. Bartra, Neymar and Rafinha after the game
The German fans are full of respect for Messi, Neymar and Suarez ahead of Tuesday's game in Munich
Bayern’s defeat to Augsburg was the fourth game on the run which Pep Guardiola’s side have failed to win and even though the team have already claimed the Bundesliga title, the fans are beginning to doubt ahead of Barça’s visit: “we haven’t lost hope and we believe in our team. I think we can compete at home, but it’s hard to think that Barça won’t score and if they do, well the fightback is really impossible”, explained one fan at the Allianz Arena, adding,: "Messi, Neymar and Luis Suárez have a lot of quality and we’ll have to stop them if we want to have any home of reaching the final”.
Leo Messi is generally accepted by the Bayern fans as the biggest danger: “he’s the best player of all time” according to one fan, who echoed Guardiola’s opinion “if he’s on form, it’s impossible to stop him”. The fans seem clear on what’s needed to win on Tuesday though: “if we can avoid giving them chances and recover our sharpness up front we could be dangerous, though we know how tough it’s going to be”.
"A bitter sweet taste"
Any doubts about Tuesday are quickly put aside when the fans look back on the season as a whole though: “we’ve had a lot of injuries and that has meant we haven’t been as competitive as we would have liked, but the players have always given everything and we are proud of that . We’ve improved the way we play under Pep and evolved our style of play, but going out in the semi-finals of the Cup to Borussia Dortmund and the chance we lose to Barça now will leave a bitter sweet taste, but we have to keep our faith in this team”.
Bayern coach admits comeback is tough, but expects his team to seek victory as it has always done
After Bayern Munich's loss to Augsburg at the Allianz Arena on Saturday, Pep Guardiola's post-game press conference revealed his feelings regarding his team heading into Tuesday's UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg: "We are the Bundesliga champions and we've had an extraordinary year, despite some difficulties. I've never had to solve everything based on courage alone nor have I ever told my players that we will have to be braver than our rivals," Guardiola said. "The only way we can make the final is by playing better than Barcelona and doing what we did in the second half [of the first leg]," he emphasised, before adding, "Above all, we have to be more aware of what our offensive duties are and, after the game, the result will speak for itself."
Pep Guardiola said that although the team played a man down for 77 minutes, it will be no excuse come Tuesday's clash with FC Barcelona. "In a Champions League semi-final there is no such thing as being tired. We played well, we had more chances, and we dominated the game but we couldn't score," he explained. "Here in Germany, just like against Barça, teams penalise you when you commit errors. On Tuesday our only desire will be to try until the very end," concluded Guardiola.
Barça win all six at Camp Nou, something not achieved since 1993/94
Barça's 3–0 victory over Bayern Munich on Thursday handed the Club their sixth home win in six tries in this year's tournament. In the group stage Barça beat APOEL (1-0), Ajax (3-1), and Paris Saint-Germain (3-1). The Catalans then edged Manchester City 1–0 in the last 16, topped PSG again in the quarter-finals, this time by a score of 2–0, and then routed Bayern Munich 3–0 in Wednesday’s semi-final first leg.
21 years later
Barça has participated in 20 of the 23 editions of the UEFA Champions League, having gone undefeated at home just twice regardless of how far they went in the tournament.
The only precedent is from the Johan Cruyff coaching era in 1993/94, when Barça he won two qualifying matches, three in the group stage and a single semi-final match with Porto held at Camp Nou. That Champions League ended with a 4-0 defeat to Milan in the final in Athens.
Newspapers in Catalonia, Spain and all over the world were dazzled by Barcelona's display against Bayern, and especially by 'Kaiser Messi'
FC Barcelona’s defeat of Bayern Munich in the Champions League not only made headlines in Catalonia, but all around the world. Leo Messi was the standout figure after his two remarkable goals ended 77 minutes of deadlock at the Camp Nou.
The three sports dailies printed in Barcelona all hailed the Argentinian on their front pages. Mundo Deportivo ran with “Herr Messi”, while Sport opted for “Gracias Messi!” The Catalan language L’Esportiu proclaimed his “Unstoppable talent”, while the Madrid based Marca spoke of how “Messi devours Pep”.
Catalonia’s general interest papers spoke on similar lines. La Vanguardia used the header “Messi sentences Bayern”, El Periódico had “Kaiser Messi” and ARA emblazoned the word “Unstoppable” next to an image of the Argentinian maestro.
In Germany, meanwhile, Süddeutsche Zeitung also spoke of “Kaiser Messi” and the “break-up of Bayern in 17 minutes”. Bild described the defeat as “the toughest of the Guardiola era”. Frankfurter Allgemeine felt that “Guardiola took a lot of risks... and lost everything” while Kicker noted that “Neuer alone couldn’t stop super Messi”.i”.
Looking around the rest of Europe, French sports paper L’Équipe was yet another to feature “Kàiser Messi”, while the Daily Telegraph in the UK had “Magical Messi” and The Guardian opened its piece with “Messi steals the show to sink Bayern.” Finally, Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport came up with the term “Fantamessi”.
Leo Messi is attracting all the headlines after his stunning display but there are other aspects of FC Barcelona's performance that also stand out
The 3-0 win against Bayern made it nine wins in a row for Barça in the Champions League. Home or away, the Catalans have won every game since losing to PSG in the second group stage match. Ajax (2), Apoel, PSG (3), Manchester City (2) and Bayern have all failed to get results against FCB.
Barça have won all six Champions League games played this season at the Camp Nou, scoring 13 goals and conceding just two.
Leo Messi celebrated his 100th European fixture in style, adding two further goals to what is already a record haul in European competitions, taking his tally up to a massive 78.
But in ten semi-final appearances, Messi had only ever found the target twice, both against Real Madrid in 2001. He’s doubled that number now.
And that’s 53 official goals in his account for the season: 40 in La Liga, 10 in the Champions League and three more in the cup.
Messi has scored more goals against German clubs (14) than he has against teams from any other country.
The attacking threesome of Messi, Neymar Jr and Luis Suárez now have a combined total of 110 goals between them – making them the most productive frontline in European football.
Barça have now kept clean sheets in 32 games this season. In 55 games, Bravo has gone unbeaten 21 times and Ter Stegen an impressive 11.
And that’s also six clean sheets in a row – four in the league and two in the Champions League. Barça have scored 23 goals (an average of 3.8 a game) to no reply against Valencia, PSG, Espanyol, Getafe, Cordoba and Bayern Munich.
Jordi Alba once again was the top passer in the Barça team with 60, followed by Dani Alves with 51. Both had an 80% accuracy rate, and played key roles both in attack and defence, as this heat chart shows:
And here’s a chart of Messi’s good and bad passes against Bayern:
Leo Messi was named UEFA Man of the Match after the game. Here’s a summary of his stats:
"My celebration came because I was delighted about what that goal meant in terms of the match", the Argentinian told UEFA.com after the match
He’s played 100 European games, scored 78 goals and totally redefined the meaning of the word ‘success’ in terms of football.
Following the 3-0 win against Bayern Munich last night, Leo Messi is once again the player that the whole world is talking about. It’s no exaggeration at all to say that there simply are no adjectives left to describe him. He makes it all look so easy, but speaking to www.uefa.com after the match, he insisted that it was anything but simple. "That was definitely a very complicated match” he said. “It's the semi-final of the Champions League, against an opponent with terrific players in their ranks.”
After the second goal, in which he brilliantly lobbed one of the finest keepers in the game, Manuel Neuer, Messi celebrated in a very similar fashion to the way he had after scoring in the Champions League Final at Wembley in 2011, when he won the title for the third time against Manchester United:
"My celebration came because I was delighted about what that goal meant in terms of the match and the tie” he said. “We've had matches before where we simply couldn't score despite our chances … So I celebrated like that because we'd managed to open the scoring, which was vital for the tie. Happily we then we even managed to score two more! It's true that we've now got a good result here to take to Germany. Nevertheless we know it will be difficult in Munich, and Bayern have been performing very strongly there. Three-nil is a good result, but we still have to go to the second leg and believe in ourselves.”
"Bayern also like to have possession of the ball, and thus they play similarly to us” he added, referring to how the Germans, with former FCB manager Pep Guardiola at the helm, also like to control the possession and chase the ball every time they lose it. “Getting the opener and establishing the lead was so difficult for us and then the others came so quickly afterwards all of which constituted a super result to take into the return leg. It's precisely what we wanted to achieve tonight.”