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A collection of tweets published on May 17 in honour of the day that Arsenal were beaten in the Champions League Final held in the French capital
On the 10-year anniversary of that memorable title, the two Brazilians, who were keys to the victory, talk about its place in history
It may have been 10 years ago but it sure feels like it was yesterday.
On 17 May 2006 FC Barcelona made history by beating Arsenal 2–1 in the Champions League final in Paris.
Coached by the Dutchman, Frank Rijkaard, Barça came back from a goal down with a strike from Samuel Eto’o and the game-winner from Juliano Belletti to claim their spot in history.
“People continue to thank me,” Belletti says now, ten years later. “They tell me the current Barça began there.”
“It says something when a club with the best players in the world remembers a Brazilian full-back who only scored one goal,” he says.
The leader of that team was Ronaldinho, who is largely credited with putting them over the top after years of near-misses.
He remembers those days fondly.
“We were so confident that we ended up really relaxed,” Ronaldinho recalls. “We knew winning a Champions League title would go down in Club history.”
For more, follow the Club’s Twitter account (@fcbarcelona) as they relive that unforgettable day beginning Tuesday evening at 8.00pm CET.
Click on the images to find out what the players, who on that glorious night of 17 May 2006 sealed FC Barcelona’s second ever Champions League title at the Parc des Princes, are up to today
With the hashtag, recall all that took place on 17 May against Arsenal, ten years ago to the day
Ten years have passed since that famous night in Paris where FC Barcelona defeated Arsenal 2-1 to claim the club's second ever Champions League.
To relive it, you can use the hashtag ‘#Paris2006’ to post anything that reminds you of that special day and everything that came with it.
We will be recounting the day as if it was yesterday on our official Twitter accounts, from the tense hours ahead of the game right up until Carles Puyol lifted the trophy into the Parisian sky.
The same will take place on our Facebook and Instagram accounts, so stay tuned for a heavy dose of nostalgia.
The home of FC Barcelona has seen 104 goals this campaign, the second best ever tally
FC Barcelona wrapped up their last game at the Camp Nou for the 2015/16 season on Sunday in perfect fashion, with a 5-0 win over local rivals RCD Espanyol.
The goal-fest means that Barça end their home campaign with their second best ever scoring tally. The 104 goals scored in 29 matches in all competitions is runner-up only to the 2011/12 campaign by Pep Guardiola’s side who managed 113.
There were 19 league games, five in the Champions League, four in the Copa del Rey and one in the Spanish Super Cup. Barca won 25 of the 29, drawing and losing just two.
These fine numbers contributed largely to the team’s impressive unbeaten streak of 39 games. The longest home winning run of the season was eleven games, which was achieved twice.
Some of the highlights of the season were the big wins racked up in front of the home supporters, which include the 7-0 victory over Valencia in the cup semi-final. There was also big scores against Roma (6-1), Villanovense (6-1), Athletic Club (6-0), Celta Vigo (6-1), Getafe (6-0) and Sporting Gijón (6-0).
Unsurprisingly, the lions’ share of the 81 home goals were scored by the front three:
Luis Suárez hit 35, followed by Messi with 25 and Neymar Jr with 21. Piqué scored five while Rakitic, Munir and Sandro chipped in with three each.
From the 2006 final in Paris to Rome, London and Berlin, Barça have run up an impressive record in the continent's top competition
From 17 May 2006 — that was when FC Barcelona beat Arsenal in the final of the Champions League at the Stade de France in Paris — until Wednesday's defeat at the Vicente Calderón, nine years, ten months and 24 days went by. Paris, Rome, London and Berlin are four cities that have marked the club's history in the last ten years, for the four titles won there are the highlights of a decade of blaugrana prestige on the European stage.
The great successes achieved in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015 are even more important if you consider that AC Milan, Manchester United, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have been the only other teams able to win it all (once each) over the same period.
Knockout stage shoe-in
It's been eleven years since Barça have been knocked out in the group stage. The team were KO'd in the last 16 in 2006/07, while in 2007/08 2009/10 2011/12 and 2012/13 Barça were eliminated in the semi-finals. The only two times Barça fell in the quarter-finals came in the 2013/14 and 2015/16, both against Atlético Madrid. The team knows the old adage, 'you can't win 'em all' and that next season will present a new opportunity to demonstrate the club's dominance in continental play.
A collection of images from the Champions League quarter final second leg away to Atlético Madrid
The Catalans bid farewell to the competition with Suárez as the highest scorer and Neymar Jr with the most assists
In FC Barcelona’s ten Champions League matches, a total of 24 players have taken part. Only Bravo, Masip, Aleix Vidal and Douglas from the first team have not featured. Luis Enrique has given minutes to Barça B youngsters Sergi Samper, Juan Cámara, Gerard Gumbau and Wilfrid Kaptoum.
Aside from Ter Stegen, who has played in all of Barça’s Champions League games since he arrived, the only other player to feature in all ten games this campaign was Ivan Rakitic. Luis Suárez, Neymar Jr, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets missed just one game.
- Luis Suárez was the team's top scorer this European campaign with eight goals. Among them were his braces against AS Roma (6-1) and the quarter-final first leg against Atletico (2-1).
- Neymar Jr. led the way in terms of assists with five in nine matches: he handed two to Rakitic at BATE Borisov, one to Suárez against the same team at Camp Nou, and one to Messi in each of the two legs against Arsenal. The Brazilian has the joint-most assists in the competition along with Bayern Munich's Coman and former Barcelona man Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal.
- In total, Barça scored 22 goals in ten matches and conceded eight - four in the groups and four in the knockout stage.
- Sergio Busquets made by far the most successful passes in the team with 656, with a 94% accuracy. Javier Mascherano followed with 577. Only Thiago Motta (927) Toni Kroos (759), Philipp Lahm (697) have made more passes than the Catalan midfielder.
- Barça reached their ninth consecutive quarter-final appearance this season. On just the two occasions that they suffered elimination, both were at the hands of Atletico (2013/14 and 2015/16).
The Asturian manages a run of over a dozen victorious duels in cup competition before suffering Champions League exit at the hands of Atlético Madrid
Following the 2-0 defeat at Atlético Madrid on Wednesday, and subsequent exit from the Champions League (3-2 aggregate), Luis Enrique suffered his first knockout from a cup competition as Barça boss.
Until then, the Asturian had a perfect record, taking Barça through to the next round of cup tournaments on 13 occasions.
The majority of these have been in the Copa del Rey, where FC Barcelona remain unbeaten under Luis Enrique in eight two-legged ties.
In the Champions League last season, the team saw off Manchester City, PSG and Bayern Munich over two legs to reach the final in Berlin. This season, Barça comfortably dealt with the threat of Arsenal in the Round of 16 but fell to Atlético in the quarters.
The other knockout tie came against Chinese outfit Guangzhou Evergrande in the Club World Cup where the Catalans won the one-legged tie 3-0 in Yokohama.
The FC Barcelona manager is gracious in defeat and stresses that what matters now is refocusing on the other two challenges - the league and the cup
Barça manager Luis Enrique was naturally despondent following elimination from the Champions League on Wednesday night at the Vicente Calderón. Here’s a selection of quotes from his post-match press conference.
“Our target was to retain the title and our hopes were high. We won’t be winning it this year and the team are feeling sad. We always set the highest of targets. Right now we simply have to accept the defeat, understand this as the kind of thing that happens in sport and turn to the other targets that we have on the horizon. We have to improve our performances.”
“It was the kind of game we expected. We got through the first half without problems and their first goal came out of unfortunate move. We weren’t at our most lucid”.
“This is not our best moment, nor our most effective. We have to lift ourselves because we’ve got two very tasty challenges ahead of us.”
“I didn’t expect Atlético Madrid to be tranquil. Their idea of making the most of the few chances they got paid off well for them. They opened the scoring and then did what they are best at, defending in their own half. We were lacking finesse”.
“We were in control of the game but things didn’t work out the way we’d planned. With everything lost, we found it harder and harder. I can only congratulate Atlético Madrid and wish them luck.”
“We evidently aren’t in our best form. But I’m very proud of my players and I apologise to all of the fans for this elimination.”
All available players commenced preparations for Wednesday's Champions League match
Following Sunday's day off, FC Barcelona returned to work Monday morning to prepare for Wednesday's second leg of the Champions League quarterfinals at Atlético Madrid. Barça hold a 2–1 aggregate lead after last week's first leg at Camp Nou.
Monday's 11.00am CET workout at the Ciutat Esportiva included all available first team players, who focused exclusively on Wednesday's decisive match at the Vicente Calderón. The squad will rest on Monday evening and, on Tuesday, they'll hold their last training session before traveling to Madrid. Before the trip manager Luis Enrique Martínez will name his squad for the match.
Luis Enrique's men travel to Madrid for the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals before hosting Valencia for Week 33 of La Liga
Following the 1-0 defeat at Anoeta on Saturday, FC Barcelona need to pick themselves up quickly as a crucial week commences.
First up is the return leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Atlético Madrid, where Luis Enrique’s men hold a 2-1 advantage.
Then, attention reverts to La Liga as the team will be looking to get back on track following back-to-back defeats when they host Valencia at Camp Nou on Sunday. Here is the first team's schedule for the next seven days (all times CET):
11am: Training at Ciutat Esportiva
11am: Training at Ciutat Esportiva
8.45pm: Atletico Madrid v FC Barcelona. Champions League quarter-final second leg
12pm: Training at Ciutat Esportiva
11am: Training at Ciutat Esportiva
8.30pm: FC Barcelona v Valencia CF. La Liga Week 33
The Uruguayan is on 45 goals in as many games this season and is just two away from matching Ronaldo’s tally from 1996/97
They say that to be a top striker, one must be a great goalscorer rather than a scorer of great goals. If there is a striker in the current game who is not only both of the above, but also one that scores hugely important goals, it’s Luis Suárez.
Since joining the club, the Uruguayan has made a habit of popping up with decisive strikes which have helped Barça to unprecedented success. Seventeen out of the 70 he has scored in blaugrana, some 30 per cent, have been decisive to win gammes.
Last season’s brace away to Manchester City (2-1) and his goal in the Champions League final against Juventus (3-1) helped Barça to their fifth European Cup, while his winner against Real Madrid in the league (2-1) helped put the team en route to the Liga title. Below are just some of the decisive Suárez goals:
Champions League and Club World Cup
On the brink of equalling Ronaldo's record
This season, Suárez has scored 45 goals in 45 games which put him within two of Ronaldo’s 47-goal tally in 1996/97. Messi and Ronaldo are the only two Barça players to have scored 47 times or more in a season, which highlights just how big a record Suárez is on course to achieving.
A collection of pics snapped by our cameras on a memorable night of European football at the Camp Nou
Pictures from Barça v Atlètico in the Champions League
Luis Enrique maintains one hundred record both in Champions League games at the Camp Nou and in all competitions against Diego Simeone
The 2-1 victory against Atlético Madrid on Tuesday night means that Luis Enrique has still won every single Champions League at the Camp Nou since he became manager. In that time, he has seen his team score 27 goals and conced just five.
We take a look at some of the other statistical curiosities from a memorable quarter final first leg:
Luis Enrique has also maintained his one hundred per record against Atlético Madrid. All six games have been won by a single goal, and strangely, the three encounters this season have all involved the Catalans coming back from 1-0 down.
Atlético Madrid had only let in three goals in Europe this season until their visit to the Camp Nou. All three of those were scored by Benfica. This was also the first away defeat for the mattress-makers, who won two and drew one on the road in the group stage and then drew again in the round of sixteen.
Dani Alves had a top match, not only supplying the assist for Luis Suárez in the second goal, but also making ten crosses into the area, winning eight balls, clearing another eight and making 87 good passes out of a total of 107 (86.13%).
Successful Alves passes in green, failed ones in red
All three assists by Dani Alves in the Champions League this season have been for Luis Suárez, as have five of his seven in all competitions.
The Barça centre backs also posted fine performances. Gerard Piqué won 13 balls and cleared 26, leading the game in both categories. Mascherano won eight and cleared two. They also achieved magnificent pass rates: 98.6% (74 out of 75) for Piqué and 94.11% for Mascherano (80 out of 85).
Neymar hit the crossbar in a chance to level the game earlier. That extends the team’s record as the Liga club that has hit the woodwork the most times this season, 37, in all competitions, a massive 13 times more than second-ranked Atlético Madrid.
FC Barcelona suffocated Atlético Madrid with their famous passing game. They made 665 good passes out of a total of 745 attempts, while the visitors only managed 172 out of 274. Here are the individual leaders of each team
TP = Total passes / CP = Completed passes
Luis Suárez, Leo Messi and Neymar Jr have scored 43 of Barça’s 53 goals in the Champions League, a huge 84% for the trident.
Jordi Alba was making his 150th official appearance for Barça. He played all 98 minutes, provided the assist for Suárez’s first goal and cleared 15 balls from the area.
The FC Barcelona manager sizes up his team's first leg victory over Atlético in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals
Having just taken his seat at the podium following FC Barcelona’s come-from-behind, 2–1 victory over Atlético Madrid in Tuesday’s first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals at Camp Nou, blaugrana manager Luis Enrique, aware that his team had just dodged a bullet, took a deep breath and exhaled.
He sat pensively as the first meandering question materialised, looking for the head coach’s analytical overview of the match.
“First, let me just say we have to look at the fact we were playing against Atlético Madrid,” he said, in deference to their well-known ability to wreak havoc. “They’re a very well organised team from a defensive standpoint.”
Once through extolling the prime virtue of Cholo Simeone’s squad, the Barça manager veered towards a more in-depth breakdown of the riveting encounter.
“Our only defensive error allowed them to score a goal and made it even more complicated,” he said.
Nevertheless, he admitted, “We were much better than them from a collective standpoint. We were much better positioned too. “
Prior to the match, at Monday’s press conference, he made a clarion call to Barça’s fan base to show up en masse to cheer his team to victory. “I haven’t seen Camp Nou like that in a long time,” he said.
Here are the highlights of what he had to say:
On the final score:
“It’s a shame we couldn’t score one more goal.”
On next week’s return leg:
“We have room for improvement and the match at the Calderón will be a nice one.”
“We enjoy challenges. It will be a special game.”
“We have to win at the Calderón. If there’s any team that can do it, it’s us.”
“[But] the game we’re interested in now is the one against Real Sociedad [in La Liga].”
On how his players responded to the early deficit:
“I saw the players with passion, but they also used their heads and were under control."
The FC Barcelona striker, whose two goals gave Barça the win, speaks to reporters after the game
FC Barcelona took a solid first step in the quarterfinals of the Champions League after winning 2-1 over Atlético Madrid in the first leg played at Camp Nou. Luis Suárez’s two second-half goals were the key to victory.
"We knew from the beginning would be a tough game but the important thing is that we won," he said after the game.
In the 35th minute, Fernando Torres was sent off after being booked for the second time on the evening, a decision Suárez couldn’t avoid talking about.
"The two foul calls were a bit harsh but the expulsion was decisive,” he said.
Suárez was quick to warn that next Wednesday’s return leg at the Calderón will be just as difficult.
"It will be very similar to tonight. But the result forces them to score no matter what if they want to go through."
Andres Iniesta and Rafinha also spoke to the media.
"The result should be satisfying for us. We knew it would be a tough game."
"When Torres scored, Atlético had the game they wanted. They sat back and did not let us create many chances."
"In the second half we did a very good job. We also managed to control the rhythm of the game and we prevented them from getting chances. We were able to react and turn the game around."
"It is normal that they paid for the expulsion of Torres. It’s not the same playing with 10 and it shows on the field. "
"We know we’ll suffer at the Calderón but we have to if we want to stay alive in the Champions League."
"We knew it would be a very difficult game but in the second half we were able to create many more chances."
"We know that the return leg at the Calderón is a difficult game. We’ll play to win as we always do."
"I knew it would be a very intense match but I’ve been training very hard for two months to play matches like these."
We take a look at the similarities and difference between this year's quarter-final tie versus the one from two years ago
Whereas Atlético were atop the La Liga table when the two sides last met in the UEFA Champions League, Tuesday's match will kick off with Barça in first place with 76 points, six ahead of the second-place Colchoneros. Two years ago it was Atlético who led the league with 76 points, albeit their lead at the time was a single point ahead of Barça.
Things are very much the same, though, relating to the Copa del Rey, as Barça, just like two years ago, has already sewn up a berth in the Final. Atlético Madrid, for their part, have already been eliminated — by Celta — as they had been two years ago against Real Madrid.
Another similarity is that FCB and Atlético are meeting once again in the quarter-finals. Barça come in after knocking out Arsenal while Atlético KO'd PSV in the last 16. Two years ago FCB had bounced Manchester City and the Madrileños had ditched AC Milan in the same round.
Interestingly, the tie kicks off right after match day 31 in La Liga, the same as their last UCL clash. Even the order of the games, with the first leg at Camp Nou, is the same as back then.
Luis Enrique, who has yet to lose a match in both the Copa del Rey and the Champions League, is one of the few novelties. Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino led Barça in 2014 while Diego 'Cholo' Simeone led Atlético.
Arda Turan is on the flip side of the battle this time around. Having been with Atlético two years ago, he started the first leg but missed the second to injury. Former Barça player David Villa played for Atlético in that tie as well.
This time around, there are four new faces in goal. Ter Stegen and Bravo have replaced Valdés and Pinto, while Atlético's Courtois and Aranzubia have moved on in favour of Oblak and Moya.
Luis Suárez and Antoine Griezmann will be new additions to this clash at striker. While Messi and Neymar Jr were there last time, both teams have made big changes on attack since then. Suárez is in while Alexis and Pedro have gone. Atlético have Griezmann to go with Torres and Vietto, while Diego Costa, Villa, Baptistao and Adrián are no longer on the team.
Injuries played a big role two years ago, as Valdés missed the tie to injury and Atlético's Raúl García through suspension. Diego Costa and Gerard Piqué were both injured in the first half of the game at Camp Nou and missed the return leg. Today's injuries are mostly on defence: FCB's Mathieu is out while Atlético's Godin, Giménez and Savic missed Saturday's La Liga match and are doubtful.
Will the score be similar as well? Two years ago Atlético went through to the semi-finals after drawing 1–1 at Camp Nou and winning 1–0 at the Calderón. Will history repeat itself or will Barça be back among the four best on the continent for the second straight season?
The FC Barcelona says he is "optimistic" for Tuesday night's game against Atletico Madrid
Luis Enrique Martínez gave a clear indicator that FC Barcelona has already turned the page on Saturday's El Clásico defeat and is focusing solely on Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Atlético Madrid. The Barça manager was as "optimistic" as ever during Monday's press conference, as he responded to questions from the media.
Here's what Luis Enrique had to say:
On his players:
"They are competitive and totally reliable. They are unique. We will compete to the maximum, for sure."
"I do not know if we will win or not, but the team is good enough to continue to be the same team we've seen in recent months."
"I have great faith in my players and in the path they've taken to win titles for Barça."
On the keys to knocking out Atlético:
"We will not change our style of play. We want to control the ball on their side of the field and ensure the fewest number of transitions to prevent counterattacks."
"The goal is to play better than our opponents because that will lead us closer to victory."
"We'd like to win without conceding goals, if possible."
"If we can be better than them, we have to take advantage of it because we will have a very tough return leg."
On the difficulty of Atlético:
"Atlético Madrid are a top-notch team, very dangerous in different ways, and very complete. That's why they are where they are."
On the fans at Camp Nou:
"You can't ask for anything more. We are infinitely stronger with our fans behind us."
On Arda Turan:
"I am delighted with Arda Turan. He has a lot of ability to adapt and gives us many things. I'm happy with his performance."
On the trident:
"Messi, Neymar and Suárez are the best in the world, but they are not machines. They are not unbeatable nor invincible, not by a long shot."
We take a look back at the most memorable blaugrana moments in home games versus Los Colchoneros ahead of their Champions League quarter-final tie
Before Tuesday's 8.45pm CET match between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals we take a look back at five great moments in clashed between the teams at Camp Nou.
The first rout for Guardiola's Barça at Camp Nou (6-1)
In the sixth game of the 2008/09 season, the Camp Nou crowd enjoyed the first win of a team that would go on to win the treble. On 4 October 2008 Barça scored three goals in the first 10 minutes and were already up 5–1 at the half-hour mark. Messi came close to replicating his Maradonian goal that he had scored on Getafe in the 2007 Copa del Rey.
The famous photo of the trident
Messi, Neymar and Suarez scored all three goals in Barca's 3–1 Liga victory last season. Following the third goal from Messi, the historic image was taken of Barça's front three as they celebrated the most famous goal of the team's treble-winning season.
Suárez, Neymar Jr and Messi celebrate in a 3–1 win last season.
The great duo of Romario and Stoichkov led Barça's win in a wekk 28 league match at Camp Nou against Atlético Madrid. Barça won 5-3 after falling behind 3-2 as the Brazilian striker scored the first goal of the night after beating Abel Resino with a jaw-dropping chip shot, smoothly lifting the ball from outside the area. Romario completed his hat-trick to tie the game at 3-3 and the go ahead goal at 4-3 with two good shots in the area.
Pizzi culminates a historic comeback (5-4)
Barca won the Copa del Rey in 1997 by beating Betis in the final. Without Pizzi, however, the story would not have been the same. Barça overcame a 4–2 second half deficitin the second leg of the quarter-finals. Pizzi's goal sent Camp Nou into a state of pendemonium.
Cruyff became Flying Dutchman
Johan Cruyff scored one of the most famous goals in his career against Atletico in December 1973. Carles Reixach's cross to Cruyff at the far post forced him to jump to finish with the outside of the foot into the upper corner past Reina, giving Barça a 2–1 win to clinch the league title. The goal gave Cruyff, who passed away a few days ago, the nickname the Flying Dutchman.
Johan Cruyff scores the famous goal for which he became known as The Flying Dutchman
The Argentine manager spoke to the media, along with centre-back Diego Godin, ahead of the Champions League quarter-final first leg
Atlético Madrid manger Diego Simeone, along with centre-back Diego Godin, spoke to the media ahead of his side’s Champions League quarter-final with FC Barcelona on Tuesday.
The team that trails Barça by six points in the league standings arrived in Barcelona at midday on Monday with 24 players. Here is the pick of what Simeone had to say about the upcoming first leg:
“We know that tomorrow’s game will be decisive and will mark the future of the tie. We are preparing for a difficult game, tough and competitive, against the best Barça possible, but we will do all in our power to reduce their chances.”
“I’m optimistic because we have worked very well and we hope to improve.”
Aiming for a win
“It’s important that the 18 players understand that each minute is a lifetime. The result we are aiming for at the Camp Nou is a victory.”
Praise for Luis Enrique
“They are doing things spectacularly well with Luis Enrique and it will be a tough tie.”
Check out our global TV guide with local kick-off times and broadcasts of the first leg at Camp Nou
FC Barcelona host Atlético Madrid in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday night at 8.45pm CET. To find out when and where it is being shown in your neck of the woods, consult our handy guide below.
If it is not being broadcast in your country, we also have live commentary in English right here on Radio Barça — just follow the link on the homepage a few minutes before the game starts. You can also stay up to date by following FCB on social media for minute-by-minute coverage as the action unfolds.
Tuesday, 5 April
United States – Los Angeles (11:45 AM) / New York (2:45 PM)
Fox Soccer 2GO USA, Fox Deportes, Fox Sports GO, Fox Sports 1 USACanada – Vancouver (11:45 AM) / Toronto (2:45 PM)
Latin America – Mexico City (1:45 PM) / Bogotá (1:45 PM) / Santiago (3:45 PM) / Buenos Aires (3:45 PM)
Canal 5 Televisa, ESPN Mexico, ESPN + Latin America, ESPN Play Latin America, ESPN 2 Latin America, ESPN México, ESPN Cono Norte, ESPN + Andina, ESPN 2 Colombia, ESPN Play Argentina, ESPN + Sur,
Brazil – Brasília (3:45 PM)
United Kingdom – London (7:45 PM)
BT Sport Europe, BT Sport Live Streaming, BT Sport Showcase
France – Paris (8:45 PM)
beIN Sports 1
Barcelona (8:45 PM)
beIN Sports Spain, beIN Sports Connect S.P., Antena 3, TV3
Africa – Dakar (6:45 PM) / Yaoundé (7:45 PM) / Cape Town (8:45 PM)
SuperSport Select, SuperSport 3 Africa, SuperSport3, SuperSport Maximo 2
Turkey – Istanbul (9:45 PM)
Russia – Moscow (9:45 PM)
NTV+ Sport Online
Middle East – Doha (9:45 PM)
beIN Sports Arabia 1 HD, beIN SPORTS Arabia 11 HD
Wednesday, 6 April
India – New Delhi (12:15 AM)
Indonesia – Jakarta (1:45 AM)
beIN Sports 1 HD
China – Beijing (2:45 AM)
FC Barcelona: www.fcbarcelona.cn
Japan – Tokyo (3:45 AM)
Sukachan 0, SKY PerfecTV LIVE
Australia – Sydney (4:45 AM)
beIN Sports Connect Australia, beIN Sports Australia
FC Barcelona conduct final training session ahead of Tuesday's duel with Atlético Madrid
FC Barcelona will have had no more than 72 hours rest following Saturday's El Clásico before they square off with Madrid's other team, Atlético, in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League. Kick-off on Tuesday night at Camp Nou is set for 8.45pm CET as the league's top two teams get ready to battle it out on the continental stage
On Monday morning, FCB manager Luis Enrique oversaw his players' last training session before hosting Atlético. The workout was held of Tito Vilanova Field at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.
From humble beginnings in Istanbul's Bayrampasa district to the bright lights of Barcelona, a new documentary delves into the player's life as he prepares to face his old teammates in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League
The UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will be special for everyone, but even more so for Barça's Turkish midfielder Arda Turan, who will go up against his former teammates in the two-game set beginning Tuesday night at 8.45pm CET. Ahead of the clash, we take a look at where Arda Turan came from as seen through the documentary 'The Dream of Bayrampasa,' produced by Barça TV, which delves into the player's origins as told by his closest family members and himself, all the way from his debut in the youth ranks of Turkish club Galatasaray through his celebrated arrival at FC Barcelona.
Key at Galatasaray and Atlético
Arda debuted with Galatasaray's first team in 2005 at just 18 years of age and, one season later, he cracked their starting starting line-up while, at the same time, also making his debut with the Turkey's senior national team. Arda made nine appearances and scored two goals for Galatasaray in the Champions League before being transferred to Atlético Madrid in 2011.
He quickly became a key player under Atlético manager Diego 'Cholo' Simeone, playing in 19 Champions League matches and scoring five goals. He started the 2014 final in Lisbon that pitted Atlético and Real Madrid.
Adapting at Barça
Turan was lured away from the Spanish capital and signed by FC Barcelona last summer, despite knowing he would be unable to play for six months, the final stretch of the infamous FIFA sanction. He debuted on 6 January and since then has become one of head coach Luis Enrique's go-to men off the Catalan bench. Of the 18 matches he’s played in, Barça have won 16. He has scored league goals against both Rayo Vallecano and Getafe.
Turan has made just one appearance in the Champions League this season, coming in Barça's 3–1 return leg win in their last-16 tie against Arsenal. Arda missed the first leg at Arsenal Stadium due to yellow card accumulation but now, with a clash versus his former team on the horizon, he is available to for Luis Enrique as Barça look to attain their next objective: a berth in the semi-finals.
In accordance with UEFA rules, both teams will wear alternate uniforms for both legs of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie
In an effort to improve visibility and clearly differentiate the teams for both referees and spectators, UEFA requested that FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid wear their second kits for both games of their upcoming Champions League quarter-final tie. Barça, thus, will be wearing their red and gold 'Senyera' kit, while Atlético will be sporting dark blue.
A similar situation occurred earlier this season when FC Barcelona faced Twente in the second leg of the UEFA Women's Champions League. Since the Dutch side could only choose from all red or all blue, Barça played with the 'Senyera' kit at their home grounds.
The gold kit at Camp Nou
Barça's first team has played a home Champions League match with an alternate strip once before — which was also yellow — coming in the 2008/09 Champions League preliminary stage against Wisla Krakow. Curiously it was the first official match with Pep Guardiola as manager and the 4–0 victory set Barça on their path to that season's championship, which they won in Rome.
FC Barcelona’s Champions League campaign resumes midweek with an all-Liga clash, to be followed by a road trip to San Sebastian on Saturday
Barça’s unbeaten run came to an end on Saturday night, but there is no time for wallowing in Clásico defeat, and consolation can be taken from the fact that the team are still on good course in three separate competitions.
The Champions League campaign resumes this Tuesday at 8.45pm CET with the visit of Atlético Madrid to the Camp Nou, and the weekend after brings a trip to the seaside town San Sebastian in the Basque Country for a Liga fixture against Real Sociedad.
Here’s the schedule for the week ahead, with training sessions on all match days apart from Thursday, when the players will take a day off (all time Central European Time:
11.00am: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.
8.45pm: FC Barcelona v Atlético Madrid. Champions League quarter final first leg.
11.00am: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.
11.00am: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.
8.30pm: Real Sociedad v FC Barcelona. Liga BBVA. Match 32.
11.00am: Training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.
A 5-1 victory for the red-and-whites closes the gap on runaway Liga leaders FC Barcelona
Atlético Madrid prepared for Tuesday’s Champions League quarter final visit to the Camp Nou with a 5-1 demolition of Real Betis,
Fernando Torres opened the scoring and Antoine Griezmann added another just before the break. Juanfran made it 3-0 after 65 minutes, and although Ruben Castro did pull one back for the visitors, a second from Griezmann and an injury time strike from substitute Thomas Partey finished off an emphatic afternoon of football at the Vicente Calderón.
The result closes the gap between Atlético and Liga leaders Barça to six points following on from the blaugranes' 2-1 home defeat to Real Madrid at Camp Nou. Zinedine Zidane's side are now seven points back in third place in the league table.
All 1,373 applicant members will receive tickets for the Champions League quarter final and can also opt for coach and train packages for same-day travel between Barcelona and Madrid
1,373 FC Barcelona supporters have applied for tickets for the Champions League quarter final against Atlético Madrid at the Vicente Calderón on Wednesday April 13, which is fewer than the club’s total allocation, meaning that there will be no need for a draw to be held among the applicants.
All tickets are personal and non-transferable. They bear the name of the purchaser, whose identity will be checked on entrance to the stadium. From Thursday, the club will be contacting all applicants to inform them of the ticket collection process.
The FCBViatges travel agency is offering cheap travel options from Barcelona. The coach trip costs 29.50 euros, while same-day return trips on the AVE high speed train are selling for 99 euros.
The club is also offering deals for supporters club members (35.50 euros by coach and 145 in the AVE) and non-member companions (44 euros by coach and 181 by AVE).
Applications must be made before April 11 at 5.00pm CET for the coach trip and April 8 at 12.00pm CET for the train.
Since the Asturian arrived at the helm of FC Barcelona, he boasts a perfect record against Los Rojiblancos
FC Barcelona found out during Friday's draw that their Champions League quarter-final opponents would be Atlético Madrid, a tough opposition no doubt but one that the current manager has an enviable record against.
Since Luis Enrique took over as manager, the Catalans have faced the club from the capital on six occasions, resulting in six wins for the Asturian boss over his counterpart Diego Simeone.
Four of those victories have come in La Liga and two in the Copa del Rey which included some significant memories and landmarks.
The run began last season in the league at Camp Nou with a 3-1 win which saw the now iconic celebration of the front three.
The second match at the Vicente Calderon was even more special, as a 1-0 win at the Vicente Calderón wrapped up the league title.
That season, the two sides also did battle in the quarter-finals of the cup. Barça took a 1-0 win in the first-leg at home, and followed it up with an enthralling 3-2 in the capital, en route to winning the competition.
This campaign has seen 2-1 wins for Barca, first away and then at home, which has helped Luis Enrique’s side maintain an eight-point advantage over Atletico who lie in second place in the domestic standings.
Barça’s next opponent in the competition will be revealed in the Swiss headquarters of UEFA from 12.00pm CET on Friday
Nyon is the venue on Friday at 12.00pm CET for the draw for the Champions League quarter finals, and Barça are one of the eight teams hanging on the outcome after reaching the last eight for the ninth time in a row. The Catalans have not been absent from the quarters since 2008, and are about to learn what the next hurdle will be on the path to the final in Milan.
It will be a straight draw, with no seeding or conditions based on nationality or previous meetings, and home advantage in the second leg will also be totally random. So Barça could meet any of the seven teams that made it out of the last sixteen.
Five different leagues are represented. The Spanish Liga leads the way with three teams, with Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid joining Barça in the draw. The German Bundesliga has Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg, the Premier League features Manchester City, France’s Ligue 1 has Paris Saint-Germain and finally there is Benfica of the Portuguese Primeira Liga.
Two seasons ago, Barça faced Man City and Atlético Madrid in the first two knockout rounds, and last year they met Man City followed by PSG, and then Bayern in the semis, so there are plenty of familiar rivals.
“The only team I wouldn’t want to play is Barça” said Luis Enrique after getting past Arsenal on Wednesday. And he has every reason to feel confident, for he has yet to lose a two-legged tie in any competition since taking over as first team manager.
But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. Whichever side Barça are drawn against, they can expect a severe
The team has won every single home European fixture since Luis Enrique took over as manager, enough to set a new club record
Barça just can’t stop breaking records these days! The 38 match unbeaten streak is already sending shockwaves around the world, and now the team has just completed an unprecedented 10 match winning streak in Champions League games at the Camp Nou.
Those games have seen Barça score a massive 27 goals (2.7 a game) and concede just five.
It all started in Luis Enrique’s first European fixture in the stadium, a 1-0 defeat of APOEL. Barça went on to win 3-1 in the other two games in the group, against Ajax and PSG. In the knockout phase, the Catalans saw off Man City (1-0), PSG (2-0) and Bayern Munich (3-0).
It was quite some achievement to get through all three ties without conceding a single goal at home, and Barça of course went on to win the title in Berlin, part of the club’s historic second treble.
The wins have kept coming this season. The group stage started with a 2-1 defeat of Bayer Leverkusen followed by wide-margin victories against BATE Borisov (3-0) and Roma (6-1).
That last win confirmed Barcelona’s place in the last sixteen, and the 3-2 second leg defeat of Arsenal on Wednesday ensured a ninth consecutive qualification for the quarter finals.
All-time record in sight
Ten straight home wins in Europe is the best run Barça have ever put together. They managed an impressive nine under Pep Guardiola from 2009 to 2011, having already done likewise in 1986 and 1992.
The next challenge is to match the eleven wins achieved by Real Madrid in the 2012/13 and 2014/15 seasons, and after that the all-time Champions League record of twelve by Manchester United in 2006/07 and 2007/08..
The other side of FC Barcelona's knockout win over Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League
A look at the most curious statistics surrounding the victory on Wednesday night, which sends Barça through to the quarter-finals for the ninth straight season
- The match at the Camp Nou against Arsenal was the 50th this season for Barça, and their record is impressive: 39 wins, eight draws and just three defeats. The only teams that have managed to win there have been Athletic Club in the Spanish Super Cup, and Celtic and Sevilla in the league.
- In 2016 passed Barça have not yet lost — 19 wins and two draws, without any defeats. 68 goals for and only 12 against, numbers that have helped Barça run their unbeaten streak to 38 matches.
- Luis Enrique's record of in two-leg ties is also impeccable, having yet to be knocked out of any of the 12 rounds Barça have played. Four have been in the Champions League, and eight more — four each season — in the Copa del Rey.
- After beating Arsenal 5-1 on aggregate, Barça are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the ninth consecutive year, which has never been achieved by any team. The closest is Manchester United's six straight between 1997 and 2003.
- The Barça trident was back with a vengeance, with all three scoring in a single game for the eleventh time this season — eight times in La Liga, once in the Copa del Rey and twice in the Champions League. Neymar Jr opened the scoring in the first half, Suarez put Barça back up after Arsenal equalised, and Messi put the nail in the coffin in the 88th minute.
- The three strikers shot 12 times at the Gunner goal: Messi six, Suárez three and Neymar three. Arsenal keeper David Ospina made several other great saves to avert a trident scoring frenzy.
- Leo Messi has scored nine goals versus Arsenal in his career. In addition, he always scores against the Gunners at Camp Nou. He did it in 2010, 2011 and beat them again on Wednesday.
- Luis Suárez got back on the score sheet, and now has 43 goals in the 42 games he has played so far this season, just slightly more than one goal per game.
FC Barcelona's Uruguayan striker speaks to the press in the mixed zone along with teammates Dani Alves and Javier Mascherano
Without Luis Suárez's goal on Wednesday night, who knows what would have happened.
"The second goal came when they were attacking a lot," Suárez said. "The 2–1 lead calmed us down and we put away the game."
And it almost didn't go in, just barely making it under the cross bar. "I don’t know what happened on the shot but the most important thing is that it went in and gave us the lead again," he said.
But despite those few rocky moments, most of what transpired out on the pitch was of little surprise to Suárez.
"We knew it would be a very physical game but we had the edge playing at home," he said. "They have a lot of fast players who can counter."
"We knew it would be an open game but we were able to stay relaxed and in the end the team that went through was the one that deserved it."
"Who are we to choose our quarter-final opponents. Challenges are even bigger for the defending champions. If we want to win it again we have to be ready for whichever team we face."
"Our goal is much greater than just getting to the quarter-finals for the ninth straight year. Our dreams go beyond that."
"Everyone will be strong and we have to respect them. We’ll have to beat whoever we face."
"The most important thing is that we went through against a team that always makes you work as hard as possible. We had a small advantage but it was still tough."
"We might have given Arsenal too many chances, but we had plenty of chances to put the game away too. Our competitiveness and hunger gives us confidence for the road ahead."
"To go where we want to we have to be motivated for every game. After that, anything can happen in football."
"Destiny will decide who we face. We have to be ready for anything."
"We are getting closer and closer to reaching a wonderful objective for all of us."
"Arsenal are always very tough because of their forwards. Regardless, I never though we were in danger of failing to go through."
"This team still has a very defined style, with variables added to our play that make us very tough for our opponents."
"We respect all the teams that will be the draw. We'll battle the team we get to achieve the objective that we want."
The FC Barcelona head coach appears before the media following his team's 3–1 victory over Arsenal at Camp Nou
FC Barcelona are back in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the ninth straight season. "Getting into the quarter-finals nine straight times means this club is doing well," Luis Enrique said after the game. "It’s due to the types of players that come up through the academy and the ones we sign."
"They make us proud to be Barça fans. I don’t think any team has ever done that," he said.
Despite some unconfortable moments early on in the second half, the Barça manager was visibly happy after his side knocked out Arsenal with a 3–1 win (5–1 on aggregate).
"Those are things that happen in big games like this," he said. We talked about it at half-time and I’m very happy. I thank the fans on a night when the weather was tough. It was a great night."
On the start of the second half:
"The game was back and forth non-stop for 15 minutes, and we aren’t interested in those types of games.
On the trident:
"They help us create pressure, and they get back to defend as well, which every team needs in any competition"
"Suárez, Messi and Neymar Jr feed off each other. I am pleased they’re our forwards. To be able to resolve games we have to have their initial pressure."
On Barça's possible quarter-finals opponents:
"The only team I don’t want to face is Barça, and since it’s a certainty that we won’t…"
On the goalkeeping situation:
"I like all of my goalkeepers. Tonight [Ter Stegen] was spectacular across the board."
"They’re decisive, very complete, and that’s why we signed them. We can use them both in both competitions. Their performance is above optimal."
FC Barcelona knock out Arsène Wenger's Arsenal side to make it to the last eight as their pursuit of a sixth title continues
Another Champions League season and another place in the last eight for FC Barcelona who have now reached the quarter-finals after knocking out Arsenal XXX on aggregate over two legs in the round of 16. In the two previous campaigns Barça had knocked out Manchester City at the same stage of the competition. Before that their victims during this impressive run had been AC Milan, Bayer Leverkusen, Arsenal again, Stuttgart, Oympique Lyonnnais and Celtic.
* Barça won the Champions League