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Review the most watched videos of the year on Youtube official channel of FC Barcelona
Pep Guardiola, the goals of the academy youngsters, Gabriel’s moving story, Leo Messi’s incredible year, pre-season action and an interview with Álex Morgan are amongst the Top Twelve videos of 2012 in FC Barcelona’s official Youtube site.
Pep Guardiola’s farewell to the Camp Nou at the end of last season and a tribute video, #GraciesPep, top the Top Ten videos of 2012 at Barça’s You Tube channel. The Top 3 is completed by a video about the Club’s academy teams, which has received nearly two million visits in less than a month . In all, the top twelve videos have received more than 12 million visits.
A selection of photos that summarize a 2012 full of memories for fans. Faces and moments that allow you to relive the best of the year
Barça have scored 175 goals this year, broken down as follows: 121 in La Liga, 26 in the Champions League, 24 in the Copa del Rey and 4 in the Supercup
In Europe, the team’s average possession was 74.6%
Barça have scored 175 goals this year, broken down as follows: 121 in La Liga, 26 in the Champions League, 24 in the Copa del Rey and 4 in the Supercup. In Europe, the team’s average possession was 74.6%
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Barça won 49 of the 63 games played in 2012 - a 77.7% win rate
Leo Messi was the team’s leading scorer with 79 goals, followed by Xavi Hernández and Cesc Fàbregas with 11 each
Tito Vilanova’s time in charge has begun with 24 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats.
2012 saw Barça take the Spanish Cup and chalk up some astonishing statistics – winning 49 of their 63 official games over the 12 months – a 78% win rate, with 9 draws (14%) and just 5 defeats (8%). The team scored 175 goals, averaging 2,7 a game and conceded 61 -0,95 a game. Both the number of wins and the goals scored are a Spanish League record for a calendar year.
2012’s top scorer was, of course, Leo Messi, who set a new world scoring record with a total of 91 goals. 79 for Barça and 12 for Argentina. Barça’s other goal scorers in 2012 were Xavi (11), Fàbregas (11), Alexis (10), Pedro (9), Tello (9), Villa (8), Iniesta (7), Adriano (6), Puyol (5), Busquets (3), Alves (3), Alba (3), Keita (3), Piqué (2), Abidal (1), Thiago (1), Abidal (1), Song (1), Sergi Roberto (1) and just 1 own goal.
Vilanova’s team’s brilliant start
If we split 2012 into two parts – from January to July, covering the second part of the 2011-12 season and then from August to December when Tito Vilanova took charge – the new coach’s success becomes clear: during his time at the helm, Barça won 24 games, with just two draws and two defeats - an astonishing 86% win rate that coincided with the best ever start to a League programme – unbeaten with 16 wins and just one draw. Tito’s side scored 80 goals (2,85 a game) and conceded 29(1,03 a game), with Messi (35), Villa (8), Fàbregas (7) and Adriano (6), the main scorers.
Good stats for start of the year
Although they won just the one trophy, the figures from the second half of last season corresponding to the first half of 2012 were equally impressive, as Pep Guardiola led them to 25 wins, 7 draws and only 3 defeats from January to May, with 95 goals scored and only 32 conceded. Messi (44), Alexis (8) and Pedro (7) were the team’s main scorers during that period.
The team trained at the Ciutat Esportiva, with the players involved in last night’s game doing warm down exercises
Adriano, Iniesta and Messi did some specific exercises, whilst Abidal trained apart from the rest of the squad
The first team squad began this year’s last week of training before the Christmas break with their attention fixed on winning the last league game of the year, on Saturday evening away to Valladolid. Following the big win against Atletico Madrid which gave them a nine-point cushion at the top of the table, the team were back in training this morning. Whilst the rest of the players who figured on Sunday night had a session focussed on warming down and recovering from their exertions against Atletico Madrid, Adriano, Iniesta and Messi, worked on specific areas and Abidal trained apart. In addition, the Barça B youngsters Tello, Roman, Sergi Gómez, Balliu, Araujo, Ié, Dongou, Miguel Ángel, Espinosa, Quintillà, Ilie and Oier were also at the session.
Three more sessions ahead of Valladolid game
The players will have a rest day on Tuesday and be back at the Ciutat Esportiva on Wednesday evening at six o’clock, when the first 15 minutes will be open to the media. On Thursday and Friday, Tito Vilanova will put the finishing touches to the preparation for the Valladolid game behind closed doors, with Thursday’s session beginning at eleven in the morning and Friday’s at five in the evening. An hour before Friday’s session at four o’clock, Tito Vilanova will have a press conference at the training ground.
Squad travel on Friday
The final league game of 2012 kicks off on Saturday at six in the evening and the team will travel to Valladolid on Friday after the training session.
The UK newspaper “The Guardian” features 3 Barça players in its top 4 of “The 100 Best Footballers in the World”, published this week
Messi acclaimed World’s best, with Xavi and Iniesta at three and four
Twelve Barça players – more than any other club – in Top 100
In a series of articles published leading up to Christmas, “The Guardian” asked their international footballing correspondents to vote for the best 30 players in the world. The results saw Leo Messi voted runaway winner, with Cristiano Ronaldo in second spot and Xavi and Iniesta immediately behind. In all, Barça provided 12 players in the final list of the world’s best players – more than any other club – with Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Pique, Busquets, Cesc, Mascherano, Alves, Puyol, Jordi Alba, Villa and Pedro all included.
Messi- best ever?
For The Guardian writers “it is not so much a question of whether Messi is the best player in the world right now, as whether Messi might just be the best player there has ever been”, claiming: “these days, if Messi scores a brilliant goal, no one talks about it for weeks, because usually within a few days he has probably gone and scored one that is just as good. Or two. Or more”. Quoting Pep Guardiola, the panel concluded: “he can do everything: control the game, slow it down, speed it up and, above all, win it. ‘Don't write about him,’ the former Barcelona manager said. ‘Watch him’”.
Xavi and Iniesta
Third place Xavi is described as: “the model, the ideologue behind a different approach – a style that has led him to win everything for club and country”, detailing the fact that “over the past five years no player has completed so many passes: he has averaged – averaged! – more than 100 a game”. Iniesta was placed fourth on the list and the paper reckons: “there is something different about him. The touch is so smooth, so soft, almost imperceptible at times, that he can do things that other players simply cannot, from incredible dribbles to jaw-dropping assists”, going on to quote Fernado Torres’ claim that : “I've been playing with him since we were 15 and I have never, ever seen him play badly”.
Nine homegrown players
The next highest rated Barça player is Sergio Busquets (13): “ superb on the ball, tactically clever and responsible at all times”, followed by Pique(24) and Cesc(36). Of the Barça players included in the list, only three – Mascherano. Alves and Villa- are not products of the Club’s youth teams, whilst two ex- Barça players, Toure Yaya and Zlatan Ibrahimovic also figure in the top ten.
The four Barça players have been named in the French sports paper’s all-star XI for 2012
French paper L’Equipe has published its annual European team of the year, which includes four members of FC Barcelona, Jordi Alba, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi Hernández and Lionel Messi.
The spectacular football of the Barça first team coupled with the success of the Spanish national team at Euro 2012 have helped place four FCB players in the select eleven. L’Equipe considers Xavi’s passing rate to be “close to perfection”, while “Iniesta deserves the Ballon d’Or for what he has done in general”.
As for Lionel Messi, L’Equipe describes his 91 goals in his amazing year of 2012 as “outrageous.” He already has three Ballon d’Or awards to his name and is the favourite to get another one in Zurich next January.
Apart from the four Barça players, the rest of the eleven is formed by Casillas, Ramos, Alonso and Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid); Philipp Lahm (Bayern); Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) and Ramires (Chelsea).
The International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) has named Leo Messi the top goalscorer of 2012 in the 60 top leagues in the world
The 50 goals he scored in 37 matches have won Leo Messi another honour, granted by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics, who consider the Barça player the best striker of 2012 with an average 1.37 goals per game.
These incredible figures mean he tops Cristiano Ronaldo, who got an average of 1.21 goals a game thanks to scoring 46 times in 38 games. Messi and Cristiano are not the only Liga stars in the list. Atlético Madrid’s Radamel Falcão is 3rd and Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuaín is 52nd.
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