RONALDINHO

RONALDINHO
Born in Porto Alegre (Brazil) in the year 1980, Ronaldinho arrived at Barça in the summer of 2003 to lead the new project under Frank Rijkaard. The Barça no.10, who went on to play five seasons for the club, quickly won over the fans thanks to his wonderful skill and imaginative play that left most of his opponents in his wake.

During his time at Barça, Ronaldinho came just six goals away from scoring 100 goals in official matches, but was also known as a great assist provider. As the main figure on the pitch, Barça saw some of the best moments in their history with successive La Liga titles and the Champions League on 17 May 2006 in Paris. Another memorable moment was when the Brazilian was given an ovation at the Santiago Bernabéu by Real Madrid supporters after scoring two great goals in a 3-0 win on 19 November 2005.

During his time at Barça, he also won the FIFA World Player (2004 and 2005) and the Ballon d’Or (2005).

RIVALDO

RIVALDO
Indisputably top notch Brazilian footballer, an absolute marvel with the ball at his feet, who would go on amazing dibbling runs. A speedy player with a powerful shot, either in open play or from set pieces, he came to Barça after winning the Spanish league with Deportivo. He was signed to take over the forward role vacated by Ronaldo and rose to the challenge in style. In five seasons at the club he won a host of international awards in recognition of his supreme qualities. Eventually left for Milan, and was still playing professional football well after his fortieth birthday.

EDMÍLSON

EDMÍLSON
Brazilian who joined the team under Rijkaard, and who operated either as a defender or as a defensive midfielder. Played a central role in his four seasons at the club despite suffering from a number of injuries. A formidable charity worker, he created his own foundation to promote sport among young people in at-risk situations.

GIULY

GIULY
French player who started out at Olympique Lyon and came to Barça via Monaco. He was a right winger, and a regular starter for his three seasons at FC Barcelona. He was short, but also quick and sleight of foot, and combined to perfection with his fellow forwards. But when Messi made his first team breakthrough, he knew it was time to start looking for another club, and Roma would be his destination.

GOIKOETXEA

GOIKOETXEA
All-rounder who’d give what was needed in a wide range of positions after arriving from Osasuna. Was at Barça for four seasons, and the Dream Team won consecutive Liga titles in each of them, being a fundamental part of Cruyff’s amazing team whether playing at full back or on the wing. As well as being blessed with plenty of skill, he was the kind of player that would never give up the ball as lost, and the fans always appreciated his amazing dedication. After Barça, he joined Athletic Club and after retirement went into coaching.

MENDIETA

MENDIETA
Midfielder from the Basque Country who had made his name at Valencia, where he spent nine seasons as a midfield general and attacking playmaker. Came to Barça on loan from Lazio and had a thoroughly consistent season in all competitions, showing the best of his skill and physique. At the end of the season he left for Middlesbrough, where he’d stay for five seasons.

JULIO SALINAS

JULIO SALINAS
Forward who came out of the Athletic Club youth system and joined Barça from Atlético Madrid. Although his natural position was centre forward, Cruyff also played him as a winger, and he was one of the top scorers of the Dream Team era. Will always be remembered for scoring the most sublime, impossible-looking goals, while often squandering complete sitters. He left Barça to join Deportivo, and played for a number of other teams after that. He has stayed in touch with Barça through being one of the best known faces in the country’s football media.

LUIS GARCIA

LUIS GARCIA
Forward who came out of the FC Barcelona youth system, and after a spell with Barça B went on loan to various teams and eventually signed for Atlético Madrid. He came back to Barça to play in the first team under Rijkaard. Played on the right wing for one season, displaying his goal scoring instinct and full repertoire of skills, and always producing the right results. But there was serious competition for places in the starting line-up and he ended up accepting an offer from Liverpool, where he became a fan favourite. Later joined Atlético Madrid and saw out his career at a number of other clubs.

SIMAO

SIMAO
Portuguese player who learned the game at Sporting and wasn’t yet 20 when he arrived at Barça. Played as a forward but came up against strong competition, meaning he was rarely a first-choice starter. But he still managed two fine seasons before heading off to Benfica, where he became one of the star players. Later played at different teams in Spain and Turkey.

ZAMBROTTA

ZAMBROTTA
Italian defender who came out of the Como youth system and arrived at Barça from Juventus. He had just won the World Cup with Italy and was widely regarded as the best full back on the planet at the time. A highly competitive player, he was a regular starter for his two seasons at Barça before leaving for Milan.

NADAL

NADAL
Footballer from the Balearic Islands who joined Barça after five seasons with Mallorca. Originally a midfielder, Cruyff moved him back into the centre of defence, a position at which he excelled for eight seasons, and was a lynchpin of the team in that era. Solid, strong and extremely dominant in the air, he was side-lined for a long spell due to injury and was never the same player again. Returned to Mallorca, his first and last club.

COCO

COCO
Left back that came out of the Milan academy, and played at Barça on loan for half a season. Although he got plenty of playing time in his short era at the club, at the end of the campaign Barça opted not to sign him full-time and Milan ended up selling him on to Inter.

ANGOY

ANGOY
Goalkeeper that came up through the youth system and was already quite old when he reached the first team, where he came in for considerable pressure for being married to Johan Cruyff’s oldest daughter. He played very little, and later gained some fame for switching to American football, becoming kicker for the Barcelona Dragons and achieving a fine level. He also played beach soccer.

DÉHU

DÉHU
One of the few French players to have appeared for Barça, he joined from Lens and was only on the club books for one season. A tall and slick player, he was strong in the air, but had the misfortune of joining a well consolidated group of players and his first team opportunities were scarce.

JUAN CARLOS

JUAN CARLOS RODRÍGUEZ MORENO
A defender who was raised in the youth system at Valladolid and was one of the decisive players in the European Cup Final at Wembley, where he did a fine job of cutting down the Sampdoria attack. So quick that he was known as ‘the hare’, he mainly played at left back, and was a fierce man-marker. Was an essential part of the plan in his first two seasons at club, but came up against stiffer competition in his third. Won the league in each of his three seasons at the Camp Nou, and then departed for Valencia before eventually returning to Valladolid.

POPESCU

POPESCU
Romanian who could play both in defence and midfield, he came to the club after spells in Holland and England. Known as Gica, he played for two very sound seasons at Barça, exhibiting consistency, defensive security and a great ability for distributing passes and leading the play on the field. Went on to become team captain before Galatasaray stepped in with a huge offer for the player and he was gone.

COACH
BAKERO

BAKERO
Player who will always be associated with the Dream Team, he was a midfielder who arrived after the ‘Hesperia Mutiny’, when Cruyff started building his new project. A tough-minded footballer who’d never let the side down, he was the veritable soul of the team, especially when the going got tough. Spent many years as a first team regular, and will always be remembered for his miraculous goal in the last minute at Kaiserslautern, which kept the team alive in the 1991/92 European Cup that would eventually be won at Wembley.

COACHING STAFF
MATCH DELEGATE: Juanma Jimenez
KIT MAN: Chema Corbella
PHYSIOTHERAPEUTIC: Jaume Langa
DOCTOR: Miquel Pallarés