A decade of opening day victories

A decade of opening day victories

in Bilbao on Friday, Barça will be looking to make it eleven years in row with three points from their first Liga game

Barça travel to San Mamés, Bilbao this Friday (9.00pm CEST) for the opening game of La Liga 2019/20 against Athletic Club.

It’s the tenth time the Catalans have faced the Lions in their debut fixture, and in such games to date have won six, drawn two and lost just once, way back in 1949.

Barça are also looking to extend on what is a remarkable record of having won their opening game in a massive ten seasons in a row. Barça have not lost, or even drawn, their opening match since a shock 1-0 defeat to Numancia back in 2008/09 (the season when we’d go on to win a historic treble…).

Naturally, Barça’s top goalscorer in opening day matches has been Leo Messi, who has scored 14 goals in total. In five of those years (2010, 2011, 2014 and 2018), the Argentinian has had the honour of scoring Barça’s first goal of the league season.

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Barça's opening games in last decade

SEASON GAME GOALSCORERS
 2009/10  FCB 3-0 Sporting Gijón   Bojan, Keita & Ibrahimovic
 2010/11  Racing Santander 0-3 FCB   Messi, Iniesta & Villa
 2011/12  Málaga 1-4 FCB   Messi x3 & Alexis
 2012/13  FCB 5-1 Real Sociedad   Puyol, Messi x2, Pedro & Villa
 2013/14  FCB 7-0 Levante   Alexis, Messi x2, Alves, Pedro x2 & Xavi
 2014/15  FCB 3-0 Elche   Messi x2 & Munir
 2015/16  Athletic Club 0-1 FCB   Suárez
 2016/17  FCB 6-2 Betis   Arda Turan, Messi x2 & Suárez x3
 2017/18  FCB 2-0 Betis   Alin Tosca OG & Sergi Roberto
 2018/19  FCB 3-0 Alavés   Messi x2 & Coutinho
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