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When Dorothy Gale — the main protagonist in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz — tapped her heels together three times while wearing the ruby slippers and repeating, "There's no place like home," she was magically whisked away to the comforts of her farm back in Kansas, leaving a whirlwind odyssey in her wake.
And while Camp Nou is a far cry from Kansas, it will certainly be a welcome landing spot for FC Barcelona following a globetrotting preseason schedule — with stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Florence, and Tblilisi — and an opening week on the road in the 2015/16 La Liga.
In looking at Barça's home opener this season in league play, which comes on Saturday versus Málaga at 8.30pm CET, it's worth taking a look at the numbers to see just how comforting Camp Nou has been to the Catalans recently in the domestic championship of the Spanish First Division.
In fact, since the 2005/06 season — when Frank Rijkaard was running the show — through Luis Enrique's title-winning campaign in 2014/15 , Barça have won 158, lost just 11, and drawn 21 in 190 La Liga games played at Camp Nou.
Messi leads in scoring, of course
If there's one Barça player who has essentially dedicated himself to getting the Barça fans to rise out of their seats in jubilation, that player is Lionel Messi. In the last decade Messi has scored 160 home league goals (he has 161 in his career), far above Samuel Eto'o, who is number two over the same period with 46. Here are the top nine:
And they weren't the only players who lit up the scoreboard for Barça, either. The team scored a total of 560 home league goals in the last ten years while only giving up 126.
Many of those goals led to routs. Barça's biggest win came on 17 November 2011 in an 8–0 victory over Osasuna. Two other games ended in 7–0 blaugrana victories — against Levante on 18 August 2013 and yet another versusOsasuna on 16 March 2014.
|64||11||Messi, 27||6-0 (FCB-Granada, Getafe)|
|64||15||Messi, 16||7-0 (FCB-Levante, Osasuna)|
|63||15||Messi, 22||6-1 (FCB-Getafe)|
|73||11||Messi, 35||8-0 (FCB-Osasuna)|
|46||10||Messi, 15||5-0 (FCB-Sevilla, Madrid, R.Sociedad)|
|57||11||Messi, 16||6-1 (FCB-Zaragoza)|
|61||14||Eto'o, 21||6-0 (FCB-Valladolid, Málaga)|
|46||12||Messi, 9||6-0 (FCB-Valencia)|
|41||12||Ronaldinho, 15||4-0 (FCB-Villarreal)|
|45||15||Eto'o, 13||5-0 (FCB-R.Sociedad)|
*Stats by Opta
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