Honour guard by Villareal for Barça, world champions, on January 2nd 2010. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

The new world champion has a new challenge to overcome, both against L'Hospitalet in the cup on Thursday and at Espanyol in the first league game of 2012. They have never lost their first game after the Intercontinental or Club World Cups, but have never won either.

FCB v Villarreal (1-1) 2/1/10

In 2009, Barça became the first club to win six major trophies in a calendar year. And they were able to celebrate the feat in front of their own fans at home to Villarreal. The game got off to a great start with Pedro's 7th minute goal, but Fuster equalised after 50 minutes. Those were the only points FCB dropped at the Camp Nou all season.

FCB v Atlético Madrid (1-1) 21/12/06

Rijkaard's side returned to the Camp Nou after the disappointment of defeat to Inter of Porto Alegre, to face Atlético Madrid, a real nemesis for the team in those times. With Eto'o and Messi both injured, Ronaldinho opened the scoring with a pearl of a free kick, but Agüero levelled in the second half. Barça were still three points adrift of Sevilla in the table, with a game in hand.

Rayo Vallecano v FCB (3-3). 20/12/93

Shortly after losing to São Paulo, it was off to the Nuevo Vallecas (where several top teams had already lost), where Barça got a heroic point despite both Stoichkov (min 6) and Koeman (min 69) being sent off and the home side going 3-1 up. Salinas sneaked a late point for Johan Cruyff's side, who were second in the table behind Deportivo, who Barça would eventually pip to the title on the very last day.

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