Scenes from that famous league victory a decade and a half ago / FCB

It happened two years after Johan Cruyff has taken over as FC Barcelona manager, in the summer of 1988. Barça had gone for six years without winning the Liga title. But a new era was dawning - an era that will always be remembered as that of the famous Dream Team. And the moment that dream started to become a reality was when they won the 1990/91 championship, exactly twenty-five years ago on May 12.

It was won in peculiar fashion. There were just four games to go, and a win in Cadiz would have been enough to clinch the title. But Barça lost 4-0, perhaps because their minds were distracted by the Cup Winners’ Cup Final in Rotterdam just a few days later (a game they’d end up losing 2-1 to Manchester United on a night to remember for former Barça man Mark Hughes).

The defeat at the Ramón de Carranza came on Saturday night, while the rest of the league programme was played the day after. Second placed Atlético Madrid were away to Real Sociedad, and lost 2-1. And that meant Barça had won the title!

That moment, a full quarter of a century ago, is one that older Barça fans still cherish. Meanwhile, for those that hadn’t even been born yet on that marvellous night, these videos give a taste of what happened on a night when the whole city was flooded with the team colours, and Plaça Sant Jaume was the place to be as the eleventh Spanish Liga crown was celebrated in style.

Those scenes were soon to be repeated. That was the first of four consecutive titles for Johan Cruyff and his team, the other three all won in dramatic fashion on the very last day. And in the middle of all that, there was of course Barça’s first ever European Cup, won at Wembley in the Olympic year of 1992.

It really was a glorious team that Barça had that season, back in the days when teams were not allowed to field more than three non-Spaniards at the same time. Barça’s main foreigners that year were Ronald Koeman, the Dutch defender with his famously powerful long-range shots, Hristo Stoichkov, the tough Bulgarian with his delightful runs down the wing, and Michael Laudrup, the Dane who could wield magic with the ball at his feet.

There were a number of Basques in the team – notably goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta, plus Julio Salinas, Txiki Begiristain, José Mari Bakero and Andoni Goikoetxea, all Barça legends.

And there were some younger players just breaking through who were going to go on and become huge names at the club, including Guillermo Amor, Albert Ferrer and, of course, Pep Guardiola..

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