The players celebrate the European League

The players celebrate the European League / PHOTO: GERMAN PARGA

Barça’s roller hockey team had a very successful 2013/14 season, which brought in the Club’s 14th double trophy haul in the history of the institution. Since the 2012/13 campaign, the team managed by Ricard Muñoz have worked extremely hard to win three of the four titles in play (only the Copa del Rey wasn’t conquered). The European League, the OK Liga and the Spanish Supercup all found their way to the FC Barcelona Museum this season.

Barça, who brought in Raúl Marín and Matías Pascual and recovered loanee Xavi Barroso, kicked off the season on great form as they defeated Reus Deportiu in the final of the Spanish Supercup in a penalty shootout.

The team’s dominance in the league was nearly overwhelming. With a record of 27 victories, one draw and only two defeats, the blaugrana set the bar high from the start and maintained an eight-point advantage over the second place team throughout the competition. Barça also established a new goalscoring record in the OK Liga (207). Coinasa Liceo, who finished second, finished 10 points behind Muñoz’s men, and Vic finished third 21 points adrift of the title.

The Copa del Rey wasn’t conquered, however. Barça defeated ICG Software Lleida in the quarterfinals and Vic in the semifinals, but they were defeated in the final by Monritz Vendrell.

The last time Barça had won the European League was in 2010. That’s too many years without the title for a team that are used to winning it all. Barça qualified for the Final Four and the Club pushed hard to hold it at the Palau Blaugrana. Barça defeated Benfica in the semifinal, and faced Porto in the championship match.