PHOTO: GERMAN PARGA

PHOTO: GERMAN PARGA

Aitor Egurrola had the honour of of lifting the Club’s 9th European Cup, the first time as the team’s captain. He did it at the Palau in front of 4,756 fans after Barça defeated Porto in the final (3-1). The success in Europe was the crowning success of a dreamlike season. Ricard Muñoz’s men put in a fantastic performance all tournament long and they recovered the European crown after missing out on it for three consecutive seasons.

The blaugrana closed out the first phase of the competition as leaders of Group D. German team Herringen and Italian team Viareggio were unable to stop Barça, but Porto caught the attention of Muñoz’s men. Barça lost in Portugal 6-2, but surged in the second leg to win 7-0.

Perfect Final Four

The quarterfinals paired Barça up with Portugal’s Valongo. The blaugrana got a good result in the first leg 2-3 and finished off the tie at the Palau 7-0.

The weekend of May 3 and 4 was historic. Barça, Benfica, Porto and Moritz Vendrell would battle it out to see which team would be crowned European champions. The blaugrana defeated Benfica in the semifinals (3-2) and faced off against Porto in the final. Goals from Marc Torra (2) and Xavi Barroso made Hélder Nunes’ goal useless, and thus Barça won its 20th European crown.