With the UEFA Champions League resuming play this week, we thought it would be nice to familiarize everyone with the remaining 8 teams. Most of them will be familiar to everyone, but there are a few surprises…
So let’s take a look at the second of two Spanish teams, Barcelona.
(the UEFA Champions League history contains figures starting from the ’92/’93 season – when it became more than just a competition between league winners)
Name – Futbol Club Barcelona
Nickname – l’equip blaugrana (Catalan for blue and deep red equipment or kit), or simply blaugranas
Established – 1899 – Barcelona, Spain
- Have never changed their primary kit colors.
- The winningest team in all of Spain, both nationally and internationally.
League – Spanish Primera Division (currently in first place)
- Team leading scorer – Lionel Messi with 27 goals
- Lionel Messi is the winner of the 2010 FIFA Ball d’Or – He beat out teammates Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta, and is the first footballer of the year during a world cup year, that was not on the world cup winning team.
- Had a record setting streak of 16 straight wins in La Liga this season.
- In 2009 completed an unprecedented sextuple – titles in La Liga, Copa del Rey, UEFA Champions League, Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup
Stadium – Camp Nou – Since 1957 – 99,354 capacity
- Until 2000, it was officially known as Estadi del FC Barcelona
UEFA Champions League history (from ’92 til today)
- Total record – 89-44-29
- 2 times Champion – ’05/’06, ’08/’09
- 1 time runner up – ’93/’94
- This year’s leading scorer – Lionel Messi with 8 goals
- Have met this round’s opponent, Shakhtar Donetsk, twice before in group stages, going 2-0-2.
Stats via Soccerway