Champions League Round of 8… Barcelona

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.

Official Website

Stats via Soccerway

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