FC Barcelona are one of the most iconic football clubs in the world to have ever existed and a lot of that will be down to their success in the Champions League. Although their efforts domestically can not be discounted, their performances in Europe’s elite club competition has certainly opened eyes across the globe as to what Blaugrana can achieve when playing the sport. With a plethora of games being held at the 99,354 capacity Camp Nou stadium, the iconic venue is an incredible place to be when the midweek fixtures are being entertained.
Of course, the Catalan giants are famous for having a number of superstars to have played in their famous blue and red colours over the years, which has certainly helped their quest in trying to add a trophy to their cabinet each season. Men such as Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi are synonymous with Barcelona, whilst there are men such as Ronaldinho, Rivaldo, Johan Cruyff and Luis Figo to have all made impressions for the club in the competition as well.
Barcelona have won Europe’s elite club tournament on no fewer than five occasions, making them one of the best sides to have ever featured in the tournament. Those successes came in the 1991/92, 2005/06, 2008/09, 2010/11 and 2014/15 editions of the competition.
The Blaugrana have also featured in numerous other finals, with appearances in the 1960/61, 1985/86 and 1993/94, therefore showing how successful they have been over the years. However, these finals are less likely going to want to be remembered.
Memorable moments for the Catalan giants include the 2008/09 and 2010/11 finals as they managed to beat Manchester United in both ties with Messi scoring in both ties to help his side lift the trophy.
Barcelona have a history of having beaten English sides in the showpiece spectacle, having lifted the 2005/06 edition after defeating Arsenal, having come from 1-0 down with 15 minutes left to play. Samuel Eto’o and Juliano Belletti were the men that were men of the moment or Blaugrana.
Other memorable moments on the pitch include goals by Marc Overmars and Messi, with one against Liverpool and Real Madrid standing out for different reasons. The effort against the Reds involved some sensational play and passing skill from the whole team which Overmars managed to finish off, whilst Messi scored a spectacular solo goal against arch-rivals Real Madrid in 2011.
It has not always been all bright and rosy for Barcelona in the competition, though, as there have been moments that the club can not forget. Their 1993/94 showing in the final saw the club beaten by AC Milan 4-0.
More recently, their defeat to Liverpool in the semi-final of the 2018/19 competition will haunt the Blaugrana for years, as they held a 3-0 advantage going into the Anfield tie, only to lose 4-0 because of some quick thinking that the Catalans’ were not prepared for.
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