All the highlights from FC Barcelona's Copa Del Rey triumph against Atletic Bilbao in the final on 30th May 2015.
May 31, 2015
- Lionel Messi scored one of the best goals ever scored in a cup final.
- Lionel Messi and Neymar scored in a comfortable Cup Victory for FC Barcelona.
Lionel Messi showed to the world once again Why he is considered "One of the Greatest of All Time" helping FC Barcelona secure their second title of the season. With this title victory Barca stay on course for a history repeating treble success. I don't think there has been ever an instance in Europe where two teams meeting at the final of UEFA Champions League are both with a chance to complete a historic treble. On a night which was the last appearance of one of the greatest midfielder produced by Barcelona and Spain at the Camp Nou, a bigger talent stole the show on the field. The first goal Lionel Messi scored will be remembered for ever as one of the greatest in a cup final. It wasn't like teh other two goals war simple ones, they were beautiful. But this was something else! Totally Diferent!
May 25, 2015
May 24, 2015
May 22, 2015
A great analysis about Xavi's playing style. This is from Barca's 5-0 destruction of Real Madrid at the Camp Nou.
- Xavier Hernández i Creus, Xavi announced his departure from the Club this Summer.
- Xavi Hernandez has been at the club from the age of eleven and now leaves for Qatar Club Al Saad.
We all knew that this was going to happen; but somehow didn't want to face it. An Era has ended at Barca - "The Man Barca" as we all knew Xavi Hernandez will be leaving the club this summer. As the legend himself said it would be quite awkward to see Xavi wearing a jersey other that the Blaugrana. I personally believed he had at least two to three years of top flight football left in him; may not be at Barca but elsewhere in Europe. But then the decision to leave was made last summer and at the twilight of the career he looked for more financial opportunity than footballing opportunity. Now can't blame him? After having won a World Cup, 2 UEFA European Championship, 8 La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey, 6 Spanish Super Cup, 3 UEFA Champions League, 2 UEFA Super Cup and two FIFA Club World Cup, it would be extremely difficult to find motivation season after season. The fun part is that he could be adding two more to that list by the time his Barcelona Career comes to an end. For the record, the decision to leave was all his as the club has already offered deal to extend his stay up to 2018. But for the most decorated Spanish footballer of all time, it never made sense to play a withdrawn role in the club.
May 18, 2015
All the goals and moments from Barca's title clinching victory over Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.
- FC Barcelona were crowned La Liga Champions at the Vicente Calderon with a 1-0 victory over defending La Liga Champions.
- Lionel Messi scored the sole goal of the match, putting them four points ahead of Real Madrid with one game to spare.
It had to be at the Vicente Calderon; there is no better place to seal this title. A failure here wouldn't have been colossal as we would have got another chance against relegation threatened Deportivo La Coruna at home. But then the team cannot have let this chance go. Last season Atletico Madrid sealed their La Liga title at our home; this season we gave it back in kind. Last season Lionel Messi had a legitimate winner ruled offside but this season he never gave them any chance. The goal he made and finished was so beautiful that it should have won us the League on its own. The equations at the start of the match was clear - We Win, we seal the title or else we get another chance at the Camp Nou. Real Madrid needed a victory to stay in the title hunt, and they got one with a Ronaldo hat-trick but then it didn't matter at all. It's quite surprising that after spending almost half a billion dollars on transfer market from the onset of Guardiola era, Real Madrid has only won one League title; exactly same as their cross-twon rivals, Atletico Madrid. For Barcelona and Luis Enrique, this League title was quite a turn around from the troubles they were in at the winter break. La Liga title was a long gone hope then, the team was crumbling and Enrique, if rumours have to be believed was one match away from sack. Now he and his boys have orchestrated one of the greatest turn-around for this club and is on-course for yet another treble.
May 15, 2015
Watch the video of a young Lionel Messi take apart Juventus in the Joan Gamper Trophy 2015. He was just 18 years old then. He was simply sensational providing a extra-ordinary assis for Iniesta's goal.
Push yourself again and again. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds. Larry Bird
The much awaited Champions League Clasico final is not going to happen; not our mistake, we did our part. It was all upstaged by the Current Italian Champions , Juventus who strolled to Santiago Bernenbeu and got the job done. For Real Madrid, our greatest rival it was more or like that feeling of Déjà vu all again. What Morientes did to Real Madrid in the 2002-03 season, this time Alvaro Morato did, a player who was deemed surplus to Madrid's requirement. After that set-back orchestrated by Fernando Morientes, Real Madrid developed a habit of putting a "no-match against Real Madrid" clause to every one of their loaned players. I am not sure what they will put here in this case. He was sold by the club! So after seeing off our greatest rival, the Italian Champions Juventus will be looking to repeat the same performance against FC Barcelona. FC Barcelona meanwhile looks confident and in top form to steamroll any challenge put forward by their opponents. Their biggest worry till yesterday was whether they would get a chance to win the Copa Del Rey and the League. Anyways that has been settled with the Court ruling the strike to be unlawful.
May 13, 2015
Barcelona Futobol Club secured their spot in this season's UEFA Champions League Final which will be held in the Olympic Stadium, Berlin despite going down 3-2 to Beyrn Munich away from home. The final will be held on the 6th of Junes, Saturday and Barca's opponent will be either Real Madrid or Juventus. Will it be the First Clasico Champions League Final? We have to wait and see; anyways we have done our part! This tie was almost secured in the first leg and hence this tie was more or less an insignificant unless Bayern Munich inspired themselves to a once in a life-time comeback. They almost threatened to start one, but Barca's awe inspiring trio of MSN (Messi, Saurez and Neymar) killed it before it could take shape. One could argue that Barca were a tad complacent throughout the match especially after Neymar's seconds goal gave us a 2-1 lead. But then one could give them that leverage as they clearly knew the match was over at that point. Bayern needed to score 5 unanswered goals from that point to qualify, which basically is an impossible task considering the opposition is "BARCA". They did suffer a bit due to their laxed attitude, especially the defense who were bombarded with attacks after attacks. One huge positive out of this was seeing Ter Stegan getting a decent work out. He clearly showed why we went for him and erased any doubts whether he is the future.
May 11, 2015
FC Barcelona increased their lead on top to four points with a 2-0 victory against Real Soceidad at the Camp Nou.
May 8, 2015
Excuse the mess but we live here. Roseanne Barr
This could happen only in Spain. The league is all set for a photo finish with both FC Barcelona and Real Madrid racing neck to neck, with no space for any slip. In such a back drop, all discussion should be about how it will all span out or at least whether Messi is human or not! But Spanish League being Spanish League, that wasn't to be the case. Now one of the most promising end of La Liga Title Race is under threat of being killed prematurely by utter stupidity and confusion from the part of Spanish Federation (RFEF), Spanish Football League (LFP), Spanish professional footballers' union (AFE) and of course the Spanish Government. For those who are not much aware of what is going on, here is a recap. It all started with the Spanish Government approving a law governing the sale of television rights to broadcast football games and the distribution of the income. Technically the law has to be passed by the Parliament, but it is safe to assume that it would sail through the house.
May 7, 2015
He is a genius. What he does with a football at times is beyond belief. What he did to Jerome Boateng for the second goal was almost illegal. Former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp
- Lionel Messi scored twice and assisted the other goal in 3-0 victory against Bayern Munich.
- Victory against Bayern Munich almost put Barca in to the Finals
I ran across the living room, struggling to keep my voice down, kept runinng in circles and circles; just to digest what I witnessed in the second goal Messi scored. To be fair, like Luis Enrique said he don't surprise us much. Whatever he does is pretty ussual for him, he has done the dink over the keeper a hundred time in the past. But this felt different and there is some real good reason behind that too. Will come to that later! So, what happened! In a match which was billed as the clash between the top two sides in Europe - One guy emerged as the king maker scoring two goals and creating another. A 3-0 scoreline in favour of Barca was something of a wish for Cules for sometime; but I am pretty sure that none of us never said that out loud. If you had done that, I am pretty sure questions might have been raised about your mental health by now. The match went goalless till the 77th minute, when all of a sudden Lionel Messi decided to show why on Earth he is "The Best Player in the World".
May 5, 2015
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. William Shakespeare
Luis Enrique, the ex-Barca player and the current coach would definitely be a bit nervous coming going in to tomorrow's clash against Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou. With the full crowd support plus a team where the three strikers have not only gelled well, but also scoring tons for fun between them; usually that calls for a confident or may be an over-confident manager. But that won't be the case tomorrow. Luis Enrique will be nervous, regardless of the offensive powers on his arsenal - that's because he knows clearly that this clash will define his legacy as a manager at Barca. Barca currently is very much in fight for all the three available trophies this season, any coach who does that especially so late in the season is entitled to call it a successful stint; but Luis knows clearly that this tie is the match on which everything matters. He won't lose his job or credibility if he fails here; but he will know clearly that a failure here will see Guardiola's legacy hanging over his head like a Damocles sword for the rest of his Barca career. Succeed here, he would kick the legacy of Guardiola out of Barca, at least of his tenure and write his name with the golden ink.