Champions League & Camp Nou

The Champions League Twenty20, also referred to as the CLT20, is an annual international Twenty20 cricket competition played between the top domestic teams from major cricketing nations. Camp Nou (New Field) is a football stadium in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain which has been the home of Fc Barcelona since 1957. 5.0/5

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Barcelona extend their 100% home record in Champions League under Luis Enrique - won all 15 games at Camp Nou in his 3…
Barcelona in the Champions League under Luis Enrique at Camp Nou:. W. Goals: 50. Conceded: 7
2007 - Liverpool are the only English side to have beaten Barcelona at the Camp Nou in the Champions League, back in Feb 2007.…
Against Man City, Lionel Messi played his 50th Champions League game at Camp Nou and has now scored 50 Champions League…
ON THIS DAY: In 2010, Lionel Messi scored all 4 as Barcelona beat Arsenal 4-1 at Camp Nou in the Champions League. htt…
Champions League: Real and Ronaldo stunned: At the Camp Nou it was the real deal -- on Wednesday it was in real…
Luis Suárez in the Camp Nou in the Champions League this season:. 5 games. 7 goals ⚽️. 3 assists. 🔥 🔥 🔥
[RIVAL WATCH] New Valencia boss won Champions League as a player at Camp Nou
Structural improvements at Camp Nou on Champions League match days
Barcelona have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 Champions League games at Camp Nou, equalling best run in club history [v…
Me and a Champions League / European Cup trophy at the Nou Camp. Can't get these at Argos though I have tried.
In 2 hours will start the 32nd Champions League game played at Parc de Princes. Camp Nou hosted 100
If Barcelona mess up in the Champions League tonight, they still have a chance, because they are so prominent in games at the Camp Nou.
Wednesday's game was the 100th Champions League game at Camp Nou, most behind San Siro (131) and Bernabeu (102)
Ivan Rakitic scored his first ever Champions League goal in his 19th appearance. Indeed, it’s his 1st goal at Camp Nou since November 2014.
If he plays tomoroow: it will be Xavi's 70th Champions League at the Camp Nou
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Guardiola: Torres perfect for Atletico The coach lauded Diego Simeone's decision to bring the former club captain back to the Vicente Calderon and believes they pose a threat to Bayern's Champions League chances By Miles Chambers Jan 16, 2015 23:36:00 Former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola believes that Atletico Madrid have hit the jackpot by bringing Fernando Torres back to the Vicente Calderon. Torres left La Liga for Liverpool in 2007, one year before Guardiola famously took the reins at Camp Nou, and returned earlier this month on loan from AC Milan having flopped at San Siro and Chelsea before that. Football pundits and fans were split over whether Torres would burden another club with his lack of goals, but he stunned arch-rivals Real Madrid on Thursday by scoring a double to knock the holders out of the Copa Del Rey at the last-16 stage. Guardiola, who now coaches Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, believes that the Spain international is perfectly suited to life under Diego Simeone's wing in Madrid. ...
2 South American scorers in the Champions League so far and both at Camp Nou. Messi and Neymar have put Barcelona 2-1 up vs PSG.
The Portuguese insists that the Blues will not be signing the Barcelona superstar, despite his recent revelation that he may not finish his career at the Camp Nou, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims rumours linking Barcelona's Lionel Messi with a move to Stamford Bridge are "obviously" false. Messi sparked the rumour mill into overdrive recently when he appeared to suggest that he might not finish his career at Camp Nou. CHELSEA LATEST 8/1 Chelsea are 8/1 with Paddy Power to be Lionel Messi's next permanent clubPremier League leaders Chelsea were subsequently identified as a possible destination for the Argentine superstar - who has broken the all-time goalscoring records in both La Liga and the Champions League in the last week - while Manchester City are also monitoring his situation. But Mourinho, who went up against Messi several times during his time as Real Madrid coach, is adamant that such stories are untrue. Mourinho said on Friday: "My reaction is that the media world changed so much that the ...
What would Barcelona do without Lionel Messi? Since hinting in a recent interview with Argentine sports paperOlethat his long-term future may lie away from the Catalan club, Lionel Messi has returned to his brilliant best and broken two of football's most remarkable records in the space of four days. On Saturday, his hat-trick in the 5-1 win at home to Sevilla saw the recent gloom lifted at Camp Nou and he was given a rousing reception and a special tribute after surpassing Basque legend Telmo Zarra to become La Liga's all-time top goalscorer. And Messi's goals are also the fuel for Barca in Europe. His recent double at Ajax saw him draw level with Raul on 71 strikes in the Champions League and another hat-trick at APOEL on Tuesday means he is now the competition's leading scorer outright with 74 strikes in Europe's premier club competition. Two timely reminders, if they were needed, of just what Messi means to this team. The Argentine has been unhappy with the Barca board and on Saturday, president Josep ...
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Messi revels in Champions League milestone 26 November 2014 Lionel Messi reflected on breaking the Uefa Champions League goalscoring record as "a wonderful thing" after his hat-trick against APOEL. The prolific Barcelona forward surpassed Real Madrid legend Raul's tally of 71 goals by scoring his second hat-trick in as many games on Tuesday. Messi took centre stage after Luis Suarez netted his first Barca goal as the Catalan giants coasted to a 4-0 Group F victory in Nicosia. The mercurial Messi became the top scorer in La Liga history with a treble in a 5-1 hammering of Sevilla on Saturday and the Argentina talisman revelled in his latest milestone. "Achieving this record in a competition like this is a wonderful thing. But, beyond that it was a very important game," said Messi, who now has 74 Champions League goals. Luis Enrique's side face French champions Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou next month knowing a win would ensure they finish top of the group and Messi is determined to achieve that goal. He ...
On this day, 16 years ago, Louis van Gaal's FC. Barcelona drew 3-3 with Man Utd in the Champions League at the Camp Nou.
Since the 2007/8 season, the highest attendance Champions League match has belonged to the Camp Nou Stadium. 8 seasons run…
IS Lionel Messi A ONE-FOOTED FOOTBALLER? Barcelona have released a graphic detailing how and where Lionel Messi has scored his 71 Champions League goals. The Argentine has scored a huge 59 of them with his left foot, and only eight with his right. The diminutive record breaker has also managed four off his head. Whether he's home or away doesn't seem to matter much to the World Cup Golden Ball winner, with 38 being scored at the Camp Nou and 31 at other grounds. He has also scored twice in the neutral final. He is simply fantastic!
Messi thinks faster than anyone - Neymar Following Barcelona's 3-1 win over Ajax, the Brazilian hailed the Blaugrana's teamwork and also underlined their excitement at getting to face Real Madrid on Saturday Oct 22, 2014 10:59:19 Neymar has showered Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi with praise for his quick-thinking as the duo continued their fine goalscoring form in Tuesday's 3-1 win over Ajax. Both the Brazilian and the Argentine scored as Luis Enrique's men bagged all three points in their third Champions League group game of the season, sending them on to six points - one behind Group F leaders Paris Saint-Germain. Neymar has now scored 10 times in as many games this season, while Messi has nine goals in 11 matches, and the Brazil forward believes their teamwork is reaping rewards in 2014-15. "What we are doing is helping our team score goals with our passes," Neymar, 22, told reporters after the win at Camp Nou. "Messi is the best, he thinks faster than everyone else [in football]. Overall, the team ...
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Ahead of what promises to be another thrilling Premier League season, we take a look at 10 of the biggest and best close-season transfers. Alexis Sanchez - Arsenal The second-largest transfer in Arsenal's history, with an estimated £32million fee, Arsene Wenger pulled off a major coup in bringing the Chile star to the Emirates Stadium from Barcelona. Deemed surplus to requirements at Camp Nou ahead of Luis Suarez's arrival, Alexis turned down Liverpool to join Arsenal. He was a key player in his country's run to the last 16 of the World Cup, and Arsenal fans will be hoping the fleet-of-foot forward can help fire them to a first Premier League title since 2004. Diego Costa - Chelsea After his haul of 36 goals in all competitions helped Atletico Madrid to the Spanish title and the Uefa Champions League final, Chelsea decided to splash over £30m on Costa. Jose Mourinho regularly bemoaned his striking options as Chelsea finished third in the Premier League last term, and he will hope Spain international Cos ...
WHY GUARDIOLA LEFT BARCELONA .. . . . . . . . . . . Bayern Munich coach, Pep Guardiola, has revealed he left Fc Barcelona in 2012 because he was exhausted. The 43-year-old decided to go on a sabbatical after winning 14 trophies – amongst them two Champions League titles – in just four years with the Catalan giants. Guardiola denies leaving Camp Nou due to issues with Sandro Rosell, the Former Barcelona president, but because he had reached his personal ‘limits of exhaustion’. “It isn’t true that I left because (then president Sandro) Rosell didn’t support me in rebuilding the squad,” he is quoted in another excerpt from his book Herr Pep. “I was at my limit of exhaustion and I wasn’t sure at all about what options I could offer the team. I didn’t ask to rebuild the squad, because I was the one who had decided to leave.” On the subject whether he would be keen to return to the Catalan giants Guardiola says ambiguous, “The way the club is organised, there are only two options: eith ...
SPORTS UPDATE WITH EMMAH ATAI: Vincent Kompany claimed that he almost signed for Barcelona several times but has vowed to stay at Manchester City. The Belgium defender has been linked with the 2011 European champions this summer but Kompany said City have not received an offer from the Camp Nou. The 28-year-old has made 254 appearances for City, lifting the Premier League trophy in both 2012 and 2014, and was widely praised for his performance against Barcelona at the Camp Nou this season. Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has said Diego Costa has not yet signed a deal to join Chelsea, but added that Blues goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois would not be returning on loan. Costa, 25, helped Atletico to the Primera Division title and the Champions League final last season. Manchester United are set to sign £30m-rated Ander Herrera from La Liga club Athletic Bilbao. The Old Trafford club failed in an attempt to buy midfielder Herrera, 24, on transfer deadline day last summer. New United boss Louis van Gaal ...
NEWS FABREGAS LATEST Could Cesc Fabregas be one of those targets? Well, according to the Metro, Chelsea are now leading the race for the Barcelona midfielder and are willing to hand him a £200,000-a-week deal. Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and former club Arsenal have all been linked with a move for the Spain international who has been told he can leave Camp Nou. Transfer Talk: Chelsea to offer £200,000-a-week VELA TO Real Madrid?! Reports earlier today claimed Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela was on the verge of rejoining Arsenal, who can sign their former player for £3.25 million due to a buy-back clause in his contract, but ESPN now says he is set to join Champions League winners Real Madrid. COSTA MOVE HALTED? According to the Daily Star, Chelsea have been told by Atletico Madrid that it will take over £40 million to sign both Diego Costa and Filipe Luis, which could slow down the completion of Costa's move to Stamford Bridge despite passing a medical on Wednesday. John Terry TO I ...
On This Day in 1999 T&T’s Dwight Yorke won the Champions League with Manchester United. Here's a story from Huffington Post: Manchester United's 1998-99 Treble Triumph: 15 Years On: Manchester United secured their immortal Treble triumph 15 years ago today with a miraculous comeback against the German champions Bayern Munich in the Champions League final at Camp Nou stadium. Outplayed for the majority of the match, United rarely looked like extinguishing Mario Basler's sixth-minute free-kick until the dying embers of the game. Yet as they charged forward in desperation, Bayern broke regularly. Mehmet Scholl hit the post, United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel denied Stefan Effenberg and the imposing German striker Carsten Jancker hit the Dane's crossbar with an overhead kick. United, though, had not lost a game of football in over five months and that calendar year had developed a knack for late rallies. Dwight Yorke's equaliser in the 88th minute and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's 90th minute winner in the FA Cup ...
Uefa Champions League: CLASH OF THE TITANS IN LISBON AS TWO MADRID TEAMS CLASH IN FINAL! Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Yes! This is the day we've all been waiting for. The attention of the entire footballing world will be firmly focused on one place tonight - The Estadio da Luz in Portugal where Real Madrid will be going into the Mother of all battles with city rivals Atletico Madrid to determine who rule Europe. The Atleti will be riding a on wave of momentum, having just clinched their first La Liga title since 1996 in grand style, right inside the packed Camp Nou in front of over 95,000 vociferous crowd, but they'll be taking on a team obsessed with winning the Champions League for the first time since 2002. Los Blancos hold the edge in the season series, beating the Atleti twice and losing just once before their final meeting ended in a tie, back in March. Cristiano Ronaldo who has been troubled with a hamstring for a couple of weeks is said to be fit for this clash. But Pepe and Karim Benzema are in ...
The most important game of a season or a career can be stolen by a yellow card. Xabi Alonso will miss the Champions League final in Lisbon. It is a painful tradition, at odds with the sense of occasion, and others to have fallen foul are Franco Baresi, Claudio Caniggia, Rafael Gordillo, Antonio Maceda, Michael Ballack, Pavel Nedved and Dani Alves. Maceda and Gordillo missed the European Championship final in 1984 between France and Spain. Roy Keane and Paul Scholes were not involved in the Camp Nou miracle comeback in 1999 against Bayern. "It was the worst experience of my career", the Irishman recalled. Amedeo Carboni has experienced similar loss. The Italian full-back was booked for Valencia against Barcelona and missed the 2000 Champions League final against Real Madrid. "The world caves in on you. I thought I was not going to get another chance and I did get it the following year. I don't understand how Michel Platini, who was a footballer, doesn't change the rule. It is absurd, it is not a red card. ...
END OF THE DISCUSSION: Ameobi leaves Newcastle after 14 years Shola Ameobi will bring an end to 14 years of playing at Newcastle this summer after he was not offered a new contract. Loan pair Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong will also return to their respective parent clubs Queens Park Rangers and Borussia Monchengladbach. It means the Toon Army are left with only one recognised senior striker, Papiss Cisse, who is out with a knee injury and could miss the start of next season. Ameobi came through the ranks on Tyneside before making his debut in September 2000. However, he struggled to ever hold down a regular spot at St James' Park, making 397 appearances and scoring 79 goals in total. Seven of those came against Sunderland in Tyne-Wear derby fixtures while the 32-year-old also famously scored in the Champions League against Barcelona at the Camp Nou in December 2002. Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew said: "I have to make a special mention of Shola Ameobi, who has been an incredible servant to Newcastle Un ...
Saturday night promises to be one of world football's classic battles as Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid face off in Lisbon, Portugal. Both sides have been superb in the Champions League this season and thoroughly deserve their places in the final. Atletico enter as the new champions of Spain after their draw in the Camp Nou, while Real will be looking to win yet another European Cup and further their reputation as the continent's most successful club side. Here, I have taken my time to look at both teams' recent form and the key battles that will decide the destination of the Champions League trophy. Both Madrid teams have felt the heat and pressure of the last few weeks of the season, struggling to produce their best form. Atletico's dogs-of-war approach has suffered, with the team only managing one win in their last four games. Recent draws against Barcelona and Malaga were just enough to earn them the La Liga title and get them over the finish line, but two points from a possible nine is hardly the fo ...
Louis van Gaal vs. United ! Louis van Gaal has faced Manchester United four times and, on every occasion, football fans have been treated to high-octane matches filled with goals and attacking endeavour. In September 1998, the Dutchman brought Barcelona to Old Trafford for a memorable Champions League tie. Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs scored early goals but Sonny Anderson and Giovanni restored parity on the hour. David Beckham’s stunning free-kick was then cancelled out by Luis Enrique’s penalty, capping a wonderful 3-3 draw. Remarkably, the sides did it all again two months later. The Catalans led first through Anderson, only for Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole to put United ahead. Two Rivaldo goals then sandwiched Yorke’s second to clinch another entertaining 3-3 draw at Camp Nou. Eleven years later, in March 2010, van Gaal’s Bayern Munich welcomed United to the Allianz Arena. Wayne Rooney opened the scoring in the first leg after just 66 seconds, before Franck Ribery's deflected free-kick set up a dr ...
Real Madrid-Espanyol Preview: Ancelotti's men face Champions League final warm-up Real Madrid end their Liga season against Espanyol on Saturday - but all eyes will be on another capital versus Catalunya clash at Camp Nou. A run of three games without victory has ended any hopes Real had of winning La Liga, so their meeting with Javier Aguirre's side represents little more than an undercard clash ahead of the title-deciding bout between their arch-rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, which kicks off two hours later. Carlo Ancelotti's men have taken just two points from their last three league fixtures, meaning they have gone more than two Liga games without winning for the first time since May 2009. Real's poor run of domestic form has followed their stunning 4-0 Champions League semi-final second-leg demolition of Bayern Munich. And it is safe to say Ancelotti will now have more than one eye on next Saturday's Champions League showpiece with neighbours Atletico, when Real go in search of their long-awai ...
Manhattan Kickers FC- MKFC with the Uefa Champions League trophy at Camp Nou.
theFIELD's sharing Largest stadium in Europe: Camp Nou is a football stadium in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, which has been the home of Futbol Club Barcelona since 1957. The Camp Nou seats 99,786, reduced to 96,336 in matches organized by UEFA,making it the largest stadium in Europe and the 11th largest in the world in terms of capacity. It has hosted numerous international matches at a senior level, including two Uefa Champions League finals and the football competition at the 1992 Summer Olympics.
Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has denied that Lionel Messi is unhappy at the Camp Nou, despite the Blaugrana talisman having cut a sorry figure of late as his side suffered consecutive setbacks in the Champions League and La Liga.
We've come a long way since the Camp Nou sang its support as Barca got knocked out of the Champions League in 2012.
UEFA CHAMPIONS QUARTER FINAL PRODUCES DOUBLE DRAWS: Tuesday saw the return of the Champions League, with the first pair of quarter-finals offering mouth-watering ties between Manchester United and Bayern Munich, and Barcelona and La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid. Both first legs turned out to be closer than expected, with out-of-form United holding reigning champions Bayern to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford and Atleti coming away from Camp Nou with the same scoreline. United ensured they go to the Allianz Arena next week with a fighting chance even though Nemanja Vidic's second-half header was cancelled out by Bastian Schweinsteiger - who was then sent off late in the game - on 66 minutes. United would happily have taken a draw after spending much of the first half chasing shadows as Bayern dominated possession with Toni Kroos orchestrating matters in midfield. The Germans enjoyed almost 80 per cent of the ball in the opening 45 minutes and came closest to scoring when Arjen Robben was denied by a superb one-h ...
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Barcelona have confirmed the signing of attacking midfielder Alen Halilovic from Dinamo Zagreb for an initial fee of 2.2 million euros, with the teenager set to play for Barca B next season. The Blaugrana were thought to have previously sealed a deal for the highly rated Halilovic, 17, with sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta spotted in Croatia in February, while the player himself let slip on Instagram that he was headed for the Camp Nou. He wrote: "Thanks Dinamo Zagreb for everything!! My first club and biggest love!! Now is time to move on to Barcelona." The transfer was confirmed on Thursday morning, though, via an official club statement, which gave more details about the terms of the arrangement. “Fc Barcelona has reached an agreement with Dinamo Zagreb and Alen Halilovic for the transfer of the player to the club for an initial amount of 2.2 million euros, which will increase as the player achieves the objectives of consolidating a position in the first team,” the statement read. “The player ...
Victor Valdes denied opportunity to end Barcelona career on his own terms. The goalkeeper suffered a cruciate ligament injury meaning that not only has he played his last game for the Catalans, he will also miss the World Cup. He deserved better COMMENT By Ben Hayward | Spanish Football Writer After the ecstasy, came agony. Victor Valdes expressed his delight as Barcelona's defiant Clasico win over Real Madrid rejuvanted their title challenge, but just three days later his Camp Nou career is over and with it his hopes of turning out for Spain at the World Cup in Brazil. He had been desperate to leave the club on his own terms, and pained to remain faithful to his pre-defined date of departure. Now, he has been denied that opportunity, and one of Barcelona's finest-ever players won't be allowed to enjoy the fitting send-off his career merited. Against Celta Vigo at Camp Nou, Valdes fell awkwardly after saving a Fabian Orellana free-kick at the second attempt and it soon became apparent that he was in real ...
The Bayern Munich boss claims top-class players can play well irrespective of coaches and insists his success at his former and current clubs is down to collective efforts Pep Guardiola has claimed he had little to do with turning Barcelona stars Xavi and Andres Iniesta into world-leading players. The Spain midfield duo flourished under Guardiola's stewardship at Camp Nou as the Blaugrana claimed 14 trophies from 2008 to 2011, including two Champions League titles. Xavi and Iniesta were also at the heart of Spain's incredible back-to-back European Championship successes, as well as their triumph at the 2010 World Cup, but Guardiola claims players of such calibre do not require coaches to get them to play at their best. "Barcelona's players motivate themselves," the Bayern Munich boss was quoted as saying by Sport. "I did not teach Xavi or Iniesta to play. Coaches are here to lend a hand, but they have been playing well for 20 years. Coaches do not make good players play well. They play well enough without ...
A game of two men |Messi and Ronaldo have dominated theClasicoin recent years Both Messi and Ronaldo were then on target from the penalty spot in the sides' 1-1 draw in La Liga at the Bernabeu in April of 2011, before the Portuguese headed home four days later in extra-time to win the Copa Del Rey for Madrid at Mestalla. Leo, however, responded in some style the following week with two stunning strikes to down Mourinho's men in the Champions League semi-final first-leg in Madrid. In the Spanish Supercopa series at the beginning of the following season, Messi (just back from his holidays) hit three goals and set up the other two as Barca edged out Madrid 5-4 on aggregate, leaving team-mate David Villa in awe. "In the future, when I look at photos of Messi in which I am next to him, I will be able to say: 'I played with Leo Messi'," he beamed. Ronaldo also scored his first at Camp Nou in the return leg, starting off a prolific run in the Catalan capital. For now, however, Barca had the upper hand and Messi ...
The Blaugrana boss has rejected the notion that the Brazilian has something to prove in Sunday's Clasico despite coming in for criticism for his recent performances Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino believes that Neymar is one of the top five players in world football. The Brazilian scored a decisive goal in the first Clasico of the Liga season back in October but has endured mixed fortunes in 2014 due to injury and an ongoing legal investigation into his transfer to Camp Nou from Santos last summer. Martino, however, has stressed the 22- year-old does not have anything to prove ahead of Sunday's crucial Liga clash with Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu. "Neymar had a very good game against Manchester City [in the last 16 of the Champions League]," the Argentine told reporters on Saturday. "I will repeat something I said: Neymar is one of the five best players in the world. I don't need any middle party to confirm his qualities." Martino is also confident that Neymar's fellow forward, Lionel Messi, will ...
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GESTURE OF REMEMBRANCE FOR HIS UNBORN CHILD A Special Goal for Iniesta Iniesta has turned on the magic again for the Camp Nou crowd in the game against Osasuna. The Spaniard recently put on a great performance against Manchester City in the Champions League, returning this time out with a masterclass in passing, in addition to scoring an incredible goal with an unstoppable shot from outside the box. He followed the goal with a very special celebration. Andrés Iniesta sent a kiss up into the sky in memory of the child he and his wife were expecting and lost a few days ago. Camp Nou showed its rapturous appreciation to a player who is key to the future of Barcelona in all three tournaments.
Sheva-inspired Dynamo stun Real (FIFA.com) Monday 17 March 2014 Share While Real Madrid prepare for their Uefa Champions League last 16 return against Schalke with an enviable – and almost certainly unassailable – five-goal lead, 15 years ago they were departing in stunning style. It was on a chilly March evening in Kiev that they saw their distinguished name excluded from the final four in 1999, and a brace from a burgeoning superstar in Andriy Shevchenko the cause of it. When the draw paired the then reigning champions with Dynamo Kiev, the Ukrainian side were widely expected to be exiting the competition at the quarter-final stage for the second season running, having again caught the eye. The goalscoring duo of a 22-year-old Shevchenko and his strike partner Sergei Rebrov had particularly excelled in the group stage, having netted seven times between them. Having got the better of Arsenal, Lens and Panathinaikos to top Group E it was evident the side who were on their way to a seventh successive U ...
NEWS: Record-Breaker, Messi Stars in Barca Victory Barcelona returned to winning ways in La Liga with a 7-0 demolition of Osasuna at Camp Nou on Sunday. Gerardo Martino's men had bounced back from last weekend's shock defeat at Real Valladolid with a Uefa Champions League win over Manchester City on Wednesday. And the reigning Spanish champions also put their league assault back on track with Lionel Messi the central figure in a comprehensive win. The Argentinian's hat-trick saw him move ahead of Paulino Alcantara to become Barcelona's all-time leading goalscorer, with the latter's record of 369 having included goals in friendlies. Alexis Sanchez, Andres Iniesta, Cristian Tello and Pedro were also on target as Barca moved back to within four points of leaders Real Madrid ahead of next weekend's Clasico at the Bernabeu.
Champions League Match of the Day Barcelona 3 Real Madrid 3 The two Spanish giants clashed tonight in round three of the Champions League and what a game it was at the Camp Nou. The home side attacked from the kick off with skilful Cory O'Brien and Cathal Sheehan to the fore they created chances but found the Real keeper Ben Foley in outstanding form bringing of a series of top class saves. The home side made the breakthrough when Shane O'Keeffe skipped clear of the defence and finished neatly. However real hit back immediately when Fortune fired home from close range. It was end to end stuff now and Ryan O'Connell put Barca back in front only for Josh Dungan to equalise almost immediately. Real's Ruadhri McGarrity and Joel Dixon were now driving Barca forward but came up against strong defending by Divine Ehuchie and great goalkeeping from Mark Lednus. Shane scored what looked like the winner for Barca with 3 minutes left only for Declan Holden to equalise with the last kick of the game. What an exciting ...
We look at how the Fc Barcelona and Manchester City players spent the build up to the Champions League game at the Camp Nou and their post match ...
Fc Barcelona's Argentinian striker Lionel Messi scores the first of five goals against Bayer Leverkusen during the Uefa Champions League round of 16, second leg soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, 07 March 2012. Barca won 7-1, Messi became the first player to score five goals in a Champions League game.
anchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta claimed he didnt know why he had been sent off as his side were dumped out of the Champions League by Barcelona in a 2-1 defeat at the Camp Nou which saw the Catalans progress 4-1 on aggregate Zabaleta baffled by refereeing as City exit Europe
Barcelona beats City to reach quarter finals. Lionel Messi Breaks Record for Most Champions League Goals for Single Club The Barcelona superstar scored his 67th career Champions League goal in the 67th minute of Wednesday's 2-1 victory over Manchester City, breaking Raul's record for most with a single club, per Tom Dutton of The London Evening Standard. Messi is still four goals away from matching the all-time record set by Raul, the longtime Real Madrid star who also has the third-most Champions League appearances in history. The Spaniard scored 66 goals with Madrid before adding five during a late-career stint with Schalke 04. Messi should have no trouble surpassing Raul either this season or the next, and given his status as Barcelona's club cornerstone, he should blow the single-team record out of the water. The Argentine national's goal helped Barcelona claim a spot in the Champions League quarterfinal, taking a dominant 4-1 aggregate before a roaring Camp Nou crowd. With the score tied at 0-0 deep ...
Lionel Messi n Dani Alves' goal earned Barcelona a win over Manchester City that takes them into the Champions League last eight.after 4-1 win on Aggregrate at Camp Nou in Barcelona,spain
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Barcelona have only lost one of their last 18 knockout games at Camp Nou in the Champions League (0-3 v Bayern Munich in last season’s semi)
Fc Barcelona will play the most important match of the season this Wednesday evening. Barça will host Manchester City at the Camp Nou for the second leg of the Champions League knock-out round at 3:45 EST; 8:45 PM CET. The 0-2 from the first leg is an important advantage, but it’s better to not focus too much on that result and go into this evening’s game as if it were 0-0.
Champions League: Barcelona v Man City Manchester City go to Barcelona with quarter-final place at stake A 2-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium means City must win, and win well, at the Camp Nou today been Wednesday if they are to prolong their European adventure. With a place in the quarter-finals at stake, the Blues know they will need to get on the front foot early and avoid any costly mishaps - with Martin Demichelis' red card in the first meeting proving to be a turning point in the tie. City will have to cope without the presence of manager Manuel Pellegrini on the sidelines, with the Chilean serving a touchline ban in the wake of comments he made about the standard of officiating in the first leg. He will, however, send his side out looking to build on their impressive away showings in the group stage. Mission impossible? City have won all three of their games on the road so far - including a battling success at reigning champions Bayern Munich which saw the Blues recover from falling two goals down i ...
Barça v City: How the teams come into the Champions League match at the Camp Nou
Don't know where to watch Wednesday's big game? We have you covered! Below is a localised guide for kick off times and channels that will broadcast tomorrow's Champions League match Wednesday night's game at the Camp Nou is one of the biggest games of the season, and here's a guide to TV cha...
On Wednesday at 8:45 PM, a great Champions League game at the Camp Nou, Barça v Manchester City!
Pellegrini: I did not deserve Uefa ban The Manchester City manager was handed a two-game suspension after he criticised Swedish official Jonas Eriksson following his side's 2-0 defeat to Barcelona. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists he did not deserve the Uefa touchline ban imposed on him following his outburst at referee Jonas Eriksson. The Chilean, who subsequently apologised for hisd comments, claimed the Swede "was not impartial" in City’s 2-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League last month. Uefa hit Pellegrini with a three- game touchline ban, though one of those matches is suspended for two years, meaning he will be unable to sit in the dugout when City attempt to reverse a two-goal deficit at Camp Nou next Wednesday. "I repeat, I don't think I deserve three games or two games," he said. "I said two days after in my press conference that I was wrong in the way I did it. "But I continue saying that it was not a penalty and that it decided the game and it was a bad day [for the ...
Manuel Pellegrini handed two-game Champions League touchline ban • Manchester City manager sanctioned for misconduct • Lashed out at referee following defeat to Barcelona Manuel Pellegrini has been given a two-match ban by Uefa for claiming referee Jonas Eriksson was "not impartial" during Manchester City's Champions League defeat to Barcelona, so will have to watch the return leg on 12 March from the stands. While a further one-game sanction has been suspended for two years, the manager is prevented from entering the dressing room or making any communication with players or staff during the match at the Camp Nou, or the second one. If City are knocked out, the ban will carry over into next season. Pellegrini made the comments after City's 2-0 defeat to Barca in last week's first leg. Despite subsequently apologising, Uefa still found the Chilean guilty. In a statement the governing body said: "UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body has banned Manchester City FC head coach Manuel Pellegrini for three UE ...
It seems almost an eternity ago that Arsenal came within a Nicklas Bendtner missed chance from dumping the then 'greatest side on the planet', Barcelona, out of the Champions League. Back then, at the Nou Camp in 2011, Arsenal had the likes of Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas and, before his sending off, Robin van Persie. When Arsenal face the latest 'greatest side on the planet' in Bayern Munich, they'll have a team that's arguably every bit as good as the one that gave Pep Guardiola's Barcelona a scare just over three years ago. The Gunners have Jack Wilshere, who is far more mature a player than he was on that night at Camp Nou, record signing Mesut Ozil and midfield enforcer Mathieu Flamini to call upon, and even without the injured Aaron Ramsey and suspended Mikel Arteta the Gunners' midfield is looking stronger than ever. But despite the abundance of talent Arsenal have to call upon, it could well be another midfielder that proves the difference when they face the Champions of Europe. Our friends at Squaw ...
In 45 Champions League games away from the Camp Nou, Messi has scored 29 goals and given 9 assists [via
DILEMMA:THE FA CUP- Premier League- CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CONGESTION. According to one report, The Mirror newspaper, Jose Mourinho plans to accept a lighter lineup in the FA Cup to Manchester City to rest his best players for the Premier League run-in and Champions League campaign. That might be/not be as crazy as it seems. Man City FIXTURES: •Feb 15: HOME-Chelsea, •Feb 18: HOME-Barcelona, •Feb 22: HOME-Stoke FIXTURES: •Feb 15: AWAY-Man City, •Feb 22: HOME-Everton, •Feb 26: AWAY-GALATASARAY According to our fixture, we have one full week of rest after playing Man City (In the FA) before we play Everton in the BPL, and Man City have only only two days of rest after playing us in the same competition before facing Barcelona. To us (it seems pretty clear that Pellegrini will opt to rest his players in favour of the Barcelona game if he ever thinks of progressing by use of the home advantage (its tough to play Barca in the return leg at Camp Nou as we all know, and they dont have Torres). Wink wink ^ . ...
On January 31st 2011, Chelsea FC completed the biggest transfer in the history of English football. Spanish striker Fernando Torres moved from Liverpool FC southwards to West London, costing £50million. With his prolific goalscoring at Liverpool and the hefty price tag caused many fans - Chelsea and other - to place huge expectations upon the Spaniards shoulders. And then following a major goal drought (it took Torres nearly three months to score his first goal for the club) many labelled Fernando’s transfer a flop. Though the rest of his career has been anything but consistent, there are moments when Torres shows Chelsea fans exactly why they splashed so much cash on him. A moment that no Chelsea fan will ever forget, is his dash down the pitch at the Camp Nou in the final minutes, when he rounded Victor Valdes, and slotted the ball into the back of the net - solidifying Chelsea’s progression to the Champions League Final in 2012. And his goal to put Chelsea ahead in the Europa League Final against ...
Celtic did not need Barcelona rout to tell them they have gone backwards | Ewan Murray Despite raking in tens of millions of pounds through consecutive Champions League qualifications and player sales, Celtic's squad is suffering from an alarming lack of progress Knee-jerk reactions are best avoided when prominent teams are dismantled. The routine, worldwide fawning over Barcelona also implies it would be unfair to be too harsh on Celtic after their 6-1 crushing at the Camp Nou. Still, this inglorious end to Celtic's Champions League campaign had more than a hint of being a line in the sand for Neil Lennon and some of his players. Group H concluded with Celtic having garnered just three points and three goals. They conceded 14 times. It is uncommon for Lennon to lambast his personnel publicly but after a bad night in Catalunya Celtic's manager dubbed his players "weak" and "half-hearted" while dubbing their performance "unacceptable". The Northern Irishman added: "Some players didn't do the jobs they were ...
Neymar opened his Champions League account with a hat-trick as Barcelona topped Group H in style by beating Celtic 6-1 on Wednesday.The Brazil star had not previously scored in Europe's premier club competition, but was in irrepressible form against the Scottish champions at the Camp Nou on Wednesday. Barca lost their last Champions League outing at Ajax, but were in no mood to repeat that disappointment as they dismantled Celtic with an irresistible attacking display. Gerard Pique began the rout after just seven minutes, before Pedro doubled the hosts' advantage five minutes before the interval. Neymar's first goal came in the 44th minute, and he had completed his treble before the hour-mark with two superb finishes before substitute Cristian Tello added a sixth 18 minutes from time. Georgios Samaras grabbed a late consolation with a header two minutes before the end, but the hosts were in ominous form as they won the group with consummate ease. Barca dominated the game from the outset, and were rewarded ...
.Champions League: Celtic hit for six by rampant Barcelona Last Updated: 11/12/13 9:36pm .Share: .0.0... Neymar: Barcelona's Samba superstar secured himself the match ball .Neymar netted a hat-trick as Celtic were given a Uefa Champions League masterclass by Barcelona in a 6-1 defeat at Camp Nou. Victory for Barca saw them progress into the last-16 as winners of Group H, while Neil Lennon's Bhoys were destined to see their continental campaign come to a close on Wednesday night. It took just seven minutes for the hosts to break the deadlock in Catalunya, with some sloppy defending from Celtic allowing Alexis to spring into life, force a save from the boot of Fraser Forster and see Gerard Pique follow up to poke into the roof of the net. Barca doubled their lead on 39 minutes when Neymar squared for Pedro to crash home, and the Brazilian forward got in the act himself just before the interval when Martin Montoya teed up his first goal in European competition. His second arrived three minutes after the re-s ...
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Fc Barcelona- “The Most Successful Club of this Century so far” Founded in 1899 (on this day) by a group of Swiss, English and Catalan footballers led by Joan Gamper. In 1902, the club won its first trophy, the Copa Macaya, and participated in the first Copa Del Rey, losing 1–2 to Bizcaya in the final. It is the world's second-richest football club in terms of revenue. Home Ground - Camp Nou. Honours : Barcelona were ranked first in the 'All-Time Club World Ranking' by IFFHS, on December 31, 2009, and are also currently placed on top of the UEFA club rankings. Major Titles : Barcelona are the most successful club in Spain, in terms of overall official titles won (83). La Liga - 22 times, Copa Del Rey - 26 times, Supercopa de España – 11 times, Uefa Champions League - 4 times, Uefa Super Cup – 4 times, FIFA Club World Cup - 2 times. Statistics : Barça's players have won a record number of Ballon d'Or awards (9 times), as well as a record number of FIFA World Player of the Year awards. Barcelona ...
Manchester United's Uefa Champions League Triumphs Manchester United FC, also known as Man United or MUFC, is considered the biggest soccer club in England and one of the biggest soccer clubs in Europe. Nicknamed the Red Devils, MUFC has won the Uefa Champions League three times throughout its illustrious history. Here are brief histories of Man United's Uefa Champions League (UCL) triumphs: 1. Season 1967-68. Manchester United won its first UCL trophy in the 1968 season. The final was played at Wembley Stadium in London, where Man United beat Benfica of Portugal 4-1. The manager of this MUFC team was Sir Matt Busby, and the team was led by midfielder Bobby Charlton and winger George Best. 2. Season 1998-99. Manchester United's second UCL trophy came in 1999, 31 years after the triumph in London. Man United defeated Bayern Munich of Germany in the final that was played at Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain. The match is best remembered for the two goals that the Red Devils scored in the injury time to beat Baye ...
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European Champions League Results: Messi Gets Hat-Trick as Barca Thrash Ajax. Matchday one football in the Uefa Champions League returned on Wednesday with fixtures from the Groups E-H. In the whole eight matches which took centre- stage last night, twenty-three goals were scored, taking Matchday one goal tally to a total of 53 goals. It was a bad night for last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund and Europa Cup winners Chelsea who were beaten away and at home respectively. Lionel Messi netted the twenty-fourth hat-trick of his Barcelona career at the Camp Nou to take his Champions League goal haul to 62 goals in 80 games. Marseille 1- 2 Arsenal ‘The Gunners’ recorded their tenth successive away win as they cruised past Marseille at the Stade Velodrome. Theo Walcott opened scoring with a superb volley after a defensive error, before the inform Aaron Ramsey placed the game beyond the reach of the Ligue 1 side. A stoppage-time penalty by Marseille’s Ghanaian export Jordan Ayew was all but a consol ...
Guardiola hires ex-Barca staff for Bayern | Pep Guardiola has brought several of his Former Barcelona colleagues to Germany as he prepares to begin work as Bayern Munich head coach next week. The Spaniard has recruited Domenec Torrent to be one of his assistants and another Spaniard, Lorzen Buenaventura, to be his fitness coach as part of the new regime at the reigning European and Bundesliga champions. Die Welt reports that Manuel Estiarte will make the move from the Camp Nou to the Allianz Arena as a consultant, while there will also be a role for Guardiola's brother and agent, Pere, in Bavaria. However, the two-times Champions League-winning coach will also retain some of the staff who helped guide outgoing boss Jupp Heynckes to the Treble last season. Long-standing coach Herman Gerland, 59, who has developed the likes of Holger Badstuber, Thomas Muller or David Alaba in the club's youth academy, will work as one of the assistant coaches. Video analyst Michael Niemeyer will also remain at the club and ...
3 REASONS WHY Man Utd SHOULD SIGN Cesc Fabregas-STATISTICS Barcelona are said to be going through a period of change in order to get their Champions League crown back, and with it there have been plenty of rumours of regarding players who are on their way out of Camp Nou. One of those men continually linked has been former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas. . Here are three reasons why the 26-year-old should make the switch to the champions. 1-UNITED NEED A STOPWATCH Since Paul Scholes has retired,Old Trafford will be looking for a replacement. Despite his miniature frame,they will be enormous boots to fill and anybody who is signed in the central midfield will have a lot of pressure on them. Pressure is an everyday occurrence for Fabregas.Being Arsenal's main man and now playing for Barcelona,as well as the strongest footballing nation on the planet right now,has ensured Fabregas goes about his game with a cool head. In his 36 La Liga appearances this season,he has accumulated an 89% pass success,so he ce ...
THE CONTROVERSIAL ONE. A is for ambulances: Mourinho said ambulance service had put Petr Cech's life at risk after keeper suffered serious head injury at Reading. B is for Benítez: Mourinho said Rafa should be grateful for his part in Inter's Club World Cup win: "I thought he was going to thank me." C is for Camp Nou car park: Mourinho waited there to insult ref Teixeira Vitienes after Madrid's Copa Del Rey exit to Barça in January 2012. D is for Dani Alves: Mou mocked the Brazilian by ironically comparing him to Einstein and reminded him a Portuguese had discovered his country. E is for EPL: Mourinho was hit with a big fine from Premier League for illegal meeting with Ashley Cole over a move from Arsenal to Chelsea. F is for Frisk: Mourinho (wrongly) claimed Swedish ref invited Barça boss Rijkaard into hisroom at HT. Frisk retired after death threats. G is for Guardiola: Mourinho ridiculed Pep for talking about a correct referee call and questioned both of his Champions League triumphs. H is for handc ...
Fc Barcelona defender; Eric Abidal, 33, made a tearful announcement that his current deal will not be prolonged beyond this season, meaning Saturday's Liga game against Malaga will be his last for the club where he has won two Champions League trophies and four Spanish titles during a six-year stay. After battling back from liver cancer and a subsequent transplant to return to the Barca first team in April this year, the former Lille and Lyon defender told RMC he had hoped the Catalan giants would allow him to see out his career at the Camp Nou. "I didn't take a decision because when your contract isn't renewed, you don't have a choice," Abidal said. "The club's decision is difficult to accept because part of my battle was for my family but also for the club. "I would have liked to have finished my career or had another year here at Barcelona. I respect the choice of the club, the staff and the board. I leave with six years of happiness, titles and good friends."
Barcelona B forward Gerard Deulofeu could play on loan at a Champions League club next season, as he looks for playing time, which he may not find at the Camp Nou, in order to gain top flight experience.
Trio share Treble memories Bayern Munich's triumph in the 2013 Champions League final has brought back memories of the 1999 equivalent fixture for a trio of ex-Manchester United aces. Ronny Johnsen, Teddy Sheringham and Jaap Stam all helped the Reds to beat Bayern 14 years ago today (Sunday) to complete an unprecedented haul of trophies. It's a feat which some, Sir Alex Ferguson included, believe will never be repeated. The trio are all set to play together again next Sunday, 2 June, against a Real Madrid Legends XI at Old Trafford. Tickets are still available for the Red Heart United charity game. "Every year, people start talking about it in January," said Sheringham, who scored United's equaliser in the Camp Nou final and then provided the assist for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's winner. "Once a team gets through the third round of the FA Cup, everyone starts talking about it but they should be saying, 'Whoah, there's a long way to go yet'. "We had a little bit of the rub of the green at the right time and we ...
Tomorrow going to be a big night for all of us German supporter. First ever All German Uefa Champions League Final. A very proud moment for the lovers of German supporters.Secondly my beloved club will play their 3rd final in 4 years which is an incredible feat. Hopefully we will be 3rd time lucky. 1999 at Camp Nou crazy injury time ruined a dream of a 13 year old kid who was about to witness first ever champions league win of his club but dream shattered. Then come 2001 Stefan Effenberg and his team gave me that wonderful moment when some brilliance by Oliver Kahn gave us our 4th Champions League and my first ever taste of how it feels to see ur team lifting Uefa Champions League Trophy. I still remember how I screamed with joy at 3 am in the morning after winning that final at San Siro in Milan. Then in 2010 we were underdogs against Inter Milan in the final at Santiago Barnabeu and in the end we comprehensively beaten by two Diego Milito goals. But most painful was the loss against Chelsea at Allianz A ...
Bayern Munich will contest a third Champions League final in four years after a 3-0 win at the Camp Nou...
Jupp Heynckes says that Bayern "will try to score" in tomorrow's Champions League semi-final at the Camp Nou
Barcelona have been seemingly quick to indicate their summer transfer targets after the Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich and have named Neymar as one they expect to see arrive at Camp Nou. ...
The Catalans' damaging defeat to Bayern highlighted theproblems within the club this term. In order to return to the greatness ofrecent years, it's time to react... Even Bayern were surprised. Barcelona needed to produce thegreatest comeback in their history on Wednesday and the one man who had giventhem a flicker of hope that a fairytale fightback was possible at all satstaring sadly from the bench. Lionel Messi was missing. The Argentine attacker played the 90 minutes in Munich inthe first leg when he clearly still had not recovered from his hamstring injurysustained in the Champions League quarter-final first leg at ParisSaint-Germain, but his brilliant cameo in the 2-2 draw at Athletic Bilbao onSaturday seemed to show he was ready for this return match. He was not. With Messi on the bench, Wednesday's second leg wasessentially over before it had even begun. Ahead of kick-off, Barca's fansrevealed a magnificent mosaic at Camp Nou with the word Orgull: Pride. Andthere was now little more to play for bec ...
Video highlights, live streaming commentary, live updates as they happen minute-by-minute, and all the Champions League action as Spain’s Barcelona hosts Germany’s Bayern Munich in the Leg 2 semi-final Uefa Champions League 2013 football match at Camp Nou.
Fc Barcelona - Bayern Munich tickets at Camp Nou. There is still a chance...
Thiago Silva is a doubt for Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League encounter at the Camp Nou. He'll undergo a fitness test before the game.
Dani Alves assisted 8 goals for Messi in Champions League, only one of them was in Camp Nou.
Holy smoke: Barcelona's papal lucky charm The Primera Division leaders have a rather impressive record during the meeting of the College of Cardinals, again winning by four goals on Tuesday Messi: Everything came off perfectly » 'One of our best games ever' In the wake of Barcelona's incredible Champions League comeback against AC Milan, Andres Iniesta has hailed the clash as one of the Blaugrana's most “complete” performances to date Vilanova overjoyed with progression - Roura » Allegri: We were centimetres away from qualification » Messi & Villa inspire great escape The Spain international and Jordi Alba added to the Argentinian’s first-half double to ensure Barcelona overturned a two-goal aggregate deficit to see off Milan 4-0 at Camp Nou Pique: We were better than AC Milan from the start Allegri: Milan were centimetres away Dani Alves :messi lacking spark
Football - Champions League Messi guides brilliant Barcelona past Milan Champions League last-16 second leg, Camp Nou - Barcelona 4 (Messi 5, 39, Villa 55, Alba 90) Milan 0 (4-2 on aggregate) A supreme Barcelona inspired by Lionel Messi swept to a 4-0 victory over Milan to win 4-2 on aggregate and reach the Champions League quarter-finals. A superb first-half brace from Messi put the Blaugrana 2-0 ahead on the night and levelled the tie 2-2 on aggregate, but just before his second goal Milan striker M'Baye Niang hit the post with a one-on-one which would have left Barca needing four goals to qualify. The stage was set for a tie-winning Messi hat-trick, but instead it was David Villa who picked out the far corner in the 55th minute following a quite brilliant pass from Xavi. And rampaging left-back Jordi Alba finished brilliant Barca's job with a close-range strike on the counter deep in injury time. As expected, Barca attacked relentlessly from kick-off - and were rewarded with the key opening goal only f ...
Post -Match Review: Fc Barcelona 2- 0 Deportivo La Coruña . Culés have endured what is arguably their most horrible spell since Fc Barcelona was infamously subjected to the indignity of performing a pasillo (guard of honour) for Real Madrid in the latter days of Rijkaard’s reign at the Camp Nou. Barcelona lost two matches to Real Madrid in the space of a week, and the League match saw the extended suspension of Victor Valdes for uttering a mouthful to the match referee after the game. The team also trails AC Milan by two goals in their Champions League fixture. With this in mind, the Barcelona’s technical bench picked a much weakened side for the match against Deportivo. It is thus a blessing that the match preceding the Champions League encounter with AC Milan was with the team at the bottom of the League table. Deportivo La Coruña has its troubles on the pitch – not having won an away match the whole season. But it is the troubles off the pitch that have been hitting the news. The team is bankr ...
Barcelona, with 4 strikers to Milan Forget two consecutive losses against Real Madrid and reverse the 2-0 defeat in the San Siro against Milan. These are the missions of Barcelona and the Catalan club will launch a total revolution from the scheme of the game. According to Catalan sports newspaper 'Sport', the Blaugrana will play with four strikers on kuqezinjve at Camp Nou on 12 March. Jordi rour tactical module will be 3-3-4 when Barcelona have the ball and 3-4-3 when not in possession of it. The objective is raid in Milan area since the first minutes of the meeting to reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League, taking into account that the Rossoneri will try to defend two goals San Syros. According to 'Sport', three defenders will markojnë El Shaarawy or Boateng, Dani Alves will stay front and three midfielders will try to organize the game and create opportunities. While three real attacker maybe Messi, David Villa and Alexis Sanchez
Real Madrid-Barcelona Preview: Blaugrana out to avenge Copa exit The Catalan giants will be itching for payback at Santiago Bernabeu after getting dismantled by Jose Mourinho's side in Tuesday's cup semi-final second leg at Camp Nou By Karthick Arvinth Mar 1, 2013 9:00:00 AM Real Madrid are set to make several changes for Saturday's Clasico against Barcelona to conserve energy for the midweek Champions League trip to Manchester United. Marcelo, Luka Modric, Kaka and Karim Benzema could all feature after missing out in the 3-1 Copa Del Rey win at Camp Nou on Tuesday. Defender Sergio Ramos returns after serving a one-match ban, but winger Angel Di Maria is ineligible after his red card against Deportivo La Coruna. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is expected to start despite missing training with a fever on Wednesday. Defender Adriano (hamstring) is available while midfielder Alex Song (knee) is a minor doubt. DID YOU KNOW? Real Madrid have won 10 of their last 11 home matches in La Liga and are unbeaten in t ...
Iker Casillas piles even more pressure on Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo is a man that thrives on pressure and it appears his Real Madrid Captain Iker Casillas is fully aware of this, saying that the in-form forward can help the Spanish club progress in the Champions League. By: Thomas Rooney Madrid travel to Manchester United on Tuesday of course and the tie is evenly matched after the first-leg with the score level at 1-1. Ronaldo was the man that equalised for Madrid and Ronaldo is the man that can ensure they progress according to Casillas. The Spanish international said: “Cristiano is vital for us. Right now he’s in sensational form and gives us his maximum. “We have a 1-1 draw from the first leg against United and we have to score and keep a clean sheet. “It will be difficult as they also know how to play and their ground is tough to play at. We have to transfer what we did here at Camp Nou to Old Trafford.” There have been suggestions that Ronaldo will find the emotion of returning t ...
Real Madrid dominate Barcelona to reach King's Cup final Graham Hunter ESPN BARCELONA -- There was a myriad of sights and sounds to take away from this thumping Real Madrid 3-1 (4-2) Copa Del Rey semifinal victory over Barcelona. So late at night are some of Spain's games, so great are the geographical distances between cities and so different from, say, the U.K. or German footballing mentality, is the Spanish one that often great matches like this are watched by a homogenous group -- the home fans and a few dozen hardy visitors. But this, like Barcelona's Champions League semifinal away win back in 2011, was accompanied by a soundtrack of triumphant defiance from a healthy number of travellers. High up in the freezing attic of the Camp Nou there were many hundreds more Real Madrid fans than usual, and while they waved their Spanish flags, chanted "Y Viva Espana," danced and celebrated (from very early in the match) the night had the kind of atmosphere it deserved. Another image? I've seen Jose Mourinho d ...
Sergio Ramos unites Real Madrid: Real Madrid left the Camp Nou on a high. The win has strengthened a squad that hasn't had the best of seasons. With the league lost ages ago and with performances on the pitch far below those expected a number of cracks reappeared in the dressing room. Some caused by frustration or short-temperedness following a bad result and others more important. During this time, with Casillas out injured, the veterans in the dressing room have worked to keep the squad together, fully aware that right now, they need to stay united, especially with a Spanish Cup to win and a must-win Champions League game against United on the horizon. One player who has gone above and beyond to plaster over the cracks is Sergio Ramos. The Seville-born defender, who has had his fair share of run-ins with Mou this seasons, was in the right place at the right time. -AA
The end of an era? For the first time since the spring of 2002 when Zinedine Zidane and company put forth a magisterial performance at the Camp Nou in that year's Champions League first leg semifinal has a Madrid side dominated Barcelona in the manner that they did in Wednesday night's 1-3 win. The last few visits from Madrid to Barcelona have seen the teams play to more or less even contests, but this Copa second leg semifinal was different, and it could be the end of a title-rich run for Barcelona. Make no mistake; Barcelona will win La Liga so there is at least one more trophy on the way to Catalonia this year, but recent performances including last week in the San Siro and Wednesday night against Madrid begs the question if this is the end of Barcelona's golden era. It is now 12 matches in a row that the Barcelona defense has allowed a goal which would have been an unthinkable statistic had it happened under Pep Guardiola's watchful eye. In attack, Barcelona have looked much more like the side in Fran ...
It was a tantalising glimpse of the past Liverpool are so desperately trying to re-create. The drama, the denouement, the din almost heaving the roof off Anfield. We actually seemed to be stepping back into that gilded European era which, precisely six years ago last night, saw Rafael Benitez's team step out in front of 88,000 fans in the Nou Camp, beat Barcelona 2-1 and begin to believe, prophetically as things turned out, that they might travel all the way to another Champions League final. That the Europa League should have proved beyond them at the first knock-out stage, leaving the eternally positive Brendan Rodgers to speak reverentially late last night about Zenit as "a team of that ilk" is a measure of how far they must climb to get back. "Hopefully in the future there will be many more great nights. Having experienced that, I want many more," the Liverpool manager also said. It's part of the agony of belonging to Liverpool that no-one knows how long that might take. It may feel like a slightly de ...
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   Since being thrust into the limelight in 2008, when he took the step up from Barcelona’s B team to take the reins of one of world football’s biggest clubs, Pep Guardiola’s success has seen him reach heights that others can only dream of throughout their whole careers; let alone by the age of 42. Four trophy-laden years at the Camp Nou saw Pep win everything that club football has to offer: 3 La Liga titles and 2 Champions League crowns the highlights alongside 5 domestic cup triumphs and 4 other international victories. That’s 14 trophies in 4 years for those of you who were counting. Impressive stuff. And as I’ve already mentioned, he is still only 42 years of age; he’s not exactly had a long term managerial career to build experience (one season in charge of Barcelona B hardly counts now does it?).      What is most impressive about Guardiola’s short reign at Barcelona however, is the demeanour in which his victories came about. Creating a team capable of winning a title is an achi ...
Daring Pep! Now is the time for Guardiola to prove his mettle. Events since he left Barca with Tito Vilanova in charge shows that Pep's achievement at Camp Nou is nothing out of the ordinary. Tito has taken the same team on an unprecedented run of wins dropping just 2 points all season in the La Liga race. With the title almost wrapped up and stakes in all other remaining competition including the Uefa's Champions League, Vilanova only needs time to prove that Guardiola's achievements while in charge of Barca, was down to the quality of players in the team. He has every opportunity to prove us wrong from July as he sojourn into the Allianz Arena with the Bavarians. Simply why Mou has the edge. Till then!
IFFHS choose Mourinho as top coach Posted By Jasonpettigrove On Jose Mourinho has won his 4th ‘Best Coach’ award from the International Federation for Football History and Statistics to go with the awards he collected in 2004, 2005 and 2010. By Jason Pettigrove With a record 100 points achieved in a top European division and an astonishing 121 league goals, Mourinho led Madrid to the La Liga title in 2011-12. His side also reached the semi final stage of the Champions League before being knocked out by Bayern Munich. Mourinho won the award (chosen by a panel of football experts) ahead of some very good contenders. Roberto Di Matteo took Chelsea to Champions League and FA Cup glory, Diego Simeone coached Atletico Madrid to a Europa League triumph and Pep Guardiola who left Camp Nou with a parting gift of another Copa Del Rey. Mourinho now stands alone as the coach that has won the IFFHS award more times than any other coach. Only the following have won the award more than once: Marcello Lippi (1996, 19 ...
Arsenal Transfer News: Five Players The Gunners Should Pursue In 2013. For so long Arsenal have seemed reluctant to spend significant money on transfer fees, but in 2013 that may well begin to change. It may have to. With a new big-money sponsorship deal, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that there are funds at his disposal and there will be big pressure for some of that to be spent in next month’s transfer window. While the Gunners have won three straight Premier League matches, the team looks set for the toughest battle yet to try and maintain a spot in the hallowed Champions League. Missing out would be unthinkable both for the club’s business plan and perhaps for the future of Wenger. Few would argue that the squad needs strengthening if Arsenal are to compete once again for the top honors both at home and in Europe. Here are five players that could help them achieve that goal. David Villa (Barcelona) - With the forward struggling to for first-team opportunities at the Camp Nou following h ...
‘No magic formula to stop Barca’ Frank Rijkaard doesn’t believe he kick-started the current era of success at Barcelona, nor does he see a ‘magic formula’ for stopping their style of play. The Dutchman spent five years at the Camp Nou, eventually ending the club’s six-year wait for a trophy and overall winning two League titles, two Supercups and a Champions League. “Of course, five years is a long time. We went through some tough times and some excellent ones, and it’s only natural to dwell on the positives,” he reflected to FIFA’s official website today when asked to think back to that time. “I’m happy because I had the chance to work with a major club like Barcelona with so many star players, so I have wonderful memories of the place.” Even with the Coach credited as the first to rely heavily on the likes of homegrown stars such as Victor Valdes, Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta, he does not believe he is responsible for the shape that Barca find themselves in t ...
Deulofeu signs new Barca deal Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu has signed a contract extension at the club which ties him to the club until 2014. The 18-year-old has already made two Champions League appearances for Tito Vilanova's side this season and has put pen-to-paper on a new deal at Camp Nou. The contract includes a €10m minimum fee release clause, which AS believe could alert the interest of Manchester City, who are reportedly interested in the forward. Rumours of his departure are heighten still however, as the Madrid-based paper claim that Deulofeu rejected a proposed renewal that would link him to the Catalan club until 2017. Football espana
My favourite thing about the Champions League draw is that Bojan Krkic, the prodigal son of La Masia, finally returns to Camp Nou.
FOOTBALL:- [LA-LIGA] Javier Mascherano is thoroughly enjoying life at Barcelona and believes playing for the Catalans is the equivalent of "winning a prize". The 28-year-old joined the Camp Nou club from Liverpool in the summer of 2010, and has since become a valued first team member after a difficult start. "Playing at Barcelona is like winning a prize, it’s a blessing. Joining Barca in 2010 was a great decision," Mascherano said at a social media event. "In the two years that I have been at Barca, the Champions League final at Wembley was my best moment. "With Liverpool I got to a final, but we lost to AC Milan and I never though at that moment that I would have another chance." The Argentine then stated that he feels changing positions and focusing on the position of centre-back was the right decision. "Obviously I took the chance. You have to grab them when they come up in football. I couldn’t let it pass and I think it was the right decision."
'Winning the league is almost impossible' - Mourinho Jose Mourinho has admitted that Real Madrid have next to no chance of retaining their Liga crown in the wake of their 2-2 draw against Espanyol at the Bernabeu on Sunday evening, but vowed to keep his side competitive for the remainder of the season. The capital club conceded an 88th minute equaliser to Juan Albin, meaning that Barcelona could open up a 13-point gap at the top of the table should they defeat Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou later on Sunday. “I think winning the league is almost impossible, but we still have perform better, because if we improve in La Liga, we improve in the Champions League," he stated at his post-match press conference. “We are not as good as before. We do not have the same joy and confidence, and we struggle to score as much as last year. I have never been in this situation, but I do not lack strength. “We will continue to fight for the title, even though it seems impossible, because this is Real Madrid. Everyone has ...
Liverpool are involved in a tussle in their attempt to bring Barca's Alexis Sanchez to Anfield in January. The Reds have had Sanchez on their radar for a while and are keen to bolster their firepower. Manager Brendan Rodgers is worried Liverpool have become over-reliant on Luis Suarez, who is already into double figures for the campaign. And in allowing Andy Carroll to be loaned out to West Ham in the summer, Suarez is their only recognised striker. AS have it that Juventus have sounded out a January move for the former Udinese forward. Sanchez has struggled for consistency at the Camp Nou this season. Playing time has been restricted with coach Tito Vilanova deploying predominantly Lionel Messi up top without a strike partner. In total, Sanchez has scored just once this season and that came in Barca's 2-0 away win against Benfica in the Champions League group stages SeanLFC4LIFE
Chelsea has lined up another offseason addition by reportedly readying £30 million for Sergio Busquets, Barcelona’s star midfielder, according to Alan Nixon of The Mirror. Busquet’s price was originally reported to be £25 million back in October, according to The Mirror. The demand for the commanding midfielder has app arently gone up. Nixon said top Blues scout Scott McLachlan watched Busquets at Camp Nou last week and that the club is “desperate” to sign the midfielder. On Dec. 4 the Blues agreed to sign Brazilian defender Wallace Oliveira dos Santos, aka Wallace, from Fluminense following the end of the season. Busquets, 24, and Wallace, 18, are the first two of potentially more moves of this caliber to come before the end of the season.Premier League teams, especially the top-notch sides, always need to be improving and shuffling things about if they hope to perpetuate success. That’s especially true for the Blues, who were eliminated from the Champions League during the group phase, becom ...
The biggest game in the Scottish football calendar so far this season takes place at Celtic Park tonight as Celtic take on Spartak Moscow in their final CL group game. They know they have to better Benfica's result in the Camp Nou to go through to the last 16. Spartak can't qualify for the EL so the pressure is off them & they are playing for pride. Celtic will be missing Victor Wanyama who has been one of the players of the tournament so far so he'll be a big loss...& another few Celtic players are missing through injury. Of course there is the return of Aiden McGeady to Celtic Park too, to spice up the occasion. Lots to talk about tonight but good luck to Celtic, hopefully they'll continue to fly the flag for Scottish Football in Europes Elite football tournament. Discuss tonight Champions League build up from Celtic Park, here!
Lionel Messi, Bota de Oro, Barcelona vs Celta Lionel Messi claims Barcelona 's performance could not be faulted after losing their first Champions League group stage match in three years. Goals from Victor Wanyama and Tony Watt ensured the Blaugrana's advantage at the topof Group G was cut to two points and prevented Tito Vilanova's side from securing an early passage through to the knockout phase. After the game, the Argentina forward reflected on a night where missed chances, the woodwork and another inspired performance from goalkeeper Fraser Forster cost his side the game. "We did everything well, played better than two weeks ago against them, but the ball didn't go in," he told reporters. “The same thing happened at the Camp Nou. They played defensively and they waited to make fast counterattacks. They are very comfortable on corners and set-pieces, and that’s how they scored their two goals.” Messi scored in the 90th minute and celebrated with a thumb-sucking gesture, fivedays on from the birt ...
Celtic and Barcelona now have two victories each at Celtic Park in the past 10 years or so as they beat us 3-1 - Larsson scored Barca's third - in 2004 and 3-2 in 2008 whereas we beat them 1-0 in the 2003/2004 UEFA Cup. In fact Celtic are something of a bogey team for Barca as we normally give hem a difficult time as we also drew 0-0 at Camp Nou in 2004 and also drew 1-1 there in the 2004/2005 Champions League.
The Uefa Champions League quarter-finals kicks off with a bang as Bayern Munich and the Red Devils replay the classic 1999 Camp Nou final.
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Schuster slams Celtic's negative tactics against Barcelona The German trainer has attacked the Scottish club for sitting back in Camp Nou rather than trying to take the game to their more illustrious opponents Former Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster has declared himself “fed up” with the negative tactics employed by visiting sides when they play Barcelona, and singled out Celtic for criticism. The German says he does not like seeing teams set up to just defend when they line up against the Spanish giants, after seeing Barca beat the Scottish outfit 2-1 at Camp Nou on Tuesday night. “I’m fed up of seeing these type of matches,” said Schuster. “There shouldn’t be teams like [Celtic] in the Champions League. “We saw it last year with Chelsea. It was a very bad example for football and it is regrettable that they became champions. “You see Celtic defending with 10 and almost snatching a point, and that’s not fair.” The 52-year-old also poured scorn on Real Madrid’s youth academy, claim ...
There is plenty of trivia surrounding the game between the only two unbeaten sides in Champions League group G, and here is a selection of some of the best: - The two sides have met four times at the Camp Nou, with two Barça win (1964/65 and 2007/08 season) and two draws (2003/04 and 2004/05 seasons). - Fc Barcelona has entertained Scottish teams five times, and the only time they lost was 2-1 to Dundee United in the 1986/87 season. - Barça have not lost a home Champions League match for three years, the last defeat being 2-1 to Rubin Kazan. Since then they have won 14 and drawn three. - Celtic have never won away to a Spanish league club. So far, they have lost nine and drawn three. - Xavi Hernández has completed 236 of his 266 passes this season and is top in that category. Busquets and Mascherano are second and third in the same ranking. - But Busquets will be missing from tonight’s game after getting sent off in the last match at Benfica. - Celtic’s Wanyama is one yellow card short of a suspens ...
Following on from the thrilling 4-5 win in the Riazor stadium, the players have begun their preparations for this Tuesday’s Champions League duel with Celtic in the Camp Nou victory away to Deportivo. The squad reported for training at midday on Sunday with the aim of recovering from the Saturday’s evening’s game and preparing Tuesday’s CL group home match against Scottish champions Celtic. Seven from the reserves Apart from the senior players, a number of youngsters were drafted in from Barça B: Tello, Oier, Sergi Gómez, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha, Patric and Planas. Carles Puyol and Dani Alves, injured against Benfica and Real Madrid respectively, were also present at the Club’s training grounds but exercised away from the main group. Gerard Piqué remained in the gym. The build-up to Celtic FC The next training session will be at 6 pm on Monday and the first fifteen minutes will be open to the media. A press conference featuring Tito Vilanova and Pedro will also be held at 5 pm. On Tuesday, the ...
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova looks set to rest Lionel Messi for Saturday evening's La Liga trip to Deportivo La Coruna. Messi, who played and scored in both of Argentina's World Cup qualifying wins over Uruguay and Chile in the last week, returned to training along with fellow late arrivals Javier Mascherano, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Song, at the Camp Nou on Thursday evening. Vilanova looks likely to shuffle his pack for the game at El Riazor, with Celtic to come in the Champions League on Tuesday. After the last international break Tito left a jet-lagged Messi on the bench for Barca's game at Getafe, with the Argentine playing just the last 30 minutes but still scoring twice in a 4-1 win
/// Travel to Santiago Bernabeu and Camp Nou to watch Champions League final - both games !
Arsene Wenger has backed former protege Alexandre Song to make an impact at Barcelona, as the Cameroon international continues to acclimatise himself to life at Camp Nou. The midfielder, who played under the stewardship of the French coach for seven seasons, was criticised by sections of the media for his performance in the Catalans' 3-2 Champions League victory over Spartak Moscow last week. Nevertheless, Wenger maintains Song has the quality to succeed in La Liga, and has issued advice to coach Tito Vilanova about how to best employ the Cameroon international. "He will succeed at Barca, and something tells me that he will play in central defence,"
Summary of Fc Barcelona's 2012/13 Champions League debut at the Camp Nou. The Azulgranas beat Spartak Moscow (3-2) to claim their first three points of the competition
Everybody gets sad sometimes. At the moment it's Cristiano Ronaldo in the spotlight following revelations of his unhappiness at Real Madrid, but at the end of last April it was Lionel Messi who was suffering, and not the Portuguese. Messi's world was a far from happy place as the 2011-12 season drew to a close. In the space of just over a week, Barcelona had lost La Liga with defeat at home to Real Madrid, crashed out of the Champions League after failing to overcome Chelsea at Camp Nou and then, perhaps worst of all, Pep Guardiola announced his impending departure from the Catalan club.
Highlights of the Uefa Champions League match between Barcelona and Spartak Moscow from Camp Nou, Spain.
Barcelona 3-2 Spartak Moscow: Messi bails out hosts with second-half double The Argentine forward raced to his team's rescue once again with two goalsin the latter stages ofthe game to turn the score on its head andclinch all three pointsfor the hosts By Keeghann Sinanan Sep 19, 2012 9:35:00 PM Messi barcelona Spartak Barcelona produced a thrilling comeback to edge past Spartak Moscow 3-2 at Camp Nou in their opening Champions League match on Wednesday. Lionel Messi was once again the difference for the Catalans, scoring twice in the last 18 minutes to reverse a 2-1 deficit and give his side an early lead at the top of Group G. Cristian Tello opened the scoring after 14 minutes, but the home side were pegged back just before the half-hour mark by an own goal from Dani Alves following a Spartak break. Barca struggled to create many opportunities, and were carved apart on the break once more in the second half as Romulo stunned the home crowd into silence with a goal in the 59th minute to send the visitors ...
Be realistic. La Liga abs Champions League all that matters. Madrid won with record pts, winning at Camp Nou.
You lost to Leverkusen they said. Valencia will send you home they said. Napoli 3-1 they said. You're out of the Champions League they said. Benfica will make you pay for your arrogance they said. They will shock you they said. Barcelona are the best they said. Beat you by ten goals they will, they said. One man down, two goals behind they said. This is Camp Nou they said. It was just luck they said. Allianz Arena will put you in your place they said. Muller scored they said. Goodbye Chelsea they said. Thank you very much we said. Because when it was all over - A BIG FAT * YOU we said.
Messi wins the Best Athlete award at ESPY IBNLive Sports | 13-Jul 14:57 PM Los Angeles: Barcelona star Lionel Messi has been voted the Best International Athlete at the 2012 ESPY awards held here on Thursday. The Argentine had a record-breaking season at Camp Nou, scoring 50 goals in La Liga and 73 goals in the 2011-12 season. He also finished as the Uefa Champions League's top scorer for a fourth consecutive season with 14 goals. Messi received the award for his Excellence in Sports Performance - an accolade started in 1993 by sports network ESPN to recognise both individual and collective team achievements. The pint-sized magician held off a stiff competition from a host of world's biggest sporting stars like Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, LPGA Championship winner Yani Tseng, as well as his Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo. NBA star LeBron James walked away with a trio of trophies after being voted the Best Male Athlete, Best NBA Player and winning the Best Championship Performance award. Mean ...
Wins the FA cup with Cheslea, scores against Barca at the Camp Nou, Wins the Champions League with Cheslea, Wins the European Championship with Spain, Wins the Golden boot. All during the worst phase of his footballing career; can life get any better for you Fernando?
Fernando Torres becomes the first man to score in two European Championship finals, he's scored at Camp Nou, won the Champions League and now sealed the Euros, I thought he was rubbish?
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El Clasico at the Camp Nou. Saw my first two matches there in April, incl Champions League vs. AC Milan, but a Clasico, wow.
Frank Rijkaard. He's done La Liga & Champions League from the Nou Camp.
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has insisted he will be fit for Saturday's Champions League final against Bayern Munich. - Luiz and Cahill in fitness race - Blues won't swap Torres for Falcao Cahill hobbled off early in the semi-final win over Barcelona in the Camp Nou and was considered to be a serious doubt for the Allianz Arena. He trained on Tuesday, along with fellow centre-back David Luiz, and now both hope to be on the plane to Germany. It had been suggested Roberto Di Matteo may be forced call on Chelsea's youth players if Cahill, David Luiz and Florent Malouda failed to shake off their respective injuries. Di Matteo could be without as many as seven first-team players. Four players - captain John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles - are suspended for the final in Munich, while Cahill, Luiz and Malouda are all injured. England defender Cahill said: "I'm just happy that it's healed quickly. We've worked really hard, all day, afternoons, and I'm fortunate enough to be back. Hopefully, ...
LONDON, May 11, 2012 (AFP) - Chelsea defensive duo Gary Cahill and David Luiz face a race against time as they attempt to recover fitness ahead of next week's Champions League final, manager Robert Di Matteo revealed on Friday. Luiz has not played since last month's FA Cup semi-final while Cahill has been sidelined since suffering a hamstring injury in the Blues' epic semi-final victory over Barcelona in the Camp Nou. With John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic both missing next Saturday's date with Bayern Munich through suspension, Di Matteo will be forced to field a makeshift back four if Luiz and Cahill fail to regain fitness. "Now we're trying our hardest working towards next Saturday in the hope they'll be in the group training next week," said Di Matteo. Both Luiz and Cahill will miss Chelsea's final Premier League game of the season against Blackburn on Sunday. "They're at similar stages - not available for Sunday, and next week we'll push them to be available for the group," Di Matteo said. Di Matteo i ...
Man that farewell to Pep Guardiola at the Camp Nou was simply perfect. To me he is the greatest manager of this generation. He deserves all the praise he gets. At this point I just dont care about the Champions League Final. I will concentrate more on the legacy he has left that forever will be part of Barcelona. Thank you Pep
Barca eyeing Bayern's Alaba- The Blaugrana are looking to add some fresh blood to their defence ahead of the 2012-13 campaign, and have long been linked with a search for a new left-back. Valencia defender Jordi Alba remains the club's first choice for the position, but they are also taking an interest in the 19-year-old Alaba. The Austria international made his first-team debut at Bayern in February 2010, and has developed into a key player under head coach Jupp Heynckes this term. Nevertheless, Barcelona face a tough task to lure Alaba to Camp Nou if they opt to make a move for the versatile youngster. The youngster has a contract with Bayern until the summer of 2015, and it is very unlikely that the Champions League finalists will consider selling their left-back. Additionally, the former Austria Vienna starlet has revealed that he is very happy with life at the Allianz Arena.
The suspense of the last 24 hours is over. Pep Guardiola and the club have confirmed that the 41-year old manager after leading the first team for four years and in course winning 13 titles including two Uefa Champions League will not renew his contract with the club after the conclusion of the season. At a press conference held at Camp Nou, president Sandro Rosell, sports director Andoni Zubizarreta and manager Jose
On a night when Lionel Messi missed a penalty and Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Barca failed to put away a Chelsea team reduced to 10 men and missing both central defenders, a Torres goal was strangely in keeping with the madness of it all. From 2-0 down on the day, Chelsea fought back to 2-2 at Camp Nou and went through 3-2 on aggregate. It was a Champions League comeback to rank alongside Liverpool's "Miracle of Istanbul" and Manchester United's 1999 feats in Turin and Barcelona—it will go down as one of European football's great upsets.
Barcelona vs Chelsea Champions League : 2012 is not a good year for Barcelona and Pep Guardiola. Despite going a man and two goals down in the first half, Chelsea snatched one of the impossible comebacks in Champions League history with the 2-2 draw vs Barcelona at Camp Nou what marks an era come to an crushing end. Highlights Video
Bayern Munich Vs Chelsea! A final that nobody predicted. After two nights of high drama in Spain, Bayern Munich upset Real Madrid in an enthralling encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu to set up an unexpected Champions League final showdown with Chelsea, who shocked the footballing world by ending Barcelona's reign at Camp Nou the night before.
Jamie Redknapp says display in Camp Nou was 'greatest Champions League night by any team'
Chelsea News shared the following link:of last night's heroes spoke together following an extraordinary evening at the Camp Nou, as Petr Cech and Ashley Cole gave their views on qualifying for the Champions League final.
Chelsea striker Torres warns Barcelona: The best team doesn't always win The Spanish striker has hailed interim boss Roberto Di Matteo's impact and claims that the Italian's fighting spirit can help the Blues to overcome the Blaugrana at Camp Nou 10:53 AM Chelsea squad offered €12.3m Champions League win bonus - report Blues owner Roman Abramovich is believed to have put aside a hefty reward for the 25-man squad if they emerge victorious in next month's final in Germany
Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea (Agg 2-3): Torres and Ramires stun Camp Nou to send 10-man Blues into final after Messi misses second-half penalty The Premier League outfit have taken down the Catalans in their own back yard after a performance borne out of grit, determination and a tiny slice of luck 8:35 PM Terry sent off during Chelsea's Champions League clash against Barcelona The inspirational leader was given his marching order after the assistant referee spotted his knee being thrust into Alexis Sanchez's back after 37 minutes
hhm,hampir saja..!! Fc Barcelona vs Chelsea Football Club (2-2) at Camp Nou last night!! so,,,good luck for Chelsea... road to Final Uefa Champions League !!
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Fernando Torres seals the deal for Chelsea at Camp Nou.
Lionel Messi walked off the Camp Nou pitch in tears, as one of the most dominant eras in European club soccer came to a crashing halt.
Camp Nou, Barcelona by Jerrad Peters Both sides come into Saturday’s Clasico with close to full squads, which is unusual for this stage of the season. Striker David Villa (tibia) has missed all of 2012 for Barcelona and is in a race to recover in time for Euro 2012 while winger Ibrahim Afellay, having only recently been given clearance to resume full training, is unlikely to even be on the bench for Real Madrid’s visit. Left-back Eric Abidal underwent a liver transplant last week and there is no timetable for his return. The only pressing concern for Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola involves Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez, who picked up a minor leg injury against Chelsea in the Champions League and may be forced to start from the bench. Should that happen, Pedro (one of only four players to have scored more than one Clasico goal over the past 12 months) will likely play from the beginning. Guardiola is also expected to restore Gerard Pique to the centre of defense on Saturday. The 6-foot-4 25-year-old ...
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is unmoved by suggestions Barcelona are about to launch a bid for Gareth Bale, insisting the Welshman is happy at White Hart Lane. - Alves: Bale would be Barca left-back - Bale flattered by Barca link - Xavi eyes decisive Clasico - Kranjcar to miss run-in - QPR v Tottenham preview Earlier this week, Barcelona defender Dani Alves said that Bale would be a welcome arrival at the Camp Nou. Spurs are in danger of missing out on Champions League football next season, leading to speculation Bale may have his head turned if he misses out on parading his talents on the biggest stage, but Redknapp was bullish when questioned on the Barcelona link. "No one has been in touch with us," Redknapp said. "He is happy here with us at the moment. He is a fantastic player. He will be linked with every club because he is such a great player.'' When asked whether he thought Alves' comments constituted tapping up, Redknapp replied: "I haven't seen what he said. "I would like Lionel Mess ...
Goal.com shared the following link:their Champions League defeats in midweek, how will the setbacks affect Real Madrid and Barcelona's preparations for the big game at Camp Nou on Saturday?
They were the team who provided the world with the first blueprint to halt Barcelona's brilliance and on a high of high octane, captivating Champions League football, a fearless Chelsea side claimed a priceless victory against the reigning kings of Europe. For all their pretty passing, their magical invention and their menacing intent in the West London rain, it was Chelsea who scored the only goal of this leg and, in doing so, gave themselves every chance of ousting the team so often hailed as unstoppable when they travel to the Camp Nou for the return match next Tuesday. UP Blues
Cruyff recommends Barca guru Begiristain to Liverpool Duncan Castles The Sunday Times Published: 15 April 2012 Liverpool's new director of football can expect to work on a summer transfer budget of between £20 and £30million with recruitment primarily focused on players under the age of 21. The club's American owners, unhappy with spending under the joint stewardship of Kenny Dalglish and Damien Comolli, believe that limited, targeted investment will be sufficient to re-establish Liverpool in the Champions League. After aggressively dispensing with Comolli's services last week, the Fenway Sports Group consortium is understood to have approached Johan Cruyff to discuss replacments, receiving a recommendation that they appoint Txiki Begiristain, a Former Barcelona sporting director. Bergiristain - previously interviewed by Roman Abramovich for a similar position at Chelsea - left Camp Nou when Joan Laporta stepped down as president in 2010. Cruyff is said to have no interest in taking on a full-time appoi ...
The Spanish football association (RFEF) has announced that the Primera Division encounter between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou will take place on April 21.
75′ Substitution Gerard Piqué Adriano 75′ From Ben Hayward in Camp Nou: In the Champions League era, no team has yet made five semi-finals in a row (Barca, Madrid and Juve have all been to four in a row). But that looks set to change tonight. 74′ Gerard Pique looks to have picked up an injury, perhaps a hamstring. He can't continue, and trudges off to be replaced by Adriano. 73′ A sumptuous cross from Ibrahimovic is looking for Aquilani, but Dani Alves is at full stretch to head away the clearance. There are glimmers of hope for Milan, but they need to pull one back sharpish... 72′ Nocerino thinks he has been fouled by Fabregas, but the whistle is not blown. Instead, Puyol brings the ball away and Barca can resume another attack. 70′ Ibrahimovic has dropped very deep to win the ball for Milan, and he is the one pinging balls into the Barca box. Milan may want to address that if they are to find a way back into this tie. They need two goals in order to progress. 69′ Substitution Kevin-Prince ...
Lassana Diarra v Barcelona. This was the 2nd leg of the Semis in the Champions League at the Camp Nou.
A corner race at Ewood Park and a win at Camp Nou make a Premier and Champions League double
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