Champions League & Nou Camp

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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Uefa Champions League quarterfinals are done. Camp Nou sending the team off in proper fashion. Moments that'll love…
On this day in 2002, Newcastle legend Shola Ameobi scored against Barcelona in the Champions League at the Nou Camp.
Lionel Messi - 51 goals in 51 Champions League games at the Nou Camp
When you get a ticket to see Barcelona play at the Nou Camp in the Champions League, it doesn't matter who you support, ev…
Liverpool remain the only English team to beat Barcelona at the Camp Nou in the Champions League, in February 2007 (2-1)…
Messi (groin) will try to be available for the Champions League game against Manchester City on October 19th at Camp Nou
Shola Ameobi scores against Barcelona at the Nou Camp, in the Champions League. Hero.
fans at Nou Camp in 99 Champions League final . After we won it. Championies ole ole ole
fans at Nou Camp in 99 champions league final after Sheringham goal. We shall not be moved!!!
Me and a Champions League / European Cup trophy at the Nou Camp. Can't get these at Argos though I have tried.
Wednesday's game was the 100th Champions League game at Camp Nou, most behind San Siro (131) and Bernabeu (102)
Manchester City's players leave the Nou Camp looking glum after being eliminated from the Champions League
If he plays tomoroow: it will be Xavi's 70th Champions League at the Camp Nou
Yaya Toure: Manchester City can cause Champions League upset at Nou Camp
The SEVEN reasons why Lionel Messi could make £200MILLION Chelsea move: 1) There are suggestions the Argentine is unhappy with his pay packet at Barcelona. He signed a new contract in May that earns him £16m a year after tax - but his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo earns £19m a year at Real Madrid. This has apparently caused friction between Messi's camp and Barca. 2) Messi is the all-time top goalscorer in La Liga and the Champions League. But he wants to play in the Premier League and turning 28 in June he could feel the timing is perfect for a move to England. 3) Barca have slapped an astonishing £200m price tag on their star man. But according to sources close to the player, Adidas (Chelsea club sponsor and kit supplier) are ready to help fund the deal in order to steal Messi from their big rivals Nike (who sponsor Barca). 4) Cesc Fabregas left the Nou Camp for Chelsea this summer and is trying to persuade his close friend, his future lies at Stamford Bridge too. 5) Messi wants to live in London. H ...
10 Records That Shows Lionel Messi Is The Best Ever Footballer. 1) Barcelona’s top goalscorer – 368 In March earlier this year, Messi became Barcelona’s all-time leading goalscorer with a hat-trick in a 7-0 thrashing of Osasuna. The clash saw the Argentine match Paulino Alcantara’s previous record as he received a rapturous applause from the Nou Camp crowd. Including friendlies, Messi has now scored 396 goals for the club. 2) Champions League top scorer – 71 The Barcelona star’s brace in the 2-0 win over Ajax saw him draw level with Raul at the top of the all-time Champions League scoring charts. With a trip to Apoel Nicosia on the horizon in midweek, you wouldn’t bet against Messi going one better.From then, it looks a straight battle between he and Cristiano Ronaldo to see who can set the next record. 3) Most goals in a calendar year – 91 The Argentine scored an incredible 91 goals in 2012 – bringing the curtain down with a strike against Valladolid in December of that year. Gerd Mulle ...
Barcelona duos Rafinha and Dani Alves are both set to miss the team’s upcoming Champions League fixture with Paris Saint-Germain on December 10 at Nou Camp owing to accumulation of yellow card.
Lionel Messi © Reuters Images Barcelona forward Lionel Messi set a Champions League scoring record of 74 goals when he netted a hat-trick in Tuesday's 4-0 Group F win at Apoel Nicosia. The Barca and Argentina captain surpassed the record of 71 he jointly held with former Real Madrid and Schalke 04 striker Raul when he put his side 2-0 ahead shortly before halftime. The 27-year-old added two more goals in the second half to complete his 31st career treble, his fifth in Europe's elite club competition and the first in which he has scored all three with his less-favoured right foot. "I am pleased to have achieved such a nice record in such a nice and important competition but the really important thing is the three points," Messi said in a television interview. His achievement is the latest milestone in a stellar career and comes three days after he broke the six decades-old La Liga scoring record with a hat-trick in Barca's 5-1 home win over Sevilla. Messi overhauled former Athletic Bilbao striker Telmo Za ...
Niklas Moisander captains Ajax in the Nou Camp against Barcelona this evening (Champions League group F)
United are planning a £20m move to bring Barcelona defender Gerard Pique back to Old Trafford. The 27-year-old moved to the Nou Camp in 2008. United will offer Real Madrid's 27-year-old anchorman Sami Khedira a contract worth £5.5m a year to try and beat Chelsea and Arsenal in the queue. Liverpool will compete with Juventus and several Spanish sides for the signature of Porto's 17-year-old midfielder Ruben Neves. Former Real Madrid striker Raul, whose last club was Qatari side Al-Saad, is set to sign a deal with North American Soccer League side New York Cosmos. The 37-year-old will also have a role at the club's academy. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that he would like to manage in Spain one day as he prepares to face Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday. Tottenham playmaker Erik Lamela, 22, believes that Spurs can secure a top-four Premier League finish to qualify for next season's Champions League despite their 4-1 weekend defeat by champions Manchester City. CSKA Moscow stri ...
Manchester United are looking into the possibility of bringing former centre-back Gerard Pique back to Old Trafford in January. The Spain international left the Red Devils to rejoin his boyhood club Barcelona in May 2008 for £5miilion, but according to the Express, United are hoping to lure him back to England for a second time. After being a regular for the La Liga giants in his 6 full seasons there, Pique is now less of a guarantee on new manager’s Luis Enrique’s team sheet, with Javier Mascherano and summer acquisition Jeremy Mathieu appearing to be the first-choice centre-back pairing this term. Signing a world-class defender is certainly United boss Louis van Gaal’s priority when the transfer window re-opens in the New Year, and Pique would undoubtedly fit the bill. Since his return to the Nou Camp, the 27-year-old has picked up 4 La Liga titles and 2 Champions League trophies with the Catalan side, as well as 1 European Championships and 1 World Cup with Spain. Pique only signed a new 5-year ...
Where have all Chelsea's Champions League heroes gone? Chelsea players celebrate winning their Champions League final against Bayern Munich (Picture: Reuters) A set of players became immortal as Chelsea lifted the Champions League trophy in Munich in May 2012. This may be the most famous night in the club’s history but just two summers later and there are few survivors from the squad that overcame all odds to lift the trophy. At the start of the 2011-2012 season Chelsea appointed Andre Villas-Boas as manager with the remit of redeveloping an ageing Chelsea team. He failed and did not last the season, leaving with the club outside of the top four in the Premier League and on their way out of the Champions League . Roberto Di Matteo took temporary charge, sparking an incredible against all odds cup run which saw Chelsea overcome two behemoths of European football to win the clubs holy grail. Despite being down to 10 men and behind on aggregate at the Nou Camp, Barcelona were miraculously vanquished. Then ...
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas passes medical at Chelsea, according to reports By Omar Hamouda Posted on June 4, 2014 Cesc Fabregas has reportedly passed a medical at Premier League side Chelsea and the Daily Star insist the Blues have beaten Manchester United and Arsenal to the signature of the Spanish midfielder. Fabregas is highly-sought after, after Barcelona, with whom he won the Champions League in 2011, admitted that the Spanish international was available on the transfer market. Manchester United have been heavy favourites to land the Former Arsenal man, but the Gunners also have a clause in their former captains clause which allows them to have first pick on the central-midfielder. Louis van Gaal, who will take over at Old Trafford in the summer, identified Fabregas as his main target, but reports emerged that Manchester United did not wish to pursue Fabregas anymore which left the door open for Jose Mourinho to make a move. Fabregas and Barcelona have now allegedly agreed terms with Chelsea ...
Gerard Pique of Barcelona reacts after scoring an own goal during the Uefa Champions League semi final second leg match between Barcelona and FC Bayern Muenchen at Nou Camp on May 1, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.
Retired Puyol lands Barca role (PA) Friday 30 May 2014 Share Carles Puyol will be staying at Barcelona after being appointed as an assistant to the sports management team at the Nou Camp. The 36-year-old retired at the end of the season due to a spell of persistent knee problems following 15 years at the heart of a defence which won 21 trophies including six Spanish league tittles and three Uefa Champions League triumphs. The former centre-half stated during his retirement press conference that he was eager to stay at the club and he has now got his wish with a role in the football department, headed by Andoni Zubizarreta. I am very excited about this new stage of my life Carlos Puyol, Former Barcelona defender "I want to thank FC Barcelona for all that it has given me before and for this chance that has arisen now," he told the club's official website. "I will try to the very best I can, and especially to learn a lot. I have always played football and tried to do so as well as possible, and I'll be doing ...
David Luiz TO BARCELONA FINALLY A DONE DEAL. (Courtois & Hazard still on the move) Stamford Bridge star set for Nou Camp switch. Barcelona have reportedly reached an agreement with David Luiz over a potential summer move to the Nou Camp. The Catalan club have been actively pursuing a long term replacement for Carles Puyol, who is set to leave Barcelona, and have identified the 26 year old Chelsea fan favourite as the man for the job. Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta is said to have secured terms with Luiz that would see the former Benfica man sign a five year deal worth around £4.5m a year. Chelsea has agreed a £25m with Barcelona for the Brazilian international who has been something of a bit-part player this season. Luiz was a key member of the Chelsea sides that won the Champions League and Europa League titles but has started less than half of the west London club’s Premier League fixtures this term and has more frequently been used in a defensive midfield role. Chelsea signed Luiz in Ja ...
French international keeper Hugo Lloris has repeatedly found himself having to make countless saves due to the inability of his Tottenham defence to adequately protect him and as such a move to Barcelona will almost certainly tempt the former Lyon man. The Daily Mail claims that the Nou Camp side see Lloris as a replacement for exit bound Victor Valdes and it’s a wise move to consider given the fine form the 27 year old has displayed this season. With the White Hart Lane side failing to secure a Champions League berth such a move becomes all the more likely though Spurs will fight tooth and nail to keep hold of the custodian. Tottenham paid an initial £8m to sign Lloris in August 2012 and would demand significantly move if they were to consider selling the keeper. His value may be driven up further if he impresses at the 2014 World Cup finals where he is a nailed on starter for national team coach Didier Deschamps. Now that Barcelona have had their transfer ban suspended they can banish the scary thoug ...
Mesut Ozil on barca Radar •Mesut Ozil could be added to a small group of players to have left the Bernabeu and end up at the Nou Camp with reports suggesting Barcelona are preparing a £30m+ bid for the Arsenal midfielder. The controversial move has offered differing fortunes for other players in the past. Nb-: This isn't the first time a former Realmadrid Player would in future Play for Barca.Check This out. •Samuel Eto’o Should Ozil opt to move to Barcelona he will be hoping the decision has the same impact on his career as that of Cameroon ace Eto’o. The now-Chelsea striker was barely given a chance at the Bernabeu before being loaned to three different clubs and leaving for Mallorca with no trophies to his name. He soon showed Los Blancos what they were missing though, winning the Copa Del Rey with Mallorca before moving to the Nou Camp and landing a further eight honours including three league titles and two Champions League successes. •Luis Enrique -::One of just a few players to move dire ...
Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool target Romulo Borges admits he is flattered by speculation linking him with Barcelona. The Premier League trio are all keen on the Spartak Moscow man, with Reds boss Brendan Rodgers strongly expected to bolster his midfield ahead of the Reds' anticipated return to the Champions League. But the La Liga champions are also rumoured to be in the hunt for the 23-year-old, despite the fact they are currently subject to a two-window transfer embargo. And the anchorman himself says he would find it very difficult to turn down a move to the Nou Camp giants. When asked about mooted interest from Barca, he told Sport: "They are only rumours, nobody has told me anything. But I am very happy to be linked with the club. "They are a very big team, and all players want to play there. Of course I would like to play at Barca - who would not like to?" Brazil international Romulo, who joined Spartak from Vasco de Gama for £6.5m in 2012, is under contract until June 2016. Source: talkSPORT
David De Gea is confident that Manchester United can seal another famous victory over Bayern Munich after taking inspiration from their Uefa Champions League triumph 15 years ago.Injury-time goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer secured a stunning 2-1 win at the Nou Camp in 1999as United became European champions and left Bayern shell-shocked.De Gea admits the memory of that night has stayed with him, saying in The Sun: "I was only eight at the time but I have seen it replayed a thousand times."It was unbelievable, almost something that could never be repeated, to turn the game on itshead in no time at all."You won't see many European Cups won in the fashion United did that night."United will once again do battle with Bayern on Wednesday night, and De Gea believes they can upset the odds to reach the semi-finals.Last week's first leg at Old Trafford finished in a 1-1 draw and the Spanish goalkeeper was delighted with the character United showed.De Gea added: "We have a chance over there. Th ...
Champions League: How Bayern, Barca Held To First Leg Draws. Bayern Munich and Barcelona were held to 1-1 draws against Manchester United and Atletico Madrid respectively in their Champions League quarterfinal first legs played on Tuesday night Bayern, overwhelming favourites in the tie, dominated possession at Old Trafford but were left to rue their lack of cutting edge when Nemanja Vidic rose highest to head in Wayne Rooney's corner in the 58th minute. The holders hit back in the 67th minute with Bastian Schweinsteiger expertly steering home from a Mario Mandzukic knock-down. Schweinsteiger was sent off in the 90th minute for a second booking and will miss the return leg next week. Atletico substitute Diego opened the scoring at the Nou Camp with a sensational long-range strike for the La Liga leaders who lost top scorer Diego Costa with a hamstring injury in the 30th minute. Barcelona drew level in the 71st minute with Neymar meeting Iniesta's defence-splitting pass with a sublime first-time finish int ...
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“This is how a crisis looks at the Nou Camp; a stepover from Neymar, a feint from Andrés Iniesta and, that most delicious sight of all, a bewitching dink from Lionel Messi to lift the crowd off their feet and put Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals. If this is the end of a glorious era in Catalonia, it comes with silver linings galore”. Matt Dickenson in The Times
Messi’s neat strike saves the day 13 March By Tim Hanlon Barcelona - Lionel Messi struck to end Manchester City's dreams of a famous comeback as Barcelona beat the English club 2-1 at the Nou Camp on Wednesday to reach the Champions League quarter-finals 4-1 on aggregate. Barca looked far from the classic team who lifted the trophy in 2009 and 2011 but a stuttering version under Gerardo Martino that had lost two of their last three games was still far too strong for the Premier League club. City, who lost the first leg of the last-16 tie 2-0 at home, were a constant threat to the Spanish champions, but they were left to rue missed chances by David Silva, Samir Nasri and Pablo Zabaleta. Captain Vincent Kompany levelled for the visitors on the night with a tap-in in the 89th minute, but Dani Alves responded by sweeping home the winner in the first minute of stoppage time. City had been reduced to 10 men by then after Zabaleta was shown a second yellow card for dissent in the 78th minute. The Argentine def ...
BARCELONA DISMISS Man City: Barcelona ended Manchester City's Champions League hopes after a 2-1 victory at the Nou Camp sealed a 4-1 aggregate win. Lionel Messi set Barcelona on their way with the opener in the second half to kill off any chance of City producing an heroic comeback from the 2-0 defeat in the first leg at the Etihad Stadium. To compound City's misery Pablo Zabaleta was sent off late on for dissent after confronting the referee over his failure to award the visitors a penalty. Vincent Kompany pulled a goal back for the 10 men in the final minute, but there was still time for Dani Alves to grab the winner for Barcelona in the closing seconds. Man City can now concentrate only on Epl to win double this season.
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Goals from Lionel Messi and Dani Alves secured 2-1 win for Barcelona over Manchester City in their Uefa Champions League clash at the Nou Camp.
TUE 11 MAR 2014 - CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Atlético Madrid v Milan (aggregate 1-0) 21:45 Atletico Madrid have won 15 of their last 16 home games in Uefa competition, including three straight victories in this season's Champions League group stage. Milan's last four away defeats in European competition have all come on Spanish turf. The Rossoneri were beaten 3-1 at Barcelona in this season's group stage, following two other defeats at the Nou Camp and a loss at Malaga in the previous two seasons. Bayern Munich v Arsenal (aggregate 2-0) 21:45 The six strikes against Wolfsburg take Bayern's goal tally to 72 in 24 matches this season - an average of three per game. Your Predictions
Zabaleta: We need Nou Camp ‘belief’ - Manchester City's players put on a brave face as they assessed the damage inflicted by Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League tie. City's hopes of reaching the quarter finals ap -
IS IT TRUE? Jamie Redknapp believes the Champions League distraction might just hand the title to Manchester City. The Premier League is shaping up to have its most inclusive title race for years - as Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal will all fancy their chances of lifting the trophy at the end of the season. The four-horse race looks set to go on until the final day of the campaign - although obviously some teams will fall at various hurdles. But Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp does not believe that will be Chelsea. The former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has been speaking about the title race in his Sky Sports column today - and said that he ‘laughs’ when he hears Jose Mourinho claim his Chelsea side are not title contenders this season. But he did mention one thing that might just hand the advantage to Manchester City in the run-in - the Champions League: “Mourinho is the master at presenting his side as the underdog but his team are the ones to beat at the moment. T ...
I hope my team can win in the Champions League match against FC Barcelona at the nou camp :)
This day in 2007- Liverpool stun Champions League holders Barcelona by beating them 2-1 at the Nou Camp in the last 16…
Barca make mockery of Mourinho 19 February By Reuters Manchester, England – Barcelona dismissed any notion they are a declining force when they won 2-0 at Manchester City on Tuesday to virtually guarantee their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the seventh successive season. A match billed as a possible turning point in Manchester City's history following their glitzy cash-laden rebirth fuelled by Abu Dhabi Shiekh Mansour’s heavy investment, ended in a comprehensive Barcelona win. Barca, top of La Liga and in the Spanish Cup final, now look set to advance and make a mockery of the words of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who said before the match: “This is the worst Barcelona team for many, many years, so City have a chance.” However, this is City's best team for many, many years too but it looks like that chance has already slipped away. While the second leg at the Nou Camp on March 12 is not entirely a formality, City will have to overcome considerable odds, as well as the w ...
With what I saw today, the second half goals 4rm Messi & Alves were enough 2 give Barcelona a two-goal lead going into d second-leg of d Champions League last 16 at d Nou Camp after Martin Demichelis was sent off. With the Argentine defender bringing down his fellow countryman just inside the penalty area. Messi slotted home for his first goal at a Premier League ground. Watch out for the best City next season Champion League. They learned from the best.
Atletico Madrid have a chance to pile more King's Cup misery on neighbours Real after eliminating Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday to set up a last-four clash against the bitter city rivals they beat in last year's final. Atletico's battling 2-1 comeback victory in a rain-lashed quarter-final, second leg in the Basque Country, which made it 3-1 on aggregate, was Bilbao's first reverse at their new San Mames arena and meant Diego Simeone's side, who are joint top of La Liga and through to the last 16 of the Champions League, are still fighting on three fronts. The heavens also opened over the Catalan capital as Barcelona fielded a second-string side against Levante at a Nou Camp stadium that was barely a quarter full and recovered from conceding an early goal to secure a 9-2 aggregate success. The record winners, who have claimed Spain's domestic Cup 26 times, won 5-1 on the night after last week's 4-1 victory in Valencia in the first leg when they also fell behind. Barca will play Real Sociedad or third-tier ...
Christian Tello TO LIVERPOOL Spanish outlet Marca has dropped a big transfer story on Monday, claiming that Barcelona midfielder Cristian Tello is set to leave the Nou Camp to move to Liverpool in January. Marca wrote the following on their website: Cristian Tello is very close to leaving [Barcelona] in the January transfer window. And, according to Radio Marca, the Barca player is just one step away from leaving to join Liverpool on loan. A few months ago Tello reveal his displeasure at the limited game time he was getting under [Tata] Martino. ”If you can not play at the club I may leave,” he said barely a month ago. Tello has only 10 appearances this season for Barcelona, mostly as a sub, and the midfielder has yet to score this term in the league. The midfielder has however scored once in the Champions League against Celtic, plus he bagged a goal in the cup against Cartagena. According to Marca, Liverpool are planning to sign Tello on loan this winter with a view to make the deal permanent in the ...
its not my views mind but there is something about this that av kind of said to my workmates if am honest. HH~sooty~ The Scotsman Published on the 14 December 2013 23:49 WHAT Celtic showed during their travails in the Champions League is that they have lost the capacity to survive at that level. The art of survival is made up of many things, including concentration, discipline, ruthlessness and luck – and Neil Lennon’s team were without them, the very things that elevated them 12 months ago, which is no surprise because what happened 12 months ago should be considered the exception rather than the rule. There was a touch of freakishness about it. This is not to denigrate their fantastic achievement of getting into the last 16, but Celtic might play in 50 similar campaigns and not survive in the same way they did a year ago. That campaign needs to be revisited because, in the post-mortem following Celtic’s midweek shellacking at the Nou Camp, it has been mentioned a lot. Celtic amassed ten points in ...
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Dortmund, Milan limp into last 16 Last season's runners-up Borussia Dortmund were spared a Champions League exit when a dramatic late goal from Kevin Grosskreutz sent the German side into the last 16 on Wednesday. Dortmund, who beat Olympique Marseille 2-1, Arsenal and Napoli all finished on 12 points with the Bundesliga team topping Group F and the Italians proving the odd side out on head-to-head superiority despite a 2-0 victory over the English Premier League leaders. AC Milan will be Italy's only representatives in the knockout stage as Galatasaray, Zenit St Petersburg and Schalke 04 secured the remaining last 16 places in Monday's draw which will feature four representatives each from the Premier League and Bundesliga. Barcelona, who should have Lionel Messi back from injury when the competition resumes in February, signed off from the group phase in style with Brazil striker Neymar scoring a hat-trick, his first Champions League goals, in a 6-1 romp over Celtic at the Nou Camp. Jose Mourinho can al ...
Barcelona handed Celtic the harshest of Champions League lessons by producing a near-perfect display to equal the visitors' heaviest European loss. Gerard Pique opened the scoring and Barca added two more goals late in the first half through Pedro and Neymar. Brazilian Neymar, a £49m summer signing from Santos, added two more before the hour mark to complete his hat-trick. Cristian Tello completed Celtic's misery, with Georgios Samaras's late headed goal scant consolation. Neymar finding his feet at Barca Neymar Neymar, signed from Santos for £49m in the summer, had scored only four goals in his first 18 appearances for the Catalans before tonight. The result means Neil Lennon's side finish the Champions League group stage with their lowest-ever tally of three points. And the margin of defeat at the Nou Camp matches the 5-0 loss to Artmedia Bratislava in what was former manager's Gordon Strachan's first match in charge in 2005. Celtic came into the match having scored 12 and conceded none in their previ ...
Celtic undone by brilliant Barcelona Uefa Champions League Nou Camp, Barcelona Wednesday, December 11, 2013 BARCELONA…6 Pique 7, Pedro 40, Neymar 45, 48, 58, Tello 72 CELTIC…1 Samaras 88 CELTIC suffered a painful 6-1 defeat to a brilliant Barcelona side in the Nou Camp to end this year´s Uefa Champions League campaign in disappointment. A hat-trick from the outstanding Neymar and goals from Gerard Pique, Pedro and Cristian Tello saw the home side storm into a six-goal lead. Samaras headed home a late consolation for Neil Lennon´s men but it was a night to forget for the Hoops who will turn their attentions to domestic matters. Adam Matthews made his long-awaited return from a shoulder injury as Neil Lennon made four changes from the team that swept Motherwell aside last Friday, with Nir Biton, Georgios Samaras and Derk Boerrigter also restored to the starting XI. Predictably, the home side poured forward from the kick-off and were soon probing for openings in front of the Celtic defence with their t ...
Emilio Izaguirre will miss Celtic's Champions League clash with Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night through suspension. The Hoops left-back picked up his third booking against AC Milan in the last Group H fixture game but manager Neil Lennon welcomes back right-back Adam Matthews who is contention after recovering from shoulder surgery which kept him out for seven weeks. Skipper Scott Brown returns after missing the last three European games through suspension, while fellow midfielder Nir Biton has served a one-game ban and has recovered from a virus, as has Georgios Samaras. Tom Rogic (calf), James Forrest (hamstring), Beram Kayal (foot) and Steven Mouyokolo (Achilles) remain out. While Lionel Messi, Victor Valdes and Dani Alves are still sidelined for Barcelona, Xavi and Andres Iniesta will both be fit to play following injury as will Cristian Tello, although the Catalan club will be without the suspended Cesc Fabregas.
8 minutes in to my Champions League tie at the Nou Camp with Shamrock Rovers and it's 3-2 on agg.!! Buzzing.
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid led a Spanish Armada into the Champions League last 16 with home wins on Wednesday and in-form Aaron Ramsey steadied Arsenal's boat with a battling win against rocky Borussia Dortmund. Barca met seven-times winners AC Milan at the Nou Camp but the stock of the faltering Italians has fallen so much that even an average display from the hosts sealed a 3-1 success in Group H, Lionel Messi scoring a penalty and a cheeky third. La Liga rivals Atletico put on a better display in their 4-0 cruise past Group G whipping boys Austria Vienna to glide into the knockout stages after four wins from four with two matches to spare. Miranda grabbed Atletico's opener after 11 minutes before Raul Garcia rose athletically to head home the second, with Filipe Luis making it three for this term's potential surprise packages on halftime. Diego Costa missed a penalty but added a fourth goal on 82 minutes as Diego Simeone's men made sure of top spot and equalled their biggest Champions League win in ...
El Clasico Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi looks almost certain to start against Real Madrid at the Nou Camp after recovering from a thigh injury. Messi missed the wins against Celtic and Valladolid, but started Tuesday's Champions League draw at AC Milan. Real forward Gareth Bale is fit after a thigh injury of his own, while Diego Lopez is likely to start in goal. If you like your football with a continental twist then make sure you don't miss our live text commentary of Saturday's game. Find out what is happening in mainland Europe across the weekend here.
Clasico fever! 10 amazing facts about Barcelona vs Real Madrid... by can never have too much of a good thing, at least not where El Clasico is concerned. Here are the top 10 amazing fact 1. There have been 221 Clasicos since the first recorded match between the teams on 13 May 1902. 2. Though outshone by their Catalan counterparts in recent years, Real Madrid have the lion's share of Clasico wins across history, with 88 victories to Barcelona's 86. 3. Despite being among the most decorated clubs in international football, there has never been a European Cup final featuring Barcelona and Real Madrid. 4. El Clasico is traditionally the second most widely watched domestic tie in football, with only the Uefa Champions League final attracting more television viewers. More than 400m people are estimated to have watched Los Galacticos' title-deciding win at the Nou Camp last April, where 780 media professionals from 31 different countries provided global coverage of the game. 5. Though 21 players have moved from ...
SPORTS UPDATE Adnan Januzaj will choose England as his international team if the Football Association can overcome the obstacle of the five-year residency rule. Gareth Bale is winning his battle to be fit to play a part in the biggest week of Real Madrid’s season. On Wednesday he trained with his team-mates in the first session after the international break.Madrid play Malaga on Saturday before facing Juventus on Wednesday in the Champions League and Barcelona the following Saturday in the Nou Camp. Barcelona are considering buying Manchester United target Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund. The German has a release clause of £29.5million. The stamp of the Premier League was all over the World Cup on Tuesday night - from Gary Medel in Santiago to Wayne Rooney at Wembley, via Maynor Figueroa in the Caribbean. Scorers by league competition Premier League – 22 Germany’s Bundesliga – 8 Russian First Division – 8 Spain’s La Liga – 6 Italy’s Serie A – 5 Holland’s Eredivisie – 5 France’ ...
Messi sparkles, Chelsea shocked Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick as Barcelona began their Champions League campaign with a 4-0 win over Ajax on Wednesday but Jose Mourinho's Chelsea suffered a shock home defeat. Messi took his tally to 62 Champions League goals and became the first player to score more than four Champions League hat-tricks, while also netting his 24th such treble for Barca. A day after Cristiano Ronaldo hit three in Real Madrid's 6-1 thumping of Galatasaray, Messi reminded everyone who is still the four-time reigning Ballon d'Or winner. Despite boasting eight European Cup and Champions League crowns between them, Barcelona and Ajax had never met before their Group H encounter at the Nou Camp. And typically it was a dazzling display from Messi that got the 2009 and 2011 winners off to the ideal start. And the diminutive wizard dedicated the victory to Barca coach Gerard Martino, who will fly home to Argentina to attend his father's funeral. "It was a special game. It is a shame what has happen ...
Thiago Alcantara could see his salary trebled should he join Manchester United this summer. The in-demand Barcelona midfielder is David Moyes’ main transfer target ahead of the Scot’s debut season in the Old Trafford dugout and Moyes is willing to pull out all the stops to get his man. The 22-year-old, who captained Spain’s Under-21 side to European Championship success last month, has found his first-team opportunities at the Nou Camp limited, leaving Manchester United positive they can agree a deal. Alcantara is expected to fetch a fee of around £15m and the reigning Premier League champions are believed to be prepared to offer the youngster three times what he is currently earning in Spain to convince him to quit his boyhood club. Bayern Munich, however, could make life difficult for Manchester United, with the Champions League holders thought to be preparing a late bid to take Alcantara to Germany.
Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham are on red alert after Barcelona decided to allow young star Gerard Deulofeu to spend a season out on loan. The 19-year-old is seen as one of the brightest youngsters in Europe and has been linked with the Premier League trio, as well as Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund. And Barcelona are willing to allow the Spaniard to leave on loan to either a club in England or Germany. The Catalan side are aware that Deulofeu is unlikely to make the breakthrough into the Barcelona first-team this season due to the purchase of Neymar to play alongside Lionel Messi, while the likes of David Villa, Pedro and Cesc Fabregas are also all able to play in the front three. And that means he will be allowed to go out on loan, with Barcelona certain to make it clear there is no chance of the deal becoming permanent at the end of the season as they see his long-term future at the Nou Camp.
Barcelona make contact with Arsenal over signing Laurent Koscielny Catalan paper Sport have claimed this Saturday evening that Barcelona have contacted Arsenal over the signing of Laurent Koscielny. Barcelona are keen to bring in a central defender this summer and Laurent Koscielny fits the bill of a central defender that is good on the ball and commanding in the air. Koscielny has scored the goal that has taken Arsenal to the Champions League on consecutive seasons and is a fans favourite at the Emirates. It would also be a huge surprise if Arsene Wenger would allow another big name sale to Barcelona after the high profile departures of Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas to the Nou Camp. Tito Vilanova is keen on signing Koscielny and Sport add that Barcelona could secure the French central defender for 15 million euros. Crucially, and we are likely to hear of this in the coming days, Sport claim Laurent Koscielny is keen on a “change of scenery” after three seasons at Arsenal. Barca have been linked wit ...
LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 1. Chelsea announce they have reached an agreement to sign Bayer Leverkusen star Andre Schurrle. 2. Olivier Giroud believes that Arsenal can challenge for the PL title next season, once they start the season better than the previous one. 3. Qatar club Al-Gharafa wants Djibril Cissé to sign permanently after the striker spent half a season on loan from QPR (Guardian) 4. Liverpool target Luis Alberto insists that he is undecided about his future. 5. Lionel Messi's father says claims his son defrauded Spanish state of over €4 million in taxes are a "mistake". 6. Mehdi Benatia has confirmed he is on the verge of leaving Udinese for Roma. “I turned down Champions League clubs.” 7. Brendan Rodgers claims adding 'depth' to his Liverpool squad is a top priority as he plans his recruitment. 8. Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has labeled rumours he could be on his way out of the Nou Camp this summer as ‘absurd’. 9. New Everton manager Roberto Martinez is planning talks with Phil N ...
An article from ESPN "Cesc Fabregas has zoomed up Manchester United’s transfer target list to the top position and the champions are going to move heaven and earth to get him," he told the Sunday World newspaper. "The Barcelona star wants out of the Nou Camp and United want him badly, so the deal should be done easily enough. Fabregas is just the sort of all-action midfield player United need if they are to make a run at next season’s Champions League. "Cesc won’t be short of offers for I believe this is going to be a transfer season where eye-boggling amounts of money will be spent." Irwin also predicted United will make a bid for Everton’s Leighton Baines and Southampton’s Luke Shaw, while suggesting winger Nani and Patríce Evra will leave Old Trafford this summer as new boss David Moyes prepares to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson. "Nani will go to Monaco and Patríce Evra may well return to the same club, from whom he joined United," Irwin added. "I’ve also heard a word that the new man . ...
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BarÇa reach 100 points, Sociedad grab fourth spot MADRID — Champions Barcelona matched La Liga’s record tally of 100 points in a season when they swept aside Malaga 4-1 at the Nou Camp in their final game on Saturday. Reuters In his first campaign since replacing Pep Guardiola, coach Tito Vilanova’s side equalled Real Madrid’s points haul set under Jose Mourinho last season. BarÇa finished top with 100 points from 38 games, 15 ahead of second-placed Real who signed off with a 4-2 home win over Osasuna earlier. Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa scored twice in a 3-1 win at Real Zaragoza as the King’s Cup winners finished third with 76 points. Real Sociedad snatched fourth place, and the Champions League playoff slot, from Valencia. Antoine Griezmann earned Sociedad a 1-0 win at Deportivo La Coruna while four goals from Alvaro Negredo helped Sevilla sink 10-man Valencia 4-3 at the Sanchez Pizjuan. Sociedad ended on 66 points, Valencia finished fifth with 65 and Malaga sixth on 57. At the other end ...
TOTTENHAM are looking at a new £30million strikeforce of David Villa and Leandro Damiao to fire them into the top four. Spurs were last night closing in on a £10m swoop for Barcelona’s Spanish striker Villa. And they hope to follow that up by landing Brazilian Damiao for £20m. White Hart Lane chairman Daniel Levy will splash the cash after seeing North London rivals Arsenal pip his club to a Champions League place this month. Shot-shy Spurs finished one point and one place below the Gunners. Not only that, but they managed just 29 goals in their 19 Prem home games — the lowest of any of the top-eight teams. The failure to bring in a new striker in January was cited as one of the main reasons why they failed to make a Champions League spot. Levy is determined not to let that happen again next term and has begun talks with Barca about Villa. The star, 31, wants to quit the Nou Camp in a bid for regular first-team football. The Spaniards are looking for £12m for Villa — but Levy is trying to negoti ...
It’s been over a year or so that I have stopped writing… but today words are flowing topay tribute to the greatest man in have ever known in this world.. Sir Alex Ferguson….. SIR that’s theword. The knighthoodwas granted to him by the queen after his treble in 1999. What a CL final itwas in Nou Camp to beat the mighty Bayern in injury time. His words after thematch “I can't believe it. I can't believe it.Football. Bloody *** But we never give in and that’s the spirit ofChampions.” During more than a quarter of a century in chargeof Manchester United, Alex Ferguson has always found the way to win - and winagain. Scrappy, abrasive and always up for afight, Ferguson turned the club into a global power and established himself asthe most successful manager in British football history. Since taking charge at Old Trafford in 1986,Ferguson's trophy collection also includes two Champions League titles, five FACups, four League Cups and the 2008 FIFA World Club Cup. Ferguson's style was marked by a . ...
AC Milan vice-president wary of Messi (Submitted by Sports Journalist) AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani hopes Barcelona’s “monster” has a night off as the Rossoneri bid to protect their two-goal Champions League lead at a hostile Nou Camp. Lionel Messi might have scored 40 league goals this season but the Argentinian forward has been a little more subdued in Europe, registering only five times and, more importantly, failing to notch a vital away goal at the San Siro in February. But Galliani knows the three-time Ballon d’Or winner will be the spearhead of any Barca comeback in the last-16 second-leg clash, while ruing the absence of Milan’s own talismanic forward Giampaolo Pazzini. He told acmilan.com: “We can’t go into the game thinking we’ll be fine just because we’ve got a two-goal advantage. “We are going up against the strongest team in the world who have a monster like Leo Messi who scores all the time. Let’s hope he takes it easy on Tuesday night. “One thing is certa ...
Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir caused controversy last night when he sent off Manchester United winger Nani in the Champions League tie against Real Madrid. United were 2-1 ahead on aggregate when Cakir deemed Nani's challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa to be a dangerous one. Come the full-time whistle, they were 3-2 down and out of the competition. Cakir has officiated games involving British teams before and history shows Nani is not the first player he has dismissed. Here, Press Association Sport looks at who else has been given an early bath by Cakir. MARIO BALOTELLI - Manchester City v DYNAMO KIEV, 2011 Italy striker Balotelli was branded as "stupid" by manager Roberto Mancini for a studs-up kick into the chest of Goran Popov, leaving Cakir with little choice but to send him off. John Terry - CHELSEA v BARCELONA, 2012 One of the most famous nights in Chelsea's history - their Champions League semi-final victory over Barcelona in the Nou Camp - ended without their captain. Terry was sent off two minutes after Ba ...
Cristiano Ronaldo is set to miss El Clasico — to keep him safe for the huge clash against Manchester United. Jose Mourinho will not risk his main man today because Real Madrid regard Tuesday’s Champions League return at Old Trafford as their biggest game this season. They need at least one goal after the 1-1 first-leg draw at the Bernabeu. With Real trailing Barcelona by 16 points in La Liga, Ronaldo is set to start on the bench this afternoon, though he may get a second-half run-out. Real travel to Manchester buzzing after beating Barca 3-1 in the midweek Copa Del Rey semi-final at the Nou Camp. Another win against shell-shocked Barcelona could send the Catalans into a tailspin — but Mourinho knows beating United is far more important given that La Liga is all but over. Forgotten man Kaka will start and he believes the Spanish giants will beat Barcelona again — and United. The Brazilian said: “Tuesday’s match gave us a lot of confidence to know we can achieve great results, be it at the Nou C ...
WHAT THE PAPERS SAY : Ronny's double warning Ronaldo fires twin warning to United Cristiano Ronaldo sent a chilling Champions League warning to ManchesterUnited. The Real superstar’s Nou Camp double sunk bitter rivals Barca in front of Sir Alex Ferguson and his No 2 Mike Phelan. And it earned under-fire Real boss Jose Mourinho a Spanish Cup final spot. Real and Ronaldo head to Old Trafford next week with their Champions League last-16 second-leg tie poised at 1-1. And former Red Devils favourite Ronaldo, who was targeted by a home supporter’s laser pen, said: “This win gives us enormous confidence for the game against Manchester United. It was a great game and we played brilliantly. From the first to the last minute we were very serious, with a great attitude. We played better than Barcelona, to scorethree goals at the Nou Camp is extremely complicated.”
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 ...
»NextGen Series Chelsea's youngsters show the future's bright at Stamford Bridge Chelsea's youth side overcame a resilient Barcelona on Wednesday night to claim a hard-fought 2-0 win over their Spanish counterparts. In doing so, the Blues became the third English youth side to progress to the quarter-finals of the NextGen competition this week, after Tottenham and Aston Villa booked their places following wins over Paris Saint-Germain and Ajax . Barcelona’s famed youth academy, La Masia, has produced some of the world football’s leading players, including the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez. And many pundits have tipped their next crop of young talent to continue the tradition of Barcelona’s style and success, with good reason too. But, like the senior side did at the Nou Camp last season in the Champions League, the ten-men of Chelsea outfought Barcelona and came out on top. Midway through the first period, Somalia- born striker Islam Feruz put Chelsea in front, cooly fini ...
Frank Rijkaard was sacked by Saudi Arabia on the same day his successor at Barcelona, Pep Guardiola, was appointed at Bayern Munich. Rijkaard is football’s forgotten man. Yet seven years ago he was hailed as the greatest coach on the planet. There are striking similarities in the Barca careers of Rijkaard and Pep, so the timing last Wednesday was symbolic. Particularly as the main difference between the two is exactly this — their sense of timing. Pep left Barcelona at just the right time, Rijkaard left a season too late. Both were managerial gambles. Rijkaard, who took over at the Nou Camp in June 2003, had just led Sparta Rotterdam to relegation. The Dutch boss put Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Victor Valdes and a 17-year-old Lionel Messi in the starting line-up as Ronaldinho, Deco and Samuel Eto’o arrived. They mesmerised the world for years BEFORE Guardiola. Rijkaard re-established the tiki-taka, won the championship in his second season and completed the Liga and Champions League double in his third. B ...
2005-06 season Messi obtained Spanish citizenship on September 25 and was finally able to make his debut in this season’s Spanish First Division. He had previously been unable to play because FC Barcelona had filled their quota of non-EU players. Messi’s first home outing in the Uefa Champions League came on September 27 against Italian club Udinese.[10] He impressed with some great passing and a seemingly telepathic relationship with Ronaldinho that earned him a standing ovation from the 70,000-odd Nou Camp faithful.[11] In December of that year, the Italian newspaper Tuttosport awarded him the Golden Boy 2005 title for the best under-21 player in Europe, ahead of Wayne Rooney, Lukas Podolski, and Cristiano Ronaldo.[12]
- 30 moments that marked the 2012th year - our favorites (chronological review) First Thierry Henry returned to Arsenal and scored against Leeds [09/01/2012] Second Messi won the third consecutive Golden Ball [10/01/2012] 3rd Zambia won the African Cup of Nations for the first time in history [02/10/2012] 4th Athletic Bilbao beat Manchester United at home and away in the Europa League [8.3. & 15.3.2012] 5th Eric Abidal successfully underwent surgery [04/10/2012] 6th Sergio Ramos and Lionel Messi missed a crucial penalty in the Champions League semi-final [17.4 & 24.4] 7th Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning goal in the Nou Camp [4/22/2012] 8th Chelsea kicked Barca & Bayern won the final, thus winning the Champions League [24.4. & 19.5.2012] 9th Guardiola admitted he leaves Barca [27.04.2012] 10th Sergio Aguero scored the title in England against QPR in the last minute of the game [5/13/2012] 11th Juventus won a record 30th Scudetto unbeaten [13/05/2012] 12th Didier Drogba scored the winning goal from the ...
So, are nasty old Celtic going to play fair tonight? The dastardly Scots went so far as to defend well in the Nou Camp, complicating a scheduled routine performance by the Catalan Art Project. "You see Celtic defending with 10 men and almost snatching a point - that is not fair," growled the Former Barcelona schemer Bernd Schuster. "Uefa needs to change this phase of the competition if they want to breathe life into the Champions League. Celtic do not merit their place if they are going to play in this style." Quite right. What Celtic should be doing is splurging millions that they don't have to hoover up talent from all over the world, much of which they will leave in the reserves but, at least, out of the clutches of less wealthy teams.
Celtic can be backed at a massive 45-1 to beat tournament favourites Barcelona in their Champions League match in Spain tonight - the longest odds ever offered for a British side to win away from home in the competition. And it's hard to disagree. Celtic's victory against Spartak Moscow a few weeks ago was their first away win in Europe since 1986 (when they beat Irish side Shamrock Rovers), and given the relative strengths of Spartak and Barcelona it seems inconceivable that Neil Lennons's team can get a result at the Nou Camp. But exactly how unlikely is 45/1? We've taken a look at some of the other bets available via bookmarkers Paddy Power, William Hill and Ladbrokes to give you some idea of how remote the chances seem of a Celtic win - every one of these options is rated more likely than the Glasgow club winning. - Scotland to have first contact with aliens - 25/1 Julian Assange to be smuggled out of the Ecuadorian Embasssy in a laundry van - 40/1 David and Victoria Beckham to have a baby named Ruper ...
Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova has revealed that he is concerned about his defence ahead of tomorrow night’s clash with Celtic. The Catalan giants host the Scottish champions at the Nou Camp in their third Champions League fixture of the season and he is well aware that injuries to the likes of Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, Daniel Alves, Sergio Busquets and Eric Abidal has his defence in a very shaky state. "Injuries are normally a headache for a coach but we have got what we have got. And all the players are at the right level to play for Barcelona," said Vilanova whose side conceded four goals in their 5-4 win over Deportivo on the weekend. "We would like to improve on everything and score more and concede less and we will try to do that. "But all Champions League games are complicated and I am worried because Celtic are very fast up front and they proved it against Spartak (when they won 3-2 three weeks ago). "They play good, counter-attacking football so we know they are dangerous. They are also good ...
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Real were magnificent, as were Barcelona but Real could and should have killed the game off in the first half. Real are now unbeaten in their last three visits to the Nou Camp and could have won all three; could have won a couple at the Bernabeu as well. Real have also taken the lead in quite a few of the recent games versus Barca. The both of them are definitely the two best sides - club sides anyway - in world football at the present time and it was a privilege to see susch a thrilling encounter from beginning to end. I cannot see past either one of them for the Champions League to be perfectly honest. Hopefully they will meet each other in the final come May as we were deprived of seeing that spectacle last season as Real lost narrowly to a very good Bayern Munich side whereas Barca somehow lost to the ultra defensive Chelsea. Although Chelsea do look like a very good and more attack - minded side this season excluding the game when they were absolutely massacred by a supremely talented Atletico Madrid ...
Mourinho: El Clásico is only worth three points.Jose Mourinho has tried to play down the significance of tomorrow's Clásico with Barcelona by reminding fans there are only three points at stake. The two teams have had contrasting fortunes in La Liga so far this season. Leaders Barça boast a 100 per cent record and are already eight points better off than defending champions Madrid after six matches. However, Mourinho's men have shown signs of turning a corner recently, not least with a 4-1 rout of Ajax in the Champions League in midweek. And the Portuguese coach admits their league ambitions far outweigh those of simply beating their bitter rivals at the Nou Camp. "Real Madrid-Barça is a match that we love to play. They probably do too," he told American channel beIN Sport TV. "That means that a Clásico is a little more than other normal league matches. Football lovers all over the world stop when Barcelona play against Real Madrid. The number of viewers for the last Spanish Supercopa showed that the ...
Victor Wanyama is available for selection for Celtic's next Uefa Champions League clash against Barcelona at Nou Camp barring an injury on October 23rd.Wanyama played a key role in Spartak Moscow's downfall on Tuesday evening in Russia, a win that puts Celtic in second position in Group G.
Barcelona keen to land Arsenal target Arsenal target Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is being followed by Barcelona, according to reports in Spain. The Montpellier defender was in action against the Gunners in the Champions League last week where the La Liga side had scouts in attendance, RSI. Arsenal would dread losing another star to the Catalan club after Alex Hleb, Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song all swapped North London for the Nou Camp in recent years. The France international has made five Ligue 1 appearances for the French champions this season and is highly thought of across the continent.
Tito not too unhappy with Barca's win Barcelona's comeback victory over Spartak Moscow in their Champions League opener on Wednesday proved Tito Vilanova was settling into the Nou Camp hot seat but not before revealing some worrying problems in defence. It needed the risky introduction of forwards Alexis Sanchez and David Villa, leaving only three at the back, and a late double from World Player of the Year Lionel Messi to finish off the Russian visitors, who had taken a 2-1 lead but Vilanova did not complain. "I'm not unhappy," Vilanova told a news conference. "We have attacked as we had to do. We have changed the way we played, we took risks and we won. "I would have preferred to have won easily, but this game will serve us all well." Pep Guardiola's former assistant has a tough act replacing a club idol who led the side to four consecutive Champions League semifinals, and two European Cup triumphs on the way to a 14-trophy haul. Vilanova was flirting with Barca's first home defeat in 17 European outing ...
Do u know: Chelsea are now unbeaten in their last four matches at the Nou Camp, having drawn all of them. Lionel Messi remains without a goal against Chelsea in eight matches, the most games he has played against a single opponent without a goal. Fernando Torres becomes the 19th player in Champions League history to score against Real Madrid and Barca. He is the first Spaniard to do so.
Liga - Guardiola calms waters ahead of final Outgoing Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola sought to make the succession of his number two Tito Vilanova as smooth as possible as he gave his last Nou Camp news conference, ahead of the Copa Del Rey final. Guardiola has the chance to exit the club with the 14th trophy of his four-year reign if Barca can beat Athletic Bilbao at the Calderon in Madrid on Friday. The build up to his departure has been dominated by media rumours that he was unhappy with the way club handled the news that his friend and assistant Vilanova was to succeed him, with suggestions that he did not know. This has led to sniping between the former president Joan Laporta and incumbent Sandro Rosell that has threatened to de-stabilise the club. "After being knocked out by Chelsea I rang Tito and I told him the moment had arrived and that they were going to offer him the position, and that he should do what he thought best," Guardiola said referring to their Champions League semi-final exit. "Who a ...
And then I look back,in retrospect,on Chelsea's Champions League campaign from the group stage elimination en route the final. Honestly,the campaign was served with a flurry of twists and turns and of course,upsets for Chelsea. The first upset presented itself when they were on the verge of being eliminated at the group stage. Much accolade is due to Didier Drogba and Juan Mata for salvaging Chelsea.Then there came Napoli and Benfica in the last 16 and quarter final respectively, neither of which case Chelsea was given a chance to go through.Against the latter,Chelsea seemed to be motivated by the prospect of booking a place and seeking a revenge against Barcelona in the semi final,who represented a clog in their wheel of success in a much refereeing controversial circumstances in 2008.Once again, though not unexpectedly,Chelsea were greatly considered as underdogs in the much massive game. In such a great atmosphere of tension and excitement at Nou Camp,with much determination and resilience couple wit ...
Frank Rijkaard. He's done La Liga & Champions League from the Nou Camp.
This is Roberto Di Matteo's record since taking over in March: P16 W11 D4 L1 Gs37 Ga14 P=Played W=Wins D=Draws L=Losses Gs=Goals scored Ga=Goals against He beat Napoli 4-1 when everyone including Chelsea fans had ruled it out! He beat Benfica home & away! He eliminated world's best team,Barca, from the Champs League winning at Stamford Bridge & picking a draw at Nou Camp! He led Chelsea to its 2nd Champions League final in 4yrs! He led Chelsea to the FA Cup final! He's hopeful of finishing in the top four! Players like John Terry, Frank Lampard,Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Salomon Kalou, Ashley Cole etc have improved. Does Chelsea Football club need another manager???!
FIVE OF THE BEST PEP'S BEST Real Madrid 2 BARCELONA 6 (Primera Division - May 2, 2009) Barcelona took a giant step towards winning the Primera Division title in Guardiola's first season at the helm by crushing arch rivals and nearest challengers Real Madrid in stunning fashion at the Bernabeu. Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi both netted braces while Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique were also on the scoresheet as the treble-chasing visitors inflicted a first league defeat on in-form Madrid since beating the then champions at the Nou Camp in December. Madrid had picked up 52 points from a possible 54 since that match, but this defeat left them seven points adrift of Barca with only four games remaining. BARCELONA 2 Manchester United 0 (Champions League final - 27 May, 2009) Samuel Eto'o and Lionel Messi combined to sweep Manchester United aside and lead Barcelona to victory in Rome, handing Guardiola an amazing treble of league, cup and Champions League in his first season. The Catalans richly deserved their tr ...
Champions League 2012: Chelsea’s achievements deserve to be among greatest in English football (Henry Winter, Telegraph) Call off the dogs of dogma. The joy of sport is that it teaches myriad lessons in life. Any youngster tuning in to the remarkable scenes at the Nou Camp will have learned about the importance of never giving up, of perseverance rewarded for the tireless likes of Frank Lampard.
GUARDIOLA COACHING CAREER UNDER SCRUTINY Since being appointed as manager of Barcelona in 2008, Pep Guardiola has won 13 trophies: two Champions League crowns, three La Liga trophies, one Copa Del Rey, three Supercopas, two Uefa Super Cups and two Fifa Club World Cups. Guardiola was only 37 years old when he won his first Champions League trophy in 2009, becoming the youngest manager to lift the trophy. Barcelona have gained a reputation as a free-flowing, attacking side under Guardiola. This season they have scored 170 goals in all competitions. Guardiola is also a Barcelona legend from his playing days. He won 17 medals during his career, including six La Liga titles and an Olympic gold with Spain. The Catalan has won 76.4% of his league games while in charge at the Nou Camp, compared to predecessor Frank Rijkaard's record of 58.9%. The former central midfielder took charge of 15 "El Clasicos" against rivals Real Madrid as Barcelona manager, winning nine of them. Barcelona have scored 363 points in 148 ...
John Terry – Chelsea v Manchester United (Champions League ‘07/’08) Before the Chelsea captain’s night to forget at the Nou Camp, there was the penalty miss in Moscow that cost Avram Grant a famous win against the Red Devils in the Champions League. After a 1-1 draw on the night, Cristiano Ronaldo missed his spot-kick to put Chelsea within touching distance of the trophy, but his crucial slip sent the ball crashing against the outside of the post, leaving the England international on the floor and in tears. Nicolas Anelka went on to miss his penalty in sudden-death to hand United a second European Cup under Sir Alex Ferguson, but it was the miss of Terry which was remembered best from a wet night at the Luzhniki Stadium.
The captain got sent off. The other centre half lasted 12 minutes. Just about everybody who could not afford to get booked got booked. Jose Bosingwa played centre half for 64 minutes. In the Nou Camp. Against Lionel Messi and the best team in the world - a team who have now scored 104 goals at home this season. And they have, remember, no permanent manager. Yet somehow, against all the odds, logic, expectation, the formbook, the coaching manuals and every credible assessment of how to run a football club (continuity, long-term planning) or win a football match at the Nou Camp (keep 10 men on the field, don't let Barcelona score two goals before half-time or give away a penalty), Chelsea have made it to the Champions League final.
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Chelsea produced one of the greatest escapes in the history of European football last night, surviving the sending off of John Terry and overturning a two goal deficit to win an astonishing Champions League semi-final. On a night of unparalleled drama at the Nou Camp, Terry looked to have pressed the self-destruct button on the Blues' hopes of glory on the continent when he saw red for kneeing Alexis Sanchez from behind. Nevertheless, the 10 men were simply magnificent for the rest of the second leg, fighting back from goals from Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta with a stunning chip from Ramires before half-time. The cascade of noise that had filled the Nou Camp turned to silence at half-time but they were soon cheering again after the restart when Drogba conceded a penalty. The visitors were hanging on and were given two lifelines in 60 seconds in the final 10 minutes when Sanchez had a goal ruled out for offside and Messi hit the post from 20 yards. And then, in stoppage-time, a long clearance found s ...
UNBELIEVABLE!!! Chelsea can put Barca on hold at Nou Camp 2-2,aggregate 3-2. Qualify for Champions League Final for the second time!!! However,John Terry red-carded and few players got booked yellow cards. They will face either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich in the final.
We had our own Champions League success back in 2007 at the Nou Camp winning 2-1, Craig Bellamy & John Arne Riise
Roberto Di Matteo declared Chelsea were good enough to win the Champions League as he stood on the brink of leading them to arguably the greatest victory in their history. Barely seven weeks since taking charge and less than seven days after masterminding an astonishing semi-final first-leg win over Barcelona, caretaker Blues boss Di Matteo arrived at the Nou Camp determined to complete the job. Chelsea have been written off this season and even before that, something that prompted Di Matteo to hit out at their critics after Saturday's Barclays Premier League game at Arsenal. And he was adamant they have what it takes to end their agonising nine-year wait for Champions League glory since Roman Abramovich bought the club. ``We do have the qualities within this team,'' he said. ``I think we need away from home, as we've seen in the past, a bit of luck to be able to do well in a competition like this. ``But, certainly, the quality and the squad we have at Chelsea is very good.'' Di Matteo has been praised an ...
Former Barcelona star Thierry Henry was back at the Nou Camp as the Spanish giants prepare for Tuesday night's eagerly-awaited Champions League clash with Chelsea.
Ah... Finally..!!! Madrid finally conquers Barca in Nou Camp..!!! Title comes to Estadio Santiago Bernabeu after 3 years.. Now to focus on Champions League at Allianz Arena
Pep Guardiola's week from *** was compounded when Real Madrid won a crucial La Liga match at the Nou Camp just three days after Barcelona lost to Chelsea in the Champions League.
MATCHDAY LIVE-CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL. CHELSEA vs BARCELONA: (i) under Di Matteo, the Bluz have played 6 games at home and won all conceding only 2 goals. (ii) the fixture is the Bluez' six semi-final in 9 years and they've never won exept once against Livrpl; a 4-3 agg in 2008. (iv) should Barca win the Champions league, it'll be their 4th in 7 yrs n they'll be the 1st team to defend it since AC Milan did that in 1990. (v) Lionel Messi has played against Chelsea 6 times but has never scored agaist them. (vi) this is the 5th consecutive semi-final for Barca. The last team to beat them was Inter Millan in 2010. (vii) When the two clubs met in 2000, Di Matteo started for the Bluz while Pep Guardiolla featured for Barcelona where Barca won 5-1 at Nou Camp.
Robin Van Persie slammed referee Massimo Busacca after Arsenal crashed out of the Champions League in the Nou Camp. The striker was sent off with the scores level.
Barcelona v AC Milan CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Venue: Nou Camp Date: Tuesday 3 April Kick-off: 1945 BST AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri admits that he has to find a way past "the best side in the world" to pull off a shock and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League. Milan head to the Nou Camp knowing that a score draw would take them through after the goalless first leg in Italy. Allegri said: "Barcelona are still the best but there will be crucial moments that we have to make the most of. "It could finish 0-0 and go to penalties - although I doubt it." Barcelona felt they should have been given a penalty in Milan last week but were not at their best in the stalemate, and will have to up their game to go through to face the winners of Chelsea and Benfica's quarter- final in the last four. Barca boss Pep Guardiola believes the Italians will score and admitted his side could struggle to progress. He said: "I'm pretty sure that they are going to get a goal and so it is down to us to try and find the way to ...
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