Ten magical moments from 2010
As the year comes to an end, we look back over the last 12 months and select 10 magical moments for Barça fans, across the scope of all the sports the Club is involved in.
1) European wins at basketball and roller hockey
After a wonderful weekend in Paris for the Final Four, Xavi
Pascual’s Regal Barça lifted the Club’s second Euroleague title on may 9th after
beating CSKA Moscow in the semis and Olympiakos in the final.
Three weeks later, on May 30th, Barça Sorli Discau also lifted Europe’s biggest title
at the Final Six in Valdagno to chalk up the section’s 19th European Cup
2) La Lliga won with 99 points
On 16th May, Barça were officially crowned
2009-10 La Liga Champions
after beating Valladolid at the Nou Camp for three points that took their tally for the season
to an astonishing 99 – more than any other team in Europe had ever managed.
3) Barça B promotion
On June 20th,
Barça B beat Sant Andreu to clinch promotion to Spain’s second tier
.the Segona A division. Twelve years after they were relegated, Luis Enrique’s
youngsters had brought the reserve team back up.
4) Sandro Rosell, 39th Club President
On July 1st, Sandro Rosell took over as the Club’s 39th President after a
convincing win in elections held on June 13th in which he won more votes than any other President
before him had ever recorded.
5) Barça influence at the World Cup
On July 11th, the Spanish team won the South African World Cup. Eight Barça players
featured for Vicente del Bosque’s team - Xavi, Iniesta, Valdés, Puyol, Sergio Busquets,
Pedro, Villa and Piqué – and it was
Andres Iniesta who scored the winning goal in the final
. What’s more,
nine of Spain’s squad were La Masia products
-Reina, Cesc, Xavi, Iniesta, Valdés, Puyol, Sergio Busquets, Pedro and Piqué).
6) The Lakers’ Visit
On October 7th,
Regal Barça won a famous victory over reigning NBA champions LA Lakers at the Palau Sant
. Despite the presence of Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant in the American team’s ranks, Xavi
Pascual’s European Champions put in a great performance to win the game.
7) Barça 5 Madrid 0
The NouCamp thrilled to a historic
thrashing of the eternal rival on November 29th, as Pep Guardiola’s players handed out a
lesson in football to Mourinho’s men. Xavi, Pedro, Villa (2) and Jeffren were the goalscorers
on a fantastic and unforgettable night for the Barça fans.
8) 3 finalists in the Balon De Oro
On December 6th, FIFA announced the
three finalists for its Balon De Oro Award
and all three were home grown Barça players: Messi, Iniesta and Xavi. The winner will be named
on January 10th in Zurich.
9) Agreement with Qatar Foundation
On December 10th FC Barcelona announced that it had reached
agreement with the Qatar Foundation
for it to become the Club’s principal shirt sponsor, alongside UNICEF, for the next five
seasons in a deal that will bring the club 165 million Euros.
10) Convincing Derby win
On December 18th, Barça, with a 100% away record, faced Espanyol who had won every
game at the Cornella Stadium so far in the 2010-11 season and were at that time lying fourth in La
Liga. Everybody expected a close result, but Guardiola’s team scored the biggest ever away
win against their city neighbours to win
and close a memorable 12 months of league success.