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26.07.2009 18:10

Two matches against Barša

Jes˙s Carrillo


Zlatan Ibrahimovic has played twice against his new club, FC Barcelona. Both matches were friendlies, the first one in the summer of 2002 in Amsterdam and the second in the Joan Gamper in August 2005.


Pure chance has meant that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has never faced Barša in a European competitive match despite the fact that his previous clubs, Ajax, Juventus and Inter Milan, form part of the European club elite.

Ajax Tournament 2002

Ibrahimovic first met Barša in a friendly tournament organized by Ajax in the Amsterdam Arena on 2nd August 2002. Ajax were coached by former Barša star Ronald Koeman while fellow Dutchman Louis van Gaal sat on the Barša bench. Ajax won 4-3 in front of 45.000 spectators. Ibrahimovic came on in the 77 minute in place of his current team-mate Maxwell.

Barša v Juve in the Joan Gamper

Ibrahimovic came up against Barša for a second occasion on 24th August 2005 in the Joan Gamper. The fans were treated to an excellent match (2-2) between the Spanish and Italian league champions. Zlatan played the first half and was replaced by French international David Trezeguet in the second half.

The main feature of the match, however, was the explosion onto the European footballing stage of Leo Messi, who produced an excellent performance. Ibrahimovic played well but was largely held in check by Oleguer and Puyol. Juve took the trophy after winning the penalty shootout.

Two matches against Barša
Missing silverware

Zlatan has won both the Dutch and Italian league titles (the latter on no less than five consecutive occasions!) although the two titles won by Juventus were later annulled as a result of the 'Moggigate' scandal.

However, he has never won the Champions League, something he hopes he will soon put right with Barša. This is very similar to Thierry Henry, who had won everything on the national and international stage but had been denied the Champions League until that wonderful night in Rome…


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