Barça began the season with eight World Cup winners in their team and coach Pep Guardiola admitted he was unsure how they would react, but they came through with flying colours to win the Club’s fourth Champions League title.
No other team has ever taken a European Cup with so many recently crowned World Cup winners in
their ranks, but this Barça team have shown that they are still hungry for titles. The boss has
said: “the day that I see they’ve lost that desire to win –I’m off”,
but he didn’t need to worry about any burn out after South Africa this season, as his players
took the league and Champions League double.
Spain ‘10 and Barça ‘11
The Spanish squad that won the World Cup in South Africa contained eight Barça
players - Valdés, Piqué, Puyol, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro and Villa – who then went on to
form the core of the Barça team that beat Manchester United at Wembley at the end of May.
Italy ‘06 and Milan ‘07
Milan’s 2007 side who beat Liverpool in the Champions League final came close
to matching Guardiola’s team’s numbers, with seven members of Italy’s 2006 World
Cup winning team in their ranks - Maldini, Nesta, Massimo Oddo, Pirlo, Gatusso, Gilardino and
Brazil ‘02 and Milan ‘03
The Brazilian team won their fifth World Cup with three players who then went on to
win the European Cup with Milan - Dida, Roque Junior and the ex-Barça player Rivaldo.
Germany ‘74’ and Bayern ‘75
Bayern Munich beat Leeds United 2-0 in the 1975 European Cup final with five
players who had been part of Germany’s World Cup winning team in 1974 - Maier, Beckembauer,
Schwarzenbeck, Ulrich Hoeness and Gerd Müller.