Barça v Panathinaikos: Did you know?
The Champions League is back at the Camp Nou and here are just a few facts and figures about Tuesday night’s match that perhaps you didn’t know.
► FC Barcelona have qualified from the group stage in eight of the last nine seasons. In
2003-04 the Club didn’t take part in the competition.
► In the last three seasons, Barça have finished top of their group.
► Panathinaikos are back in the Champions League after missing out on the tournament
► The Greek club’s best Champions League campaign was in the 2001-02 season when
they reached the quarterfinals only to be knocked out by…Barça!
► Barça have a great record against Greek teams in the Camp Nou. They’ve played
five and won them all.
► In contrast, Panathinaikos have a terrible record against teams from the Spanish
league. In eleven meetings they’ve only managed one draw – the rest were all defeats.
► Last season, FC Barcelona won five of their six matches in the Camp Nou. Only Rubin
Kazan bucked the trend, winning 1-2.
► It’ll be a special day for former Barça player Luis Garcia, now with
Panathinaikos. In 2004 he left Barça to sign for Liverpool.
► Apart from Luis Garcia, the match will provide the opportunity for former club mates
Govou and Abidal (Olympique Lyon, 2004 to 2007) and Leto and Mascherano (Liverpool, 2007/08) to
meet up again.
► Panathinaikos signed six new players in the summer: Boumsong and Govou (Olympique
Lyon), Luis Garcia (Racing), Ioannidis (Iraklis), Plessis (Liverpool) and Fernandes (Bochum).
► After the opening two games in the Greek league, Panathinaikos are fifth with four
points. They drew 1-1 at home to Xanthi (1-1) and beat Aris Salonica (0-1) away.