News Archive 2007


FC Barcelona ( 3 - 0 ) Recreativo Huelva
Week 13 - 11/24/07
Milito (64'), Bojan (66'), Messi (82')


Getafe ( 2 - 0 ) FC Barcelona
Week 12 - 11/10/07

FC Barcelona ( 3 - 0 ) Real Betis
Week 11 - 11/4/07
Henry (33'), Ronaldinho (53' & 90')


Valladolid ( 1 - 1 ) FC Barcelona
Week 10 - 11/1/07
Ronaldinho (42')

FC Barcelona ( 2 - 0 ) Almeria
Week 9 - 10/28/07
Henry (37'), Messi (81')

Villarreal ( 3 - 1 ) FC Barcelona
Week 8 - 10/20/07
Bojan (25')

FC Barcelona ( 3 - 0 ) Atletico Madrid
Week 7 - 10/7/2007
FC Barcelona kept the pressure on Real Madrid this week with a nice win at home against Atletico Madrid. Deco (17') started the scoring early as he smacked home an empty netter after Athetico's goalkeeper was unable to coral a shot on goal. Messi (20') doubled Barça's lead just a few minutes later with his 6th La Liga goal of the season and Xavi (90') then finished the scoring on the day with a close in shot during injury time. The win now moves Barça into 2nd place with 17 points.


Levante ( 1 - 4 ) FC Barcelona
Week 6 - 9/29/2007
Henry (17', 24' & 49'), Messi (51')

FC Barcelona ( 4 - 1 ) Zaragoza
Week 5 - 9/26/2007
Messi (5' & 10'), Iniesta (22'), Marquez (45')

FC Barcelona ( 2 - 1 ) Sevilla
Week 4 - 9/22/2007
Messi (73' & 77')

Osasuna ( 0 - 0 ) FC Barcelona
Week 3 - 9/16/07

FC Barcelona ( 3 - 1 ) Athletic Bilbao
Week 2 - 9/2/07
FC Barcelona picked up their first win of the season on Sunday with a 3 to 1 win over Athletic Bilbao. Ronaldinho (8' & 35') scored his first two goals of the season - the first on a wonderful free-kick only 8 minutes into the game and the second on a penalty kick. Athletic Bilbao was able to cut the deficit in half in the 72nd minute but Barça got the goal right back as off-season signing, Toure Yaya (73'), headed home a goal. Barcelona moved into 3rd place in the league with the win.


Racing Santander ( 0 - 0 ) FC Barcelona
Week 1 - 8/26/07
FC Barcelona played their first La Liga game of the season this Sunday to a 0 to 0 draw on the road against Racing Santander. I can't tell you much about the game because there seems to be a labor dispute with the company broadcasting the matches in Spain so the game wasn't on the air.

The 2007 - 2008 begins this weekend
FC Barcelona kick off their 2007 - 2008 season this Sunday on the road against Racing Santander. Barça will be looking to reclaim the La Liga title they lost last season as well as making a solid run at the Champions League title. Here's to an exciting season ahead!

Thierry Henry joins FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona announced on Saturday their signing of Thierry Henry from Arsenal to a 4-year deal expected to be worth around $30 million. I have to say that I have some really mixed feeling about the addition of Henry to the squad. There’s no doubt that Thierry is a great player, and would be yet another threat up front for an already potent offence, but my concern is how he’s going to gel personality wise with the rest of the squad. Henry made some really nasty comments about Barcelona after last years Champions League final and I have to imagine that while publicly the Barcelona players will put on a conciliatory front, that in their hearts they still have some hard feelings against him. I guess that only time will tell, but I just hope that this doesn’t turn into one of those “sell your soul” moments for Barcelona just to sign a high profile player.

Gimnastic ( 1 - 5 ) FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona did what they needed to this weekend as they beat Gimnastic de Tarragona 5 to 1 but it wasn’t enough to win La Liga this year as Real Madrid also won their game and took the title. Barcelona’s goals were scored by Puyol (20'), Messi (34'), Ronaldinho (37'), Messi (51') & Zambrotta (90'). Overall a disappointing end to a rather disappointing season. Many people had high hopes for the team at the beginning of the season but for the most part they only have themselves to blame for their title failures. My only hope is that they are able to keep the core team together for next season because this team is much better than this season’s results would suggest.

FC Barcelona ( 2 - 2 ) Espanyol
FC Barcelona missed out on a golden opportunity to pull ahead in the standings this weekend after giving up the tying goal in the 90th minute against Espanyol and allowing the game end in a 2 to 2 tie. Messi (39' & 57') scored both of Barcelona’s goals though his first one looked like it may have actually been a handball. Even with the tie, Barça would have gone ahead on points had Madrid not been able to score a goal in the 89th minute and tie their game against Zaragoza. So now it all comes down to the final weekend of play when Barcelona will face off against Gimnastic and Madrid will face off against Mallorca.

FC Barcelona ( 1 - 0 ) Getafe
Nothing has changed for FC Barcelona over the weekend and they remain in second place after Saturday's 1 to 0 victory over Getafe. Ronaldinho (2') scored only minutes into the game for Barça after taking a nice pass from Eto'o down the center. Ronaldinho also managed to get sent off just before the half and will now miss next week’s game against Espanyol. There are only 2 games left in the season and things are getting very tight if Barcelona hopes to three-peat as La Liga Champions.

Atletico Madrid ( 0 - 6 ) FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona remained in contention for the Spanish League title this weekend with a 6 to 0 thrashing of Atletico Madrid. This was an important game for Barça to win and they did it in spectacular fashion against a team that has been very tough for them to beat over the last few years. Barça dominated every aspect of the game and since there are too many goals to describe each in detail, I’m just going to list the goal scorers - Messi (39' & 80'), Zambrotta (43'), Eto'o (45'), Ronaldinho (58'), Iniesta (90'). I did happen to be in Barcelona this Sunday, and even though the game was in Madrid, I can’t help but think that it just can’t be coincidence that they did so well while that I was there. So if anyone would like to sponsor me as a full time fan ….. I’m open to negotiations.

FC Barcelona ( 1 - 1 ) Real Betis
FC Barcelona fell to second place in the Spanish League after a 1 to 1 draw over the weekend against Real Betis. Ronaldinho (6’) scored Barça’s only goal in the game on a penalty kick after Deco was brought down in the box early in the game. Even though Barcelona and Madrid are tied on points, Madrid has the better head-to-head record this year which gives them first place. This now puts the pressure on Barça with only 4 games left in the season since they now need to win and hope for Real Madrid to slip up.

Getafe ( 4 - 0 ) FC Barcelona
I'm not even going to comment on this game. Just an embarrassment!

Real Sociedad ( 0 - 2 ) FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona moved closer to their 3rd La Liga title in a row this Saturday with a 2 to 0 win on the road over Real Sociedad. Both of Barça’s goals came in the second half, the first from Andres Iniesta (47’) and the second from Samuel Eto’o (88’). With 5 games left in the season, Barcelona now have a 2 point lead over 2nd place Real Madrid and a 4 point lead over 3rd place Sevilla.

FC Barcelona ( 1 - 0 ) Levante
FC Barcelona goal by Eto'o (28')

Villarreal ( 2 - 0 ) FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona lost this weekend on the road 2 to 0 against Villarreal. While Barcelona did have a few chances to get on the board, Villarreal goalkeeper Sebastian Viera was great in goal and kept the Barça players at bay. Barça’s loss, coupled with both a Madrid and a Sevilla win, now puts the top 3 teams within 2 points of each other and 7 games left to play.

Messi's amazing goal
FC Barcelona's 19-year-old Argentinean prodigy scored what can easily be considered the goal of the year this week during the first leg of the King’s Cup against Getafe. I could try to explain exactly how he beat 5 defenders and a goalie to score this fantastic goal but in this case a picture really is worth a thousand words so just click on the link to the videos and see for yourself.

FC Barcelona ( 1 - 0 ) Mallorca
FC Barcelona beat Mallorca this Sunday at home with a 1 to 0 final score. Barcelona has Mallorca defender Fernando Navarro (88’) to thank for the goal as he re-directed a Saviola kick back into his own net. Victor Valdes almost cost Barça the win in the 30th minute by committing a foul in the box, but he ended up making good on the mistake by saving the penalty kick. With both Madrid and Sevilla losing this weekend, FC Barcelona has now extended their first place lead to 4 points.

Zaragoza ( 1 - 0 ) FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona was able to maintain their first place spot in the Spanish League this week despite their 1 to 0 loss against Zaragoza. Not much to report on this game but now the top five teams are just six points apart with Sevilla and Real Madrid only 1 and 2 points back respectively.

FC Barcelona ( 2 - 1 ) Deportivo la Coruña
FC Barcelona stays atop the Spanish League this week with at 2 to 1 win over Deportivo la Coruña. Barça’s two goals came right before and after halftime, the first from Messi (44’) on a powerful left footed strike into the net, and the second from Eto’o (50’) from inside the penalty area. The team look a bit more refreshed out on the field with some of the players getting an extra week of rest because of the Euro ’08 qualifiers.

Recreativo Huelva ( 0 - 4 ) FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona maintains the top spot in the Spanish League this week with 4 to 0 win over Recreativo Huelva. It was a commanding win for Barcelona with the scoring coming early and often. Samuel Eto’o (2' & 41') scored 2 goals in the game, and coupled with his strong performance last week, is showing that he’s recovering nicely from his knee injury. The other two Barça came from Zambrotta (39'), who scored his first goal since joining the team, and Messi (86'), the star of last week’s game against Madrid.

FC Barcelona ( 3 - 3 ) Real Madrid
FC Barcelona played to a 3 to 3 draw on Saturday against Real Madrid and WOW what a game it turned out to be. The first half hour produced 4 goals between the 2 teams and was a charged affair with Barcelona playing like a team possessed. Lionel Messi (10', 27' & 90') was the star of the day for Barça as he pulled off a hat trick. All three Messi goals we spectacular plays in close on net, his last goal coming right at the end of regulation with the team having played the last 45 minutes a man down. The only complaint I have is the quality of Barça’s defense. Yet again, it was a breakdown in the back that allowed 2 of the Mardid goals and made their eventual draw even more impressive. Barcelona will end the week in at worst in second place and could find themselves back in first depending on the outcome of Sevilla’s game on Sunday.

Liverpool ( 0 - 1 ) FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s hopes of repeating as European Champions were dashed today even though they defeated Liverpool 1 to 0 at Anfield. The two game goal aggregate was 2 to 2 but Liverpool moves on because of away goals. Barça’s only goal came courtesy of Eidur Gudjohnsen (75’) who scored within minutes of coming into the game as a substitute. While Barça did have a few chances to put up that much needed extra goal, as a whole they played rather uninspired soccer pretty much got the outcome that they deserved. I can only hope that they can now redirect more of their efforts to regaining first place in La Liga.

Sevilla ( 2 - 1 ) FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona fell to second place in the Spanish League rankings this weekend as they lost 2 to 1 against Sevilla. The game started off well for Barça when early into the game, a streaking Zambrotta fired a cross from the right side and connected beautifully with Ronaldinho (13’) who headed home a rocket to put Barcelona ahead 1 to 0. There was some controversy that Zambrotta may have been offsides and to be honest he looked like he was. Ronaldinho had a chance to add another goal to his total when he was brought down from behind inside the box and awarded a penalty kick. This is where the game gets a bit weird. First, Ronnie missed the penalty kick … and he never misses on penalty kick. Next, the referee seemed to forget some of the rules of the game as he made some real questionable calls – the worst being the straight red card he gave Guily on what was little more than a bit of shirt pulling. All that really matters now is that they find their form quick because the road ahead in both La Liga and the Champions League is only going to get harder.

FC Barcelona ( 3 - 0 ) Athletic Bilbao
FC Barcelona moved back into sole possession of first place this weekend as they defeated Athletic Bilbao 3 to 0. Barça can thank their opponents for stating off the scoring drive for them as Bilbao defender Amorebieta (22’) scored an own goal. Xavi (30’) then followed up with one of his own just a few minutes later to put the team up 2 to 0. The game also saw Eto’o (41’) return to the starting team for the first time since his injury and he made an immediate impact by scoring Barça’s final goal of the game right before halftime. More importantly, he and Ronaldinho shared what appeared to be a sincere congratulatory hug afterward. My hope is that the infighting of the last few weeks is behind them and the team can move forward together.

FC Barcelona ( 1 - 2 ) Liverpool
FC Barcelona lost the first leg of the second round of Champions League play against Liverpool 1 to 2. Things started off well for Barça when early on Deco (14') headed home a wonderful cross from Gianluca Zambrotta. Barça then kept up the pressure but failed to extend their lead. Liverpool then managed to score the equalizer on a poorly handled ball by Valdes and the game winner on some really poor defensive work by Márquez. Barcelona now has a real job ahead of them if they plan on progressing to the next round.

Valencia ( 2 - 1 ) FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona lost for only the third time this year as they were defeated on the road 1 to 2 by Valencia. Ronaldinho (90’) scored Barça’s only goal two minutes into injury time with a free kick from the edge of the box - it was his 16th of the season. Barcelona now face Liverpool on Wednesday in the first leg of the second round of Champions League play.

FC Barcelona ( 2 - 0 ) Racing Santander
FC Barcelona extended their first place Spanish League lead this Sunday with a 2 to 0 home win over Racing Santander. Ronaldinho (50' & 66') scored both Barça goals on the day bringing his total on the year up to 15. Ronaldinho first goal came as he curled a free kick over the defensive wall and past the diving Santander keeper and his second came minutes later as he headed home a Deco free kick. Aside from the victory, there was yet another bright point to the day when Lionel Messi appeared as a substitute in the second half. This is the first time he’s played since breaking a bone in his left foot in November.

Osasuna ( 0 - 0 ) FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona maintained their lead at the top of the Spanish League on Sunday despite being held to a 0 to 0 draw against Osasuna. While the result is not the one that most Barça fans had hoped for, there was some good news for the team. After four months on the sidelines with a serious knee injury, Samuel Eto'o made a return to the team as a late game substitute for Deco. I’m sure glad to have him back playing for the team especially now with Ronaldinho out because of an injury.

FC Barcelona ( 3 - 1 ) Celta Vigo
FC Barcelona remained at the top of the Spanish League tables with a 3 to 1 win this Sunday over Celta Vigo. A red hot Javier Saviola (33’) put Barça ahead early in the game and continues to prove that he has a place on this team. Celta Vigo did manage to tie the game on a penalty kick at the hour mark but Barça was able to retake the lead on a Ronaldinho (77') penalty kick and Giuly (85') put the game away with goal right before the end of regulation. It was probably a closer game than Barcelona would have liked but it was a win nonetheless.

Real Betis ( 1 - 1 ) FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona went one point clear at the top of the Spanish League halfway through the season after a 1 to 1 tie against Real Betis on Wednesday. It was a missed opportunity to separate themselves from the pack against a struggling team. Marquez (61’) scored for Barça on the hour to earn them a tie.

FC Barcelona ( 3 - 0 ) Gimnastic
FC Barcelona regained first place in the Spanish League this weekend with a 3 to 0 win over a struggling Gimnastic. Saviola (18’) continued his good form as of late and put Barça ahead early in the game with a shot from 15 yards out. Giuly (68') extend their lead halfway through the second and Iniesta (81') finished the scoring when he drilled in from the edge of the area. Even though Barça are tied on points with both Sevilla and Real Madrid, they top the table because the goal differential. Barça also has an opportunity to put themselves squarely ahead on Wednesday as they play their makeup game against Real Betis.

FC Barcelona ( 3 - 2 ) Alaves
FC Barcelona advanced to the Copa del Rey quarterfinals on Tuesday with a 3 to 2 win over Alaves (5 - 2 aggregate). Barça have Saviola (16’, 21' & 63') to thank for all their goals as he pulled off a hat-trick to win the game. Saviola has scored eight goals in just 11 games this season and it looks like he will be rewarded for his efforts soon with a new contract offer. Not bad for a guy who didn’t seem to have a place on this team at the beginning of the season.

Espanyol ( 3 - 1 ) FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona is getting off to a rocky start in 2007 as they lose their second game of the season 3 to 1 on Saturday against their crosstown rivals Espanyol. Barcelona seemed to be the more sluggish of the two teams throughout the game but did miss on a few good chances to add on to their goal total. Barça’s only goal came courtesy of substitute Javier Saviola (60’) as he managed to beat several defenders to fire home from the edge of the box.

Getafe ( 1 - 1 ) FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona started the second half of their Spanish League campaign with a 1 to 1 tie against Getafe on Sunday. With some of Barça’s best players out of the game, including Ronaldinho and Deco because of penalties, it showed in the teams overall level of play. Barça’s only bright point was a great strike by Xavi (70’) halfway through the second half. Barcelona are now 2 points out of 1st with 1 game still in hand.