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In a very short time, Barcelona will face Juventus at the final of Champions League 2015 in Berlin. All the FCB fans all around the world will definitely hope for a fifth time triumph for their supported club. Of course the opposition is also pretty much talented. So, the Catalans need to be at their very best for prestigious treble along with the fifth UCL trophy.
Barcelona have already achieved four Champions Leagues in history. Twice in London and once both in Paris and Rome. Here we are going to look back those previous four Champions league Titles for Barcelona.
Previous Four Champions League Titles:
4. Wembley (992)
This was Barcelona’s first time European Cup victory at Wembley in 1992. And the night must be remembered Ronald Koeman’s wonder strike, which brought them the glory of winning Champions League title.
This was another Italian Club named Sampdoria. They brought their best defense against the Catalans, but not enough for Fausto Pari in Barca. Many refers that as the dream team for Barcelona. But we should never forget to mention the master class side of Vujadin Boskov.
The Dutchman Koeman found just about the only place that keeper Gianluca Pagliuca couldn’t reach at the late moments put the end of that memorable story.
3. Paris (2006)
The second of Barcelona’s four Champions League Titles took a little longer to come. After exactly fourteen years in Paris they got to another title, which was against Arsenal. Though the scenario was quite different than the past experience for the Catalans.
Arsenal were taking for much of the final. Robert Pires sacrificed for the substitute goalkeeper Manuel Almunia. However, Barcelona struggled for any sort of consistency in the first 45 minutes. And then Sol Campbell headed surprise for the Gunners.
They also replaced Edmilson with Andres Iniesta and Henrik Larsson with Mark van Bommel. Both the substitutes brought enough effort to bring the Catalans their second Champions League victory.
2. Rome (2009)
This was the first time Barcelona felt the glory of winning a treble in their club history. They arrived in Rome in such quest which was in fact the first time for any Spanish side. But you can feel the difficulty especially against Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United. The English giants were also seeking for a history of making back-to-back Champions League titles.
Manchester United would provide tough opposition with Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Scholes in their side. The Catalans simply didn’t get going until a stroke of luck saw Samuel Eto’o beating Nemanja Vidic. The goal seemed to lift Barca. In fact after that Lionel Messi also sent his looping header goalwards to end the game.
Even Iniesta and Thierry Henry had to play their parts with injury doubts. Carles Puyol too defended like his life depended on it and the Catalans ran out worthy Champions League winners.
1. Wembley (2011)
I think, many of you readers have not yet forgotten this specific event in great Wembley stadium 2011. As Manchester United just got the chance to avenge only after two more seasons. In fact it was their home soil. Barcelona of course had fond memories of victory with the venue.
This time Barcelona side was even better than they had been in 2009. They grew stronger with so many talented footballers with them. It was one of the great final performances in many a year. Alex Ferguson had to say –
“They’re the best in Europe, no question about that. I would say they’re the best team we’ve faced”
Truly it was a great moment for the Catalans. Probably they deserved the fourth title of Champions League. People would definitely acknowledge that those Barcelona boys may have played the game right way.