Barcelona Champions of Europe!

 

As the final whistle blew thousands upon thousands of blue and red shirted football fans took to the streets of Barcelona, hooting and honking their horns, setting off firecrackers, waving scarves and flags and everywhere crying "Campiones, campiones, ole ole ole!"

Barcelona had done it. Despite the hype surrounding this year's Manchester United team - tipped by many pundits and fans to sweep up five trophies, and led by the World and European player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo - it was Barca who rose to the big occasion scoring in the 10th and 70th minute to secure a 2-0 victory in Rome's Olympic Stadium.

In fact it was Man United that started brighter as the fleet-footed Ronaldo tormented Pique, and the rest of the Barcelona defence, and threatened to score several times in the opening minutes. However Eto'o supplied a sucker punch on the 10th with a sublime piece of control that took him past Vidic and let him poke home past Van der Sar. Man United were visibly shaken, whilst Barcelona settled immediately into their sublime passing style of football - with Messi, Xavi and Iniesta in complete control of the game.

It was the 21-yr-old much-heralded Messi that pulled the curtain on United in the 70th. As Manchester's midfield were at sixes and sevens, and their defence strangely mild-mannered, Xavi was given all the time in the world to pick out Messi at the far post. The 5'6" munchkin rose unmarked to place a delightful header past the helpless Van der Sar before a jubilant crowd.

It wasn't the contest everyone was hoping for, but Barcelona came away with great credit, having run Man U ragged and winning over the neutrals with their fluid and attractive style of football. Not only that but the victory put the seal on their best ever season - winning a historic treble with the Champions League Cup, the Copa del Rey and La Liga.

It's safe to say there are a few tired, but jubilant faces, in offices and shops all around Barcelona today.

Source: Barcelona Life

May.28.2009

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