Tuesday, May 5, 2009

FC Barcelona is one of the biggest football clubs in the world. They are based in the famous Spanish League - La Liga. Without doubt we can say that FC Barcelona is the biggest football club in Spain. FC Barcelona is still the flag bearer of Catalan identity, a fact which is helped by being the biggest football club in that region. FC Barcelona boasts a stadium, Nou Camp which has the highest seating capacity among Europe's premier football clubs. But Barca's success ratio at the Europe's premier football club championship - Champions League is not that great. Barca have won it twice and looks good for a third this season, but by FC Barcelona's standard and quality they should have had more. Among the Europe's football club Real Madrid, AC Milan and Liverpool have had the most number of victories. FC Barcelona started their 2009 Champions League in the qualification stage as they came third among La Liga football clubs. Barca was drawn to face Wisla Krakow in the Qualification - they won the first leg 4-0 but lost the second 1-0. FC Barcelona then was drawn in the Group C in the League phase along with Sporting Lisbon, FC Basel and Shaktar Donetsk. Barca won against Sporting Lisbon at home in their first match in the league with a score line of 3-1. In the second match they defeated Shaktar with two late goals from Lionel Messi. The third match featured FC Basel and Barca resulted in a 5-0 humiliation to the Swiss side. The return leg at Nou Camp resulted in a draw. In the next match Barca won against Sporing Lisbon 5-2. And in the last match of Group stage, FC Barcelona lost to Shaktar 2-3. Lyon was selected to face FC Barcelona in the first knock-out stage. The first leg at Lyon ended with a 1-1 draw with Henry scoring for Barca. In the return leg Barca thrashed Lyon 5-2, with two goals from Henry and one each from Messi, Eto and Keita. FC Barcelona got a tricky quarter final draw with a visit to Bayern in the second leg. But Barca destroyed Bayern 4-0 at Camp Nou with all the goals coming in the first half. Messi scored twice and Eto and Henry scored once for Barca. In the return leg FC Barcelona drew with Bayern 1-1. Now next up in the semis is Chelsea. If you are looking to follow all the build up to that clash visit allaboutfcbarcelona.com. AllAboutFcBarcelona.com is the places where all Barca fans converge and let others know of their views.

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