¡Campeones! ¡Campeones!¡Campeones! Olé! Olé! Olé!

I don’t know about you, but when I came home and saw we won La Liga officially, I preceded to do this in my living room:

No, I haven’t watch the match yet (or do that for 10 minutes. Or at all), but who cares! We have just won our third Liga in a row! (Hence the title saying ¡Campeones! three times instead of the usual two).

This is the most important trophy of the season. Period. It’s the cumulation of a season long effort. We were the best team over 30+ games and we have our reward!

Best of all, Abidal started~! I don’t care how he played. Abidal started~! Woooooooo!

Since I have nothing to add at this point, except ¡Madrid, c*bron, saluda el campeon!, here are most of the post match quotes via barcastuff!

Keita: “Now we’ll start preparing the Champions League final.”

Abidal: “How do I feel? Great, but let me go and celebrate now.”

Iniesta: “Very happy, we have to enjoy this Liga win now.” Especially since it’s also your birthday today, eh, Andres? 😀

Villa: “We dedicate the win to all the people who have always stood by our side. They all deserve it.”

Xavi: “This team is great.”

Messi: “As always this was a hard season, we’ve worked a lot, the games against Madrid were tough… We have to enjoy this.”

Mascherano: “It’s really special to win the title 3 years in a row, it’s impressive what this group has been doing.”

Guardiola: “I dedicate the title to these players. Without them, this wouldn’t be possible and have no meaning.

“It’s the 5th title in 7 years, the 11th in 21, it shows this club is doing great. It has been an excellent season.

“Because we played against a great opponent, it’s worth a lot to be champions 2 games before the end of the league.”

“At the start, we had doubts about how the world champions would hold on. History had showed that could cause problems.

“Next season? We’ll strengthen the squad in some positions. We can still improve.”

Also, if anyone wants to trying singing el Cant del Barca and wants to hear a very clear and very pretty voice singing it, jazzler in the comments has provided this link: http://chirb.it/cbAkHE

(If that’s you singing, great job! You have a very nice voice. 🙂 )

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      • Barcaleya
        May 11, 2011

        He looks like he’s going to cry in this photo I saw.

        Happy for him!

        • BarcaRoja
          May 12, 2011

          Hi Barcaleya! Are you from Manila?

          • Barcaleya
            May 12, 2011

            Hi BarcaRoja!

            I’m based in New York but am from the Philippines. Are you from Manila? Welcome to the blog! Happy to see a fellow Filipino here!

    • PhepheSa
      May 11, 2011

      Good things happen when you join Barca. I’m so happy for all the new guys who’ve never won such an important trophy.

    • Megster
      May 11, 2011

      So happy for Davhveed!!! In one year alone, World Champion, Liga Champion and hopefully, The Champiiooonnns!!!!!

      • Nav
        May 11, 2011

        Villa is one of my favourite players so yeah me too 😀

  1. BarcaGirl_Indo
    May 11, 2011

    ¡Campeones! ¡Campeones!¡Campeones! Olé! Olé! Olé!

    the shirt looks funny by the way, it got peppers… 😀

    note about peppers: and it means “without fear”, “fearless”, “with a lot of guts”, “with courage”

    MADRID Y MOURINHO CAAAAB*OOONNN, SALUDA EL CAMPEON!!!

  2. Humphrey Bogart
    May 11, 2011

    Just rewatch the 2nd leg of the CL semifinale and the commentator did tell a really good anecdote about Puyi and Pique:

    after Puyi come back after his injury, Pique said to him: I really missed you (on the pitch with me) and Puyi responded: Shout up and concentrate

    That is just so fitting

    • Blow-Grenade
      May 11, 2011

      Hahaha that is so funny!!! I am not surprised that happened.

  3. lovelymofo
    May 11, 2011

    Oh, that last image is awesome! Yay!

    Three years in a row? That is some achievement, especially when you take into account the lack of depth in the squad and all the crazy injuries that plagued our backline.

  4. Humphrey Bogart
    May 11, 2011

    Hah, after leading 2:0 against Osasuna after the first half, Sevilla did manage to still loose 3:2 by two late goals in the final minutes.

    Suits right these loosers after embaressing themselves like they did at the weakend against the EE

    • Ryan
      May 11, 2011

      Yeah, Sevilla just don’t seem the same when Navas isn’t there. On their day they can provide a whole host of problems to any top team, but it sure hasn’t been their day in a while.

      And maybe it’s because I’m currently editing my essay before I submit it to my professor, but I am SO itching to edit your comment!

      /grad school finals

    • Helge
      May 12, 2011

      Well, I don’t like Sevilla either, especially after their match against EE.

      But in general, it’s shocking to see that Sevilla, Valencia and lately even Villarreal, have become worse teams than before. We need more competition in the league, but it seems to get even less competitive. Anybody sees a team that will not be at least 15 points behind us or EE`at the end of next season???

      The actual trend is, top 2 gets stronger and the rest weaker. In the longterm, this won’t be good for the top2 either…

  5. soccermomof4
    May 11, 2011

    Happy. Relieved. Proud.

    When we were manita-ing everbody and their brother, this day seemed inevitable.

    When we were falling apart in Hlebruary, this day seemed so far away.

    When we lost Puyol in January, this day seemed unlikely.

    When we lost Abidal and it seemed that everthing was conspiring against us, this day seemed impossible.

    Now that this day has come, it seems unreal.

    Great goal by Keita, great pass by Xavi, great runs by Messi, and when you see him squirt the trainer with the water bottle during the the game you just knew that his perspective was all fun and team and the individual award wasn’t even on his radar.

    nzMichele or Poipoi, how are the celebrations in Barcelona?

    • nzm
      May 11, 2011

      Craziness abounds!

      People out yelling and screaming, fireworks going off!

      The team jumping up and down in the middle of the pitch and celebrating with the fans was fantastic. Adriano, Alves and Maxwell did a little samba dance! 🙂 Pep was ecstatic – he either had a cold or had been crying – he sniffed his way through the press conference.

      The Font de Canaletes is inundated with fans – how it manages not to be completely destroyed with each celebration is beyond me.

      Big screens up in Placa Catalunya and a huge party with bands and lots of blaugrana fans in their best team gear.

      Official parade for the team is on Friday and I miss it – will be in Stockholm, damnit!

      • Barcaleya
        May 11, 2011

        Wow! Thanks for describing!

        I can imagine the celebrations. Wish I was there!

      • Barcaleya
        May 11, 2011

        nzm – HELLO! Belatedly, sorry. Just re-reading the LB now and didn’t see you say hi to me earlier so wasn’t able to greet you.

        • nzm
          May 11, 2011

          Not a problem Barcaleya – thanks for taking the time to do it now. The comments fly so fast on the Live Blog that it’s really difficult to keep up, sometimes!

  6. soccermomof4
    May 11, 2011

    Posed this question last thread but got hectored—

    Question—Is there a limit to how many B teamers we can play in a league game? I think there is a limit of 5 in a CdR game.

    Also, Man City owns Caicedo I believe. Would he fit in with us?

    • Lev
      May 11, 2011

      Talking of Man City, Mancini said he would like Ibrahimovic.

      What exactly is our deal with Milan? Do they have the 1st option of buying him for 24 mil? Could it be possible that they buy Ibra for 24 and then sell him for 35 to City? If Milan do buy Ibra do we get a percentage of the sell-on price? Questions questions questions. I want answers answers answers.

      • Vj
        May 11, 2011

        If they buy Ibra now, they can’t sell him this transfer window. Besides they seem happy with him to stick 6 months at least..

  7. yelèna
    May 11, 2011

    wooooooooh… Campeones again! hahaha, so happy… Thank God for another awesome league season!

    so, how’re ya gonna celebrate this one culé?
    -i’ll go to northeast asia for this one…wooh, another barcavacation!

    • Barcaleya
      May 11, 2011

      Yelena, where you going?! Have fun!

      Yep – woooohoooo! So happy we won!

      • yelèna
        May 12, 2011

        Leya, wooohoo indeed! so happy today…im just so glad that their hard work was rewarded…
        so happy for Villa’s first liga trophy, and for the 4 signings to experience this on their season is just awesome…of course kudos to the whole squad and pep, and to the staff and to all of us amazing fans! haha…
        thanks Team!

        and oh, i’m goin to northeast china for summer (july) and Philippines again on winter, and maybe S’pore also if we win the CL.

        • Barcaleya
          May 12, 2011

          Ooooh….envy, envy. I haven’t gone to the beach this year. Tsk…

          Anyway, I am looking forward to celebrating our CL win!!!

  8. Jim
    May 11, 2011

    What a season! We have played some of the best football I have ever seen in my life. This team answers every question it is posed and that in the end is the sign of greatness for me.

    Now, a drunken celebration with the fans, four or five days off for Pique, Puyol, Xavi, Messi, Iniesta, Villa and then down to work. 🙂

  9. nzm
    May 11, 2011

    Kari – seriously, we did not need that last link to the singer! 😀

  10. jordi™
    May 11, 2011

    Crap I missed this.Darn exams ! Any pics?

  11. nzm
    May 11, 2011

    To comfort RM, they just had to show their Copa del Rey celebrations on TV too. But then they “spoiled” it with the final clip, which was of the cup committing suicide by jumping off the front of the bus!

      • nzm
        May 11, 2011

        Yeah – that’s the rumour around Barcelona. The CdR was so distraught at the thought of heading back to Madrid, that it jumped!

        • BarcaGirl_Indo
          May 11, 2011

          I said that exactly to my friend, the cup hates its destiny, it wanted to be with us…

          that’s why it jumped and committed suicide… 😆

      • Megster
        May 11, 2011

        It rather commit suicide than remain for one year in Madrid.

        God, it must be screaming “Barca! Barca! Barcaaaaaaa!!!!”

  12. Nav
    May 11, 2011

    Heard about the quake in Spain, hopefully things dont get any worse :S

  13. BarcaGirl_Indo
    May 11, 2011

    oh, by the way, that goal from Levante is very Arsenal-esque…
    it reminded me of Carling Cup final… 😆

    after that goal Pep made 😐 face…

    and I feel sorry for the victims of the earthquake in Spain… 😥

  14. blitzen
    May 11, 2011

    Just saw Keita’s goal. A.MAZ.ING. Who says Barca are crap in the air?

    Keita has scored 6 goals in the league. Xavi has scored 3 goals. Therefore Keita > Xavi. Sell Xavi! 😀

    Villa has his first league title!!!!!!!

    And Fontas and Thiago must be in absolute shock at how amazing their lives are right now.

  15. blitzen
    May 11, 2011

    Does anyone have a clip of the Messi water bottle moment? I’m still downloading the game (since somom4 says I have to).

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      May 11, 2011

      I just want to download the celebration video…any link? 🙂

      • nzm
        May 11, 2011

        A little bit here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga_e9ZACGSo but after they went down the tunnel they came back out again, and ran over to the fans. I think that they chucked their camisetas into the crowd, because when they then formed a circle in the middle of the pitch for their “Madrista qui no boti” dance, most of them were just wearing their undervests.

        • nzm
          May 11, 2011

          …or perhaps they gave them to the Levante players. It wasn’t clear because TV cut away to see the end of the R. Sociedad vs. Zaragoza match, and then came back to the Barca celebrations.

          • Barcaleya
            May 11, 2011

            I really like Levante.

            I hope they stay up. They’ve done so well this season with the little they have. The players barely get paid. And they have the least number of supporters (did I read right??) but who seem very loyal to them.

            Well done! I hope they and Sociedad stay up and Gijon.

    • soccermomof4
      May 11, 2011

      I know I know, I’m sooooo mean. :roll: I’m greedy for my Blitzen Awards. So award me the “Big Mean Momma Award” or something 😀

    • Neel
      May 12, 2011

      I want the Messi water bottle moment clip as well…. Plz Plz Plz someone…

  16. blitzen
    May 11, 2011

    Tw Michael Owen (Man United): “Barcelona Champions of Spain. Let’s hope that’s the only trophy they win this season!” [@themichaelowen]

    Classless man is classless.

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      May 11, 2011

      yes, I saw that…

      nothing wrong his prayer, but really, no need to say it in public…

    • culegirl3
      May 11, 2011

      I’m sure EE is probably thinking the same thing lol while they hold on to their fake trophy 😉

      Let’s hope Barcelona can shut him up and make him choke on his un-classy words 😀

    • Helge
      May 12, 2011

      I think that’s just normal, not necessarily classless.

      Certainly I would write the same about ManUtd when they have mathematically won the league on next Saturday 😀

  17. SoccerMom
    May 11, 2011

    Oh o.k. A fun ‘El País’ photogallery link for being so grouchy:

    http://www.elpais.com/fotogaleria/Barcelona/campeon/Liga/2010/elpgal/20110511elpepudep_3/Zes/1

    And then this little tidbit (I didn’t make this up, promise):

    “Winning the Liga title has caused problems in FC Barcelona’s return trip [to El Prat], since some of the team players were playing with one of the emergency doors during the flight.”

    “The captain had to intervene twice to get everyone under control: First, he announced over the intercom that someone was tampering with the emergency exit door, a problem which was soon remedied. The second time — and with a little more emphasis — he insisted that no one take pictures because it interfered with the plane’s instruments. ‘Please, try to remain calm,’ he said.”

    –yahoo.es (http://es.eurosport.yahoo.com/11052011/47/liga-bar-lia-avion-vuelta.html)

    • Barcaleya
      May 11, 2011

      Love the photos, SoccerMom!

      Can’t believe the Liga season is essentially over for us….and now.. I can’t bear to part with our players who will be leaving soon. Milito for sure? Who else I wonder….

      No matter that so many here think some of the players’ performance have been dire, we needed each and everyone this season. Everyone has really contributed to the team even if just to complete the numbers (during those days when players were falling like pinballs to injuries…)

      I just want to thank all our players from the bottom of my heart for this wonderful, wonderful season.

      And it’s not over yet! We still have the CL to win! VISCA BARCA!!!

  18. stowe
    May 11, 2011

    what a goal by Keita! great pass and just WOW!
    great to see we got the result. Hope we get to see lots of rotation for the next two games. I know our main guys need rest, but i think it would be nice for them to still get some time in at least one game.

    What is our injury situation right now?

  19. outerspacedout
    May 11, 2011

    I bet Pique was the one messing with the emergency doors lol.

    Also I don’t think what Owen said was necessarily classless. It’s not like he was hoping we just don’t win anything, the only trophy left in contention is the CL and his team are the ones playing against us in it so obviously all he means is that he hopes United win the CL final. I see no problems in that. Perfectly fine with me.

    Also I laughed so hard at this:
    dirtytackle Brooks Peck
    Want to pretend to be a Man City fan? Their official site has you covered http://bit.ly/kNUlmA

    I don’t dislike Man City, cos Silva and Yaya play there mostly, but that is just pathetic. Even if they had presented it as something like ‘basic knowledge about MCFC for new fans’ or something, fine. But actually presenting it as ‘we are going to get plenty new fans now we’re in the CL, so learn this to bluff and seem like a real fan’ is just sad.

    AND- Barca96, Sheena, etc BFBers living in KL: I’ma treat any of you KL-BFBers that can come if we win the CL final!

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      May 12, 2011

      what about meee??

      I’m not that far from KL… 🙁

    • keith
      May 12, 2011

      i think what owen said was not meant as an insult but as a newcastle fan, the man is classless.

      not to mention his season with EE!

  20. 145culegirl
    May 12, 2011

    The game was not the brilliant of briliant games and we looked lazy.But…..WHO CARES.

    • 145culegirl
      May 12, 2011

      BARCA ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  21. 145culegirl
    May 12, 2011

    OMG!!!!!!!

    Seriously,most of the transfer rumours are silly but this one is just ridiculous and insane.XAVI IS TARGETTED BY MANCHESTER CITY AND OFFERING HIM A BIG PAYCHECK.AS HE IS NOT THE TOP EARNER AT BARCA,THEY ARE KEEN THAT HE MIGHT END UP PLAYING AND ENDING HIS CAREER AT EASTLANDS.THERE’S MORE ON THE LINKS BELOW AND I DON’T WANT TO SPOIL THE FUN YOU CAN HAVE BY READING THOSE REPORTS. 😆 😆 😆

    This is the biggest joke I’ve ever heard and I rolled on the floor, laughing so vigorously that I’ve hurt my head by colliding to my table.:
    http://www.crunchsports.com/category/Soccer/FC-Barcelona-to-sell-Xavi-to-Man-City-and-sign-Fabregas-from-Arsenal-FC-201105120011/

    http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/Manchester-City-want-Barcelona-lynchpin-Xavi-which-could-clear-way-for-Cesc-Fabregas-to-leave-Arsenal-for-Barca-City-also-after-Zlatan-Ibrahimovic-and-Jack-Rodwell-article734546.html

  22. y2k156
    May 12, 2011

    I feel happy about winning the Liga. I have to say that after all the turmoil of classico’s, my joy is muted.

    This was indeed one of the toughest titles to win. RM were there or thereabouts throughout and we really had to deal with some bad luck in final two three months. I hope everybody takes a week off now before starting to prepare for the CL final.

    Looking back, this was a great year with 5 – 0 drubbing of Madrid being the undisputed highlight. I already feel sure that even few decades from now, i will be revisiting the match and feel equally happy.

    • Vj
      May 12, 2011

      I’m gonna disagree, we won the title after the manita. They never recovered after that..

  23. 145culegirl
    May 12, 2011

    Heard that Luis Enrique is joining Atletico Madrid.He is a nice coach and hope he succeeds in there. 🙁

  24. blitzen
    May 12, 2011

    Job done. The league is won! Now we can relax a bit and rest some people and work on match fitness for others. This is the lineup I would like to see for the next game:

    VV (Zamora is still on the line, no rest for him!)
    Adriano (if fit) – Puyol – Fontas – Abidal
    Thiago – Mascherano – Afellay
    Pedro? – Bojan – Jeffren

    Subs: Sergi Roberto, Gerard Deulofeu, Bartra.

    Yes yes?

    • soccermomof4
      May 12, 2011

      Yours is the perfect lineup for:
      Jornada 37-Sun, May 15 at 21:00 Barca v Deportivo
      As far as I’m corcerned, Messi and company shouldn’t even look at a soccer pitch for a week. They should all go to Disney World and have their pictures taken with Mickey Mouse or something. Isn’t there a Lego World somewhere for Messi to visit? Then again, a happy Messi is a productive Messi. Pep will do whatever keeps the flea happy.

      Might want to rotate in some starters for:
      Jornada-38- weekend of Sun, May 22, Málaga CF v FC Barcelona
      to keep up their match fitness. I’m hoping the RFEF, in their infinate wisdom :roll: , sets this game for Saturday.

      For:
      The CL Final, Sat, May 28(dangit, I’m working 🙁 )
      best XI obviously, leave everything on the pitch.

      • Nik
        May 12, 2011

        If Pep is going to do what makes Messi happy, then I have a bad feeling we’re going to see Messi starting instead of resting. 🙁

    • Jnice
      May 12, 2011

      I can’t even read the comments section in the Guardian anymore. Too many of these:

      And, as others have mentioned (you must have noticed), there is a part of their play that is not loveable in the least. Why isn’t Pep challenged about the persistent play acting? I might be more inclined towards them if they didn’t cheat so much.

      Amazing how according to some, two matches continue to define our entire season. It’s as if they’ve all been brainwashed.

      • Barcaleya
        May 12, 2011

        I torture myself by reading each and every biased and ignorant comment there…

  25. blitzen
    May 12, 2011

    Completely unrelated:

    Kenny Dalglish has been given a 3-year contract at Liverpool. I am so very happy. If anyone can bring Liverpool back to a semblance of its former glory, it’s King Kenny. 😀

  26. blitzen
    May 12, 2011

    And the award for most hilarious story of the day goes to Mirror Football for this gem:

    On the surface, they would seem to have no chance of landing a player who has been at Barca for his whole career, and is assumed to want to end his playing days there.
    But Xavi is not a massive earner at the Nou Camp and, at 31, has achieved just about everything he can with club and country and is approaching the time when he might like to cash in at the end of his illustrious career.
    A similar situation occurred at Real Madrid, when they allowed one of their all time greats, Raul, to leave to try a new adventure with Germany’s Schalke.
    Barcelona recognise they have received incredible service from a player who joined them as an 11-year-old and has won just about every honour, including the World Cup, and totted up 101 caps for Spain.
    It would also allow them to move for Fabregas, who almost rejoined the Spanish giants last summer but then Barca ran into financial trouble and were forced to drop their interest.
    This time, they would be almost certain to get their man, especially if a space in midfield is opened up for him.
    Xavi has a rollover contract that could be renewed for four more years, but Barca are unlikely to stand in his way if he decides he’d like to taste a new football style.
    If City offload the many players they currently have out on loan, they can reduce the wage bill and STILL offer one of the best midfielders in the world more than £150,000 a week.
    The capture of Xavi would herald a new dawn at Eastlands, with the club now determined to cut the wage bill by getting rid of surplus personnel and paying squad men much less, while at the same time paying top dollar for real stars of his ilk.

    http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/Manchester-City-want-Barcelona-lynchpin-Xavi-which-could-clear-way-for-Cesc-Fabregas-to-leave-Arsenal-for-Barca-City-also-after-Zlatan-Ibrahimovic-and-Jack-Rodwell-article734546.html

    It’s official, I’m a spambot. 😈

    • Jnice
      May 12, 2011

      Do you think these journalists feel bad when they create these ‘rumors’? Or do they laugh and say, “this one’s even better than the last!” ?

      • blitzen
        May 12, 2011

        Oh, I’m sure they laugh themselves silly! I especially like this bit:

        A similar situation occurred at Real Madrid, when they allowed one of their all time greats, Raul, to leave to try a new adventure with Germany’s Schalke.

        Someone should ask Raul how he feels about Mourinho “allowing” him to leave, LOL!

  27. Lou
    May 12, 2011

    I’d be really surprised if we see Puyol before the Champions League final. He is still training apart from the rest of the group, which seems to indicate that his knee is not completely healed. I think that he will only be risked for the most important games.

    Hoping to see JDS get some time and Deulofeu make his debut. It’s really nice that Barca B, is in no danger of relegation so Pep can borrow whomever he likes for the next two weeks.

    • blitzen
      May 12, 2011

      I agree that he is not completely healed, but I don’t know if they can throw him into the CL final without at least some minutes in another game first. If he isn’t ready for the Deportivo game, then I want to see a Bartra-Fontas backline.

  28. May 12, 2011

    Also interesting from the UEFA release:

    The proceedings have been launched on the basis of evidence provided by Real Madrid (video and statement of club and player). The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body will deal with the case on Sunday 15 May and the decision will be communicated to the club on Monday 16 May.

  29. ElJefe
    May 12, 2011

    WHO IS THROWING THE HOUSE PARTY?? BARCA!!

  30. jazzler
    May 14, 2011

    Hehe, didn’t think you’d post that link of me singing! And yes, it is me singing. I should have put in the claps too, if you were going to share it. Can’t wait to sing the cant for the Wembley final. (And the other games, but La Liga is ours!!! <3)

    I need some pebrots in my life now, love the new shirt.

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