Champions. [Updated with goal videos!]

I don’t have words to describe how elated I am right now. I’m thisclose to sobbing, my neighbours probably think I’m some kind of lunatic with all my shouting, but I don’t care.

I can go on and on about how right Pep got this, how immense Pique was, Villa and Pedro! scoring in the same match when it really counted, Messi…but I’m not. Words can’t express how special this team is and nothing I say will do this team justice.

Just enjoy it, folks. Enjoy it and remember how blessed we are to be cules in this era of Barca.


[Update] David Villa’s golazo in all its glory

I can’t embed all the goals….right?

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  1. Jnice
    May 28, 2011

    What a performance. What a team. What a day.

    I love you all.

  2. May 28, 2011

    Just post your one favourite picture and I’ll post it. If you leave it up to me, I’d post 100+ pictures.

  3. smozer36
    May 28, 2011

    We did it, playing an AWESOME breathtaking game!!!!!

    VISCA BARCA!!!!!

  4. blitzen
    May 28, 2011

    Can’t wait to download this and watch it again! 😀

  5. jnelson
    May 28, 2011

    Visca el Barca. I love our team, and I love you guys. Hats off to the top team and the top blog. CAMPEONS!!!!!

  6. messi_fan
    May 28, 2011

    I wonder if Pep made another video

  7. lea_terzi
    May 28, 2011

    This is bliss :)) Can you imagine what the players are feeling?

    Valdes – Immense. Spain, give him a cap. And I give him my vote for future captain of Barca.
    Abidal – A massive, massive win. For football and humanity. Operation what? Valencia who? The KING prevails over all!
    Alves – give him a contract until 2100, he’ll still be running Park off the park;
    Masche – is not getting sold in the summer. and probably ever. even has to give up now;
    Pique – a weak season? can’t make it without Puyi holding his hand? Right back at ya! Piquenbauer makes a grand comeback;
    Busquets – a great metal win after those awful allegations. way to show us they don’t weight on his mind;
    Iniesta – did his daughter proud. made history in the process;
    Xavi – played against great midfielders of yore, his old role models. won hands down;
    Messi – Pichichi is for mortals. Messi is not of this Earth;
    Villa – what is this draught you speak of? showed up in a spectacular fashion for his first CL final;
    Pedro – after all he’s achieved, some still see him as a weak link. not any longer, i should hope

    Barca players often say they are nothing without the team. I beg to differ. They are amazingly talented, hard-working and likeable human beings. But this team makes them IMMORTAL.

    10 for everyone, as promised :))

    (sorry for repost, so happy right now)

    • barca96
      May 28, 2011

      Thanks for re-posting it! Read it in the last post.
      I loved it!

    • Puppet
      May 29, 2011

      Exactly right, lea! The team was in perfect harmony, like they always were this season when they had to be.
      My favorite scene from this game (besides Abidal lifting the trophy) was how Messi immediately sank to his knees and celebrated when he saw Villa’s goal go in. The sheer joy he displayed, as if he had put in the goal himself, is what this team is all about!
      Thanks for a beautiful season! Visca el Barca!

  8. puchanamano
    May 28, 2011

    i only stay up til 5am to watch the best f*cking futbol team in the world. VISCA BARCAAAA!!!

  9. Eklavya
    May 28, 2011

    I am going to get a poster of the 2nd pic posted by Kari and stick is right above the 2009 poster of the same kind

    • Whatever
      May 28, 2011

      I would too, but there is no Xavi in that photo. And that sucks, because Xavi is the heart of our team.

      • blitzen
        May 28, 2011

        No, Puyol is the heart. Xavi is the brain. Iniesta is the soul. And Messi…is indescribable. 🙂

  10. Vj
    May 28, 2011

    This comment wins!

    Well it must be said. It really hurt Barcelona this season when we won the CDR; We had the pleasure of lifting that trophy in their faces and out of all the people that scored the winning goal, it was cristiano and in extra time.

    Cules will have nightmares for years upon years of that game and expect prolonged hate coming from them.

    We must sympathize for the Cules; after all there trophies they won in there golden age, they never managed to lift one in front of us, however, we have and it felt so damn good :).

    • lea_terzi
      May 28, 2011

      How about this gem from soccernet:

      I think the media has a lot to do with teams playing a certain way against Barcelona… No team wants to be called “parking the bus” Or “Not playing football”.. which works to Barcelona’s advantage most of the time.. only exception is RM & Mourinho..
      United played to Barca’s strengths and practically committed suicide… Barca likes that, don’t they… Play open, so that they can mow you down… What’s not to like?

      Now it’s the media conspiracy as well.

    • Para
      May 28, 2011

      ITV amuses me for the first time tonight: gareth southgate asks whether pique is stealing the net to make Shakira’s wedding dress. 😀

    • Blow-Grenade
      May 28, 2011

      He’s got the material wedding dress!!!!!

  11. barca21farid
    May 28, 2011

    today is a day when dreams come true. who would have thought we’d be watching barca beat arsebal at paris? beat madrid 6-2 at bernebeu? beat utd in rome? trash madrid 5-0 at nou camp? n beat utd again in wembley? guardiola, u n ur team have really2 spoil us cules! for we now wants soo much more from this golden barca team!

    • barca96
      May 28, 2011

      Haha I wish you were a fan so much earlier. A lot of nice things happened before those years too. But no matter what, this is the climax

      • barca21farid
        May 28, 2011

        i’ve bee nsupporting since the days of “real ronaldo”.. but we dont taste victory this much back then.. this period of domination is just too much.. hehe.. visca barca visca catalonia!

    • barca96
      May 28, 2011

      Euler and Ramzi are my main main man!!!

  12. blitzen
    May 28, 2011


    Guardiola: “Puyol deserved to lift the cup, but he decided Abidal had to lift it.”


  13. mega_tajh
    May 28, 2011


    Also doesn’t this mean we finally get to permanently keep the UCL trophy in our museum….

  14. Para
    May 28, 2011

    ermm…what? moment of the night: Adriano bouncing up and down balancing his CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WINNER MEDAL on his mouth.

    ahahahah. I love this team!

  15. Cesc Pistol
    May 28, 2011

    ¡¡boti boti boti madridista qui no boti !!

    Valdes! Sweeeper Keeper!

    Pique! Oooh Moc Moc!

    Puyol! El Capitan of our heart!

    Dani, Xavi, Iniesta! the backbone of our team!

    Villa Villa Marvilla!

    Pedro our Dark horse!


    Keita! sMASCH! 3M!


    I’ve NEVER EVER been happier to admit I was more wrong. We didn’t need an expierneced coach. We didn’t need a plan B.


    ¡Visca Barça! ¡Visca Catalunya! ¡i Visca Fuentebella!!


    ¡¡boti boti boti madridista qui no boti !!

  16. May 28, 2011

    You know, I would have gotten my 3-0 scoreline correct if Rooney’s goal hadn’t stood (Giggs was offside) but ah well. Brilliant build up to Rooney’s goal though (but if it stood for us, it’d have been a conspiracy)

    And how good was Villa’s goal. If you see Messi’s reaction to it, mine was exactly the same. Seriously.

    And when Messi scored, I threw a pillow at my TV in happy anger (they call it “passion” these days).

  17. Cesc Pistol
    May 28, 2011


  18. May 28, 2011

    Also, gotta give props to Man Utd. They came out to play football. Just like the 2009 final they were the better team for ~10 minutes. That’s one of the main reasons the game was so good.

    (Don’t know how Dani got a yellow (and it was a yellow) before Valencia though 😯 )

    • barca96
      May 28, 2011

      Our team is perfect to play against teams like Man U, Villareal, Arsenal, Madrid pre Mourinho and any other attacking team. We are lucky that we met an attacking team in the final, imagine if it was Chelsea, Inter, Real with Mourinho,…

    • blitzen
      May 28, 2011

      Yeah, Valencia should have had a yellow, but his fouls weren’t that bad. He’s no Arbeloa.

      Honestly, I am very happy with how both teams played. It was a wonderful game to watch (and I will watch it again very shortly). A very clean game, with some excellent football. I even liked Rooney (and I hate Rooney). A little disappointed with how Chicharito played, I expected him to shine.

      Abidal ate Valencia for breakfast. Alves sucked for about 10 minutes then was brilliant. Park had moments of genius and long stretches of being stifled. Masch demonstrated why he is Argentina’s captain and our best signing of the season. Pique focused. Villa chot de bol. Nani was invisible for the few minutes he played. Scholes managed not to maim anyone. Pedro!! earned back his !!. Giggs is still pretty darned good. VDS should not be retiring.

      An excellent game made more excellent by the outcome. I need a cigarette. And I don’t even smoke.

      • Blow-Grenade
        May 28, 2011

        Haha “chot de bol” soooo espanyol.

      • May 28, 2011

        Giggs was anonymous IMO. Rooney was boss though. Most dangerous United player by far.

  19. Eklavya
    May 28, 2011

    All goals scored were brillant tonight. Even Rooney’s goal. The image of him crying because they lost but still appluading because we were much better was awesome.

    • Barka
      May 28, 2011

      Seconded. Seeing Rooney applauding while crying was kind of touching. Respect.

      • irawan
        May 29, 2011

        credit for Man Utd for how they handled defeat. lost with dignity.

  20. Barcaleya
    May 28, 2011

    OMG – I don’t know what to say.

    I love you all!!! I love Barcelona!!! Thank you, dear Lord!!!

    **I am dying to celebrate with you all but I have to go to the ballet. WHY???**

    Will read all comments and posts when I get home.

    VISCA BARCA!!!! Visca BFB!!! Thank you all for sharing the wonderful season!!!

  21. May 28, 2011

    Alves: “Winning this cup again is wonderful. Man United were very classy in defeat, they’re an example.” [barcastuff]

    My thoughts exactly, Dani.

  22. vicsoc
    May 28, 2011

    Phenomenal game. I have more to say but I’m busy getting drunk.

  23. TeamNike
    May 28, 2011

    I love you all Cules, what a year it has been, I am speechless with this, thank you family, all you cules, and the core values that make up this club. Lets enjoy this, we are truly blessed to be in this era.

  24. May 28, 2011

    Wonderful game. So thankful to the team and Pep and God and the fans etc etc : ))) Also thanks to Man United, for playing a classy, clean match.

    Sir Alex said this Barcelona are the best team his Man Utd has ever played.

    Awesome time to be a cule.

  25. Blow-Grenade
    May 28, 2011

    Lovely photos Kari. I think we are missing pictures of Goal scorers after scoring their goals. Can you please do the honors and add them. Or, at least the links.

  26. May 28, 2011

    Folks, this is a rare and amazing time, courtesy of a rare and amazing set of players. Euler is doing the review, so stay tuned for that. For me, there were so many amazing moments, but Abidal’s performance, and the look on his face when he lifted the trophy …. any cule who can get through that dry-eyed, I dunno.

    Mascherano was in beast mode, as well. It was such an extraordinary match, and I almost forgive all the epithets I hurled at Villa when he tried to pass to Messi instead of shooting at goal, when he scored his beautiful, beautiful goal. It was also an important one, as it meant they had to score twice to force extra time.

    And full credit to Sir and United. All class, all the time.

    • Blow-Grenade
      May 28, 2011

      I had tears in my eyes. And I never cry!

      • Blow-Grenade
        May 28, 2011

        Tears when Abidal lifted the trophy with the captain’s armband.

    • barca96
      May 28, 2011

      I actually didnt follow Villa’s run to the corner, I focussed on Messi right after the goal. I 😆 He was just so happy!

    • blitzen
      May 28, 2011

      LOL! When Messi falls on his knees, you know you have done something spectacular!

      How great must Villa be feeling right now? He came up big when it counted, has a CL and Liga championship to add to his World Cup. Goal drought? Whatever!

      • May 28, 2011

        I totally called that Villa was gonna come up big today. It was a feeling.

        Gonna insert his goal into the post now.

  27. Extreme barca fan
    May 28, 2011

    Congrats all, a very well earned victory, a great performance by a great team, Abidal lifting the cup is definitely the highlight of the season.
    I was never in doubt, the gulf in quality is too big to ignore, we proved that on the pitch, and i got my prediction right.

    SO happy for the team and for all the cules all around the world.

  28. May 28, 2011

    What a day, what a performance, what a team, what a year. Unbelievable. Just giddy.

  29. Para
    May 28, 2011

    Just saw a replay of that free-kick that didn’t work out, where Xavi played it to Busquets, who passed it just beyond Pedro. Pedro fully runs right around the Utd wall, and ducks back behind them so they don’t know where he is. I know nothing came of it, but that was genius.

  30. May 28, 2011

    Recall that we only allowed an average of 2 shots on goal per match in the CL. We only allowed 1 tonight.

    The fitness, effort and constant motion were truly amazing. And how about Messi stripping Nani naked to start the play that led to the Villa goal?

    People are going to try to sully this one, though I don’t know how. This should have been the one that removes all doubt, but it still won’t. I’m sure that folks will point to refereeing controversies, the fact that Busquets should have been suspended, etc, etc.

    Fact of the matter is that we are the best club side in the world, and proved it beyond a shadow of a doubt tonight. People can console themselves by believing that the Premiership is the best league on the planet. Whatever. I think they have some great teams and great players. And on any given night, against any other club, United probably is in with a shout.

    But this is a once-in-a-lifetime set of players, folks. Look at the lineup: Valdes, Alves, Mascherano, Pique, Abidal, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Pedro, Messi Villa. All the bold-face names are La Masia products, born and raised in the system. It’s just an extraordinary thing.

    • tutomate
      May 28, 2011

      Kxevin said, “the fact that Busquets should have been suspended”

      -huh? Am I missing something? Or did it just come out wrong?

      • May 28, 2011

        Yes, you did miss something. There are many who suggest that because of the Marcelo allegations, Busquets should have been suspended for this final. They will use that to try to taint what has transpired. I’ll copy the paragraph below, with the parts most worth noting in bold:

        People are going to try to sully this one, though I don’t know how. This should have been the one that removes all doubt, but it still won’t. I’m sure that folks will point to refereeing controversies, the fact that Busquets should have been suspended, etc, etc.

        Hopefully it’s clearer now.

  31. May 28, 2011

    Ferguson on Barcelona: “The best team we’ve faced in my time in management. No one has given us a hiding like that”

    Class. Pure class.

    • Ryan
      May 28, 2011

      May Sid continue to predict our downfall. 😀

  32. Alex
    May 28, 2011

    So. Happy. Right. Now.

    Abidal lifting the trophy has to be one of the best sporting moments for me in a LONG time. WOW.

    What a game, what a team. I cannot wait for next season……. jesus, can we get better?

    Anyone have links for postgame pressers from Ferguson and Guardiola or any other interviews?

  33. Para
    May 28, 2011

    Barcastuff: Barcelona’s official celebration party is at the Natural History Museum in London [Catradio]

    ahahaha. That is brilliant. I love the natural history museum.

  34. poipoi
    May 28, 2011

    The good games of our team are worth watching a thousand times…. which one is our Casablanca? visca el barca ara mes q mai

  35. May 28, 2011

    Fergie was asked which Barcelona player he’d sign if had a blank cheque. “One of the most stupid questions I’ve ever heard … Mascherano” [oliverkaytimes]

  36. I know some day I’m gonna have a lot of grandchildren who come up to me and ask “so how was it like watching that Barca team play?”. I just do. And boy, will I have a lot to tell!! Visca el Barca! Perfection.

  37. May 28, 2011

    OMG. I am speechless. I was there guys. Not only was I there but I was 20m from the pitch. 20m from the best team in history. I am lucky enough to have a friend who works with Canal+ and who had a spare ticket for a seat usually reserved for journalists and what a seat. I was right next to the Barca section as well.

    There are a lot of things that were amazing tonight, but Messi was something else. Maybe its because its the first time I have seen him live, but there are simply no words to describe him. Sometimes when you see him on tv you forget how small he is and how unreal some of the stuff he does is, it almost seems fake. When you see it in person and so close, it makes you realise just how special he is.

    I cant type anything else now, emotions are still too high. I do have some nice pics that I took. How can i post them?

    P.S Some goal by Villa. I knew when he shaped up to hit it that it was going in. I just knew it.

    • tutomate
      May 28, 2011

      I’m so happy for you.
      How did Busi look live cause he was phenomenal this match?

    • May 28, 2011

      I do have some nice pics that I took. How can i post them?

      Do it. Do it now.

    • blitzen
      May 28, 2011

      Awesome! So happy for you! When you have had time to settle down and digest it, I expect a full “I Wuz There” Match Report! 😀

      • blitzen
        May 28, 2011

        With lots of anecdotes from the sidelines, btw! Don’t disappoint me!

        • May 28, 2011

          Haha. I’ll try to give you guys a more detailed report tomorrow. Once I have allowed the whole event to settle a bit. The game itself was special but even leaving the stadium was an event in itself, it took about 2 hours to get out of there. The whole thing was like one huge party. There were a lot more Barca fans than I expected and the UTD fans, I have to say, were pure class. So many random ppl coming up and saying how amazing we were.

  38. May 28, 2011

    Barcelona have now won more League and European Cup doubles [4x] than any other team in history. [optajean]

  39. 90sbaby
    May 28, 2011

    Watching the game live I couldn’t relax I was nervous all the way through even after Villa’s goal, can anyone link me to a HD copy throw it on the PS3 and sit back take it all in.

  40. blitzen
    May 28, 2011


    Tw Ferdinand: “Congratulations to Barcelona, the better team on the day.” #fcblive [@@rioferdy5]


  41. 90sbaby
    May 28, 2011

    @Hilal use imgaeshack to upload the pictures.

  42. just listenin
    May 28, 2011

    Salud all Cules!! What an great match, class all around.

    Estrella DAMN, I was so very close a few posts back – got the what (scoreline) and how (dynamic of the game) just missed the who a little;

    Repost: “I am going for 3-1(?), I think it will end on the “operatic high note” at our uncontainable, irresistible best (thanks for all the hyperbolic commentary Mr Hudson). I’ve been feeling in recent weeks post clas-psycho weeks like the team is resurgent (mentally) and rested (physically).

    I have a feeling we’ll strike first, they might nick one, and we’ll dig deep and pull away convincingly. Love the romantic’s view with Abidal scoring and how phenomenal would that be, but my gut says Messi (2, first and last) and Villa or Iniesta (depending on style of the game)”

    The first 20 minutes of the second half were phenomenal. We were unstoppable… I am actually much happier we got an MVP for the goals than what I was imagining.

    It’s been absolutely great enjoying this season with you all – looking forward to the next leg of the journey, wherever it may lead. Hope you are all enjoying and celebrating! Stop and smell the roses, this is really special, we’re very lucky to witness it.
    Congrats to all.

    PS: watched the match in a cule friendly pub with a bunch of cules singing the anthem at the bar for a lot of the match, and one table of a dozen or so Madridistas who came to try and hope to rain on the parade, when it was done; expression on their faces, silence,… priceless

  43. 90sbaby
    May 28, 2011

    I don’t know if class and Ferdinand should be in the same sentence.
    Really though there is nothing anyone can really say, they were beaten comprehensively in every aspect.

    The gaol from Wayne should not have stood either.
    Had it been Barcelona who scored an offside goal…

    • blitzen
      May 28, 2011

      Oh, don’t be bitter. We won, and in style. Rooney’s goal may have been offside, but it was an excellent one just the same. And Rio is a lovely guy, really.

      And how cute was Scholesy in his Iniesta shirt? 😉

  44. May 28, 2011

    Ok here are a few –

    I wish i had taken more but at the time the last thing i was thinking about was taking pics! I think my friend who was with me got some better ones so will try and get them off him.

    One of the best nights of my life.

    P.S Sergio was remarkable, but tbh the whole team was just incredible. When you watch it live you realise how much they work for each other and how much they understand each other. Villa btw didnt stop running, well actually none of them did, but Villa especially seemed determined to put in a shift tonight, more so than usual. I didnt even realise how incredible his goal was till I just saw the replay in HD. Watching it live i thought VDV might have saved it. No way. Unstoppable. We were unstoppable.

    • blitzen
      May 28, 2011

      Awesome! What would you say was the proportion of Barca fans to Manu fans?

      • May 28, 2011

        Well overall there were definitely more Utd fans than Barca fans, but I was right next to the Barca fans so I got a much better sense of the Barca atmosphere. Also when I left the stadium it was among all the Barca fans. I have to say our fans were great tonight, you got the sense that it was a Barca stadium, even though there were more UTD fans. Even when they scored their goal, their fans didnt really overwhelm the stadium with noise. I was sort of expecting it to be the opposite, I was expecting it to be like an away game for us, but it wasnt at all!!

    • Blow-Grenade
      May 28, 2011

      Thats great Hilal that you were there. Great to see the pictures from inside the stadium. Would be great to hear more about your experience.

  45. stowe
    May 28, 2011

    Rooney’s goal was beautiful. looked like something our team might do with messi scoring.
    loved Abidal lifting the trophy and i hate that as soon as his hands touched it the cable cut out for 30 seconds.
    Shocked that Puyol didn’t play. When I saw Masch on the field (i started watching about 10 minutes in) i was terrified that Puyol was playing LB

    well… 2.5 hours of sleep and now i’m off to class

    • May 28, 2011

      Its funny how everyone ALWAYS gets their tactics wrong against us isnt it.

      Mou got his tactics wrong by not taking the game to us and not attacking, and now SAF got it wrong by trying to win. Which is it ehh? Cant have it both ways…

      • May 28, 2011

        And Pep gets zero credit, and it’s all down to the players. I shouldn’t care, and I haven’t really, but now it’s just getting annoying. If we lose, it’s what the other manager did “right”. If we win, it’s what the other manager did “wrong”.

        But whatevs. I’m watching the match again and how good was Pique? Crucial, beautifuly timed interception after interception. And Iniesta. Holy crap, did Ghostface show up or what? Actually, Messi – Iniesta – Xavi trio was just incredible. Pundits must be feeling silly. Our meh form was mostly due to fatigue. Rested Barca is a scary thing indeed.

        I wanna watch them live so, so bad. Maybe I can get tickets to the DC game….

        • Para
          May 28, 2011

          “Rested Barca is a scary thing indeed.” – Yet another thing Guardiola got right. So much of the British press was saying before this game that two weeks of rest was going to be Barca’s downfall, because players weren’t going to be match-fit, etc, etc.

          If that’s not match-fit, then frankly, I’m a little scared.

          • May 28, 2011

            I’m trying! It depends on a bunch of stuff (like I’m trying to coerce my sister into taking me (I’m but a poor student) amongst other things) but I really really want to go. Can’t miss a chance to watch this team!

  46. blitzen
    May 28, 2011

    Do we know who turned on the sprinklers, btw? Not that we were bovvered. Everyone just played in the water. 😀

    • blitzen
      May 28, 2011

      PLUS no one can call us “Sprinklers” anymore! You hear that, Bassam? 😛

  47. blitzen
    May 28, 2011

    And also, I would like to congratulate ManU supporters for not trolling us before the game! Either they are very classy, or they could not find this blog. Works for me either way!

    • Blow-Grenade
      May 28, 2011

      Manchester United is a classy team. I would not mind loosing to this team, although I prefer that we won the CL.

  48. May 28, 2011

    I have no words that can express how good Messi was in this match. That’s it, I officially deem “Messi” to be an adjective.

    “I can’t tell you how awesome today was. Actually, I can — today was so Messi.”

    • Blow-Grenade
      May 28, 2011

      Yes, he made the difference in the match. He was involved in all the goals, besides terrorizing the entire ManU defence multiple times.

      1st by dragging Evra out of position
      2nd by just pure brilliance
      3rd again by driving the defence out of position

      He was just magical today.

  49. culegirl3
    May 28, 2011

    Glorious day! I’m so happy..I cried like a baby when Abidal lifted the cup <3 Comes to show just how classy our team is.

    Does anyone have links to the celebration after receiving the cup? Stupid fox ended its coverage after the trophy 🙁

    • blitzen
      May 28, 2011

      I mentioned it in the LoveBlob. Pep has switched their sides a few times before and it has almost always worked out.

    • Blow-Grenade
      May 28, 2011

      The link open’s up something wierd Kari. Can you fix it.

  50. May 28, 2011

    I’m totally Bogarting but let me just say: Busi was incredible. Seriously. Just watch the game following his movements.

    This match should end the fallacy that Busi isn’t a good player. It makes you look like (even more of) a fool.

    • Blow-Grenade
      May 28, 2011

      Absolutely, Busi was unbelievable today, I am one of the original Busi supporters, when all the world was against him, and instead wanted Yaya. I knew when I saw him pass, that he would fit right in. Exactly the opposite feeling that Ibra gave me.

    • just listenin
      May 28, 2011

      Funny you say this, I was looking at a man of the match poll and my first instinct was Busi, there should always be a MOTMOTM (MOTM Other Than Messi) and Busi was a major major force in this match.

      • Xingxian
        May 29, 2011

        I am a fan of this award. It means FCB players other than Messi can be given a ‘double’ of sorts, haha (MOTM and MOTMOTM).

  51. May 28, 2011

    And Villa really needed that rest. All the players did, but him in particular really needed it. El Guaje was boss today.

    • May 28, 2011

      I wonder what they’ll look like after their first full summer of rest in the Guardiola era. Except for Messi and Alves of course.

  52. May 28, 2011

    Cant wait to get home and download the most high res, pre-match, match, post-match, celebration feed on the internet…. British and also Spanish feeds if I can find them. 😀

  53. blitzen
    May 28, 2011

    I want to say one more thing: Puyol asked Abidal to lift the cup, and that was wonderful. But I would also like to give major props to Adriano, who stepped in while Abi was recuperating, and showed us all what he is capable of. He deserves this cup as much as anyone.

  54. blitzen
    May 28, 2011

    And can I be the first to say, “It’s a victory for football”? /Xavi

  55. 90sbaby
    May 28, 2011

    I thought there was a football weekly special on todays final, I don’t see it on the guardian site though?

  56. Jnice
    May 28, 2011
    • Jnice
      May 28, 2011

      For those that don’t know: If you don’t have premium accounts, you can just use a different site for each part of the game.

      So for the first half use fileserve, second half, use filesonic and for the post match, use hotfile so you don’t have to wait. Download all 3 simultaneously.

      • Jnice
        May 28, 2011

        Anddddd the links I posted are for Standard definition. I figure those without premium accounts will find this more convenient. If you want HD links ask for ’em.

    • May 28, 2011

      Hehe! Thanks, I found one another one pretty quick (funny how fast one can search for thing when they want it badly). This one’s great too, so I’ll send it as well. 😀

      • Jnice
        May 28, 2011

        I was going to go to that game, but probably not anymore. Next time.

        • May 28, 2011

          It’s still a long shot, though… But I can’t help but try, even if Messi and Alves don’t come (I wanna see Messi live so very bad) the chance to see Xavi, Puyol, etc. before they retire as well as, well, everyone else is too enticing to let go without a fight. :mrgreen:

      • just listenin
        May 28, 2011

        We need a BFB meet up in DC. We’re (me and mine and in-laws from Spain) going down to see the match and staying a day or two

        • Barcaleya
          May 29, 2011

          Yes! Let’s do a BFB meet-up. I’m watching the Barca-Man U game in DC.

  57. tutomate
    May 28, 2011


    What is clear as day is that the only one sullying anything right now HERE is you. I don’t mean to come off as strong as it seems you did but there is no such thing as “the FACT that Busquets should have been suspended”. I’m sorry but you stating your OPINION and trying to pass it off as a FACT is just not going to fly. You speak of those that will try to sully things when in FACT you are doing the same thing. Wait, just because I call my opinion a fact does not make it so either, it is still just an opinion and never a fact. In short leave the hatin’ to the haters. Leave the sullying to those who are not champions today. While should we give them the grace of echoing their pitiful complaining.

    AND Kxevin, Jnice,Isaiah,Blitzen, Kari,Helge, EVERYONE…… Congratulations on this happy day. 🙂

    • Xingxian
      May 28, 2011

      I don’t think you quite understand what Kevin is saying…
      “There are many who suggest that because of the Marcelo allegations, Busquets should have been suspended for this final. They will use that to try to taint what has transpired.”
      He does not say himself that Busquets should have been suspended for the final.

      • Xingxian
        May 28, 2011

        Regardless happy days! Winners of La Liga, and winners of Champions League!!!

    • tutomate
      May 28, 2011

      Last sentence of paragraph should read, *Why should we…

    • blitzen
      May 28, 2011

      You are completely misunderstanding what Kxevin was saying. Why don’t you just tone it down and enjoy the night, OK?

    • May 28, 2011

      I think you misunderstand. It might have been better if he put facts in quotation marks just in case, but he’s taking through the lens of biased whiners, not expressing his own opinion.

      Just sit back and enjoy the win, tutomate. Congrats on a happy day too. Wooot!

      • tutomate
        May 28, 2011

        I do think I misunderstood now. My only beef whas that the paragraph is saying that the opinion that some share, “busquets should have been suspended”, is actually a fact. In retrospect I should have just asked, hey Kevin are you saying that busquets should have been suspended? But I was too quick to judge. In reality it makes more sense when I take it the way you mention. Kevin has said many times that he doesn’t add any nuances to his words so I should have remembered that. In short I should listen to my moms old advice more often, “mijo eres mas bonito cuando te quedas callado”

        Anyaway I apologize Kevin. I read too much into something that did not require it.

    • Helge
      May 29, 2011

      hehe, thanks for mentioning me.

      It was awesome, I’m just lost for words. I’m so grateful, so happy about this team! 😀

  58. May 28, 2011

    No controversy, no whining about refs and controversies, graciousness in defeat and in victory, and just pure football with both teams trying to win. This is how a final should be.

    I quite like Man United. 🙂

    • blitzen
      May 28, 2011

      It’s because they are also sponsored by UEFACEF. 😉

      • May 28, 2011

        That must be it, huh? And UEFACEF didn’t know which one of us to support, so that’s why both penalty appeals were turned down. 😆

  59. May 28, 2011

    my whole week of football fasting worked!!! yay! Thank you, thank you Team for all the joy!

  60. May 28, 2011

    Players of the game for me:

    Messi of course, no words really. He said he’d speak on the field and he did !! boom!!

    Mascherano: 1 hour before the game started it was all “No offense to sMasch but…” but what? He deserved to play, and he did, and we won. I’m happy he joined us, he wasn’t a bench, he earned a spot.

    Busquets: After all the “drama” he did not let it affect him, he took names, did what he had to do, this is futbol, its what he does, he may not be a people pleaser and who gives two flying (beeps) he’s amazing at Barça.

    • May 28, 2011

      Yep. And Messi scores on English soil. WTF will the haters use now? First he couldn’t score against English clubs, then against Mourinho teams, then in England…. Hehe, what next? He can’t score against Stoke? Well, to be fair, they’d be right about that. 😆

      • May 28, 2011

        The Haters will find something, that whole “you’re not as good in Argentina NT..” stuff but what CAN he do with DiveMaria and that other guy… whats his name… um.. oh yeah Higuain “helping” him??
        He’s the best player in History and all who disagree are just blind/stubborn/dilusional !

  61. Ahmad
    May 28, 2011

    Before Villa’s goal

    Alex Ferguson: This is Madness….

    Josep Guardiola: Madness?…

    And o yes, I hope nobody forgot that Messi broke the never scoring on english soil luck.

    Barcelonian for Life!!

  62. blitzen
    May 28, 2011

    Valdes gave his shirt to Zubi. *sob* I wuv this team.

    Picture: Sports director and former goalkeeper Zubizarreta with Valdes’ shirt #fcblive

  63. BarcaGirl_Indo
    May 28, 2011

    a great, amazing, and classy final!

    I was watching it at a cafe with FCB Indonesia and some MU fans… I was sitting next to a very classy MU fan by thew way… amazing, amazing, amazing!!

    I’m so grateful we have a wonderful team as our opponent.. hats off and respect to MU..

    they played great, aggresive, but clean..unlike *cough* EE *cough*..

    dear God, thank you for this team..thank you Pep Guardiola..thank you all players!


    I Love you, guys! <3
    Group Hug? 😀

  64. BarcaGirl_Indo
    May 28, 2011

    oh, and DAVID VILLA, he’s now with Puyol, Xavi, and Iniesta, players who have won ALL major trophies in club and international level!

    Congratulations! Really happy for David Villa! 🙂

  65. momo
    May 28, 2011

    What can I say that hasn’t been said. Without a doubt the greatest team of this Era of Football if not one of the greatest in all sports.

    Oh and I found 20 min English highlights for those who don’t want to download.

  66. ElJefe
    May 28, 2011

    Absolute perfection. I love you all, and want the season to start tomorrow. The only regret was no Puyol (minus trophy 2 min). However, in a way that may be the momentous moment of all. My biggest fear has been what will drive Barca once Lionheart retires 15 years from now…tonight was a great omen, but still need him back through at least 2020.

  67. just listenin
    May 28, 2011

    Just re watching the match and Carrick is HUUUGE – he looks 3X the size of Iniesta, looks like me and my 9 year old practicing.

    • Ryan
      May 29, 2011

      I’m re-watching as well – this Sky Sports pre-game show is so much better than the drivel I got on Fox!

  68. can_we_go_Xalvies
    May 28, 2011

    !!!!CHAMPIONS ONCE AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!, this team just changed the face of the club forever. A real model to the world.

    I have to say that those two weeks off and that early trip to UK really helped our cause. Despite the first 10 minutes we were flawless.

    I can’t believe how much faith Pep had by starting Mascherano. Just goes to show that being Patient and working hard gets you what you want.

    Puyol showed a true way of a CULE, he would have been the 2nd Captain in history to lift 3 CL trophies, and he gives that opportunity to Abidal. AMAZING!!!!!! oh man

    David Villa saved two months of not scoring for the best goal of his domestic/European career. Hats off, he didn’t even look nervous last night. Its like he has played five CL finals already.

    lets face it, Busquets was born to play in Finals. Why does he always play amazing in finals??????????????

    I could go on about every player but, I’ll save it for later 🙂

    • “Puyol showed a true way of a CULE, he would have been the 2nd Captain in history to lift 3 CL trophies, and he gives that opportunity to Abidal. AMAZING!!!!!! oh man”

      Couldnt agree more! This was the highlight of the final for me

  69. just listenin
    May 29, 2011

    On Daveed(phonetic) Villa – Wow, we were tough on him all year. That goal today was rested, all time leading Spanish scoring, 30 yr old danger man, David villa. I hope we remember how he was the only one scoring for a while in the team Jan/Feb drought, (what was it Bilboa goal for a tie…working from memory here , and Aresnal away goal??) and how he steps up in the big matches (manita, CL final) – I’m happy for this guy, rested and younger, he would be… no wait, now is a Barca legend…

  70. halamadrid
    May 29, 2011

    Many congratulations to FC Barcelona. Best team in Europe presently. Enjoy your time in the sun, because I do feel this might be the last year. (No signs of the end though, just a guess).

    • just listenin
      May 29, 2011

      @halamadrid, thank you, and I assure you that I for one will pay you props when you are on top, as you surely will be at some point… it is what makes sport fun, the fight for king of the hill. We will again one day envy your position, and I hope we take it gracefully and see it as a call for ourselves to find a better way amongst ourselves rather than be critical and cynical of you advantage when you have it… I found that sad about this year. Begrudging is a trait of sore losers. Admissions of one’s faults are the hallmarks of character and the way to greatness, it’s easier to destroy than create, but those with the courage and perseverance to create win in the long run… you saw that today. Choose hope, confidence and optimism – it’s ok to have these things and not come out on top in any given year.

      • halamadrid
        May 29, 2011

        I agree with what you are saying but unfortunately there is just too much hatred between our clubs. But lets not spoil what has truly been a fantastic achievement by your club. Last night was also another high for Spanish football.

  71. 145culegirl
    May 29, 2011

    BARCELONA ARE THE KINGS OF EUROPE!!!!!!!.Everyone were men of the match.I’m really proud to be a Barca fan.The boys has made all their fans proud.

    Manchester United played well in the first half and kudos to them for losing with dignity and not ranting(looking at that club).

    The most touching moments are when Abidal lifted the trophy and we gave them a guard of honor.These moments make us cules feel so proud.

    It’s the best club I could ever follow.Visca Barcelona!!!

  72. can_we_go_Xalvies
    May 29, 2011

    Will the team Parade be streamed over the net again?

  73. May 29, 2011

    Well, Congrats are in order no?

    Congrats guys! Well deserved victory! And the best in Europe this year. You guys needed this to put yourself truly among those historic teams, and you have. Thats not an easy thing to do. So props to that.

    Before the game started, i tweeted (yea, im into that now) that for me, it was like choosing between dog shit and horse manure. In the end, i will be ending up with crap both ways. But i have to admit, with the performance Barcelona put out yesterday, they made shit smell like roses. So a tip of the hat.

    I have really been fond of Abidal lately. I’ve always thought he was the best in his position defensively, and yesterday was evident. The reason Puyol wasn’t missed as much as before is because Abidal was just rock solid. And the fact that he did all this after having to over come a tumor was borderline on a miracle.

    Anyways, I won’t bore you with tactical talk, i will leave that for the review. Congrats again. Enjoy it! Well deserved.

  74. K_legit
    May 29, 2011

    Big Kxev, P! turned it on in the big game again no? 🙂

    • can_we_go_Xalvies
      May 29, 2011

      The stats show he did step it up, But he still showed some nerves here and there and wasn’t always the dependable player we are usually accustomed with.

      His goal was amazing but, if it wasn’t for Xavi’s nice flick or Messi’s distracting run, Pedro wouldn’t have been clear through.

      Collectively Pedro was just as big game as the whole team TBH

  75. hammeronmessi
    May 29, 2011

    What a team what a performance.watched the game3 times.the performance was simply messi.

    now i m in a normal mood.
    the moment for me is the emotion of messi after he scored.never saw such raw emotions from him.he was celebrating in a crazy rooney mood.

    nothing else to say all have been said by others.


  76. Whatever
    May 29, 2011

    What a night. Amazing. We are the champions, once again.

  77. Goo
    May 29, 2011

    I was going through the pictures of the celebrations when I realized something: this was a kind of treble, only infinitely more gratifying.

    Champions of Spain, champions of Europe.

    And yesterday, the King lifted the trophy as he emerged victorious over his disease. That single moment is the best memory of this season.

  78. outerspacedout
    May 29, 2011

    Haven’t been in here for a while but just popping in to say after reading comments from a few posts back. Aww Helge *internet Barca hug* I sorta know how you feel from the been forever without still being able to get into college for lack of funding, bored to death with all my friends in college or A’ level, bummed out over where my country is going etc and Barca is one of the nicer things in my life.

  79. Diego
    May 29, 2011

    Pedro and Villa are big team players and just wanted some rest.

    FC Barcelona es mes que un club, It really is true, Letting Abidal carry the trophy was an amazing gesture.

    Imagine new additions to this squad.

    Dismiss all the talks, We have deservedly won.

    Is this team better or the Treble season one ? Personally, I think this one is better.

  80. Eklavya
    May 29, 2011

    How many of you really know the lyrics of the CL anthem (and what it means)?

    Few years ago, a friend of mine kept telling me it was in Latin. -_-

  81. May 29, 2011

    Euler is working up one hell of a review, and I know because I facilitated getting him some of the passing charts, which are pretty amazing.

    The Zonal Marking piece is also excellent, because it essentially says what so many of us know: When we’re fit and healthy, it’s impossible to beat us playing football. Because no matter what you do, there’s an answer.

    You can’t press, because we pass too well. You can’t sit back and wait to counter, because we keep the ball and with the addition of shooting from the outside (you could see this one coming from recent matches), you’re screwed there.

    The sole option is Mou Mou ball, and hoping for a compliant ref.

    I fully agree with Diego. This team is better than the ’09 team, because it’s more of a team. The ’09 team had its star power. This team is a cohesive juggernaut.

    Oh, and as someone noted somewhere, Pedro’s Copa del Rey goal was offside by less than Giggs was yesterday. The difference is that the ref was in position on the Pedro goal. He was chasing the play on the Giggs setup, watching the play from behind as he ran to get into position.

    As many Zonal Marking commenters noted, the ref, even had he been in position, probably wouldn’t have called that one. Nobody wants to be the one accused of favoritism. But that performance deserved a clean sheet.

    Wonder what aging forward will sign on with us next season, for the chance to hoist Big Ears? We’ve done it for Henry, and now Villa.

    And in the aftermath of the season, thanks to everyone here. This site exploded, and as we moved to registration, it wasn’t really clear what would happen. Thanks to all of you, it only got better. Nicer room, and less trash.

    Now comes Silly Season, which we will hopefully resolve early, having already set up some moves that just take a few strokes of a pen. Because we don’t really have that much off season, and it begins with a bang, with the 2-legged SuperCopa against Them.

  82. May 29, 2011

    By the by, it’s worth noting that our club will improve in the off season, even if no purchases are made, through better integration by new additions (Fontas, Afellay, Villa, Thiago) and the depth gained from the promotions.

    EE have a lot of work to do, but so do we. Not having a World Cup should help a lot with our fatigue factor. As of right now, I just don’t see any impediment to all of us having the same conversation next year at this same time.

    And wouldn’t that be nice? 😀

    • messi_fan
      May 29, 2011

      Yes it would 🙂 My main worry is that more big teams will play Mou ball against us. That, and what will happen to Captain Caveman.

      • May 29, 2011

        Short-term, what happens is that he undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery on Thursday, with about a month and a half recovery time. But this was his last season as a full-time, automatic starter anyhow, making Mascherano (as it turns out) an even smarter purchase.

        I think that Mou ball requires a complicit referee. Compare the Copa final to the CL semis, which were in reality the CL Finals, since the two best sides in Europe are, in my opinion, in La Liga. The ref in the Copa final essentially allowed an on-pitch mugging to occur. In the CL semis, the refs were firm and firmer, which resolves those problems.

        You can press and be physical without fouling. We do it. If they learn to do it, it will make them a much more formidable opponent.

  83. Vj
    May 29, 2011

    Let the silly season start!

    Is Berbatov available? 😛

    • Extreme barca fan
      May 29, 2011

      I think he will be available, yesterday he wasnt even on the bench, but i dont want him, Berbatov, Ibra & Mario gomez are to me one and the same, i dont want to see any of them around our club.

  84. Para
    May 29, 2011

    Because *obviously* we all need more reasons to admire Xavi:

    From barcastuff, most distances run (km): Xavi 11.95 – Giggs 11.16 – Park 11.06 – Iniesta 10.63 – Busquets 10.60 – Rooney 10.50

    • Whatever
      May 29, 2011

      Xavi is the most intelligent player in our squad, there’s no doubt about it. And my favorite! 🙂

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