The Championship in Stills

Kari posted celebratory photos yesterday. Here is another photo memorial of the entire game. We hope you enjoy. I’m sure there will be a review up later, but does it really matter through the champagne anyway?

The prize




Team pictures, Messi's mom ordered ten sets


A little English flair


A worthy strike


Hug it out


Rooney slides home after a worthy strike


Valdes had about as much chance as you or I


Busi watch out, there's a carney on your back!


Van der Sar deserved a better final game.


Dancing with myself


Shooting gallery


Insert easy MESSIah joke




Relief and a deserved title for Villa


A wonderfully refereed game, a welcome sight






United acquitted themselves well, but there was no stopping Pep's boys


Honorary captain, heart of the squad, trophy lifter


A better team picture, Shakira bought 10 sets


I think I've seen this before somewhere


A deserved kiss: man of match, tourney, year

Photo credits (in order of above): Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe; Clive Mason/Getty Images Europe; Jasper Juinen/Getty Images Europe; Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe; Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe; Clive Mason/Getty Images Europe; Clive Mason/Getty Images Europe; Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe; Michael Regan/Getty Images Europe; Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe; Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe; Jasper Juinen/Getty Images Europe; Jasper Juinen/Getty Images Europe; Michael Regan/Getty Images Europe; Michael Regan/Getty Images Europe; Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe; Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe; Clive Mason/Getty Images Europe; Michael Regan/Getty Images Europe; Clive Mason/Getty Images Europe; Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe; Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe; Jasper Juinen/Getty Images Europe

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  1. K_legit
    May 29, 2011

    Why would Shakira buy 10 sets of a picture with no Pique in it? :p

  2. Goo
    May 29, 2011

    Pep’s bad back might be due to being thrown in the air several times a year for the past 3 years.

  3. Am I the only having trouble to find Puyi in the picture?!
    Did our captain feel undeserving or smth due to his lack of playing time?

    • K_legit
      May 29, 2011

      if i remember correctly, Puyi was a bit late coming down from the steps and also ended up conversing with someone ta the back of the group and seemed to kinds forget that the pic was being taken then

  4. Vj
    May 29, 2011

    Close the italics tag after the credits, Everything is in italics now..

    Anyone have the celebrations vid?

  5. Helge
    May 29, 2011

    Great picture!

    btw, Sky Sports post match analysis would be very appreciated πŸ™‚

    • Jnice
      May 29, 2011

      Sky Sports Post Match Celebration/Analysis




      Credit to Pakman at

  6. May 29, 2011

    The fact our boys dominated on English soil in front of the usual elitist commentators made the victory all that much sweeter! Ahh, I can’t believe we’re witnesses to this generation of talent. What a blessing.

    Does anyone know where I can stream the game on replay? I can’t wait to watch this again!

  7. smozer36
    May 29, 2011

    Awesome Photos!

    Does anyone have the streaming site for the celebrations happening today! Definitely gotta see it!!!

    VISCA BARCA!!!!!


  8. Urska
    May 29, 2011

    I can’t concentrate on anything but Barca today!! Campeones, Abidal playing and then lifting a trophy, MVP goals, Dani’s jokes, team spirit, Pep’s enthusiasm,….

    Great pics, Luke!! They descibe everything that is rolling in my mind.

    Visca el Barca, the best team in the world!!

  9. Sheena
    May 29, 2011

    New favorite goal celebration: Messi’s reaction after Villa scored last night.

  10. blitzen
    May 29, 2011

    XAVIIIII!!!!! Where’s Xavi? When is he getting off the bus????

    /always appropriate


    • Megster
      May 29, 2011

      Why? You wanna talk to him? πŸ™‚

  11. barca96
    May 29, 2011

    I downloaded a 27gb version of the 2009 final..
    I wouldnt mind downloading a 100gb version of this match if there is one out there *looking at you JNice* πŸ˜†

    Oh, did anyone find a SKY HD broadcast that is 4gb and above?
    I found one but it’s only 3.2gb, not good enough πŸ˜†

  12. barca96
    May 29, 2011

    Top performers last night in numerical order;
    1) Messi
    2) Pique
    3) Iniesta
    4) Xavi
    5) sMasch

    • blitzen
      May 29, 2011

      What about Busi? He was brilliant! I’d put him in over Pique.

      Everyone had a great game, though.

      • Jnice
        May 29, 2011

        Same. I thought Busi was top 3 last night. He’s smooth.

        • Luke
          May 29, 2011

          Buquets was top 2 for me, his short passing is brilliant. His game is unbelievable.

          • Blow-Grenade
            May 29, 2011

            Busi was the MOTM OTM (other than Messi).

  13. blitzen
    May 29, 2011

    Xavi perched at the back of the bus like the Boss he is. πŸ˜€

  14. blitzen
    May 29, 2011

    Anyone else worried that Villa might fall off the bus? He looks pretty loaded!

    • Barcaleya
      May 29, 2011

      Kari – I can’t watch the celebrations. Please, please try to find/upload a video of the bus and camp nou celebrations when you find the time.

      Thank you!!!

          • May 29, 2011

            Ah. That was on my mind too, but I couldn’t remember the exact site! Moltes gracies!

  15. May 29, 2011

    Jeffren rocking sunglasses. Xavi directing the celebrations from his perch at the back of the bus. Gosh, I <3 Xavi so much.

  16. blitzen
    May 29, 2011

    Barcelona B playing in an empty stadium, poor things. Everyone is at the parade or the Camp Nou.

  17. blitzen
    May 29, 2011

    Thiago is cracking me up! He’s like, “Yeah, I could get used to this.”


  18. blitzen
    May 29, 2011

    There is a Boixos Nois banner at the B game. They love Lucho, apparently.

  19. May 29, 2011

    I love when they show the players from inside the bus. Messi and Masche are just chillin’, sippin’ their Estrella Damms and taking it all in.

    Valdes is p*ss drunk. Messi is (disappointingly :mrgreen: ) sober.

    Pedro!! and Iniesta are just sweetly looking off in the distance, sometimes trying to party but aren’t as crazy as Pinto, Valdes, Dani and Pique. πŸ˜†

    • blitzen
      May 29, 2011

      I think Masch is a little smasched too! πŸ˜›

    • May 29, 2011

      It’s sad that they have to play and no one gives a fudge. But yay! They’re winning!

      • blitzen
        May 29, 2011

        Even barcastuff isn’t paying attention. πŸ˜†

  20. May 29, 2011

    Oye! Gerard! Stop spraying innocent people (read: Bojangles and Xavi) with champagne!

  21. May 29, 2011

    YEAH! Our handball team Barca Borges just beat EE’s handball team in the final!

    • blitzen
      May 29, 2011

      How dare you! Dani has his own unique sense of style! πŸ˜›

    • Para
      May 29, 2011

      Him and Jeffren obviously shop for sunglasses together.

  22. blitzen
    May 29, 2011

    Is there some significance to the suitcases the handball team is celebrating with???

  23. blitzen
    May 29, 2011

    Ooooh, Jnice won the barcastuff quiz! Keener! πŸ˜‰

  24. May 29, 2011

    Must be such a good time to be from Barcelona, eh? Their handball team, basketball and football team are killin’ it. They must be so proud. I would be too — actually, scratch that. I am proud. πŸ˜€

  25. May 29, 2011

    Also, watching Messi’s goal again, I love his wild celebration. That grey mike thing on the ground never stood a chance. πŸ˜†

    • blitzen
      May 29, 2011

      My favourite bit was Busi’s flying tackle on the corner post to celebrate, I think it was Pedro’s goal. He was lucky, he could have got a card for that. πŸ˜†

  26. May 29, 2011

    Slow mo Abi-Puyi hug was shown in a video playing at the Camp Nou. *dies*

  27. blitzen
    May 29, 2011

    If you’re wondering why they keep showing Sabadell, it’s because the football club has been promoted to the Segunda from Segunda B. And they are Catalan, obviously.

    • Para
      May 29, 2011

      I actually looked up Sabadell, because I was so confused. πŸ˜€ Yay for Sabadell!

  28. blitzen
    May 29, 2011

    Aw, Puyi wearing a shirt to support Miki Roque.

  29. blitzen
    May 29, 2011

    Another gol for Soriano, not that I’m really watching. 3-1

  30. Ryan
    May 29, 2011

    Pique hitting back at all the haters – we don’t take drugs, we don’t pay the refs, we just play football.

  31. blitzen
    May 29, 2011

    Aren’t the rest of them going to speak?

    • May 29, 2011

      I guess not. Only the people who promised to talk after the 28th had to.

    • Ryan
      May 29, 2011

      Yeah, only a few spoke before they started celebrating again.

  32. May 29, 2011

    I wonder if they’re going to broadcast Shakira’s concert too. πŸ˜†

    • May 29, 2011

      I knew he would cop out, yo. He’s Messi, he doesn’t do emotional speeches. His one-liners are boss, though.

  33. May 29, 2011

    Dudes, are you rushing for Shakira? Bleh. They should broadcast that concert to make it up to us!

  34. blitzen
    May 29, 2011

    Job well done, boys! Now go have a nice rest, regrow some hair (Pep), and enjoy yourselves. πŸ˜€

  35. Vj
    May 29, 2011

    Hmm, so I missed the celebrations again. Convalescence sucks πŸ™

  36. Jnice
    May 29, 2011

    Hehe that MAD dude from the Inter offside:

    Handling in the area no penalty – someone goes up to Mesi shoulder to shoulder gets a caution… anyone remember any game we have ever played against JuBentus?

    Barcelona are just like them… I think that’s why we hate them so much. They are like JuBe from the Moggi years… always getting help.

    The only real difference is that Barca get to win a Champions League final every now and again…

    Even some of the Inter fans had to admit he was being ridiculous. Gotta love it. πŸ˜€

    • Vj
      May 29, 2011

      Yup. That was the best moment during the match. He went to Villa after that. And there’s no doubt that Villa and Xavi are best buds. Absolutely love it!

  37. Vj
    May 29, 2011

    Hmm, it seems Berbatov hasn’t taken a liking to SAF’s snub. He’s reached the last year of his contract, so we can get him on the cheap. If he were to leave, I don’t think ManU would mind as long as he doesn’t go to a direct rival. He’s good in the air, got good feet, and doesn’t mind sitting on the bench. What say?

    • y2k156
      May 29, 2011

      Berba is a luxury player. He is even more nonchalant than Ibra. definitely not one for us. Got good skills though.

  38. pilar
    May 29, 2011

    Quick recap on the speeches:
    Guardiola: “everyone spoke in the last celebration, everyone but this guy, let’s hear what he has to say”
    Messi: “I don’t really have anything to say” (LOL)
    Abidal: thanks Puyol and Xavi for their gesture towards him
    Iniesta: “My heart tells me there’s nothing better than being a cule”
    ValdΓ©s: “there’s something missing here” (ties catalan flag to the Spanish League cup). “Now everything is fine”
    PiquΓ©: “A friend of mine said this to me, he told me, you have to say this, so I’m gonna say it. We don’t take drugs, we don’t dive, we don’t buy the referees, we just play football”

    • Nav
      May 29, 2011

      LOL Messi. He looked so so happy yesterday when he was walking down with the cup, I hadn’t seen him that happy in a while. I think last year’s World Cup exit took a bigger toll on him than we think, and yesterday’s match was his redemption (to himself, of course).

      Thanks for the translations Pilar

  39. May 29, 2011

    Apparently, five of our players wanted to swap shirts with Scholes yesterday. Iniesta won the race.

    • Nav
      May 29, 2011

      Scholes looked so weird wearing Iniesta’s shirt πŸ˜€

    • blitzen
      May 29, 2011

      That is actually quite adorable. I know Xavi was one of the others.

      • Para
        May 29, 2011

        According to the person who tweeted that, it was Pique, Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, and Pedro.

    • blitzen
      May 29, 2011

      How can you feel too disappointed with a result when you know it was the right one?

      There isn’t anything we could have differently which would have resulted in us winning last night. I’m sorry if that comes across as negative and defeatist, but we’re not in the same league as Barcelona, nobody is.

      Refreshingly honest. Props to ManU, both the players and the fans. It was an excellent game and they should feel proud they played as well as they did.

  40. blitzen
    May 29, 2011

    And in case anyone cares, Barcelona B beat Salamanca 5-1 today! They currently sit in 4th place with one more game to play and could get up to 3rd if they win next week and Granada loses or draws. Well done to them! Luis Enrique will be very happy with that, especially since mean old Pep kept stealing his best players. The future looks bright.

    Good luck to Lucho wherever he ends up (Roma?)!

  41. Nav
    May 29, 2011

    I’m loving all the media plaudits we’re raking in now for two reasons. One because I think we do god damned deserve it. The boys put on a spectacular season and deserve every single bit of praise they get. And two because ultimately Mourinho’s plan to get the world to hate us has failed miserably. Now even our rivals talk about us in awe.


    • May 29, 2011

      My favorite part is that the press now says “No team in Europe could beat this BarΓ§a.” meaning.. nobody cares they (EE) won the Copa del Rey.

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