FC Barcelona is one of the biggest soccer clubs in Europe. Throughout its illustrious history, Barcelona has won the UEFA Champion League, the most prestigious soccer competition in Europe, three times. Here are brief histories of Barcelona’s UEFA Champions League (UCL) triumphs:
1. 1991-92 Season. Barcelona won its first UCL trophy in 1992 by beating Sampdoria of Italy 1-0 in the final. The winning goal was scored by Ronald Koeman with a free-kick. With the legendary Johan Cruyff as the coach, Barcelona triumphed in the final played at Wembley stadium in London, England. This was also the last tournament with the old European Cup format before the competition was re-branded as the UEFA Champions League.
2. 2005-06 Season. Barcelona won its second UCL trophy in 2006. That year’s team was led by the FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldinho, fellow superstars Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto’o, and Dutchman Frank Rijkaard as the coach. The final was held at the Stade de France in Paris where Barcelona beat Arsenal of England 2-1 with Juliano Belletti scoring a late winner. Barcelona also won the Spanish La Liga title that season.
3. 2008-09 Season. Barcelona’s most recent triumph in the Champions League came in the recently concluded 2008-09 season. Led by rookie coach Josep Guardiola and superstar Lionel Messi, this Barcelona team also featured Xavi and Andres Iniesta, two mainstays of the Spanish national soccer team. Barcelona beat Manchester United 2-0 in the final played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome with goals from Samuel Eto’o and Messi.