2009–10 FC Barcelona season

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Barcelona
2009–10 season
President Joan Laporta
Head Coach Pep Guardiola
Stadium Camp Nou
La Liga 1st
Copa del Rey Round of 16
UEFA Super Cup Winners
FIFA Club World Cup Winners
Supercopa de España Winners
UEFA Champions League Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Lionel Messi (34)
All:
Lionel Messi (47)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

In 2009–10, Futbol Club Barcelona started the new season with the prospect of winning six major competitions in the 2009–10 season. They contested for the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, Copa del Rey, La Liga, and the UEFA Champions League. During the summer transfer window, the club swapped their top league goal scorer during the treble season, Samuel Eto'o to Italy's Internazionale in exchange for Zlatan Ibrahimović, along with 49 million, bringing the total to €69 million, which currently makes it second on the highest transfer fees in football history (third, after Zinedine Zidane's transfer to Real Madrid in 2001 when adjusted for inflation).

On 16 May, Barcelona claimed its 20th league title[1] with a then-record 99 points via a 4–0 victory over relegated side Valladolid to finish their 2009–10 season with four titles.[2]

Overview[edit]

Over the summer of 2009, along with Ibrahimović, Barcelona reinforced their squad with the signings of Internazionale defender Maxwell, Brazilian club Palmeiras forward Keirrison (sent on loan with Portuguese club Benfica, then loaned out during the winter transfer window to Italian side Fiorentina), and Ukrainian team Shakhtar Donetsk defender Dmytro Chygrynskiy. Continuing its tradition of using canteranos on the first team, Barcelona manager Josep Guardiola also promoted four players from the youth reserves, Jonathan dos Santos, Jeffrén Suárez, Andreu Fontàs, and Marc Muniesa.[3] Barcelona player Henrique, previously on loan with German side Bayer Leverkusen, briefly rejoined the squad for the pre-season but was again loaned out, this time to Spanish side Racing Santander.

Off the field events[edit]

On 23 September, it was discovered by Catalan newspaper El Periódico of an investigation into the daily lives of four possible candidates for the Barcelona presidential election in 2010. The investigation was authorized by FC Barcelona’s director general Joan Oliver, who hired investigating company Metodo 3 to gather daily information on Vice President of Institution and Assets Administration Joan Franquesa, Vice President for Marketing and Media Jaume Ferrer, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer Joan Boix, Vice President for Sport Rafael Yuste between late March and early April 2009.[4] Oliver stated in a press conference the next day at the Camp Nou that "Barça did no spying but were just protecting the entity of the club."[5]

President Joan Laporta stated that "this happened five months ago. Certain events happened and when I found out about them, the corresponding explanations were given. These explanations were understood and accepted since no law was broken." He added that "it was understood that the reports that were asked for were within the limits of legality and were to protect the affected parties and the club. Therefore, the page was turned and the case was closed." Laporta also said that "we are better than we have ever been in our entire history in our methods of operation, and now, because they want to destabilise us, people drag up issues like these. We will continue the same way, because everyone does it as well. We are used to living under pressure and people trying to destabilise us… Barça is united and united we are unbeatable."

Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola stated that "he has shielded the squad from the scandal of the investigation" and that "the subject has not been spoken of in the locker room and even the captains have not mentioned it, there's total concentration."[6]

On 11 November, Vice-President Joan Franquesa handed in his resignation for "personal reasons". Continuing the turmoil in the Barcelona Board-Room.[7] President Joan Laporta took action by restructuring the board of directors and making Albert Perrín, the new Vice-President. Laporta stated "he was making changes for these individuals to get to know the best club better."[8]

Ballon d'Or & FIFA World Player of the Year[edit]

On 1 December, France Football Magazine announced Lionel Messi was the winner of the 2009 Ballon d'Or, thus making him the 9th player while playing at Barcelona and the first Argentine & canterano from La Masia to win the coveted footballer prize.[9][10][11] Messi dedicated his triumph at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper to "my family, who have always been by my side and my teammates at Barça who've done everything to ensure I could win the award". He also addressed his team-mates Xavi and Andrés Iniesta, who finished third and fourth respectively, "they've given everything for Barça and they deserve their recognition. If I'd had a vote I would have voted for any of the Barça players."[12]

On 21 December, Messi was named 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year at the Kongresshaus Zürich in Zürich, Switzerland. Messi claimed the prize by a record vote with a considerable wide margin, receiving 1,073 votes to Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo 352 votes, who finished second after winning the year before. Team-mates Xavi and Iniesta finished in third and fifth respectively, closing out 2009 as one of the most memorable years in FC Barcelona history.[13]

On 16 January, Messi became the youngest player to score 100 official goals for the Catalan club. He achieved the feat by scoring a brace in a league match vs Sevilla at the Camp Nou. He stated "It was a relief to get the goal" and "the truth is that with all the big things that have happened to me, well I’m not giving them too much importance. I just try and live quietly and normally and keep my eye on achieving more." [14]

On 16 May, Messi completed the 2009–10 as the Pichichi Throphy and the European Golden Shoe winner with 34 league goals.[15] While Víctor Valdés won the Zamora Trophy for the best La Liga goalkeeper of the season.

IFFHS Awards[edit]

On 13 January, the International Federation of Football History & Statistic named Xavi the 2009 World’s Best Playmaker and both teammates Lionel Messi and Andrés Iniesta received second and fourth place respectively. Along with Xavi, manager Pep Guardiola received the World Club Coach 2009. Further increasing the honors received by Barcelona players in 2009. [16]

FIFA Club World Cup & season friendly[edit]

On 6 November, director general Joan Oliver confirmed that Barcelona would play a friendly in Kuwait on 21 December against Kuwaiti club Kazma Sporting Club at Al-Sadaqua Walsalam Stadium. It took place after the FIFA Club World Cup which was being hosted in the same region by the United Arab Emirates.[17] The match finished 1–1 with both goals coming in the last 10 minutes of the match in front of a sold out crowd that gathered 45 minutes ahead of the kick-off time.[18] Barcelona received €1.7 million to participate in the match.[19]

On 16 December, Pedro became the first player in history to score in six different club competitions during a single season. He scored in La Liga, Copa del Rey, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Supercopa de España and the FIFA Club World Cup.[20]

On 19 December, Barcelona was crowned FIFA Club World Cup champion with a 1–2 win over Argentine club Estudiantes in the final, making it the sixth title they've won in 2009 and the first club to accomplish that feat within one calendar year known as The Sextuple.[21]

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Since
App
Goals
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
1 GK  ESP V. Valdés (VC) 32 EU 2002 362 0 2014 Youth system
2 RB  BRA Dani Alves 31 EU 2008 102 8 2012 €32.5m Second nationality: Spain
3 CB  ESP Piqué 27 EU 2008 94 7 2015 Youth system Bought from Manchester United for €5M
4 CB  MEX Márquez 35 EU 2003 240 12 2012 €5M Second nationality: Spain
5 CB  ESP Puyol (captain) 36 EU 1999 488 8 2013 Youth system
6 CM  ESP Xavi (VC) 34 EU 1998 527 53 2014 Youth system
8 CM  ESP A. Iniesta (VC) 30 EU 2002 311 24 2015 Youth system
9 FW  SWE Ibrahimović 32 EU 2009 45 21 2014 €49M €49M + Samuel Eto'o
10 FW  ARG Messi 27 EU 2004 214 147 2016 Youth system Second nationality: Spain
11 FW  ESP Bojan 24 EU 2007 126 34 2013 Youth system
13 GK  ESP Pinto 38 EU 2008 18 0 2010 €0.5M
14 FW  FRA Henry 37 EU 2007 121 59 2011 €24M
15 CM  MLI Keita 34 EU 2008 90 12 2012 €14M Second nationality: France
16 DM  ESP Sergio 26 EU 2008 93 4 2013 Youth system
17 FW  ESP Pedro 27 EU 2008 68 23 2014 Youth system
18 CB  ARG Milito 33 EU 2007 59 1 2012 €20.5M Second nationality: Italy
19 LB  BRA Maxwell 33 Non-EU 2009 36 0 2014 €4.5M
20 FW  ESP Jeffrén 26 EU 2008 21 2 2014 Youth system
21 CB  UKR Chygrynskiy 27 EU 2009 14 0 2014 €25M
22 LB  FRA Abidal 35 EU 2007 109 0 2012 €15M
24 DM  CIV Touré Yaya 31 EU 2007 118 6 2013 €9M Under Kolpak ruling

Total squad cost: €200 million

From youth system[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
26 Spain DF Marc Bartra
28 Mexico MF Jonathan dos Santos
29 Spain MF Víctor Vázquez
30 Spain GK Rubén Miño
31 Israel FW Gai Assulin
32 Spain DF Andreu Fontàs
No. Position Player
33 Spain DF Marc Muniesa
34 Spain MF Thiago Alcântara
36 Spain FW Jonathan Soriano

Players in / out[edit]

In[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Moving from
Type
Transfer
window
Ends
Transfer
fee
Source
9 FW  SWE Ibrahimović 27 EU Internazionale Italy Transfer Summer 2014 €46M
+ Samuel Eto'o[22]
FCBarcelona.cat
19 LB  BRA Maxwell 27 Non-EU Internazionale Italy Transfer Summer 2014 €4.5M
+ €0.5M in variables
FCBarcelona.cat
FW  BRA Keirrison 20 Non-EU Palmeiras Brazil Transfer Summer 2014 €14M
+ €2M in variables
FCBarcelona.cat
21 DF  UKR Chygrynskiy 22 Non-EU Shakhtar Donetsk Ukraine Transfer Summer 2014 €25M FCBarcelona.cat
17 FW  ESP Pedro 22 EU Barcelona B Promoted Summer 2014 Free
20 FW  ESP Jeffrén 21 EU Barcelona B Promoted Summer 2014 Free

Total spending: Decrease €85.5 million + Samuel Eto'o

Out[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Moving to
Type
Transfer
window
Transfer
fee
Source
DF  ESP Botía 19 EU Sporting de Gijón Loan Summer N/A
16 LB  BRA Sylvinho 35 EU Manchester City England Contract Termination Summer Free FCBarcelona.cat
9 FW  CMR Eto'o 27 EU Internazionale Italy Swap Summer Free FCBarcelona.cat
21 MF  BLR Hleb 28 Non-EU VfB Stuttgart Germany Loan Summer N/A FCBarcelona.cat
2 DF  URU Cáceres 22 Non-EU Juventus Italy Loan Summer N/A FCBarcelona.cat
FW  BRA Keirrison 20 Non-EU Fiorentina Italy Loan Summer N/A FCBarcelona.cat
DF  ESP V. Sánchez 22 EU Xerez Loan Summer N/A FCBarcelona.cat
25 GK  ESP Jorquera 35 EU Girona Contract Termination Summer Free FCBarcelona.cat
23 DF  BRA Henrique 27 Non-EU Racing Santander Spain Loan Summer N/A realracingclub.com
7 AM  ISL Guðjohnsen 35 EU Monaco France Transfer Summer €2M asm-fc.com

Total income: Increase €2 million.

Expenditure: Decrease €83.5 million + Eto'o.

Player statistics[edit]

Squad stats[edit]

Total UEFA Champions League La Liga Copa del Rey Others1
N
P
Name
Nat.
GS
App
Goals
Min
App
Goals
App
Goals
App
Goals
App
Goals
Notes
1 GK V. Valdés  ESP 55 55 -37 4200 12 -10 38 -24 5 -3 (-) means goals conceded
13 GK Pinto  ESP 4 4 -2 360 4 -2 (-) means goals conceded
2 DF Dani Alves  BRA 47 48 3 3767 11 29 3 3 5
3 DF Piqué  ESP 43 49 4 3198 11 2 32 2 1 5
4 DF Márquez  MEX 14 23 1 1179 4 15 1 3 1
5 DF Puyol  ESP 47 48 1 3556 9 32 1 2 5
18 DF Milito  ARG 12 16 931 5 10 1
19 DF Maxwell  BRA 32 36 2229 7 25 3 1
21 DF Chygrynskiy  UKR 12 14 942 12 2
22 DF Abidal  FRA 27 31 2337 8 17 2 4
32 DF Fontàs  ESP 2 38 1 1
40 DF Bartra  ESP 1 29 1
6 MF Xavi  ESP 47 53 7 3814 11 1 34 3 3 2 5 1
8 MF A. Iniesta  ESP 31 43 1 2838 9 30 1 3 1
15 MF Keita  MLI 36 44 6 2539 10 29 6 1 4
16 MF Sergio  ESP 36 51 1 2941 10 33 3 5 1
24 MF Touré Yaya  CIV 30 36 1 2041 8 22 1 1 5
28 MF Jonathan  MEX 2 6 186 1 3 2
34 MF Thiago  ESP 1 2 1 83 1 1 1
9 FW Ibrahimović  SWE 35 45 21 2980 10 4 29 16 2 1 4
10 FW Messi  ARG 43 53 47 3636 11 8 35 34 3 1 4 4
11 FW Bojan  ESP 16 36 12 1080 5 1 23 8 4 2 4 1
14 FW Henry  FRA 22 32 4 1805 6 21 4 1 4
17 FW Pedro  ESP 31 50 23 2638 8 4 33 12 4 3 5 4
20 FW Jeffrén  ESP 8 18 2 498 2 12 2 2 2
31 FW Assulin  ISR 1 1 57 1
36 FW Soriano  ESP 1 6 1

Last updated: 18 May
Source: FCBarcelona.cat
Ordered by position
0 shown as blank
1 Other Competitions: Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup

Disciplinary records[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Notes
1 GK  ESP V. Valdés 2
13 GK  ESP Pinto
2 DF  BRA Dani Alves 11 1
3 DF  ESP Piqué 11 1
4 DF  MEX Márquez 4 1
5 DF  ESP Puyol 11 1
18 DF  ARG Milito 3
19 DF  BRA Maxwell 6
21 DF  UKR Chygrynskiy 3
22 DF  FRA Abidal 2
6 MF  ESP Xavi 4
8 MF  ESP A. Iniesta 3
15 MF  MLI Keita 9
16 MF  ESP Sergio 8 1
24 MF  CIV Touré Yaya 6
34 MF  ESP Thiago 1
9 FW  SWE Ibrahimović 8 1
10 FW  ARG Messi 6
11 FW  ESP Bojan 3
14 FW  FRA Henry 4
17 FW  ESP Pedro 5
20 FW  ESP Jeffrén 2

Last updated: 16 May
Source: Competitive matches
Only competitive matches
Yellow card = Number of bookings; Second yellow card = Number of sending offs after a second yellow card; Red card = Number of sending offs by a direct red card.

Club[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach Spain Pep Guardiola
Assistant coach Spain Tito Vilanova
Goalkeeping coach Spain Juan Carlos Unzué

Pre-season[edit]

Special kit worn during Joan Gamper Trophy match vs. Manchester City
M
Date
Tournament
Round
Ground
Opponent
Score1
Report
1 24 July Wembley Cup 1 day N England Tottenham Hotspur England 1 – 1
2 26 July Wembley Cup 2 day N England Al-Ahly Egypt 4 – 1
3 1 August USA Tour N United States LA Galaxy United States 2 – 1
4 5 August USA Tour A United States Seattle Sounders FC United States 4 – 0
5 9 August USA Tour N United States Guadalajara Mexico 1 – 1
6 19 August Joan Gamper Trophy H Manchester City England 0 – 1

Last updated: 26 November
Source: FC Barcelona
1Barcelona goals come first.
National flags for Ground and Opponent columns are only shown when different to that of Barcelona.
M = Match; Ground: H = Home, A = Away, N = Neutral, HR = Home replacement, AR = Away replacement.

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

As in nine out of the last ten seasons,[23] Barcelona is going to be present in all major competitions: La Liga, the UEFA Champions League and the Copa del Rey. The previous season's treble success means that Barcelona will also contest the FIFA Club World Cup, the UEFA Super Cup and the Supercopa de España. The side will also be present in the Copa Catalunya.

Competition Started round Final
position / round
First match Last match
La Liga Winner 30 August 2009 16 May 2010
UEFA Super Cup Final Winner 28 August 2009
FIFA Club World Cup Semi-final Winner 16 December 2009 19 December 2009
Supercopa de España Final Winner 16 August 2009 23 August 2009
Copa del Rey Round of 32 Round of 16 28 October 2009 13 January 2010
UEFA Champions League Group stage Semi-final 16 September 2009 28 April 2010

Last updated: 16 May
Source: Competitions

Supercopa de España[edit]

UEFA Super Cup[edit]

Main article: 2009 UEFA Super Cup

FIFA Club World Cup[edit]

La Liga[edit]

Main article: 2009–10 La Liga

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Barcelona (C) 38 31 6 1 98 24 +74 99 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Real Madrid 38 31 3 4 102 34 +68 96
3 Valencia 38 21 8 9 59 40 +19 71

Updated to games played on 16 May.
Source: LFP and Yahoo! Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Head-to-Head: used when head-to-head record is used to rank tied teams.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 31 6 1 98 24 +74 99 18 1 0 57 11 +46 13 5 1 41 13 +28

Last updated: 8 May.
Source: Competitive Matches

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground H A H A A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A A H A H H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H
Result W W W W W W D W D W D W W W W D W W W W W L W W D W W W W W W W D W W W W W
Position 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Last updated: 4 May.
Source: Competitive Matches
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

Kickoff times are in CET (except Santa Cruz de Tenerife are WET).

Copa del Rey[edit]

Round of 32[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group E
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Barcelona 6 3 2 1 7 3 +4 11
Italy Internazionale 6 2 3 1 7 6 +1 9
Russia Rubin Kazan 6 1 3 2 4 7 −3 6
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 6 1 2 3 7 9 −2 5

Knockout phase[edit]

Round of 16[edit]
Quarter-finals[edit]
Semi-finals[edit]

Friendly[edit]

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