2012–13 FC Barcelona season

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Barcelona
2012–13 season
President Sandro Rosell
Head Coach Tito Vilanova
Stadium Camp Nou
La Liga 1st
Supercopa de España Runners-up
Copa del Rey Semi-finals
UEFA Champions League Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Lionel Messi (46)
All:
Lionel Messi (60)
Highest home attendance 96,589 vs Real Madrid
(7 October 2012)
Lowest home attendance 37,607 vs Córdoba
(10 January 2013)
Average home league attendance 73,282 (including
Joan Gamper Trophy)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2012–13 season was Futbol Club Barcelona's 113th in existence and the club's 82nd consecutive season in the top flight of Spanish football. The season marks the managerial debut of Tito Vilanova, who served as Pep Guardiola's longtime assistant. Vilanova assumed management of the club after Guardiola, who had managed Barcelona for the prior four seasons, declined to renew his contract.[1]

Season overview[edit]

May/June[edit]

On 29 May, Barcelona announced their first pre-season match to be against Hamburger SV in occasion of the German outfit's 125th anniversary celebration. It will be Tito Vilanova's first match in charge of the first team.[2] The second match will be on 28 July in Tangier, Morocco, versus an all-star starting XI from the Moroccan Football League at the Stade de Tanger. This will be their first appearance in Morocco in 38 years.[3]

On 1 June, Barcelona announced Brazilian defender Henrique will not return to team after both agreed to terminate the player's contract on 30 June. Henrique did not make an appearance with the first team and was on-loan in 2008–09 with German club Bayer Leverkusen, 2009–10, and 2010–11 with Racing de Santander and in 2011–12, with Brazilian club Palmeiras.[4]

On 28 June, Barcelona and Valencia CF reached an agreement on the transfer of left back Jordi Alba for €14 million. The player joined the team after UEFA Euro 2012 and signed a five-year deal.[5]

July[edit]

On 7 July, Barcelona announced that Seydou Keita would not renew his contract for the upcoming season. The Mali midfielder leaves after four years and 14 titles accumulated while at Barça.[6]

On 10 July, the Royal Spanish Football Federation released the fixture list for the 2012–13 season, with Barcelona opening the season at Camp Nou against Real Sociedad.[7] President Ángel María Villar also confirmed that both Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova and Real Madrid manager José Mourinho will not have to serve their suspensions in the 2012 Supercopa de España for their altercation in last year's edition. Barça's Board Secretary Toni Freixa stated at a press conference that an "aggression can never go unpunished" and "we understand that an aggression on a coach deserves punishment. This measure doesn't make the aggressor innocent but it allows them to believe that they can keep on being aggressive without consequences. It's a bad example for Spanish football that this aggression hasn't been punished."[8]

On 13 July, Barcelona announced that the pre-season match on 28 July will be play against Raja Casablanca instead of Moroccan All-Star XI as previously announced.[9]

On 24 July, Barcelona opened their pre-season with a 2–1 victory over Hamburg at the Imtech Arena. Goals scored by Dani Alves and Gerard Deulofeu to set off a victorious debut for Vilanova.[10] Defender Marc Muniesa left the match with a torn ACL in his right knee in the 52nd minute that could possibly see him miss the rest of the season.[11] The next day, Barcelona doctors confirmed that Muniesa will miss up to six months due to the injury picked up the day before.[12]

On 27 July, Barcelona informed the Catalan Football Federation that FC Barcelona B, instead of the first team, will dispute the Supercopa de Catalunya against RCD Espanyol set for 31 July at the Olímpic Lluís Companys.[13]

On 28 July, Barcelona defeated Raja Casablanca 8–0 in Tangier with Lionel Messi supplying a hat-trick while Alexis Sánchez added another two goals while Dani Alves, Sergi Gómez, and Deulofeu scored one each.[14]

On 30 July, Barcelona announced they accepted the rescheduled date of the Supercopa de Catalunya after the Catalan Football Association proposed the match to be played on 26 September 2012. They also stated that they would play the strongest team possible as chosen by the manager.[15]

August[edit]

On 4 August, Barcelona defeated Paris Saint-Germain 4–1 in penalty shoot-out after a 2–2 draw in regular time for the Trophée de Paris in Paris. Rafinha and Lionel Messi scored the two goals which was kicked off by Éric Abidal, who took the ceremonial kick off.[16]

On 8 August, Barcelona defeated Manchester United 2–0 in a best-of-three penalty shoot-out after a 0–0 draw after regular time. Víctor Valdés saved a Wayne Rooney penalty in the first half of stoppage time, while Jordi Alba made his debut for Barcelona in the second half of the match.[17]

On 11 August, Barcelona defeated Dinamo București 2–0 with goals by Lionel Messi and Ibrahim Afellay. The two long-time injured Barça players, David Villa (fractured tibia) and Andreu Fontàs (torn ACL), made their returns.[18]

On 18 August, Barcelona and English club Arsenal reached an agreement on the transfer of Cameroon midfielder Alex Song for €19 million. The player signed a five-year deal with an €80 million release clause.[19]

On 19 August, Barcelona started their 2012–13 La Liga season with 5–1 home win over Real Sociedad with two goals by Lionel Messi and one each by Carles Puyol, Pedro, and David Villa. It also marked a successful debut for Tito Vilanova's first league match as manager.[20]

On 20 August, Barcelona suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of Sampdoria for the Joan Gamper Trophy by a score of 1–0.[21] Sergi Roberto was named the best player of the match.[22]

On 23 August, Barcelona defeated Real Madrid in the first leg of the Supercopa de España, 3–2, with goals by Pedro, Lionel Messi, and Xavi. It was Vilanova's first game and win in a Clásico as manager.[23] Messi's 14th Clásico goal allowed him to equal César Rodríguez's record for Barcelona and marked the first time a player scored in four consecutive Spanish Super Cup matches.[24]

On 26 August, Barcelona came back from a 1–0 half-time deficit to defeat CA Osasuna in El Sadar with a 2–1 victory behind two goals from Lionel Messi in the last 15 minutes of the match.[25] Carles Puyol finished with a broken cheekbone after a collision with Osasuna's forward Roland Lamah towards the end of the match,[26] that also saw manager Vilanova ejected for the first time by referee Muñiz Fernández for excessive argument over a play the Barça manager deemed a foul not called in favour of his team.[27]

On 29 August, the RFEF Competition Committee suspended manager Tito Vilanova after he was ejected in the Osasuna match for what the referee deemed as "angrily protesting a play of the match, after he had been warned by the assistant referee." Barça are set to appeal the suspension.[28] Later that day, Barça were defeated in the second leg of the Supercopa de España 2–1 at the Santiago Bernabéu and lost the tie on away goals. Real Madrid jumped out to a 2–0 lead within the first 20 minutes and the comeback was made even tougher for Barça after the sending off of Adriano in the 28th minute. Lionel Messi scored his sixth goal of the season off a free-kick and has scored in all four competitive matches to start the season for Barcelona.[29] Alex Song made his debut for Barcelona with a perfect passing statistic.[30]

On 30 August, UEFA conducted the group stage draw for the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League in Monaco. Barcelona were drawn into Group G along with Portuguese club Benfica, Spartak Moscow from Russia, and Scottish champions Celtic.[31] Barcelona midfielder Andrés Iniesta received the 2011–12 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, beating out teammate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo for the prize.[32]

On 31 August, Barcelona and Schalke 04 agreed on a loan of Ibrahim Afellay to the German club until 30 June 2013.[33]

September[edit]

On 2 September, Barcelona defeated Valencia 1–0 at the Camp Nou to start the league season unbeaten before the FIFA international break. Adriano scored the lone goal in the 23rd minute.[34]

On 12 September, Barcelona announced that midfielder Andrés Iniesta would be out 10–15 days with a pulled abductor in his right leg which he picked up during the GeorgiaSpain match the day before.[35]

On 15 September, Barcelona defeated Getafe CF with a scoreline of 4–1 at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez. Lionel Messi started his first match in over a year on the bench[36] but came-on in the 59th minute to score two goals. David Villa added another one as he recovers to full match fitness from his fractured leg from December 2011.[37] Not all was celebrations for Barça, however, as their captain, Carles Puyol, suffered a strained to the posterior cruciate ligament in his left leg in the 53rd minute. The player is expected to miss four-to-six weeks due to the knee injury.[38]

On 19 September, Barcelona made their Champions League debut for the season with a 3–2 home victory over Spartak Moscow. Cristian Tello contributed the opening goal and Lionel Messi the two winning goals, while Dani Alves scored an own goal for the visitors.[39] Early in the first half, Barça's CB Gerard Piqué suffered a sprained left foot and will be out for two to three weeks.[40]

On 22 September, Barcelona defeated Granada CF at home 2–0 behind a goal from Xavi late in the 87th minute and an own goal in stoppage time to seal the victory.[41]

On 28 September, Lionel Messi won his third consecutive Onze d'Or presented by the French magazine Onze Mondial. With 47.45% of the votes, Messi beat out Cristiano Ronaldo and Atlético Madrid forward Radamel Falcao for the trophy.[42]

On 29 September, Barcelona came from two goals down to claim a 3–2 victory over Sevilla FC at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. After Sevilla took a 2–0 lead, two goals by Cesc Fàbregas and one by substitute David Villa in injury time kept Barça on their perfect start to the league season.[43] In the same match, Thiago picked up a knee injury that will sideline him for up to eight weeks.[44]

October[edit]

On 2 October, Barcelona defeated Benfica at the Estádio da Luz with 2–0 scoreline to stay unbeaten at the top of the group. Alexis Sánchez and Cesc Fàbregas contributed the winning goals, while Sergio Busquets was sent off in the 89th minute.[45] Late in the second half of the game, Carles Puyol suffered yet another injury when he landed awkwardly and dislocated his left elbow.[46] He is expected to be out for eight weeks.[47]

On 7 October, Barcelona drew their first game of the season with a 2–2 at home against Real Madrid. Both goals came from Lionel Messi, bringing him just one goal short of the all time Clásico scoring record of 18 goals by Alfredo Di Stéfano.[48] Early in the match, Dani Alves picked up a hamstring injury in his left leg and will be out for three weeks.[49]

On 15 October, Barcelona announced defender Andreu Fontàs would be loan out to Spanish side RCD Mallorca until the end of the season.[50]

On 20 October, Barcelona took a wild match in A Coruña, beating Deportivo de La Coruña 5–4 at the Riazor. A hat-trick by Lionel Messi gave the visitors all the hard earned three points in where they raced out to a three goal lead within the first 20 minutes of the match.[51]

On 23 October, Barcelona defeated Celtic 2–1 at home. A goal by Andrés Iniesta at the end of the first half and a Jordi Alba goal in the closing seconds helped Barcelona to take away the win[52] in Xavi's 150th international game with Barcelona.[53]

On 27 October, Barcelona defeated Rayo Vallecano with a dominating scoreline of 5–0 in Vallecas. Leo Messi scored a brace, while David Villa, Xavi, and Cesc Fàbregas contributed with a goal each. This win equalled Barcelona's best start in the La Liga.[54]

On 30 October, Barcelona started their Copa del Rey defense with a victory in Vitoria-Gasteiz over Deportivo Alavés in the first leg with a 3–0 win. Goals from David Villa, Andrés Iniesta, and Cesc Fàbregas gave Barça the victory.[55]

November[edit]

On 3 November, Barcelona defeated Celta de Vigo 3–1 at home. With goals by Adriano, David Villa, and Jordi Alba, Barça confirmed their best start in La Liga in club history.[56] Adriano had to leave the game early with a muscle tear in his right thigh and will be out of action for three weeks.[57] The win opened a three-point gap at the top of the league over Atlético Madrid.

On 7 November, Barcelona suffered their first Champions League loss of the season with a 2–1 loss in Glasgow against Celtic. The lone goal by Lionel Messi came in the closing minutes of the game. This loss marked Barça's first away defeat in the Champions League Group Stage since 2006.[58]

On 11 November, Barcelona defeated Mallorca 4–2 at the Iberostar. Goals by Xavi, Cristian Tello, and a brace by Lionel Messi helped equalizing the best ever La Liga start after the first 11 games of the season, previously archived by Real Madrid 1968–69 and 1991–92.[59] With 76 goals to his name in 2012, Messi also overtook Pelé's record of 75 goals in a single calendar year from 1958 and is only nine goals from drawing with the all time record from 1972 by Gerd Müller.[60]

On 16 November, Barcelona announced that Qatar Airways will be the new shirt sponsor starting the 2013–14 season, marking the first official commercial sponsor on the Barcelona shirt in team's history. President Sandro Rosell stated "(Qatar Airways) an ambitious brand with global aspirations, always committed to achieving the utmost excellence in its field. These are objectives with which FC Barcelona fully identifies."[61]

On 17 November, Barcelona defeated Zaragoza with 3–1 at home with another brace by Lionel Messi and Alex Song's first goal for Barça.[62]

On 18 November, Marc Bartra pulled the adductor in his right leg during a training session and will be sidelined for 15 to 20 days.[63]

On 20 November, Barcelona defeated Spartak Moscow in the Luzhniki 3–0. One goal by Dani Alves and two by Lionel Messi helped Barça to qualify for the knockout phase of the Champions League with one game left to play.[64]

On 25 November, Barcelona defeated Levante UD in the Ciutat de València 4–0. A brace by Lionel Messi and one goal each by Cesc Fàbregas and Andrés Iniesta, the later also contributing 3 assists, as well as a penalty save by Víctor Valdés kept Barça on top of La Liga. For over 60 minutes Barcelona played with only La Masia graduates, after Dani Alves came off injured after 13 minutes.[65]

On 28 November, Barcelona defeated Alavés with 3–1 at home. One goal by Adriano and two by David Villa helped Barça to advance to the Round of 16 of the Copa del Rey, where they will face Córdoba CF.[66] With the brace, David Villa passed the 300 career goals mark to 301 goals as a professional, including club and country, Spain.[67]

On 29 November, FIFA announced the three finalists for the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or to be presented on 7 January 2013: Lionel Messi and Andrés Iniesta from Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.[68] This marks the third season in a row that at least two finalist are from Barcelona and the six year in a row that Messi makes the final three.

December[edit]

On 1 December, Barcelona defeated Athletic Bilbao 5–1 at home with two goals by Lionel Messi and one each by Gerard Piqué, Adriano, and Cesc Fàbregas.[69] With this win Barça set up the best ever start of any team in La Liga.[70] Messi's two goals made him equalize with César Rodríguez as Barcelona's top scorers in La Liga with 190 goals.[71]

On 5 December, Barcelona played their first goalless game of the season, drawing 0–0 against Benfica at home. Shortly after coming on, Lionel Messi had to be carried off on a stretcher after twisting his knee.[72] It was later revealed that Messi picked up a contusion on the outside of his left knee.[73]

On 9 December, Barcelona defeated Real Betis in the Benito Villamarín 2–1. With two more goals by Lionel Messi, Barça continued their undefeated run in away games to start La Liga season to eight matches.[74] Those goals also sent Messi's tally to 86 in 2012, overtaking German striker Gerd Müller's record of 85 goals in a calendar year in 1972.[75] Early in the game, Cesc Fàbregas was subbed off with a torn biceps femoris in his left thigh and will be sidelined for three-to-four weeks.[76]

On 12 December, Barcelona defeated Córdoba at the Nuevo Arcángel 2–0. Both goals were scored by Lionel Messi in his first Copa del Rey game of the season.[77]

On 16 December, Barcelona defeated Atlético Madrid at home 4–1. Two goals by Lionel Messi and one each by Adriano and Sergio Busquets. This victory helped Barça to draw nine points clear at the top of the table, and Messi's goals brought his record up to 90 for the year.[78]

On 17 December, Cristian Tello extended his contract with Barcelona until 30 June 2016, with a set buyout clause of €10 million.[79]

On 18 December, Barcelona announced the renewal of contracts with Carles Puyol and Xavi until 2016 and Lionel Messi until 2018.[80]

On 19 December, Barcelona's Medical Services announced that manager Tito Vilanova was to undergo surgery on the following day after a routine check-up revealed that he suffered a parotid ailment relapse, which he was operated on a year previous.[81] During the recovery time, assistant coach Jordi Roura will lead Barça.[82]

On 20 December, UEFA conducted the Round of 16 draw for the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League in Nyon. Barcelona were drawn to face Italian club Milan, who they last faced in the previous season's quarter-finals.[83]

On 22 December, Barcelona won their last match of the year at the José Zorrilla against Real Valladolid with a score of 3–1. Goals by Xavi, Lionel Messi, and Cristian Tello helped to keep the nine point lead on top of the table intact.[84]

On 23 December, Barcelona announced that backup goalkeeper José Manuel Pinto came to an agreement with the club to extend his contract for another year until 30 June 2014.[85]

January[edit]

On 6 January, Barcelona won their first match of the year at home against Espanyol 4–0. Two goals by Pedro and one each by Xavi and Lionel Messi were scored in the first 30 minutes of the game.[86]

On 7 January, Lionel Messi was announced the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or winner in Zurich, Switzerland.[87] With 41.60% of the votes, Messi became the first player to win the award on four occasions, surpassing Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini, and Marco van Basten, all with three. The win also gave Barcelona its tenth winner, the most all time of any European club.[88] Barcelona also celebrated five players in the 2012 FIFA FIFPro World XI, as Messi was joined by team mates Gerard Piqué, Dani Alves, Andrés Iniesta, and Xavi as the world's best for 2012.[89]

On 10 January, Barcelona beat Córdoba in the return leg of the Copa del Rey at home by 5–0, with one goal scored by Thiago and two each by David Villa and Alexis Sánchez. With an aggregate score of 7–0, Barça went through to the quarter-finals, where they will face Málaga CF.[90] Early in the second half of the game, Sergi Roberto was subbed off with a tear in his left hamstring and will be out of action for four weeks.[91]

On 13 January, Barcelona beat Málaga in the La Rosaleda 3–1, with goals by Lionel Messi, Cesc Fàbregas, and Thiago. With this win, Barça ended the first round of the season with a record breaking 55 out of a possible 57 points.[92]

On 16 January, Barcelona drew 2–2 against Málaga at home in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals. Goals by Lionel Messi and Carles Puyol were scored within one minute of each other.[93]

On 18 January, Barcelona announced that goalkeeper Víctor Valdés will not be extending his contract any further after his current one expires on 30 June 2014.[94]

On 19 January, Barcelona lost their first league game away against Real Sociedad in the Anoeta by a score of 3–2. After being up by two goals from Lionel Messi and Pedro, Gerard Piqué was sent off with a second yellow and Sociedad turned the game around and scored the winning goal in the dying minutes.[95]

On 24 January, Barcelona defeated Málaga in the La Rosaleda 4–2, with goals by Pedro, Gerard Piqué, Andrés Iniesta, and Lionel Messi. With an aggregate score of 6–4, Barça went through to the Copa del Rey semi-finals, where they will face Real Madrid.[96]

On 27 January, Barcelona defeated Osasuna at home 5–1 with four goals by Lionel Messi and one from Pedro.[97] With those goals, Messi broke the 200-goal barrier in La Liga, becoming the youngest player to archive that feat at just 25 years and 217 days of age.[98][99]

On 30 January, Barcelona drew 1–1 against Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabéu in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals. The lone Barça goal was scored by Cesc Fàbregas.[100]

On 31 January, Barcelona and AFC Ajax agreed on the loan of forward Isaac Cuenca to the Dutch club until 30 June 2013.[101] On the same day, Barça announced that defender Marc Muniesa will join the B team for the rest of the season after having recovered from a torn ACL.[102]

February[edit]

On 3 February, Barcelona drew their second league match of the season and their second season match in a row. A 1–1 draw against Valencia at the Mestalla saw Lionel Messi scoring the only goal through a penalty.[103] Xavi, who was substituted in injury time of the match, was diagnosed the following day with a hamstring injury and will be sidelined for 15 days.[104] Barcelona faced Milan in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 at the San Siro and lost 2–0, with goals coming from Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari.[105]

On 21 February, Barcelona announced that defender Éric Abidal is fit to play for the first time since receiving a liver transplant in April 2012. [106] On 24 February, Barcelona defeated Sevilla 2–1 in Camp Nou with goals from David Villa and Lionel Messi. [107] On 26 February, Barcelona were defeated by Real Madrid 3–1, 4–2 on aggregate, at the Camp Nou and were knocked out of Copa del Rey contention. [108]

March[edit]

On 2 March, Barcelona lost to Real Madrid at the Bernabéu by a score of 2–1. This was Barcelona's second loss against Real Madrid in a week. Four days later, Víctor Valdés was handed a four-match league ban after receiving a double yellow card for verbally abusing a referee following his team's defeat in the Clásico in the weekend fixture.[109]

On 9 March, Barcelona defeated Deportivo de La Coruña 2–0 with goals from Alexis Sánchez and Lionel Messi.[110] On 12 March, Barcelona defeated Milan 4–0, 4–2 on aggregate, and entered the quarter-finals of the Champions League with goals from David Villa, Jordi Alba, and a brace from Lionel Messi.[111] On 17 March, Barcelona defeated Rayo Vallecano 3–1 at Camp Nou with Messi scoring two and Villa scoring one goal.[112] On 30 March, Barca drew 2–2 with Celta De Vigo with Messi and Tello Scoring a goal each.[113]

April[edit]

On 2 April, Barca drew 2–2 against Paris Saint-Germain in France in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final, the goals coming from Messi and Xavi via a penalty.[114]

On April 10, Barca drew 1–1 against PSG at home in the Camp Nou in the Champions League quarter-final second leg. Pedro scored the all-important equaliser, which put Barca through to the semi-finals on the away goals rule.[115] The draw for the semi-finals of the Champions League was held on 12 April, with Barça drawing with Bayern Munich.[116]

On 14 April, Barcelona beat Real Zarozoga 3–0 away from home. [117] A 1–0 win over Levante on 20 April means that Barcelona need a maximum of six more points to secure the 2012–13 La Liga title.

On 23 April, Barcelona lost to Bayern 4–0 away at the Allianz Arena in Munich, their largest defeat in Europe in 16 years. On 1 May, in the second leg at home, they lost 3–0. With an aggregate score of 7–0, they were knocked out of the Champions League in the semi-finals.

May[edit]

On 5 May, Barcelona defeated Real Betis 4–2 at home with two goals by Lionel Messi and one each by David Villa and Alexis Sánchez with one more win to secure the La Liga title.

On 11 May, Barcelona clinched their 22nd La Liga title, after Real Madrid's draw against Espanyol at the Cornellà-El Prat. The result gave Barcelona an 8 point lead with two matches remaining, which ensured that they would finish top of the table. Barcelona were at the top of the league table for the entirety of the season, and only lost two matches en route to winning the title. It was the first title for manager Vilanova.

On 30 May, French defender Éric Abidal called a press conference to announce his departure from the club after six trophy-laden seasons.[118] Although admitting he wanted to see out his career as a Barça player, the club ultimately decided not to renew his contract.

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Since
App
Goals
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
1 GK  ESP Valdés (2nd VC) 32 EU 2002 501 0 2014 Youth system
2 RB  BRA Dani Alves 31 EU 2008 255 16 2015 €32M Second nationality: Spain
3 CB  ESP Piqué 27 EU 2008 227 16 2015 €5M From Youth system
4 CM  ESP Fàbregas 27 EU 2011 96 29 2016 €34M From Youth system
5 CB  ESP Puyol (captain) 36 EU 1999 581 16 2016 Youth system
6 CM  ESP Xavi (1st VC) 34 EU 1998 677 80 2016 Youth system
7 FW  ESP Villa 32 EU 2010 119 48 2015 €40M
8 CM  ESP Iniesta (3rd VC) 30 EU 2002 455 47 2015 Youth system
9 FW  CHI Alexis 26 Non-EU 2011 87 26 2016 €26M
10 FW  ARG Messi (4th VC) 27 EU 2004 379 313 2018 Youth system Second nationality: Spain
11 CM  ESP Thiago 23 EU 2009 101 11 2015 Youth system
12 CM  MEX Jonathan 24 EU 2009 25 0 2015 Youth system Second nationality: Spain
13 GK  ESP Pinto 38 EU 2008 64 0 2014 €0.5M
14 CB  ARG Mascherano 30 EU 2010 138 0 2016 €22M Second nationality: Italy
15 CB  ESP Bartra 23 EU 2010 24 1 2015 Youth system
16 CM  ESP Sergio 26 EU 2008 236 8 2015 Youth system
17 FW  ESP Pedro 27 EU 2008 214 68 2016 Youth system
18 LB  ESP Alba 25 EU 2012 44 5 2017 €14M From Youth system
19 RB  ESP Montoya 23 EU 2011 36 2 2014 Youth system
21 LB  BRA Adriano 29 EU 2010 105 10 2017 €9.5M Second nationality: Spain
22 LB  FRA Abidal 35 EU 2007 193 2 2013 €9M
25 CM  CMR Song 27 EU 2012 34 1 2017 €19M Second nationality: France
37 FW  ESP Tello 23 EU 2011 56 15 2016 Youth system

From the 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 Muniesa
27 Spain FW Gerard Deulofeu
28 Spain MF Sergi Roberto
29 Spain DF Carles Planas
No. Position Player
30 Brazil MF Rafinha
31 Spain GK Oier Olazábal
32 Spain GK Jordi Masip
33 Spain DF Sergi Gómez

Transfers in[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Moving from
Type
Transfer
window
Ends
Transfer
fee
Source
18 DF  ESP Jordi Alba 23 EU Valencia Transfer Summer 2017 €14M FCBarcelona.com
25 DM  CMR Alex Song 24 EU Arsenal England Transfer Summer 2017 €19M FCBarcelona.com

Total spending: Decrease €33 million

Transfers out[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Moving to
Type
Transfer
window
Transfer
fee
Source
15 MF  MLI Seydou Keita 32 EU Dalian Aerbin China End of contract Summer Free FCBarcelona.com
20 FW  NED Ibrahim Afellay 26 EU Schalke 04 Germany Loan Summer N/A FCBarcelona.com
24 CB  ESP Andreu Fontàs 22 EU Mallorca Loan Summer N/A FCBarcelona.com
FW  BRA Keirrison 23 Non-EU Coritiba Brazil Loan Summer Free FCBarcelona.com
DF  BRA Henrique 25 Non-EU Palmeiras Brazil Contract termination Summer Free FCBarcelona.com
23 FW  ESP Isaac Cuenca 21 EU Ajax Netherlands Loan Winter N/A FCBarcelona.com

Total income: Increase €0

Expenditure: Decrease €33 million

Club[edit]

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
First team head coach Tito Vilanova
Assistant coach Jordi Roura
Goalkeeping coach José Ramón de la Fuente
Physical fitness coach Aureli Altimira
Director of football Andoni Zubizarreta

Last updated: 15 June
Source: FC Barcelona Official Website

Statistics[edit]

Squad stats[edit]

League Europe Cup Supercopa Total Stats
Games played 38 12 8 2 60
Games won 32 5 5 1 43
Games drawn 4 3 2 0 9
Games lost 2 4 1 1 8
Goals scored 115 18 21 4 158
Goals conceded 40 17 9 4 70
Goal difference +75 +1 +12 0 +88
Clean sheets 10 4 3 0 17
Goal by Substitute 10 0 0 0 10
Shots 461 178 109 26 764
Corners 193 74 38 13 318
Players used 24 25 23 16 27
Offsides 108 26 25 4 163
Fouls suffered 436 178 97 28 756
Fouls committed 352 110 61 21 554
Yellow cards 51 25 15 3 94
Red cards 3 1 0 1 5

Last updated: 1 May 2013
Source: ESPN FC

Players Used: Barcelona has used a total of 27 different players in all competitions.[119]

Scoring records[edit]

  • Latest goal of the season in La Liga: 93 minutes and 3 seconds, Cristian Tello against Real Valladolid (22 December 2012)
  • Latest goal of the season in Europe: 93 minuteand 13 seconds, Jordi Alba against Celtic (23 October 2012)
  • Latest goal of the season in the Copa del Rey: 88 minute and 37 seconds Jordi Alba against Real Madrid (26 February 2013)
  • Longest winning run in La Liga: 12 (20 October 2012 – 19 January 2013)
  • Longest unbeaten run in La Liga: 19 (19 August 2012 – 19 January 2013)
  • Longest winning run in Champions League: 3 (19 September 2012 – 7 November 2012)
  • Longest unbeaten run in Champions League: 3 (19 September 2012 – 7 November 2012) and (20 February 2013 – 10 April 2013)
  • Longest winning run in season: 8 (29 August 2012 – 7 October 2012)
  • Longest unbeaten run in season: 15 (11 November 2012 – 19 January 2013)
  • Longest scoring run in La Liga: 33 (19 August 2012–N/A)
  • Longest scoring run in season: 23 (19 August 2012 – 5 December 2012)
  • Longest run of clean sheets run in La Liga: 3
  • Longest run of clean sheets run in season: 2
  • Biggest win of the season in La Liga: 6–1 vs Getafe (10 February 2013)
  • Biggest win of the season in Europe: 4–0 vs Milan (12 March 2013)
  • Biggest win of the season in the Copa del Rey: 5–0 vs Córdoba (10 January 2013)

Player statistics[edit]

Total 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 Valdés  ESP 44 44 -53 3960 11 -17 31 -32 2 -4 (-) GA
13 GK Pinto  ESP 16 16 -12 1440 1 7 -3 8 -9 (-) GA
2 RB Alves  BRA 43 44 1 3754 10 1 27 6 1
3 CB Piqué  ESP 41 44 3 3625 10 28 2 4 1 2
5 CB Puyol  ESP 20 22 2 1627 4 13 1 5 1 Injured - Hamstring injury Source
15 CB Bartra  ESP 8 15 904 6 7 2
18 LB Alba  ESP 41 44 5 3757 9 2 29 2 4 1 2
19 RB Montoya  ESP 16 22 1683 3 13 5 1
21 FB Adriano  BRA 27 32 6 2115 6 21 5 3 1 2
22 LB Abidal  FRA 2 4 184 4
26 CB Muniesa  ESP
29 LB Planas  ESP 2 108 1 1
4 CM Fàbregas  ESP 41 44 13 3235 8 1 28 10 7 2 1
6 CM Xavi  ESP 41 43 7 3667 11 1 25 5 5 2 1
8 CM Iniesta  ESP 40 42 5 3509 10 1 25 2 5 2 2
11 CM Thiago  ESP 20 32 3 1907 2 23 2 7 1
12 CM Jonathan  MEX 1 5 184 2 3
14 DM Mascherano  ARG 36 38 3264 8 22 6 2
16 DM Busquets  ESP 39 41 1 3454 8 27 1 4 2
25 DM Song  CMR 25 28 1 2398 7 15 1 5 1
28 CM Roberto  ESP 4 5 331 1 1 3
30 CM Rafinha  BRA 1 1 57 1
7 SS Villa  ESP 26 38 14 2265 10 1 23 8 5 5
9 SS Sánchez  CHI 28 42 8 2626 9 1 25 5 6 2 2
10 SS Messi  ARG 44 50 60 4096 11 8 32 46 5 4 2 2
17 SS Pedro  ESP 39 42 8 3406 10 1 25 5 5 1 2 1
27 SS Deulofeu  ESP 3 68 2 1
37 SS Tello  ESP 16 30 8 1633 4 1 18 7 6 2

Last updated: 1 May 2013
Source: 2012–13 Stats
Ordered by position in ascending shirt number.
0 shown as blank
1 Other Competitions: Supercopa de España

Note: The Time Played is not updated yet.

Goal scorers[edit]

No. Pos. Nation Name La Liga UEFA Champions League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Total
10 FW Argentina Messi 46 8 4 2 60
7 FW Spain Villa 10 1 5 0 16
4 MF Spain Fàbregas 11 1 2 0 14
9 FW Chile Sánchez 8 1 2 0 11
17 FW Spain Pedro 7 1 1 1 10
37 FW Spain Tello 7 1 0 0 8
6 MF Spain Xavi 5 1 0 1 7
21 DF Brazil Adriano 5 0 1 0 6
8 MF Spain Iniesta 3 1 2 0 6
18 DF Spain Alba 2 2 1 0 5
3 DF Spain Piqué 2 0 1 0 3
11 MF Spain Thiago 2 0 1 0 3
5 DF Spain Puyol 1 0 1 0 2
2 DF Brazil Alves 0 1 0 0 1
16 MF Spain Busquets 1 0 0 0 1
19 DF Spain Montoya 1 0 0 0 1
25 MF Cameroon Song 1 0 0 0 1
TOTAL 112 18 21 4 155

Last updated: 26 May 2013

Substitution record[edit]

Includes all competitive matches.

La Liga Champions League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Total
No. Pos Name subson subsoff subson subsoff subson subsoff subson subsoff subson subsoff
Goalkeepers
1 GK Valdés 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 GK Pinto 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Defenders
2 RB Alves 4 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 4 6
3 CB Piqué 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 2
5 CB Puyol 1 5 1 1 0 2 0 0 2 8
15 CB Bartra 4 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 7 2
18 LB Alba 2 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 3 5
19 RB Montoya 4 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 8 0
21 FB Adriano 5 8 1 2 1 1 0 0 7 11
22 LB Abidal 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
26 CB Muniesa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 LB Planas 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Midfielders
4 CM Fàbregas 2 13 2 3 2 3 1 0 7 20
6 CM Xavi 5 8 0 2 1 1 0 1 6 12
8 CM Iniesta 7 7 1 1 0 1 0 0 8 9
11 CM Thiago 10 7 1 0 3 1 0 0 14 8
12 CM Jonathan 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 4 1
14 DM Mascherano 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 5 3
16 DM Busquets 5 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 4
25 DM Song 3 1 4 1 1 0 1 0 9 2
28 CM S. Roberto 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1
30 CM Rafinha 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Forwards
7 SS David Villa 10 10 5 3 1 2 0 0 16 15
9 SS Sánchez 10 9 5 2 3 1 0 2 17 14
10 SS Messi 4 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 6 2
17 SS Pedro 4 10 0 5 1 3 0 2 5 20
27 SS Deulofeu 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
37 SS Tello 8 5 2 2 4 1 2 0 16 8

Last updated: 5 May 2013

Disciplinary record[edit]

Includes all competitive matches.Players listed below made at least one appearance for Barcelona first squad during the season.

N P Nat. Name League Europe Cup Supercopa Total Notes
Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Yellow card Second yellow card Red card
1 GK  ESP V. Valdés 1 1 1 1
2 DF  BRA Dani Alves 2 2 2 6
3 DF  ESP Piqué 4 1 3 2 1 10 1
4 MF  ESP Fàbregas 5 1 2 8
5 DF  ESP Puyol 3 2 5
6 MF  ESP Xavi
7 FW  ESP David Villa 1 1
8 MF  ESP A. Iniesta 3 1 4
9 FW  CHI Alexis 3 1 1 5
10 FW  ARG Messi 1 1 2
11 MF  ESP Thiago 4 4
12 MF  MEX Jonathan
13 GK  ESP Pinto 1 1
14 MF  ARG Mascherano 2 1 3 2 2 9 1
15 DF  ESP Bartra 1 1 2
16 MF  ESP Sergio 9 1 1 1 11 1
17 FW  ESP Pedro 3 3 6
18 DF  ESP Jordi Alba 3 3 1 7
19 DF  ESP Montoya 1 1
21 DF  BRA Adriano 3 3 1 6 1
22 DF  FRA Abidal
25 MF  CMR A. Song 3 2 5
27 FW  ESP Deulofeu
28 MF  ESP S. Roberto
29 DF  ESP Planas
30 MF  ESP Rafinha 1 1
37 FW  ESP Tello

Last updated: 5 May 2013
Source: Competitive matches
Only competitive matches
Ordered by Red card, Second yellow card and Yellow card
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.

Injuries[edit]

Players in bold are still out from their injuries.

Date No. Pos. Name Injury Note Recovery time
15 March 2012 22 DF Abidal Liver transplant N/A 1 year
25 May 2012 23 SS Cuenca Injury to right knee Match against Athletic Bilbao 6 months
24 July 2012 26 DF Muniesa Torn anterior cruciate ligament. Match against Hamburger SV 6 months
26 August 2012 5 DF Puyol Fractured cheekbone Match against Osasuna 3 weeks
29 August 2012 2 DF Dani Alves Unspecified Warmup of match against Real Madrid 3 days
11 September 2012 8 MF A. Iniesta Injury to right adductor muscle With Spain after match against Georgia 3 weeks
13 September 2012 18 DF Jordi Alba Flu like symptoms N/A 1 week
15 September 2012 5 DF Puyol Strained posterior cruciate ligament in left leg Match against Getafe 4–6 weeks
19 September 2012 3 DF Piqué Sprained foot Match against Spartak Moscow 2–3 weeks
25 September 2012 21 DF Adriano Muscle problem During training 1 week
29 September 2012 11 MF Thiago Torn the internal collateral ligament in right knee. Match against Sevilla 2 months
2 October 2012 5 DF Puyol Dislocated left elbow Match against Benfica 8 weeks
7 October 2012 2 DF Dani Alves Hamstring Injured in left leg Match against Real Madrid 3 weeks
3 November 2012 21 DF Adriano Muscle tear in right thigh Match against Celta Vigo 3 weeks
14 November 2012 9 SS Alexis Damaged a ligament in right foot With Chile match vs Serbia 4 weeks
18 November 2012 15 DF Bartra Thigh muscle injury During training 2–3 weeks
25 November 2012 2 DF Dani Alves Hamstring Injured in right leg Match against Levante 15–20 days
9 December 2012 4 CM Fàbregas Torn the biceps femoris in his left thigh Match against Betis 3–4 weeks
10 January 2013 28 CM S. Roberto Tear in left hamstring Match against Córdoba 4 weeks
10 January 2013 7 FW David Villa Hamstring injury Match against Córdoba 2 weeks
3 February 2013 6 CM Xavi Hamstring injury Match against Valencia 2 weeks
11 February 2013 7 FW David Villa Kidney stones N/A 1 week
13 March 2013 6 CM Xavi Hamstring injury After the match against A.C. Milan 2–3 weeks
13 March 2013 5 DF Puyol Arthroscopy in right knee After the match against A.C. Milan 1–3 months
17 March 2013 21 DF Adriano Torn right hamstring Match against Rayo Vallecano 4–6 weeks
22 March 2013 18 DF Jordi Alba Sprained hamstring With Spain after match against Finland 1 week
26 March 2013 17 SS Pedro Sprained hamstring With Spain match against France 10 days
2 April 2013 10 SS Messi Sprained hamstring Match against Paris Saint-Germain 1–3 weeks
2 April 2013 14 MF Mascherano Knee injury Match against Paris Saint-Germain 6 weeks
13 April 2013 16 MF Sergio Hernia N/A 1 week
13 April 2013 13 GK Pinto Back injury During training 1 week
24 April 2013 16 MF Sergio Groin injury N/A 2 weeks
27 April 2013 22 DF Abidal Calf injury Match against Athletic Bilbao 1 week
13 May 2013 10 SS Messi Sprained hamstring Match against Atlético Madrid 2–3 weeks

Last Updated: 14 May 2013

Fair Play award[edit]

This award is given annually since 1999 to the team with the best fair play during the season. This ranking takes into account aspects such as cards, suspension of matches, audience behaviour and other penalties. This section not only aims to determine the best fair play, but also serves to break the tie in teams that are tied in all the other rules: points, head-to-head, goal difference and goals scored.

Rank Team Games Yellow card Double Yellow Card/Ejection Double Yellow Card/Ejection Direct Red Card Games of Suspension (Player, only when +3) Games of Suspension (Club's Personnel) Audience Behaviour Closure of Stadium Total Points
1
Barcelona
34
52
2
0
426
22
70
2
Valladolid
34
70
3
0
15
81
3
Real Sociedad
34
85
1
0
18
92

Source: La Liga Fair Play Award Standings
Last updated: 9 May 2013

Pre-season and friendlies[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Final
position / round
First match Last match
Supercopa de España Final Runners-up 23 August 2012 29 August 2012
La Liga 1st 19 August 2012 1 June 2013
Copa del Rey Round of 32 Semi-finals 30 October 2012 26 February 2013
UEFA Champions League Group stage Semi-finals 19 September 2012 1 May 2013

Last updated: 11 May 2013
Source: Competitions


Supercopa de España[edit]

See also: El Clásico

La Liga[edit]

Main article: 2012–13 La Liga

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Barcelona (C) 38 32 4 2 115 40 +75 100 2013–14 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Real Madrid 38 26 7 5 103 42 +61 85
3 Atlético Madrid 38 23 7 8 65 31 +34 76

Updated to games played on 1 June 2013.
Source: LFP
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head goals scored; 5th goal difference; 6th number of goals scored; 7th Fair-play points
(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.

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 32 4 2 115 40 +75 100 18 1 0 63 15 +48 14 3 2 52 25 +27

Last updated: 26 May 2013.
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 H A H A A H A H A H A H A H A A H A H A H A H H A H A H A H A H A H
Result W W W W W W D W W W W W W W W W W W W L W D W W W L W W D W W W D W W W W W
Position 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Source: Competitive matches
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

Copa del Rey[edit]

Kickoff times are in CET.

Round of 32[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

See also: El Clásico

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group G
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Barcelona 6 4 1 1 11 5 +6 13
Scotland Celtic 6 3 1 2 9 8 +1 10
Portugal Benfica 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8
Russia Spartak Moscow 6 1 0 5 7 14 −7 3

Knockout phase[edit]

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

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