2007–08 FC Barcelona season

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Barcelona
2007–08 season
President Spain Joan Laporta
Head Coach Netherlands Frank Rijkaard
Stadium Camp Nou
La Liga 3rd
Copa del Rey Semi-finals
UEFA Champions League Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Samuel Eto'o (16)

All:
Thierry Henry (19)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Though it did not produce silverware, Futbol Club Barcelona's 2007–08 season would mark a period of change within the club, having many firsts and lasts. Most importantly, this would be Ronaldinho's last season with the club, being displaced by the coming of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry. This season also marked the breakthrough of young talent Bojan into the first team, as well as the emergence of Lionel Messi as one of the team's key players. On the other hand, this would be Lilian Thuram's last season as a professional footballer, as well as Gianluca Zambrotta's last with the club.

Events[edit]

Thierry Henry, a €24 million move from Arsenal.
  • 25 June: Thierry Henry moves from Arsenal to Barcelona for €24 million.[1]
  • 29 August: Nike will supply Barcelona until the 2017–18 season.[2]
  • 22 September: The Camp Nou turns 50 years old with a celebration full of music, light, and colour.[3]
  • 22 September: A large reform for the Camp Nou was revealed, with plans to make the Camp Nou bigger, with a retractable roof and better facilities.[4][5][6]
  • 20 October: Bojan becomes the youngest ever player to score for the club in La Liga.[7]
  • 26 October: Barça opens a community centre for children in Senegal.[8]
  • 20 March: Barcelona are knocked out of the Copa del Rey at the semi-final stage by Valencia.[9]
  • 8 May: The club announces that head coach Frank Rijkaard will leave the club when his contracts expires at the end of June, and that Pep Guardiola will replace him.[10]

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

Carles Puyol, the captain of FC Barcelona in the 2007-08 season.

The squad has reasonably changed in the summer transfer window. The biggest addition was Thierry Henry, with a transfer fee of 24 millions. That equals the transfer fee paid for Samuel Eto'o in 2004, but just below the €30 million paid for Ronaldinho in 2003. Other additions were Éric Abidal, Yaya Touré, and Gabriel Milito that are part of the current start team. On the other end, some important players that were often used last season have left the club, such as, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Ludovic Giuly. Barcelona still used a great number of players developed in its youth system, 9 of 23, and have two new additions this season: Giovani dos Santos and Bojan (17 years old, the youngest player on the squad).

Most of the players have contracts beyond this end of season, but Deco, an important player, has his contract ending in 2008. The captain is still Carles Puyol, who is from Barcelona's youth system, plays in the first squad since 1999 and currently is the player with the most appearances (268). Currently, the highest scorer is Ronaldinho, with 80 goals. Also Ronaldinho, from August of this year, has a European passport. On mid-October, Samuel Eto'o received Spanish nationality, making him an EU player.[11] The only non-EU player is Yaya Touré. Because Spain ratified the Cotonou Agreement in 2007, however, Touré is now considered an EU player, as his native country of Ivory Coast is a signatory to that agreement, and the 2003 Kolpak ruling extended the Bosman ruling to nations with an associate trading relationship with the EU.

As of 21 October
N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Since
App
Goals
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
1 GK Spain Víctor Valdés (VC3) 25 EU 1998 210 0 2010 Youth system
3 CB Argentina Gabriel Milito 26 EU 2007 39 1 2011 €17M
4 CB Mexico Rafael Márquez 28 EU 2003 166 8 2010 €5M
5 CB Spain Carles Puyol (captain) 29 EU 1992 303 6 2010 Youth system
6 RM Spain Xavi (VC2) 27 EU 1994 288 28 2010 Youth system
7 CF Iceland Eiður Guðjohnsen 28 EU 2006 72 13 2009 €12M
8 LM Spain Andrés Iniesta 23 EU 2002 211 17 2010 Youth system
9 CF Cameroon Samuel Eto'o 26 EU 2004 137 89 2010 €24M
10 LW Brazil Ronaldinho (VC1) 27 EU 2003 196 89 2010 €30M EU passport
11 RB Italy Gianluca Zambrotta 30 EU 2006 74 3 2010 €14M
13 GK Spain José Manuel Pinto 31 EU 2008 0 0 2008 loan
14 LW France Thierry Henry 29 EU 2007 40 14 2011 €24M
15 DM Brazil Edmílson 30 EU 2004 89 0 2008 €10M
16 LB Brazil Sylvinho 33 EU 2004 92 3 2008 €2M
17 FW Mexico Giovani dos Santos 18 EU 2007 33 1 2009 Youth system EU passport
18 CF Spain Santiago Ezquerro 30 EU 2005 38 7 2008 Free
19 RW Argentina Lionel Messi 20 EU 2004 97 40 2014 Youth system
20 LM PortugalBrazil Deco 29 EU 2004 151 19 2008 €15M €15M + Quaresma
21 CB France Lilian Thuram 35 EU 2006 50 0 2008 €5M
22 LB France Éric Abidal 27 EU 2007 40 0 2011 €15M
23 CB Spain Oleguer 27 EU 2002 165 1 2010 Youth system
24 DM Ivory Coast Touré Yaya 24 Non-EU 2007 32 2 2011 €9M Under Kolpak ruling
25 GK Spain Albert Jorquera 28 EU 2001 17 0 2008 Youth system
27 FW Spain Bojan 16 EU 2007 40 10 2009 Youth system

Players in / out[edit]

In[edit]

N
P
Name
EU
Country
Age
Type
Moving from
Transfer
window
Ends
Transfer
fee
Source
14 FW Henry EU France 29 Transfer Green tickY ArsenalEngland Summer 2011 €24M FCBarcelona.cat
24 MF Touré Yaya Non-EU Ivory Coast 24 Transfer Green tickY MonacoFrance Summer 2011 €9M FCBarcelona.cat
FCBarcelona.cat
22 DF Abidal EU France 27 Transfer Green tickY LyonFrance Summer 2011 €15M FCBarcelona.cat
3 DF Milito EU Argentina 26 Transfer Green tickY Zaragoza Summer 2011 €17M +
€3.5M in variables
FCBarcelona.cat
17 FW Giovani EU Mexico 18 Promote Face-smile.svg Barcelona B Summer 2009 Youth system FCBarcelona.cat
27 FW Bojan EU Spain 16 Promote Face-smile.svg Barcelona B Summer 2009 Youth system FCBarcelona.cat
13 GK Pinto EU Spain 31 Loan → Celta de Vigo Winter 2008 €0.5M FCBarcelona.cat
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Total spending: Decrease €65.5 million

Out[edit]

N
P
Name
EU
Country
Age
Status
Moving to
Transfer
window
Transfer
fee
Source
12 DF Gio EU Netherlands 32 Contract Termination Red XN FeyenoordNetherlands Summer Free
22 FW Saviola EU Argentina 25 Contract Termination Red XN Real Madrid Summer Free RealMadrid.com
8 FW Giuly EU France 30 Transfer Green tickY RomaItaly Summer €3.2M FCBarcelona.cat
28 GK Rubén EU Spain 23 Loan → Racing Ferrol Summer N/A lavozdegalicia.es
FW Maxi López EU Argentina 23 Transfer Green tickY FC MoscowRussia Summer €2M Marca.com
2 RB Belletti EU Brazil 31 Transfer Green tickY ChelseaEngland Summer €5.5M chelseafc.com
3 MF Thiago Motta EU Brazil 24 Transfer Green tickY Atlético Madrid Summer €1M +
2M in variables
FCBarcelona.cat

Last updated: 1 February
EU = if holds or not a European Union passport; Country: when 2 flags, 1st flag = country that plays for internationally, 2nd flag = country of birth; N = number on jersey; P = Position (for position name, pause mouse pointer on abbreviation); Name = Name on jersey (for more extensive name, pause mouse pointer on name); Age = age on the day of the signing; Moving from = only indicate the club the player was playing before start playing for this club in this season, for the type of the moving see Status column; Moving to = only indicates the club the player is going to play next, for the type of the moving see Status column; Ends = when the player's current contract ends; n/a = Not applicable.

Total income: Increase €11.7 million.

Expenditure: Decrease €53.8 million.

Squad stats[edit]

Víctor Valdés has the most starts in this season.

Víctor Valdés and Éric Abidal have been the only two players that have started all the matches (excepting Copa Catalunya, when Barcelona didn't use the same players as for the other competitions). Previously, Gianluca Zambrotta and Yaya Touré started all the matches until they got injured. Oleguer replaced Zambrotta and Andrés Iniesta replaced Touré. Giovani dos Santos and Bojan were the substitute forwards, while Santiago Ezquerro played only in the Copa Catalunya, as well as Eiður Guðjohnsen playing once. Thierry Henry started the majority of the matches when Samuel Eto'o got injured. He scored his first hat trick wearing Barça's jersey, and he's the second goal scorer with four goals. Ronaldinho missed three matches due to an injury.[14]

As of 5 February
Total La Liga UEFA Champions League Copa del Rey Copa Catalunya
No.
P
Nat.
Name
Sts
App
Gls
App
Gls
App
Gls
App
Gls
App
Gls


1 GK Spain V. Valdés 52 52 35 11 6


3 CB Argentina Milito 41 42 1 27 1 9 6


4 CB Mexico Márquez 26 37 2 23 2 8 5 1


5 CB Spain Puyol 45 47 1 30 10 1 7


6 RM Spain Xavi 50 54 9 35 7 12 1 7 1


7 FW Iceland Guðjohnsen 19 37 3 23 2 8 6 1


8 MF Spain A. Iniesta 43 49 4 31 3 11 1 7


9 CF Cameroon Eto'o 27 28 18 18 16 7 1 3 1


10 LW Brazil Ronaldinho 20 26 9 17 8 8 1 1


11 RB Italy Zambrotta 37 41 29 7 5


13 GK Spain Pinto 3 3 3


14 LW France Henry 40 47 19 30 12 10 3 7 4


15 DM Brazil Edmílson 7 15 11 1 3


16 LB Brazil Sylvinho 17 24 1 14 4 4 2 1


17 FW Mexico Giovani 16 38 4 28 3 5 1 5


18 FW Spain Ezquerro 4 6 3 3 1 2 2 1


19 RW Argentina Messi 34 40 16 28 10 9 6 3


20 LM Portugal
Brazil
Deco 24 29 1 18 1 6 5


21 CB France Thuram 25 28 18 6 4


22 LB France Abidal 43 46 30 10 6


23 CB Spain Oleguer 11 17 12 2 1 2


24 DM Ivory Coast Touré Yaya 37 38 2 26 1 9 1 3


25 GK Spain Jorquera 4 4 1 1 2


26 MF Spain Crosas 2 5 1 2 2


27 FW Spain Bojan 20 48 12 31 10 9 1 8 1


28 GK Spain Oier 1 1 1


30 DM Spain Víctor Sánchez 1 2 1 1


31 CB Spain Valiente 1 1


33 RW Spain Pedro 3 2 1


36 MF Spain Víctor Vázquez 1 3 1 1 2 1


37 DF Spain Fali 2 1 1


38 MF Spain Rueda 1 1


Last updated: 17 May
Source: FCBarcelona.cat
Ordered by start team and position on pitch (from back right to front left)
0 shown as blank

Disciplinary record[edit]

Deco, the most booked player.
N
P
Nat.
Name
Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Notes
11 RB Italy Zambrotta 7 0 1
4 CB Mexico Márquez 9 1 0
3 CB Argentina Milito 9 1 0
20 LM PortugalBrazil Deco 12 0 0 24 appearances, booked every other match.
5 CB Spain Puyol 11 0 0
24 CM Ivory Coast Touré Yaya 8 0 0
17 FW Mexico Giovani 6 0 0
8 MF Spain A. Iniesta 5 0 0
19 RW Argentina Messi 5 0 0
22 LB France Abidal 4 0 0
9 FW Cameroon Eto'o 3 0 0
7 CF Iceland Guðjohnsen 3 0 0
14 CF France Henry 3 0 0
6 RM Spain Xavi 3 1 0
27 FW Spain Bojan 2 0 0
21 CB France Thuram 2 0 0
23 CB Spain Oleguer 1 0 0
16 LB Brazil Sylvinho 1 0 0
1 GK Spain V. Valdés 1 0 0

Last updated: 12 April
Source: FCBarcelona.cat
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.

Start formations[edit]

As last season,[15] Frank Rijkaard still starting all matches using a 4–3–3 formation.

As of 3 February
Qnt Formation Match(es)
52 4-3-3 All matches

Last updated: 12 April
Source: Match reports in Competitive matches
Only competitive matches.


Club[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Frank Rijkaard, managing Barcelona since 2003.

This season will be the fifth consecutive season for Frank Rijkaard as Barcelona's manager. Even though Barça did not win any major competition last season,[16] club president Joan Laporta confirmed Rijkaard's presence for this season.[17] All staff from last season, except doctor Gil Rodas, are remaining.[18]

As of 13 October
Position Staff
Head coach Netherlands Frank Rijkaard
Assistant coach Netherlands Johan Neeskens / Spain Eusebio Sacristán
Goalkeeping coach Spain Juan Carlos Unzué
Fitness coach Paco Seirul·lo / Albert Roca
Doctors Ricard Pruna / Toni Tramullas
Representative Carles Naval

Last updated: 19 September
Source: FCBarcelona.cat

Kit[edit]

Supplier: Nike
Features: UNICEF (a noncommercial agreement, see FCBarcelona.cat)

Home
Away
Third

Source: FCBarcelona.cat
Notes: Socks have stripes not shown here.

Other information[edit]

President Spain Joan Laporta
Vice-president and sports affairs Spain Marc Ingla
Technical secretary Spain Txiki Beguiristáin
Vice-president and institutional relations Spain Albert Vicens
Vice-president and economical affairs Spain Ferran Soriano
Vice-president and marketing-media Spain Jaume Ferrer
Security affairs Spain Alfonso Castro
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Camp Nou (98.772 / 105x68m)
Budget €315m

Last updated: 11 January
Source: FC Barcelona Board Members and Budget

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

As in nine out of the last ten seasons, FC Barcelona is going to be present in all major competitions this season. First division, Copa del Rey in Spain and UEFA Champions League in Europe. Also, Copa Catalunya in Barça's native autonomous community of Catalonia, but using mostly Barcelona B's players (see matches' reports). Their goal, set at the start of the season, is to win all the possible trophies.[19][20] So far, they ended as runners-up in the less important Copa Catalunya.

As of 11 October
Competition Started round Final
position / round
First match Last match
La Liga 3 26 August 2007 17 May 2008
Copa Catalunya Semi-finals Runner-up 5 September 2007 11 September 2007
UEFA Champions League Group stage Semi-finals 19 September 2007 29 April 2008
Copa del Rey Round of 32 Semi-finals 13 November 2007 20 March 2008

Last updated: 18 May
Source: Competitions

La Liga[edit]

Classification[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Real Madrid (C) 38 27 4 7 84 36 +48 85 2008–09 UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stage
2 Villarreal 38 24 5 9 63 40 +23 77
3 Barcelona 38 19 10 9 76 43 +33 67 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Atlético Madrid 38 19 7 12 66 47 +19 64

Source: 2007–08 La Liga
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) 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.

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 19 10 9 69 37  +32 67 14 2 3 44 9  +35 5 8 6 25 28  −3

Last updated: 7 May.
Source: Competitive Matches

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Barcelona 6 4 2 0 12 3 +9 14
France Lyon 6 3 1 2 11 10 +1 10
Scotland Rangers 6 2 1 3 7 9 −2 7
Germany VfB Stuttgart 6 1 0 5 7 15 −8 3

Matches[edit]

Competitive[edit]

M
Date
Tournament
Round
Ground
Opponent
Score1
Report
1 26 August La Liga 1 A Racing Santander 0 – 0
2 2 September La Liga 2 H Athletic Bilbao 3 – 1
3 5 September Copa Catalunya Semi-final N Girona 3 – 2
4 11 September Copa Catalunya Final N Gimnàstic 1 – 2
5 16 September La Liga 3 A Osasuna 0 – 0
6 19 September UEFA Champions League Group Stage H LyonFrance 3 – 0
7 22 September La Liga 4 H Sevilla 2 – 1
8 26 September La Liga 5 H Zaragoza 4 – 1
9 29 September La Liga 6 A Levante 4 – 1
10 2 October UEFA Champions League Group Stage A Germany VfB StuttgartGermany 2 – 0
11 7 October La Liga 7 H Atlético Madrid 3 – 0
12 20 October La Liga 8 A Villarreal 1 – 3
13 23 October UEFA Champions League Group stage A Scotland RangersScotland 0 – 0
14 28 October La Liga 9 H Almería 2 – 0
15 1 November La Liga 10 A Valladolid 1 – 1
16 4 November La Liga 11 H Betis 3 – 0
17 7 November UEFA Champions League Group Stage H RangersScotland 2 – 0
18 10 November La Liga 12 A Getafe 0 – 2
19 13 November Copa del Rey Round of 32 A Alcoyano 3 – 0
20 24 November La Liga 13 H Recreativo 3 – 0
21 27 November UEFA Champions League Group Stage A France LyonFrance 2 – 2
22 1 December La Liga 14 A Espanyol 1 – 1
23 9 December La Liga 15 H Deportivo La Coruña 2 – 1
24 12 December UEFA Champions League Group Stage H VfB StuttgartGermany 3 – 1
25 15 December La Liga 16 A Valencia 3 – 0
26 23 December La Liga 17 H Real Madrid 0 – 1
27 2 January Copa del Rey Round of 32 H Alcoyano 2 – 2
28 6 January La Liga 18 A Mallorca 2 – 0
29 9 January Copa del Rey Round of 16 A Sevilla 1 – 1
30 13 January La Liga 19 H Murcia 4 – 0
31 15 January Copa del Rey Round of 16 H Sevilla 0 – 0
32 20 January La Liga 20 H Racing Santander 1 – 0
33 24 January Copa del Rey Quarter-finals A Villarreal 0 – 0
34 27 January La Liga 21 A Athletic Bilbao 1 – 1
35 31 January Copa del Rey Quarter-finals H Villarreal 1 – 0
36 3 February La Liga 22 H Osasuna 1 – 0
37 10 February La Liga 23 A Sevilla 1 – 1
38 17 February La Liga 24 A Zaragoza 2 – 1
39 20 February UEFA Champions League Round of 16 A Scotland CelticScotland 3 – 2
40 24 February La Liga 25 H Levante 5 – 1
41 27 February Copa del Rey Semi-finals H Valencia 1 – 1
42 2 March La Liga 26 A Atlético Madrid 2 – 4
43 4 March UEFA Champions League Round of 16 H CelticScotland 1 – 0
44 9 March La Liga 27 H Villarreal 1 – 2
45 16 March La Liga 28 A Almería 2 – 2
46 20 March Copa del Rey Semi-finals A Valencia 2 – 3
47 23 March La Liga 29 H Valladolid 4 – 1
48 30 March La Liga 30 A Betis 2 – 3
49 1 April UEFA Champions League Quarter-finals A Germany Schalke 04Germany 1 – 0
50 6 April La Liga 31 H Getafe 0 – 0
51 9 April UEFA Champions League Quarter-finals H Schalke 04Germany 1 – 0
52 12 April La Liga 32 A Recreativo 2 – 2
53 19 April La Liga 33 H Espanyol 0 – 0
54 23 April UEFA Champions League Semi-finals H Manchester UnitedEngland 0 – 0
55 26 April La Liga 34 A Deportivo La Coruña 0 – 2
56 29 April UEFA Champions League Semi-finals A England Manchester UnitedEngland 0 – 1
57 4 May La Liga 35 H Valencia 6 – 0
58 7 May La Liga 36 A Real Madrid 1 – 4
59 11 May La Liga 37 H Mallorca 2 – 3
60 18 May La Liga 38 A Murcia 5 – 3

Last updated: 7 May
Source: FCBarcelona.cat
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.

Friendly[edit]

Match
Date
Competition or tour
Ground
Opponent
Score1
GD
1 26 July Pre-season A Scotland Dundee UnitedScotland 1 - 0 1
2 28 July Pre-season N Scotland Heart of MidlothianScotland 3 - 1 2
3 5 August Asian Tour A China Beijing GuoanChina 3 - 0 3
4 7 August Asian Tour A Japan Yokohama MarinosJapan 1 - 0 1
5 11 August Asian Tour A Hong Kong Mission Hills Invitation XIHong Kong 4 - 0 4
6 15 August Franz-Beckenbauer-Cup A Germany Bayern MunichGermany 1 - 0 1
7 29 August Joan Gamper Trophy H InternazionaleItaly 5 - 0 5

Last updated: 14 March
Source: FCBarcelona.cat
1Barcelona goals come first.
Country's flag depict country of foreign team to that of Barcelona.
Ground: H = Home; A = Away; N = Neutral; HR = Home replacement; AR = Away replacement; GD = Goal difference

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]