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Barcelona Beat Manchester United 3-1 – European Champions

9:57 pm, Saturday, May 28th, 2011 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 72 Comments

For the third time in the last six years, Barcelona won the European Champions League tonight, when they defeated  Manchester  United 3-1 at Wembley Stadium.

FC Barcelona today – what a team!

And the team that is widely recognized as the best club team in the world, showed once again why that is the case,  when Manchester United couldn’t stay with them in the second half.

The Red Devils made a good start to the game, and even had most possession in the first 10 minutes,  but then the Juggernaut that is Barcelona slowly got on top as they started to dominate possession.

And the mounting pressure finally saw Barcelona take the lead with an excellently worked goal after 28 minutes,  that had Pedro easily beating Edwin van der Saar, who was making his very last appearance in a wonderful career.

It looked a bit ominous, but Manchester United never give up, and they came back well on 34 minutes and  Wayne Rooney shot home excellently, from a nice move from the Red Devils, and the score was 1-1 at the break, although Barcelona had had more possession.

In the second half, fans witnessed what they had seen so much from this great Barcelona side,  as they dominated possession, and it was hard for the Red Devils to get the ball.

And once they lost the ball Barcelona harried and harried until Manchester United gave up possession and again every loose ball seems to go to a Barcelona player.

Why is that? :D

That’s what you get when you put World class players together, and they play as a team, and work their sicks off for the side when they have the ball, and also when they don’t have the ball.

The Red Devils  had planned and planned in the previous week of how to combat the Spanish giants,  and knew that if they switched off the would be punished.

And that’s exactly what happened after 54 minutes when Messi – what  a player this lad is -  got the ball outside the penalty area – and nobody challenged – so he hit  a beautiful shot past the Dutch goalkeeper to put Barcelona 2-1 up – another great Messi special.

The game was wrapped up after 69 minutes when another shot from outside the penalty area, this time from David Villa, who  beat van der Saar high to his left, with a wonderful curling shot.

Barcelona played the game out, and to be truthful they won this game fairly easily, and had a massive 70% possession in the game, and it was their second win in the last three times of trying.

Barcelona are simply the best club side in the world at the moment, and they are one of the best club sides ever, and unless something strange happens, they will win this European Champions League even more times in the seasons ahead.

But it was a great spectacle for football fans around the world, the world -wide TV audience was estimated at 400 million – as the game was played without any theatrics from either side, and it was clear the English Champions were well beaten for the second time in three seasons by a superior Spanish side.

And just to show it doesn’t take millions and millions to build a world class side – Barcelona had 7 players starting this game who had come through their famous Academy – something that Newcastle are trying to copy.

Well – that’s good.

Comments welcome.

Tags: European Competition · Other News


72 responses so far ↓

  • 1 burnsie // May 28, 2011 at 10:00 PM


  • 2 Mancgeordie // May 28, 2011 at 10:06 PM

    barcelona what a side i just hope we can have a side half as good as there side one day

  • 3 G // May 28, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    What a team, what a final. I think the only realistic way of beating Barca when they play like that, is with weapons, and even then, given how fantastic their movement is, they would be bloody hard targets to hit. Total class.

  • 4 Andy // May 28, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    Well no surprises there! Only one team ever going to win from 10 mins onwards!

  • 5 nufcgaz687 // May 28, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    what a team what a game to think we competed with them not so long ago in the same competition hopefully one day not so far away we can again HWTL

  • 6 G // May 28, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    As improved as we are, can you imagine what sort of score Barca would get against us when they have their tails up like that? I shudder to think. Would have much rather have the hated Manc’s win it, just to keep the flag flying, but fair play, the superior football team won.

  • 7 Mancgeordie // May 28, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    anyway any rumours boys

  • 8 terencelim // May 28, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    I hope the FA watch the game tonight, and finally learn that helping ManUtd all the way with Mike Dean, Howard Webb and Phil Dowd isn’t a way to manage football, but it only destroy the league, in the local, and also Europe.

  • 9 Andy // May 28, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    Cheeky bid for Berba?

  • 10 Constanstine // May 28, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    This gotta be one of the best football season in years. What a league we had and CL final crash of the two best teams in the world. Do give a credit to Manchester United, they went through the season with a much weaker squad but still managed to come this far.

    Barcelona is simply amazing and look like a team to win any trophy out there. What a game.

  • 11 NUFClad // May 28, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    Would love to see Messi try and get round Tiote ;)

  • 12 Mancgeordie // May 28, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    whats this about cabaye and the sunday sun tomorrow?

  • 13 G // May 28, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    NUFClad, Tiote is good, very good, but stopping Messi? When Messi is on form, he is unplayable.

  • 14 kilcline // May 28, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    Need Gervinho, Gameiro, Capaye, M bangue (sp) and N Zog for next season. Then we will be a force.

  • 15 mattnufc // May 28, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    I wouldn’t. Another yellow card surely!

  • 16 Nathaaan // May 28, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Why was berba left out of squad? Hernandez was no where to be seen tonight, Berba is the right type of player to play against barca.

  • 17 Andy // May 28, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    Maybe I will just buy a france top to wear to home matches next year! Seeing as half our team is going to be French or French Speaking!

  • 18 geordiejohn42 // May 28, 2011 at 10:19 PM


  • 19 kevymartins // May 28, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    That barca team is the 2nd best ive ever seen

  • 20 Andy // May 28, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    Nathaaan no idea, you could see fergie look behind when barca went 3-1 up to see right who do i have. Berba apparently left the stadium as soon as he found out!

  • 21 Andy // May 28, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    kevy out of interest who is the best? Liverpool?

  • 22 G // May 28, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    I feel like I am walking into a trap here, but I am intrigued Kevy?

  • 23 toonbelmonter // May 28, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    plus berbas a mag anorl lol ,,

  • 24 kevymartins // May 28, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    The mighty mighty TOON ARMY :) :) ;)

  • 25 G // May 28, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    Damn fine answer!

  • 26 Mancgeordie // May 28, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    Imagine this next august its hard to believe but if rumours are true
    gervinho/menez—-king arfa———–n’zogbia—
    it maybe even would give barce a game??? laurent blanc would need a free season ticket

  • 27 kevymartins // May 28, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    Nah to be honest that barca team is the best on the planet just wish we could be like that 1 day or close to that…

    watching barca beat man utd almost felt like watching a toon match tho

  • 28 G // May 28, 2011 at 10:28 PM

    Agreed Kevy, it’s nice to be the neutral, however, it is disappointing that an English club didn’t lift the trophy.

  • 29 Andy // May 28, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    Barca are such a great team! Nice to see none of the theatrics tonight as well

  • 30 kevymartins // May 28, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    Who else thinks it wuda been 10 times more competitive if it was arsenal barca final?

  • 31 G // May 28, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    Dunno about that, not with their injury list Kevy. Chelsea, maybe, but Arsenal? Not enough defenders.

  • 32 Kurt // May 28, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Fantastic team and a y fantastic gesture by Pyol in the end letting Abidal lift the trophy. Good team spirit.

  • 33 toon_tomma // May 28, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    Mancgeordie- ad put Enrique in that team got a gut feeling he is going stay just got a feeling this fantastic offer Pardew was talking about there will be something in his contract were if we dont get Europe in few year he can leave for a certain amount of money well thats the crack up here iv been hearing all day and that Liverpool is going come bk in for one final bid but no more than 6m, and also iv heard ALL DAY a mean ALL DAY that (us) Newcastle and Borussia Dortmund are to hold talks with Reo-Coker on Tuesday dont no what truth in that but thats all that got said around here.

  • 34 kevymartins // May 28, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    take a look at that llf lmao lmfao

  • 35 Nufc_mo // May 28, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    Utd played with 10 men tbh…. Valencia was just woeful….

    How was he not the first player booked?

  • 36 Crawfordladd17 // May 28, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    So Mancgeordie Spain against France
    We can wish pray but with Ashley as r owner Parsed manger and Llambias a director, with players like Perch Ameobi(we will keep him probably :( Smith Xisco ect. We won’t get anywhere but, I think we will only need £31m

    Ba Free
    Gamerio £10m
    N’Zogbia £10m
    Cabaye £5m
    Larsson Free
    M’Bengue £6m

    Campbell & Kuqi Free
    Enrique £12m
    Perch £1m
    Smith £1m
    Routledge £1.5m
    Barton £5m
    Xisco £2m




    Ben Arfa————–Nolan(c)————-N’Zogbia



  • 37 Nufc_mo // May 28, 2011 at 10:48 PM


    Enrique out? Yet he is in your lineup..

  • 38 Nufc_mo // May 28, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    Also think we need a rightback to replace/give simmo competition….

    he has look pretty slack recently… no one is challenging him for his position…

  • 39 Tonytoon73 // May 28, 2011 at 10:52 PM

    G I have had a little banter with WWJBD over the last few weeks and i even said the correct score. Barca is the team like.

  • 40 toon_tomma // May 28, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    Nufc_mo- Couldnt agree more mate a think we need to look for a RB for sure

  • 41 Nufc_mo // May 28, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    Pedro and Rooney ruined my prediction…

    Was going for 2-1


    Im hoping later on in the summer we get linked with Atsuto Uchida… I would be over the moon if we got him…

  • 42 G // May 28, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    Correct Tony. A little part of me feels almost jealous that I wasn’t born in Catalonia! Then the rest of me realises that your average Barca fan has never felt the joy of a Stottie Chip Buttie. Who’s laughing now Carlos! lol.

  • 43 Tonytoon73 // May 28, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    come on lads give me a bit of credit 3-1 i said to barca

  • 44 G // May 28, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    That should have read Congrats, credit where credit is due Tony. What position did you play tonight? Tee Hee!

  • 45 toon_tomma // May 28, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    Nufc_mo – Aint really heard of him but we do need a RB a like Simmo but a think we get punished most of the time in the RB area need a RB like am shocked we aint been linked with hardly any or people on the blog have really said about a RB but time will tell I guess.

  • 46 Crawfordladd17 // May 28, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    Sorry Nufc Mo it musnt of work fixing it M’Bengue* instead of Enrique then

  • 47 Tonytoon73 // May 28, 2011 at 11:03 PM

    G funny you said something about the stottie. I work for the company that makes them. lol

  • 48 G // May 28, 2011 at 11:04 PM

    Tony, you work for Greggs! Your me new bezzer!

  • 49 G // May 28, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    Mates rates? lol

  • 50 Nufc_mo // May 28, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    @Toon_tomma the only rightback we have been linked with is Guy Demel

  • 51 toon_tomma // May 28, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    Nufc_mo- Yer ano mate but that Demel is 29 if am right.

    Am sure now Champions League is over now and its only been the build up to that over last week, it will be just about Cricket :( lol and transfer talk and deals so hope we get our deals done early dont wanna be doing deals on last day we are always involved in something on last day everytime.

  • 52 Tonytoon73 // May 28, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    G i am not allowed to discuss which company i work for. lol

  • 53 davis_toons // May 28, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    Can we get some scouts to look at Baca B team??? Or rather rejects player?

    It will be useful.

    As Pep Guardiola have say before they have too many Jack Wilshere’s In Reserve Side if Wilshere were to be consider a top player.

    Remember we are a rebuilding team. Its not insulting to those that think so.

    We got to get in from the rest of the world some of these qualities into Newcastle when they are still young.

    1) Shane Ferguson. (Good contract offer- nice move)

    Man Utd is becoming an ageing team
    with (avg age 30′s) (of course, that includes Michael Owen)
    Some of the better players did leave them includes Gerard Pique and CR

    Sub : Paul Scholes (36yrs)

    Baca ‘s (20?s)

    Sub : Ibrahim Afellay (25yrs)

  • 54 G // May 28, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    Funny that Tony, neither am I? Seems all of our employers are afraid that we might actually do our jobs out of necessity rather financial incentive, and we may actually have incentives?

  • 55 G // May 28, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    Sorry, for some reason the software I put on this computer keeps changing things. That last post I put on there should read ‘necessity rather than financial incentive, and we may actually have opinions’. Bloody computers! tut.

  • 56 Tonytoon73 // May 28, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    davis, afellay, i would sign him straight away.

  • 57 JP...from The Rock // May 28, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    FC Barcelona are the best club in the world!!!!! Visca el Barca!!! Con dos cojones ahi!!!! Que le den por culo al Man United!!! Hahahaha

    I wish Newcastle someday end up in a Champions League Final.

  • 58 JP...from The Rock // May 28, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    Tonytoon73 – afellay would be a great signing as he always wants to go past the opposing players and is very skillful. We have no chance of landing him though as he just last year signed for Barclelona.

  • 59 davis_toons // May 28, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    Even Real Madrid is keeping up with Baca,

    Arsenal did get Fabregas formerly. of course

    But some players might develop later in their stage so even if not they might still be an average player. (We do have players that are average)

  • 60 G // May 28, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    JP, I remember well when we played them in the CL before. I had the moral argument with myself to go to the game, or go and see Oasis on the same night. Was gutted I had to miss one, but thank god that it was the Gallagher brothers tickets that went on ebay.

  • 61 Tonytoon73 // May 28, 2011 at 11:30 PM

    this is my last comment tonight just for WWJBD I TOLD YOU SO, BARCA. HAHA HAHA HAHA

  • 62 davis_toons // May 28, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    Yar, Tonytoon73. Too bad we just cant land he yet.

    We got to start from their ground. We need people like Jack Wilshere’s style.

    If Baca have lots of them then we’ll got to look into it.

  • 63 davis_toons // May 28, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    G // May 28, 2011 at 11:28 PM
    You make the right choice of your lifetime.

  • 64 JP...from The Rock // May 28, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    G = Hahaha good choice m8! We won 3-2 and we should have kept it at 3-0 but the pegged us back a bit. Ahhhhh the sweet memories….someday we will be there again perhaps…someday.

  • 65 JP...from The Rock // May 28, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    Asprilla Asprilla Asprilla!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

  • 66 breadman // May 29, 2011 at 6:56 AM

    not to knock on english football. but yesterdays match was really an indication of typical english football and spanish football. that team is really on another planet, i struggle to think of any players from man utd who can actually start for barca.

    febregas will find it impossible to dislodge the midfield and if he goes he can only expect to be on the bench, but i bet after yesterday, he will be itching for a move back!

    i was abit curious as to why puyol didnt start tho, anyone?

  • 67 Rotonda heights // May 29, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    YEAY !!!!! Wasn’t it great. If Pardew cna really change his spots and get us playing the Barcelona way, instead of hoofball, I will completely reverse my opinion of him.

    Small quick forwards instead of lumbering targe tmen has to be the way to go. Ben Arfa behind Gameiro / Sturridge.

  • 68 Phil K // May 29, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Man U, their cosmopolitan fans and their national media yapping lapdogs would do well to watch as i did the average bar across the country, (in my case, The Bridge in Newcastle) and see CELEBRATION when the SPANISH side score and groans of disappointment when the English side score.
    This is the fault of them alone. The Man U supporting media, who attack other sides just like the worst Man U fanatic, (as we have found out when we challenged them) the “Man U Mirror” in paticular (The Mirror) and the so-called “quality broadsheet” Guardian/Independent/Times/Telegraph who are like Man U supporters clubs (How I LOATHE the obnoxious Michael Henderson (Times freelance) – a Londoner Man U supporter who has a baffling hatred of Newcastle fans for reasons best known to his turd self) is there another club so universally despised and hated ? The media are the main cause of this, Obnoxious sneering hypocritical gloryhunting fans they may be, but no worse than Liverpool or Everton fans.
    And of course having sh*tbags like Rooney, the man who can elbow a player in the face CLEARLY and the FA looks the other way, while they’ll ban Newcastle players for less, the scouse dickhead is permanently angry for what reason ? He screams abuse constantly and has a permanent snarl on his charver face.
    They need an INSANELY talented PR team.

    And they wonder why they are so hated ?
    No other English team (or even Scottish for that matter) would have their own countrymen so overwhelmingly on the side of Johnny Foreigner. But the attitude of the media is NOT to side with all of our own clubs, and create a “We’re all in this together” patriotism. As we’ve found out, after their disgusting sidelining of Newcastle on TV and radio late 90′s early 2000′s, even siding with the foreign team WE were playing – that they only get interested in the fortunes of THEIR sides – those in red, mainly. Man U/Liverpool/Arsenal, and to a lesser extent Chelsea and Spuds
    Hence, we are NOT “all in this together” and Man U is the priveledged posh school outfit, pampered and sneering.
    No wonder The Bridge erupted into wild celebration at Barca’s goals.
    …..and Barcas fans were light years better. Typical Man U fans, when they weren’t winning comfortably – NOT A PEEP FROM THEM
    They summed up what we’ve always KNOWN they were like.

  • 69 stephen1971 // May 29, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    barca are a few levels up from every other team around, they made manure arsenal and real madrid look like sunday leauge teams, a pleasure to watch, did you notice they did,nt cross the ball on corners too ? best team thats ever walked on a pitch

  • 70 thepict // May 29, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    So good to see manure given a lesson in football. Reckon this game will be talked about for years to come. Was a sheer delight to watch.

  • 71 rwpoynter // May 29, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    I watched the game last night, and that was probably the best football match I have ever watched ( I do remember the 1960 Real Madrid /Eintracht Frankfurt game). Way back in 1973 I went to Amsterdam for a weekend and went to see Ajax play Haarlem in a league game. This was just after Johann Cruff had left for Barcelona, but I remember watching Neeskens and Haan play fantastic football. The legacy of Cruff is still there at Barcelona as you can see from Pep Guardiola’s comments. Last night they played possession football to a degree never seen before. Manchester United ( and I don’t particularly like them) are the best team in England but were made to look like a second rate team and this is a measure of the fact that British football simply has not advanced over the last few years. Never once did Barcelona ‘hoof’ the ball up the field, on only one occasion did they belt a corner into the middle and then they nearly scored, but usually they played the ball between themselves ‘on the deck’.The mutual understanding and discipline in this team is a walking definition of team spirit. Messi gets all the plaudits but where would they be without Xavi and Iniesta? They have no one big in the middle and don’t have anyone we could traditionally describe as a striker. Why? Because by hanging a bit back, they can all strike. And, they are all incredibly skilful.The only club in England who attempt to emulate this style are Arsenal and I think even Arsene Wenger would admit that he is some where short of the Barcelona benchmark. If Newcastle want to rise to the top this is the standard they have to aim for . Mike Ashley, are you up for this?

  • 72 AndyMac // May 29, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    My overriding impression of yesterdays game was, despite the break and presumably lots of detailed analysis and training, the Mancs failed to match up to Barca on a number of levels.

    1. Formation – why give the midfield away to Barca from the outset by plotting two central midfielders against the finest midfield trio in the world today ? 4-3-3 was the obvious choice but 4-4-2 invited domination and the Mancs were wide open to the exposure of their manager’s tactical cock up. As such the result was a foregone conclusion.

    2. Players – Playing Giggs from the start (and in his current circumstances) was a major mistake. Barca play from the midfield and swamp the opposition often with with five or six players. Giggs was always struggling to cope with the fluidity and play often bypassed him. Given that they should have bottled up the midfield to stop Barcelona’s energy and numbers in midfield, Mancs had neither and the result was that Barca had a massive 68% of possession compared to 32% for the Reds. On that basis Giggs was a “luxury” the Mancs couldnt afford.

    3. Threat – You cannot play on the backfoot against Barca for almost 90 minutes, you have to put pressure on their defence. Stats say that the Mancs had only one shot on target against 16 plus no corners to Barca’s six. Playing Berba up front with Rooney and Nani supporting would have given Barca more more food for thought. Yesterday they played into the hands of Barca who wrapped up Hernandez and Rooney (apart from two minutes) and went on the offensive all to often.

    Ultimately Barca have great players who are skilled in the art but who are also intelligent enough to adapt their plans on the pitch, United unfortunately haven’t.

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