One of the oldest and best known football clubs in the history of sport; FC Barcelona have struggled in recent seasons in the Spanish first division to get back on track. It was definitely a bumpy race for the Catalan group as a lot of their football started to diminish their usual luster; either due to injuries or constant internal issues that don’t seem to reconcile.
However, Barca continue to be a powerhouse in European football with 18 La Liga titles, 7 Spanish Super Cup, 2 UEFA Championship League, 24 Copa del Rey and 2 European Super Cups in the background. The team attracts a large number of followers due to the wonderful game show and its football players which make the show interesting; players such as: Samuel Eto’o, Xavi, Ronaldinho, Gianluca Zambrotta, Thierry Henry, Lionel Messi and Rafael Márquez have supported the Spanish team for the recent period.
From 2003 the Spanish club hired former AC Milan and Dutch star Frank Rijkaard to lead the club and in their debut season Barcelona secured the La Liga league in addition to the Super Copa and one of the most incredible achievements a UEFA Champions League title that ended the team’s 14-year drought.
More recently, during the 2006-07 season, Barcelona started to show signs of weakness as the club finished second in La Liga and couldn’t conquer any other European tournament. So; Team leaders decided it was time for a major change as they asked Rijkaard to step down.
“Joan Laporta [FC Barcelona President] has announced that Frank Rijkaard will end his club career at the end of this 2007/08 season. Josep Buardiola, current Barça B coach, has been chosen to replace him on the FC Barcelona bench. “After a board meeting, President Joan Laporta appeared before the media to announce the takeover of the FC Barcelona first team bench at the end of the season. On June 30, Frank Rijkaard did not will be more of a coach of FC Barcelona and Josep Guardiola will replace him. “
The announcement left many questions like what exactly happened in the club’s locker room, as despite the success of the Dutch manager, his leave became a need. Many said the real reason was that the players themselves didn’t count with the proper encouragement and a positive attitude besides the obvious disagreements between the club and some of their super stars like Ronaldihno and Thierry Henry. Others say two years without a title is a clear sign that it’s time for a new approach to change the future.
On the other hand, the new coach Guardiola who will take over from the start of the new football season has been in charge of the FC Barcelona B team since 2007 and he has a vast knowledge of the sport as he is a former Al Ahly from Qatar, Brescia, AS Roma and the Mexican player of the Dorados. We certainly hope to see an improvement in the game and in the attitude of the team as they have what it takes to be one of Spain’s top winners and win another title in the 2008-09 campaign. .
Source by Claudy Beckford