It is three years since the Argentinian last played Barça
FC Barcelona have won 7 of the 11 games in which he has featured
The eleven games
FCB 1-1 ATM (LEAGUE)
ATM 0-6 FCB (LEAGUE)
FCB 3-0 ATM (LEAGUE)
ATM 4-2 FCB (LEAGUE)
FCB 6-1 ATM (LEAGUE)
FCB 2-1 ATM (CUP)
ATM 4-3 FCB (LEAGUE)
FCB 5-2 ATM (LEAGUE)
ATM 2-1 FCB (LEAGUE)
ATM 1-2 FCB (LEAGUE)
FCB 3-0 ATM (LEAGUE)
Sergio Agüero is no stranger to playing FC Barcelona. Although he missed the Champions League game at the Etihad Stadium through injury, the City striker played eleven league and cup games, and started nine, against the Catalans while he was at Atlético Madrid. Three years later, and Wednesday brings him another chance to test himself against the best team in the world.
Positive balance for Barça
In those eleven games, Agüero was only on the winning side on three occasions. The other games saw Barça beat Atlético seven times, and there was one draw, with an overall goal record of 34 for Barça and 16 for Atlético. Agüero scored exactly a quarter of his team’s goals (4), all in the league.
The Argentinian played a particularly decisive role in two of those games. In 2006/07, he scored his side’s only goal in a game that ended all square. And in 2008/09, his second goal of the night was the one that sealed a famous 4-3 win for the mattress-makers with just three minutes left to play. Agüero’s other goal came in Atlético’s best result against FCB with him in the side, a 4-2 win in the 2007/08 season, his goal, the fourth, coming when the three points were already as good as secured.
Camp Nou, hostile territory
Agüero has played six games at the Camp Nou and not won once. The best he managed with Atlético was a 1-1 draw in 2006/07, the night of what, until now, is the only goal he has ever scored in the FC Barcelona stadium.
Touré is coming back to play at the Camp Nou on Wednesday. Here are the last ex-players who came back to play as rivals
The Ivory Coast star is back in Barcelona three and a half seasons after he left the Club
Ronaldinho, Eto’o, Ibrahimovic, and Villa are some of the latest most charismatic former players who came back to the Camp Nou com as rivals
Touré Yayá is coming back to the Camp Nou this Wednesday, three and a half seasons after his last game in a Barça shirt, the Barça v Valladolid game that sealed the League Title in the 2009/10 season. Touré, one of the main Manchester City stars, played three seasons for FC Barcelona (2007-10), and won two League Titles, one Champions League, one Spanish Cup, one World Club Cup, one European Supercup, and one Spanish Supercup.
Touré Yaya’s visit to the Camp Nou is just another return of a charismatic former Barça player. In 2009, 5 years ago, Samuel Eto’o returned, just a few months after winning the Champions League in Rome. He did it wearing an Inter Milan shirt, and was giving a great reception from the Barça crowd.
A year later, in the Joan Gamper Trophy match, it was Ronaldinho who came to the Camp Nou as a rival. The Brazilian, then with AC Milan, was also given a great reception by the Barça fans.
In 2012 it was the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swedish player, a Barça player for one season, came back to the Camp Nou for the return leg of the Champions League quarter-final of the 2012/13 season, as an AC Milan player. On that day Maxi López also played the final minutes of the game.
A similar case was that of Bojan Krkic, who also came back to the Camp Nou as a player on loan to AC Milan. It was on the 12th of March 2013, when FC Barcelona turned around the result of the first leg of the Champions league last 16, with an unforgettable 4-0 scoreline. Bojan played the last 15 minutes of that match.
The last charismatic former Barça player to come back to the Camp Nou was David Villa. Villa, now at Atlético Madrid, came back to the stadium for the return leg of the Spanish Supercup. Just like all the others, he left Barcelona having been unable to beat his former team.
Pinto took a full part in the squad’s first training session of the week
The injured Dos Santos and Cuenca worked apart from the rest of the group
All of teh 23 available first team players trained at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper this morning in the squad’s first session of a week that includes thE visits of Manchester City on Wednesday (8,45 pm CET) and Osasuna on Sunday(5.00 pm CET).
José Manuel Pinto, who had been suffering with a bad back, returned to training, whilst the injured Jonathan Dos Santos and Isaac Cuenca worked apart.
After the captain’s decision to leave FC Barcelona was announced this week, team-mates, managers, the media and fans rallied to show their support to the outgoing center back
Saying that the 2014/15 season will be different is an understatement. This week Carles Puyol made a surprise announcement that he’d be hanging up the Blaugrana strip at the end of the season. The reaction to the captain’s decision was as widespread as it was sincere.
“They can look all they want, but they’ll never find the new Puyol”
After Puyol’s midweek press conference, Gerard Piqué penned an open letter to his captain. The message is as follows:
You were my guardian angel.
The day has arrived. You are leaving. It’s the law of life, but it is tough for me to imagine Barça without you. If I look back and remember Paris or Rome, the first image that comes to my mind is you lifting the European Cup. You gave the honour of lifting the trophy in Wembley to Abi, which just makes you even greater. My generation and those that come after do not know what the club will be like without Puyi in defence branding the captain’s armband and the number 5 on the back of his shirt. I think that nothing will ever be the same.
I met you 6 years ago. You were the captain and the emblem of the team and I was just a kid arriving, set on conquering the world. From day one we had a great relationship, both on and off the field. By your side I felt protected and I knew that if one day I made a mistake you’d always be there to save me. You were my guardian angel.
I know that I will miss our talks in the locker room, your advice and especially you giving us hell on the pitch. You are unique; a one-off. I find it amusing when they talk about signing “the new Puyol”. They can look all they want, but they’ll never find it.
Thanks for everything, Puyi.
Puyol’s departure makes waves on the internet
In addition to the outpouring of support from current team-mates and Club directors, Puyol has also received plaudits from the media, fans and former managers and players. The following is a selection of some of the more noteworthy pieces written about the center back:
- Sid Lowe’s Peerless Puyol departs Barça on his own terms
- Guillem Balague’s Talismanic Carles Puyol Was the Heart and Soul of Barcelona’s Golden Era
- Fancesc Tomás’ An open letter to Carles Puyol
- Johan Cryuff’s video message to Puyol
- r/Barça’s Puyol Homage Thread
- Robert Curtis and totalBarça staff’s The view from our seat: Carles Puyol