Take a look at the best FC Barcelona photographs from Barça’s title winning campaign
Take a look at the best league photos from the season 2014/15.
The current Barça coach beat Betis in 1996/97 and Mallorca in 1997/98
On 30 May, Luis Enrique Martinez will be part of a Spanish Cup final as a coach for the first time. He won two as a player for FC Barcelona, hoisting the Cup in back to back seasons — 1996/97 and 1997/98, his first two seasons with the Club. Both matches required extra time before they were decided.
1997: Catalans take Madrid
In his first season after signing with Barça, Luis Enrique and his team mates ended the year by winning the Spanish Cup against Betis at the Santiago Bernabéu, precisely the grounds where he played with his previous team. Barça coach Bobby Robson positioned Luis Enrique as an offensive midfielder that day and the Asturias native hit the post with a header in the first half. With Betis leading 2–1 near the end of the match, Robson moved Luis Enrique to the right wing and Barça ended up prevailing 3–2 in overtime.
1998: Penalty kicks decide
The following season, Barça repeated their Cup title by toppingMallorca, this time in Valencia. Although Barça had a more difficult time in this match, they managed to come out on top after overtime, winning on penalty kicks. Despite Luis Enrique‘s outstanding performance that night, head coach Louis van Gaal surprised everyone by replacing him halfway into extra time, causing him to miss the penalty shootout. Interestingly, that was the last time Barça had to go to spot kicks to decide an official match.
We followed the first team captain from the moment he left home to the start of his last ever Liga game for FC Barcelona
Saturday was a big day at the Camp Nou. Not only did the players and fans celebrate the 23rd Liga title, but they also gave a very special tribute to the player with the record number of appearances for the club, Xavi Hernández. After 17 seasons, the Catalan midfielder is finally departing, and our cameras followed him from the moment he left home right through to kick-off against Deportivo, with the supporters unfurling a huge banner in his honour.
“I’ll get nervous when I see all my family and friends” he confesses in this very special video memento of the day the club offered a heartfelt send-off to one of the greatest players ever to wear its famous shirt.
Luis Suárez and Jeremy Mathieu worked out separately from the rest of the team
After a rest day on Sunday, the FC Barcelona squad returned to work on Monday morning with Saturday’s cup final on their minds. The Tito Vilanova field at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper was the venue and the full team was present, although Luis Suárez and Jeremy Mathieu did separate exercises to the rest of the group.
Luis Enrique also called on the services of five players from Barça B, namely Munir el Haddadi, David Babunski, Edgar Ié, Joan Campins and Javier Fernández ‘Bicho’.
The other side of FC Barcelona’s 2014/15 La Liga championship celebration
Check out our exclusive, behind-the-scenes images of Barça’s La Liga title celebration.