Seven years since Barça’s second European Cup in Paris

Eufòria a París (2006). FOTO: ARXIU FCB.
On May 17th 2006,Rijkaard’s Barça of Ronaldinho, Deco, Eto’o and co. hit the heights in Paris with a Beletti goal

May 17th is an important day for Barça fans. On this day in 2006 the Club conquered their second European Cup in Paris at the Saint Denis Stadium against Arsenal in a game full of suffering and tension that ended in elation. Despite playing with 10 men after keeper Lehmann had been sent off, Arsenal took the lead in the first half, but after the break in the pouring rain, Eto’o and Belletti turned the game around and coached by Frank Rijkaard, the Ronaldinho-led team’s great European run ended in glory.

Five three time winners

The Barça fans had had a fourteen year wait to celebrate their second European Cup after the famous win at Wembley against Sampdoria, but the third and fourth didn’t take so long, coming in 2009 and 2011. Five of the current squad have lifted the Champions League trophy three times: Valdés, Puyol, Iniesta, Xavi and Messi and they’re bound to be celebrating their first this Friday.