Welcome home, Tito
It’s difficult to understate just how important Tito Vilanova is to Barça. From his irreplaceable position as Pep Guardiola’s assistant, forming ideas and helping tiki-taka evolve, to his unbelievable record in his first season as Barcelona manager, the man has been a silent staple of the club’s success year after year. So when Tito was diagnosed with cancer and forced to go to New York to combat it in January, the team lost its unsung leader. Clásicos were lost and doubt filled Catalunya after a defeat to AC Milan.
Now, nearly four months after entering the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where he received radiotherapy and chemotherapy for throat cancer, Tito Vilanova returns to Barça. The Champions League awaits. The La Liga title awaits. The man behind the scenes in back. It’s time to step foot in the Camp Nou, Tito, and we’re delighted to see you again. [Posted by Eric. GIF by Dale con Comba.]
The comeback / La remontada
The Copa del Rey was lost. Doubt was rising throughout Europe, but Barça showed us that nothing has changed. Before the match, Piqué said, “Any fan who doesn’t think we can turn it round against Milan should give his ticket for the game to someone who does.” The Camp Nou crowd supported their side all night long. This one was for Tito, and it was a performance for the ages.
Camp Nou x 3nil
A floodlit Camp Nou is a wonder to see for football fans from all over the globe. Rivaldo, Romario, Ronaldo, Stoichkov, Messi and Ronaldinho have all called this place home in recent years, and the home of the legends quickly becomes legendary. Indeed, this place means so much to football and to the Catalan people.
Inspired by Catalunya’s Antoni Gaudí, this design by 3nil highlights the initials of Camp Nou in a unique mosaic pattern, bringing slices of Parc Güell and the Blaugrana’s passion with you wherever you go.
Gaudi. FC Barcelona. Camp Nou.
FC Barcelona vs. Brazil in 1999 - The Full Match
The beginning of the week is never enjoyable, but let’s lessen the dosage of suffering with a glorious find on Youtube. 1999 was FC Barcelona’s centenary year and the whole season was quite the celebration of everything FC Barcelona. The highlight of the season (apart from winning the league title) was a friendly match on the 28th of April against the boys from Brazil who finished 2nd in the 1998 World Cup.
Ronaldo (the original) and Romario were making their return to the Camp Nou, but all eyes were on FC Barcelona maestro Rivaldo. Before the game, Rivaldo said he was happy to wear the Blaugrana jersey, but country won over club and Rivaldo played for his homeland. Legends were aplenty, as Figo (before the Real Madrid transfer) put on a show. Pep Guardiola started the match, but was subbed off at half time. Who subbed him off? Well, a certain young Catalan midfielder named Xavi. The match ended 2-2, and it was a real spectacle for all involved. (Full line-ups listed in the description of the video)
Time-Lapse Camp Nou
Egoi Suso Rius decided that capturing a match, in its entirety, at the Camp Nou would be something special. It’s been done before, but not in 110 seconds. Egoi chose to film the Barçelona vs. Osasuna match in January and the results are fantastic. Set to musical stylings of “Sonata No. 11”, this video carries itself in a way that allows its fast-paced footage to be met something that’s not quite as intense. Oh, and the match ended 4-nil Barça.
The Camp Nou Experience (Barcelona vs. Atletico Madrid)With perhaps the most entertaining match of the rest of the season this Tuesday at the Camp You, I thought I would share with you my first person account of my Camp You experience when the Blaugrana took on Kun Aguero, Diego Forlan, and the rest of Atletico Madrid about one month ago. Enjoy! I hope it is something a little different from what you’re used to… -Eric
By Mirko Corli (a proud Nerazzuri supporter)
David Bowie was right.
Last night was the time to be heroes, and José Mourinho and his lads definitely were.
David Bowie - “Heroes”
It has been a tough match, completely different from the first leg. In the San Siro Inter was powerful, with terrific counter attacking on the pitch, controlling the entire game, apart from the last 15 minutes.
In last night’s game Inter never was in control of the match. From the very beginning even before the sending off of Thiago Motta, the Nerazzurri were keen to play a defensive match. Everybody behind the ball line, and less counter attacking than ever. And that was the masterpiece.
It was José Mourinho’s masterpiece, it was a masterpiece by every single player. Always in the game with the right focus on the ball, on the opponents, on the stadium.