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Here is everything you need to know about FC Barcelona.
Barcelona 2019-20 season in review
Barcelona faltered down the stretch in the La Liga title race, losing out to Real Madrid before the final week. It was not even that close in the UCL, being demolished 8-2 in one game by eventual winners’ Bayern Munich.
This set the club into crisis, sacking manager Quique Setién and hiring Ronald Koeman from the Dutch men’s national team. Lionel Messi announced his intentions to leave the only club he has ever known professionally, citing a contract clause that allows him to leave at the end of the 2019-20 season for free.
The story gets far too legal from here on out, with the Barca board and Messi’s team arguing about whether the clause was intended for the end of the season, or the end of June, in regards to the delay of this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Eventually La Liga sided with the club, and not wanting to go to court with the club he loves, Messi decided to stay.
Barcelona spent so much of the transfer window worrying about keeping Messi for a year, there wasn’t any time spent on improving the team for this next season. All the same deficiencies that have led to Barcelona’s problems over the years still persist, but the sense around the club is the fans are just happy to have Messi for one last season, to show appreciation for the player their fans (and many around the world) consider to be the greatest of all time.
Barcelona vs. Villarreal: Preview
Barcelona begins its season on Sunday, in turmoil once again. Messi has been forced to stay at the club for at least another season, but Luis Suárez has signed for Atlético Madrid, and the clubs are still arguing over the transfer fee.
The bad blood between Barca and Atléti goes back to the Antoine Griezmann saga, and this is shaping up to be part two. Barcelona needs to attempt to focus this weekend though, or Villarreal will make this year worse than it already is.
According to the oddsmakers at BetMGM (as of Sept. 26):
Barcelona, -189 (wager $189 to win $100)Villarreal, +475 (wager $100 to win $475)Draw, +350
Here is how Barcelona lined up in the last match:
Neto; Alba, Lenglet, Piqué, Roberto; Coutinho, Busquets, de Jong; Fati, Griezmann, Messi
1-0 vs. Elche, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 Joan Gamper Trophy
at Celta Vigo, Thursday, Oct. 1 at 3:30pm ET, La Liga
2020-21 odds to win La Liga
According to BetMGM as of Sept. 11:
Real Madrid: -150 (bet $150 to win $100)Barcelona: +160 (bet $100 to win $160)Atlético Madrid: +800Sevilla: +2800Villarreal: +12500Athletic Bilbao: +15000Real Sociedad: +20000Valencia: +25000Getafe: +25000Real Betis: +25000
La Liga top scorers
The top scorers for the 2019-20 season were:
Lionel Messi, Barcelona (23 goals)Karim Benzema, Real Madrid (21 goals) Gerard Moreno, Villarreal (16 goals)Raul Garcia, Athletic Bilbao (15 goals)Luis Suarez, Barcelona (15 goals)
La Liga champions
For the last decade-plus, it’s been Barcelona or Real Madrid, and though Atletico Madrid did win the 2013-14 title, it’s mostly been the two giants in either first or second year after year. La Liga’s had nine different champions since its inception, with Real Madrid winning 33, Barcelona winning 26, Atlético Madrid winning 10, Athletic Bilbao winning eight, and Valencia winning six. The list is rounded out by Real Sociedad’s two titles, and Deportivo La Coruna, Sevilla, and Real Betis each claiming a victory.
2019-20: Real Madrid2018-19: Barcelona2017-18: Barcelona2016-17: Real Madrid2015-16: Barcelona2014-15: Barcelona2013-14: Atlético Madrid2012-13: Barcelona2011-12: Real Madrid2010-11: Barcelona2009-10: Barcelona
Here’s the complete list of champions going back to 1929.
Barcelona Injury Report
PlayersInjuryExpected ReturnMartin BraithwaiteMuscle Sept. 30Matheus FernandesMuscleTBDMarc-André ter StegenKneeOctober 31
Barcelona top scorers
(All competitions, 2019-20 season)
Lionel Messi, 31 goals and 26 assistsLuis Suárez, 21 goals and 12 assistsAntoine Griezmann, 15 goals and assistsArturo Vidal, 8 goals and 3 assistsAnsu Fati, 8 goals and 1 assist
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