A Perfect Season
December 17, 2009 4:51 AM Subscribe
At the beginning of the '09 season a young rookie coach named Pep Guardiola was appointed manager
of FC Barcelona, one of the top teams in European football. One year later, the team plays 19th December in Abu Dhabi against Estudiantes for the Club World Cup, the cusp of association football season. Guardiola had taken a talented but stagnating team to the top, a prometean figure that brought the philosophy he had inherited
playing for historical player Johann Cruyff almost 20 years before.
For a European club to get there, you have to win the UEFA Champions League. But Barcelona did more than that. After exhilarating moments like Iniesta's overtime goal
(Spanish narration) in Champions semifinals, in May 2009 the team obtained the continental treble winning the Spanish Liga, Spanish Cup and UEFA Champions League. Minutes before the final Champions match, Guardiola played this video
to his players (starts a 2:06). In August 2009, Barcelona conquered both the Spanish Super Cup and UEFA Super Cup, that pit the winners of the top trophies in Spain and Europe respectively. So Saturday in Abu Dhabi, Barcelona takes aim at a record-breaking perfect season, to bring home the sixth out of six
Meanwhile the beauty of the team's play is recognized by awards and records. Messi got a Ballon d'Or
, with four Barcelona players in the top five spots of the award. Pedro became the first player to score in all six trophies
. The team was only the fifth ever to obtain the european regular season treble, Pep Guardiola was the sixth man to win a European Champions League both as a player and a manager, and some think Andrés Iniesta is the best player
in the world.