Retro Recap: Ronaldinho’s Home Debut for Barca vs Sevilla

In the summer of 2003 a bucktoothed Brazilian took Barcelona by storm. His name: Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, or rather just Ronaldinho. For our latest Retro Recap we’re taking a look at his home debut, played on September 3rd 2003. Barcelona hosted Sevilla.

Further reading as mentioned in the episode:

The full match is available over at footballia, Ronaldinho’s goal below:

FC Barcelona vs Fortuna Düsseldorf, ECWC 1978/79 Final

What follows is a reimagining of a minute by minute for the European Cup Winners’ Cup final 1979 between FC Barcelona and Fortuna Düsseldorf. Needless to say this is one giant spoiler. However, the match is highly recommended viewing – you can find it over on footballia. If you don’t know what happened watch the match before, or even while, reading the MBM. Consider yourself warned.

May 16th 1979, 18:00 UTC+1h: We welcome you to Basel, Switzerland, host city of the European Cup Winners’ Cup final 1978/79. FC Barcelona are taking on Fortuna Düsseldorf. Stay with us for the build-up and team news.

18:10 UTC+1h: With little more than an hour until kick-off St. Jakob Park is already filling up. 30,000 fans are expected to have made the trip from Barcelona, dwarfing Düsseldorf’s contingent of 10,000 fans. Hopefully not an indicator of what’s to come.

Fortuna Düsseldorf lacking intl experience?

18:25 UTC+1h: Even though Barça are considered heavy favourites, the actual match might not be as lopsided as many expect. Düsseldorf feature a host of seasoned veterans, with some fine youth prospects sprinkled in: most notable among the youngsters are Rudi Bommer, as well as Klaus and Thomas Allofs – the elder of which, Klaus, has already been capped by West Germany. A trio expecting to earn many a winner’s medal in the coming decade.

The attacking exploits of the Allofs brothers are made possible by a sturdy defence. Captain Gerd Zewe and fellow centre back Gerd Zimmermann have been manning the heart of Düsseldorf’s back-line together for a number of years. In 1977/78 Fortuna boasted the best defensive record in the Bundesliga, allowing their opponents just 36 goals in 34 matches. This season, however, the number of goals against has ballooned up to 59 goals (in 34). Zewe and Zimmermann missed a combined 8 Bundesliga matches over the course of the season. Likely a by-effect of Düsseldorf having to compete on three fronts.

Getting to Basel took a mighty effort indeed. Düsseldorf survived all four rounds by the skin of their teeth, winning by one goal on aggregate or even just on away goals. They bested, in order: Universitatea Craiova, Aberdeen, Servette, and Baník Ostrava.

Against Barcelona, though, a lack of of experience might come into play. This is only Düsseldorf’s third ever season in Europe. And a dearth of silverware might make for shaky legs. Fortuna are not actually holders of the German Cup from the season before. They had lost to Köln in the final, 0:2. Their rivals from across the Rhine picked up the national double and, as German champions, entered the European Cup. Continue reading

KSK Beveren vs FC Barcelona, ECWC 1978/79 Semi-final

Basel beckons. St. Jakob Stadium is set to host the final of the European Cup Winners’ Cup 1978/79. Fortuna Düsseldorf looks a likely finalist having beaten Banik Ostrava 3:1 in the first leg of their semi-final encounter. In the other match-up Barcelona secured the narrowest of leads against Beveren winning the meeting at Camp Nou 1:0.

On their way to Belgium Barcelona have picked up two black eyes. If Shakhtar Donetsk could hardly trouble Barça (3:0 & 1:1), Anderlecht and Ipswich had the Blaugrana on the ropes. Holders Anderlecht won the first leg of the Second Round encounter 3:0 but were beaten on penalties in Catalunya. Ipswich could only ensure a 2:1 advantage in their quarter-finals first leg and fell to that away goal when they lost 0:1 at Camp Nou.

Some uphill battle Beveren are facing then for their semi-final return leg. Then again Carles Rexach’s lone goal a fortnight before was the first goal Beveren had conceded in more than five hours of cup action. No small feat judging by the level of opposition the Belgian Cup winners had faced thus far. Ballymena United of Northern Ireland proved an easy enough appetizer in the first round (6:0 on aggregate). NK Rijeka of Yugoslavia (2:0 on agg.) as well as Internazionale (1:0 on agg.) proved trickier but were beaten nonetheless. Continue reading

S01E02: CL Final 1993/94, Milan vs Barcelona

Change of plans: Turns out these episode tend to be longer than expected. Way longer. Going from episode one to two we nearly doubled the runtime. Our second ever episode clocks in at a whooping 2 hours and 35 minutes. Since we’d like to release more than a handful of episodes a year, we’re putting the video part on hold.

While recording that will also allow us to go into some rabbitholes without worrying too much about how that syncs up to video. Or where to even get highlights to random Bundesliga games from the early 90s.

Instead you’ll get extended shownotes, links to more background and maybe video highlights on this website. We’ll also embed the full games as long as we find them. Lastly we’re now on iTunes, so hit subscribe over there.

Without any further ado…

Milan are back with a vengeance. Having lost to Marseille in ’93 after dominating the early phase of the game the Italian champions are now facing Barcelona. However the Rossoneri are more reliant on their defence than ever as Marco van Basten missed the complete season. Other injuries and suspensions (Lentini, Baresi, Costacurta) saw Milan go into the match as underdogs. Especially when looking at the opposition.

The Blaugrana had re-emerged from 80s obscurity thanks in no small part to Johan Cruyff. The Dutch legend revamped the tactical approach as well as the club academy. A slew of Spanish players coming through the youth ranks and foreign stars Koeman, Romario, Stoitchkov and Laudrup formed an impressive team. In 1993/94 they seemingly peaked just at the right moment. Going into the final they had not lost a match in three months.

Enjoy the show! You can also download the mp3 by clicking on the little arrow button in the top right corner.

The protocol to the episode:

  • 0:02:00 Pop culture in 1993/94, including Academy Awards, celebrity power couples and Wrestlemania 10
  • 0:08:00 Fallout of L’Affaire OM and rundown of first time participants
  • 0:19:00 Linfield go to Tiblisi and Bulgaria eliminates Germany from the WC94
  • 0:29:30 Van Basten was injured all along, Cruyff takes over at Barcelona in ’88
  • 0:45:00 The finalists join the action against Kiev, A. Vienna and Aarau, Copenhagen respectively
  • 1:00:00 Group stages rundown, who remembers Wynton Rufer?
  • 1:15:00 Referee trivia, Semi finals and league run-ins
  • 1:25:00 Your advertisement here?
  • 1:28:30 Line-ups, match expectations, kick-off
  • 1:42:00 Barca distribution from the back, Desailly, more Desailly, 1:0
  • 1:57:30 Tactical observations
  • 2:05:30 Milan break Barca physically (2:0) and psychologically (3:0)
  • 2:16:30 Desailly secures MOTM award, 4:0
  • 2:26:00 Final thoughts

Awards! Desailly won Man Of The Match by a landslide. Bakero got Best Hair through a lack of options. The match itself garnered a very favourable rating and a clear viewing recommendation.

If you watch anything from this match, make it the 3:0 of Savicevic. If you want to watch the whole match: