The final 6 instances Barca performed within the UEFA Cup / Europa League – & how they fared

Celtic face Barcelona throughout the 2003-04 UEFA Cup Credit score: Alamy

After years of competing amongst Europe’s elite within the Champions League, Barcelona are being made to abdomen a second successive season in Europe’s secondary cup competitors.

The Catalan membership completed behind Bayern Munich and Inter of their group, with their third-place end leading to them dropping into the Europa League, the place they’re going to play fellow fallen giants Manchester United within the first knockout spherical.

It nonetheless looks like a novelty right this moment, however again across the flip of the century they have been recurrently within the competitors when it was referred to as the UEFA Cup. This is how they fared the final six instances they competed in it.

2021-22

Having succeeded Ronald Koeman halfway by way of Barcelona’s ailing group stage marketing campaign, Xavi was unable to steer the membership to qualification.

The membership dropped into Europe’s second-tier competitors for the primary time within the ‘Europa League’ period after drawing 0-0 at house to Benfica and dropping 3-0 away to Benfica.

Xavi’s facet made it previous Napoli and Galatasaray however have been eradicated on the quarter-final stage after dropping 3-2 at house to eventual winners Eintracht Frankfurt – a outcome raucously cheered on by hundreds of touring German followers, who completely took over the Camp Nou for one infamously unforgettable evening after shopping for house tickets.

“Clearly the ambiance didn’t assist and the membership is wanting into why this occurred. The gamers need to know why too,” Xavi stated.

“It was a transparent miscalculation on our half. This can’t be allowed to occur. It was extra like a remaining with the stadium divided.”

“It is a shame what has occurred,” added membership president Joan Laporta. “I really feel embarrassed.”

2003-04

Throughout Barcelona’s final marketing campaign of the ‘UEFA Cup’ period, they have been relieved to be in Europe in any respect. Louis van Gaal was sacked in January 2003 with the membership hovering above the relegation zone they usually wanted a late-season run to complete sixth.

Their European marketing campaign began inauspiciously. Slovakian facet Matador Puchov held Barca to a 1-1 draw within the first spherical earlier than being pummeled 8-0 within the return leg (the UEFA Cup was a straight knockout in these days), whereas Panionios and Brondby have been dispatched with relative ease.

However they would not final for much longer. Martin O’Neill’s Celtic have been a European power throughout the mid-00s and edged Barcelona out of Europe by a single objective over two, well-fought ties.

A cautionary story maybe; the fashionable facet should not count on to walk to Europa League success simply because My What A Membership.

2000-01

After being squeezed out of the Champions League by AC Milan and David O’Leary’s Leeds, Barcelona dropped into the third spherical of the UEFA Cup in late 2000.

Led by Rivaldo, and fielding a staff with the likes of Frank de Boer, Marc Overmars and Patrick Kliuvert, Barcelona dispatched Membership Brugge and AEK Athens to move by way of to the quarter-finals.

Fellow La Liga facet Celta Vigo have been overwhelmed on away targets earlier than Liverpool, Gary McAllister and EastEnders proved a step too far within the semis.

Barcelona and Liverpool players scrap during their UEFA Cup match, April 2001. Credit: Alamy

Barcelona and Liverpool gamers scrap throughout their UEFA Cup match, April 2001. Credit score: Alamy

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1995-96

Again in 1995, solely the league winners from every nation certified for the Champions League and fourth-placed Barca discovered themselves in that season’s UEFA Cup.

The energy of the competitors is mirrored within the opponents they confronted – Sevilla and PSV Eindhoven have been overwhelmed en path to a semi-final exit towards Bayern Munich (in fact).

Bayern would win the ultimate on combination towards Zinedine Zidane’s Bordeaux.

1987-88

The footballing panorama was very completely different within the late Nineteen Eighties; English golf equipment have been banned from taking part in in Europe and crack Japanese European sides learn the scene.

However Barcelona weren’t superb, trailing Actual Madrid in Spain and never experiencing a lot success in continental competitions.

Victories over Dynamo Moscow and Albanian facet Flamurtari mattered little when Bayer Leverkusen knocked them out of the UEFA Cup with a 1-0 win within the Camp Nou in March 1988.

No less than they have been knocked out by the long run winners after Leverkusen beat metropolis neighbors Espanyol on penalties within the remaining.

1986-87

Chastened by dropping the European Cup remaining to Steaua Bucharest in their very own stadium, Barcelona purchased Brits Mark Hughes and Gary Lineker of their try to make amends the next season.

It would not fairly work. Whereas Lineker fired in loads of targets, Hughes was a relative flop and Terry Venables’ facet might solely end second in La Liga.

Their UEFA Cup marketing campaign did not produce silverware both, as Barca have been shocked by Jim McLean’s Dundee United within the quarter-finals.

Let’s face it, such an incidence might certainly by no means occur once more.

Barcelona strikers Mark Hughes and Gary Lineker, 1986 Credit: Alamy

Barcelona strikers Mark Hughes and Gary Lineker, 1986 Credit score: Alamy

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