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FC Barcelona celebrated the Spanish League and Cup double this season to take their total trophies to 27 since the 2008-09 season, better than any other side. These titles include 3 UEFA Champions League's trophies, 7 La Liga Championships and 3 FIFA Club World Cups.
The Blaugrana breezed through the league this season, 2017-18, and only lost one of the 38 la Liga games played to claim the League title with 4 games to spare. Barça won the league title for a 25th time and earned the double after winning the Spanish Cup, Copa del Rey, for a 4th consecutive season and extended their record to 30 titles in the competition.
This season, Barça set a Spanish record of 43 games unbeaten in La Liga since the end of last season, a run stretching 13 months. The Catalan giants have been the best team in Spain's La Liga for the last 10 years and make the claim for the best team in the world having won 27 major trophies in a glorious decade.
Delightful “decima” – 10 years, 7 La Liga titles & 3 Champions League trophies
With the 2017-18 league title and Cup double, it was yet another confirmation that Barça have been the Kings of Spain for the last 10 years, having won 7 of the last 10 league titles and 6 Spanish cups – Real Madrid winning two and Atlético Madrid one league title in that time. The delightful 10-year run started in the 2008-09 season when coach Pep Guardiola, now with Manchester City, brought the famous tiki-taka style to the Catalan club.
Guardiola won the treble of domestic League and Cup plus the Champions League in his first year in charge. The former Barça legend led them to three consecutive Spanish league titles in the 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 season’s.
Guardiola's best season was in 2008-2009 when he led Barcelona's illustrious team composed of Captain Puyol, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Eto'o, and Henry to the first treble in the club's history. 11 players from that squad had been graduates from Barcelona's youth system La Masia and seven started in the Champions league final against Manchester United, can you name them? [see below for answer].
In La Liga, Samuel Eto'o won the Pichichi award with 30 goals and Messi exploded into a world-class player scoring 38 goals in all competition for Barça.
The following season, 2009-10, Guardiola retained la Liga with a then-record of 99 goals scored in the season and Leo Messi was the league's leading scorer with 34 goals and scored 47 goals for Barcelona in all competitions. Despite starting the season winning the European and Spanish Supercups, followed by the FIFA Club World Cup in December, Barça only reached the Champions League semi-final.
In the 2010-11 season, Barcelona won their third consecutive La Liga title and they also won a second Champions League trophy within 3 years under Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola left the club after finishing second to Real Madrid in the 2011-2012 season even though Leo Messi, the Pichichi and European Golden Shoe winner, set the record for the most goals scored in La Liga's history with 50 goals. Guardiola’s successor, Tito Villanova, won the League title in his only year in charge, in the 2012-13 season, amassing 100 points and only losing twice. Leo Messi, again the Pichichi award winner, scored the league’s third-highest ever number of goals with 46 that season.
Guardiola won a total of 14 trophies in 4 years with the club. Under Guardiola Barça became the first European club to win 6 titles in a the calendar year, winning all competitions possible in 2009 – the League, Spanish Cup, Champions League, Spanish Supercup, European Super Cup and the Fifa Club World Cup.
The following season, 2013-14, Atlético Madrid were the best team in the country and won their first La Liga title since the 1995-96 season. Barça finished second. The coach at the time, Argentine Gerardo “Tata” Martimo left the club after a poor season for the Catalan’s.
Luis Enriqué was recruited in the 2014-15 season and he won the treble of League, Cup and Champions League in his first year in charge of the Blaugrana just as did Guardiola. In 2015 Barça set another record for being the only European club to lift the treble twice.
Enriqué added the European Supercup and FIFA Club World Cup thus hauling 5 titles out of 6 competitions in the calendar year 2015 – missing out only on the Spanish Super Cup to Athletic Bilbao. He is also a former player of the club and had also coached the Barcelona B team before taking charge of the first team.
Enriqué led Barça to a Spanish record of 39 games without defeat in all competitions. He retained the league title the following season in 2015-16 when the MSN – Messi Suarez Neymar – scored 90 goals between them in la Liga and Luis Suarez was the league’s top-scorer with 40 goals. The most prolific trio in Barça's history scored 131 goals in all competitions that season.
Last season, 2016-17, coach Luis Enriqué could not manage to win a third consecutive league title as did his former team-mate Pep Guardiola and Barça finished second behind Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid. Enriqué left the club at the end of the season after winning the Spanish Cup.
This season, under the guidance of their new coach Ernesto Valverde, also a former Barça player, they have won the domestic league and Cup double with some style and panache in his first season in charge. He brought some stability to the club after the unexpected departure of star player Neymar to PSG, and with his pragmatic approach, Barça have been sensational in the league this season.
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Barça have set the standard for world club football for the last ten years with their excellent combination of style and genius. The beautiful game. They are still the team to beat and the best team to hate. Love them or hate them, they are still setting the standard.
Barça's 10 years of glory since 2008-09…
La Masia: response to our question:
7 la Masia players to start the 2009 Champions League final : Leo Messi, Carles Puyol, Xavi, Iniesta, Victor Valdés, Piqué & Sergio Busquets.
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