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Barça proclaimed world champions after an historic victory over Santos (0-4)

Santos FC vs FC Barcelona: Barça becomes legendary after winning the FIFA Club World Cup. The Catalans were three up at half time after goals from Messi, Xavi and Cesc, with the Argentinean rounding the game off with a fourth after the break.

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18 December 2011 06:24 PM

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Jordi Clos

Yokohama (FCB).- Santos FC vs FC Barcelona: Barça is the best team in the world. Legendary status is ever closer for this Barça team, who brilliantly saw off the threat from a Santos team led by Neymar and themselves aiming to emulate Pele\u2019s great team of the 60s. Goals from Messi (2), Xavi and Cesc Fàbregas gave Barça Manager, Josep Guardiola his 13th title in charge of a team; a team packed with graduates from FC Barcelona football school \u2018La Masia\u2019. In the FIFA Club World Cup Final, held in Japan, against Santos FC, Barça gave yet another masterful performance in its own unique style.


\u2018O\u2019Rei\u2019 Messi

With nine home grown players in the team, Guardiola again started with a back three defence, packing the midfield and using Alves as an auxiliary winger. FC Barcelona dominated from the start with Messi, who inspired the attack, seeing an early effort stopped by Cabral (who also saved the follow up from Thiago), before opening the scoring on 17 minutes after a magic piece of control from Xavi set up the world\u2019s best player to stroke home with a beautiful touch.

Magnificent Xavi

Barça were purring now and their quick passing and movement left Santos helpless as they continued to create chances almost at will. Xavi got the second with another piece of spectacular control after a pass from Alves and the Catalan midfielder, who seemed to be in complete control of the game, then set up Cesc, whose shot came back off the woodwork. Santos were then forced into a change in tactics as they tried to halt the waves of attack from Guardiola\u2019s men.

Collective brilliance

However, no change in their opponents\u2019 tactics was going to stop this Barça and Guardiola\u2019s side continued to find space easily, rounding off the half with a third from Cesc. Barça had had a total of 74% of possession in the first magnificent 45 minutes and at the start of the second half, they showed there was not likely to be too much of a let up, with Cesc coming close to making it four, only being denied by another fine stop by Cabral. Santos showed some signs of life though, with Borges and Neymar getting through and forcing Valdes into two good one on one saves.

Wonderful collective performance

Barça were playing without any recognised out and out strikers, but were enjoying themselves with some emblematic passing and control and that nearly converted into another goal on 79 minutes when Alves rattled the woodwork and the Brazilian, who was very active throughout the game, set up the fourth goal, winning the ball back before slipping it to Man of the Match Messi to round the keeper and slot home. That was a fitting end to a great performance that saw Barça take their second Club World Cup and, amazingly, their 13th title in just three and a half years, stats that merely confirm their legendary status.

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  • Barça becomes the best team in the world after winning the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup held in Japan (by FC Barcelona)

  • Barça becomes the best team in the world after winning the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup held in Japan (by FC Barcelona)