FC Barcelona and Manchester United: 11th European game

FC Barcelona and Manchester United will meet in the 2011 Champions League Final on May 28th at Wembley Stadium – the 11th time the two teams have met in Europe and the 8th game between them in the Champions League. This year final repeats the Champions League final of 2009, when Barça won United by 2-0.

Vanessa Forns

May 5, 2011 08:02 PM

Barcelona (FCB).- After seeing off Real Madrid and Schalke 04 in the semi finals, Josep Guardiola and Alex Ferguson are set to meet again in a Champions League final – and this time it’s at Wembley, an iconic stadium for both clubs, where they both won their first European Cups: Manchester in 1968 and Barça in 1992.

Rome final

This year’s final will be a repeat of the 2009 match up in Rome when Barça beat United 2-0, thanks to goals from Eto’o and Messi  to take their third ever European Cup. The game will also be the 11th time the two have met in continental competitions, having played each other 3 times in the Cup Winners Cup and 8 times in the Champions League.

United win in 1984

The first game between the two was in the quarter finals of the 1983/84 Cup Winners Cup. Although Barça won 2-0 in the first leg at the Camp Nou, United turned the tie round in the return leg, winning 3-0 to reach the semi finals.

First European Final

The two met again in the same competition in the final of the 1990/91 edition in Rotterdam, when United again came out top, beating Barça 2-1. This was the first European final played between the two, with another to follow in 2009 and this year’s clash at Wembley set to be the third.

1994/95: Barça win at group stage

Since that night in Rotterdam, the two have only met in Europe’s top competition, the Champions League. In the 1994/95 season, Barça reached the quarter finals after finishing second in the group stage, ahead of United who were eliminated after drawing 2-2 at Old Trafford and losing 4-0 at the Camp Nou. Barça didn’t get too much further either, losing to París Saint-Germain in the quarter finals.

Manchester United win trophy at Camp Nou

The two were again paired in the group stage of the 1998/99 competition, and both at Old Trafford and the Camp Nou, the result was the same – a 3-3 draw. This time it was United who went through to the next round as group runners up, whilst Barça were eliminated. United went on to lift the trophy after beating Bayern Munich 2-1 at the Camp Nou.

2007/08 semi-final

In the 2007/08 season, United denied Barça a place in the final by beating them 1-0 at Old Trafford after drawing 0-0 in the first leg of the semi-final in Barcelona. Sir Alex Ferguson’s team went on to beat Chelsea in a penalty shootout in the final played in Moscow, to claim their third European Cup win.



Second meeting set for July

The two Clubs have another game on the horizon after their Wembley date, having previously agreed to play in the World Football Challenge 2011 in Landover, Maryland on July 30th.