Monday, January 17, 2011

The New Golden Age

It's official: the world of sports is witnessing a new Golden Age of football at FC Barcelona.

With half of the league play in the Primera Division of La Liga now done with, FC Barcelona stands four point clear of rivals Real Madrid, and in possession of their own destiny.  Assuming they win all their remaining matches, no team can now catch the Blaugrana. 

How likely is that?  Consider these facts:

* FC Barcelona has taken a league-record 52 of a possible 57 points through the first 19 matches of the season, an achievement never before attained by any Spanish league side;

* Barca won the 2009-2010 season with a record 99 points, more than any other Spanish side ever;

* Barca's winning streak is now extended to 28 matches, which is a new club record;

* Barcelona had 7 of 11 starters on the World Cup Champion Spanish football team this past summer, and every one of the goals scored by Spain in the tournament, was scored by a Barcelona player;

* Our franchise player Lionel Messi just won the Ballon D'Or for the second time, accompanied by fellow nominees and teamates Iniesta and Xavi;

* Barca is now challenging for its third consecutive league championship;

* In the last three years, Barca has won both the Copa Del Rey (King's Cup), the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup (the last achievement being a 'first' for a Spanish League side);

And these are only the most recent achievements.  Over it's history, Barca has won the Copa Del Rey 25 times, the Supercopa de Espana 9 times, and 10 European football chamionships.

So, its pretty clear that the achievements of the current incarnation of FC Barcelona, are quite worthy of comparison to the achievements of past Barcelona teams.

Can Barca win all of the rest of its matches?  Absolutely.  But regardless of that outcome or not, one thing is certain:

Right now, FC Barcelona is without doubt the most complete and successful football team on the planet.