Barça v England: Did you know?

As the blaugrana prepare for a Champions League last sixteen showdown with Chelsea, we take a look back at previous meetings with clubs from the cradle of football

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On Feb 19, 2018
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First meetings

Competitively stronger

Messi the marksman

No prizes for guessing Barça's top scorer against English clubs. That's Leo Messi with an immense 17 goals, including four in the same game against Arsenal and a hat trick against Man City last season.
Nobody else even comes close to matching that, but Rivaldo and Patrick Kluivert scored seven each and Evaristo got six.

Team by team

Only seven of the teams currently playing in the English Premiership have met Barça in a competitive encounter before: Manchester City (WWWWWL), Manchester United (WLLDWDDDLWW); Liverpool (LDDLWDLW); Chelsea (WLLWWLWDLDDDLD); Tottenham Hotspur (DW); Arsenal (LWWDWLWWW) and Newcastle United (LWWW).

The blaugrana have played six of the other teams but only in friendly matches: Everton (1924), Burnley (1949), Stoke City (1969), Watford (1984) Southampton (1998) and Leicester City (2016). The only one of those sides they failed to beat is Stoke.

Barça have never played a game of any kind against Bournemouth, West Ham, Brighton & Hove Albion, Crystal Palace, Huddersfield Town or West Bromwich Albion. They haven't met Swansea City either, who are (of course) not English but Welsh.

Championship clubs

There are seven other English clubs that Barça have met in UEFA competitions over the years - all of which are currently playing in the second tier Championship.

Those are Wolverhampton Wanderers (WW), Birmingham City (LWWDW), Aston Villa (DWWL), Leeds United (WLDWD), Nottingham Forest (LD), Sheffield Wednesday (LW) and Ipswich Town (LWLW).

So Notts Forest, who beat Barça to win the 1980 European Super Cup, can claim to be the only English club to have avoided defeat to the Catalans every time they have met in an official encounter.

Biggest wins

Off to a good start

There have been seven occasions in the Champions League era when Barça have played the first leg of a knockout tie in England. They took a lead back to the Camp Nou no fewer than four times, and drew 2-2 with Arsenal in 2010.

The only two first leg defeats in England, in 2000 and 2012, were both against Chelsea.

English past