16 March 2012

Nine former culés can return to Camp Nou in the quarter

From lbra to Mou going by Nolito, Romeu and Urko.

Up to nine players and a coach who once belonged to Barça can return to Camp Nou in the quarterfinals of the Champions League so if the draw holds. The morbidity, higher in some cases than others, is assured.

The team that has a large colony of former culés is the Milan with Ibrahimovic (2009-10) leading a quartet that complete Van Bommel (2005-06), Zambrotta (2006-08) and Maxi López (2004-06). Only the first two are entitled, as a future possibility, the central Brazilian Thiago Silva.

Between the above remember that Van Bommel and Maxi already won the Champions League with Barça in 2006. And in the Spring team, training times orders Allegri, Adrià Carmona plays a left-handed 20 years in 2010 left the Barca Juvenil after a decade in La Masia to play for Milan.

Benfica has two former Barça representatives of two very different eras: Saviola (2001-04 and 2006-07) and Nolito (2008-2011). The second, which debuted with the first team Guardiola has more minutes than the Argentine. Nolito, who impressed in the reserves, has eight goals in the Portuguese League

Chelsea arrived in summer Guardiola another squad who had already given a chance. Oriol Romeu. The midfielder has started in a meeting, but lost prominence with the recovery of Essien and sporting crisis that caused the Villas-Boas goodbye. Roberto di Matteo has not much to it.

Even in the Apoel Nicosia Barcelona there is a connection. Urko Pardo, goalkeeper was instrumental in the qualifying round due to injury of the owner, Chiotis, belonged to Barça between 1999 and 2007. Born in Brussels, but Galician father and Basque mother, arrived with 16 years and after two transfers to Cartagena and Sabadell, he split in 2007 beginning a tour of the Iraklis of Greece, Rapid Bucharest, Olympiacos and Apoel.

Bayern, Marseille and Real Madrid have no former culés in their workforce, although highly publicized coach: Jose Mourinho, coach of the white team, was on the payroll of FC Barcelona between 1996 and 2000, since it landed as assistant coach of the deceased Bobby Robson until the departure of Louis van Gaal, who also served as an assistant after two years making direct reports opponents. (via MD)