10 Most Successful Seasons in Barcelona History

Nathan JudahCorrespondent IJune 4, 2012

10 Most Successful Seasons in Barcelona History

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    Remember December 1899? Shame on you! For those of us who were there, it was FC Barcelona's first ever match—a 1-0 defeat to the English Colony—11 people attended!

    It's slightly different these days—both in the score-lines and the attendance but one thing remains the same—the sheer determination and will to win.

    Over the past 113 years, the Catalans have amassed an astonishing amount of titles and trophies dating back to 1902.

    They remain only one of three teams never to be relegated from La Liga and continue to go from strength to strength.

    In this slideshow, we take a step back in time and rank Barcelona's ten best seasons ever.  

10. 1952-53

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    Barcelona won the La Liga and Copa del Rey, giving the club their second consecutive double for manager Ferdinand Daucik.

    Daucik was the first and only Czechoslovakian to manage the Catalans. He is still regarded as one of the best and was the first manager to bring continued success to the club during his four-year tenure.

    There is some great footage in the video clip of the old stadium Les Corts before construction began at Camp Nou in 1954.

    Top scorer that season was Spaniard Tomas Hernandez Burillo, aka Moreno, who finished with 22 La Liga goals

9. 1996-97

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    A commendable campaign in Bobby Robson's only season as Barcelona's head coach.

    Look carefully at the picture and you might see a familiar face lurking close to the Englishman.

    Despite not winning the La Liga title, the Cup Winners' Cup, the Spanish Super Cup and the Copa Del Rey all came back to the Camp Nou trophy cabinet.

    The season will also be known for a certain Brazilian striker named Ronaldo. He was sensational throughout the season and his 34 league goals has only been bettered by Lionel Messi.

    Again Barcelona didn't make it to the knockout stages of the Champions League, but neither did rivals Real Madrid, although they did pip the Catalans to the La Liga title by just two points.

8. 1958-59

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    Helenio Herrera led the Catalans to both the La Liga title and Copa Del Rey for the third time in the club's history.

    Watch the above video for some great shots of the manager and highlights of the 1-0 win over Granada in the Copa del Rey final.

    They also won the Fairs Cup, beating Birmingham City, and then a London XI between 1958 and 1960.

    Brazilian Evaristo was the club's top league-scorer that year with an impressive 20 goals in 23 games.

7. 1997-98

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    Rivaldo led the team to the La Liga title together with the Copa del Rey and UEFA Super Cup but surprisingly Barca did not get out of the Champions League group stages.

    Nevertheless, it was an extremely successful season at Camp Nou, their first under Louis van Gaal.

    They defeated Real Mallorca 5-4 on penalties to win the Cop del Rey, while their Super Cup triumph was a little more comfortable, a 3-1 aggregate victory over Borussia Dortmund.

    Johan Cruyff and van Gaal were given a lot of credit for their roles in Barcelona's dominance in the 1990s.

6. 1991-92

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    Johan Cruyff brought the glory days back to Barcelona during his successful eight-year term as head coach.

    The 1991-92 season was one of his very best, as he delivered an impressive league and cup treble.

    With the help of a certain Bulgarian striker named Hristo Stoichkov, Blaugrana won La Liga, the European Cup with a 1-0 win over Sampdoria and the Super Cup after defeating Atletico Madrid over two legs.

    Cruyff is credited with bringing the glory days back to Barcelona and assembling the Catalans' first ever dream team, including a very young Pep Guardiola!

5. 2009-10

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    Following on from Guardiola's sensational first season as manager, his men went onto claim a further four trophies, becoming the first side ever to win six trophies in a calendar year.

    Three of those trophies overlapped into the 2009-10 season—the FIFA World Club Cup, the UEFA Super Cup and the Spanish Super Cup.

    Despite the intense playing and travelling schedule, Guardiola expertly rotated his squad during a season which also saw them successfully defend their La Liga title.

    However, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League did prove a bridge too far.

    It was also a second fruitful campaign for a certain player named Lionel Messi—you might have heard of his name.

    The Argentinean netted 47 times, scoring some spectacular goals in the process. 

4. 2005-06

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    Frank Rijkaard oversaw the 2005-06 season—and what a season in was!

    Not only did they retain the La Liga title they won the previous season, they also captured their second Champions League trophy (previously the European Cup) after a 2-1 victory over Arsenal.

    They then went on to clinch the Spanish Super Cup with a 5-2 aggregate win against Real Betis.

    Samuel Eto'o was the star man, scoring 26 league goals along the way.

3. 2010-11

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    A third successive La Liga title and a 3-1 demolition of Manchester United at Wembley in the Champions League final were the highlights of another memorable campaign under Pep Guardiola.

    Messi continued to go from strength to strength, hitting 53 goals in 55 games with 24 assists.

    Barcelona's style of football was as close to perfection as it got.

    It was also extra icing on the cake when they defeated arch-rivals Real Madrid in a hot tempered 5-4 aggregate win over Real Madrid.

    Another truly remarkable season at Camp Nou. 

2. 1951-52

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    Barcelona fans will love this footage—a vital 4-2 win over Real Madrid on the way to the 1952 La Liga title.

    The hero of the season was Hungarian superstar Ladislau Kubala. The striker's contributions were instrumental as the campaign became widely known as "Barca of the Five Cups."

    Under the mastermind that was Ferdinand Daucik, the Catalans also delivered the Copa del Rey with a 4-2 victory over Valencia, the Latin Cup defeating Nice, the Copa Martini Rossi and the Copa Eva Duarte.

    It was easily the most successful season in the club's history and is second only to the 2008-09 season. 

1. 2008-09

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    Pep Guardiola's first season in charge was arguably Barcelona's finest in their entire history.

    They became the first-ever Spanish side to win the famed treble consisting of La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League.

    Their Champions League success came with a 2-0 victory over Manchester United while Athletic Bilbao felt the full force of Samuel Eto'o during a comfortable 4-1 win.

    Eto'o was again the top scorer with 36 goals in all competitions.

    Guardiola was instantly catapulted into the spotlight after the club suffered such a poor final season under Frank Rijkaard the previous year.

    2008-09 confirmed Barcelona as a superpower in World Football, as the Guardiola era officially began in style.