FC Barcelona: Picking a Best XI for the 1990s

Roberto Alvarez-Galloso@AlvarezGallosoChief Writer ISeptember 24, 2012

FC Barcelona: Picking a Best XI for the 1990s

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    FC Barcelona has greats such as Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas, and Gerard Pique. It is easy to forget those who contributed to Barca in the past.

    The 1990s was a decade of great players who left their mark on La Blaugrana. One of those players made history as manager at Camp Nou.

    I made a decision to do a slideshow dedicated to the Best XI for FC Barcelona of the 1990´s. The purpose is to choose the best players, their position and the reasons for their inclusion.

    Sit back, relax and enjoy this dedication to Barca history.

Andoni Zubizarreta GK

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    Andoni Zubizarreta was Barca goalkeeper from 1986 to 1994. Zubizarreta was one of the greatest goalkeepers in Barca and Spanish history.

    Zubizarreta played 588 matches, which is a record in La Liga. Zubizarreta played 490 of these matches with FC Barcelona.

    Zubizarreta participated in almost every major event except the UEFA Champions League with Barca. He is currently the Technical Director for FC Barcelona.

Hristo Stoichkov FW

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    Hristo Stoichkov was an FC Barcelona forward from 1990 to 1996. Before arriving at Barca, he was with CSKA Sofia.

    He was chosen as part of the Barca XI for two reasons:

    1. Loyalty to club

    2. Scoring 162 goals within 336 matches

    At the present time, Stoichkov is President of his old club CSKA Sofia.

Pep Guardiola MF

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    Pep Guardiola was midfielder for FC Barcelona during the 1990s. He later became one of the most successful managers in Barca history from 2008 to 2012.

Michael Laudrup MF

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    Michael Laudrup may not be forgiven by some Barca fans for signing with Real Madrid. Regardless, Laudrup remains one of the greatest, as published in the FC Barcelona website.

    One of his major accomplishments for Barca was scoring 93 goals within 288 matches. Laudrup currently coaches Swansea City

Carles Puyol DF

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    Carles Puyol (according to ESPN Soccernet) joined FC Barcelona in 1995. He became a regular in 1999 and is one of Barca's principal defenders.

    During the 2012-2013 La Liga season, Puyols scored one goal in three matches. Puyols managed to participate in 56 matches without a defeat during the 2011 to 2012 La Liga season.

Romario FW

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    Romario was with La Blaugrana from the mid-990s until he returned to Brazil. During the 1993-1994 La Liga season, he scored 30 goals within 33 matches.

Ronaldo FW

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    Ronaldo spent one season during the 1990s with FC Barcelona. The result of that one season was 47 goals within 51 matches.

Xavi Hernandez MF

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    Xavi Hernandez has been with FC Barcelona since 1998. His domination of the midfield is characterized by protecting the ball.

    Sir Alex Ferguson once said that Hernandez was a "passing carousel" because of his amazing abilities. Xavi scored a goal in the 86th-minute mark during the Barca vs. Granada match.

    The goal kept the match from converting to a scoreless draw.

Ronald Koeman DF

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    Ronald Koeman was a Barca defender from 1989 to 1995. He scored 102 goals in 345 matches at La Blaugrana.

    One of his goals was instrumental in Barca winning the European Cup in 1992. In the late 1990s,Koeman was also a member of the coaching staff at FC Barcelona.

Gheorghe Popescu DF

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    Gheorghe Popescu spent part of the 1990s as a defender with FC Barcelona. According to the Romanian Soccer webpage, he scored nine goals within 68 matches.

Jose Mari Bakero MF

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    Jose Mari Bakero deserves to be remembered for his historcl goal for Barca. It was scored in 1991 during the European Cup at Kaiserlauten.

    Bakero managed to kick the ball into the back of the net of the opposing team. His quick action saved Barca´s chances in the tournament.

    I would like to thank the B-R supporters for their time in looking at the slideshow. My best wishes for all of you during the week.