BARCELONA F.C.


1983-1984


Cup Winners’ Cup


Match Worn Shirt


Maradona Diego Armando


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This shirt was worn by Diego Armando Maradona during a Cup Winners’s Cup game of the season 1983/1984. It is a very rare shirt because it is the winter edition kit made of plush fabric that was especially made for the team. The shirt was given by Maradona to a team’s official of that time whom we got it from. After the 1982 World Cup, in June, Maradona was transferred to Barcelona in Spain for a then world record fee of £5 million ($7.6 million). In 1983, under coach César Luis Menotti, Barcelona and Maradona won the Copa del Rey (Spain’s annual national cup competition), beating Real Madrid, and the Spanish Super Cup, beating Athletic Bilbao. On 26 June 1983, Barcelona won away to Real Madrid in one of the world’s biggest club games, El Clásico, a match where Maradona scored and became the first Barcelona player to be applauded by arch-rival Real Madrid fans. Maradona dribbled past Madrid goalkeeper Agustín, and as he approached the empty goal, he stopped just as Madrid defender Juan José came sliding in an attempt to block the shot. José ended up crashing into the post, before Maradona slotted the ball into the net. With the manner in which the goal was scored resulting in applause from opposition fans, only Ronaldinho (in November 2005) and Andrés Iniesta (in November 2015) have since been granted such an ovation as Barcelona players from Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabéu. Due to illness and injury as well as controversial incidents on the field, Maradona had a difficult tenure in Barcelona. First a bout of hepatitis, then a broken ankle in a La Liga game at the Camp Nou in September 1983 caused by a reckless tackle by Athletic Bilbao’s Andoni Goikoetxea—nicknamed “the Butcher of Bilbao”—threatened to jeopardize Maradona’s career, but with treatment and rehabilitation, it was possible for him to return to the pitch after a three-month recovery period. Maradona was directly involved in a violent and chaotic fight at the 1984 Copa del Rey Final at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium in Madrid against Athletic Bilbao. After receiving another hard tackle by Goikoetxea, as well as being taunted with racist insults related to his father’s Native American ancestry throughout the match by Bilbao fans, and being provoked by Bilbao’s Miguel Sola at full time after Barcelona lost 1–0, Maradona snapped. He aggressively got up, stood inches from Sola’s face and the two exchanged words. This started a chain reaction of emotional reactions from both teams. Using expletives, Sola mimicked a gesture from the crowd towards Maradona by using a xenophobic term. Maradona then headbutted Sola, elbowed another Bilbao player in the face and kneed another player in the head, knocking him out cold. The Bilbao squad surrounded Maradona to exact some retribution, with Goikoetxea connecting with a high kick to his chest, before the rest of the Barcelona squad joined in to help Maradona. From this point, Barcelona and Bilbao players brawled on the field with Maradona in the centre of the action, kicking and punching anyone in a Bilbao shirt. The mass brawl was played out in front of the Spanish King Juan Carlos and an audience of 100,000 fans inside the stadium, and more than half of Spain watching on television. After fans began throwing solid objects on the field at the players, coaches and even photographers, sixty people were injured, with the incident effectively sealing Maradona’s transfer out of the club in what was his last game in a Barcelona shirt. One Barcelona executive stated, “When I saw those scenes of Maradona fighting and the chaos that followed I realized we couldn’t go any further with him.” Maradona got into frequent disputes with FC Barcelona executives, particularly club president Josep Lluís Núñez, culminating with a demand to be transferred out of Camp Nou in 1984. During his two injury-hit seasons at Barcelona, Maradona scored 38 goals in 58 games. Maradona transferred to Napoli in Italy’s Serie A for another world record fee, £6.9 million ($10.48 million).

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In the 1999-2000 FC Barcelona did not repeat its successful season in 1998–99, and fell back to second in La Liga, as well as knocked out of the Champions League in the semi-finals. Barcelona did not perform well in the mid season and lost the league title to Deportivo La Coruña just 5 points behind and Louis van Gaal was let go by the club, with former Real Betis coach Lorenzo Serra Ferrer taking over after 1999-2000 season. Despite trophyless season, the side managed to reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, where it lost to eventual runners up Valencia.

BARCELONA F.C.


1999-2000


100th Anniversary


Champions League


Match Worn Shirt


Cocu Phillip

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In 1999 Barcelona F.C. celebrated its 100th anniversary. To celebrate this event a special 100th Anniversary shirt was made for the team by Nike. The shirts has 1899-1999 embroidered on chest and a 100th Anniversary badge on sleeve. 

BARCELONA F.C.


2000-2001


Champions League


Match Issued Shirt


Arteta Mikel

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Barcelona lost their supremacy of Spanish football, finishing just fourth in La Liga, despite having bought Marc Overmars and Emmanuel Petit in total of £54m transfer fee in the summer of 2000. While Barcelona was controversially sold Luís Figo to arch rivals Real Madrid in July 2000. New coach Lorenzo Serra Ferrer was not improved well and put under increasing pressure, and when Barcelona narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification in the summer, he was sacked in late April 2001. Barcelona dramatically sealed Champions League 3rd qualifying spot in the season finale, thanks to Rivaldo bicycle kick goal against Valencia.

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Watch above the amazing Rivaldo bicycle-kick goal against Valencia

“What happened tonight has been incredible. I dedicate the winning goal to all the players who have fought so hard all season and all the supporters who have suffered so much. I’m delighted to have made them happy with my goals” Rivaldo

BARCELONA F.C.


2001-2002


Champions League


Match Worn Shirt


Rivaldo Vitor Borba Ferreira

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Rivaldo spent five years with Spanish club Barcelona, where he formed a successful partnership with Patrick Kluivert, and won the 1998 and 1999 Spanish La Liga championship and the 1998 Copa del Rey. In his first season at Barcelona, Rivaldo was the second top goalscorer with 19 goals in 34 matches, as Barcelona won The Double of La Liga championship and Copa del Rey. In 1999, he won another La Liga title with Barcelona, and once again was the league’s second highest scorer with 24 goals. Rivaldo was named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d’Or. At the end of his Barcelona’s experience Rivaldo scored up to 130 goals. Probably the best goal he scored with Barcelona was the match winning third goal against Valencia in the last game of the season 2000-2001. It was an overhead bicycle kick from the edge of the penalty area in the 90th minute of the game, which is regarded as one of the greatest goals of his career. The win secured Barcelona a place in the 2001–02 Champions League.

BARCELONA F.C.


2002-2003


Champions League


Barcelona vs Juventus


Match Worn Shirt


Oleguer Presas

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The 2002–03 season was the final year of president Joan Gaspart’s reign. It was also his least successful at Barcelona, with the club changing manager three times during the course of the season, disrupting the league campaign. The club eventually finished in sixth place in La Liga, which was Barça’s worst position in 15 years. In the Copa del Rey, the side failed to get past the round of 32. In Europe, however, they fared slightly better, reaching the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League and setting a competition record for the most consecutive wins, with 11. Overall, the team’s form was poor all season, which spurred wholesale changes in management, the board and squad of players.