World sport is virtually paralyzed all over the globe, and the date when the mass track championships can resume is still unknown. But for the duration of the confinement, from the ARA we encourage you to replace the shirt with your favorite colors or to remove from the closet the scarf that always accompanies the stadium, whether it is cold or hot. To do so, we suggest you relive some of the great sporting events of the 21st century.
For all Barça fans, there are four games (and many more) that you have surely seen (and maybe even seen again). One is the 2011 Wembley Final, in which Pep Guardiola’s team beat Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United in the Champions League final with goals from Pedro, Messi and Villa. It was surely one of the best games of that Barça that marveled Europe and the world.
There is also the one to relive great emotions 2-6 at the Santiago Bernabéu in the 2008-2009 League, From Guardiola’s first season on the Barça bench and was the first game Messi played as a fake new. Returning to the Champions League, we propose to relive the Barça final against Arsenal in 2006, when Ronaldinho’s smile shone brightest and when Frank Rijkaard was the Barça coach. Forgot that final? Belletti either.
Despite not having a nice final outcome in the competition, you can also remember the Barça comeback against PSG in the eighth finals of the 2016-2017 season, with Luis Enrique on the bench and Neymar as the main character.
For all football lovers in general, though the list of matches to watch again these days would be endless, it may also be worthwhile to recover one of the most unlikely, exciting and fun Champions League finals of the last years: that of the 2004-2005 season, in which Liverpool ended up imposing penalties on Milan despite losing 3-0 at halftime.
Proposals in white-and-blue
For fans of Espanyol, in the face of a very difficult season, there is nothing better than to see a game that evokes the sensations of a salvation fought and very suffered but with a happy ending. We are talking about duel against Real Sociedad in the last day of the League in the 2005-2006 season in which a goal by Coro led to a blue-and-blue outburst at the Lluís Companys Olympic stadium. Lotina sat on the bench and Tamudo wore his captain’s armband. Roger Requena, our copywriter in charge of keeping up with the Espanyol daily, reminds us that that goal of Ferran Corominas marked a whole generation.
We also recommend this other game. In the 2008-09 season, L’Espanyol, body, visited the Camp Nou, where Barça de Guardiola, leader, would celebrate the treble a few months later. Espanyol won 27 games without winning in the Barça league. With Pochettino on the bench, that team struggled to save. He did this thanks to an afternoon of glory marked by a double from De la Peña. An unforgettable match for the white-and-blue fans.
The recommendations of Natalia Arroyo
Natalia Arroyo, our analyst, editor and coach, proposes to relive these two recent matches. The first is the all-time qualifying round of Champions League semi-finals against Women’s Bayern Munich. The Miniestadi, in one of the last games in which the women’s first team played, ended up being a party. The game, however, was an agonizing stretch as the German side had chances (Barça won 0-1) in the first half, but a goal from Mariona cooled it all down before the break and was worth the ticket to play for the first time the Champions League final.
He also looks up to the national team and proposes the confrontation between the United States and Spain of the friendly trophy, which is gaining more and more prestige: the She Believes Cup, which was played just before the coronavirus breakthrough caused the cancellation of much of the world sport. Many Barça players led the Spanish national team to play from you to the world champion. It was the first time the Spanish national team had played this tournament and Alexia Putellas finished it off as MVP.
The 2016 Rio Olympics final between Sweden and Germany is another game worth remembering, especially in those days when the Olympic universe has been shaken. Apart from being a significant extra window for women’s football (Olympic discipline only since 1996), it was also the last title in Germany to be led by Silvia Neid, one of the most successful coaches in the world.
Although it belongs to the twentieth century, Natalia Arroyo also wants to remember the 1999 U.S.-China World Cup Final, one of the most emblematic games in women’s football and that FIFA wanted to remember this Monday through its social profiles.
If you prefer basketball …
Not everything is football in this life. If you prefer to recover some basketball game, Alex Gozalbo, our specialized copywriter and coach, gives us these recommendations to see again.
The unforgettable game in which Kobe Bryant made 81 points. Bryant is the second-highest scorer in a game in NBA history, behind Wilt Chamberlain’s (1962) 100 points. The Los Angeles Lakers myth endorsed them 81 points for the Toronto Raptors on January 22, 2006. The game itself is a gem, especially for Mamba fans. Lakers victory by 122 to 104 and Kobe display: 28/46 in two-point shots, 7/13 in three-pointers and 18/20 in free throws.
More data? 55 points in the second half. Neither more nor less. “I had never dreamed of something like this. Not even as a kid. I couldn’t imagine it,” he said.
Alex Gozalbo also stands out the 2008 Beijing Olympic final. Considered one of the best games in the history of modern basketball, the duel between the Spanish national team and the United States is a delight. The Wukesong Sports Center hosted a match where Pau Gasol, Joan Carles Navarro, Ricky Rubio and company sweated the gold medal on a rival with LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade. The silver medal raised the record of the legendary generation of the 80’s.
Another match to watch again is the women’s eurobasket final of 2019. The Spanish national team made good predictions and revalidated the champion title. The team, consisting of six Catalan players, went above France (86-66) and won the second straight title, the third in the last four editions and the fourth in its history. The performance of Marta Xargay and Laia Palau was a delight.
For handball lovers …
If you prefer or also want to win big handball games, our specialized copywriter and discipline player, Gonzalo Romero, offers us the following suggestions.
The final between Barça and Veszprem in 2015, in which the Barça team won its ninth and final European Cup. To the first final four from Cologne, the azulgranas won the Veszprem de Aron Pálmarsson. It was one of the best games of the Nikola Karabatic stage wearing the Barça shirt. The Champions League would also be the sixth title in a season ending with 7 of 7. The return leg of the European Cup final between Barça and BM Ciudad Real in 2005 is, on the other hand, one of the great matches of the Blaugrana competition in the Palau.
The Barcelona World Cup final between the Spanish and Dutch teams in 2013 it’s one of the other big games of recent years to remember. The Spanish team lifted their second World Cup with one of the biggest goals in the history of international handball against Denmark. The World Cup, which took place in Spain, with Granollers as the venue for the group stage, ended with a party on the parquet floor of the Palau Sant Jordi.
In December, the women’s World Cup final between the Spanish and Dutch national teams was also a game worth reliving. The Spanish team, led by Carlos Viver and Robert Cuesta from Granollers, stayed just a few months ago to lift their first world cup. A controversial last-minute refereeing decision, red and penal, closed one of the most important games in state women’s handball.
The best MotoGP races
In the world of motorsport, our specialized editor, Nuria García, reminds us that after a free registration, the MotoGP website offers a compilation of the 10 best races of all time. As for Formula 1, this may also be a good time to remember a Grand Prix that seemed endless to both drivers, fans and journalists who had to cover it: This is the 2011 Canadian GP.
Many other sports, both team and individual, have their grand historic finals or moments to remember. How the 2008 Wimbledon Myth Final between Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer. Almost six hours in a row with tennis. What are your proposals?