Barca put the boot in over Bojan’s beautiful goal

March 17, 2009

Barcelona were so proud of the slick passing move that led to Bojan Krkic’s second goal during the 2-0 win at Almeria on Sunday that they have published all the statistics surrounding the strike.

In the 53rd minute, Xavi won the ball and gave it to Lionel Messi which was the first step in an uninterrupted 37 pass move that lasted one minute 49 seconds, the league leaders said on their website.

Every Barca player on the pitch, except goalkeeper Victor Valdes and defender Rafael Marquez, touched the ball at least once. The only shame was that Bojan’s finish took a deflection that helped it past a wrong-footed Diego Alves.

Almeria, coached by former Mexico striker Hugo Sanchez, may not be a major club but they are a tough nut to crack at home. It was their first defeat in seven matches at the Juegos Mediterraneos stadium.

Of course, there is more to Barca’s triumphant reaction than just hailing a great goal.

Barca’s arch-rivals Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 5-2 away in a controversial and bruising match on Saturday which has led to a storm of criticism over the referee.

Home fans resorted to the ironic chant “Asi! Asi! gana el Madrid!” (This is how Real Madrid win) and even the pro-Madrid sports daily AS led with the same frontpage headline on Sunday.

The article on Barca’s website has the sub-heading “El Barca gana asi” (Barca win like this) above their goal description.

Has anyone else seen a better goal with that number of passes? For anyone wondering, Esteban Cambiasso’s strike for Argentina v Serbia at 2006 World Cup included 24 passes.

PHOTO: Barcelona’s Bojan Krkic (2nd R) celebrates with Lionel Messi (R) and other team mates after scoring his second goal against Almeria during their Spanish first division match in Almeria March 15, 2009. REUTERS/Francisco Bonilla

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Portugal’s second goal against England in Euro 2000?
Not sure exactly how many passes, but it was quite a few.

Posted by Filipe | Report as abusive

There was to be some rare Brazilian goal that included more passes that 37.

I’d love to see more stats like this published. All stats actually.

Obviously the teams track them, they just don’t share them. It would be great if FIFA or UEFA took up the issue and decided that soccer would have even more enthusiastic fans if we had stats to discuss.

Posted by Rob D | Report as abusive

I agree on the stats. It would be fascinating to have access to this sort of info, but maybe the teams are scared orf giving too much away.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

Another great example would be what Barcelona did at Anfield back in 2001-2002 I believe.

Barcelona scored a similar goal at Anfield against Liverpool in a 2001-2002 Champions League encounter where Barcelona won 3-1 and had the ball for 3 and a half minutes till they scored their third goal.

So many of Barca’s goals this season have come from moving the ball in from the right wing and involving Lionel Messi, Xavi and particularly Dani Alves. On current form, Alves has to be up there with the best right backs of all time and he is a real pleasure to watch when in full flight.

Posted by Iain | Report as abusive

I’d argue (as Brazil coach Dunga obviously does) that Inter’s Maicon just edges Alves because he is that much stronger as a defender. Maicon really is a collosus but bombs on down the wing just like Alves, who admittedly has a fierce shot and a decent cross

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive

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