Barcelona end 5 years La Liga title drought, claim 27th Cup | The ICIR- Latest News, Politics, Governance, Elections, Investigation, Factcheck, Covid-19
FC Barcelona has emerged as the winner of the top-flight Spanish league- Laliga for the 2022-2023 season after a 4-2 wining against city rivals Espanyol.
This feat will make it the 27th league title to their credit as a club and the last time they won their 26th title in the 2018-2019 season.
Also, it is their first La Liga title since club legend Lionel Messi left in August 2021 and the first since Xavi was appointed manager in November 2021.
The ICIR did an analysis of their last 5 years.
On 27 April 2019, Barcelona won their 26th La Liga title finishing 87 points, winning 26 matches, 9 draws and 3 losses. They won the title with 11 points behind Atletico Madrid who were second on the log.
The next season, they finished second on the log with 82 points. Real Madrid topped the log with 87 points.
In 2020, the club was rocked by a crisis which was stirred up by worsening finances and a decline on the pitch in the previous season.
This led to Josep Maria Bartomeu announcing his resignation as president on 27 October 2020.
Also, during the year 2020, the club coach Ernesto Valverde was replaced by former Real Betis coach Quique Setién as the new coach.
On 17 August 2020, the club removed Setién as a manager with Director of Football Eric Abidal also dismissed from his position. Two days later, Ronald Koeman was appointed as the new head coach of Barcelona.
That was the year, Barcelona finished the season trophyless for the first time in 12 years.
They finished third on the log with 79 points. They won 24 won matches, had 7 draws and 7 losses.
This was the year Messi departed the club after 21 years as a Barça player. He was regarded as the club’s all-time leading goalscorer and signed on a free transfer with French club Paris Saint-Germain.
Also, On 7 March 2021, Joan Laporta was elected president of Barcelona with 54.28% of the vote.
Barcelona won their 31st Copa del Rey, their only trophy under Ronald Koeman, after defeating Athletic Bilbao 4–0 in the final.
In August 2021 Barcelona found themselves unable to comply with La Liga’s Financial Fair Play requirements and revealed a club debt of €1.35bn and a wage bill accounting for 103 per cent of total income.
The financial implications also restricted Barcelona in the transfer market and as a result, most of the incoming players were either free transfers or loans and they had to reduce players’ wages to register the incoming players.
Ronald Koeman on 28 October, was replaced with a club legend Xavi.
They finished second on the log with 73 points. They won 21 matches, 10 draws and 7 losses.
Under Xavi as a coach, he guided Barcelona to their first trophy since the 2021 Copa del Rey, as the Catalans defeated Real Madrid 3–1 in the Supercopa de España final.
They are four points from safety with four matches left to end this 2022-2023.