Well that's it, folks: after 37 weeks of competition, 30 wins, and over 100 goals, FC Barcelona have officially clinched the 2014 2015 La Liga title. Their ultimate victory came, rather appropriately, in a game against last season's champions, Atletico Madrid. Barca beat Atletico 1-0 to secure the title victory, with the great Lionel Messi providing the winning goal. For fans in the Barcelona home shirt 2014 2015, it was a perfect climactic moment in a season that has brought innumerable highs-and very few lows. Keep reading for all of Barca's La Liga 2014-15 stats!
The Early Weeks
No one was quite sure what to expect from the FC Barcelona squad as the 2014-15 La Liga season got underway last August. How would new manager Luis Enrique mesh with the strong personalities and dynamic football talents already deeply rooted at Barcelona? Would striker Luis Suarez, transferring to Camp Nou after an incredible season at Liverpool, be able to coexist peacefully with Lionel Messi, Neymar, and the other explosive offensive talents already at Barcelona? Would the club be able to top Atletico and Real Madrid, both of which won huge titles last year (the La Liga and the Champions League, respectively)?
However, if there was any doubt about how the wearers of the Barca soccer shirt would fare under the new circumstances of their 2014 2015 football season, it was quickly washed away in the early weeks of competition. Leading off with four back-to-back shutout victories (against Elche, Villarreal, Athletic Bilbao, and Levante), Barca quickly became the 2014-15 La Liga frontrunners.
Indeed, it wasn't until week nine-in an away match against Real Madrid-that FC Barcelona lost a match (or even allowed a single goal). They lost 1-3 against Real, though, taking the lead early (with a four-minute-mark goal from Neymar), but losing it dramatically in the second half.
The Real Madrid Rivalry
That match singlehandedly created the most dramatic and contentious feud of the 2014 2015 La Liga campaign: Barcelona versus Real Madrid. For the rest of the season-at least until this past weekend-the two teams were battling one another for supremacy and trading off stints in the top slot.
After the week nine loss against the Vikings-not to mention a sloppy week 10 defeat, dealt by Celta Vigo-the wearers of the Barcelona home shirt 2014 2015 dropped to second place and Real became the frontrunners. Barca began playing solid football again after those two rough weeks-including huge victories over Sevilla (5-1), Espanyol (5-1), and Cordoba (5-0), but the Vikings were keeping pace.
By the end of 2014, Barcelona were still playing second fiddle to Cristiano Ronaldo and the rest of the Real Madrid soccer squad.
The 2015 Run
The battle between Real Madrid and Barcelona continued well into the New Year. Both clubs had their triumphs. Barca topped Atletico 3-1 in an early January fixture, while the Vikings got the biggest home win of the entire 2014 2015 La Liga division with a 9-1 with over Granada in April. (Barca got their own scorefest in May, with an 8-0 away victory at Cordoba). For the most part, though, the months went on like a staring contest between the two teams, staying more or less neck-and-neck in the La Liga title race.
Ultimately, Real Madrid blinked first
In the month between February 7th and March 7th, Real won only two of their five La Liga fixtures, losing big in an away game against Atletico (0-4), and also struggling against Villarreal (1-1) and Athletic Bilbao (0-1). The dry spell for the Vikings gave Barcelona the opportunity they needed to reclaim the top spot on the league table, and after they had done so-in week 26-they never let it go.
In fact, Barca have now been undefeated in the Premier Division since the end of February, with only an April 11th draw with Sevilla disrupting their winning streak. They beat Real Madrid back in March to secure their leadership status, and on Saturday, they donned the Barca away shirt 2014 2015 for a season-deciding game against Atletico Madrid. With a 65-minute goal from Lionel Messi, they won the game and soared to 93 points on the 2014-15 La Liga standings table-thereby securing the title. Next week's campaign closing home match with Deportivo La Coruna will be nothing more than a victory lap.
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