Barcelona won their first ever European Cup in 1992, a full 36 years after their arch-rivals Real Madrid won their first in the inaugural edition of the competition. In fact, Madrid won the trophy six times before the Catalan club could lay their hands on the Holy Grail.
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However, Barcelona have won the Champions League four more times since then. So, Barcelona’s chequered history with Madrid and their standing as a dominant European powerhouse in the last decade all began in 1992 when the Blaugrana beat Italian club Sampdoria 1-0 thanks to a Ronald Koeman (yes, the current Everton manager) goal in extra-time.
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This was the culmination of the legendary Johan Cruyff’s contribution to world football and Barcelona, in particular, where the philosophy and ideals of the great Dutchman still echo. A number of players went on to have great careers in that team, known as the Dream Team, both on and off the pitch.
It has been 25 years now since that triumph occurred, therefore, let us take a look at where the members of the squad are at present.
#1 Andoni Zubizarreta
The captain of the team, Zubizarreta is a familiar name in recent years due to his role as the director of football at Barcelona from 2010 to 2015. He had a stellar career with the Catalan club where he held the record for the highest number of appearances as a goalkeeper in official competitions until Victor Valdes broke it in the 2011-12 season.
Having started his career at Athletic Bilbao, he finished his career at Valencia and then worked as a director of football at Bilbao. Currently, Zubizarreta is the director of football at French club Olympique de Marseille and has held the post from October 2016.
#2 Albert Ferrer
Ferrer was a local kid who went on to become a key part of Barcelona’s Dream Team and finished his career at Chelsea in the pre-Abramovich era. A full-back by trade, he also won the 1992 Summer Olympics with Spain where he was a constant presence in the side.
He later worked as a commentator on Spanish television and then had managerial stints at Dutch club Vitesse (Chelsea’s favourite loanees destination) and Spanish clubs Cordoba and Mallorca. He was recently linked with the Motherwell job in the Scottish Premiership but could not secure the position.