Man City wins GamperAugust 20, 2009
Manchester City became the first British team ever to win the Gamper Trophy, FC Barcelona’s annual invitation match played aginst some of the world’s best known teams. It also marked the firsdt time in the tornament’s history that Barça has failed to score.
Before kickoff team coach Pep Guardiola introduced the new look teal to the public, in a stadium that was close to full – more that 94,000 spectators packed the stands.
The match was the Nou Camp debut of Summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is currently recovering from a hand injury and was substituted by Lionel Messi.
To celebrate the triple – Copa, Liga, Campions – Barça played in a specially designed strip with a distinctively retro 1970s look. The top was blue, with three vertical stripes up the centre broken by the word “mes” – as in “more than a club” – with red shorts.
The first half was filled with Barça B team players, who allowed Martin Petrov score. However, the second half really saw Barça playing well, dominating possession and attacking the goal. However, the failed to make the most of this advantage and were unable to find the net thanks to Manchester City’s defence and keeper Shay Given.
The next match is the second leg of the Spanish Supercup on Sunday 23rd August. See the homepage for price and availability of Barcelona tickets for all matches.