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VINTAGE. La Liga won in the half time

Barça didn't get the title thanks to the goal by Eto'o in the 0-1 against Celta, but thanks to Valencia's defeat

VINTAGE. La Liga won in the half time
VINTAGE. La Liga won in the half time

Barça didn't get the title thanks to the goal by Eto'o in the 0-1 against Celta, but thanks to Valencia's defeat

Celebració lliga 05-06

"La Liga of the half time." This is how the championship won by FC Barcelona in 2005/06 was named. The second in a row with Dutchman Frank Rijkaard on the bench and the last one before leaving the club. But that May 3, 2006, Barça didn't get the title thanks to the goal by Eto'o in the 0-1 against Celta, but thanks to Valencia's defeat.

Valencia, coached by Quique Sánchez Flores, lost at Son Moix against Mallorca 2-1. The local team did the second goal in the minute 46 and Valencia couldn't score during the second half. A half that coincided with the first one of Celta-Barça, a match that had started one hour later. So Barça reached half time and discovered that Valencia had lost and they were mathematically champions. This caused curious images like the players hugging or Barça supporters celebrating the title in Canaletes —the place in Barcelona were titles are celebrated— when Barça still had to play 45 minutes.

This is Mundo Deportivo's front page the day after. We can read "Champions. Barça won the second La Liga in a row. Valencia's defeat gave them the title in the half time, but Eto'o's goal was the icing on the cake and Barcelona went mad." / "Laporta: "I dedicate the title to the fans." / Ronaldinho: "Don't stop the party"

Despite Barça knew they were winners, the team formed by Valdés, Belletti, Márquez, Puyol, Van Bronckhorst, Van Bommel, Deco, Iniesta, Ronaldinho, Larsson didn't Eto'o relax. The player from Cameroon scored the only goal in the minute 54.

In the minute 9:46 you can watch the goal, and starting in the 48:20 you can review the celebration of the players after the match and also images from supporters in Barcelona, with statements by Rijkaard, Ronaldinho, Laporta...

Valencia had 68 points and couldn't catch Barça, with 79, during the remaining 2 matches. Culers came back to Canaletes that season to celebrate the Champions League won in Saint Denis.