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FC Barcelona returned to its previous glorious league ways under the guidance of new coach Louis van Gaal. The highly rated coach, hired from Ajax Amsterdam, brought lethal striker Sonny Anderson and the attacking midfielder Rivaldo with him. But surprisedly Barcelona sold Ronaldo to Inter Milan just before season begin and thus handed Sonny Anderson as main striker. He introduced Barcelona to his marvelous 4-3-3 formation, in which Rivaldo was a perfect centre forward, scoring 20 goals in the league. Under van Gaal at helm on his first season, Barcelona won their 15th La Liga title, 2nd European Super Cup title as well as 24th Copa del Rey title (thus winning their domestic double) but Barcelona crashed out of the UEFA Champions League, following a lackluster performance in the First Group Phase. In fact, Barcelona ended up last in the group, and was not even qualifying for the remainder of the UEFA Cup, contributing only single victory, two draws and three defeats and thus preventing Barcelona's first treble glory.

FC Barcelona
1997–98 season
PresidentJosep Lluís Núñez
Head CoachLouis van Gaal
StadiumCamp Nou
La Liga1st
Copa del ReyWinners
UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stage (4th)
Supercopa de EspañaRunners-up
UEFA Super CupWinners
Top goalscorerLeague:
Rivaldo (19)

Rivaldo (28)

Barcelona had a marvelous second half of the season, in which it kept pace with La Liga championship leaders Real Madrid, then passing the Madrids when they had a couple of slips. In the end, a win in the 36th round was more than enough to clinch Barcelona's first league title for four years.



League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Barcelona (C) 38 23 5 10 78 56 +22 74 1998–99 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Athletic Bilbao 38 17 14 7 52 42 +10 65 1998–99 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
3 Real Sociedad 38 16 15 7 60 37 +23 63[a] 1998–99 UEFA Cup First round
4 Real Madrid 38 17 12 9 63 45 +18 63[a] 1998–99 UEFA Champions League Group stage[b]
5 Mallorca 38 16 12 10 55 39 +16 60[c] 1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round[d]
Source: LFP
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.
  1. ^ a b RMA 2–0 RSO; RSO 4–2 RMA
  2. ^ Real Madrid was qualified directly for the 1998–99 UEFA Champions League as holders.
  3. ^ MLL: 9 pts; CEL: 5 pts; ATM: 2 pts
  4. ^ Since Barcelona, winners of 1997–98 Copa del Rey, was qualified for the 1998–99 UEFA Champions League, losing cup finalists RCD Mallorca earned a spot in the first round of the 1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "FootballSquads - Barcelona - 1997/98". Archived from the original on 2013-07-13. Retrieved 2013-07-10.

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