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For the first time in 20 years, Barcelona is out of the group stage in the Champions League, after it finished third in its group behind Bayern Munich and Benfica, and therefore it will have to participate in the less important competition, which is the “Europa League”.

The last time Barcelona failed to qualify for the second round of the European Champions League was in the 2001 season, when the Catalan giant finished third in its group behind AC Milan and Leeds United, while the last time it failed mainly to qualify for the group stage for the glory of European competitions was in 2003, When he finished sixth in the Spanish League.

This is the first time that the Blaugrana will participate in the European League “European League” under its new name, as it was previously known as the European Cup until 2009.

And through the draw that will take place on Monday, Barcelona will know who they face in the European League.

Barcelona had participated in the European League competition with its old name (the Federation Cup) 11 times without winning its title, but it was able to reach the semi-finals four times, losing to Liverpool in the 1975/76 season, and to PSV Eindhoven after two seasons, before He was defeated by Bayern in the 1995/96 season, before returning to losing again against Liverpool in the 2000/01 season.

Barcelona is facing difficult circumstances this season, as it occupies seventh place in the Spanish League, 16 points behind the leaders Real Madrid, and it was exposed 6 days ago to a first loss under the leadership of its new coach, Xavi Hernandez, at the hands of Real Betis 1-0, after the Blaugrana star came to power. The former replaced Ronald Koeman about a month ago.

And about Barcelona’s bitter exit from the Champions League this season, the team coach, Xavi, said in statements after the match: This situation is not worthy of our team, but we have to accept it.

And he added, “We will try to work to put the club in the place it deserves.”

Regarding the match, he said: “Bayern was better than us and we must accept reality. We tried to control the ball and possess it, but Bayern has a strong team and it is stronger than us and we have to accept that.”


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