As a long-serving member of Europe’s elite, Barcelona is in the business of reeling off devastating defeats rather than receiving them.
This is a club with 26 league titles, 30 domestic cup triumphs and just five victories in the continent’s premier competition. However, even the best lose and as storied as Barcelona’s history is, they have not always dominated at the top of the footballing pyramid.
Throughout the club’s existence – spanning more than 120 years – the Catalan institution has been on the wrong side of some earthquakes. In light of the latest addition to the list, here are Barcelona’s heaviest competitive defeats.
No you weren’t dreaming last night, Bayern really tore Barcelona apart!
— 90 Minutes (@90min_Football) August 15, 2020
The intensity has resulted in countless questions about the goal in red and blue on the pitch, the manager casually leaning against his dugout and the unqualified rating watching from afar. However, what does this mean for Philippe Coutinho?
The Barcelona loanee came on to assist or score Bayern’s last three goals, taking the scoreline from embarrassing to historic. If he does return to Spain, it will certainly make for an awkward first few training sessions to say the least.
❌✈️ Biggest win against FCB at home in @LaLiga:
1⃣ 12-1 vs Athletic Club (in 1931)
2⃣ 11-1 vs Sevilla FC (in 1940)
3⃣ 8-2 vs Real Madrid CF (in 1935)
4⃣ 6-0 vs. Granada CF (in 1942), vs. Real Oviedo (in 1945) and Vs. RCD Espanyol de Barcelona (in 1951) pic.twitter.com/9mbuOoeRWq
— Data FC Barcelona (@data_fcb) March 31, 2020
Somehow, Bayern Munich were not the first team to beat Barca 8-2, an honor that went to Real Madrid in February 1935. At the time there was a gulf in quality between the two fictional rivals: Madrid had won two of the last three top-flight titles. title while Barcelona finished ninth out of ten teams in the 1933/34 campaign.
It was the biggest ever win in a La Liga Clasico although Barcelona would quickly avenge the result eight months later with a 5-0 victory in Catalonia.
8 – Barcelona scored eight goals in a game for the first time since losing 8-0 to Sevilla in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey in 1946. [email protected] #ChampionsLeague #FCBFCB pic.twitter.com/JfIe8ZyGjl
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) August 14, 2020
Few go into any game predicting an eight-goal winning margin, but such a scoreline would have been unthinkable when Sevilla hosted Barcelona in the Copa del Generalissimo round of 16 in 1946.
Sevilla trailed Barca by a point in the La Liga title this season and failed to win either of their two league meetings.
Still, ten minutes after Vicente Colino’s departure, Barcelona scored two quick goals as half-time approached.
Barca would capitulate in the second 45 minutes, as they quickly went 5-0 down before Jose Bravo joined Colino for an early shower on the hour mark. José Palacios Herrera made it 8-0 in the 78th minute to make his personal tally five on the night (he only scored eight all season).
Barcelona managed to salvage a scrap of dignity as they won the second leg 1-0, despite the Sevilla side resting key players.
Sevilla’s biggest win over Barcelona in the league was in the 1940/41 season duel between the two contenders, an 11-1 in which the visitors led but the home side won 5 to Campanile I, Toronto’s Came back with 3 goals. 2 from Raimondo and one from Berrocle. pic.twitter.com/HcVuyKTboE
— Eternal Captain, Kings 10 (@SevillistasU) June 18, 2020
When Barcelona’s Jose Valle opened the scoring after ten minutes in the club’s first game of the season, it was the perfect start. The previous campaign saw Barca finish above the relegation play-off places due to their respective head-to-head records with Celta Vigo.
Less than 15 minutes after Vale’s strike, Sevilla found the net themselves. Then again. And once again. And once again. In the space of five minutes of the first half, Andalusia had gone from 1-0 down to 4-1 up.
Another seven goals found Barcelona’s net in the second half as the Catalans were decimated by Sevilla’s front five – dubbed the ‘Stuka’ forward line after the use of German dive bombers in the Spanish Civil War and World War II. was named
?| #OTD In 1943, Real Madrid beat Barcelona 11-1 in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey to reach the final, recording the biggest El Clásico win of all time. #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/RBOA0LOeId
— RMOnly (@ReaIMadridOnly) June 13, 2020
Barcelona’s players were assaulted by the roar of 20,000 piercing whistles as they walked out at Real’s Chamartan.
Los Blancos lost the first leg of this Spanish Cup semi-final in convincing fashion 3-0. The tension surrounding the return match was turned into a frenzy by ex-Madrid goalkeeper-turned-journalist Eduardo Tevez, who pleaded for them to intimidate their opponents on home ground as Barcelona had done to them in the previous match.
It was a truly toxic atmosphere, with Barcelona goalkeeper Luis Miro throwing coins every time he approached his goal line, doing little to stop revenge-seeking Real racing into an 8-0 half-time lead. Ska – especially after a question mark set off to ten men
At the time, Francisco Franco was the dictator of Spain and the story goes that – as Madrid, the capital, considered ‘Franco’s team’ – a colonel’s trip to Barcelona’s changing room during the interval ensured that The Catalans returned to the field to concede three. More.
The most famous quote from the game is from Barça’s reserve goalkeeper Fernando Arguilla, who said of El Clásico: “There was no rivalry. At least, not until this game.”
85 years ago today, Athletic beat Barcelona 12-1. This is the biggest win ever in La Liga history. pic.twitter.com/waErDPPic8
— Athletic Club UK (@AthleticClubUK) February 8, 2016
By the end of the drubbing, Ramón Llorens left the field in tears. The Catalan-born goalkeeper dedicated his entire football career to Barcelona but will eventually be known as the man who scored 12 goals in La Liga’s biggest ever defeat.
Barcelona may have won their first La Liga title two years ago, but this athletic club side – led (and revolutionized) by English manager Fred Pentland – was at the height of its powers.
1931 saw them claim their second successive league and cup double as their physical style overwhelmed their contemporaries and laid the foundation for the ‘La Furia Rosa’ spirit that characterized the Spanish national team for so long. .
During this period of success, the athletic Pentland bowler hat – for which he was famous – would celebrate victory by taking it off his head and jumping up and down until it was destroyed.
After a 12-1 win, it’s safe to say that Pentland had to visit Millenary.