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2016–17 FC Barcelona season

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Josep Maria Bartomeu

Camp Nou

Copa del Rey

Luis Enrique

La Liga

Supercopa de España

2016–17 FC Barcelona season

The 2016–17 season is Football Club Barcelona's 117th in existence and the club's 86th consecutive season in the top flight of Spanish football. Barcelona are involved in four competitions after completing the Double of winning La Liga and Copa del Rey during the last season.



On 1 June, the club announced that Sandro Ramírez's contract would be rescinded. On 2 June, Barcelona announced that Dani Alves would be departing the club after eight seasons. On 3 June, Barcelona announced that German club Borussia Dortmund have informed them of their desire to activate the buy-out clause for Marc Bartra. On 5 June, the club announced that Denis Suárez will be forming part of the first team for this season.


On 1 July, Barcelona and Neymar negotiated a five-year contract extension lasting until 30 June 2021. On 4 July, the club completed the transfer of Denis Suárez. On 12 July, the club announced the transfers of 22-year-old French international defender Samuel Umtiti from Lyon and Lucas Digne from Paris Saint-Germain for the next five seasons, respectively. On 14 July, the two transfers were completed. On 19 July, Barcelona and Sergi Samper negotiated a three-year contract extension lasting until 30 June 2019, including promotion to the first team. On 19 July, Barcelona and Munir El Haddadi also negotiated a three-year contract extension lasting until 30 June 2019. On 19 July, Barcelona and Qatar Airways extended sponsorship agreement for one year more. On 21 July, Barcelona and Valencia reached an agreement for the transfer of Portuguese international midfielder André Gomes. On 26 July, the transfer was completed. During the press conference of Gomes' presentation, the club announced midfielder Javier Mascherano's contract was extended until 30 June 2019. On 30 July, Barcelona won their first pre-season match against Scottish champions Celtic with a 1–3 score in Dublin as part of the 2016 International Champions Cup.


On 1 August, the club cancelled the contracts of Alex Song and Martín Montoya. On 3 August, Barcelona defeated English Premier League champions Leicester City 4–2 in Stockholm with goals from Munir (2), Luis Suárez and Barcelona B player Rafa Mújica. On 6 August, Barcelona were soundly defeated by Liverpool 4–0 at Wembley Stadium in London. On 8 August, the club loaned Thomas Vermaelen to Italian club Roma with an option to buy. On 10 August, the 2016 Joan Gamper Trophy was played against Italian club Sampdoria, finishing 3–2 with a goal from Luis Suárez and two from Lionel Messi. On 14 August 2016, Barcelona won the first official match in the 2016 Supercopa de España against Sevilla with a 0–2 away score. On 18 August 2016, Barcelona beat Sevilla with 3–0 (5–0 aggregate) and won their 12th Supercopa de España. On 20 August, Barcelona defeated Real Betis 6–2 in their first Liga match, with a hat-trick from Luis Suárez, two goals from Messi and one from Arda Turan. On 25 August, the club completed the transfer of 27-year-old goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen from Ajax on a five-year contract, with goalkeeper Claudio Bravo then joining Manchester City after a two-year spell with Barça. Several hours later, both teams were drawn into Group C of the Champions League draw, alongside Borussia Mönchengladbach and Celtic. On 28 August, Barcelona defeated Athletic Bilbao 0–1 with a goal from Rakitic and Luis Enrique wins his 100th match as Barça manager, Ter Stegen made most goalkeeper passes in one single match in LaLiga. On 30 August, the club completed the last transfer of Paco Alcácer from Valencia.


On 10 September, in the match against Deportivo Alaves, Barcelona suffered a 1-2 defeat. On 13 September, Barcelona defeated Celtic 7–0 in the opening match of Group C in the Champions League. Messi notched his first hat-trick of the season, while Neymar provided four assists and a free-kick goal. On 17 September, Barcelona faced for the first time recently promoted Leganés at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque. Barcelona won 1–5 with two goals from Messi and one each from Luis Suárez, Neymar and Rafinha. On 21 September, Barcelona drew against Atlético Madrid 1–1; Ivan Rakitić gave Barça the lead before half-time, but Atlético battled back to draw level in the second half after Messi was substituted out due to injury. On 24 September, Barcelona won 0–5 over Sporting de Gijón through two goals from Neymar and one each from Suárez, Turan and Rafinha. On 28 September, Barcelona defeated Borussia Mönchengladbach 1–2 with goals from Turan and Gerard Piqué, turning around a 1–0 first-half deficit to Barça top of Group C.


On 2 October, Barcelona lost to Celta de Vigo 4–3; a second-half resurgence not enough for Luis Enrique's side as they finished on the wrong end of a seven-goal thriller away in Vigo. On 15 October, Barcelona defeated Deportivo de La Coruña 4–0 with two goals from Rafinha and one each from Luis Suárez and Messi, the latter who returned from injury in the match. On 19 October, Barcelona defeated Manchester City – led by former Barça manager Pep Guardiola – 4–0 at home on the strength of a Messi hat-trick. On 22 October, Barcelona defeated Valencia 2–3 at Mestalla, Messi spot-kick in injury time secured three points out of an electrifying encounter. On 29 October, Barcelona won Granada 1–0 in the 1,500th game at Camp Nou, Barça found it tough to breakdown the stubborn visitors but Rafinha's strike was enough to claim the win.


On 1 November, Barcelona was defeated by Manchester City 3–1 at Manchester, Guardiola's team came from behind after Messi opened scoring. On 6 November, Barcelona won 1–2 against Sevilla at the Sánchez Pizjuán; Messi canceled out Vitolo's opener late in the first half before setting up Luis Suárez for the winner in a frenetic game. On 16 November, the club announced Rakuten signed up as FC Barcelona's new main global partner; the Japanese company will appear on the front of the team's shirt and become the Global Innovation and Entertainment Partner for the next four seasons, starting 1 July 2017. On 19 November, Barca drew Málaga 0–0, a domineering performance was frustrated by 90 minutes of intense Andalusian defending. On 23 November, Barcelona won 0–2 against Celtic at Celtic Park; coupled with Man City's draw in Germany, they clinched a seeded berth in the round of sixteen. Also in this game Messi reached 100 goals in international competitions for Barcelona. On 27 November, Barcelona drew 1–1 with Real Sociedad at Anoeta, Messi's second-half leveller halted Barça's run of four straight league losses in San Sebastian. On 30 November, Barcelona drew Hércules 1–1, a fine long range strike from debutant Aleña gave Barça a slight advantage going into the second leg.


On 3 December, Barcelona drew 1–1 with Real Madrid, Luis Suárez' header being cancelled out by 90th minute Ramos equaliser. On 6 December, Barcelona won 4–0 against Borussia Mönchengladbach, a game which saw a hat-trick from Arda Turan. On 10 December, Barcelona won Osasuna 0–3, Luis Suárez breaks the deadlock in the second half, and two further goals from Leo Messi go on to claim all three points in Pamplona. On 12 December, Barcelona were drawn against Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 of the Champions League. On 15 December, Barcelona and Suárez negotiated a five-year contract extension lasting until 30 June 2021. On 18 December, Barcelona won 4–1 against Espanyol in the Derbi barceloní. On 21 December, Barcelona won 7–0 against Hércules; Paco Alcácer scored his first official goal and Arda Turan got a hat-trick as Barça cruised into the last 16 of the Copa del Rey. On 23 December, Barcelona was drawn against Athletic Club in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey.


On 8 January Barcelona drew 1–1 with Villarreal, with Messi scoring the equalizer in the 90th minute. On 11 January, Barcelona won 3-1 against Athletic Bilbao, goals from Suárez, Neymar and Messi secured an action-packed victory that kept alive the quest for a third consecutive Copa del Rey trophy. On 14 January, Barcelona won 5-0 against Las Palmas, a brace from Luis Suárez and one each for Leo Messi, Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal gave Barça a winning home start to the league in 2017. On 19 January Barcelona won 0–1 against Real Sociedad, Neymar's 21st-minute penalty ended decade of disappointments in San Sebastián. On 22 January, Barcelona won 0-4 against Eibar, a first-half strike from Denis followed by a goal each from the trident in the second secured another three points to stay within reach of the top two. On 26 January, Barcelona won 5-2 against Real Sociedad, a brace from Denis Suárez and further goals by Leo Messi, Luis Suárez and Arda Turan sent Barça into the final four of the Copa del Rey. On 29 January Barcelona drew 1–1 with Real Betis, an incident-packed game saw Suárez snatched a draw in the 90th minute after the Catalans had already seen at least one valid equaliser overruled.


On 1 February, Barcelona won 1-2 against Atlético Madrid, Suárez and Messi put the Catalans in command but Griezmann's second half header kept Atletico alive. On 4 February, Barcelona won 3-0 against Athletic Club, Paco Alcácer, Leo Messi, and Aleix Vidal all found the net. On 7 February, Barcelona draw 1-1 against Atlético Madrid, Luis Suárez's tap-in just before half-time was enough to see the Catalans into fourth consecutive Copa del Rey final despite late drama which saw the visitors equalise and the Uruguayan sent off. On 11 February, Barcelona won 0-6 against Alavés, breath-taking display saw Catalans hit fellow cup-finalists, Luis Suárez (2), Neymar Jr, Leo Messi and Ivan Rakitic on target, plus one own goal; Aleix Vidal suffered a very serious-looking ankle injury late in the game. On 14 February, Barcelona lost 4-0 against Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the first knockout round of the Champions League. On 19 February, Barcelona won 2-1 against Leganés, Leo Messi's 90th minute penalty hands Luis Enrique's men all three points on a demanding evening at the Camp Nou. On 26 February, Barcelona won 1-2 against Atlético Madrid, Rafinha's opener was quickly cancelled out by Godín's header but Messi sealed a huge three points in the closing stages.

Players in

Total spending: €122.75M

Players out

Total income: €31.6 million

Net: €91.15 million

Squad statistics

Players Used: Barcelona has used a total of – different players in all competitions.


Last updated: 26 February 2017


(H) – Home ; (A) – Away

Clean sheets

As of 14 January 2017.

Disciplinary record

Includes all competitive matches. Players listed below made at least one appearance for Barcelona first squad during the season.

Last updated: 26 February 2017
Source: ESPNFC.com, FCBarcelona.com
Ordered by , and
= Number of bookings; = Number of sending offs after a second yellow card; = Number of sending offs by a direct red card.

International Champions Cup

  Win   Draw   Loss


Last updated: 26 February 2017 (2017-02-26).
Source: Competitions


Last updated: 26 February 2017 (2017-02-26).
Source: Competitions

Supercopa de España

  Win   Draw   Loss

Results summary

Last updated: 26 February 2017 (2017-02-26).
Source: Competitive matches

Results by round

Last updated: 26 February 2017 (2017-02-26).
Source: League matches
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Group stage

  Win   Draw   Loss

Knockout phase

  Win   Draw   Loss

Round of 16


2016–17 FC Barcelona season Wikipedia

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