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FC Barcelona achieve rare feat in 88-year history of FIFA World Cup

Barcelona have achieved a rare distinction by becoming the first club in the 88-year history of the FIFA World Cup to have at least one player in each of the eight groups in the World Cup.

football Updated: Jun 17, 2018 12:19 IST
Ankit Kumar Singh
Ankit Kumar Singh
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are some of the prominent players who are playing for Barcelona. (REUTERS)

A rare distinction has come Barcelona’s way with the FIFA Football World Cup in Russia. The Spanish La Liga champions have become the first club in the 88-year history of the football extravaganza to have at least one player in each of the eight groups in the World Cup.

However, this should not come as a surprise for the Catalan giants whose fan following is massive and are regarded as one of the most successful clubs in football history. The 25-time winners of La Liga and four times champions of Champions League, Barcelona attract top footballers from across continents.

Here is a list of Barcelona players in each of the World Cup groups, as pointed out first by a Reddit user u/malalatargaryen.

Group A: Luis Suárez (Uruguay)

Group B: Andrés Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Piqué, and Jordi Alba (Spain)

Group C: Samuel Umtiti and Ousmane Dembélé (France)

Group D: Lionel Messi (Argentina), Ivan Rakitić (Croatia)

Group E: Phillipe Coutinho and Paulinho (Brazil)

Group F: Marc-André ter Stegen (Germany)

Group G: Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium)

Group H: Yerry Mina (Colombia)

As many as 32 teams from five different continents are participating in the ongoing World Cup which will conclude with the summit clash between the top two teams on July 15.

Barcelona’s biggest star, Lionel Messi, was in action on Saturday. The Argentina star, though, had a forgettable night as he missed a penalty and his team was held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland.

First Published: Jun 17, 2018 11:20 IST