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Where are Barcelona's Youth League winners now?

Published: Monday 17 April 2017, 9.50CET
Three years on from Barcelona's first and only previous involvement in finals weekend, UEFA.com looks at where the Blaugrana's 2014 champions are plying their trade now.
by Richard Martin
from Barcelona
Where are Barcelona's Youth League winners now?
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Published: Monday 17 April 2017, 9.50CET

Where are Barcelona's Youth League winners now?

Three years on from Barcelona's first and only previous involvement in finals weekend, UEFA.com looks at where the Blaugrana's 2014 champions are plying their trade now.

Barcelona make their second appearance in the UEFA Youth League semi-finals when they take on Salzburg on Friday. Three years ago, in the Under-19 competition's inaugural season, the Spanish side went all the way in Nyon, defeating Schalke and Benfica. 

Ahead of their return to the Colovray Stadium, UEFA.com asks what has become of the first group of players to lift the Lennart Johansson trophy.    

Starting XI in the final against Benfica
1. Roger Riera, captain

Riera took the bold step of moving to Nottingham Forest in summer 2014 but the defender struggled to adapt to his new surroundings. After 18 months and zero appearances for Forest, he signed for Celta Vigo and is now a regular for Celta's B team.

2. Godswill Ekpolo
The Nigerian defender remained at Barcelona for two more years, making the leap to Barça B in 2015. Following a trial, he joined Fleetwood Town in England's third tier in November.

2014 final highlights: Benfica 0-3 Barcelona

3. Rodrigo Tarín Higón
The centre-back was promoted to Barça B a year after the final and held down a place until a serious knee injury in November wrecked his season, forcing him out for at least six months.

4. Mohamed El Ouriachi
The Moroccan winger has undertaken a British-footballing journey since departing Barça in summer 2015 in search of playing opportunities. He initially transferred to Stoke City but was loaned to Shrewsbury Town at the start of this season and is currently with Hearts in the Scottish Premiership.

5. Fabrice Ondoa
Ondoa has had a curious career path, becoming a full Cameroonian international five months after the final. He remains his country's No1, playing all of their triumphant 2017 Africa Cup of Nations campaign. He has struggled to get minutes at club level, though, and following unsuccessful stints with Barça B and Gimnàstic de Tarragona, he is now third-choice at Sevilla Atlético.

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Adama Traoré is in a relegation fight with Middlesbrough

6. Adama Traoré
The lightning-quick winger had already made his Barça debut before the final and scored his first senior goal the next season in the Copa del Rey against Huesca. His first foray into English football with Aston Villa did not quite go to plan, yet he is currently part of a Middlesbrough side battling to stay in the Premier League.

7. Wilfrid Kaptoum
The Cameroonian passmaster is a regular for Barça B, who are pushing for promotion back to Spain's second tier, and last term opened his goalscoring account for Luis Enrique's men in the Copa del Rey semi-finals against Valencia.

8. Jordi Ortega
Like many of his team-mates, Ortega tried his luck in England, with Wolverhampton Wanderers, but never made it out of the youth team. He plies his trade back in Spain with Córdoba B.

9. Munir El Haddadi
Scorer of an incredible goal from the halfway line in Nyon, Munir enhanced his reputation by netting on his senior Barcelona debut in August 2014. He proved a more-than-reliable back up for the star-studded 'MSN' trident in the next two campaigns and this term is excelling on loan at Valencia.

Watch Munir El Haddadi score from the halfway line

10. Lionel Enguene
Enguene had been with Barça since he was 11 but left for Antalyaspor in 2016 following fleeting spells in the reserves. The Cameroonian attacking midfielder returned to Spain later in the year with Lugo, who have since loaned him to Leixões in the Portuguese second division.

11. Xavier Quintilla
The left-back remains on the Blaugrana's books, though this season he has been on loan at home-town club Lleida, who play in the same league as Barça B.

Last updated: 19/04/17 13.13CET

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