OFFICIAL: Ronald Koeman is Barcelona’s new coach


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OFFICIAL: Ronald Koeman is Barcelona's new coach

The Dutchman leaves his position in the national team to succeed Quique Setién and live his first experience at the helm of the Blaugrana squad.

It became official: Ronald Koeman became the new coach of the FC Barcelona replacing the dismissed Quique Setién and arrives in Catalonia in search of straightening a boat that was adrift and that had gone through stormy days since the 8-2 suffered at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

This was announced by the Blaugrana club itself, which also confirmed that the Dutchman will sign a two-season contract, until June 2022; The second campaign will be optional and is subject to the approval of the president who succeeds Josep Maria Bartomeu after the elections that must take place in June 2021 at the latest.

It so happens that the current culé boss had already contacted the Dutchman as an alternative to the Barcelona bank last January after the dismissal of Ernesto Valverde but the coach then refused to break with the word given to the federation of his country, with which he He had promised to lead La Naranja during Euro 2020, which was finally postponed to 2021 due to the crisis generated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Koeman will complete his third stage at Barça

It will be the third chapter in the strategist’s relationship with Barcelona, ​​which began in 1989 during his time as a player and which served to establish himself as one of the great references of the dream team and one of the greatest architects of the first European Cup. of the club as author of the goal to Sampdoria in the final of 1992.

He left in 1995 but would return four years later, in 1999, as an assistant to Louis Van Gaal when he was taking his first steps as a coach. It was only a year before arriving at the Vitesse in his country and then at Ajax. Later he managed Benfica, PSV Eindhoven, Valencia, AZ Alkmaar, Feyenoord, Southampton, Everton and the Dutch National Team.

As a coach, the 57-year-old coach won the championship at both Ajax and Benfica and in his only experience as a coach in Spanish football managed to lift the 2008 Copa del Rey with Valencia.

Koeman: “Barcelona is the club of my dreams”

Koeman’s first reaction was swift. Through a statement issued by the Dutch Federation, the brand new Barça coach commented that “it has been an honor to be the Dutch coach, for two and a half years I have done everything I could to be successful with the Oranje and I am satisfied and proud of what we have achieved in this period, the team has a great future “, He also pointed out that” everyone knows that Barcelona is the club of my dreams, it is something very special to become their coach. “

Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Getty Images


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