Barcelona formally hires Ronald Koeman as coach

Barcelona, August 19

Barcelona will attempt to finish one of many worst crises in membership historical past with Ronald Koeman as its coach.

Barcelona formally introduced a take care of Koeman on Wednesday, a day after membership president Josep Bartomeu had mentioned the Dutchman accepted the teaching provide and solely particulars wanted to be sorted out.

The official announcement comes 5 days after the crew’s humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich within the Champions League quarterfinals.

Barcelona mentioned the previous defender’s deal runs by June 2022.

Koeman replaces the fired Quique Setién, who stayed solely 25 matches on the job after taking on from Ernesto Valverde in January.

Barcelona mentioned Koeman will probably be formally launched later Wednesday.

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“The Dutchman brings more than 20 years of experience as manager and eight trophies on his CV,” the membership mentioned.

Koeman had been teaching the Dutch nationwide crew since 2018, and beforehand coached within the Premier League, the Spanish league, the Dutch league and the Portuguese league.

The 57-year-old Koeman started his teaching profession as an assistant with Barcelona within the late 1990s.

As a participant, Koeman helped Barcelona clinch its first European title by scoring an extra-time winner in a remaining towards Sampdoria at Wembley Stadium almost 20 years in the past.

“The blaugrana legend, hero of Wembley, the man who handed Barça their first-ever victory in the European Cup returns to Camp Nou,” Barcelona mentioned. AP

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