Spanish La Liga giants, FC Barcelona, have appointed their former player, Ronald Koeman, as their new head coach.
Recall that the Spanish side sacked Quique Setién as the first team coach following an embarrassing UEFA Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich last Friday. The decision was described as “within a wider restructuring of the first team.”
In a club statement on Wednesday, Barcelona said Koeman has signed a two-year contract with the club.
The former Southampton and Everton manager first came to Barça in 1989 after spells in Holland at FC Groningen, Ajax and PSV in which he claimed four Dutch league titles, two Dutch Cups and a European Cup.
Furthermore, in 1988 he was part of the Netherlands team that was victorious in the European Championships. When he came to Barça he became the second most expensive signing in the Club’s history behind Diego Maradona.
In his six seasons as a Barça player, Koeman made 264 official appearances, scoring 88 goals, many of them from his trade mark free kicks on his way to becoming the highest scoring defender in the Club’s history.
He claimed 10 trophies in his time as a blaugrana: four La Liga titles, a European Cup, a Copa del Rey, a European Super Cup and three Spanish Super Cups.
Born in Zaandam in the Netherlands on 21 March, 1963, Koeman becomes the fifth Dutchman to coach Barcelona after Rinus Michels, Johan Cruyff, Louis Van Gaal and Frank Rijkaard.
The 57-year-old left his role as Netherlands boss, with two years left on his contract, to join the Spanish giants.