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Barca next manager after Ronald Koeman

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Who is the Barca Manager?

Ronald Koeman was born on the 21st of March 1963 in the Netherlands. He started his footballing career with Fc Groningen and was handed a debut at 17 years of age. He spent 3 seasons at Groningen where he scored over 30 goals in 90 appearances, playing as a centre-half and sometimes as a defensive midfielder. He became the clubs 3rd youngest player ever. He then signed to Ajax, after initially failing to regain the title the following season Ajax won the 1984 85 season. The following season saw Johan Cruyff takeover as manager, but despite scoring 120 goals In 34 League matches Ajax could only finish in second place.In the summer, Koeman controversially transferred to rival club PSV, Whilst he was there, they won the league three consecutive times.On may the 25th 1988 PSV won that only ever Champions League. In Koeman’s three seasons at PSV he scored over 50 goals in 90 games, an incredible tally for a defender.

In 1989, Koeman rejoined his former manager, Johan Cruyff, at Barcelona, where he would go on to join the famous dream team. In his 1st season he won the Copa del Rey over Real Madrid and from 1991-1994, Koeman, along with players such as Pep Guardiola and Michael Laudrup for 4 consecutive years. In 1992, at Wembley, he scored the only goal in a 1-0 over Sampdoria, to win the European cup.In the 1993  94 Champions League campaign Koeman finished joint top goal scorer of the competition. His nickname for Barcelona, was “Tintin” due to his physical similarities to the cartoon, he will forever be remembered at Barcelona as a club legend.

To finish his playing career, He returned back to the Netherlands in 1995, to join Feyenoord, which made him one of the only ever players to represent the “3 big Dutch teams”. He spent two seasons in Rotterdam, Ray scored 19 goals in 61 games to finish his career and therefore in his career, He had played 533 games of football scoring 190 times, something never seen from a defender before.

In 2001, he was appointed as manager of Ajax. He had a great start to his managerial career, as him and Ajax won the domestic double that season. After a poor 2002-03 season, Koeman redeemed himself by winning to Eredivisie in the 2003-04 season. He resigned in February of 2005.

Not long after, he jumped straight back into management by taking the throne at Portuguese team Benfica. In the league, they finished 3rd behind Fc Porto and Sporting, which was a massive disappointment for the board. Along with an offer to manage former club PSV, he left just one year into his time at the Portuguese giants, so he could join a team he greatly admired.

In the 2006-07 season, he won the league with PSV by goal difference over Ajax and finishing 3 points ahead of AZ. All 3 teams had been level on points going into the final game of the season, but fortunately, PSV overcame Vitesse 5-1. In the 2007-08 season, he once more won the league and in the last 16th of the Champions League beat Arsenal, unfortunately losing to Liverpool in the quarter-finals.

After two poor jobs at Valencia and AZ, he spent 3 seasons at Feyenoord, but after failing to win a single league title, he left to move to England for the first time in his footballing career. He joined Southampton and after most predicting a lower mix-table finish, he propelled them to a brilliant start, winning four, drawing one and losing one, in his first 6 games. This won him manager of the month and he once again won the same in 2015. This season, Southampton finished in 7th place and then followed by a remarkable 6th place finishing in 2016.

This made Everton approach him, and he accepted. In his 1st season in the 2016-17 season, he achieved Europa League qualification. The next season he was given the largest budget in Evertons long history and he spent £150 million on players. However, the new reformed side failed to impress and in October he was sacked.

On February the 6th 2018,  Koeman was appointed as Netherlands national team manager. He comfortably achieved qualification for the Euro 2020. He also got to the Nations League final, but lost to Portugal.

Koeman has now been appointed as manager of FC Barcelona.