Emirates news agency – Barcelona appoints Dutchman Ronald Koeman as technical director of the first football team


New Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman: I am here to make technical decisions and would love for Messi to stay with me.

Coman: My contract is for two years and I am not required to change the backbone of the team.

Coman: Barca is the greatest club in the world and we must all work to restore its prestige.



Barcelona, ​​August 19, 2019 (WAM) – Barcelona has announced the appointment of Dutchman Ronald Koeman as coach of the first football team for two seasons, succeeding Spaniard Quique Setien.

This came in an official statement published on the official website today at noon, and then the club introduced the new coach to the media at a press conference tonight, during which Ronald Koeman confirmed that he is here to make technical decisions, and that Barcelona in its history should not suffer a defeat like the one that it finally got, even if it was so. Against Bayern Munich.

Coman said that he loves the style of possession of the ball, but what is always important remains to win every match, because Barcelona is the greatest team in the world, and it must regain its prestige, and will not make any decisions about the players except after sitting and talking with them, and for Messi he has a special position because he The captain and world football icon wants him to stay in the team.

He added: “I have a two-year contract, and I will carry out my work even if there are changes in the club’s board of directors through elections. He may be convinced of my new president’s job and ask me to continue, and I will strive to achieve a balance in the team between the elements of experience and youth, and I do not think I am required to change the column.” The backbone of the team, and I will be keen to work with players who prefer to stay here and continue to serve the team. ”

Koeman had previously played for Barcelona for 6 years from 1989 to 1995; He participated in 264 matches, scored 88 goals and achieved 10 tournaments as a player, including four Spanish League titles, one King’s Cup title, three Spanish Super Championships, one European Champions League and one European Super Cup.

Then Koeman worked as assistant coach in Barcelona for two years from 1998 to 2000, accompanied by his Dutch countryman, Louis van Gaal; And during which he crowned with Van Gaal one title of the Spanish League.

At the international level, Koeman played for the Netherlands national team 78 matches, scored 14 goals, and crowned with his country the European Nations Championship in 1998, and in the field of training Koeman had previously trained 9 teams, namely, Witice Arnhem, Ajax, Eindhoven, Feyenoord, and Alkmaar in the Netherlands, and all of Benfica in Portugal. And Southampton and Everton in the English Premier League, while his last training experience was with the Netherlands national team, which he led in 20 games, winning 11 of them, tying 5 times, and defeating 4 games.

WAM / Amin Al-Dubli / Reda Abdel-Nour


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