Barcelona Formally Unveils Ronald Koeman As New Manager Till 2022

Barcelona has officially announced a deal with Ronald Koeman on Wednesday, a day after club president Josep Bartomeu had said the Dutchman accepted the coaching offer and only details needed to be sorted out.

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

The official announcement comes five days after the team’s humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.

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Barcelona said the former defender’s deal runs through June 2022.

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

Koeman had been coaching the Dutch national team since 2018, and previously coached in the Premier League, the Spanish league, the Dutch league and the Portuguese league.

The 57-year-old Koeman began his coaching career as an assistant with Barcelona in the late 1990s.

As a player, Koeman helped Barcelona clinch its first European title by scoring an extra-time winner in a final against Sampdoria at Wembley Stadium nearly two decades ago.

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