Barcelona has announced on its official website the signing of the Dutch coach and former star Ronald Koeman to succeed the dismissed coach, Quique Setien, after the resounding defeat by Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, 8-2.
The Catalan club indicated that Koeman had signed a contract for 2022 with the team,
and that he would present his new coach to the media later on Wednesday.
And the official website of the Catalan club published some figures related to the biography of Koman when he was a player in the team.
Ronald Koeman … the leading defender:
Ronald Koeman has a long history in football stadiums, where he won many titles, whether with Ajax Amsterdam or Barcelona.
He is also a member of the team that achieved glory with the Netherlands national team by crowning the European Championship title in 1988,
which is the only coronation of the international “Mills” team.
During his career as a player, Koeman won the Dutch League 4 times, including 3 times with Eindhoven and once with Ajax,
in addition to the Netherlands Cup 3 times, twice with Eindhoven and once with Ajax,
in addition to the Champions League title with PSV in the 1987-1988 season.
And with his move to Barcelona, Koeman won the league title 4 times in a row, between 1990 and 1994,
in addition to the King’s Cup title once, the Spanish Super Cup title 3 times,
the European Champions League title once, and the same for the European Super Cup.
Coman was distinguished during his career as a player in the center of defense and the position of the midfielder,
due to his distinctive abilities with the ball,
and he also had a distinct ability to score goals through long-range shots,
especially from direct free kicks, as he is the most scored defender in the history of FC Barcelona,
Koeman scored 90 goals during his career as a player, which is the world’s leading scorer for defenders throughout history.
Ronald Koeman’s coaching career:
As for his coaching career, Ronald Koeman’s career varied between ups and downs,
as he lived a good period with Ajax between the 2001 and 2005 seasons,
during which he won the Dutch League title on two occasions, the Dutch Cup title once,
and also the Dutch League title in the 2006 season.
2007 with PSV Eindhoven, and the King’s Cup title during the 2007-2008 season with Valencia,
which is his only season as a coach in the Spanish League,
and he also coached the English clubs Southampton and Everton,
but his period in the Premier League was not up to expectations. During his career as a player,
Ronald Koeman played 570 matches with different clubs, and managed to score 201 goals between official and friendly matches, and scored 47 goals,
while he fought 78 matches with the Netherlands national team, during which he scored 14 goals.
As for his career as a coach, Koeman oversaw 680 games, winning 364 of them against 146 draws and 170 defeats, and the teams he trained scored 1219 goals and conceded 724 goals.