In the confusing context, Barcelona selected coach Ronald Koeman as the team’s head coach instead of Quique Setien. So what is it about coach Ronald Koeman that attracts such a Catalan giant?
WHY CHOOSE COACH RONALD KOEMAN
Recently, Barcelona confirmed that he had fired coach Setien after only 6 months in power. The Catalan giant has not announced an official replacement, but it will almost certainly be Ronald Koeman – the current coach of the Dutch national team. The 57-year-old military leader is said to have surpassed Mauricio Pochettino (former Tottenham captain) and Garcia Pimienta (coach of Barca B team) to take the vacant seat at the Nou Camp.
So why did Barcelona choose coach Ronald Koeman – a former club player who has no experience in leading a club on a par with Barcelona? According to Spanish media, there are two basic reasons for Barcelona to put his trust in Koeman. First, this strategist has the personality to make difficult decisions. Difficulties here cover many meanings, from cleaning up the dressing room that is like Barca’s battlefield, to daring, groundbreaking tactical plans instead of boring and lacking the mark like Setien.
Second, coach Ronald Koeman was one of Barcelona‘s standout players from 1989 to 1995. He played in center-back and was exceptionally excellent at free-kicks. Koeman and the Catalan giants won many noble titles, including 4 consecutive La Liga titles, 1 European Cup (now Champions League), 1 King’s Cup, 3 Spanish Super Cup, and 1 Super Cup Europe.
TALENT OF NEW COACH BARCELONA’S
In terms of individual achievements, coach Ronald Koeman holds a lot of respectable records. He is currently the most scoring defender in football history. During his career, Koeman scored a total of 253 goals, including 239 club goals and 14 goals for the Netherlands Tel. In 17 professional seasons, there is no season Koeman scored less than 6 goals, of which 13 seasons he scored 10 or more goals in all competitions, including one season 26 goals, three seasons 19 goals, one season 18 table and a season of 17 goals.
In the season where coach Ronald Koeman scored 26 goals, his PSV won an excellent “treble” including the Dutch National League (Eredivisie), the National Cup, and the European Cup. In six seasons for Barcelona, Koeman scored at least 10 goals despite being defender, winning the “top scorer” of the 1993/94 Champions League with 8 goals. He is also the only defender to win the “top scorer” in the history of the European Cup / Champions League.
Finally, coach Ronald Koeman has held two impressive records at Barcelona, they are: Scoring the most free-kicks for Barca with 26 goals; scored the most penalties in La Liga for Barca with 46 goals. However, these two records were subsequently broken by Lionel Messi. In addition, although he has not led a club on a par with Barca, Koeman has a season of training experience. He has experienced many different teams and environments, from Ajax, Benfica, PSV, Valencia, Feyenoord to Southampton and Everton.