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New Barca Boss: Who is Ronald Koeman?

Who is Ronald Koeman?

Here’s nine interesting facts you didn’t know about the new head coach of Barcelona.

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1. Koeman could play as a defender or midfielder.

2. Among other clubs, he played for Barcelona, Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord.

3. As a player he won one Eredivisie title with Ajax, three with PSV and four Spanish La Liga titles with Barcelona.

4. A free kick specialist in his heyday, the Dutch legend’s solitary strike from a dead ball situation won Barcelona their first ever UEFA Champions League (European Cup) title in 1992. The Catalans were tied on 0-0 with Sampdoria in the nail-biting decider and Koeman landed the telling blow.

5. Koeman was part of the Dutch national team that won the 1988 UEFA European Championship which remains the nation’s only major title

6. He served as Barcelona’s assistant coach from 1998 to 2000.

7. Having managed teams like Ajax and PSV, he’s won three Dutch Eredivisie titles as a coach.

8. Outside of his native Netherlands, Koeman has managed Portugal’s Benfica and teams like Everton and Southampton in the English Premier League.

9. His last head coaching job before taking charge of Barcelona was with his national team, the Netherlands with which he reached the 2019 UEFA Nations League final.

Check out more of Koeman’s free kicks below:

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