Club legend Sergi Barjuan, previously coach of the second team, will be presented to the team on Thursday.
FC Barcelona has presented Sergi Barjuan as the interim successor to the fired Ronald Koeman. The coach of the second team will lead the first training session with the professionals on Thursday and will also coach in the league in the home game against Alaves on Saturday.
Then another club legend will follow: Xavi Hernandez, currently still coach at Al-Sadd in Qatar, is ante portas. Talks with the club in the desert about the transfer modalities are already underway. All transfer experts on the continent report this unanimously. Above all the Italian Fabrizio Romano, who is seldom wrong.
Sergi Barjuan, who always had only “Sergi” on his jersey, played for Barcelona from 1993 to 2002 and also took part in the 1994 and 1998 World Championships for Spain, as well as the 1996 and 2000 European Championships.
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Xavi was even more successful. As the central midfielder and organizer, the 41-year-old was the brains of the team around Lionel Messi and Andreas Iniesta that won the Champions League in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015. He was also world champion and two-time European champion with Spain.
All of these successes come from his time as a player. As a coach, the Catalan still has little to show, which is why some critics are longing for Ajax Amsterdam coach Erik ten Hag, whose idea of the football game would fit just as well with Barcelona.
But at least Xavi is successful at his only coaching station so far. At Al-Sadd he has a point average of 2.19 in 89 games. His team scores an average of 2.75 goals and was also champions in Qatar last year. The jump to FC Barcelona should still be a big one.
For Austria's Barcelona legionnaire Yusuf Demir, there is now a new chance. Initially, Koeman had granted the Rapid loan several minutes of use. Most recently, however, the 18-year-old has fallen in favor of him.
Demir had his last minutes of action on September 26th and was only allowed to go back onto the field on Wednesday after an hour. The Barcelona daily Sport had painted a gloomy picture: “Yusuf Demir disappears from Koeman's plans.” Now Koeman himself has disappeared. And Demir's adviser Emre Öztürk said to the COURIER: “Yusuf will come out of there again. He can and will prove it. “