Barcelona Name Legend Ronald Koeman as Manager After Firing Quique Setien

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2020

Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman reacts during the UEFA Nations League semifinal soccer match between Netherlands and England at the D. Afonso Henriques stadium in Guimaraes, Portugal, Thursday, June 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Luis Vieira)
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FC Barcelona announced Wednesday that Ronald Koeman, who previously played for the club and served as an assistant coach with Barca for two seasons, has been hired as their new manager to replace Quique Setien.

Koeman's contract runs through June 30, 2022. 

Setien was fired Monday following an 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. He'd only served as head coach since January.

Koeman returns to Barcelona after two years as head coach of the Netherlands national team.

He has two decades of managerial experience around Europe. His most recent job at club level was just over a season with English Premier League side Everton.

ESPN's Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens provided a statement from the new Barca manager:

"It was an honor to be the national coach of Netherlands. For the past two-and-a half years I have done everything I can to achieve successes with 'Oranje.' I look back with pride on what we have achieved together in that period. The Dutch national team has a bright future, I am convinced of that. Everyone knows that Barcelona is my dream club. It feels very special to me to be able to become a coach there."

The club also hired Alfred Schreuder, who most recently served as manager of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, as Koeman's top assistant, per ESPN.

Koeman was a standout player before his coaching days. He operated as both a defender and midfielder at points throughout his 17-year playing career, which included stops at Groningen, Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord along with six seasons at Barca.

The 57-year-old Dutchman helped lead the Blaugrana to four La Liga titles and the 1992 European Cup during his time with the club. He also captured the UEFA Euro 1988 title with the Netherlands at international level.

His task now is helping Barcelona bounce back after its first trophy-less campaign since 2013-14.