After Xavi’s departure, Barcelona announced its new coach

After Xavi’s departure, Barcelona announced its new coach
After Xavi’s departure, Barcelona announced its new coach

After several back and forths, Barcelona finally made official the departure of Xavi Hernández as coach. Although it was confirmed in April that he would remain in charge of the team until mid-2025, apparent short circuits with Joan Laporta, president of Barcelona, ​​accelerated the Spaniard’s departure. Just hours after his departure became news, The club announced the arrival of the new coach: the German Hansi Flick.

“FC Barcelona and Hansi Flick have reached an agreement for the German to be the coach of the first men’s football team until June 30, 2026,” the club said in another statement minutes after making Xavi’s departure official.

His first step as a coach was at Hoffenheim in the 2000s. Then he was a technical assistant at RB Salzburg and in 2008 he joined Joachim Low’s CT in the German National Team. Finally, after a return and stint as general director of sports at Hoffenheim in 2017, he came to the Bayern Munich, where he was Nico Kovac’s assistant, remained interim and earned the place of first coach.

Although his performance in the Bavarian team has been spectacular, winning the second sextet in the history of world football (the first was Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona in 2009), his latest results as Germany national team coach They were not the best, to the point of leaving without a victory in their last five games. That led Germany to choose another path, with Julian Nagelsmann at the helm.

Now, Flick is reunited with one of the players who performed best under his orders: Robert Lewandowski. And also with two footballers whom he had in the German national team: Ilkay Gundogan and Ter Stegen.

Its main characteristics are the search for offensive vertigo, high pressing and a well-marked 4-2-3-1. In principle, those would be some of the methods that convinced and seduced Laporta to make the decision to hire him for the next season.

Xavi’s departure

“FC Barcelona and Xavi Hernández Creus have reached an agreement to terminate the contract that the coach and his staff had with the Club until the end of the 2024/25 season,” Barsa first expressed through their social networks.

“The Club publicly expresses its gratitude to Xavi and the rest of its technical staff for their commitment, dedication and generosity and for the facilities given to terminate contractual ties. Likewise, it wishes him good luck and achievements in the future, both on a personal level. as a professional,” Barcelona added in the statement.

Xavi, for his part, was not entirely satisfied with his departure and argued that “this was not over”, as well as that “the work was good” and that they were on “the right path despite this season.” . He even mentioned that it should be Laporta, president of the institution, who had to explain the reasons for his departure.

And simultaneously with the departure of by Hansi Flick with various photos and videos.

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