Who is Ronald Koeman, the manager who was sacked by FC Barcelona?
- Ronald Koeman was born on March 21, 1963, in Zaandam, North-Holland
- Koeman began playing for Groningen before transferring to Ajax in 1983
- He is the only individual to have both played for and managed the "Big Three" of Dutch football
Ronald Koeman is a Dutch professional football manager and former player. He was most recently the manager of La Liga club Barcelona, which sacked him on Wednesday after a streak of poor performances by the team.
Born on March 21, 1963, in Zaandam, North-Holland, Koeman began playing for Groningen before transferring to Ajax in 1983, where he managed to win the national Eredivisie title in the 1984–85 season. He then hopped on to join Ajax’s rivals PSV Eindhoven in 1986 where he won three consecutive Dutch top-flight titles from 1986-87 to 1988-89. He also won the European Cup with PSV in 1988.
Koeman then moved on to Barcelona in 1989 and became part of Johan Cruyff's "Dream Team". He helped the Catalan giants in winning the La Liga four years in a row between 1991 and 1994, while also lifting the team to a 1991–92 European Cup victory by scoring the winning goal of the final against the Italian side Sampdoria.
Talking about his managerial career, Koeman has three Eredivisie titles to his name as a manager. He won the Dutch top-flight title twice with Ajax (2001–02 and 2003–04) and once with PSV Eindhoven (2006–07). He is the only individual to have both played for and managed the "Big Three" of Dutch football: Ajax, PSV, and Feyenoord.
He won the 2008 Copa Del Rey with Valencia. Koeman has also coached Benfica in Portugal and the English Premier League clubs Southampton and Everton. He was the coach of the Dutch national football team which ended up finishing runners-up in the 2019 UEFA Nations League. He was appointed manager by FC Barcelona in August of 2020 but the club ended up sacking him in October 2021 after just 14 months at the helm due to a poor start to the season.