Who is Sergi Barjaun?
- Sergi Barjaun is a retired Spanish footballer
- The 49-year-old has been appointed as the interim manager of FC Barcelona
- His coaching career began in 2009
Sergi Barjaun Esclusa has been appointed as the interim manager of FC Barcelona. The decision was made following the sacking of head coach Ronald Koeman after a humiliating defeat against Rayo Vallecano. He presently works as the head coach of Barcelona B.
The 49-year-old was born in Les Franqueses del Valles in Barcelona. As a child he played for the ‘Granollers’ between 1978 and 1988 before joining the youth side of FC Barcelona. He had to climb a long ladder in order to reach the first team.
The youth product spent two seasons at Barcelona C (1990-1992) and a season at Barcelona B (1992-1993) before receiving his call up to the senior side.
Yet to make an appearance in the Spanish league La Liga, the youngster was summoned by the first team manager and Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff to play in a group stage match away from home in the UEFA Champions League.
Following his first appearance against Galatasaray S.K. which ended in a stalemate in November 1993 he became Cruyff’s favourite.
He solidified his place as a starter in Barcelona’s XI and went on to win three leagues, two cups and two supercups in addition to the UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup (1997) and the UEFA Super Cup.
However, his dream run with his boyhood club came to an end when coach Louis van Gaal informed the player that he is no longer required in the team.
Sergi moved to domestic rivals Atletico Madrid where he played for 3 seasons before hanging up his boots. While he enjoyed a good spell and made 85 appearances for the Rojiblancos, he was prone to receiving yellow cards. His club career ended with 394 appearances.
He represented the national side Spain in the 1994 World Cup, 1996 Euros, 1998 World Cup and the Euro 2000. The left back accumulated 56 caps in international matches.
His coaching career began in 2009 and since then he has enjoyed stints at Barcelona (youth side), Recreativo, Almeria, Mallorca, Zhejiang Greentown, Barcelona B and now he has been appointed as the interim coach of FC Barcelona.