What were Ronald Koeman numbers as FC Barcelona coach? Titles, wins, losses..
The Ronald Koeman's era at Barcelona has come to an end. The Dutch manager was released by the club after Barca's loss to Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday night.
Ronald Koeman was let go as FC Barcelona’s manager after Wednesday’s loss to Rayo Vallecano. Koeman lasted just 15 months before being shown the door at the Camp Nou. In his brief time as the Blaugrana head coach, Koeman won one title and got to the final of another.
Koeman's bumpy start to Barca era
Koeman joined the Catalans in August of last year in the midst of one of the most tumultuous times in the history of club. Barca had just come off of one of their most embarrassing defeats ever, a 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the quarterfinal of the Champions League.
Just days after signing with Barcelona, Messi expressed his desire to leave with the famous burofax sent to the clubs front offices. In the end Barca’s number 10 wound up staying, but there was no hiding the face that Koeman walked into a stick situation to begin his reign on the touchline of the Nou Camp.
Slow start to last years La Liga campaign
Barca won their opener in Koeman’s debut as the Barcelona manager with a 4-0 thrashing of Villarreal, but things quickly spun south. The autumn was not kind to Koeman or the Blaugrana, who suffered their first defeat in Getafe, and just a week after Koeman lost his first ever El Clasico as a manager.
The 1-3 loss to Real Madrid was part of a dreadful stretch in which Barca earned just eight points in their first six matches, their worst start since 2002-03.
Supercopa loss, Copa compensation for Koeman
Koeman got his first crack at silverware in January when he led Barcelona to the final of the Spanish Supercopa. After defeating Real Sociedad in penalties, the catalans met Athletic Bilbao in the final, but would eventually fall in extra time at the hand of Iñaki Williams’ 93rd minute goal.
Barcelona would avenge their Supercopa loss with a 4-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey Final. This would be the first and only time and Koeman lifted a trophy is his time as Barca manager.
Their Champions League campaign was cut short after being knocked out by PSG on a 2-5 aggregate, and their league campaign ended in disappointment after have a shot at the league title in the final weeks of the season. They won just two of their final five matches and finished behind champions Atletico Madrid, and Real Madrid.
In the summer Barcelona went through a change of presidents after the resignation of Josep Maria Bartomeu. New president Joan Laporta assured Koeman and Barca fans that the manager would continue in the 2021/22 season. He also assured that Messi would stay aboard during his campaign to retake the presidency at the Camp Nou, but we saw how that turned out.
This season has not gone according to plan, as Koeman was forced into playing a handful of youngsters during a season of a changing of the guard in the post-Messi era. They won just four of their first ten game in the league, and had a disastrous start to their Champions League campaign.
A 0-3 loss to Bayern Munich brought back a sour taste of the 8-2 thrashing that still lingers fresh in the minds of the Barca faithful. That loss was followed by a 3-0 defeat to Benfica in Portugal.
After the Matchday 2 loss to Benfica, Barca looked to the La Liga to ease their European ailments, but three losses in four tries meant enough was enough in the eyes of president Laporta. A 2-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid was followed by a victory in the Camp Nou over Valencia. But consecutive losses to arch nemesis Real Madrid, and to newly promoted Rayo Vallecano marked the end of the era for Koeman on the Barcelona touchline.
Barcelona legend Xaxi Hernandez, and current Belgium coach Roberto Martinez are the current favorites to take over for Ronald Koeman who won 39, drew 12 and lost 16 time in 67 matches as manager at Barca.