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Barcelona fires coach Koeman after poor start, Xavi frontrunner as new manager

  • Barcelona announced Koeman’s firing shortly after the team’s 1-0 loss at Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish league on Wednesday. The loss followed a 2-1 home loss to rival Real Madrid in the “clásico” at the Camp Nou Stadium on Sunday.
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman(REUTERS)
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman(REUTERS)
Published on Oct 28, 2021 08:00 AM IST
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Koeman takes aim at Barca hierarchy as pressure increases

Barca, who take on Atletico Madrid in LaLiga on Saturday, have won just one of their last five games in all competitions, leading local media to report Koeman is on borrowed time with a host of names being touted to replace him.
Koeman takes aim at Barca hierarchy as pressure increases(AP)
Koeman takes aim at Barca hierarchy as pressure increases(AP)
Published on Oct 01, 2021 06:41 PM IST
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Barcelona coach Koeman given two-match touchline ban

Koeman was dismissed in the dying seconds of the match for dissent after Sergio Busquets had kicked a second ball that was on the pitch into an opposition player to get the game stopped.
FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman reacts after he is shown a red card by referee Carlos del Cerro Grande(REUTERS)
FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman reacts after he is shown a red card by referee Carlos del Cerro Grande(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 25, 2021 09:42 AM IST
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Struggling Barcelona held to draw again in Spanish league

Barcelona was held to a 0-0 draw by Cádiz in the Spanish league on Thursday, extending its winless streak to three matches and adding pressure on coach Ronald Koeman.
FC Barcelona's Frankie de Jong in action with Cadiz's Alvaro Jimenez(REUTERS)
FC Barcelona's Frankie de Jong in action with Cadiz's Alvaro Jimenez(REUTERS)
Published on Sep 24, 2021 08:32 AM IST
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Why Barca could get worse before getting better

  • The Catalan club is in freefall with an injury depleted squad, misfiring players and bad finances.
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman. (Getty)
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman. (Getty)
Updated on Sep 22, 2021 09:04 PM IST
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Manager Ronald Koeman not worried about Barcelona future, hopeful of turnaround

Speaking ahead of Monday's home game against Granada, Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman said he is not worried about his future despite criticism in the wake of last week's drubbing by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Manager Ronald Koeman not worried about Barcelona future, hopeful of turnaround(REUTERS)
Manager Ronald Koeman not worried about Barcelona future, hopeful of turnaround(REUTERS)
Published on Sep 20, 2021 01:15 PM IST
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It's sad, but Messi is the past: Koeman

Speaking ahead of Barcelona's opening La Liga fixture at home against Real Sociedad on Sunday, the Dutch coach stressed his excitement ahead of new campaign.st: Koeman
It's sad, but Messi is the past: Koeman(REUTERS)
It's sad, but Messi is the past: Koeman(REUTERS)
Published on Aug 14, 2021 07:40 PM IST
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Koeman to stay on as Barcelona coach for next season

Koeman has another year left on his contract, but Laporta had said the club was considering whether to keep him in charge after a disappointing season in which Barcelona only won the Copa del Rey.
FC Barcelona's coach Ronald Koeman(REUTERS)
FC Barcelona's coach Ronald Koeman(REUTERS)
Published on Jun 03, 2021 10:24 PM IST
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Spanish league ends with title finale, possible farewells

Atlético Madrid can ensure it clinches its first Spanish league title in seven years with a win at Valladolid, while Lionel Messi and Ronald Koeman could participate in their last game for Barcelona when they visit the already relegated Eibar.
General view inside the stadium before the match(REUTERS)
General view inside the stadium before the match(REUTERS)
Published on May 20, 2021 07:57 PM IST
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Barcelona coach Koeman feels unfairly treated but wants to stay

The Catalans practically surrendered their chances of catching La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid after drawing 3-3 at Levante on Tuesday and trail them by four points with two games left.
FILE PHOTO: Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman.(REUTERS)
Published on May 15, 2021 07:37 PM IST
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Barcelona lowered intensity in second half against Levante: Koeman

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has admitted that his side lowered its intensity in the second half of the LaLiga clash against Levante.
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman looks dejected (REUTERS)
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman looks dejected (REUTERS)
Published on May 12, 2021 01:58 PM IST
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Barca can still win title but can't make any more mistakes - Koeman

The 0-0 draw at home to Atleti left Barca third in the standings, two points behind Diego Simeone's side and level with second-placed Real Madrid, who snatched a 2-2 draw against visitors Sevilla on Sunday.
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman: File photo(REUTERS)
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman: File photo(REUTERS)
Published on May 10, 2021 08:08 PM IST
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Koeman hopes his new-look Barcelona convinces Messi to stay

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman, however, is confident that he has done all he can to convince Messi to continue his career with the Spanish club, despite another disappointing Champions League campaign.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates scoring(REUTERS)
Published on Mar 11, 2021 06:33 PM IST
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Koeman transforms Barcelona amid club chaos, elections

  • Barcelona faces an even bigger hurdle next week when it visits Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League trailing 4-1 from the first leg. But the team can aspire to keep up its positive momentum in the Spanish league.
Barcelona's head coach Ronald Koeman (AP)
Barcelona's head coach Ronald Koeman (AP)
Published on Mar 04, 2021 06:51 PM IST
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Koeman says Bartomeu arrest bad for Barca image but focused on Sevilla Cup tie

Bartomeu, who hired Koeman last August but resigned in October to avoid facing a vote of no-confidence, was detained on Monday along with CEO Oscar Grau in a probe related to allegations of improper management and business corruption.
Soccer Football - Copa del Rey - Semi Final First Leg - Sevilla v FC Barcelona - Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville, Spain - February 10, 2021 Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman reacts REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo/Files(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - Copa del Rey - Semi Final First Leg - Sevilla v FC Barcelona - Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville, Spain - February 10, 2021 Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman reacts REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo/Files(REUTERS)
Published on Mar 02, 2021 08:20 PM IST
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Barcelona unable to see out games due to fear, says Koeman

Barca lost the Spanish Super Cup final 3-2 last month after leading 2-1 in the 90th minute, while they drew 2-2 with Valencia in December from a winning position in the second half.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, and Barcelona's head coach Ronald Koeman.(AP)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, and Barcelona's head coach Ronald Koeman.(AP)
Published on Feb 23, 2021 09:33 PM IST
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Barcelona held 1-1 by Cádiz; Messi record 506th league game

Lionel Messi appeared to put Barcelona on its way to an easy win in his club-record 506th league appearance in Spain.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 21, 2021 09:17 PM IST
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Barca's Koeman wants protection for players like PSG's injured Neymar

PSG's Neymar hurt his thigh following a tackle in last week's French Cup tie at Caen and is being deprived of a reunion with his former club Barca as he misses a last-16 match for the third time in four seasons since moving to Paris in 2017.
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman: File Photo(REUTERS)
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman: File Photo(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 15, 2021 08:39 PM IST
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PSG showing no respect for Barca by talking about Messi: Koeman

PSG's Brazilian forward and former Barca player Neymar said back in November he wished to play alongside Messi again, while sporting director Leonardo said last month that the French side had a seat at the table of clubs wishing to sign the Argentine.
 Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman(REUTERS)
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 04, 2021 08:43 AM IST
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Barca's Koeman keen for January reinforcements

Barca will hold elections on Jan. 24 following Josep Maria Bartomeu's resignation last year but the lack of a permanent board means they are presently unable to trade in the transfer market, something Koeman hopes to do at the end of the month.
 Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelino Garcia Toral with Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman (L)(REUTERS)
Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelino Garcia Toral with Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman (L)(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 09, 2021 05:51 AM IST
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Messi returns for Barca as Koeman warns against dropping more points

Barca’s all-time top scorer watched on helplessly from the empty Camp Nou stands as his side struggled against the minnows but Koeman said his captain had been working overtime to return to fitness.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 02, 2021 06:47 PM IST
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Barcelona held 1-1 at home by Eibar without Messi

Halftime substitute Ousmane Dembele salvaged Barcelona a 1-1 draw when he scored in the 67th. That canceled out Kike García’s opener 10 minutes earlier after a ball-control blunder by center back Ronald Araújo.
Eibar's Rafa Soares, left, challenges Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Eibar at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona.(AP)
Eibar's Rafa Soares, left, challenges Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Eibar at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona.(AP)
Updated on Dec 30, 2020 08:59 AM IST
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BARCELONA, Spain | ByAssociated Press

Koeman grateful for Messi support in transitional season for Barca

Messi said a young team were growing under the Dutchman as they bid to improve on their current fifth place in La Liga, eight points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi and coach Ronald Koeman.(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi and coach Ronald Koeman.(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 29, 2020 12:01 AM IST
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Messi equals Pele’s 643 club goals, Barcelona held by Valencia

Messi is Barcelona’s and the Spanish league’s all-time leading scorer. In January 2018, he became the most prolific scorer among Europe’s top leagues when he reached 366 league goals, surpassing Gerd Mueller’s Bundesliga mark of 365.
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Valencia - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - December 19, 2020 Barcelona's Lionel Messi and coach Ronald Koeman REUTERS/Albert Gea(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Valencia - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - December 19, 2020 Barcelona's Lionel Messi and coach Ronald Koeman REUTERS/Albert Gea(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 20, 2020 07:09 AM IST
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BARCELONA | ByAssociated Press

Barcelona is different club now, says Koeman

Barca face La Liga leaders Real Sociedad on Wednesday hoping to build on their slender 1-0 victory over Levante after suffering painful defeats by Cadiz and Juventus and making their worst start to a league season in 33 years
Barcelona's head coach Ronald Koeman watches the match during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Levante at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)(AP)
Barcelona's head coach Ronald Koeman watches the match during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Levante at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)(AP)
Updated on Dec 15, 2020 10:38 PM IST
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BARCELONA | ByReuters

Koeman feeling comfortable at Barcelona despite poor results

Barca fell 12 points behind leaders Atletico Madrid with last week’s shock 2-1 defeat by Cadiz before losing 3-0 at home to Juventus to surrender top spot in their Champions League group
File photo of Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman(Reuters)
File photo of Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman(Reuters)
Updated on Dec 12, 2020 08:56 PM IST
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Barcelona loses at Cadiz; Real Madrid wins, Atlético top

Real Madrid edged Sevilla 1-0 Saturday for its first win after three straight league setbacks, while Atlético beat Valladolid 2-0 to win its seventh straight league game and Barcelona lost 2-1 at promoted Cádiz to stay far from the top.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi.(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi.(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 06, 2020 10:18 AM IST
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Koeman frustrated at Barca president’s Messi comments

Barca’s all-time top scorer Messi attempted to leave the Camp Nou in the close season, and is expected to walk away on a free transfer when his current contract expires in June.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi shakes hands with coach Ronald Koeman.(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi shakes hands with coach Ronald Koeman.(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 04, 2020 08:37 PM IST
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Barcelona rests Lionel Messi again in Champions League

Messi had already been rested for the match against Dynamo Kyiv in the previous round. Midfielder Frenkie de Jong also had been left out of that match in Kyiv
Photo of Lionel Messi(Twitter)
Photo of Lionel Messi(Twitter)
Updated on Dec 01, 2020 06:32 PM IST
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Barcelona rest Messi, De Jong in Champions League match

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman is resting Messi and midfielder Frenkie de Jong for the game against Dynamo Kyiv, when the Catalan club can secure a spot in the knockout stage for the 17th straight season.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action REUTERS/Sergio Perez/Files(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action REUTERS/Sergio Perez/Files(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 24, 2020 06:14 AM IST
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MADRID | ByAssociated Press
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