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FC Barcelona Coaches

From John Barrow to Luis Enrique Martínez

There have been a total of 54 FC Barcelona coaches throughout the history of the club and the first in this long line of managers was Englishman John Barrow, who directed 19 games in 1917.

Until then, it was the FC Barcelona President and board of directors who decided on the squad whilst the team captains determined the starting line-up for each game.

Training sessions were not taken particularly seriously in those days, certainly in comparison with today, because the game was still amateur.

The coach who has been longest at the club is Johan Cruyff, who directed the first team for eight consecutive seasons between 1988 and 1996 with a total of 602 games.

The second is Englishman Jack Greenwell, who directed 492 games in two periods, from 1917-24 and 1931-33 whilst third comes Dutchman Rinus Michels, who also directed

the first team in two periods from 1971-75 and 1976-78 for a total of 361 matches.

Pep Guardiola went down in history as the first coach to win the triple of Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League in his first season as FC Barcelona manager.

The current coach is former player Ernesto Valverde, who took over the job at the start of the 2017-18 season.





A List of FC Barcelona Coaches

  • 1917-1917 - John Barrow (19 matches)
  • 1917-1923 - Jack Greenwell (371 matches)
  • 1923-1924 - Alf Spouncer
  • 1924-1924 - Jesza Poszony (47 matches)
  • 1924-1925 - Ralph Kirby (39 matches)
  • 1926-1926 - Jack Domby (55 matches)
  • 1926-1929 - Romà Forns (70 matches)
  • 1929-1931 - James Bellamy (81 matches)
  • 1931-1933 - Jack Greenwell (71 matches)
  • 1933-1934 - Jack Domby (38 matches)
  • 1934-1935 - Franz Platko (37 matches)
  • 1935-1940 - Patrick O'Connell (63 matches)
  • 1940-1941 - Josep Planas (62 matches)
  • 1941-1942 - Ramon Guzman (15 matches)
  • 1942-1944 - Joan Josep Nogués (85 matches)
  • 1944-1947 - Josep Samitier (89 matches)
  • 1947-1950 - Enrique Fernández (81 matches)
  • 1950-1950 - Ramon Llorens (11 matches)
  • 1950-1954 - Ferdinand Daucik (150 matches)
  • 1954-1955 - Sandro Puppo (34 matches)
  • 1955-1956 - Franz Platko (36 matches)
  • 1956-1958 - Domènec Balmanya (69 matches)
  • 1958-1960 - Helenio Herrera (94 matches)
  • 1960-1960 - Enric Rabassa (6 matches)
  • 1960-1961 - Ljubisa Brocic (23 matches)
  • 1961-1961 - Enrique Orizaola (25 matches)
  • 1961-1961 - Lluís Miró (15 matches)
  • 1961-1963 - Ladislau Kubala (51 matches)
  • 1963-1963 - Josep Gonzalvo (24 matches)
  • 1963-1964 - César Rodríguez (50 matches)
  • 1964-1965 - Vicenç Sasot (36 matches)
  • 1965-1967 - Roque Olsen (88 matches)
  • 1967-1969 - Salvador Artigas (87 matches)
  • 1969-1970 - Josep Seguer (12 matches)
  • 1970-1971 - Vic Buckingham (66 matches)
  • 1971-1975 - Rinus Michels (169 matches)
  • 1975-1976 - Hennes Weisweiler (40 matches)
  • 1976-1976 - Laureano Ruiz (10 matches)
  • 1976-1978 - Rinus Michels (95 matches)
  • 1978-1979 - Lucien Müller (36 matches)
  • 1979-1980 - Joaquim Rifé (40 matches)
  • 1980-1980 - Helenio Herrera (13 matches)
  • 1980-1980 - Ladislau Kubala (13 matches)
  • 1980-1981 - Helenio Herrera (36 matches)
  • 1981-1983 - Udo Lattek (80 matches)
  • 1983-1983 - José Luis Romero Robledo (1 matches)
  • 1983-1984 - César Luis Menotti (73 matches)
  • 1984-1987 - Terry Venables (169 matches)
  • 1987-1988 - Luis Aragonés (50 matches)
  • 1988-1988 - Carles Rexach (2 matches)
  • 1988-1996 - Johan Cruyff (430 matches)
  • 1996-1996 - Carles Rexach (2 matches)
  • 1996-1997 - Bobby Robson (60 matches)
  • 1997-2000 - Louis van Gaal (170 matches)
  • 2000-2001 - Llorenç Serra Ferrer (51 matches)
  • 2001-2002 - Carles Rexach (66 matches)
  • 2002-2003 - Louis van Gaal (30 matches)
  • 2003-2003 - Jesús Antonio de la Cruz (2 matches)
  • 2003-2003 - Radomir Antic (24 matches)
  • 2003-2008 - Frank Rijkaard (273 matches)
  • 2008-2012 - Josep Guardiola
  • 2012-2013 - Francesc 'Tito' Vilanova
  • 2013-2013 - Jordi Roura
  • 2013-2014 - Gerardo Daniel 'Tata' Martino
  • 2014-2017 - Luis Enrique Martínez
  • 2017-present - Ernesto Valverde




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