Ronald Koeman and a less than encouraging streak before Lionel Messi’s Barcelona debut

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The Dutchman does not register a good record in his premieres in the teams he managed.

After entanglements, crossed statements with the players and the disagreements he had with Lionel Messi, the brand new Barcelona coach, Ronald Koeman, will make his debut for the culé team against Villarreal, at the Camp Nou and for the third date of La Liga in Spain.

This will be the Dutchman’s “second debut” at Barcelona: in his stage as a player he put on the shirt blaugrana for the first time in 1989 and stopped using it six years later when he went to Feyenoord. In the Catalan team Koeman played 192 games and scored 67 goals.

Regarding the background he records in his coaching debuts, the first three were successful because he won with Speed, Ajax and Benfica. However, from that moment on that positive streak was broken and Koeman was having a hard time getting good results in his debuts.

Since leaving Benfica in 2006, the Dutchman has led seven teams and in just one he was able to triumph in the debut: It was in 2011 when they beat Excelsior 2-0 with Feyenoord as a visitor. In the other six debuts, Koeman barely managed to draw a draw with his teams.

In 2006 it reached PSV Eindhoven and made his debut against Ajax, one of his former teams, who beat him 3-1. The following year, with Valencia, debuted in the Champions League and lost 2-0 to Rosenborg of local. Back in the Netherlands, his short spell at the AZ Alkmaar started with a fall in the Eredivisie before the Heracles Almelo by 3-2. And then Feyenoord appeared to momentarily end the losing streak.

After that promising premiere, irregular debuts would return for the Dutchman. 2014 marked the beginning of his cycle in English football, under the command of Southampton, and did so by losing 2-1 to Liverpool at Anfield.

Everton It was their second challenge, and Tottenham embittered their start with a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park. And then came the return to his native land to lead the Dutch team, with which he also debuted with defeat: it was 0-1 against England.

This will be Koeman’s tenth debut as a coach and he will try, with the help of Lionel Messi, to turn around the bad streak at the Camp Nou.


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