Luis Enrique. PHOTO: Miguel RUIZ-FCB.
The Board have accepted Andoni Zubizarreta’s proposal of Luis Enrique as the new first team coach

The FC Barcelona Board of Directors have this evening confirmed  Luis Enrique Martíneza the new first team coach, following a proposal from Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta. Luis Enrique, 44 , will sign a two year deal.

This wil be Luis Enriqu’s third spell at the Club, having previously joined as a player from Real Madrid in 1996, when he soon became a firm favourite with the fans for his competitive attitude. In addition, his versatility, knack of scoring big goals and technical ability made him a key member of the team.

In his first three seasons he won two League titles, two Spanish Cups, a European Cup Winners Cup and a European Super Cup . In his eight years as a player, Luis Enrique played 300 games and scored 109 goals and was captain from 2002 to 2004, when he finally hung up his boots as a player.

Record breaking B team coach

In 2008, he was back at the Club, taking over as coach of Barça B and after just missing out in his first year, he won promotion to the second division in his second, taking the youngsters to a record breaking points haul and finishing the 2010/11 season in third place.

As news of Luis Enrique’s new position at the Barça helm hit the air waves and the internet, AS Roma (a team that Lucho used to manage) congratulated the Asturian:

 

.@LUISENRIQUE21 te deseamos lo mejor posible como nuevo entrenador del @FCBarcelona_es: adelante Luis!

— AS Roma (@OfficialASRoma) May 19, 2014