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Barcelona confirm Hansi Flick as new manager after sacking Xavi

Barcelona have appointed former Bayern Munich and Germany coach Hansi Flick as their new head coach following Xavi’s departure.

Barcelona confirmed on Wednesday that they had appointed Hansi Flick as their new boss on a two-year contract.

FC Barcelona and Hansi Flick have reached an agreement for the German to become men’s first-team football coach until 30 June 2026,” a club statement read.

Flick was the assistant coach of Joachim Low when Germany won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He later won seen trophies as Bayern Munich manager in just two years, including back-to-back Bundesliga titles and the 2020 Champions League.

The 59-year-old German coach was appointed as his country’s manager in 2021 but was sacked in September 2023 following a group-stage exit at the 2022 World Cup.

In a video posted by Barca on X, Flick said: “First of all I would like to say thank you to everyone (involved). It’s a big honour and also a dream for me to sign my contract here in Barcelona, to work for this amazing club, and I’m happy to start.

“The club is unbelievable. The hours I’m here in Barcelona, it’s amazing because everyone here in the club loves this club and tries to give their best so they have success.

The philosophy they have is similar to mine – ball possession and really attacking football, these are the things I love.

“I won some titles with Bayern Munich and my hunger is really big for titles. I would like to stay on this path with Barcelona and I think we can achieve a lot together.”

Xavi announced in January that he would step down at the end of the season, but later changed his decision. However, La Liga club president Joan Laporta decided to sack Xavi just a month after convincing him to stay.

Xavi replaced Ronald Koeman at the end of 2021, guiding them to the La Liga title in the 2022-23 season. Barcelona finished second in the La Liga this season but failed to win any trophy.

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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