On the 13th of January, 2019, Barcelona sacked head coach, Ernesto Valverde who had been coaching the team for over two seasons and appointed former Real Betis coach, Quique Enrique Setien Solar as new coach, becoming the first manager since 2003 that was appointed mid season.
Valverde’s sack came after the surprising 3-2 loss FC Barcelona suffered in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final against Atletico Madrid in Saudi.
Let’s take a background look into who Quique Setien is:
Quique Setien was born on the 27th of September 1958 in Santander, Spain. His professional career spanned 19 years in which he played majorly as a central midfielder and it started when he made his league debut at the age of 19 for his hometown club Racing Santander in the 1977 La Liga season. His first playing stint for the club lasted 8 years and he went on to make 204 appearances scoring 43 goals despite missing the entire 1982-1983 season due to injury and also suffered two top flight relegation with the club.
He moved to Atletico Madrid in 1985 where he played for 3 years, enjoying his first two seasons before having issues and eventually falling out with the club chairman in what happened to be his third and final season in 1988. He made 73 appearances scoring 7 goals for the Rojiblancos.
In 1998, he was signed by CD Logrones where he played for 4 years between 1988 and 1992, making 114 appearances and scored 20 goals which helped the lowly club attain top flight status. Just like the proverbial prodigal son, he moved back to his hometown club where he featured for them from the 1992 season till the 1996 season where he made an additional 124 appearances scoring 25 goals before moving to Levante UD, where he took part in their top flight promotion playoffs before hanging his football boots.
He represented the Spanish National team on 3 occasions and was a part of their 1986 world cup squad although he never played a single match in the tournament.
His coaching career started in 2001 when he took up a managerial role at Polideportivo Ejido, then from 2005-2006 he was the assistant coach of the Russian national beach soccer team before going on to coach the Equatorial Guinea national team for 3 months in 2006.
He went on to coach Logrones for a year, Lugo for 6 years and helped them attain promotion to the Segunda division, Las Palmas for 2 years helping them escape relegation, Real Betis for 2 years leading them to 6th position which in turn qualified them for the Europa League in his first season.
He was linked to the Barcelona job for the first time in January 2019 but it didn’t work out but got appointed almost a year later.
These are all you need to know about the new Blaugrana gaffer and we wish him the best time ahead.