Football: Barcelona debut new coach

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

MADRID – Spanish La Liga’s Barcelona on Wednesday publicized Luis Enrique as their newly appointed coach on Wednesday.

Previously a player for "Barca" and manager of the Catalan giants' reserves, the 44-year-old promised a new era in the club, one of the biggest in the world, and an attacking style football.

He is replacing Gerardo Martino, who resigned on Saturday after losing the La Liga – Spanish first division - title.

Praising the powerhouse of the team, Lionel Messi, Enrique said that it was very good to have the world's best player in Messi, while recognizing other members of the team, including Andres Iniesta, Neymar and others.

"Neymar is one of the best investments of the club; he's a very good player and I'm happy that he is in Barcelona," he said.

As a player in 'Barca' between 1996 and 2004, Luis Enrique won two La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey (Spanish King's Cup) and one Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Super Cup each. During his managerial career in 2008, he took over Barcelona's B team, helping it return to second division.

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