After they shined on the green rectangle for years and contributed to creating the glories of the Barcelona team

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After shining on the green rectangle for years and contributing to creating the glories of the Barcelona football team, a number of former Barcelona stars are making the event, but this time as coaches, after proving their height and leading their teams to the podium and competing with the elite teams.

6 coaches were Barcelona players and succeeded in achieving impressive results in various European leagues.

There are a number of European clubs that are at the top of the standings, or have won the title in their favor under the leadership of coaches who were once players in the ranks of the Catalan club.

Manchester City and Arsenal are competing for the English Premier League title, while Barcelona is runner-up in the Spanish League, while Paris Saint-Germain won the French League and is competing for the French Cup.

In turn, the Italian Bologna secured a place in the Champions League, at a time when the Italian Como achieved a historic rise to the Italian League after a long absence.

Below are 6 coaches who were Barcelona players and succeeded in achieving impressive results in various European leagues:

1-Pep Guardiola: After the historic treble last season, Manchester City, under the leadership of Spaniard Pep Guardiola, is waging a last-minute struggle for the English Premier League title, as it occupies first place, two points behind Arsenal.

Guardiola is considered one of the graduates of the Barcelona School, where he played for most of the seasons of his sporting career before leaving in 2001 for Brescia, Italy.

Guardiola was part of Johan Cruyff’s dream team, which won the first European Cup in 1992 and helped reach the final in 1994.

Between 2008 and 2012, the Spaniard coached the Blaugrana, and won the same European Championship twice with him, in 2009 and 2011.

In total, Guardiola won 14 titles with the Catalan club before moving to German club Bayern Munich, with whom he won 7 titles (2013-2016).

2-Luis Enrique: Paris Saint-Germain won the French League title and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League under the leadership of Spaniard Luis Enrique.

Enrique played in midfield for FC Barcelona for 8 years, from 1996 to 2004.

The Spanish coach supervised the training of Italian club Roma and Spanish Celta Vigo before taking over the reins at Camp Nou, the Catalan club, in the period between July 2014 and June 2017, and led them to win 9 full titles, most notably the Champions League in 2015.

3- Mikel Arteta: Arsenal occupies second place in the English Premier League under the leadership of Spaniard Mikel Arteta, and aspires to win the Premier League title that has been absent from the club’s coffers for many years.

Arteta began his coaching career as an assistant to his compatriot Pep Guardiola in Manchester City between 2016 and 2019 before assuming the position of coach of the Gunners in December 2019. After 6 years of failing to qualify for the Champions League, Arteta led the Gunners to return to the Champions League last season, in addition to leading The team won the FA Cup in its first season, and achieved two Charity Shield titles in 2020 and 2023.

At the age of 15, Arteta played in Barcelona’s youth team in 1997, and stayed with them until he was promoted to the reserve team in 1999, and remained there until 2002. But the Arsenal coach was unable to reach the first team of the Catalan giant.

4-Italian Thiago Motta: Thiago Motta, the coach of the Italian team Bologna, has become the most attention-grabbing coach currently, after Bologna, third in the Serie A standings, qualified for the Champions League, after an absence of 59 years.

After the dismissal of the late Sinisa Mihajlovic, Motta assumed responsibility for coaching Bologna in September 2022, which was in the last positions.

Motta quickly lifted Bologna out of its depression, led it to advanced positions, and then catapulted it this season into the first places qualifying for the Champions League.

Motta grew up in the La Masia Academy from 1999 to 2007, and was active in the defensive midfield position in Barcelona shirts and won many titles with him, most notably the Champions League in 2006.

5- Xavi Hernandez: Barcelona is ranked second in La Liga under Xavi Hernandez.

Xavi took over as coach of Barca in November 2021, succeeding his colleague, club legend Ronald Koeman, and his contract extends until June 2025.

In terms of titles, Barcelona won the La Liga and Spanish Super Cup titles last year during his reign.

Xavi is considered one of the greatest midfield players in the history of football, as he achieved many historic achievements with the Barcelona team, for which he played for 17 years until his retirement in 2019.

He joined Barcelona when he was only 11 years old and joined the first team in the 1997-1998 season.

6- Cesc Fabregas: Cesc Fabregas has become the latest champion of Barcelona’s golden generation to turn to coaching, after a distinguished career on the field.

In his first coaching experience, the former Barcelona midfielder took over the position of coach of the Italian second division team, Como, on a temporary basis, after the contract of former coach Moreno Luongo was terminated.

After 21 years of absence, he became the newcomer to Serie A under the leadership of the Spaniard.

Fabregas began his professional career at Arsenal, coming from Barcelona’s youth team, before returning to Barcelona with the first team in 2011, to play with them for three full seasons until 2014.