June 25, 2024

Barcelona has officially appointed Hansi Flick as their new head coach, succeeding Xavi after the club decided to part ways with the former captain at the end of the season.

“FC Barcelona and Hansi Flick have reached an agreement for the German to become men’s first team football coach until 30 June 2026,” the club announced in a statement. The new coach signed his contract at the Club’s offices, accompanied by FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta.

Flick, who led Bayern Munich to a historic sextuple in 2020, became the first coach to be sacked by the German national team in September 2023 after a series of poor results. The 59-year-old was occasionally seen watching Barcelona matches from the presidential box this season and was linked with the job after Xavi announced in January he would depart at the end of the campaign.

Although Barcelona and Xavi initially decided he would stay for the next season, Laporta changed his mind and dismissed the former midfield great last week. Xavi, after winning his final match in charge against Sevilla in La Liga, warned his successor, “It won’t be easy at all — they will suffer and they will need patience because it’s a really difficult job. The only thing that can save them is winning, whether they have been part of the club or not.”

Barcelona finished second in La Liga this season and were knocked out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals by Paris Saint-Germain. Spanish media reported that Laporta was enraged by Xavi’s comments in May highlighting the economic difficulties Barca faced when competing against Spanish champions Real Madrid and other European elite.