Meet Quique Setien: 8 key facts about new Barca coach

Enrique ‘Quique’ Setién will be the new coach of Spanish giants FC Barcelona after the sacking of Ernesto Valverde last night.

As the former Real Betis coach sits on the hottest sit in world football, we take a look at eight things to know about the new man at the helm.

1) Quique Setién’s football beginnings were in beach football, a sport in which he got to play with the national team.

2) At Racing Santander, he’s known as “El Maestro,” and is one of the idols of the club because of his time there as a player. He played for 12 seasons there in two stages, and also coached the Cantabrian side in the 2001/02 season, achieving promotion to LaLiga.

3)Setién faced Barça 22 times as a player, with a record of 5 wins, 5 draws and 12 losses and against Barça he scored two goals. Once in a Barça v Logroñés fixture (2-1, 1990/91 league season) and also in the 1994/95 Racing v Barça league match (5-0).

4) As coach, Setién has played against Barça seven times, with a record of six defeats and one win. This victory was at the Camp Nou, in the league during the 2018/19 season.

5) As a coach, he has managed Racing Santander, Poli Ejido, Logroñés, Lugo, Las Palmas and Betis. In addition, he served as coach of Equatorial Guinea during a game.

6) In one of his visits to Camp Nou, Sergio Busquets gave him a shirt on which he had written: “For Quique with love and admiration for your way of looking at football. All the best.” 

7) The new Barça coach has always praised Barça and Leo Messi, who he considers “a luxury and the best player in history.” The last time Setién did so was after a Messi display at Benito Villamarín.

8) One of Quique Setién’s passions is chess and he has played against former World Champions Anatoli Karpov and Gary Kasparov.

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