Thursday, May 26

Barça shakes handball and puts an end to the Xavi Pascual era

  • The coach, after 12 years in office, will leave the bench at the end of the season

  • The club could also do without Barrufet, sports manager of the section

After 12 years in office, Xavi Pascual He will leave the Barça bench at the end of the season. The Catalan coach, who took office in 2009 and who still had a year left on his contract, will not continue after reaching an agreement with the club, which wants to start a new project with the entry of the new board.

The decision, advanced by Mundo Deportivo and that this newspaper has been able to confirm, puts an end to the rumors about the replacement on the bench. The club communicated it to him last week and Pasqui, after telling the players, planned to announce it this week at a press conference. Since Joan Laporta bet on him as a replacement for Manolo chains in February 2009, the Barcelona coach who has lifted 59 titles (including two Champions League and five Club World Cups). He made the coaching tasks compatible with the technical secretariat since the club dispensed with in 2013 Enric Masip. David Barrufet, Sports manager, he could also be left out of the section’s new project, although the club could offer him a position in legal services.

Since losing the 2013 Copa del Rey, Barça has won all the Spanish and Catalan competitions it has played (39): 9 Leagues, 7 Asobal Cups, 8 King’s Cups, 8 Spanish Super Cups and 7 Catalan Super Cups. He has not lost to a Spanish team for three years. On April 19, Pasqui celebrated his 11th League in a row, the third title of the second was Laporta and now he is the first coach that the president waives in his new term.

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The challenge of the Champions

Faced with overwhelming dominance in state competitions, the challenge each season was the Champions League. Pasqui, after winning the continental title in 2011 and 2015, aspires to say goodbye with his third European crown on June 13 at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, which will also host the basketball final four this year. While the men of Jasikevicius conversation They have already obtained their ticket, Pascual’s pupils will have to get rid of Meshkov Brest first in the quarterfinals, with the first leg being played this Wednesday in Belarus and the return on the 20th at the Palau. The club has put 1,000 tickets for sale to members on Monday for a match in which, in addition to trying to help the team qualify, they will be able to start saying goodbye to the man who has guided the Barça ship for more than a decade.

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