The second team of FC Barcelona gets a new coach. As reported by Spanish media, ex-Barça player Rafael Marquez will replace Sergi Barjuan as Barça B coach. Barjuan will remain with the Blaugrana in a different role.
Rafael Marquez is set to become the coach of FC Barcelona’s second team
So now: Rafael Marquez is about to return to FC Barcelona. Already last summer – after Joan Laporta had won the election – he wanted to install the former Barça central defender as a coach in the youth factory La Masia, but at the time the endeavor failed. Now Marquez is definitely set to return to Barça this summer, according to Catalan media.
No dismissal: Sergi Barjuan gets new job at FC Barcelona
Both the medium Relief as well as the newspaper SPORT report that Marquez will take over as Barcelona’s second team for the new season, replacing Sergi Barjuan as coach. Barça B, which will be renamed Barça Atlètic next season, will have a new coach. Meanwhile, Barjuan is not to be dismissed, but given a different position within the club’s youth academy.
Rafa Márquez is the one chosen to lead Barça B. The former soccer player is Joan Laporta’s bet and will return to the Barça team after his time as a player.
— Relief (@relevo) June 28, 2022
Barcelona’s second team finished Group II of the third Spanish division (“Primera Division RFEF”) last season in a disappointing ninth place after 16 wins, 9 draws and 13 defeats, but were only three points short of participating in the promotion playoffs. Between November and March, Barça B managed only two wins in 15 games, in the meantime Barjuan’s team was waiting eight games in a row for a threesome – which is why the former Barça full-back was also about to be fired. With a strong final spurt, Barcelona’s second representation came within a hair’s breadth of making the playoffs.
FC Barcelona’s second team facing a major upheaval
Now Rafa Marquez should lead Barça B, future Barça Atlètic, more successfully in the new season. The upheaval in the second team of the Blaugrana will be big again: top striker Ferran Jutgla – last season with 19 goals and top scorer – was sold to Club Brugge, defender Arnau Comas has joined FC Basel. Jandro Orellana, Lucas de Vega, Santiago Ramos Mingo and Peque’s contracts have all expired and have not been renewed. Ez Abde’s future is also unclear.
Rafael Marquez: Return to FC Barcelona
Marquez, reverently known as “El Kaiser de Michoacan” in his native Mexico, has a 22-year playing career that began in Mexico with Atlas. After three seasons in the first team, he came to Europe, where he spent four years with Monaco and then seven years with FC Barcelona (242 games), with whom he won the 2006 Champions League. After further stints with the New York Red Bulls, Club Leon, Hellas Verona and his hometown club Atlas, he ended his career in 2018. Marquez already gained his first experience as a youth coach at the Spanish fourth division club RSD Alcalá, which is based in a suburb of Madrid. However, he gave up this post during the election campaign at FC Barcelona in spring 2021. The return to Barça in the following summer didn’t work out but is now reportedly imminent.