Patrick Kluivert named La Masia coach
Patrick Kluivert named La Masia coach

Patrick Kluivert named La Masia coach

Former Barcelona striker Patrick Kluivert has been named the new head coach for the club's famous La Masia academy on a two-year deal. 

The former Dutch international returns to the club where he made a name for himself, scoring 123 goals in 259 games across all competitions.

Kluivert takes the role after he was sacked from his position as the assistant coach for the Cameroon national team, where he worked under Clarence Seedorf. 

The two were shown the door after the Indomitable Lions lost to Nigeria in the Round of 16 in the recently concluded Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

"I am very happy to be back home and looking forward to this new era, with the challenge of keeping Barca among the top teams in the world," Kluivert said.

"I grew up at the Ajax academy, which is very similar to La Masia, and I think I can do a lot for the development of young Barca players," he added.

The 43-year-old  had a successful career, which took him from the Catalonia club to  Newcastle United, Valencia, PSV and Lille, all in the space of four years.

He will be tasked to lead one of the famous academies in the world, which produced the likes of Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique, and Sergio Busquets.

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