New Barcelona boss Luis Enrique - All you need to know

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With the Camp Nou welcoming its newest managerial incumbent, let’s look at 10 interesting facts from his past.

Any managerial change at Barcelona will be a high profile affair, however the announcement that ex-player Luis Enrique would replace recently departed Tata Martino give me anticipative shivers.

Here’s why in 10 points:

1) Former Spanish international Luis Enrique was a great attacking midfielder in the nineties winning both La Liga and Copa Del Rey three times with two clubs.

2) The now 44-year-old is part of a select pack that represented both Real Madrid and Barcelona, spending five seasons at the former before contentiously free transferring to an eight season spell at the latter.

3) Pelé named Enrique as one of only three Spaniards in a list of the greatest 125 living footballers.

4) Enrique will hope to emulate ex-team mate Pep Guardiola reign at Barcelona’s helm.

5) He famously scuffled with the great Zidane in an El Clásico matchup which lead to a heated altercation between both sides.

6) Enrique was awarded the Barcelona captaincy by new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal in 2002.

7) That same season Barcelona finished 6th- their worst league position in fifteen years.

8) As a manager, Enrique hasn’t had much success so far. Like Guardiola, he cut his teeth at Barcelona B before enduring a forgettable stint at Italian side Roma, and then guiding Celta Vigo to a modest ninth position in La Liga.

9) Enrique’s playing career spanned over 16 seasons, appearing 558 times and contributing 144 goals. For midfielder, a goal every 4 goals is a remarkable record.

10) Enrique played at three World Cups though never with any success. His Spain team will always be remembered as the great underachievers that preceded Spain’s current glory boys.

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