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Barcelona appoint Luis Enrique as new manager

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Luis Enrique has been named as the new Barcelona manager after Gerardo Maratino resigned following the 1-1 draw to Atletico Madrid on the weekend. 

Barcelona had to beat Atletico at the Camp Nou in order to win La Liga on the final day but because they only drew Atletico became champions, leading to Martino's resignation.

The former Barcelona player has signed a two-year contract after leaving Celta Vigo who finished 9th in La Liga this season.

"The FC Barcelona board of directors have confirmed Luis Enrique Martineza as the new first-team coach, following a proposal from sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta," the club said in a statement on their official website.

"Luis Enrique, 44, will sign a two-year deal."

Enrique started his managerial career with Barcelona B then he went on to manage Italian side AS Roma for one season. 

He then joined Celta Vigo this season and following Martino's resignation, Enrique was the favourite to succeed him which now has been confirmed.

The Spaniard is one of many players to have played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid and he is the second person after Pep Guardiola to be manager of Barcelona B and the Barcelona senior team.

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