Rafa Márquez, new coach of Barça Atlètic

It’s official. The FCBarcelona confirmed on Thursday the hiring of Raphael Marquez as new coach of Barça Atlètic for the next two seasons, until 2024. The arrival of the Mexican, who played in the first team from 2003 to 2010, was an open secret after the dismissal of Sergi Barjuan as a Barca subsidiary coach, but the official announcement of the deal was missing.

The new stage of Raphael Marquez as a trainer Barca Atletic He will start this Friday, when the subsidiary players are summoned to undergo the medical tests at the start of the pre-season, while on Saturday he will lead his first training session.

“I’m very happy, very happy. To take advantage of this opportunity that they are giving me. I know the club very well. A new stage and I hope to do a good job,” he said. Mark in his first declarations as coach of the Barca Atleticto later recall his successful spell at the club a few years ago as a player.

“There have been seven wonderful years in my football career, where I have achieved great things, and now I have the responsibility of being a Barça Atlètic coach. Happy, nervous and eager to try to share all my experience with boys,” he added. Markwho also underlined the importance of following the club’s philosophy and style of play so that ‘the youngsters have the opportunity to reach the first team’.

[+] Listen to the first declarations of Rafa Márquez:

Official: Rafa Márquez, new coach of Barça Atlètic


Raphael Marquez was already yesterday in Olot attend the first team’s pre-season premiere and was able to take note of the players who had minutes under Xavi Hernandez: the defenders Alejandro Balde, Mika Mármol, Alex Valle, Arnau Casas and Chadi Riadmidfielders Marc Casado and Antonio Arandathe extremes Abde Ezzazouli, Elias Akhomach and Fabio Blanco and the newcomer Paul Toweralthough the Spaniard seems to end up being a first-team regular.

Second signing of the first “Laporta era”

It must be remembered that Raphael Marquez It was the second signing of Joan Laporta During his first term as President of the FCBarcelona. The Mexican arrived after the Turkish goalkeeper Rustu and ended up having a successful career as a Barca player, winning 12 titles, including the Champions League in 2006 and 2009.

Mundo Deportivo cover of July 7, 2003

Mundo Deportivo cover of July 7, 2003


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