Full name: Ronald Koeman
Shirt name: Koeman
Position: Central defender
Birth Place: Zaandam [Netherlands]
Transfered to Barša from: PSV Eindhoven
Transfered from Barša
Seasons at the club:1989-95
Games played: 345
Goals scored: 102
1 European Cup
1 European Super Cup (1992)
4 Leagues (1990/91, 91/92, 92/93, 93/94)
1 Copa del Rey (1989/90)
Super Cups (1991 and 1992)
2 Copa Catalunya
A real hero in the club. Scored the only goal in the European Cup [now
Champions League] final at Wembley against Sampdoria on a free kick. Came to the club in the second year of the "El Dream
Team" together with Michael Laudrup.
Koeman was the offensive central defender, Cruyff needed in his now legendary team. Ronald didn┤t have pace, but instead
possesed great technique, thus being a very important part of the build up play of Barcelona in those so wonderful years.
When the team played good, there was no need of defenders in the traditional sence, because the ball was in the opposition┤s
half almost through out the whole game. And Ronald made his contribution to the teams offence. When the team didnt play optimally,
Koeman┤s lack of pace was terrible, and he was often forced to commit stupid fouls that often cost him yellow and red cards.
had a wonderful free kick, maybe the best at that time, scoring many goals for Barcelona. Ronald Koeman was perhaps best known
for his powerful shot - one which, on more than one occasion, made the difference between triumph and defeat.
One such occasion was May 20, 1992, the venue Wembley. Barcelona and Sampdoria were in the process of battling for
the first Champions League title, with the match going into extra time. Eight minutes from the end, the Spanish side were
awarded a free kick over 30 metres out.
Up stepped Koeman to unleash a screaming shot just inside the keeper's post,
handing Barcelona their first title in Europe's biggest competition.
His legendary shooting, physical strength and ability to convert free kicks remain the most memorable aspects of his
repertoire. Johan Cruyff took him to Barcelona, where he proceeded to fill his trophy cabinet with four league titles and
the European Super Cup as well as the famous Champions League victory.
Despite the successful period he spent with Cruyff at Barca, however, Koeman's golden year remains 1988. That year
he completed the Treble with PSV winning the domestic championship and Cup, as well as the European Cup.
1987-88 season he hit the net a total of 21 times for PSV Eindhoven. He ended that season as the Dutch league's third-top
scorer, not a bad accolade for a defender.
Success flowed through the family, and gave football's statisticians cause
for flurry when his brother Erwin added his own honours in the shape of the Cup Winners' Cup with Belgian club Mechelen.
Koeman brothers did not stop there, however. After succeeding at club level, they joined forces to help bring the European
Championship to Holland culminating with a 2-0 win over the USSR in Munich, the highlight of which was a spectacular strike
by Marco van Basten.
With 78 caps and 15 major titles, Ronald Koeman put an end to his career, much to the delight
of some of the world's goalkeeper's, always wary of the certain goalscoring opportunity a free kick would afford to the blond-haired
cannon. After working as assistant coach to Guus Hiddink for Holland at the 1998 World Cup where they reached the semi-finals,
he went on to fill a similar role at Barcelona.
That was followed by a brief spell as coach of Vitesse Arnhem before
he took over as coach of Ajax Amsterdam, whom he led to the Dutch championship and Cup in 2002. He then coached Benfica and
PSV and coached Valencia with fellow legend Bakero as his assistant to a Copa del Rey cup being being let go for the poor
league showing of Valencia.