Barcelona Managers: All-time list of Blaugrana bosses, and how long they lasted

Cameron Smith
Xavi, Barcelona, 2022/23
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Barcelona may consider themselves to be the biggest football club in Spain, but according to trophies won, they currently trail their El Clasico rivals Real Madrid by two. Los Blancos have won 101 major trophies to date, which narrowly exceeds Barca’s 99.

Furthermore, they have won just five Champions League titles, far below Real Madrid’s historic 14. However, the Blaugrana remain one of the most well-known and recognisable clubs in world football, and they are still seen as a dream destination for most players, despite their recent monetary issues.

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Club icon Lionel Messi may have opted against re-joining Barcelona upon the expiration of his Paris Saint-Germain deal in the summer of 2023, in favour of signing for Inter Miami, but the Blaugrana returned to the top of Spanish football when winning the 2022/23 La Liga title.

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Former star Xavi returned to dugout at Camp Nou to win that title, although he will depart the club at the end of the 2023-24 season.

Luis Enrique has the best win percentage for a Barcelona manager in the club’s history.

Pep Guardiola joined Manchester City in 2016
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Luis Enrique won 76% of his matches in charge of Barcelona, while Guardiola’s win rate during his four-year spell at the club stood at 73%. However, Helenio Herrera (76%) and Tito Vilanova (75%) are both sandwiched in between Enrique and Guardiola after similarly impressive stints in charge.

In total, Barcelona have had 45 different managers in their history. Jack Greenwell, Ladislao Kubala, Louis van Gaal, Franz Platko, Rinus Michels,

Barcelona managers list

The record of every Barcelona manager in history

Manager From To Win %
Luis Enrique July 2014 June 2017 76%
Helenio Herrera April 1958 May 1960 76%
Tito Vilanova June 2012 July 2013 75%
Pep Guardiola June 2008 June 2012 73%
Franz Platko June 1955 June 1956 70%
Tata Martino July 2013 May 2014 68%
Ernesto Valverde July 2017 January 2020 67%
Bobby Robson July 1996 June 1997 66%
Quique Setien January 2020 August 2020 64%
Xavi November 2021 Present 62%
Ronald Koeman August 2020 October 2021 60%
Ferdinand Daucik June 1950 July 1954 60%
Cesar Rodriguez July 1963 October 1964 60%
Frank Rijkaard June 2003 June 2008 59%
Cesar Luis Menotti March 1983 June 1984 59%
Johan Cruyff May 1988 May 1996 58%
Roque Olsen June 1965 June 1967 58%
Domingo Balmanya June 1956 April 1958 58%
Josep Samitier June 1944 July 1947 57%
Louis van Gaal June 1997 May 2000 56%
Enrique Fernandez July 1947 May 1950 56%
James Bellamy March 1929 July 1931 56%
Roma Forns December 1926 March 1929 56%
Udo Lattek June 1981 March 1983 55%
Hennes Weisweiler May 1975 April 1976 55%
Ladislao Kubala May 1980 November 1980 54%
Ladislao Kubala November 1961 January 1963 54%
Louis van Gaal May 2002 January 2003 53%
Joan Josep Nogues January 1942 June 1944 53%
Sandro Puppo July 1954 June 1955 53%
Josep Planas March 1940 July 1941 53%
Ljubisa Brocic June 1960 January 1961 52%
Terry Venables June 1984 September 1987 51%
Lucien Muller May 1978 April 1979 51%
Rinus Michels July 1971 May 1975 51%
Vic Buckingham December 1969 July 1971 51%
Salvador Artigas June 1967 October 1969 51%
Rinus Michels May 1976 May 1978 50%
Carles Rexach April 2001 May 2002 50%
Lorenzo Serra Ferrer May 2000 April 2001 49%
Jack Greenwell July 1931 July 1933 49%
Luis Aragones September 1987 May 1988 46%
Richard Kohn July 1933 February 1934 44%
Patrick O’Connell July 1935 March 1940 42%
Franz Platko July 1934 July 1935 41%
Joaquim Rife April 1979 March 1980 41%
Ramon Guzman July 1941 January 1942 27%
Ralph Kirby December 1924 February 1926 Unknown
Alf Spouncer October 1923 1924 Unknown
Jack Greenwell 1913 1923 Unknown

Who is the current Barcelona manager?

Xavi is the current Barcelona manager. He was appointed after Ronald Koeman was sacked in October 2021. The Spaniard, who spent 17 years as a senior player at Camp Nou, was turned to after an impressive stint in charge of Qatari side Al Sadd. He spent the final four seasons of his professional career as a player at Al Sadd, and became the club’s manager upon retiring in 2019.

Xavi replaced Koeman after the Dutchman’s poor start to the 2021/22 season. He took over with the side in ninth place in La Liga, but an impressive turnaround under the former Spain international saw Barcelona finish the campaign in second place.

He won his first trophy as Blaugrana boss in January 2023, with a 3-1 Supercopa de España victory over Real Madrid. Xavi backed that up with the 2022/23 La Liga title to end Barcelona’s three-year drought without winning the top flight.

His final season at Barcelona was less successful and he would leave the club at the end of the 2023-24 campaign.

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