Homepage - Online Entertainment and Lifestyle Magazine in Nigeria
www.happenings.com.ng
Patrick Kluivert 
Patrick Kluivert 
Sports

Patrick Kluivert Appointed As Director Of Youth Football In Barcelona 

Jayfred Ugo

Former Barcelona legend, Patrick Kluivert, has been appointed Director of Youth Football at Barcelona's famous La Masia Academy on a two-year contract.

La Masia building in Spain
La Masia building in Spain

Barcelona made this announcement barely a week after the former Netherland forward was sacked as assistant coach of Cameroon national football team. Former national team colleague, Clarence Seedorf, was named Head Coach of the indomitable Lions of Cameroon. He then picked Kluivert as an assistant coach but after failing to lead the defending African champions to a respectable finish in the 2019 African Cup of Nations [AFCON] where they lost 3-2 in the round of 16 to Nigeria's Super Eagles.

Kluivert had spent six seasons as a player with Barcelona, scoring  123 goals in 259 games across all competitions. He was even named coach of Barcelona in a short spell at the club before the dawning of Pep Guadiola's reign. The La Masia is renowned for producing quality players for the Catalonia Giants. Examples of these players are Sergio Busquet, Bojan Kirkic, Gerald Pique and the famous of them all, Lionel Messi.

Patrick will now be at the helm of the academy’s affairs, and he aims at restoring the prestigious academy to the great heights it had previously attained. Barcelona has offered a directorial role to former defender, Eric Abidal, and now Kluivert.