As you know, the main topic of today’s football world is the new head coach of Barcelona, Quique Setien. Here are ten interesting facts about a 61-year-old specialist:



  1. Setien has taken the first steps of his career in beach football. In 1996 he was even invited to the Spanish national team.
  2. In Santander, Quique Setien is called a “Master.” Interestingly, he spent 12 years (player + coach) at Racing and became a fan favorite. He led the team to the first division in the 2002/03 season and fulfilled his fans’ dream.
  3. After Enrique Orissaola (1961) and Lauriano Ruiz (1976), Setien is the first Cantabrian coach to play for Barcelona.
  4. As a player, Quique has faced the Blaugrana 22 times. His balance is as follows: five wins, five draws, and 12 losses. Besides, Setien has taken the Blue Pomegranate twice in his career.
  5. As a coach, he has even worse results – 6 defeats and 1 win. However, it was the only win at Camp Nou, where Betis won a seven-goal thriller – 3: 4.
  6. Quique has trained players from La Masia (young cules) as well: Marc Bartra, Alen Halilovic, Cristian Tello, Wilfred Kaptoum, Antonio Sanabria, and Ronald Araujo.
  7. He is very fond of Barcelona’s Argentinean megastar Lionel Messi. “To see Messi on the pitch is a great treasure. He is the best in history.” – These words belong to Setien.
  8. After losing a match at Camp Nou, Sergio Busquets gifted his t-shirt to Quique with the inscription: “To Quique, whose football vision I admire, hugs!”
  9. One of Setien’s most important hobbies is chess. He even has played a chess game with former world champion Karpov.
  10. Quique’s 24-year-old son, Laro Setien, plays for Barca’s farm-club Sant Andreu, which competes in the Third Division.