Born only a few miles from Valladolid in the small town of La Seca, Eusebio Sacristán played for la pucela a total of 117+129 times over 2 stints. He also happened to play for FC Barcelona during the Dream Team years, starting and playing every minute of the Cup Winners’ Cup in ’89 and what I suppose will henceforth be known as the other Wembley victory. He left Barça in 1995 to move to Celta and then moved back to Valladolid for the second of his two times there. He retired in 2002 and became an assistant under at Barça from 2003 until 2008. He then coached Celta in the 09-10 season that saw los celestes come in 12th in La Segunda.
Thanks to the depature of Luis Enrique from the B team–presumably to Roma–Euesbio will become the new Barça B coach. This keeps things in-house like we did with Pep and Lucho and keeps the system fully intact. 4-3-3 all the way through. Pass, move, offer. All that jazz. Top-to-bottom, a true ideology and a true sense of where we’ve come from and where we’re going. I don’t expect Eusebio to improve on Lucho’s mark–3rd with one game to go–but he’ll have a solid team to give it a go with.
Welcome back, Eusebio, and may the fruits of your labor be an ever-increasing proportion of canteranos in the first team.