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FC Barcelona's coach Gerardo Martino, from Argentina, looks on during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the C...
FC Barcelona's coach Gerardo Martino, from Argentina, looks on during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, May 17, 2014. Coach Gerardo Martino said he was leaving Barcelona after a disappointing first season that ended with his team losing its Spanish league title on the season's final day. Martino was hired last summer and tasked with continuing Barcelona's winning era started by predecessor Pep Guardiola in 2008, but Barcelona finished the season without a major trophy for the first time since the 2007-08 season. Former Barcelona player Luis Enrique is expected to replace Martino, who left with one year left on his contract. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Barcelona has hired Luis Enrique as its new coach, succeeding Gerardo Martino who stepped down on Saturday after the club failed to defend its Spanish league title.
Barcelona said on its website Monday that Enrique has agreed to a two-year deal. Enrique is a former Barcelona player and had been widely expected to be appointed as the club's new coach after stepping down from his position at Celta Vigo.
Barcelona is coming off a disappointing season where it failed to win a major trophy for the first time in six years.