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Javier Clemente with ex-Barça player, Quini.

Sporting Gijón will bring a Spanish football legend to the Camp Nou in La Liga’s Saturday showdown with FC Barcelona: manager Javier Clemente. Clemente was awarded the manager position at the Asturian club just two weeks ago. Clemente has also managed Valladolid, Murcia, Athletic Club, Espanyol, Tenerife, Real Sociedad, Betis and Atlético Madrid.

The most memorable matches between Clemente and Barça took place at the beginning of the 80s, when he was the lead man at San Mamés. His last La Liga victory at the Camp Nou dates back to 1982. In fact, he hasn’t led his teams to victory over Barça at the Camp Nou in his last 22 years in professional football. In his 13 matches against Barça in the Catalan capital, he’s won 1, drawn 1, and lost 11; his teams have scored 10 goals and conceded 44.

Clemente has been in professional football for 31 years and he’s played against Barça 31 times in the league. Of these, he won 7, drawn 7, and lost 17.

Reuniting with Guardiola

Barça wrapped up the 2009/10 league in Clemente’s last visit to the Camp Nou. With the final result ending with a 4-0 for the Catalans, Barça claimed the league title and Valladolid, Clemente’s club, was relegated to Second Division. That was, up until now, the only time Josep Guardiola ever faced off against Clemente as a manager.

Guardiola was the centerpiece in Clemente’s Spanish national side (1992-98). The Basque managed the current Barça boss in the 1994 World Cup and did everything he could to bring Guardiola to the 1998 World Cup. However, the Catalan missed the competition due to injury.

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