Ernesto Valverde, celebrating the League on the Riazor pitch.

Ernesto Valverde, celebrating the League on the Riazor pitch. | MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

FC Barcelona has won a new League title - the 25th in its history - and one which represents the first for Ernesto Valverde as Barça coach. With this championship, he becomes the 14th coach in the history of the Club to win a League, and thus joins an elite group.

The first to win it was James Bellamy, when he was proclaimed champion of the La Liga in 1928/29. Sixteen years later, Josep Samitier was the second to raise the League title (1944/45), and only three seasons later, there would be two consecutive championships won by Enrique Fernández (1947/48 and 1948/49). Three more years passed until Ferdinand Daucik won two more (1951/52 and 1952/53), the fourth coach to do so.

Helenio Herrera, also with two (1958/59 and 1959/60) was the next to join this select group, followed by Marinus Michels (1973/74) and Terry Venables (1984/85). Then came the four consecutive leagues under Johan Cruyff (1990/91, 1991/92, 1992/93 and 1993/94); the only coach to manage such an achievement. Four years later, the last Leagues of the twentieth century were secured by Louis van Gaal (1997/98 and 1998/99).

In the twenty-first century, five more coaches

In the 21st century, Frank Rijkaard was the first coach to lift the domestic title (2004/05 and 2005/06), followed by Pep Guardiola, who won three consecutively (2008/09, 2009/10 and 2010/11 ). Tito Vilanova (2012/13) was the 12th, whilst Luis Enrique, with two titles (2014/15 and 2015/16) was, until now, the last.

This Sunday, however, a new coach was added: Ernesto Valverde is the 14th to win a league championship at Barça and he’s done so without losing any matches to this point. Undoubtedly, a record for a coach who is already part of a select group in Barça’s history.

It must also be remembered that Valverde had already won three Leagues before, but all as a coach of Olympiacos; 2008/09, 2010/11 and 2011/12.

Valverde: Starts with a double

The coach has also joined a select group who won the double in their first season at Barça. Helenio Herrera (1958/59), Louis van Gaal (1997/98), Josep Guardiola (2008/09) and Luis Enrique Martínez (2014/15) are the other four who achieved this complicated milestone.

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