June 12, 2024

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Deco confirmed as Barcelona’s new sporting director

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Returning to Barcelona in a remarkable twist, Deco, the seasoned midfielder, is set to take on the mantle of the club’s new sporting director. With a background as a Brazil-born Portuguese international, Deco, at the age of 45, has solidified his commitment through a three-year contract at the iconic Nou Camp.

In an earlier era, specifically in 2004, Deco’s inaugural arrival from Benfica marked the genesis of his association with Barcelona. During his four-year span, he etched his name into the club’s history, securing not one but two La Liga triumphs and contributing significantly to their sensational conquest of the 2006 Champions League.

As the curtains draw near on the current transfer window, Mateu Alemany, the existing director of football, will bid his adieu when the window firmly shuts on September 1st. A pivotal role now awaits Deco, encompassing the stewardship of Barcelona’s overarching “sporting philosophy.” This multifaceted responsibility will see him working in tandem with the astute manager, Xavi, alongside the adept coaching contingent.

Beyond the arena of play, seismic shifts are brewing behind the scenes. Barcelona is on the brink of unveiling a comprehensive restructuring plan, aimed at rejuvenating the club’s core. With intricate details set to be disclosed in the imminent weeks, this transformational endeavor comes in the wake of the departure of the former sporting director, Jordi Cruyff, earlier in May.

Deco’s sojourn through football’s diverse landscapes extends beyond Spain. A subsequent chapter of his career unfolded at Chelsea, spanning two seasons, before he concluded his illustrious journey on the lush fields of Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, his homeland.

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