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Carles Rexach
Personal information
Full name Carles Rexach Cerdà
Date of birth January 13, 1947 (1947-01-13) (age 63)
Place of birth    Pedralbes, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Winger
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1965–1967
1967–1981
CD Condal
FC Barcelona

328 0(81)   
National team
1967–1970
1966
1969–1978
Spain U23
Spain amateur
Spain
007 00(3)
003 00(0)
015 00(2)
Teams managed
1991
1996–1998
2001–2002
FC Barcelona
Yokohama Flugels
FC Barcelona

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Carles Rexach Cerdà (born 13 January 1947 in Pedralbes, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain), also referred to as Charly Rexach or Carlos Rexach, is a Spanish footballer and manager. He has spent the majority of career at FC Barcelona. Rexach first joined the club as a junior player when he was 12. He was a player at the club for 22 years and then worked for them as a scout, coach and manager for another 22 years. Rexach formed a successful partnership with Johan Cruyff, both on and off the field. As players they helped FC Barcelona win La Liga in 1974, the club's first win in 14 years. He also served as assistant coach to Cruyff during the Dream Team era between 1988 and 1996. Rexach also served as caretaker manager of the club on three occasions before he was appointed manager in 2001.

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Playing career

Rexach made his senior debut for FC Barcelona in 1965 in a Copa del Generalísimo game against Racing de Santander and scored the fourth goal in a 4–0 win. Between 1965 and 1967 he also played for CD Condal, the reserve team. In 1971 he shared the Pichichi Trophy with Atlético's Gárate, scoring 17 goals in 29 games.

Other highlights of his career included a hat-trick at the Camp Nou in 1974 in the European Cup against Feyenoord. All three goals were created by Johan Cruyff. In the 1978 Copa del Rey final he was man of the match as FC Barcelona beat UD Las Palmas. Rexach scored twice in a 3–1 win. He also scored in the European Cup Winners Cup final in 1979 against Fortuna Düsseldorf. He retired as a player in 1981 and on September 1 1981, FC Barcelona played a testimonial against Argentina at the Camp Nou.

Rexach also made 15 appearances and scored 2 goals for Spain between 1969 and 1978 and was a member of the squad for the 1978 World Cup.

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International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. November 11, 1970 Ramón Sánchez Pizjoán, Seville, Spain  Northern Ireland 1–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 1972 qualifying
2. May 30, 1971 Lenin Stadium, Moscow, Soviet Union  Soviet Union 2–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 1972 qualifying

Coaching career

After retiring as a player Rexach joined the coaching staff at FC Barcelona Atlètic. In 1984 he co-founded a school of football, Escuela TARR, with fellow ex-players Antoni Torres, Juan Manuel Asensi and Joaquim Rifé. Rexach served as assistant coach to Luis Aragonés during the 1987–88 season and briefly became caretaker manager when Aragonés departed. When Johan Cruyff was appointed as successor to Aragonés, Rexach stayed on as assistant coach. When chain smoker Cruyff needed emergency heart surgery during the 1990–91 season, Rexach once again stepped up. He was in charge of the team from February 1991 until the end of the season and led FC Barcelona to the La Liga title. He continued to assist Cruyff throughout the Dream Team era and after Josep Lluís Nuñez sacked Cruyff in 1996, Rexach became coach once again. The controversial decision allegedly cost him the friendship of Cruyff. Under Bobby Robson he worked as a scout where he spotted a footballing jewel of the century by the name of Lionel Messi[1] but in 1998 he left for Japan and spent one season as coach of Yokohama F. Marinos. Rexach was joined at the club by Julio Salinas and Andoni Goikoetxea.

After Llorenç Serra Ferrer was sacked by FC Barcelona during the 2000–01 season, Rexach was called upon once again. The only objective left was to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. Rexach managed the team for last seven games and in the very last game against Valencia CF, Rivaldo scored a spectacular goal, enabling the club to finish 4th and seal qualification. This minor success resulted in Rexach being appointed coach by Joan Gaspart for the 2001–02 season. Despite finishing 4th in La Liga and reaching the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, the season was one of underachievement by the clubs standards. The season saw defeats to Tercera División clubs, UE Figueres and CF Balaguer, in the Copa del Rey and the Copa Catalunya final, respectively, and a humiliating 3–1 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid in the semi-final of the Champions League. The following season Rexach was replaced by a returning Louis Van Gaal. In July 2003 Rexach ended his long association with the club.

Honours

Player

FC Barcelona

Manager

FC Barcelona

Club statistics

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
1964-65 Barcelona Spanish League 0 0 0 0
1965-66 0 0 0 0
1966-67 0 0 0 0
1967-68 22 6 1 0
1968-69 14 2 5 1
1969-70 26 7 5 2
1970-71 29 17 4 2
1971-72 26 5 5 0
1972-73 28 7 2 0
1973-74 28 9 0 0
1974-75 31 6 7 4
1975-76 32 6 8 5
1976-77 14 0 5 1
1977-78 22 9 7 4
1978-79 24 4 7 2
1979-80 24 3 5 3
1980-81 8 0 2 1
Career Total 328 81 61 16 63 25 452 122

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Simple English

Carles Rexach
Personal information
Full name Carles Rexach Cerdà
Date of birth 13 January 1947 (1947-01-13) (age 64)
Place of birth    Pedralbes, Spain
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1965-1967
1967-1981
Condal
Barcelona
National team
1969-1978 Spain
Teams managed
1991
1998
2001-2002
Barcelona
Yokohama Flügels
Barcelona

Carles Rexach (born 13 January 1947) is a former Spanish football player. He has played for Spain national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
SpainLeague
1967/68BarcelonaLa Liga226
1968/69142
1969/70267
1970/712917
1971/72265
1972/73287
1973/74289
1974/75316
1975/76326
1976/77140
1977/78229
1978/79244
1979/80243
1980/8180
CountrySpain 32881
Total 32881

International career statistics

Spain national team
YearAppsGoals
196920
197021
197131
197210
197300
197420
197530
197600
197700
197820
Total152

References


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