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Joan Barbarà Mata (born 23 July 1966) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a forward, and is the current auxiliary coach of FC Barcelona.

Joan Barbarà
Personal information
Full name Joan Barbarà Mata
Date of birth (1966-07-23) 23 July 1966 (age 52)
Place of birth L'Hospitalet, Spain
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Barcelona (auxiliary)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1986 Sants
1986–1993 Sabadell 209 (42)
1993–2001 Salamanca 224 (54)
2001–2002 Lleida 32 (4)
2002–2003 Hospitalet 38 (6)
Total 503 (106)
Teams managed
2008–2014 Barcelona B (assistant)
2014– Barcelona (auxiliary)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He appeared in 295 Segunda División matches over the course of seasons, scoring a combined 66 goals for Sabadell and Salamanca. He represented both clubs in La Liga, in a 17-year professional career.


Club careerEdit

Born in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia, Barbarà made his senior debuts with local amateurs UE Sants. In the 1986 off-season he moved to La Liga with CE Sabadell FC, playing his first game in the competition on 17 December 1986 in a 1–1 home draw against Real Betis where he came on as a 72nd-minute substitute;[1] his first goal arrived the following 17 May, helping the hosts defeat Cádiz CF 2–0.[2]

In June 1993, after being relegated from Segunda División, Barbarà signed with UD Salamanca. He scored 13 goals in his second season, helping the Castile and León club promote to the top level after a 12-year absence. He netted a further 12 in the following campaign, but could not avoid his team's relegation; during his stint with the Charros, he was also captain.[3]

In the summer of 2001, aged 34, Barbarà left Salamanca and joined UE Lleida in Segunda División B. A year later he moved to fellow league side CE L'Hospitalet, and subsequently retired at the end of 2002–03.

Coaching careerEdit

After retiring, Barbarà started working in FC Barcelona's youth squads.[3] He subsequently served as FC Barcelona B's scout during Pep Guardiola's spell, and in 2008 was appointed as the reserves' assistant manager.[4]

Barbarà acted as both Luis Enrique and Eusebio Sacristán's assistant and, after the appointment of the former to the main squad in 2014, he was hired as auxiliary coach.[5]


  1. ^ "1–1: ¡Olé Sabadell... "manque" empate!" [1–1: Olé Sabadell... "manque" (not translatable, expression associated with Betis) they draw!]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 18 December 1986. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  2. ^ "2–0: ¡Qué respiro!" [2–0: What a breather!]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 18 May 1987. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Joan Barbará será el segundo ayudante de Luis Enrique en el FC Barcelona" [Joan Barbarà will be Luis Enrique's second assistant in FC Barcelona]. La Gaceta de Salamanca (in Spanish). 20 May 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Joan Barbarà: Oficio y análisis" [Joan Barbarà: Know-how and analysis]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 1 August 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Joan Barbarà, tercer entrenador de Luis Enrique en el FC Barcelona" [Joan Barbarà, Luis Enrique third assistant manager in FC Barcelona]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 20 May 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2014.

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