The Coordinator of the Football Area Discusses Promising Talent
Insights Beyond the Field of Play
Bojan Krkic has made a return to Barça this season, joining the Deco team in the club’s sports management. Hailing from Linyola, he is now an integral part of the club’s Sports Commission, with a primary role as the coordinator of the Football Area. This position places him between the first team and the youth academy, responsible for overseeing loaned players and nurturing talents with potential to join the senior squad.
One such talent is Lamine Yamal, whose impressive performance under the guidance of Xavi Hernández has garnered attention. In fact, he has already earned a spot in the Spanish national team under coach Luis de la Fuente.
Bojan recently shared his thoughts on Lamine during an interview on the program ‘You will say’ on ‘RAC 1’. This interview was part of a busy day for the former footballer, as he also presented a documentary about his life titled ‘Bojan Krkic: Beyond the Smile’.
Rather than focusing solely on Lamine’s football abilities, Bojan emphasized the importance of staying grounded and not rushing through his career. Drawing from his own experiences, Bojan knows the significance of balancing success on the field with personal growth.
Bojan made history with Barcelona, becoming the youngest player to score a goal for the club at the age of 17 years and 51 days against Villarreal on October 21, 2007. This record was later surpassed by Ansu Fati and now by Lamine.
During his conversation with Lamine, Bojan stressed the value of education: “It’s challenging to juggle the demands of the first team and academics, but I told Lamine that one of his goals should be to successfully complete his studies.”
As the deputy to the sports management, Bojan also had a message for all young players, urging them not to rush through their development: “Sometimes it may seem that playing for the Cadet or Youth teams is not as important, but everything leading up to Barça B is valuable.”