The lithuanian Sarunas Jasikevicius it will take the relief of Svetislav Pesic on the bench of the Barcelona Soccer Club of basketball for the next three seasons, on the second ‘home’ return of ‘Saras’ and, this time, to try to consolidate the ambitious project from the bench.
“Sarunas Jasikevicius will train Barça for the next three seasons. The club and the 44-year-old Lithuanian coach have reached an agreement until June 30, 2023 and in this way Jasikevicius returns to what was his home for four seasons” , announced the club.
Endorsed by his good career as coach of Zalgiris Kaunas, with five victories in the Lithuanian League (between 2016 and 2020) and three Cups, arrives at the Palau Blaugrana fulfilling the wish of many Catalans fans who had been asking for it for a long time.
In the EuroleagueJasikevicius arrived with Zalgiris, against all odds, to the Final Four of 2018, and played in the ‘Play-offs’ of 2019. This course, before the campaign was declared canceled, he was ninth position to a victory of the eight first.
His coaching career began in 2014, after retiring, and was an assistant coach for Gintaras Krapikas for a season and a half. In January 2016, he was appointed head coach of the Kaunas team.
It is without a doubt, one of the most loved players in Barcelona for his talent, charisma and dedication, applauded in luxury when he visited the Palau track as a Zalgiris coach and, as a player, in two stages, he has already carved out a big record. Now, as a technician, he will try to expand it.
As a player, ‘Saras’ won one Euroleague (2003), two ACB Leagues (2001, 2003) and three Copa del Rey (2001, 2003 and 2013) with Barça, where he played from 2000 to 2003 under the orders of Aíto García Reneses and Svetislav Pesic, whom he now replaces, and also the 2012-13 academic year with Xavi Pascual on the bench.
Jasikevicius played a total of 241 official matches with the Barça shirt between ACB (162) and the Euroleague (79) competitions. His playing career was very successful. He won 4 Euroleagues (Barcelona 2003, Maccabi 2004 and 2005, Panathinaikos 2009), in addition to nine national Leagues between the different teams in which he played.
This change in the bench, which a priori gives stability by signing until 2023, comes after the dismissal this Wednesday of Svetislav Pesic at lose the final of the Endesa League Final Phase against Baskonia and to close a blank year, with that question of what would have happened in the Euroleague.