Jordi Vinyals will be the coach of FC Barcelona’s Juvenil A squad for the next two seasons, replacing Òscar Garcia and Pep Muñoz, the coaches since 2010. Vinyals knows the blaugrana youth system well, having been formed in La Masia himself. Born in Cardedeu (Barcelona) in 1963, Jordi Vinyals was a technically gifted midfielder who played for several of the elite teams in Spanish football including Sabadell, Castelló, Betis, and Oviedo.
Since 2000 he has managed a long list of teams, the majority in the Second Division B, including Villarreal B, Nàstic de Tarragona, and Jaen. Last season he was in charge of l’Hospitalet, whom FC Barcelona faced in the Round of 32 of the Copa del Rey.
With his appointment, the Club continues to put the finishing touches on the coaching staff for the 2012-13 season.
Jordi Vinyals has early experience with the football philosophy of Barça, a style he became acquainted with during his time at La Masia, when he was one of the 19 youngsters to first live at the blaugrana residence in 1979.
As a player, Vinyals passed through the cadete, juvenil, Barcelona C, and Barça B levels and even made his first team debut during the 1987-88 season. He then played for Sabadell, after transferring from Barça, until he was signed by Castellón. From there he signed with Oviedo and also played for Betis, Villarreal, Terrassa, and Figueres.
After finishing his playing career, he began his career as a coach. He is a manager very close to his players who likes to promote the idea of football instilled in him at Barça. Vinyals always opts to play with short passes and fast touches of the ball.
This ways of understanding football coincides completely with that of his friend Tito Vilanova, who in 2005 signed as the technical secretary of Terrassa FC. Vilanova, now the coach of Barça, appointed Jordi Vinyals as the coach of his project and placed Jordi Roura as his assistant. Despite not working together before, they understood each other quickly because they have the same way of understanding football and a very similar coaching profile, both made from the same mold.
Vinyals was dismissed past the halfway point of the season at the insistence of Guillermo Cabello, then the president of Terrassa FC, who preferred Miguel Álvarez. Roura became Tito’s assistant as the technical secretary and Vinyals left the club. Now, seven years later, they have reconnected at Barça, where it all began.