Ernesto Valverde

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Ernesto Valverde
Valverde 2014.jpg
Valverde managing Athletic Bilbao in 2014
Personal information
Full name Ernesto Valverde Tejedor
Date of birth (1964-02-09) 9 February 1964 (age 53)
Place of birth Viandar de la Vera, Spain
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Barcelona (manager)
Youth career
San Ignacio
Alavés
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1985 Alavés
1985–1986 Sestao 32 (6)
1986–1988 Espanyol 72 (16)
1988–1990 Barcelona 22 (8)
1990–1996 Athletic Bilbao 170 (44)
1996–1997 Mallorca 18 (2)
Total 320 (77)
National team
1986 Spain U21 1 (0)
1987 Spain U23 1 (0)
1990 Spain 1 (0)
Teams managed
2001–2002 Athletic Bilbao (assistant)
2002–2003 Bilbao Athletic
2003–2005 Athletic Bilbao
2006–2008 Espanyol
2008–2009 Olympiacos
2009–2010 Villarreal
2010–2012 Olympiacos
2012–2013 Valencia
2013–2017 Athletic Bilbao
2017– Barcelona
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ernesto Valverde Tejedor (Spanish pronunciation: [erˈnesto βalˈβerðe texeˈðor];[a] born 9 February 1964) is a Spanish former footballer who played as a forward, and is the current manager of FC Barcelona.

Over the course of ten seasons, he amassed La Liga totals of 264 games and 68 goals, adding 55/9 in Segunda División. He played for six teams in a 14-year professional career, including Espanyol, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao.

Valverde later went on to have an extensive spell as a manager, including being in charge of all three clubs.

Playing career

Valverde was born in Viandar de la Vera, Cáceres, Extremadura. After having made his professional debuts in Segunda DivisiónDeportivo Alavés and Sestao Sport Club – he was transferred to RCD Español in 1986,[1] making his La Liga debut on 31 August in a 1–1 away draw against Atlético Madrid. In a season that included a second stage he ended with 43 league appearances, scoring seven goals; in his final year, he was part of the squad that lost the 1988 UEFA Cup on penalties, to Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Subsequently, Valverde played two years at FC Barcelona, winning a Copa del Rey and a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, although he appeared sparingly in the process (only 13 minutes against Lech Poznań in the latter tournament[2]). However, in his second season he netted six times in only 12 games, including braces in consecutive wins over Sporting de Gijón (2–0) and Valencia CF (2–1).[3][4][5][6]

Valverde left for Athletic Bilbao in 1990, being eligible although he was born in Extremadura (he moved to the Basque Country still an infant). He played six seasons with the team, scoring 20 league goals from 1992 to 1994 before moving to RCD Mallorca, where he was relatively used as the Balearic Islands club achieved top flight promotion, and retired the following summer aged 33; during his time at Athletic, he was nicknamed Txingurri (Basque for ant).[7]

Valverde played once for Spain, appearing 20 minutes in a 2–1 UEFA Euro 1992 qualifier win against Iceland on 10 October 1990, in Seville.[8]

Managerial career

Spain and Greece

Immediately after retiring, Valverde began his career as a manager in the youth departments of former club Athletic Bilbao. Four years later he became a co-trainer in the main squad and, in 2002, he again acted as head coach when he took over the B-side, being promoted to first-team duties the following year; in 2003–04, they finished fifth and qualified for the UEFA Cup.

After one year out of football, Valverde joined another old acquaintance, Espanyol.[9] During his first season, the Catalans managed to reach another UEFA Cup final – nineteen years later – again losing on penalties, to fellow Spaniards Sevilla FC.

Valverde as the Olympiacos manager.

On 28 May 2008, Valverde was appointed coach at Superleague Greece club Olympiacos FC,[10] winning the championship in his debut campaign and adding the cup for the double. On 8 May 2009, it decided not to renew his contract in spite of his success, because of a financial disagreement; however, most of the players and fans were openly in favour of him staying.[11]

Valverde with Olympiacos in 2012

On 2 June 2009, Villarreal CF announced that Valverde would succeed Manuel Pellegrini on a one-year deal, after the Chilean had left for Real Madrid.[12] As the team stood tenth in the league on 31 January 2010, following a 0–2 home loss against CA Osasuna, he was sacked.[13]

On 7 August 2010, Valverde returned to Olympiacos as a replacement for Ewald Lienen who had only been in charge for a few weeks.[14] In his first season in his second spell he again led the Piraeus side to the league championship, also reaching the last eight in the domestic cup.

On 19 April 2012, after helping Olympiacos renew its league supremacy, Valverde announced his decision to leave due to family reasons.[15] On 3 December he returned to Spanish football by being appointed at Valencia until the end of the season, replacing fired Mauricio Pellegrino;[16] his first game occurred five days later, a 1–0 win at Osasuna,[17] and the second match, against the same opponent for the season's Spanish cup, brought another triumph at the Reyno de Navarra (2–0).

Athletic Bilbao

On 1 June 2013, immediately after the 3–4 away loss at Sevilla which meant Valencia could only finish fifth, thus out of qualification positions for the UEFA Champions League, Valverde announced he would leave the club.[18] He returned to Athletic Bilbao on the 20th,[19] qualifying for the UEFA Champions League in his first year[20] whilst also reaching the final of the 2015 Spanish Cup the following season.

On 17 August 2015, Valverde led the Lions to their first trophy in 31 years after a 5–1 aggregate defeat of Barcelona for the Supercopa de España.[21] He declared on 23 May 2017 he would be stepping down on 30 June,[22] to be replaced by former Athletic teammate José Ángel Ziganda.[23]

Valverde's 306 matches in charge of the team over two spells set a club record, beating the previous total of 289 set by Javier Clemente.[24][25] He also surpassed Clemente's 211 league matches managed, finishing on 228, but was unable to match his record of victories: The latter won 141 games – 102 in the league – while the former came up one short, with 140 and 101;[26][27] additionally, he was on the bench for 42 European matches, another record.

Barcelona

On 29 May 2017, Valverde replaced Luis Enrique as the new Barcelona manager.[28][29]

Managerial statistics

As of 17 December 2017[30]
Team Nat From To Record
P W D L Win %
Bilbao Athletic[31] Spain 30 June 2002 30 June 2003 44 22 10 12 050.00
Athletic Bilbao[32][33] Spain 30 June 2003 21 June 2005 93 38 23 32 040.86
Espanyol[34][35] Spain 26 May 2006 28 May 2008 99 37 30 32 037.37
Olympiacos[36] Greece 28 May 2008 8 May 2009 47 32 6 9 068.09
Villarreal[37] Spain 2 June 2009 31 January 2010 32 13 7 12 040.63
Olympiacos[38][39] Greece 7 August 2010 31 May 2012 80 60 7 13 075.00
Valencia[40] Spain 3 December 2012 2 June 2013 30 16 7 7 053.33
Athletic Bilbao[41][42][43] Spain 1 July 2013 23 May 2017 213 102 45 66 047.89
Barcelona[29] Spain 29 May 2017 Present 26 19 5 2 073.08
Total 664 339 140 185 051.05

Honours

Player

Espanyol
Barcelona

Manager

Espanyol
Olympiacos
Athletic Bilbao

Individual

Manager
  • UEFA La Liga Coach of the Year: 2015–16[44]

Notes

  1. ^ In isolation, Valverde is pronounced [balˈβerðe].

References

  1. ^ Valverde: y van tres! (Valverde: make that three!); Mundo Deportivo, 10 June 1986 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ "¡Fue de infarto!" [Heart-stopping!] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 10 November 1988. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  3. ^ "Primer positivo... que subo a poco" [First positive... bad taste in mouth] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 22 October 1989. Retrieved 31 October 2017. 
  4. ^ "La noche de los "proscritos"" [The night of the “outcast”] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 1 April 1990. Retrieved 31 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "¡Bendita primavera azulgrana!" [Holy azulgrana spring!] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 9 April 1990. Retrieved 31 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "Pulverizaron al Cádiz" [They routed Cádiz] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 16 April 1990. Retrieved 31 October 2017. 
  7. ^ "El padre de 'Txingurri'" [The father of 'Txingurri'] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 19 March 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "España, otra vez por la mínima" [Spain, again by the odd goal] (PDF) (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 11 October 1990. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  9. ^ Valverde takes control at Espanyol; UEFA.com, 26 May 2006
  10. ^ Olympiacos turn to Valverde; UEFA.com, 28 May 2008
  11. ^ Olympiacos call time on Valverde reign; UEFA.com, 8 May 2009
  12. ^ Valverde fills Pellegrini void at Villarreal; UEFA.com, 2 June 2009
  13. ^ "Villarreal sack coach Valverde after Osasuna defeat". ESPN Soccernet. 31 January 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  14. ^ Valverde returns to troubled Olympiakos[permanent dead link]; Yahoo!, 7 August 2010
  15. ^ George Georgakopoulos (19 April 2012). "Olympiakos coach Valverde will leave club in May". Kathimerini. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "Valencia appoint Valverde". ESPN FC. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  17. ^ "Soldado gives Valverde perfect start". ESPN FC. 8 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  18. ^ "Valverde anuncia que no sigue en el Valencia" [Valverde announces he will not continue with Valencia] (in Spanish). Marca. 2 June 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "Valverde afronta su segunda etapa como técnico del Athletic" [Valverde faces second spell as Athletic manager] (in Spanish). Las Provincias. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  20. ^ "La Liga: Athletic Bilbao seals Champions League place with Rayo win". GMA Network. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  21. ^ "Barcelona lose Super Cup final to Athletic Bilbao". BBC Sport. 17 August 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  22. ^ "Ernesto Valverde will not continue as premier team coach". Athletic Bilbao. 23 May 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  23. ^ "José Ángel Ziganda, Athletic Club's new manager". Athletic Bilbao. 24 May 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  24. ^ "Barcelona: Ernesto Valverde replaces Luis Enrique as manager". BBC Sport. 29 May 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  25. ^ "Valverde se convierte en una leyenda viva en San Mamés" [Valverde becomes a living legend at San Mamés] (in Spanish). Capital Deporte. 21 February 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  26. ^ "Coaches history". Athletic Bilbao. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  27. ^ "Valverde podría igualar el récord histórico de victorias de Clemente" [Valverde close to equalling Clemente's historical record of victories] (in Spanish). EITB. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  28. ^ "Ernesto Valverde is the new FC Barcelona coach". FC Barcelona. 29 May 2017. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
  29. ^ a b "Barcelona confirm Ernesto Valverde as new manager at Camp Nou". The Guardian. 29 May 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017. 
  30. ^ Ernesto Valverde at Soccerway
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  39. ^ "Full season schedule". ESPN FC. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
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  41. ^ "Valverde: Ernesto Valverde Tejedor". BDFutbol. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  42. ^ "Valverde: Ernesto Valverde Tejedor". BDFutbol. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  43. ^ "Athletic Bilbao results". Sky Sports. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  44. ^ "Atletico dominate UEFA's La Liga team of the season". MARCA.com. 16 May 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 

External links

  • FC Barcelona official profile
  • Ernesto Valverde at Athletic Bilbao
  • Athletic Bilbao manager profile
  • Ernesto Valverde at BDFutbol
  • Ernesto Valverde manager profile at BDFutbol
  • Ernesto Valverde at National-Football-Teams.com
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