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Ernesto Valverde
Personal information
Full name Ernesto Valverde Tejedor
Date of birth February 9, 1964 (1964-02-09) (age 45)
Place of birth    Viandar de la Vera, Spain
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Villarreal (coach)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1983–1985
1985–1986
1986–1988
1988–1990
1990–1996
1996–1997
Alavés
Sestao Sport
Espanyol
FC Barcelona
Athletic Bilbao
Mallorca
00? 00(?)
032 00(6)
072 0(16)
022 00(8)
170 0(44)
018 00(2)   
National team
1986
1987
1990
Spain U21
Spain U23
Spain
001 00(0)
001 00(0)
001 00(0)
Teams managed
2001–2002
2002–2003
2003–2005
2006–2008
2008–2009
2009–
Athletic Bilbao (co-trainer)
Bilbao Athletic
Athletic Bilbao
Espanyol
Olympiacos
Villarreal

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Ernesto Valverde Tejedor, known as Txingurri (Euskera: ant) (born February 9, 1964 in Viandar de la Vera, Cáceres, Extremadura), is a former Spanish footballer who played as a forward. He is the current manager of Villarreal CF.

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Playing career

After having made his professional debuts in Segunda División (Deportivo Alavés and Sestao Sport Club), Valverde was transferred to RCD Espanyol in 1986, making his La Liga debut on August 31, in a 1–1 tie at Atlético de Madrid. In a season which included a second stage for the top teams, he ended up with 43 league appearances (seven goals). In his final season, Valverde was part of the side that lost the 1988 UEFA Cup on penalties, to Bayer Leverkusen.

Subsequently, he played for two seasons at FC Barcelona, winning a Spanish Cup and a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, although he appeared sparingly in the process. However, in his second season, Valverde managed six league goals in only 12 appearances (including braces in consecutive wins over Sporting de Gijón (2–0) and Valencia CF (2–1)).

In 1990, Valverde left for Athletic de Bilbao, eliglible for the side although he was born in Extremadura (he moved to the Basque Country still an infant). He played six seasons with the team (from 1992–94 he scored 20 league goals) before moving to his final club, RCD Mallorca, where he was relatively used as the Balearic Islands outfit achieved promotion. He retired aged 33.

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

Manager career

Immediately after retiring, Valverde began his career as a manager in the youth departments of former team Athletic Bilbao. Four years later, in 2001, he became a co-trainer in the main squad.

In 2002, Valverde returned to head coach duties when he took over in Bilbao Athletic, the B-team, being promoted to Athletic's first team main coach the following year. In 2003–04, the side finished fifth and qualified for the UEFA Cup.

After one year out of football, Valverde joined another former side, Espanyol.[1] During the first year, the Catalonia outfit managed to reach another UEFA Cup final, nineteen years later, again losing on penalties, to fellow league side Sevilla FC.

On May 28, 2008, Valverde was appointed coach at Greek league powerhouse Olympiacos FC,[2] winning the championship in his debut season. On May 8, 2009, the club decided not to renew his contract, despite winning the title, because of a financial disagreement; however, most of the players and fans were openly in favour of him staying.[3]

On June 2, 2009 Villarreal CF announced that Valverde would succeed Manuel Pellegrini on a one-year deal, after the Chilean had left for Real Madrid.[4]

Honours

References

  1. ^ Valverde takes control at Espanyol; UEFA.com, 26 May 2006
  2. ^ Olympiacos turn to Valverde; UEFA.com, 28 May 2008
  3. ^ Olympiacos call time on Valverde reign; UEFA.com, 8 May 2009
  4. ^ Valverde fills Pellegrini void at Villarreal; UEFA.com, 2 June 2009

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