Eusebio Sacristán

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Eusebio being interviewed on Barça TV
Personal information
Full name Eusebio Sacristán Mena
Date of birth (1964-04-13) 13 April 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth La Seca, Spain
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
La Seca
1979–1982 Valladolid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1983 Valladolid B
1983–1987 Valladolid 117 (13)
1987–1988 Atlético Madrid 27 (3)
1988–1995 Barcelona 203 (14)
1995–1997 Celta 67 (1)
1997–2002 Valladolid 129 (5)
Total 543 (36)
National team
1984–1987 Spain U21 17 (3)
1986–1988 Spain U23 4 (1)
1986–1992 Spain 15 (0)
Teams managed
2003–2008 Barcelona (assistant)
2009–2010 Celta
2011–2015 Barcelona B
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Sacristán and the second or maternal family name is Mena.

Eusebio Sacristán Mena (born 13 April 1964), known as simply Eusebio in his playing days, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central midfielder, and a current coach.

Club career[edit]

Born in La Seca, Valladolid, Eusebio started playing professionally with hometown's Real Valladolid, being an automatic first-choice from an early age and moving to Atlético de Madrid for 1987–88. After that sole season in Madrid he joined FC Barcelona, proceeding to be one of coach Johan Cruyff's most used squad members in the subsequent years – he played the entire matches at both the victorious 1989 Cup Winners' Cup and the 1992 European Cup Finals.

Eusebio could only manage 36 appearances in his last two seasons combined, this prompting a move to Celta de Vigo in 1995[1] where he posted two more solid campaigns. He retired in 2002 at the age of 38 with Valladolid, having played 543 La Liga games (the only division he competed in after being promoted to his first club's first team), second-best in the competition only behind Andoni Zubizarreta.[2]

Upon retiring Sacristán opened a football school in Valladolid, for 6-to-12-year-old children.[3] He also obtained his coaching degree and, from 2003 to 2008, was part of Frank Rijkaard's staff at Barcelona.[4]

On 2 March 2009 Eusebio was named head coach of another former club, Celta, as the Galician side struggled in the second division.[5] In the following season more of the same (although the team eventually easily retained its division status, it struggled until the last month of competition),[6] and he was dismissed in June 2010.[7]

Eusebio returned to Barcelona for 2011–12, being appointed the B-team's manager after Luis Enrique left for A.S. Roma.[8] He led the team to the third position in his third year; however, following a string of poor results, on 9 February 2015 he was relieved of his duties and was replaced by youth side coach Jordi Vinyals.[9]

International career[edit]

Eusebio gained 15 caps for Spain, the first coming on 24 September 1986 in a friendly match with Greece, in Gijón.[10] He was subsequently picked for the final squad at UEFA Euro 1988, collecting no appearances as the national team exited in the group stage in West Germany.





Spain U21


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