Clemente in 2008
|Full name||Javier Clemente Lázaro|
|Date of birth||12 March 1950|
|Place of birth||Barakaldo, Spain|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
In a manager career which began before his 30th birthday, he was in charge of several club and national teams, including Athletic Bilbao which he also represented as a player, Espanyol and Spain. He won the La Liga championship in 1983 and 1984 with the latter.
Born in Barakaldo, Biscay, Clemente joined Athletic Bilbao's youth system at the age of 16, from local Barakaldo CF. He was propelled to the first team at only 18 by manager Agustín Gaínza, making his official debut against Livepool for the season's Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (2–1 home win, 3–3 aggregate triumph).
Clemente's best La Liga output with his first and only club consisted of 18 games in the 1969–70 campaign. On 23 November 1969, during a league match against CE Sabadell FC, he suffered a serious leg injury (fibula and tibia) from which he never fully recovered; after four unsuccessful operations, he retired aged just 24.
Beginnings / Athletic
In the 1981 summer, 31-year-old Clemente was appointed at Athletic Bilbao. He led the side to back-to-back national championships in his second and third years but, during this timeframe, also began a bitter rivalry with César Luis Menotti and his FC Barcelona – the Argentine criticized his playing style as authoritarian and his teams as defensive and destructive, and the Spaniard in turn dismissed Menotti as an ageing hippy and womanizer; the culmination of this was the 1984 final of the Copa del Rey, which ended in a massive brawl between the two sets of players.
Clemente left the Lions midway through the 1985–86 season, after a run-in with star player Manuel Sarabia. He was subsequently appointed at fellow top-divisioner RCD Espanyol, leading the club to a best-ever third place in 1987 and the final of the UEFA Cup the following year, but being relieved of his duties in March 1989 after questioning his squad's desire – the campaign eventually ended in relegation for the Catalans.
Spanish national team
In 1992 Clemente was appointed manager of Spain, replacing Vicente Miera after the nation had failed to qualify for UEFA Euro 1992. His first game in charge was a 1–0 friendly win over England on 9 September, and he led the country to the following three major international tournaments, the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups and Euro 1996, being eliminated in the group stage of the second competition and having a run of 31 matches without defeat.
La Liga / France
Clemente returned to club action after his national team dismissal, working in the main division with Real Betis, Real Sociedad, CD Tenerife, Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao. He helped the latter avoid relegation in the 2005–06 season but, shortly before the new campaign started, was fired after a disagreement with chairman Fernando Lamikiz. interspersed with this, he had a one-season spell in Ligue 1 with Olympique de Marseille.
Clemente became manager of the Serbian national team on 21 July 2006, being brought in on initiative from Serbian Football Association president Zvezdan Terzić. According to local media his salary was €30,000 per month on a two-year contract, worth €720,000 in total – also, he was eligible for a €400,000 bonus if the country qualified for Euro 2008, and an additional €150,000 bonus for every round passed at the tournament; in an interview given to Serbian daily Politika, he claimed his current was the lowest wage he had earned in the last 20 years.
Clemente made his debut on 16 August 2006 in a 3–1 away friendly victory with Czech Republic. New players introduced into the squad included Danko Lazović, Marko Pantelić, Vladimir Stojković and Aleksandar Trišović, while previous mainstays such as Predrag Đorđević, Dragoslav Jevrić, Mateja Kežman, Savo Milošević and Albert Nađ were dropped. The continental qualification campaign started with three home wins, over Azerbaijan, Belgium and Armenia, and a draw in Poland from the first four matches; however, things started to go wrong with a 1–2 defeat in Kazakhstan in March 2007, and the nation eventually trailed Poland and Portugal in Group A, with the manager questioning the side's mental approach in the process.
Following the failure to qualify, Clemente was released from his contract on 6 December 2007.
Cameroon / Back to Spain
On 17 August 2010, following spells in his country with Real Murcia (top level and Segunda División) and Real Valladolid (eight games in charge, top flight relegation) Clemente was named as the new coach of Cameroon, taking over from Paul Le Guen who stepped down after three losses in as many games in the 2010 World Cup.
Clemente made his debut with the Lions Indomptables on 4 September in a 3–1 away win against Mauritius in the first match of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. However, the nation finished second behind Senegal and thus failed to reach the finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, and he was dismissed on 25 October 2011.
On 13 February 2012 Clemente signed as the new manager of Sporting de Gijón, with a contract running until the end of the season. He left the Asturians in May, following their relegation; in the process he celebrated his 500th game in the Spanish first division, a 1–2 away loss to Granada CF.
On 20 September 2013 Clemente was named manager of Libya, taking over from Abdulhafeedh Arbeesh who stepped down after a 1-0 defeat to Cameroon during the last group stage 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.
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- "Clemente, el "Bobby Charlton" español" [Clemente, Spain's "Bobby Charlton"] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 10 December 1969. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- ""Me encanta ser el rubio de Barakaldo"" ["I love being the blond from Barakaldo"] (in Spanish). Deia. 19 November 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- "Javier Clemente: "Barakaldo lleva mucho tiempo abandonado"" [Javier Clemente: "Barakaldo has been abandoned for a long time"] (in Spanish). Deia. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- "Clemente, de niño prodigio a entrenador en Tercera" [Clemente, from wonderkid to coach in Tercera] (in Spanish). El País. 28 January 1977. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- "Otro alirón vasco" [Another Basque victory song] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 2 May 1983. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- "El enfrentamiento Clemente-Sarabia reúne dos días seguidos a la directiva del Athlétic [sic]" [Clemente-Sarabia run-in has Athletic board of directors in two-day meeting] (in Spanish). El País. 21 January 1986. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- "Gil destituye a Clemente por no lograr éxitos" [Gil fires Clemente for failing to win] (in Spanish). El País. 28 February 1990. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- "Spain beats Bulgaria 6–1 but fails to qualify". CNN. 24 June 1998. Retrieved 16 September 1998.
- "España cae ante Chipre, un equipo repleto de aficionados" [Spain falls against Cyprus, team filled with amateurs] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 5 September 1998. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- "El Tenerife despide a Mel y ficha a Javier Clemente" [Tenerife fires Mel and signs Javier Clemente] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 19 February 2002. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
- "Clemente, destituido tras criticar la política de fichajes" [Clemente, fired after criticizing signing policy] (in Spanish). 20 Minutos. 7 July 2006. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- "Clemente: "Lamikiz me ha vendido vilmente"" [Clemente: "Lamikiz sold me with a vengeance"] (in Spanish). Marca. 7 July 2006. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- "Поносим се радом у Србији" [I'm proud of my work in Serbia] (in Serbian). Politika. 3 September 2006. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- "Klemente: "Problem je u glavi"" ["The problem is in the head"] (in Serbian). B92. 14 October 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- "End of the road for Clemente". UEFA.com. 6 December 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- "El Murcia ficha a Javier Clemente como nuevo entrenador" [Murcia signs Javier Clemente as new manager] (in Spanish). Marca. 6 March 2008. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- "Javier Clemente, entrenador del Real Valladolid" [Javier Clemente, Real Valladolid manager] (in Spanish). El Norte de Castilla. 6 April 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- "Former Spain coach Clemente takes over Cameroon job". BBC Sport. 17 August 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2010.
- "Cameroon sack coach Javier Clemente". BBC Sport. 25 October 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
- "Camerún destituye a Clemente como técnico en su enésimo fracaso en el banquillo" [Cameroon dismisses Clemente as coach in his umpteenth failure on the bench] (in Spanish). El Confidencial. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
- "Javi Clemente, nuevo entrenador rojiblanco" [Javi Clemente, new red-and-white coach] (in Spanish). Sporting de Gijón. 13 February 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
- "Javier Clemente concluye su relación con el Sporting; le sustituye Manolo Sánchez" [Javier Clemente concludes relation with Sporting; Manolo Sánchez his replacement] (in Spanish). Sporting de Gijón. 17 May 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
- "Clemente llega a 500 partidos en Primera" [Clemente reaches 500 games in Primera] (in Spanish). ABC. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- "Javier Clemente takes up post as Libyan football coach". Libya Herald. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
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