José Mari Bakero
Bakero in 2010
|Full name||José María Bakero Escudero|
|Date of birth||11 February 1963|
|Place of birth||Goizueta, Spain|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
José María Bakero Escudero (born 11 February 1963) is a Spanish retired footballer and a current manager. Having played mainly for Real Sociedad and Barcelona, he began his career as a forward (not being a prolific goalscorer) but was converted into an attacking midfielder where he excelled in Johan Cruyff's legendary "Dream Team" at Barcelona, helping the club win La Liga four years in a row between 1991 and 1994, and the European Cup in 1992.
Bakero was noted for his passing, creativity and ability to score important goals, and also possessed great leadership skills. During a 17-year professional career, Bakero amassed 483 games and scored 139 goals in La Liga, winning a total of 18 titles. In the 2000s, he embarked on a coaching career.
Born in Goizueta, Navarre, Bakero made his senior debut with Real Sociedad on 6 September 1980 when only 17, coming from the bench in a 2–3 loss at Valencia CF, and finished his debut season with 27 appearances but no goals. Appearing only in two games in 1981–82 he was however part of the Basque sides which won back-to-back La Liga titles, his teammates including Luis Arconada, Jesús María Zamora and Jesús María Satrústegui.
In 1988 Bakero signed for FC Barcelona, where he was joined by several other Real and Basque players: Txiki Begiristain, Luis López Rekarte, with Julio Salinas coming from Atlético Madrid but having also played with Athletic Bilbao, as another Real player, Ion Andoni Goikoetxea, joined two years later – they would form the backbone of the legendary Dream Team. Between 1988 and 1997 he (who scored 47 league goals in his first four years combined) played 329 matches overall for the Catalans, being instrumental in their league conquests from 1990 to 1994 and also appearing in the historic 1992 European Cup final.
Having appeared scarcely during the 1996–97 campaign, his last game coming on 18 November 1996 in a 6–1 home thrashing of Real Valladolid in which he scored, Bakero retired later that season, after a small abroad stint with Mexico's CD Veracruz. He also had unsuccessful trials with Middlesbrough and Norwich City.
After retiring in 1997 Bakero moved into coaching, first as an assistant, under both Llorenç Serra Ferrer and Louis van Gaal. He also worked as a sports adviser with the Generalitat de Catalunya and, in 2004–05, had his first head coaching experience, joining Málaga CF's B-side in January 2005 and helping it narrowly escape relegation from the second division.
In August 2005 Bakero was appointed director of football at first team Real Sociedad, and would be promoted to coach towards the end of the 2005–06 season. Seven games into the following campaign, he was sacked.
In October 2007 Bakero joined Ronald Koeman's (another Barcelona teammate) coaching staff at Valencia, being dismissed in April 2008. On 10 November 2009, more than a year after his last job, he signed with Polonia Warsaw, again as head coach. While the team was last in the league at that point, not only did he manage to prevent relegation, but also led the club to a win against city neighbours Legia Warsaw, the first in ten years; he was sacked on 13 September 2010, after suffering the first loss of the season.
On 3 November 2010 Bakero signed with another team in the Polish top level, Lech Poznań. In his official debut he led the club to a 3–1 win against Manchester City, in the season's UEFA Europa League.
On 25 February 2012, following a 0–3 away loss against Ruch Chorzów, Bakero was relieved of his duties.
Bakero had 30 caps for Spain, netting on seven occasions. His debut came on 14 October 1987 during an UEFA Euro 1988 qualifier against Austria: he replaced future Barça teammate Francisco Carrasco in a 2–0 home win.
|1.||18 November 1987||Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain||Albania||1–0||5–0||Euro 1988 qualifying|
|2.||18 November 1987||Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain||Albania||2–0||5–0||Euro 1988 qualifying|
|3.||18 November 1987||Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain||Albania||5–0||5–0||Euro 1988 qualifying|
|4.||19 December 1990||Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain||Albania||9–0||9–0||Euro 1992 qualifying|
|5.||20 February 1991||Parc des Princes, Paris, France||France||0–1||3–1||Euro 1992 qualifying|
|6.||16 December 1992||Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain||Latvia||1–0||5–0||1994 World Cup qualification|
|7.||24 February 1993||Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain||Lithuania||2–0||5–0||1994 World Cup qualification|
- Real Sociedad
- European Cup: 1991–92
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1988–89, 1996–97
- UEFA Super Cup: 1992
- La Liga: 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94
- Copa del Rey: 1989–90, 1996–97
- Supercopa de España: 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996
- As of 8 September 2013.
|Puebla||July 1999||September 1999||Mexican Primera División||8||1||3||4||12.50||6||11||–5|
|Málaga B||January 2005||August 2005||Segunda División||22||6||6||10||27.27||13||25||–12|
|Real Sociedad||23 March 2006||26 October 2006||La Liga||16||3||5||8||18.75||18||24||–6|
|Copa del Rey||1||0||0||1||0.00||1||4||–3|
|Polonia Warsaw||10 November 2009||13 September 2010||Ekstraklasa||22||9||6||7||40.91||23||20||+3|
|Lech Poznań||3 November 2010||25 February 2012||Ekstraklasa||39||18||8||13||46.15||53||27||+26|
|Juan Aurich||5 January 2013||7 September 2013||Peruvian Primera División||31||8||9||14||25.81||38||39||–1|
Bakero was the third of eleven children. His brothers Santiago (also Santi) and Jon, were also footballers, and both forwards: the former played five seasons in the first division, with Hércules CF and Real Sociedad (where he coincided with José Mari from 1986–89), while the latter did not appear in higher than the second level (where he played namely for FC Barcelona B). After he joined Polonia as a coach he was accompanied, at his request, by Jon, as an assistant.
- "Real Sociedad: Cesado el entrenador José Mari Bakero" [Real Sociedad: Coach José Mari Bakero fired] (in Spanish). El Futbolín. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
- "José María Bakero zostanie trenerem Polonii Warszawa" (in Polish). 90 Minut. 10 November 2009. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
- "Ekstraklasa 2009/2010" (in Polish). 90 Minut. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
- Kamiński, Emil (11 May 2010). "Derby dla Polonii" [Polish Derby]. Legia Warsaw. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
- "Jose Bakero zwolniony. Nadszedł Paweł Janas" (in Polish). TVN24. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
- "José María Bakero trenerem Lecha" [José María Bakero trains Lech] (in Polish). 90 Minut. 3 November 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
- "Lech Poznan 3–1 Man City". BBC Sport. 4 November 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
- José María Bakero Escudero – International Matches; at RSSF
- Santi Bakero at BDFutbol
- Jon Bakero at BDFutbol
- "Bakero, una intensa vida de 22 años" [Bakero, an intense 22-year-old life] (in Spanish). El País. 9 February 1985. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- BDFutbol player profile
- BDFutbol coach profile
- National team data (Spanish)
- José Mari Bakero at National-Football-Teams.com
- José Mari Bakero – FIFA competition record
- MedioTiempo profile (Spanish)
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