Juan Carlos Unzué

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Juan Carlos Unzué
Personal information
Full name Juan Carlos Unzué Labiano
Date of birth (1967-04-22) 22 April 1967 (age 47)
Place of birth Pamplona, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Barcelona (assistant)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1988 Osasuna 15 (0)
1988–1990 Barcelona 5 (0)
1990–1997 Sevilla 222 (0)
1997–1999 Tenerife 35 (0)
1999–2001 Oviedo 0 (0)
2001–2003 Osasuna 41 (0)
Total 318 (0)
National team
1985 Spain U18 2 (0)
1985 Spain U19 1 (0)
1985 Spain U20 6 (0)
1985–1989 Spain U21 16 (0)
Teams managed
2010–2011 Numancia
2012 Racing Santander
2014– Barcelona (assistant)
* 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 Unzué and the second or maternal family name is Labiano.

Juan Carlos Unzué Labiano (born 22 April 1967) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and the current assistant manager of FC Barcelona.

A complete player with reflexes and agility he represented mostly Sevilla, for which he appeared in nearly 300 official games. He also spent two years with Barcelona.

Unzué played 318 La Liga matches in 17 seasons. After retiring, he went on to work extensively as a goalkeepers' coach.

Football career[edit]

Born in Pamplona, Unzué came through the ranks of hometown CA Osasuna, but could not break into the first team. Moving to La Liga giants FC Barcelona in 1988 more of the same, as he was barred by legendary Andoni Zubizarreta.

Joining Sevilla FC for the 1990–91 season Unzué blossomed as a top flight player, rarely missing a game in his first five years. As the Andalusians were relegated at the end of the 1996–97 campaign, he moved to CD Tenerife for a further two seasons.

After two years at Real Oviedo as backup to local Esteban, his input consisting of seven Copa del Rey contests, Unzué returned to his first club in the 2001 summer, being the starter in his debut season and second-choice in his second. He retired from the game in June 2003 at age 36,[1] after having helped the Navarrese reach the last-four in the domestic cup.[2]

Unzué immediately returned to the Camp Nou, as the goalkeeping coach of the Frank Rijkaard-led club. After Rijkaard left the club, he retained his position under Josep Guardiola.[3]

On 17 June 2010, after five years with Barcelona, Unzué had his first head coach experience, joining Segunda División team CD Numancia.[4] One year later he returned to his previous position, replacing Carles Busquets.[5][6]

On 15 July 2014 Unzué returned to Barcelona, being appointed assistant coach in Luis Enrique's staff.[7]





Spain U20


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