Luis Enrique Martínez García
|Full name||Luis Enrique Martínez García|
|Date of birth||8 May 1970|
|Place of birth||Gijón, Spain|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Midfielder / Striker|
|Current club||Celta (manager)|
|1984–1988||→ La Braña (loan)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
As a player his usual position was right or attacking midfielder, but he was notable for his versatility, having played in all positions throughout his career except central defender and goalkeeper. Starting in 1991 and ending in 2004 he represented both Real Madrid and Barcelona, with equal individual and team success, appearing in more than 500 official games and scoring more than 100 goals.
Luis Enrique was born in Gijón, Asturias. After starting his career with local Sporting de Gijón, he spent most of it with the two biggest Spanish clubs: first Real Madrid for five seasons and, in a stunning move, he saw out his contract and moved to fierce rivals FC Barcelona on a free transfer. The Catalan club's supporters were at first hesitant about their new acquisition, but he soon won the culés' heart, staying eight years with the club, eventually becoming first-team captain and scoring several times in El Clásico against his former employers.
On 10 August 2004, at the age of 34, he announced his retirement, feeling that he could no longer keep up to the standards he set for himself. Enrique finished his professional career with league totals of 400 games and 102 goals, being named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March.
Luis Enrique played for Spain in three FIFA World Cups: 1994, 1998 and 2002 (as well as UEFA Euro 1996), and accumulated 62 caps, scoring 12 goals in his international career. He was also a member of the gold-winning squad at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
In the 1994 World Cup, held in the United States, in the 1–2 quarter-final loss against Italy, Mauro Tassotti's elbow made contact with Enrique's face to bloody effect. The action was of such impact that Enrique reportedly lost a pint of blood as a result, but during the match the incident went unpunished; Tassotti was banned for eight games afterwards, and never played internationally again.
When Spain met Italy at Euro 2008 on 22 June, to battle for a place in the semi-finals, Enrique reportedly called for the team to "take revenge" on Italy for the 1994 World Cup incident. Tassotti, now an assistant coach at A.C. Milan, told Marca newspaper that he was tired of always being reminded of this incident and that he had never intended to hurt Enrique.
On 18 June 2008 Luis Enrique returned to Barcelona, taking over the reins of the B team, renamed Barcelona Atlètic for that season. As he succeeded longtime Barça teammate Pep Guardiola, he stated: "I have come home", and "I finished playing here and now I will start coaching here."; as his predecessor he too eventually had success, helping the club return to division two in his second season, after an absence of 11 years.
In mid-March 2011, Enrique announced his departure from Barcelona B at the end of the season, despite still having two years left on his contract. He led the side to the playoffs, but it was ineligible for promotion.
On 8 June 2011, Enrique reached an agreement with Serie A club A.S. Roma to become the Giallorossi's new head coach. He signed a two-year contract, being joined by a staff of four members, including Iván de la Peña, who played two years for crosstown rivals S.S. Lazio, as technical collaborator.
Roma was eliminated from the UEFA Europa League by ŠK Slovan Bratislava, amidst great discussion of the substitution of legendary Francesco Totti by Stefano Okaka Chuka. The capital club also lost their first game in the league against Cagliari Calcio, making it just the third time that it lost the opener in 18 years.
On 8 June 2013 Luis Enrique became Celta de Vigo's new manager, replacing former national teammate Abel Resino. Shortly after, however, after Tito Vilanova announced he was leaving Barcelona, he was viewed as his possible successor, but nothing came of it.
- Real Madrid
- La Liga: 1997–98, 1998–99
- Copa del Rey: 1996–97, 1997–98
- Supercopa de España: 1996
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1996–97
- UEFA Super Cup: 1997
|Spain national team|
- As of 30 November 2013.
|Barcelona B||18 June 2008||5 June 2011||118||57||36||25||200||135||+65||48.31|
|Roma||8 June 2011||13 May 2012||38||16||8||14||60||54||+6||42.11|
|Celta||8 June 2013||Present||15||4||3||8||20||23||−3||26.67|
After retiring from football, Luis Enrique lived for a while in Australia to practice surfing. He took part in the 2005 edition of the New York City Marathon, finished the Amsterdam Marathon in 2006, the Firenze Marathon in 2007 and the Marathon des Sables in 2008, while also entering and finishing Frankfurt Ironman in 2007. He was supposed to take part in the Klagenfurt Ironman in July 2008, but eventually declined due to his Barcelona manager engagement.
- Antic: "Estoy seguro de que mi sistema es bueno" (Antic: "I'm sure my system is good"); El País, 17 August 1991 (Spanish)
- El Madrid desborda a un lastimoso Sevilla (Madrid tears pityful Sevilla apart); El País, 29 September 1991 (Spanish)
- El Madrid intentará golear al Logroñés en el Bernabéu (Madrid will try to rout Logroñés at the Bernabéu); El País, 14 March 1993 (Spanish)
- El jugador más versátil (The most versatile player); El Mundo Deportivo, 12 August 1997 (Spanish)
- Dudas (Doubts); El Mundo Deportivo, 25 September 1998 (Spanish)
- Adriano: el "relevo" de Luis Enrique (Adriano: Luis Enrique's "replacement"); Barcelona's official website, 22 July 2010 (Spanish)
- Luis Enrique bows out; BBC Sport, 10 August 2004
- Pele's list of the greatest; BBC Sport, 4 March 2004
- Luis Enrique full of respect; BBC Sport, 20 June 2002
- Date set for Hendry decision; BBC Sport, 3 April 2001
- Luis Enrique: "Espero que Villa me vengue ante Italia" (Luis Enrique: "I hope Villa avenges me with Italy"); Marca, 18 June 2008 (Spanish)
- Luis Enrique, nuevo entrenador del Barcelona B (Luis Enrique, new Barcelona B coach); El País, 26 May 2008 (Spanish)
- Luis Enrique se va a final de temporada (Luis Enrique leaves at the end of season); Barcelona's official website, 15 March 2011 (Spanish)
- "Luis Enrique ha firmato "Farò calcio spettacolo"" [Luis Enrique has signed "I will produce spectacular football"] (in Italian). La Repubblica. 8 June 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
- Serie A – Enrique's Roma lose opener; Yahoo! Sports, 11 September 2011
- Luis Enrique's Roma experiment going up in smoke; Four Four Two, 26 April 2012
- Luis Enrique lascia la Roma: Per me è una sconfitta (Luis Enrique leaves Roma: For me it's a loss); La Presse, 10 May 2012 (Italian)
- "Barcelona set sights on Luis Enrique & Martino to replace Vilanova". Goal.com. 21 July 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
- Includes the Supercopa de España
- Luis Enrique Martínez García – Goals in International Matches; at RSSSF
- Luis Enrique correrá el Maratón de las Arenas (Luis Enrique to run Marathon des Sables); Marca, 12 February 2008 (Spanish)
- BDFutbol player profile
- BDFutbol coach profile
- National team data
- Luis Enrique at National-Football-Teams.com
- Luis Enrique – FIFA competition record
|FC Barcelona captain