Onésimo at a press conference
|Full name||Onésimo Sánchez González|
|Date of birth||14 August 1968|
|Place of birth||Valladolid, Spain|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Current club||Murcia (coach)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Onésimo has been associated with Real Valladolid throughout his career, serving the club as both a player and manager. He amassed La Liga totals of 221 games and 21 goals over the course of nine seasons, which included the 1989–90 campaign spent with Barcelona.
Onésimo was born in Valladolid, Castile and León. From the very start of his career, he had a reputation as an exceptional dribbler. However, he was also often criticised for the one dimensionality of his game, the media often drawing attention to his wastefulness in front of goal.
Onésimo's playing career began with his hometown club, Real Valladolid, for whom he made nearly 50 first-team appearances before the age of 20. For the 1988–89 season, he joined fellow La Liga side Cádiz CF. His talent attracted the attention of Johan Cruyff, who took him to FC Barcelona in the following summer.
Onésimo's time at the Camp Nou was an unhappy one: Cruyff, who disapproved of the player's partying, selected him only twice in the league all season. The brightest moment of his time at the club was his dominating performance after coming on as a substitute in the second leg of the Cup Winners' Cup tie against R.S.C. Anderlecht, even though Barça lost on aggregate (2–3).
Onésimo returned to Valladolid after a single season with Barcelona, and would experience both promotion and relegation with the club in the following seasons, as well as with his following side, Rayo Vallecano. In 1996–97 he moved to Sevilla FC – with whom he suffered another relegation from the top level – and returned to Rayo in the following year.
After more than six months out of the game, Onésimo signed for Burgos CF of Segunda División B in February 1999. He saw out his career, retiring at nearly 34, with CF Palencia, another club in the third level.
Onésimo was named as coach of Real Valladolid B in 2006. He left the club midway through the 2007–08 season to take charge of SD Huesca, whose manager, Manolo Villanova, had left the club to manage Real Zaragoza.
Even though he led the team to promotion from the third level, Onésimo's contract was not renewed, and he returned to Valladolid's reserves in 2009, following the dismissal of Paco de la Fuente. Onésimo turned the side's fortunes around; during 2009–10 they lost only one game under his management, and this success ultimately led to him being promoted to the management of the first-team following the sacking of José Luis Mendilibar on 31 January 2010.
- "Onesimo takes reins from Mandilibar at Valladolid". ESPN Soccernet. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
- "Onésimo, estrella a los 18 años" [Onésimo, an 18-year old star] (in Spanish). El País. 14 January 1987. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
- "The Soccernet Quiniela – Week 11 – Foreplay recommended". ESPN Soccernet. 5 February 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2010.
- "Onésimo Sánchez (FC Barcelona 1989–1990)". Uricano Blogspot. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
- "El mayor reto del 'cabezón'" [The cabezón's biggest challenge] (in Spanish). El País. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
- "El penúltimo regate de Onésimo" [Onésimo's penultimate dribble] (in Spanish). El País. 1 February 1999. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
- "Onésimo Sánchez, el regateador ante su gran desafío (Onésimo Sánchez, the dribbler faces big challenge)" (in Spanish). Radio Televisión de Castilla y León. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
- "Struggling Valladolid sack Onesimo". ESPN Soccernet. 5 April 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2010.