Flores in 2010
|Full name||Enrique Sánchez Flores|
|Date of birth||5 February 1965|
|Place of birth||Madrid, Spain|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|Pegaso Tres Cantos|
|2001–2004||Real Madrid (youth)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Madrid, Flores spent his first ten years as a senior with Valencia CF, starting in 1984–85. However, his beginnings at the Mestalla Stadium were not particularly positive as the club was relegated in his second season, and when it returned to La Liga in the 1987–88 campaign, finished 14th. However, from that point until 1994 the team never ranked lower than seventh, with him as an everpresent fixture.
In the 1994 summer Flores moved to Real Madrid, and stayed with the capital side for two seasons, winning the league title in the first one. Subsequently he had a brief spell with Real Zaragoza, retiring from professional football at the age of 32 with Spanish top flight totals of 304 games and 16 goals; in his only season in Segunda División, as Valencia won the championship in 1987, he posted career-highs with 40 matches and nine goals.
Flores followed in the footsteps of one of his predecessors at Valencia, Rafael Benítez, by taking charge of Real Madrid's youth teams. After winning plaudits during his time there, he was approached about the manager's job at newly promoted Getafe CF, also in Madrid.
After an impressive 2004–05 with Getafe, which managed to finish a respectable 13th place, Flores was given the opportunity to coach former club Valencia, succeeding Claudio Ranieri. In his first season he guided the club to the third place, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Champions League where the team went on to reach the quarter-finals, being knocked out by Chelsea. In May 2007 the Che guaranteed a top-four league finish, and consequently a place in the next Champions League.
On 8 June 2009 Flores left Benfica through contractual termination, after a third place in the league and winning the domestic league cup. On 23 October he was appointed at Atlético Madrid following the sacking of Abel Resino, signing a contract until 30 June 2010.
At the end of the 2009–10 campaign, Flores led Atlético to the ninth position in the domestic competition, but also to two cup finals: the UEFA Europa League against Fulham (2–1 win) and the Copa del Rey, lost to Sevilla FC. Frequently clashing with star player Diego Forlán during 2010–11, he announced his departure from the Colchoneros before the season ended, with the team finally qualifying to the Europa League.
On 27 September 2013, only three months after leaving the country, Flores returned to the United Arab Emirates, being appointed at Al Ain FC. He was sacked on 8 March 2014 due to poor results.
- Real Madrid
- Spain U21
- Atlético Madrid
- Al Ahli
- Al Ain
- As of 8 March 2014.
|Getafe||8 July 2004||2 June 2005||La Liga||38||12||11||15||38||46||-8||31.58|
|Copa del Rey||4||3||0||1||6||5||+1||75.00|
|Valencia||31 May 2005||29 October 2007||La Liga||85||45||18||22||129||89||+40||52.94|
|Copa del Rey||8||4||2||2||11||8||+3||50.00|
|Benfica||24 May 2008||8 June 2009||Primeira Liga||30||17||8||5||54||32||+22||56.67|
|Taça de Portugal||3||1||2||0||3||0||+3||33.33|
|Taça da Liga||5||4||1||0||10||3||+7||80.00|
|Atlético Madrid||23 October 2009||22 May 2011||La Liga||68||29||11||28||109||96||+13||42.65|
|Copa del Rey||15||7||3||5||30||16||+14||46.67|
|Al-Ahli||11 November 2011||11 June 2013||UAE Pro League||45||24||10||11||105||69||+36||53.33|
|UAE President's Cup||5||3||1||1||8||9||-1||60.00|
|Etisalat Emirates Cup||14||6||4||4||20||18||+2||42.86|
|Al-Ain||27 September 2013||8 March 2014||UAE Arabian Gulf League||16||6||6||4||29||17||+12||37.50|
|UAE President's Cup||3||2||1||0||8||4||+4||66.67|
|Etisalat Emirates Cup||4||2||1||1||7||6||+1||50.00|
His father, Isidro Sánchez García-Figueras, was also a footballer and a defender. He too played for Real Madrid, winning four leagues in his four seasons with the club.
- Enrique Sánchez Flores, ‘Quique’ – International Appearances; at RSSSF
- Valencia part with Sánchez Flores; UEFA.com, 29 October 2007
- "Benfica appoint Flores as coach". BBC Sport. 24 May 2008. Retrieved 24 May 2008.
- "Official: Flores leaves Benfica". PortuGOAL. 7 June 2009. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
- Quique Sanchez Flores to become new Atletico Madrid coach; Goal.com, 23 October 2009
- "Atletico make Flores appointment". Sky Sports. 23 October 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
- McCarra, Kevin (12 May 2010). "Atlético Madrid's Diego Forlán strikes to beat Fulham in Europa League". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 13 May 2010.
- "Quique Sanchez Flores: Diego Forlan's situation at Atletico Madrid is similar to Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Barcelona". Goal.com. 27 April 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
- "Forlan's relationship with Atlético seems damaged beyond repair". Sports Illustrated. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
- Nueva 'novia' para Quique Sánchez: el Spartak ruso (New 'bride' for Quique Sánchez: Russia's Spartak); El Mundo Deportivo, 12 May 2011 (Spanish)
- "Quique Sanchez Flores takes over as Al Ahli boss after Ivan Hasek dismissal". Goal.com. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
- "Al Ain appoint Quique Flores as new head coach". UAE Pro League Committee. 28 September 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
- Passela, Amith (8 March 2014). "Quique Sanchez Flores out at Al Ain". The National. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
- ¡¡¡Campeones!!! (Champions!!!); El Mundo Deportivo, 30 October 1986 (Spanish)
- La otra cara de... Carmen Flores (The other face of... Carmen Flores); Las Provincias, 16 September 2007 (Spanish)
- BDFutbol player profile
- BDFutbol coach profile
- CiberChe stats and bio (Spanish)
- National team data (Spanish)
- Quique Flores at National-Football-Teams.com