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Unai Emery

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Unai Emery
Unai Emery 2012.jpg
Emery with Spartak Moscow
Personal information
Full name Unai Emery Etxegoien
Date of birth (1971-11-03) 3 November 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Hondarribia, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sevilla (coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1996 Real Sociedad B 39 (2)
1995–1996 Real Sociedad 5 (1)
1996–2000 Toledo 126 (2)
2000–2002 Racing Ferrol 61 (7)
2002–2003 Leganés 28 (0)
2003–2004 Lorca Deportiva 30 (1)
Total 289 (13)
Teams managed
2004–2006 Lorca Deportiva
2006–2008 Almería
2008–2012 Valencia
2012 Spartak Moscow
2013– Sevilla
* 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 Emery and the second or maternal family name is Etxegoien.

Unai Emery Etxegoien (born 3 November 1971) is a Spanish football manager, currently in charge of Sevilla FC.

During his playing days, spent almost exclusively in Segunda División – 215 matches in seven years – he played as a left midfielder. He subsequently embarked on a managerial career, spending several seasons in La Liga with Valencia, where he led the team to several third-place finishes.

Playing career

Born in Hondarribia, Gipuzkoa, Emery was a youth graduate of Real Sociedad, but never really broke into the first team (aged 24 he appeared in five La Liga games, scoring against Albacete Balompié in an 8–1 home win[1]). After that, he resumed his career mostly in Segunda División.

Emery retired with Lorca Deportiva CF at the age of 32, after one season in Segunda División B.

Managerial career

Lorca and Almería

As he was seriously injured in the knee while at Lorca in the 2004–05 season, Emery was offered the vacant manager spot by the club president, and immediately helped the club achieve promotion to the second division for the first time in its history, while beating top level side Málaga CF in the Copa del Rey.

In his second season, the Murcian club's first ever in the second level, the side finished fifth with 69 points, only five points off promotion to the top flight; it suffered relegation the following campaign, after the manager's departure.

Emery then moved to UD Almería in division two, and again helped his side overachieve: after guiding Almeria to a first ever promotion in 2007, the Andalusians finished eighth in the following campaign. This prompted a move to Valencia CF, as he succeeded Ronald Koeman.[2]



In his first season with the Che side, Emery led it to a sixth place-finish, with the subsequent UEFA Europa League qualification, in spite of the club's serious financial problems. He led his team to the round-of-32 in the UEFA Cup, a 3–3 aggregate loss against FC Dynamo Kyiv, and the quarter-finals of the domestic cup, exiting against Sevilla FC.

In 2009–10 Emery led Valencia to the third place, with the club returning to the UEFA Champions League after two years. In the season's Europa League the team lost in the quarter-finals to eventual winners Atlético Madrid, on the away goals rule, and exited in the round-of-16 in the season's domestic cup against Deportivo de La Coruña, losing 3–4 on aggregate.

After Villa and Silva

Emery with Sevilla in 2015

The 2010–11 season started without David Villa and David Silva, sold to FC Barcelona and Manchester City respectively. Still, Emery managed to win five out of the first six league games (one draw), starting the Champions League campaign with a 4–0 win in Turkey against Bursaspor, a competition in which Valencia was eliminated in the round-of-16 by FC Schalke 04, being ousted in the same stage in the Spanish Cup, by Villarreal CF. In the domestic league Valencia finished third, thus again qualifying to the Champions League.

Emery left the team in June 2012, after repeating the league position.

Spartak Moscow

On 13 May 2012, Leonid Fedun, owner of Russian team FC Spartak Moscow, announced Emery as club coach for the following two seasons.[3] On 25 November he was sacked after a run of poor results, the last a 1–5 derby home loss against FC Dynamo Moscow.[4]


Emery returned to his country on 14 January 2013, replacing sacked Míchel at the helm of Sevilla.[5] He led the club to the fifth position in his first full season and, on 14 May 2014, also won the Europa League after defeating S.L. Benfica on penalties.[6]

Managerial statistics

As of 19 February 2015
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Lorca Deportiva 1 November 2004 30 June 2006 80 36 22 22 117 78 +39 45.00
Almería 1 July 2006 22 May 2008 84 39 20 25 118 97 +21 46.43
Valencia 22 May 2008 13 May 2012 220 107 58 55 385 262 +123 48.64
Spartak Moscow 13 May 2012 25 November 2012 26 12 4 10 43 41 +2 46.15
Sevilla 14 January 2013 Present 98 49 23 26 184 121 +63 50.00
Total 508 243 127 138 847 599 +248 47.83






See also


  1. ^ "La Real se desmelena" [Real goes crazy] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 13 May 1996. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Emery to take on Valencia challenge;, 22 May 2008
  3. ^ "Spartak name Emery new coach". 14 May 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Spartak dismiss Emery after derby defeat". Soccerway. 25 November 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Míchel es destituido y deja paso a Emery, que firma hasta Junio de 2014 (Míchel is sacked and makes way for Emery, who signs until June 2014); Sevilla's official website, 14 January 2013 (Spanish)
  6. ^ "Sevilla 0–0 Benfica". BBC Sport. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Spot-on Sevilla leave Benfica dreams in tatters". 14 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Emery, protagonista a nivel nacional (Emery, a national protagonist) (Spanish)
  9. ^ Premios BBVA a los mejores de marzo; 7 April 2014 (Spanish)
  10. ^ Unai Emery, Liga BBVA manager of the month for January;, 5 February 2015

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