Ernesto Valverde

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Ernesto Valverde
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Personal information
Full name Ernesto Valverde Tejedor
Date of birth (1964-02-09) 9 February 1964 (age 51)
Place of birth Viandar de la Vera, Spain
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Athletic Bilbao (coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1985 Alavés
1985–1986 Sestao 32 (6)
1986–1988 Español 72 (16)
1988–1990 Barcelona 22 (8)
1990–1996 Athletic Bilbao 170 (44)
1996–1997 Mallorca 18 (2)
Total 320 (77)
National team
1986 Spain U21 1 (0)
1987 Spain U23 1 (0)
1990 Spain 1 (0)
Teams managed
2001–2002 Athletic Bilbao (assistant)
2002–2003 Bilbao Athletic
2003–2005 Athletic Bilbao
2006–2008 Espanyol
2008–2009 Olympiacos
2009–2010 Villarreal
2010–2012 Olympiacos
2012–2013 Valencia
2013– Athletic Bilbao

* 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 Valverde and the second or maternal family name is Tejedor.

Ernesto Valverde Tejedor (Spanish pronunciation: [erˈnesto βalˈβerðe]; born 9 February 1964) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a forward, and the current coach of Athletic Bilbao.

He played for six teams in a 14-year professional career, including Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao, going on to have an extensive spell as a manager and also being in charge of the latter club.

Over the course of ten seasons he amassed La Liga totals of 264 games and 68 goals, adding 55/9 in Segunda División.

Playing career[edit]

Valverde was born in Viandar de la Vera, Cáceres, Extremadura. After having made his professional debuts in Segunda DivisiónDeportivo Alavés and Sestao Sport Club – he was transferred to RCD Español in 1986,[1] making his La Liga debut on 31 August in a 1–1 away draw against Atlético de Madrid. In a season that included a second stage he ended with 43 league appearances, scoring seven goals; in his final year he was part of the side that lost the 1988 UEFA Cup on penalties, to Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Subsequently Valverde played two years at FC Barcelona, winning a Copa del Rey and a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, although he appeared sparingly in the process (only 13 minutes against Lech Poznań in the latter tournament). However, in his second season he netted six times in only 12 games, including braces in consecutive wins over Sporting de Gijón (2–0) and Valencia CF (2–1).

In 1990 Valverde left for Athletic Bilbao, eliglible for the side although he was born in Extremadura (he moved to the Basque Country still an infant). He played six seasons with the team, scoring 20 league goals from 1992 to 1994 before moving to RCD Mallorca, where he was relatively used as the Balearic Islands club achieved top flight promotion, and retired the following summer aged 33; during his time at Athletic, he was nicknamed Txingurri (Basque for ant).

Valverde played once for Spain, appearing 20 minutes in a 2–1 UEFA Euro 1992 qualifier win against Iceland on 10 October 1990, in Seville.

Managerial career[edit]

Immediately after retiring, Valverde began his career as a manager in the youth departments of former team Athletic Bilbao. Four years later he became a co-trainer in the main squad and, in 2002, he returned to head coach duties when he took over the B-side, being promoted to first-team main boss the following year; in 2003–04, the club finished fifth and qualified for the UEFA Cup.

After one year out of football Valverde joined another former side, Espanyol.[2] During his first season the Catalonia outfit managed to reach another UEFA Cup final – nineteen years later – again losing on penalties, to fellow league side Sevilla FC.

On 28 May 2008 Valverde was appointed coach at Greek league powerhouse Olympiacos FC,[3] winning the championship in his debut campaign and adding the cup for the double. On 8 May 2009 the club decided not to renew his contract in spite of his success, because of a financial disagreement; however, most of the players and fans were openly in favour of him staying.[4]

On 2 June 2009 Villarreal CF announced that Valverde would succeed Manuel Pellegrini on a one-year deal, after the Chilean had left for Real Madrid.[5] As the club stood tenth in the league on 31 January 2010, following a 0–2 home loss against CA Osasuna, he was sacked.[6]

On 7 August 2010 Valverde returned to Olympiacos, replacing Ewald Lienen who had only been in charge for a few weeks.[7] In his first season in his second spell he again led the Piraeus club to the league championship, also reaching the last eight in the domestic cup.

On 19 April 2012, after helping Olympiacos renew its domestic supremacy, Valverde announced his decision to leave the club, due to family reasons.[8] On 3 December he returned to Spanish football by being appointed at Valencia until the end of the season, replacing fired Mauricio Pellegrino;[9] his first game occurred five days later, a 1–0 win at Osasuna,[10] and the second match, against the same opponent for the season's domestic cup, brought another triumph at the Reyno de Navarra (2–0).

On 1 June 2013, immediately after the 3–4 away loss at Sevilla which meant Valencia could only finish fifth, thus out of qualification positions for the UEFA Champions League, Valverde announced he would leave the club.[11] On the 20th, he returned to Athletic Bilbao,[12] qualifying to the Europa League in his first two years whilst also reaching the final of the 2015 Spanish Cup.





Athletic Bilbao


  1. ^ Valverde: y van tres! (Valverde: make that three!); El Mundo Deportivo, 10 June 1986
  2. ^ Valverde takes control at Espanyol;, 26 May 2006
  3. ^ Olympiacos turn to Valverde;, 28 May 2008
  4. ^ Olympiacos call time on Valverde reign;, 8 May 2009
  5. ^ Valverde fills Pellegrini void at Villarreal;, 2 June 2009
  6. ^ "Villarreal sack coach Valverde after Osasuna defeat". ESPN Soccernet. 31 January 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  7. ^ Valverde returns to troubled Olympiakos; Yahoo!, 7 August 2010
  8. ^ George Georgakopoulos (19 April 2012). "Olympiakos coach Valverde will leave club in May". Kathimerini. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Valencia appoint Valverde". ESPN FC. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Soldado gives Valverde perfect start". ESPN FC. 8 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Valverde anuncia que no sigue en el Valencia" [Valverde announces he will not continue with Valencia] (in Spanish). Marca. 2 June 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Valverde afronta su segunda etapa como técnico del Athletic" [Valverde faces second spell as Athletic manager] (in Spanish). Las Provincias. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 

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