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 52)
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.


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 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 squad 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).

Valverde left for Athletic Bilbao in 1990, being eliglible 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).[2]

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.[3]

Managerial career[edit]

Immediately after retiring, Valverde began his career as a manager in the youth departments of former club 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 team finished fifth and qualified for the UEFA Cup.

After one year out of football Valverde joined another old acquaintance, Espanyol.[4] During his first season, the Catalans managed to reach another UEFA Cup final – nineteen years later – again losing on penalties, to fellow Spaniards Sevilla FC.

On 28 May 2008, Valverde was appointed coach at Greek league powerhouse Olympiacos FC,[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] As the team stood tenth in the league on 31 January 2010, following a 0–2 home loss against CA Osasuna, he was sacked.[8]

On 7 August 2010, Valverde returned to Olympiacos as a replacement for Ewald Lienen who had only been in charge for a few weeks.[9] In his first season in his second spell he again led the Piraeus side to the league championship, also reaching the last eight in the domestic cup.

On 19 April 2012, after helping Olympiacos renew its league supremacy, Valverde announced his decision to leave the club, due to family reasons.[10] On 3 December he returned to Spanish football by being appointed at Valencia until the end of the season, replacing fired Mauricio Pellegrino;[11] his first game occurred five days later, a 1–0 win at Osasuna,[12] and the second match, against the same opponent for the season's Spanish 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.[13] On the 20th, he returned to Athletic Bilbao,[14] qualifying to the Europa League in his first two years whilst also reaching the final of the 2015 Spanish Cup.

On 17 August 2015, Valverde led the Lions to their first major trophy in 31 years after a 5–1 aggregate defeat of Barcelona for the Supercopa de España.[15]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 8 December 2016[16]
Team Nat From To Record
P W D L Win %
Bilbao Athletic[17] Spain 30 June 2002 30 June 2003 44 22 10 12 50.00
Athletic Bilbao[18][19] Spain 30 June 2003 21 June 2005 93 38 23 32 40.86
Espanyol[20][21] Spain 26 May 2006 28 May 2008 99 39 28 32 39.39
Olympiacos[22] Greece 28 May 2008 8 May 2009 47 32 6 9 68.09
Villarreal[23] Spain 2 June 2009 31 January 2010 32 13 7 12 40.63
Olympiacos[24][25] Greece 7 August 2010 31 May 2012 80 60 7 13 75.00
Valencia[26] Spain 3 December 2012 2 June 2013 31 17 7 7 54.84
Athletic Bilbao[27][28][29] Spain 1 July 2013 Present 184 87 41 56 47.28
Total 610 308 129 173 50.49

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Barcelona
Español

Manager[edit]

Espanyol
Olympiacos
Athletic Bilbao

References[edit]

  1. ^ Valverde: y van tres! (Valverde: make that three!); Mundo Deportivo, 10 June 1986
  2. ^ "El padre de 'Txingurri'" [The father of 'Txingurri'] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 19 March 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "España, otra vez por la mínima" [Spain, again by the odd goal] (PDF) (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 11 October 1990. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  4. ^ Valverde takes control at Espanyol; UEFA.com, 26 May 2006
  5. ^ Olympiacos turn to Valverde; UEFA.com, 28 May 2008
  6. ^ Olympiacos call time on Valverde reign; UEFA.com, 8 May 2009
  7. ^ Valverde fills Pellegrini void at Villarreal; UEFA.com, 2 June 2009
  8. ^ "Villarreal sack coach Valverde after Osasuna defeat". ESPN Soccernet. 31 January 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  9. ^ Valverde returns to troubled Olympiakos; Yahoo!, 7 August 2010
  10. ^ George Georgakopoulos (19 April 2012). "Olympiakos coach Valverde will leave club in May". Kathimerini. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Valencia appoint Valverde". ESPN FC. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "Soldado gives Valverde perfect start". ESPN FC. 8 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "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. 
  14. ^ "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. 
  15. ^ "Barcelona lose Super Cup final to Athletic Bilbao". BBC Sport. 17 August 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  16. ^ Ernesto Valverde profile at Soccerway
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  21. ^ "Valverde: Ernesto Valverde Tejedor". BDFutbol. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  22. ^ "Full season schedule". ESPN FC. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
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  26. ^ "Valverde: Ernesto Valverde Tejedor". BDFutbol. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  27. ^ "Valverde: Ernesto Valverde Tejedor". BDFutbol. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  28. ^ "Valverde: Ernesto Valverde Tejedor". BDFutbol. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  29. ^ "Athletic Bilbao results". Sky Sports. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 

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