Eusebio Sacristán

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Eusebio in 2017
Personal information
Full name Eusebio Sacristán Mena
Date of birth (1964-04-13) 13 April 1964 (age 53)
Place of birth La Seca, Spain
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Real Sociedad (coach)
Youth career
La Seca
1979–1982 Valladolid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1983 Valladolid B
1983–1987 Valladolid 117 (13)
1987–1988 Atlético Madrid 27 (3)
1988–1995 Barcelona 203 (14)
1995–1997 Celta 67 (1)
1997–2002 Valladolid 129 (5)
Total 543 (36)
National team
1984–1987 Spain U21 17 (3)
1986–1988 Spain U23 4 (1)
1986–1992 Spain 15 (0)
Teams managed
2003–2008 Barcelona (assistant)
2009–2010 Celta
2011–2015 Barcelona B
2015– Real Sociedad
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Eusebio Sacristán Mena (born 13 April 1964), known simply as Eusebio in his playing days, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central midfielder, and is the current coach of Real Sociedad.

He had a twenty-year playing career, which started and ended at Real Valladolid, and won an array of domestic and European silverware in his seven seasons at Barcelona. Internationally, he represented Spain at Euro 1988.

Eusebio began his coaching career at Barcelona, and went on to lead Celta and Barcelona B.

Club career[edit]

Born in La Seca, Province of Valladolid, Eusebio started playing professionally with hometown's Real Valladolid, being an automatic first-choice from an early age and moving to Atlético Madrid for 1987–88. After that sole season in Madrid he joined FC Barcelona, proceeding to be one of coach Johan Cruyff's most used squad members in the subsequent years – he played the entire matches at both the victorious 1989 Cup Winners' Cup and the 1992 European Cup Finals.

Eusebio could only manage 36 appearances in his last two seasons combined, this prompting a move to Celta de Vigo in 1995[1] where he posted two more solid campaigns. He retired in 2002 at the age of 38 with Valladolid, having played 543 La Liga games (the only division he competed in after being promoted to his first club's first team), second-best in the competition only behind Andoni Zubizarreta.[2][3]

Upon retiring, Sacristán opened a football school in Valladolid for 6-to-12-year-old children.[4] He also obtained his coaching degree and, from 2003 to 2008, was part of Frank Rijkaard's staff at Barcelona.[5]

On 2 March 2009, Eusebio was named head coach of another former club, Celta, as the Galician side struggled in the second division.[6] The following season wasn't any better, although the team eventually retained their division status with ease, they struggled until the last month of competition.[7] Eusebio was let go when his contract expired in June 2010.[8]

Eusebio returned to Barcelona for 2011–12, being appointed the B-team's manager after Luis Enrique left for A.S. Roma.[9] He led them to the third position in his third year; however, following a string of poor results, on 9 February 2015 he was relieved of his duties and was replaced by youth coach Jordi Vinyals.[10]

On 9 November 2015, Eusebio was named manager of top flight club Real Sociedad after the dismissal of David Moyes.[11][12]

International career[edit]

Eusebio earned 15 caps for Spain, the first coming on 24 September 1986 in a friendly match with Greece, in Gijón.[13] He was subsequently picked for the final squad at UEFA Euro 1988, collecting no appearances as the national team exited in the group stage in West Germany.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 14 January 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Celta Spain 3 March 2009 7 June 2010 66 20 24 22 67 75 −8 030.30 [14]
Barcelona B Spain 17 June 2011 9 February 2015 150 58 34 58 231 214 +17 038.67 [15]
Real Sociedad Spain 9 November 2015 Present 100 43 21 36 156 143 +13 043.00 [16]
Total 316 121 79 116 454 432 +22 038.29





Spain U21



  1. ^ El Celta ficha a Eusebio (Celta signs Eusebio); El País, 30 June 1995 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Leyendas del Real Valladolid C. F. – Eusebio (Real Valladolid C. F. legends – Eusebio); El Norte de Castilla (in Spanish)
  3. ^ "El Tenerife, patético" [Tenerife, pathetic] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 29 April 2002. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Escuela de Fútbol Eusebio Sacristán (Eusebio Sacristán Football school) Archived 13 June 2004 at the Wayback Machine. (in Spanish)
  5. ^ El Barcelona comienza a planificar la próxima temporada (Barcelona starts working on next season); El Mundo, 22 May 2006 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Eusebio Sacristán relanza su carrera en el Celta (Eusebio Sacristán relaunches career at Celta); El Norte de Castilla, 3 March 2009 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ El Celta limita el crédito de Eusebio (Celta limits Eusebio's credit); Faro de Vigo, 30 November 2009 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ La directiva del Celta decide no renovar a Eusebio Sacristán (Celta board of directors decide against renewing Eusebio); Marca, 7 June 2010 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Eusebio Sacristán, nuevo entrenador del Barcelona B (Eusebio Sacristán, new Barcelona B manager); Diario AS, 17 June 2011 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Rescisión del contrato de Eusebio Sacristán como técnico del B (Eusebio Sacristán contract rescision as B coach); FC Barcelona, 9 February 2015 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Blanco, Jordi (9 November 2015). "Eusebio Sacristán sería técnico de la Real Sociedad, tras salida de de [sic] Moyes" [Eusebio Sacristán would be manager of Real Sociedad, following exit of Moyes] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  12. ^ "Eusebio Sacristán, nuevo entrenador de la Real Sociedad" [Eusebio Sacristán, new manager of Real Sociedad] (in Spanish). Marca. 9 November 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  13. ^ 3–1: Son los mismos, pero parecían dormidos (3–1: Same guys, they just looked asleep); Mundo Deportivo, 25 September 1986 (in Spanish)
  14. ^ "Eusebio: Eusebio Sacristán Mena". BDFutbol. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
    "Eusebio: Eusebio Sacristán Mena". BDFutbol. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  15. ^ "Eusebio: Eusebio Sacristán Mena". BDFutbol. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
    "Eusebio: Eusebio Sacristán Mena". BDFutbol. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
    "Eusebio: Eusebio Sacristán Mena". BDFutbol. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
    "Eusebio: Eusebio Sacristán Mena". BDFutbol. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  16. ^ "Eusebio: Eusebio Sacristán Mena". BDFutbol. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
    "Eusebio: Eusebio Sacristán Mena". BDFutbol. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  17. ^ "25 años de la Copa de la Liga" [25 years from the League Cup] (in Spanish). El Norte de Castilla. 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  18. ^ ¡¡¡Campeones!!! (Champions!!!); Mundo Deportivo, 30 October 1986 (in Spanish)
  19. ^ "Eusebio Sacristan named Liga BBVA Manager of the Month for February". Liga de Fútbol Profesional. 4 March 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  20. ^ "Eusebio Sacristan named LaLiga Santander Manager of the Month for November". Liga de Fútbol Profesional. 16 December 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 

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