Juan Carlos Unzué

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Juan Carlos Unzué
Personal information
Full name Juan Carlos Unzué Labiano
Date of birth (1967-04-22) 22 April 1967 (age 51)
Place of birth Pamplona, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Colegio San Agustín
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1988 Osasuna 15 (0)
1988–1990 Barcelona 5 (0)
1990–1997 Sevilla 222 (0)
1997–1999 Tenerife 35 (0)
1999–2001 Oviedo 0 (0)
2001–2003 Osasuna 41 (0)
Total 318 (0)
National team
1985 Spain U18 2 (0)
1985 Spain U19 1 (0)
1985 Spain U20 6 (0)
1985–1989 Spain U21 16 (0)
2000–2001 Basque Country 2 (0)
Teams managed
2010–2011 Numancia
2012–2013 Racing Santander
2013–2014 Celta (assistant)
2014–2017 Barcelona (assistant)
2017–2018 Celta
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Juan Carlos Unzué Labiano (born 22 April 1967) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and is a manager.

A complete player with reflexes and agility he represented mostly Sevilla, for which he appeared in nearly 300 official games. He also spent two years with Barcelona.[1]

Unzué played 318 La Liga matches in 17 seasons.[2] After retiring, he went on to work extensively as a goalkeepers' coach and a manager.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Pamplona, Unzué came through the ranks of hometown club CA Osasuna, but could not break into the first team. Moving to La Liga giants FC Barcelona in 1988 more of the same, as he was barred by legendary Andoni Zubizarreta.[1]

Joining Sevilla FC for 1990–91, Unzué blossomed as a top flight player, rarely missing a game in his first five years.[3] As the Andalusians were relegated at the end of the 1996–97 campaign, he moved to CD Tenerife for a further two seasons.[1]

After two years at Real Oviedo as backup to local Esteban, his input consisting of seven Copa del Rey contests, Unzué returned to his first club in summer 2001, being the starter in his debut season and second-choice in his second.[1] He retired from the game in June 2003 at age 36,[4] after having helped the Navarrese reach the last-four in the domestic cup.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

Unzué returned to the Camp Nou immediately after retiring, as the goalkeeping coach of the Frank Rijkaard-led side. After the Dutchman left, he retained his position under Pep Guardiola.[6]

On 17 June 2010, after five years with Barcelona, Unzué had his first head coach experience, joining Segunda División team CD Numancia.[7] One year later he returned to his previous position, replacing Carles Busquets.[8][9]

On 21 June 2012, Unzué was presented as Racing de Santander manager.[10] On 13 August, however, he was sacked,[11] and became Luis Enrique's assistant at Celta de Vigo the following 13 June.[12]

Unzué returned to Barcelona on 15 July 2014, remaining as Luis Enrique's assistant.[13] On 28 May 2017, he returned to managerial duties after being appointed at the helm of Celta for two seasons.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Unzué's son, Jesús (born 1993), is also a footballer and a goalkeeper. He was a member of the Barcelona Juvenil squad which won the league and cup in 2011, but was unable to make the breakthrough to the professional level and moved on to local clubs such as CF Gavà and CE Júpiter.[15]

Unzué's older son, Aitor, played as a midfielder in Tercera División (also with Gavà), and his niece Marta represented Barcelona.[1] A keen cyclist in his spare time, he came from a family which was heavily involved in cycle racing: his brother Eusebio managed the Movistar Team, whilst his nephew Enrique Sanz was a racing cyclist.[16]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 18 August 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Numancia Spain 17 June 2010 23 June 2011 43 17 6 20 65 64 +1 039.53 [17]
Racing Santander Spain 21 June 2012 13 August 2012 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 ! [18]
Celta Spain 28 May 2017 Present 43 15 12 16 64 68 −4 034.88 [19]
Total 86 32 18 36 129 132 −3 037.21





Spain U20


  1. ^ a b c d e "Juan Carlos Unzué. Un guardameta legendario" [Juan Carlos Unzué. A legendary goalkeeper] (in Spanish). Sevillismo en Vena. 14 December 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  2. ^ Gorka Iraizoz batirá el récord de partidos en Primera de Unzué (Gorka Iraizoz will break Unzué's record of games in Primera); Noticias de Navarra, 22 April 2016 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Los 10 mejores porteros de la historia del Sevilla (The 10 best goalkeepers in Sevilla history); ABC, 26 September 2013 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Unzué ready to bow out; UEFA, 11 June 2003
  5. ^ New name on the cup; UEFA, 5 March 2003
  6. ^ Guardiola taking nothing for granted[permanent dead link]; UEFA, 4 November 2008
  7. ^ Juan Carlos Unzué, el nuevo entrenador del Numancia (Juan Carlos Unzué, the new coach of Numancia); Fútbol de Segunda, 17 June 2010 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Carles Busquets, nuevo entrenador de porteros del Barcelona (Carles Busquets, new Barcelona goalkeeper coach); 20 minutos, 18 July 2010 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Unzué sustituye a Busquets como entrenador de porteros del Barça (Unzué replaces Busquets as Barça's goalkeeper coach); Marca, 23 June 2011 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Juan Carlos Unzué, presentado como ilusionante entrenador del Racing (Juan Carlos Unzué, presented as the exciting manager of Racing); Racing Santander, 21 June 2012 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ El Racing destituye a Unzué (Racing sack Unzué); Marca, 13 August 2012 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ Unzué será el segundo de Luis Enrique, que llegará con cuatro colaboradores (Unzué will be the assistant of Luis Enrique, who will arrive with four co-workers); La Voz de Galicia, 13 June 2013 (in Spanish)
  13. ^ "FC Barcelona's 2014/15 coaching staff". FC Barcelona. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
  14. ^ "Juan Carlos Unzué, entrenador del RC Celta las dos próximas temporadas" [Juan Carlos Unzué, manager of RC Celta for the following two seasons] (in Spanish). Celta Vigo. 28 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2017.
  15. ^ Jesús Unzué: "Mi padre es mi ídolo, pero Víctor Valdés mi referencia" (Jesús Unzué: "Mi father is my idol, but my reference is Víctor Valdés"); Sport, 24 September 2014 (in Spanish)
  16. ^ López-Egea, Sergi (26 March 2017). "La Volta y la bici de Messi" [La Volta and Messi's bike] (in Spanish). El Periódico de Catalunya. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  17. ^ "Unzué: Juan Carlos Unzué Labiano: Matches 2010–11". BDFutbol. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  18. ^ "Unzué: Juan Carlos Unzué Labiano: Matches 2012–13". BDFutbol. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  19. ^ "Unzué: Juan Carlos Unzué Labiano: Matches 2017–18". BDFutbol. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  20. ^ Óscar Díez (1 November 2014). "España en los mundiales sub'20: URSS 1985" [Spain in the under’20 World Cups: USSR 1985] (in Spanish). Cuadernos de Fútbol. Retrieved 14 June 2018.

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