Juan Esnáider

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Juan Esnáider
Personal information
Full name Juan Eduardo Esnáider Belén
Date of birth (1973-03-05) 5 March 1973 (age 46)
Place of birth Mar del Plata, Argentina
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Ferro Carril Oeste
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1991 Ferro Carril Oeste 6 (0)
1991–1993 Real Madrid B 44 (18)
1991–1993 Real Madrid 10 (1)
1993–1995 Zaragoza 61 (29)
1995–1996 Real Madrid 20 (1)
1996–1997 Atlético Madrid 35 (16)
1997–1998 Espanyol 37 (15)
1999–2001 Juventus 16 (0)
2000–2001Zaragoza (loan) 17 (11)
2001 Porto 3 (0)
2002 Cadetes San Martín
2002 River Plate 9 (0)
2003 Ajaccio 4 (0)
2003–2004 Murcia 17 (1)
2005 Newell's Old Boys 10 (1)
Total 261 (83)
National team
1991 Argentina U20 2 (0)
1995–1999 Argentina 3 (0)
Teams managed
2009–2010 Getafe (assistant)
2011–2012 Zaragoza B
2013 Córdoba
2016 Getafe
2017–2019 JEF United Chiba
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Juan Eduardo Esnáider Belén (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxwan ezˈnaiðeɾ]; born 5 March 1973) is an Argentine retired footballer who played as a striker, and a manager.

Having spent most of his career in Spain, he was known as a powerful player with an excellent aerial game. He started at Real Madrid in that country, having little impact with its first team and going on to represent another four clubs (mostly Real Zaragoza), amassing La Liga totals of 197 matches and 74 goals. Other than in his own country, he also competed professionally in Italy (Juventus), Portugal and France.

In 2011, Esnáider started working as a coach.

Club career[edit]

Born in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires Province, Esnáider began his footballing career with Ferro Carril Oeste, and made his professional debut against Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield on 2 September 1990. After only six games, he was bought by Real Madrid,[1] and still managed two first-team appearances during the 1990–91 season, also going on to score nearly 20 goals for the reserves in Segunda División.

However, Esnáider never really settled in the main squad, and moved on loan to Real Zaragoza for 1993–94 (with the latter having the option to buy at the end of the campaign). He quickly developed into one of European football's most in-form strikers and, already property of the Aragonese side, helped them to the 1994–95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, scoring in the final against Arsenal[2][3] and being the tournament's second-best scorer behind Ian Wright (he also added 16 in La Liga).[4]

Real Madrid paid Zaragoza more than double they had received in July 1995,[5] but Esnáider only netted once during another disappointing season. Signed by Atlético Madrid for 1996–97 – immediately after an historic double – he again displayed his best football, with 16 league goals.

After being released by Atlético, Esnáider joined RCD Espanyol in Barcelona and produced another good individual season, with 13 successful strikes in the league. In January 1999, he was signed by Juventus F.C. for an estimated fee of £4,5 million, as an intended replacement for Alessandro Del Piero who had just been sidelined with a serious knee injury,[6] but was unable to settle at the Turin-based team.[7] In late December 2000 he returned to Zaragoza and,[8] with 11 goals in just 17 matches, helped the side avoid relegation (that included two on 14 April 2001 in a 4–4 tie at FC Barcelona),[9] adding his second Copa del Rey in the process.[10]

Subsequently, Esnáider's career remained low-profile, with spells at FC Porto (arriving the season after countryman Juan Antonio Pizzi, who also left unsettled after a few months),[11] Cadetes de San Martín, Club Atlético River Plate,[12] AC Ajaccio[13] and Real Murcia, before retiring at Newell's Old Boys in Argentina. He obtained his coaching degree in 2008 and, in April of the following year, became Getafe CF's assistant to former Real Madrid teammate Míchel, who was replacing Víctor Muñoz after a string of bad results; he occupied the position until December 2010.[14]

On 8 April 2013, after one full season in Segunda División B with Zaragoza's B-team,[15] Esnáider was appointed at Córdoba CF until June after the sacking of Rafael Berges.[16] He won only two of nine games during his spell, as the team went on rank 14th in the second level.[17]

Esnáider returned to Getafe on 12 April 2016 following the dismissal of Fran Escribá, but now as head coach.[18] His first match in the Spanish top flight – as a manager – took place four days later, in a 1–5 home loss to former club Real Madrid.[19]

International career[edit]

Esnáider represented Argentina on three occasions, his debut coming in 1995.[20] Previously, he appeared with the under-20s at the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship held in Portugal.[21]


During his first spell at Zaragoza and while at Atlético Madrid, Esnáider was considered by many as one of the most promising strikers in European football. However, this was often overshadowed by his misconduct and foul play in many matches:

After missing a penalty kick in Atlético's match against AFC Ajax, in the 1996–97 edition of the UEFA Champions League, he made a ferocious two-footed tackle at Richard Witschge, but was lucky to receive only a yellow card. Minutes later, he was enraged when he was substituted by coach Radomir Antić, shouting out profanities;[22][23][24] the next day, he was transferlisted by illusive chairman Jesús Gil;

In 2000–01's dying stages, as Zaragoza fought to retain their top-level status, Esnáider brutally assaulted a RC Celta de Vigo player with his elbow (with the consequent dismissal), allegedly after being told by the club he would be deemed surplus to requirements for the following season. The player denied, however, this as the main reason for the incident;[22]

At the 1991 World Youth Championships, Esnáider was sent off for headbutting referee Guy Goethals and calling him a "son of a whore". He was banned from international football for a year, and Argentina were disqualified from the following edition of the tournament.[25][26]

Personal life[edit]

Esnáider's son, also named Juan, was also a footballer a forward. He too represented Zaragoza.[27]

On Christmas Day 2012, Esnáider lost a 17-year-old son to illness.[28] His surname was a Spanish spelling of the German Schneider, which meant "tailor", and he was of Volga German and Spanish descent.[22]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 17 March 2019
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Zaragoza B[29] 1 July 2011 30 June 2012 40 13 11 16 50 60 −10 032.50
Córdoba[30] 8 April 2013 11 June 2013 9 2 1 6 12 14 −2 022.22
Getafe[31] 12 April 2016 26 September 2016 14 3 5 6 13 22 −9 021.43
JEF United Chiba[32] 26 February 2017 17 March 2019 89 37 16 36 148 144 +4 041.57
Career total 152 55 33 64 223 240 −17 036.18



Real Madrid


River Plate


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  21. ^ Juan EsnáiderFIFA competition record
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  32. ^ "Clubs & Players – JEF UNITED CHIBA". J. League. Retrieved 5 March 2017.

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