Pablo Villa

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Personal information
Full name Pablo Villanueva Fernández
Date of birth (1976-04-12) 12 April 1976 (age 42)
Place of birth Alcorcón, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 Real Madrid C 60 (20)
1997–2001 Real Madrid B 71 (20)
2000–2001Racing Ferrol (loan) 27 (3)
2001–2003 Leganés 80 (9)
2003–2007 Córdoba 95 (15)
2007–2009 Guadalajara 72 (10)
2009–2010 Trival Valderas
Total 405 (77)
Teams managed
2010–2011 Trival Valderas (youth)
2011–2012 Alcorcón (youth)
2012–2013 Córdoba B
2013–2014 Córdoba
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Pablo Villanueva Fernández (born 12 April 1976), known as Villa, is a Spanish retired professional footballer who played as a forward, and is a first-team coach at English club Arsenal.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Alcorcón, Community of Madrid, Villa finished his development with Real Madrid, making his senior debut with the C-team in Segunda División B. Also during the 1996–97 campaign he was promoted to the reserves who competed in Segunda División, his first professional appearance occurring on 2 March 1997 in a 0–2 home loss against UD Las Palmas where he played the full 90 minutes.[1]

Villa spent the following five seasons in the second level, starting out with a loan at Racing de Ferrol.[2] Subsequently, he represented CD Leganés and Córdoba CF, scoring a career-best eight goals (with the professionals) in 2004–05 for the latter side but being relegated.

Villa retired in 2010 at the age of 34 after a spell with local amateurs CF Trival Valderas, due to knee problems.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Villa started working as a manager with his last club, being in charge of its youth squads. He signed with AD Alcorcón one year later, in the same capacity.

In June 2012, Villa was appointed manager of Córdoba CF B, replacing Rafael Berges who took the reins of the first team.[4] He finished the season in second place in Tercera División, being ousted in the play-offs by Granada CF B who eventually promoted.[5]

Villa was named coach of Córdoba on 27 June 2013, with the club still in division two.[6] He was relieved of his duties on 9 February of the following year, due to poor results.[7]

Starting in the summer of 2014, Villa worked with compatriot Unai Emery at several teams. His first one was Sevilla FC,[8] followed by Paris Saint-Germain F.C.[9] and Arsenal.[10]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 25 October 2016
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Córdoba B[11] Spain 22 June 2012 27 June 2013 42 23 13 6 63 24 +39 054.76
Córdoba[12] Spain 27 June 2013 9 February 2014 26 9 8 9 30 30 +0 034.62
Total 68 32 21 15 93 54 +39 047.06


  1. ^ "El filial merengue cae en picado" [Merengue reserves freefalling]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 3 March 1997. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Villa y Aira, cedidos al Racing" [Villa and Aira, loaned to Racing]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 22 July 2000. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Pablo Villa, ídolo en El Arcángel y novio en el Alcázar, vuelve a casa" [Pablo Villa, idol at El Arcángel and engaged in Alcázar, returns home]. El Día de Córdoba (in Spanish). 22 June 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Pablo Villa, nuevo entrenador del Córdoba CF B" [Pablo Villa, new manager of Córdoba CF B] (in Spanish). Córdoba Información. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  5. ^ De la Virgen, Martín (17 June 2013). "El Córdoba B cae eliminado de los 'play-off' con una victoria agridulce" [Córdoba B are knocked out of play-off with a bittersweet win]. Diario Córdoba (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  6. ^ "El Córdoba anuncia a Pablo Villa como su nuevo entrenador" [Córdoba announce Pablo Villa as their new manager]. Marca (in Spanish). 27 June 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Pablo Villa, destituido" [Pablo Villa, sacked]. Diario Córdoba (in Spanish). 9 February 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Pablo Villa ficha como asistente de Emery en el Sevilla" [Pablo Villa signs as Emery's assistant at Sevilla]. Diario Córdoba (in Spanish). 3 July 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  9. ^ Ávalos, Rafa (6 July 2016). "París, 'mon amour': la gran aventura de Pablo Villa" [París, ‘mon amour’: the great adventure of Pablo Villa] (in Spanish). Cordopolis. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  10. ^ Gilpin, Andrew (23 May 2018). "New Arsenal boss Unai Emery's trusted back room team revealed – and they know each other 'off by heart'". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Tercera División (Grupo 10) 2012–13" [Tercera División (Group 10) 2012–13] (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
    "Fase de ascenso a Segunda División B 2012–13" [Promotion phase to Segunda División B 2012–13] (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Villa: Pablo Villanueva Fernández". BDFutbol. Retrieved 27 October 2016.

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