Quique Sánchez Flores

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Quique Flores
Quique Flores.JPG
Flores in 2010
Personal information
Full name Enrique Sánchez Flores
Date of birth (1965-02-05) 5 February 1965 (age 50)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Right-back
Club information
Current team
Watford (head coach)
Youth career
Pegaso Tres Cantos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1994 Valencia 272 (23)
1994–1996 Real Madrid 63 (2)
1996–1997 Zaragoza 9 (0)
Total 344 (25)
National team
1982–1983 Spain U18 9 (0)
1984–1986 Spain U21 13 (0)
1986–1987 Spain U23 2 (0)
1987–1991 Spain 15 (0)
Teams managed
2001–2004 Real Madrid (youth)
2004–2005 Getafe
2005–2007 Valencia
2008–2009 Benfica
2009–2011 Atlético Madrid
2011–2013 Al-Ahli
2013–2014 Al-Ain
2015 Getafe
2015– Watford

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Enrique "Quique" Sánchez Flores (born 5 February 1965) is a Spanish football coach and former player. He played as a right back, beginning his professional career with Valencia in 1984, and went on to amass La Liga totals of 304 games and 16 goals over the course of 12 seasons, also representing in the competition Real Madrid and Zaragoza, retiring in 1997.

Internationally, he represented Spain at under-18, under-21 and under-23 levels, appearing with the senior side at the 1990 World Cup.

In 2001, Flores began his managerial career when he took charge of Real Madrid's youth team. His first senior post came in 2004, with Getafe. Afterwards he returned to Valencia in 2005, being sacked after two years and going on to work with Benfica, Atlético Madrid – where he won the 2010 Europa LeagueAl-Ahli and Al-Ain, before becoming the manager of English club Watford in June 2015.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Madrid, Flores spent his first ten years as a senior with Valencia CF, starting in 1984–85. However, his beginnings at the Mestalla Stadium were not particularly positive as the club was relegated in his second season, and when it returned to La Liga in the 1987–88 campaign, finished 14th. However, from that point until 1994 the team never ranked lower than seventh, with him as an everpresent fixture.

In the 1994 summer Flores moved to Real Madrid, and stayed with the capital side for two seasons, winning the league title in the first one. Subsequently he had a brief spell with Real Zaragoza, retiring from professional football at the age of 32 with Spanish top flight totals of 304 games and 16 goals; in his only season in Segunda División, as Valencia won the championship in 1987, he posted career-highs with 40 matches and nine goals.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

Flores made 15 appearances for the Spanish national team, and was selected to the 1990 FIFA World Cup squad. His debut came on 23 September 1987 in a 2–0 friendly win against Luxembourg, in Gijón.[9]

Coaching career[edit]

Beginnings / Getafe[edit]

Flores began his coaching career by following the footsteps of one of his predecessors at Valencia, Rafael Benítez, by taking charge of Real Madrid's youth teams. After gaining plaudits during his time at the youth teams he caught the eyes of the newly promoted Getafe CF, also in Madrid.

After the 2004–05 season with Getafe, which managed to finish in the 13th place, Flores was given the opportunity to coach former club Valencia, succeeding Claudio Ranieri.

Valencia[edit]

In his first season he guided the club to the third place, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Champions League where the team went on to reach the quarter-finals, being knocked out by Chelsea. In May 2007 the Che guaranteed a top-four league finish, and consequently a place in the next Champions League.

On 29 October 2007, the Valencia board of directors fired Flores after a string of average results with poor performances.[10]

Benfica[edit]

Flores was appointed as manager of S.L. Benfica on 24 May 2008.[11] On 8 June of the following year he left the Primeira Liga side through contractual termination, after a third place in the league and winning the domestic league cup.[12]

Atlético Madrid[edit]

On 23 October 2009 Flores signed for Atlético Madrid following the sacking of Abel Resino,[13] penning a contract until 30 June 2010.[14] At the end of the 2009–10 campaign he led his team to the ninth position in the domestic competition, but also to two cup finals: the UEFA Europa League against Fulham (2–1 win)[15] and the Copa del Rey, lost to Sevilla FC.

Frequently clashing with star player Diego Forlán during 2010–11,[16][17] Flores announced his departure from the Colchoneros before the season ended, with the team finally qualifying to the Europa League.

Al Ahli[edit]

In early May 2011, Flores was linked with a move to FC Spartak Moscow.[18] On 8 November, however, he was named new coach of UAE Pro-League team Al Ahli Dubai FC, replacing Ivan Hašek.[19] He left on 11 June 2013.

Al Ain[edit]

On 27 September 2013, only three months after leaving the country, Flores returned to the United Arab Emirates, being appointed at Al Ain FC.[20] However, his time spell was a brief one as he was sacked on 8 March 2014 due to poor results.[21]

Return to Getafe[edit]

After nearly nine months without a club, Flores returned to Getafe on 5 January 2015 to succeed Cosmin Contra as the new manager following the latter's departure to China.[22] His first match in charge took place two days later, and it ended with a 1–1 away draw against UD Almería for the domestic cup;[23] on 26 February, however, alleging personal reasons, he resigned.[24]

Watford[edit]

Flores as a coach of Watford in 2015

On 5 June 2015, Flores was appointed the head coach of newly promoted Premier League side Watford, replacing former head coach Slaviša Jokanović.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Flores is the nephew of Flamenco singer-dancer Lola Flores.[26] His father, Isidro Sánchez García-Figueras, was also a footballer and a defender.[27]Alfredo Di Stefano was his godfather[28]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 30 August 2015[29]
Team From To Competition Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Getafe 8 July 2004 2 June 2005 La Liga 38 12 11 15 38 46 −8 31.58
Copa del Rey 4 3 0 1 6 5 +1 75.00
Total 42 15 11 16 44 51 −7 35.71
Valencia 31 May 2005 29 October 2007 La Liga 85 45 18 22 129 89 +40 52.94
Copa del Rey 8 4 2 2 11 8 +3 50.00
Europe 23 10 7 6 32 18 +14 43.48
Total 116 59 27 30 172 115 +57 50.86
Benfica 24 May 2008 8 June 2009 Primeira Liga 30 17 8 5 54 32 +22 56.67
Taça de Portugal 3 1 2 0 3 0 +3 33.33
Taça da Liga 5 4 1 0 10 3 +7 80.00
Europe 6 1 1 4 6 12 −6 16.67
Total 44 23 12 9 73 47 +26 52.27
Atlético Madrid 23 October 2009 22 May 2011 La Liga 68 29 11 28 109 96 +13 42.65
Copa del Rey 15 7 3 5 30 16 +14 46.67
Europe 18 5 9 4 23 29 −6 27.78
Other 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100.000
Total 102 42 23 37 164 141 +23 41.18
Al-Ahli 11 November 2011 11 June 2013 UAE Pro League 45 24 10 11 105 69 +36 53.33
UAE President's Cup 5 3 1 1 8 9 −1 60.00
Etisalat Emirates Cup 14 6 4 4 20 18 +2 42.86
Total 64 33 15 16 133 96 +37 51.56
Al-Ain 27 September 2013 8 March 2014 UAE Arabian Gulf League 16 6 6 4 29 17 +12 37.50
UAE President's Cup 3 2 1 0 8 4 +4 66.67
Etisalat Emirates Cup 4 2 1 1 7 6 +1 50.00
Asia 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.000
Total 24 11 8 5 46 28 +18 45.83
Getafe 5 January 2015 26 February 2015 La Liga 7 3 0 4 7 10 −3 42.86
Copa del Rey 4 1 1 2 2 3 −1 25.00
Total 11 4 1 6 9 13 −4 36.36
Watford 5 June 2015 Present Premier League 4 0 3 1 2 4 −2 00.00
League Cup 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 00.00
FA Cup 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 !
Total 408 187 100 121 643 496 +147 45.83
Career totals League 293 136 67 90 473 363 +110 46.42
Cup 42 21 10 11 68 45 +23 50.00
League Cup 24 12 6 6 37 28 +9 50.00
Europe 47 16 17 14 61 59 +2 34.04
Asia 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.000
Other 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100.000

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Club[edit]

Valencia
Real Madrid

Country[edit]

Spain U21

Manager[edit]

Benfica
Atlético Madrid
Al Ahli
Al Ain

References[edit]

  1. ^ "0–1: Un Valencia "protegido" ganó en Figueres" [0–1: "Protected" Valencia won in Figueres] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 7 September 1986. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "1–2: El Valencia ya es líder" [1–2: Valencia has climbed to first place] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 11 September 1986. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "2–1: Este Valencia sigue sin convencer" [2–1: This Valencia still fails to convince] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 3 November 1986. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "3–1: Traca del Valencia" [3–1: Valencia fireworks] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 17 November 1986. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "0–1: Renació la "flor" del Valencia... en La Rosaleda" [0–1: Valencia "flower" reborn... at La Rosaleda] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 18 December 1986. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "1–0: Quique volvió a salvar al Valencia" [1–0: Quique rescued Valencia again] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 29 December 1986. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "3–1: El Valencia fulminó al Logroñés" [3–1: Valencia blindsided Logroñés] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 6 April 1987. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "2–0: El Valencia ya está en Primera" [2–0: Valencia is already in Primera] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 31 May 1987. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Enrique Sánchez Flores, ‘Quique’ – International Appearances; at RSSSF
  10. ^ Valencia part with Sánchez Flores; UEFA.com, 29 October 2007
  11. ^ "Benfica appoint Flores as coach". BBC Sport. 24 May 2008. Retrieved 24 May 2008. 
  12. ^ "Official: Flores leaves Benfica". PortuGOAL. 7 June 2009. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  13. ^ Quique Sanchez Flores to become new Atletico Madrid coach; Goal.com, 23 October 2009
  14. ^ "Atletico make Flores appointment". Sky Sports. 23 October 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  15. ^ McCarra, Kevin (12 May 2010). "Atlético Madrid's Diego Forlán strikes to beat Fulham in Europa League". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 13 May 2010. 
  16. ^ "Quique Sanchez Flores: Diego Forlan's situation at Atletico Madrid is similar to Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Barcelona". Goal.com. 27 April 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  17. ^ "Forlan's relationship with Atlético seems damaged beyond repair". Sports Illustrated. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  18. ^ "Nueva 'novia' para Quique Sánchez: el Spartak ruso" [New 'bride' for Quique Sánchez: Russia's Spartak] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  19. ^ "Quique Sanchez Flores takes over as Al Ahli boss after Ivan Hasek dismissal". Goal.com. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  20. ^ "Al Ain appoint Quique Flores as new head coach". UAE Pro League Committee. 28 September 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  21. ^ Passela, Amith (8 March 2014). "Quique Sanchez Flores out at Al Ain". The National. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  22. ^ "Getafe names Quique Sanchez Flores as new manager". Fox Sports. 5 January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  23. ^ "Verza deja todo abierto para la vuelta" [Verza leaves everything open for second leg] (in Spanish). Marca. 7 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  24. ^ "Quique Sánchez Flores dimite como entrenador del Getafe" [Quique Sánchez Flores resigns as manager of Getafe] (in Spanish). Marca. 26 February 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  25. ^ "Watford: Quique Sanchez Flores replaces Slavisa Jokanovic". BBC Sport. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  26. ^ "La otra cara de... Carmen Flores" [The other face of... Carmen Flores] (in Spanish). Las Provincias. 16 September 2007. 
  27. ^ "Quique Sánchez Flores se despide de su padre el también futbolista Isidro Sánchez García-Figueras" [Quique Sánchez Flores says goodbye to his father, also footballer Isidro Sánchez García-Figueras] (in Spanish). Europa Press. 4 September 2013. 
  28. ^ "Watford’s Quique Flores flourishing with a little inspiration from Di Stéfano". The Guardian. 13 August 2015. 
  29. ^ Quique Sánchez Flores manager stats at ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  30. ^ "¡¡¡Campeones!!!" [Champions!!!] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 30 October 1986. 

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