Quique Sánchez Flores

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Quique Sánchez Flores
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Flores in 2010
Personal information
Full name Enrique Sánchez Flores
Date of birth (1965-02-05) 5 February 1965 (age 51)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Right-back
Club information
Current team
Espanyol (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
2015–2016 Watford
2016– Espanyol

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


Enrique "Quique" Sánchez Flores (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkike ˈsant͡ʃeθ ˈfloɾes]; born 5 February 1965) is a Spanish former footballer who played as a right back, and the current manager of RCD Espanyol.

He began his professional career with Valencia in 1984, going on to amass La Liga totals of 304 games and 16 goals over the course of 12 seasons and also appearing for Real Madrid and Zaragoza in the competition, 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, Al-Ain and Watford, before being appointed to Espanyol in 2016.

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 Castellón de la Plana.[9][10]

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, Flores 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 achieved 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.[11]

Benfica[edit]

Flores was appointed as manager of S.L. Benfica on 24 May 2008.[12] On 8 June of the following year he left the Primeira Liga side through a friendly contractual termination, after a third place in the league and winning the domestic league cup.[13]

Atlético Madrid[edit]

On 23 October 2009, Flores signed for Atlético Madrid following the sacking of Abel Resino,[14] penning a contract until 30 June 2010.[15] At the end of the 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)[16] and the Copa del Rey, lost to Sevilla FC.

Frequently clashing with star player Diego Forlán during 2010–11,[17][18] 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.[19] On 8 November, however, he was named new coach of UAE Pro League team Al Ahli Dubai FC, replacing Ivan Hašek.[20] He left on 11 June 2013.

Al Ain[edit]

On 28 September 2013, only three months after leaving the country, Flores returned to the United Arab Emirates, being appointed at Al Ain FC.[21] However, his time spell was a brief one as he was sacked on 8 March 2014 due to poor results.[22]

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.[23] 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;[24] on 26 February, however, alleging personal reasons, he resigned.[25]

Watford[edit]

Flores as 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 and being the fifth man to hold that position in the past twelve months.[26] In December, the team won three and lost only one of their league matches, earning him the Premier League Manager of the Month accolade; his forward Odion Ighalo earned the equivalent award for his five-goal haul that month.[27]

However, despite going on to lead the team to a comfortable mid-table position and the semi-finals of the FA Cup, it was announced on 13 May 2016 that Flores would be leaving at the end of the season.[28]

Espanyol[edit]

On 9 June 2016, Flores returned to Spain, signing a three-year deal to replace Constantin Gâlcă as manager of RCD Espanyol.[29] His second signing was that of José Antonio Reyes, with whom he had previously worked at Benfica and Atlético.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Flores is the nephew of Flamenco singer-dancer Lola Flores.[31] His father, Isidro Sánchez García-Figueras, was also a footballer and a defender,[32] and Alfredo Di Stéfano was his godfather.[33]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 25 September 2016[34][35]
Team From To Competition Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Getafe 8 July 2004 2 June 2005 La Liga[36] 38 12 11 15 38 46 −8 31.58
Copa del Rey[37] 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[36] 85 45 18 22 129 89 +40 52.94
Copa del Rey[38] 8 4 2 2 11 8 +3 50.00
Europe[38] 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[36] 30 17 8 5 54 32 +22 56.67
Taça de Portugal[39] 3 1 2 0 3 0 +3 33.33
Taça da Liga[39] 5 4 1 0 10 3 +7 80.00
Europe[39] 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[40] 68 29 11 28 109 94 +15 42.65
Copa del Rey[40] 15 7 3 5 30 16 +14 46.67
Europe[40] 18 5 9 4 23 22 +1 27.78
Other[40] 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100.000
Total 102 42 23 37 164 132 +32 41.18
Al-Ahli[41] 8 November 2011[20] 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
UAE League Cup 14 6 4 4 20 18 +2 42.86
Total 64 33 15 16 133 96 +37 51.56
Al-Ain[42] 28 September 2013[21] 8 March 2014[22] UAE Arabian Gulf League 15 6 6 3 26 13 +13 40.00
UAE President's Cup 3 2 1 0 8 4 +4 66.67
UAE League Cup 4 2 1 1 7 6 +1 50.00
Asia 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.000
Total 23 11 8 4 43 24 +19 47.83
Getafe 5 January 2015 26 February 2015 La Liga[37] 7 3 0 4 7 10 −3 42.86
Copa del Rey[37] 4 1 1 2 2 3 −1 25.00
Total 11 4 1 6 9 13 −4 36.36
Watford 5 June 2015 30 June 2016 Premier League[43] 38 12 9 17 40 50 −10 31.58
FA Cup[43] 5 4 0 1 6 3 +3 80.00
League Cup[43] 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 00.00
Total 44 16 9 19 46 54 −8 36.36
Espanyol 9 June 2016 Present La Liga 6 1 2 3 9 14 −5 16.67
Total 6 1 2 3 9 14 −5 16.67
Career totals League 332 149 75 108 517 417 +100 44.88
Cup 47 25 10 12 74 48 +26 53.19
League Cup 24 12 6 6 37 28 +9 50.00
Europe 47 16 17 14 61 52 +9 34.04
Asia 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.000
Other 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100.000
Total 452 204 108 140 693 546 +147 45.13

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Club[edit]

Valencia
Real Madrid

Country[edit]

Spain U21

Manager[edit]

Benfica
Atlético Madrid
Al Ahli
Al Ain

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