Sergio (footballer, born 1976)
Sergio as Espanyol manager in 2015
|Full name||Sergio González Soriano|
|Date of birth||10 November 1976|
|Place of birth||L'Hospitalet, Spain|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Mercat Nou Magòria|
|2001–2010||Deportivo La Coruña||294||(27)|
|2013–2014||Espanyol B (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
A hard-working central midfielder he was adept at both defence and playmaking, and spent nearly one decade as a professional at Deportivo de La Coruña after starting at Espanyol. Over the course of 14 La Liga seasons, he amassed totals of 418 games and 34 goals.
Born in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia, Sergio started out at local CE L'Hospitalet, moving to neighbouring RCD Espanyol in 1995 and going on to spend nearly three years with its reserves in the third division. He played his first La Liga match on 10 April 1998, in a 2–0 home win against CD Tenerife, and was an undisputed starter in the next three seasons, going on to total nearly 125 official appearances.
Looking for greater challenges, Sergio accepted a move to Deportivo de La Coruña in the summer of 2001. In his first year with the Galician team he played all 38 matches and added four goals, as Depor finished runner-up and won the Copa del Rey – in the final he scored the opener in a 2–1 win over Real Madrid in its homeground, as the opposing club was celebrating its 100th anniversary (the play was dubbed Centenariazo).
Sergio went on to only miss eight league matches in the following four seasons combined, amassing over 300 overall appearances during his stint. He only failed to find the net at least once in the 2009–10 campaign, in which he appeared in 24 matches.
In mid-July 2010, after nearly one full decade with Deportivo, 33-year-old Sergio moved to Levante UD, freshly returned to the top level. He was essential as the Valencians won in the fourth round of the season after three losses, scoring the only goal at UD Almería on 22 September; after several injury problems, he was released on 30 June 2011.
Sergio made his debut for Spain on 24 March 2001, coming on as a substitute for Pep Guardiola in a 5–0 win against Liechtenstein for the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Selected for the finals in Japan and South Korea, he appeared in a 3–2 group stage defeat of South Africa, replacing David Albelda.
Since 1999, Sergio represented the Catalonia football team, making his debut on 23 December in a 1–0 friendly win with Yugoslavia and scoring his first goal nearly ten years later, in a 4–2 friendly against Argentina.
Sergio started working as a manager in 2013, being in charge of Espanyol B. On 27 May 2014 he was named as the new coach of the first team, replacing Javier Aguirre after the latter's contract expired. Sporting director Óscar Perarnau commented: "We are delighted with Sergio's personality and he knows the club perfectly. "He has little experience as a coach but everyone has to start one day and we believe he has what it takes".
On 14 December 2015, after a 0–1 away loss against Celta de Vigo, and even though the team was still several points clear of the relegation zone, Sergio was relieved of his duties. During his 62 games in charge, he collected 22 wins, 14 draws and 26 losses.
On 10 April 2018, after more than two years without a club, Sergio was appointed manager of Real Valladolid in the second level. He managed to win eight of his first 12 matches, leading them to fifth place in the regular season and promotion in the play-offs.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Supercopa de España||Europe||Total|
|1994–95||Hospitalet||Segunda División B||11||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||11||2|
- Scores and results list Catalonia's goal tally first.
|1||22 December 2009||Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain||Argentina||3–1||4–2||Friendly|
|2||2 January 2013||Cornellà-El Prat, Barcelona, Spain||Nigeria||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
- As of 7 October 2018
|Espanyol B||22 January 2014||27 May 2014||17||9||6||2||26||18||+8||52.94|||
|Espanyol||27 May 2014||14 December 2015||62||22||14||26||73||85||−12||35.48|||
|Valladolid||10 April 2018||Present||20||11||5||4||32||18||+14||55.00|||
- "SERGIO González" (in Spanish). Hall of Fame Perico. 30 April 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
- "El Depor, en casa de Sergio" [Depor, at Sergio's]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 7 November 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2011.
- Sergio González se convierte en nuevo jugador del Levante UD (Sergio González becomes new Levante UD player) Archived 26 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine.; Levante UD, 22 July 2010 (in Spanish)
- "Gonzalez strike ensures Levante get off the mark". ESPN Soccernet. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 21 February 2011.
- Rafa Carretero (4 September 2011). "A vueltas con Sergio González" [The Sergio González conundrum] (in Spanish). Deporte Valenciano. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
- "España golea cómodamente a la débil selección de Liechtenstein (5–0)" [Spain rout weak Liechtenstein national team easily (5–0)]. El País (in Spanish). 25 March 2001. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
- "Heartbreak for South Africa". BBC Sport. 12 June 2002. Retrieved 21 February 2011.
- "Cruyff's coaching return brings win over Argentina". USA Today. 22 December 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2011.
- "Espanyol: Sergio Gonzalez is named new coach". BBC Sport. 27 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
- "Gracias y hasta siempre, Sergio" [Thank you and see you always, Sergio] (in Spanish). RCD Espanyol. 14 December 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
- "Sergio González, nuevo entrenador del Real Valladolid" [Sergio González, new manager of Real Valladolid] (in Spanish). Real Valladolid. 10 April 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
- Adrián Gómez (20 June 2018). "Real Valladolid, doce partidos que valen un ascenso" [Real Valladolid, twelve matches that are worth a promotion] (in Spanish). Vavel. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
- "Gerard Lopez and Sergio Gonzalez will coach Catalan national team". Sport. 13 October 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
- Sergio at ESPN FC
- "Sergio González". European Football. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
- "Selecció Catalana" [Catalan national team] (in Catalan). Futcat. Archived from the original on 21 May 2007. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
- "Gran Victória de Catalunya contra Colómbia (2–1)" [Great Catalonia win against Colombia (2–1)] (in Catalan). Catalan Football Federation. 28 December 2008. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
- "Espanyol B" (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
- "Sergio: Sergio González Soriano: Matches 2014–15". BDFutbol. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
"Sergio: Sergio González Soriano: Matches 2015–16". BDFutbol. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
- "Sergio: Sergio González Soriano: Matches 2017–18". BDFutbol. Retrieved 11 April 2018.