Xavi Valero

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Xavi Valero
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Personal information
Full name Vicent Xavier Valero Verchili
Date of birth (1973-02-28) 28 February 1973 (age 45)
Place of birth Castellón de la Plana, Spain
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Castellón 21 (0)
1996–1997 Mallorca 1 (0)
1997–2000 Logroñés 57 (0)
2000–2002 Castellón 66 (0)
2002–2003 Real Murcia 3 (0)
2003–2004 Córdoba 4 (0)
2004–2005 Real Murcia (0)
2005 Wrexham 4 (0)
2005–2006 Recreativo de Huelva 2 (0)
2006–2007 Gramenet 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Vicent Xavier 'Xavi' Valero Verchili (born 28 February 1973 in Castellón de la Plana), is a former Spanish football goalkeeper.

After a playing career with Castellón, Mallorca, Logroñés (where he worked with José Ochotorena), Real Murcia, Córdoba, he signed for a short spell with Wrexham,[1][2] to improve his English (learnt at the University of Castellón).

After retiring from playing, Valero took his coaching badges, gaining a Masters in Goalkeeper Coaching from the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and a Master of Sports Psychology UNED in Madrid.[3]

After José Ochotorena decided to return to Spain to work with Valencia, Rafael Benítez appointed Valero head goalkeeping coach of Liverpool in July 2007.[3]

Valero has been praised by former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres as one of the biggest reasons for his goals. Torres stated that during training, Valero instructs the players on how goalkeepers in future games react to one-on-one situations.[4]

He joined Inter Milan along with other former members of Rafa Benítez's backroom team. However his stint was only short lived when he left the club in December 2010 along with Rafael Benítez and returned to his family home in Merseyside, England. Then he worked with Benitez again in Napoli, he is currently the goalkeeper coach at Real Madrid Club de Fútbol following the announcement of appointing Rafael Benitez as head coach of the Spanish team.