Ernesto Valverde (2017-)

Ernesto Valverde (2017-)

The man known as 'Txingurri' (little ant in Basque) returns to Barça 27 years later after his spell as a player between 1988 and 1990

Ernesto Valverde (9 February 1964, Viandar de la Vera, Cáceres) was presented as the new FC Barcelona coach on 1 June 2017 after leaving Athletic Club Bilbao where he coached the team in more matches than anyone else in its history.

After three seasons with Luis Enrique Martínez as coach, FC Barcelona decided to acquire the services of the a coach who is well known for his man management skills, his attacking style and his extensive experience.

Valverde began his coaching career in the youth system at Athletic Club, beginning in 1997/98 with the U16B side. He moved up through the coaching ranks at the Basque club and between 2003 and 2005 he enjoyed his first spell in charge of the first team.

After a sabbatical year, Valverde returned to coaching at Barcelona’s other club, Espanyol. He took the team to the final of the UEFA Cup on 2007 where they were beaten by fellow Spanish club Sevilla before departing in the summer of 2008.

Valverde went to coach other La Liga sides, Villarreal (2009/10) and Valencia (2012/13) as well as two separate spells at Greek club Olympiakos between 2008-09 and then 2010-2012 where he won the Greek league on no less than three occasions and the Greek Cup twice.

In 2013 he returned to Athletic Club for his final coaching job before joining the blaugranes. In each of his four seasons in charge he took the club into Europe and in 2016 he led the team to their first trophy in 31 years when they beat Barça in the Spanish Super Cup.

In the 2017/18 season, Valverde's first as coach, turned out to be an excellent one with the team claiming the league and Copa del Rey double. In LaLiga, Barça were unstoppable, claiming the title with a 14 points gap over runners-up Atlético Madrid. The Copa del Rey final saw Barça put in a tremendous display to record a 5-0 victory over Sevilla. 

As a player...

As a player, Valverde represented Barça between 1988 and 1990. In those seasons, Txingurri claimed the European Cup Winners’ Cup and the Copa del Rey under coach Johan Cruyff. Ernesto Valverde played 29 official games in total for Barça, scoring 10 goals.

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