Ernesto Valverde

Coach

Ernesto Valverde is a coach who has excellent man management skills and who likes his teams to play attacking, possession based football

Ernesto Valverde was born on 09/02/1964 in the town of Viandar de la Vera, but his family moved to Vitoria when he was still a youngster and he began his footballing career playing for his local team before making the step up to Alavés. As his career progressed he would go on to sign for Barça and play under Johan Cruyff at the Camp Nou from 1988 to 1990, winning a European Cup Winners' Cup and a Copa del Rey.

Valverde’s first job in coaching was with Athletic Club’s U16 team,  a club which would become very special to him. Valverde, after coaching the youngsters, would go on to become the first team boss between 2003 and 2005.

Valverde later joined Espanyol for two seasons, before moving to Greece to coach Olympiacos where he won the league and cup double. After that glorious season, he returned to Spain to manage Villarreal, where things did not go so well and was relieved of his duties in his first season with the Yellow Submarine.

He returned to Olympiacos, again winning the Greek Superleague in his first year back, following that up with another domestic double the next campaign

After a brief break, Valverde was back in Spain, this time at Valencia, before returning to San Mamés with Athletic.

His second spell with the Basque club saw him become the coach who oversaw the transition between the old and the new San Mamés. At the beginning of the 2015/16 season, Valverde would break a 31-year drought for Athletic, by defeating Luis Enrique's Barça to win the Spanish Super Cup. On 1 June, Ernesto Valverde became the new Barça manager.