Ernesto Valverde Biography

Ernesto Valverde

Quick Facts About Ernesto Valverde

Celebrated Name Ernesto Valverde
Age 57 Years
Nick Name Txingurri
Birth Name Ernesto Valverde Tejedor
Birth Date 1964-02-09
Gender Male
Profession Football Manager
Nationality Spanish
Birth Nation Spain
Place Of Birth Viandar de la Vera, Spain
Horoscope Aquarius
Ethnicity White
Career Start 1982
Awards 2015-16 UEFA La Liga Coach of the Year.
Brothers Mikel
Marital Status Married
Wife Juncal Diez
Children Three
Height 5 ft. 8 inches
Weight 70kg
Body Type Alethic
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Black
Sexual Orientation Straight
Source of Wealth Football Career
Net Worth €19 Million
Position Forward

Ernesto Valverde Tejedor professionally known as Ernesto Valverde is a Spanish football manager and former football player who plays as a forward. In his 14-year professional career, he played for six teams: Alaves, Sestao, Espanyol, Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao, and Mallorca. Over ten seasons, he amassed La Liga totals of 264 games and 68 goals, adding 55 matches and nine goals in Segunda Division.

On the international levels, he played once for Spain U21, U23, and the senior team. He made his senior international debut on 10 October 1990.

What is Ernesto Valverde Famous For?

  • Being a former professional football player.
  • Bring a Professional football manager.

Player

  • Won the 1989-90 Copa del Rey with Barcelona.
  • Won the 1988-89 European Cup Winners’ Cup with Barcelona.

Manager

  • Won 2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12 Super League Greece with Olympiacos.
  • Won the 2008-09, 2011-12 Greek Cup with Olympiacos.
  • Won the 2015 Supercopa de Espana with Athletic Bilbao.
  • Won 2017-18, 2018-19 La Liga with Barcelona.
  • Won the 2017-18 Copa del Rey with Barcelona.
  • Won the 2018 Supercopa de Espana with Barcelona.

Individual

  • Won the 2015-16 UEFA La Liga Coach of the Year.

Where is Ernesto Valverde From?

Ernesto Valverde was born on 9 February 1964. His birth name is Ernesto Valverde Tejedor. His birthplace is Viandar de la Vera, Spain. He grew up with a passion for writing, photography, and soccer where he took soccer more seriously and paid dividends, leading to a career. He holds Spanish nationality. He belongs to the white ethnicity. His horoscope sign is Aquarius. 

Ernesto Valverde Football Career Timeline

  • He started playing football for the youth team of San Ignacio and Alves.
  • He made his professional debut in Segunda Division from Deportivo Alves and Sestao Sports Club where he made 46 appearances and scored 18 goals for Deportivo Alves, and made 32 appearances and scored 6 goals for Sestao Sports Club.
  • In 1986, he was transferred to RCD Espanol. He made his La Liga debut on 31 August in a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid. From 1986-1988, he made 72 appearances and scored 16 goals for RCD Espanol. He also was part of the squad that lost the 1988 UEFA Cup on penalties to Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
  • In 1988, he moved to Barcelona and played two years for the club, winning the 1989-90 Copa del Rey and 1988-89 European Cup Winners’ Cup. He made 22 appearances and scored 8 goals for the club.
  • In 1990, he joined Athletic Bilbao where he played six seasons with the team. He made 170 appearances and scored 44 goals for the team before moving to RCD Mallorca.
  • In 1996, he moved to RCD Mallorca where he was relatively used as the Balearic Islands club achieved top-flight promotion, and retired the following summer at the age of 33. He made 18 appearances and scored 2 goals for Mallorca.

Ernesto Valverde International Career

  • He played once for Spain U21, U23, and the senior team. 
  • He made his senior international debut on 10 October 1990 in a 2-1 win against Iceland in the UEFA Euro 1992 qualifier in Seville, appearing for 20 minutes. 

Ernesto Valverde Coaching Career

  • After his retirement, he immediately began his career as a manager in the youth departments of the former club Athletic Bilbao. 
  • After four years, he became a co-trainer in the main squad and he again acted as head coach in 2002 when he took over the B side, being promoted to first-team duties the following year in 2003-04 as they finished fifth and qualified for the UEFA Cup.
  • In 2006, he joined another old acquaintance, Espanyol where he managed to reach another UEFA Cup Final 19 years later and again losing on penalties to fellow Spaniards Sevilla FC during his first season for the club.  
  • On 28 May 2008, he was appointed coach at Super League Greece club Olympiacos FC, winning the championship in his debut campaign and adding the cup for the double. On 8 May 2009, it decided not to renew his contract in spite of his success, because of a financial disagreement and he left the club.
  • On 2 June 2009, he was appointed as succeeding of Manuel Pellegrini for Villarreal CF on a one-year deal, after the Chilean had left for Real Madrid. Later on, as the team stood tenth in the league on 31 January 2010, he was sacked following a 0-2 home loss against CA Osasuna.
  • On 7 August 2010, he returned Olympiacos as a replacement for Ewald Lienen who had only been in charge for a few weeks. In his first season in his second spell, he again led the Olympiacos to the league championship, also reaching the last eight in the domestic cup. On 19 April 2012, after helping Olympiacos renew its league supremacy, he announced his decision to leave due to family reasons. 
  • On 3 December he returned to Spanish football by being appointed at Valencia until the end of the campaign, replacing the fired Mauricio Pellegrino. His first game occurred five days later in a 1-0 win at Osasuna, and the second match, against the same opponent for the Spanish Cup, brought another triumph at the Reyno de Navarra (2-0). On 1 June 2013, immediately after the 3-4 away loss at Sevilla which meant Valencia could only finish fifth, thus out of qualification positions for the UEFA Champions League, he announced he would leave the club.
  • In 2013, he returned to Athletic Bilbao where he helped the club for qualifying for the Champions Leagues in his first-year and also reaching the final of the 2015 Spanish Cup. On 17 August 2015, he led the club their first trophy in 31 years after a 5-1 aggregate defeat of Barcelona for the Supercopa de Espana. On 23 May 2017, he declared that he would be stepping down on 30 June, to be replaced by former Athletic teammate Jose Angel Ziganda.
  • On 29 May 2017, he replaced Luis Enrique as the new Barcelona manager. As his spell began with defeat as rivals Real Madrid won both legs of the Spanish Super Cup at the seasons. His team then went on a 29-match unbeaten run in all competitions from 20 August 2017 until 17 January 2018, when they lost to Espanyol in the first leg of the quarter-finals of the Spanish Cup. They recovered to progress in that tie as part of another sequence of 15 matches without defeat, before a loss to A.S. Roma in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League on 10 April, with the 3-0 defeat meaning the Italians progressed on the away goals rule.
  • Barcelona remained undefeated for 43 matches in the Spanish League only to lose in their penultimate game of the campaign on 13 May 2018, having rested Lionel Messi for the trip to Levante UD where they were beaten 5-4 by the hosts. They finished with a league and cup double, defeating Sevilla 5-0 in the Copa del Rey Final.
  • In the 2018-19 season, they began the season with a 2-1 victory over Sevilla to win the domestic Supercup, and in February 2019, he signed a new one-year contract extension as his team went on a 23-match unbeaten streak and secured a second consecutive league title under him in April following a victory over Levante. He also led his team to their first Champions League semi-final after a gap of three years, winning 3-0 at home against Liverpool but being eliminated after an upset 0-4 defeat at Anfield in the second leg, leading many to call for his dismissal, He also guided the side to another Spanish Cup final, this time losing 2-1 to Valencia.
  • In the 2019-20 season due to poor performances, on 13 January 2020, he was sacked by the club, with his last game being a 3-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Supercopa de Espana where he was replaced by former Real Betis coach Quique Setien with Barcelona ending the campaign without a trophy after finishing five points behind Real Madrid and losing 8-2 to FC Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

ValVerde's Goals at Barca

Ernesto Valverde Wife and Children

Looking at his personal life, Ernesto Valverde is a married man. He got married to his wife, Juncal Diez. Both couples have been married for nearly 20 years where the couple is blessed with three children. He is having an intimate relationship with his love and children. They are living their life happily together.

Ernesto Valverde Body Measurement

Ernesto Valverde stands at a height of 1.72m i.e. 5 feet and 8 inches tall. He has a bodyweight of 70kg. He has an athletic body build. His eye color is brown and his hair color is black. His sexual orientation is straight.

Ernesto Valverde Net Worth and Salary

Ernesto Valverde is a retired professional footballer who had played for club like Alaves, Sestao, Espanyol, Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao, and Mallorca. He has earned from his professional career as a football player and now earned from his professional career as a football coach. His income is from contracts, salaries, bonuses, and endorsements. As of 2021, his estimated net worth is around €19 million where his salary is not revealed yet. Any updates on his salary will be updated here soon.

Did You Know?

  • His younger brother, Mikel is a cartoonist.
  • He is a keen photographer, whose work has been published and exhibited.
  • He played once for Spain U21, U23 and the senior team.
  • In 1997, at the age of 33, he announced his retirement as a professional footballer.
  • 2015-16 UEFA La Liga Coach of the Year.
  • On 13 January 2020, he was sacked by Barcelona due to his poor performances for the club.