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Unai Emery

Published: Wednesday 1 January 2014, 13.06CET
Sevilla FC
Unai Emery
Sevilla coach Unai Emery ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 1 January 2014, 13.06CET

Unai Emery

Sevilla FC

Date of birth: 3 November 1971
Nationality: Spanish
Playing career: Real Sociedad de Fútbol, CD Toledo, Racing de Ferrol, CD Leganés, Lorca Deportiva CF
Coaching career: Lorca Deportiva CF, UD Almería, Valencia CF, FC Spartak Moskva, Sevilla FC

• The son and grandson of famous goalkeepers, Unai Emery took his first steps as a footballer in the youth ranks at Real Sociedad, where he played as a left-sided midfielder. Failed to reach the first team but carved out a career in the lower leagues with Toledo, Ferrol, Leganés and Lorca before being forced to retire at 33 having suffered a knee injury.

• He was immediately offered the chance to coach Lorca – the club with whom he had ended his playing career – and took them up to the second division in his first season in charge, 2004/05.

• After coming close to taking Lorca into the Spanish top flight the following season, was appointed by UD Almería ahead of the 2006/07 campaign and duly won promotion to the Liga.

• Almería shone among the Spanish elite, finishing the season in eighth place while their manager's reputation soared, earning him a call to replace Ronald Koeman at Valencia, whom he guided to third place in the Liga in both 2009/10 and 2010/11.

• Repeated the third-place finish in 2011/12 but stepped down at the end of the campaign, agreeing a two-year contract to take charge of Spartak in May 2012 but lasted only till that November. Swiftly returned to Spain, and Sevilla, who he led to the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League final via a semi-final defeat of Valencia.

Last updated: 09/05/14 15.14CET

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