What do we know about Unai Emery?

Age: 46

Born: Hondarribia, Gipuzkoa, Basque County – Spain.

  • Emery hails from a football family, his father and grandfather were also footballers, both goalkeepers and his uncle Roman was a midfield player.
  • Emery was a graduate of Real Sociedad’s academy but never managed to break through into their first team and hold down a place so he spent most of his playing career in the Segunda Division, making over 215 appearances before retiring at the age of 32.

Managerial Career:

  • Emery was appointed manager of Lorca back in the 2004/05 season having retired due to a serious knee injury. He immediately guided them to promotion and the club went into the second division for the first time in their history.
  • He almost achieved the impossible the following season when his Lorca side missed out on promotion to the top flight by just 5 points.
  • Emery had begun to make a name for himself in his native country and joined Almeria, guiding them into the top flight for the first time ever where they finished 8th – a remarkable achievement.
  • In 2008/09 Valencia came calling and in spite of the clubs well documented financial issues he was able to qualify for the UEFA Europa League finishing 6th in his first season.
  • 2009/10 – Emery guided Valencia to 3rd place and so ‘Los Che’ returned to the UEFA Champions League.
  • 2010/11 – started the season without David Villa and David Silva who had both been sold in a desperate attempt to keep the club afloat, but even still Emery managed to achieve a 3rd place finish.
  • Emery left Valencia in June 2012 and joined Spartak Moscow where things didn’t quite go to plan and he was sacked that November following a bad run of results.
  • He then returned to his native Spain and took the reins at Sevilla where he won 3 consecutive Europa League titles, Finishing 5th , 5th and 7th in La Liga.
  • In June 2016 Emery expressed his desire to leave Sevilla and the club announced that they would be parting ways.
  • Emery joined PSG, and led his side to the last 16 of the Champions League having finished 2nd to Arsenal in the group stages.
  • His side famously defeated Barcelona 4-0 at the Parc De Princes only to historically lose 6-1 in the second leg at the Camp Nou and crash out.

During his spell with the Parisian club he won 1x French title, 2x Coupe de France, 2x Coupe de la Ligue and 2x Trophee des Champions

Facebook Comments