Who is Ernesto Valverde, the new coach of Barça?

Ernesto Valverde is the successor of Luis Enrique on the bench of FC Barcelona. As a continuation of the Cruyff philosophy, know our Spain-watcher Guillaume Gautier.

Ernesto Valverde © AFP

If the Belgians the name Valverde hear, they think directly to the Ardennes, to cycling, to classics, to the wall of Huy, liège-Bastogne-Liège… From next season is undoubtedly different. Then Alejandro, the rider, his last name share with Ernesto, the football coach, who is very quick, much better known. This goes on with coaches of Barcelona.

The ant

In the Basque country they call Ernesto El Txingurri, Basque for ‘the ant’. Javier Clemente, a long time coach, Ernesto Valverde, came with it on the gpu.

It is striking in the case of Ernesto that he is seen as a child of the blaugrana family, though he for several years was active in Español, as a player and as a trainer. His past at Barça he owes to Johan Cruyff, who gave him at the end of the 80’s to Barcelona, which is impressive. Unfortunately, I was struck by the disaster through injuries would Valverde eventually, but 22 matches for Barcelona. But its passage was sufficient, however, to what Barçabloed, injected by the Dutch, through his veins to hunt.


“If I perico was (a supporter of Español, ed), I would these days for every match in the stadium’, said Cruyff during the years 2000, when Valverde’s rival from the Catalan capital to success, including the final of the UEFA Cup, and coached. The Dutchman called his ex-player when “one of the most promising coaches from La Liga’. The football that the young trainer preached, there was then already a that moments of pressing combined with passenspel and possession of the ball.

It is among the bosses of Barça linger. Every time there’s a trainerswissel on the agenda, you could find the name of Valverde is found on one or other of the shortlist. He was quoted as the successor of Frank Rijkaard, then finally Pep Guardiola was appointed. And his friend Andoni Zubizarreta thought, when he was sports director of the team was, to him also during the follow-up of Pep, and later that of TitoVilanova. Two times was, however, never concrete.

Valverde has never been, he remained in the football fans dream. After Español came to Athletic Bilbao, where he from Aritz Aduriz the Benjamin Button of football. The older the Facing was, how better he went to render it as the attacker.

Might be important if he later goes to work at Barça, because that’s where it starts, the dressing room becoming overcrowded to get with thirties. This year celebrated Javier Mascherano and Andrés Iniesta all their thirtieth birthday. Arda Turan, Gerard Piqué and Luis Suárez are already, and next month blows the Flea from the company, Lionel Messi, thirty candles.


The choice of the board of directors of Barça fell on Valverde because he is incredibly serene. Something he has in common with Carlo Such. He reads the game excellently and has a great feel for the change at the right time.

As mentioned he knows the DNA of the barcelona-resident, and with pressure he can. Valverde worked ever two times with success at Olympiacos where you need to win, with good football and under a huge pressure from the management, the supporters and the press. He knows what it is to be as absolute a favourite in a competition to get started.

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