Eusebio Sacristan

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Eusebio Sacristán.jpg
Eusebio in 2017
Surname Eusebio Sacristan Mena
birthday April 13, 1964
place of birth La SecaSpain
size 170 cm
position midfield
Years station
La Seca
1979-1982 Real Valladolid
Years station Games (goals) 1
1982-1987 Real Valladolid 117 (13)
1987-1988 Atlético Madrid 27 0(3)
1988-1995 FC Barcelona 203 (14)
1995-1997 Celta Vigo 67 0(1)
1997-2002 Real Valladolid 129 0(5)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1984-1987 Spain U-21 17 0(3)
1986-1986 Spain U-23 4 0(1)
1986-1992 Spain 15 0(0)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
2003-2009 FC Barcelona (assistant coach)
2009-2010 Celta Vigo
2011-2015 FC Barcelona B
2015-2018 Real Sociedad
2018-2019 FC Girona
1 Only league games are given.

Eusebio Sacristán Mena (born April 13, 1964 in La Seca , Valladolid Province ), called Eusebio , is a former Spanish football player and current coach .

The midfielder spent a large part of his professional career at Real Valladolid and FC Barcelona , with whom he won the 1992 European Cup .

Player career


Eusebio Sacristán moved in 1982 from the youth department of Real Valladolid, first in the amateur team and a year later in the first division of the professionals. In his first professional season he reached a moderate 14th place in the table with Valladolid in the Primera División . In contrast, winning the Copa de la Liga , the Spanish league cup held at the time, was much more successful . This was the first significant title win in the club history of Real Valladolid and also in the career of Sacristán. As a result, his team also secured participation in the 1984/85 UEFA Cup , where they failed in the first round against the Croatian representative HNK Rijeka . Until 1987 Eusebio Sacristán still played at Valladolid without achieving any further successes worth mentioning. He then moved to Atlético Madrid for one season , with whom he reached 3rd place in the table at the end of the season.

In 1988 the midfielder went to the traditional club FC Barcelona with his teammate Julio Salinas . There, under the new coach Johan Cruyff, a dream team was to emerge, which won numerous titles in the following years. In addition to the aforementioned Salinas, this squad also included Andoni Zubizarreta , José Ramón Alexanko , Guillermo Amor , Gary Lineker and Txiki Begiristain . In his first season at Barcelona, ​​Sacristán was able to celebrate winning the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1988/89 . In the championship, the team reached the runner-up behind arch-rivals Real Madrid . In the following season, the team deteriorated by one place in the table and failed in the round of 16 of the European Cup Winners' Cup at RSC Anderlecht , but this time Barcelona won the Copa del Rey , Spain's national cup competition. And the Sacristán team was constantly strengthened with new stars such as Michael Laudrup , Ronald Koeman and Christo Stoitschkow . In the 1990/91 season the midfielder and his team finally reached the championship they had longed for. In the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup, they narrowly failed to Manchester United . Barcelona became champions in the following three years and also won the European Cup in 1991/92 as well as the UEFA Super Cup in 1992 and the Spanish Super Cup in 1991, 1992 and 1994. Eusebio Sacristán came less often in the last two years at Barcelona and decided to switch to Celta Vigo in 1995 .

After two years as an established regular in Vigo, the midfielder returned to his hometown club Real Valladolid in 1997 , where he spent the last 5 years of his professional career. With two defeats against Spartak Moscow , Sacristán was last active on the international stage in the second round of the 1997/98 UEFA Cup . In the championship he reached with Valladolid until 2002 only mediocre placements.

With 543 first division appearances, the midfielder played the third most games in the Primera Divisíon behind his former teammates Andoni Zubizarreta and Raúl .

National team

Eusebio Sacristán also played for the Spanish national football team from 1986 to 1992 . He made his debut on September 24, 1986 in a friendly against Greece . At the major tournaments he was part of the squad for the European Football Championship in 1988 , but was not used.

Coaching career

In 2003 Sacristán returned to FC Barcelona and became the assistant coach of Frank Rijkaard . Together with the Dutchman and the team around the stars Lionel Messi , Ronaldinho , Xavi and Samuel Eto'o , the club celebrated two more championships and won the UEFA Champions League in 2006. From 2009 Eusebio coached his former club Celta Vigo . After a mixed season in the second Spanish division and twelfth place in the table, he was dismissed after one season. From the 2011/2012 season he will be the new head coach of FC Barcelona's second team in the Segunda Division. He thus succeeded Luis Enrique . Eusebio looked after the team until February 2015. In November 2015 he took over the post of head coach at the first division club Real Sociedad San Sebastián after the previous coach David Moyes was dismissed after a weak start to the season. In the 2016/17 season he led the team to sixth place in the table and thus to participation in the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League . There his team failed in the round of sixteen at FC Red Bull Salzburg . A month later, Eusebio and San Sebastián terminated the contract after persistently poor performance in the league in March 2018. Before the start of the new season, he was introduced in June 2018 as the coach of league rivals FC Girona . He left the club after relegation in the 2018/19 season .


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The lungs of the Dream Team and Rijkaard's right hand man ( Memento from June 20, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  2. Officially: Eusebio Sacristán dismissed as head coach of Barça B , February 9, 2015, accessed on July 31, 2015.
  3. David Moyes replaced by former Barcelona B coach Eusebio Sacristan at Real Sociedad after Scottish manager's sacking. November 9, 2015, accessed December 25, 2015 .