Javier Clemente

Javier Clemente


Javier Clemente

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Javier Clemente Lázaro, (born 12 March 1950 in Barakaldo) is a Spanish football manager and current manager of Cameroon. The veteran La Liga manager has spent most of his career at two clubs: Athletic Bilbao and RCD Espanyol. Between 1992 and 1998, he managed Spain and went 31 games unbeaten. His last job was failing to lead Serbia national football team through the qualification rounds for the UEFA Euro 2008. He became the first foreign manager of Serbia on 21 July 2006 when he signed a two year contract worth 720,000. He was released from his contract after failing to qualify for the European championship on 6 December 2007.

Club career

Athletic Bilbao

As a player, Clemente made 47 La Liga appearances for Athletic Bilbao and scored six goals between 1968 and 1971. He was also a member of the Athletic team that won the Copa del Generalísimo in 1969, but his playing career was cut short because of injury. Clemente served his apprenticeship as a coach with Arenas Club de Getxo, CD Baskonia and then Bilbao Athletic, before becoming manager of Athletic Bilbao for the first time in 1981.

La Liga Champions

Clemente soon set about putting together one of the most successful Athletic Bilbao teams in the club's history. Veterans Dani and Andoni Goikoetxea were joined by young players from the cantera, such as Santiago Urkiaga, Miguel de Andrés, Ismael Urtubi, Estanislao Argote and Andoni Zubizarreta. In 1983 the club won La Liga and in 1984 they won a La Liga/Copa del......
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