Unai Emery

Unai Emery

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Unai Emery Etxegoien (born 3 November 1971 in Hondarribia, Gipuzkoa) is a Spanish football manager, currently in charge of Valencia CF.

During his playing days, spent almost exclusively in Segunda División – 215 matches in seven years – he operated as a left midfielder. He subsequently embarked on a managerial career.

Playing career

Emery was a youth graduate of Real Sociedad, but never really broke into the first team (aged 24, he appeared in five La Liga matches, scoring against Albacete Balompié) and, after that, resumed his career mostly in the second level.

He retired with Lorca Deportiva CF at the age of 32, after one season in Segunda División B.

Coaching career

Lorca and Almería

As he was seriously injured in the knee while at Lorca in the 2004–05 season, Emery was offered the vacant manager spot by the club president, and immediately helped the club achieve promotion to the second division for the first time in its history, while beating top level side Málaga CF in the Spanish Cup.

In his second season, the Murcian club's first ever in the second division, the side finished fifth with 69 points, only five points off promotion to the top division; it suffered relegation the following campaign, after the manager's departure.

Emery then moved to UD Almería in the second level, and again helped his side overachieve; after guiding Almeria to a first ever promotion in 2007, the Andalusians finished eighth in the following campaign. This prompted a move to......
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