Quique Sánchez Flores

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Quique Sánchez Flores
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Flores as manager of Watford in 2015
Personal information
Full name Enrique Sánchez Flores
Date of birth (1965-02-05) 5 February 1965 (age 54)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Right-back
Club information
Current team
Watford (manager)
Youth career
Pegaso Tres Cantos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1994 Valencia 272 (23)
1994–1996 Real Madrid 63 (2)
1996–1997 Zaragoza 9 (0)
Total 344 (25)
National team
1982–1983 Spain U18 9 (0)
1984–1986 Spain U21 13 (0)
1986–1987 Spain U23 2 (0)
1987–1991 Spain 15 (0)
Teams managed
2001–2004 Real Madrid (youth)
2004–2005 Getafe
2005–2007 Valencia
2008–2009 Benfica
2009–2011 Atlético Madrid
2011–2013 Al-Ahli
2013–2014 Al-Ain
2015 Getafe
2015–2016 Watford
2016–2018 Espanyol
2018–2019 Shanghai Shenhua
2019– Watford
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Enrique "Quique" Sánchez Flores (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkike ˈsant͡ʃeθ ˈfloɾes]; born 5 February 1965) is a Spanish former footballer who played as a right back, and is the manager of Premier League club Watford.

He began his professional career with Valencia in 1984, going on to amass La Liga totals of 304 games and 16 goals over 12 seasons and also appearing for Real Madrid and Zaragoza in the competition, retiring in 1997. Internationally, he represented Spain at under-18, under-21 and under-23 levels, appearing with the senior side at the 1990 World Cup.

In 2001, Flores began his managerial career when he took charge of Real Madrid's youth team. His first senior post came in 2004, with Getafe. He returned to Valencia in 2005, being dismissed after two years and going on to work with Benfica, Atlético Madrid – where he won the 2010 Europa LeagueAl-Ahli, Al-Ain and Watford, before being appointed at Espanyol in 2016.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Madrid, Flores spent his first ten years as a senior with Valencia CF, starting in 1984–85. The club was relegated in his second season, and when it returned to La Liga in the 1987–88 campaign, finished 14th. However, from that point until 1994 the team never ranked lower than seventh, with him as first-choice.[1]

Flores moved to Real Madrid in summer 1994, and stayed with the capital side for two seasons, winning the league title in the first one.[2] Subsequently, he had a brief spell with Real Zaragoza, retiring from professional football at the age of 32 with Spanish top flight totals of 304 games and 16 goals; in his only season in Segunda División, as Valencia won the championship in 1987, he posted career-highs with 40 matches and nine goals.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

Flores made 15 appearances for the Spanish national team, and was selected to the 1990 FIFA World Cup squad. His debut came on 23 September 1987 in a 2–0 friendly win against Luxembourg, in Castellón de la Plana.[11][12]

Coaching career[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

Flores began his coaching career by taking charge of Real Madrid's youth teams in 2001. After earning plaudits during his three seasons at the youth teams he caught the eye of the newly promoted Getafe CF, also in Madrid.[13]

Valencia[edit]

After the 2004–05 campaign with Getafe, in which they finished in 13th place, Flores was given the opportunity to coach his former club Valencia, succeeding Claudio Ranieri.[14] In his first year, he guided them to third place and thus qualified for the UEFA Champions League where the team went on to reach the quarter-finals, being knocked out by Chelsea.[15]

In May 2007, the Che achieved a top-four league finish and consequently a place in the next Champions League. On 29 October, however, the board of directors dismissed Flores after a string of poor results.[16]

Benfica[edit]

Flores was appointed as manager of S.L. Benfica on 24 May 2008.[17] On 8 June of the following year he left the Primeira Liga side by mutual consent, after a third place in the league and winning the domestic league cup.[18]

Atlético Madrid[edit]

On 23 October 2009, Flores signed for Atlético Madrid following the dismissal of Abel Resino,[19] penning a contract until 30 June 2010.[20] At the end of the campaign, he led the team to the ninth position in the domestic competition, but also to two cup finals: the UEFA Europa League against Fulham (2–1 win)[21] and the Copa del Rey, lost to Sevilla FC.[22]

Frequently clashing with star player Diego Forlán during 2010–11,[23][24] Flores announced his departure from the Colchoneros before the season ended, with the team finally qualifying to the Europa League.

Al Ahli[edit]

In early May 2011, Flores was linked with a move to FC Spartak Moscow.[25] On 8 November, however, he was named new coach of UAE Pro League team Al Ahli Dubai FC, replacing Ivan Hašek.[26] He left on 11 June 2013.

Al Ain[edit]

On 28 September 2013, only three months after leaving the country, Flores returned to the United Arab Emirates, being appointed at Al Ain FC.[27] However, his tenure was brief as he was dismissed on 8 March 2014 due to poor results.[28]

Return to Getafe[edit]

After nearly nine months without a club, Flores returned to Getafe on 5 January 2015 to succeed Cosmin Contra as the new manager following the latter's departure to China.[29] His first match in charge took place two days later, and it ended with a 1–1 away draw against UD Almería for the domestic cup;[30] on 26 February, however, citing personal reasons, he resigned.[31]

Watford[edit]

On 5 June 2015, Flores was appointed the head coach of newly promoted Premier League side Watford, replacing Slaviša Jokanović and being the fifth man to hold that position in twelve months.[32] In December, the team won three and lost only one of their league matches, earning him the Premier League Manager of the Month accolade; his forward Odion Ighalo earned the equivalent award for his five-goal haul that month.[33]

However, despite going on to lead the team to a comfortable mid-table position and the semi-finals of the FA Cup, it was announced on 13 May 2016 that Flores would be leaving at the end of the season.[34]

Espanyol[edit]

On 9 June 2016, Flores returned to Spain, signing a three-year deal to replace Constantin Gâlcă as manager of RCD Espanyol.[35] His second signing was José Antonio Reyes, with whom he had previously worked at Benfica and Atlético.[36]

Flores was dismissed on 20 April 2018, after achieving poor results towards the end of the season.[37] In July, he was on a four-man shortlist for the vacant Egyptian national team manager job.[38]

Shanghai Shenhua[edit]

On 25 December 2018, Flores was appointed manager of Chinese club Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC.[39] The following July, he left.[40]

Watford return[edit]

Flores returned to Watford on 7 September 2019, replacing his compatriot Javi Gracia who was dismissed the same day.[41] His team completed a comeback from 2–0 down to draw 2–2 with Arsenal at Vicarage Road in his first game back on 15 September.[42] However, one week later, they were defeated 8–0 at the City of Manchester Stadium by Manchester City, with the opposition scoring five goals in the first 15 minutes for their biggest ever Premier League win.[43]

Personal life[edit]

Flores was the nephew of Flamenco singer and dancer Lola Flores.[44] His father, Isidro Sánchez García-Figueras, was also a footballer and a defender,[45] and Alfredo Di Stéfano was his godfather.[46]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 5 October 2019[47][48]
Team From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Getafe 8 July 2004 31 May 2005 42 15 11 16 44 51 −7 035.71 [49][50]
Valencia 31 May 2005 29 October 2007 116 59 27 30 172 115 +57 050.86 [51]
Benfica 24 May 2008 8 June 2009 44 23 12 9 73 47 +26 052.27 [52]
Atlético Madrid 23 October 2009 22 May 2011 102 42 23 37 164 132 +32 041.18 [53]
Al-Ahli 8 November 2011 11 June 2013 64 33 15 16 133 96 +37 051.56 [54]
Al-Ain 28 September 2013 8 March 2014 23 11 8 4 43 24 +19 047.83 [55]
Getafe 5 January 2015 26 February 2015 11 4 1 6 9 13 −4 036.36 [56]
Watford 5 June 2015 16 May 2016 44 16 9 19 46 54 −8 036.36 [57]
Espanyol 9 June 2016 20 April 2018 79 26 26 27 84 98 −14 032.91 [58]
Shanghai Shenhua 25 December 2018 3 July 2019 17 5 3 9 23 28 −5 029.41 [59]
Watford 7 September 2019 Present 5 1 2 2 4 13 −9 020.00
Career totals 547 235 137 175 795 671 +124 042.96

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Valencia

Real Madrid

Spain U21

Manager[edit]

Benfica

Atlético Madrid

Al Ahli

Al Ain

Individual

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