My Story

First north London derby experience

  Unai experienced his first north London derby on the 2nd of December, 2018. It was a game to remember as Arsenal beat Tottenham 4-2 at Emirates Stadium with goals from Aubameyang (2), Lacazette and Torreira. BACK TO MY STORY

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First win in the Premier League

  Unai Emery got his first win in the Premier League against West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on the 25th of August, 2018. The game finished 3-1, with goals from Nacho Monreal and Danny Welbeck giving Arsenal the win. BACK TO MY STORY

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Arrival at Arsenal FC

  After 2 seasons at PSG, Unai made one of his football dreams come true by moving to the Premier League, and above all to a club whose size and history speaks for itself. He arrived at Arsenal FC in the summer of 2018 to begin one of the most exciting challenges of his career. BACK TO MY STORY

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A lover of Basque cuisine

  Apart from football, Unai is a lover of hospitality and Basque cuisine. Unai owns a successful restaurant in Valencia, called “Casita de Sabino”. His second restaurant will open in Madrid in October 2018, under the same name. “Casita de Sabino” is a restaurant which specialises in fish and seafood, and has a reserved area with a special decor for football lovers. BACK TO MY STORY

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The French Challenge

  After three and a half seasons at Sevilla, Paris Sain Germain signed Emery in June, 2016. He won seven trophies in two seasons with the Parisian team. BACK TO MY STORY

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Europa League Hat-trick

  Over the next three seasons, Sevilla FC won the Europa league against Benfica (Turin), Dnipro (Warsaw) and Liverpool (Basel). Unai is the only coach who has achieved this feat in consecutive seasons. He also reached a Copa del Rey Final in his final season and managed to maintain a highly competitive team despite big changes to the squad each season. He coached players such as Negredo, Navas, Banega, Kondogbia, Perotti, Bacca and Gameiro. BACK TO MY STORY

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A keen sportsman

  Apart from football, Unai loves sport in genral. As well as enjoying watching all sorts of different sports, he particularly enjoys playing racquet sports such as tennis and padel. BACK TO MY STORY

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From the cold of Russia to the warmth of Seville

  After a brief period in Russia, Unai Emery signed for Sevilla in January 2013, just after Sevilla had lost away at Valencia. He took over the team in a dangerous position at the wrong end of the table but managed to achieve qualification for the Europa League, a competition in which he had already reached the semi-finals with Valencia in 2012. BACK TO MY STORY

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Unai presents his first book

  Another of Unai’s passions lies in coaching and books. In 2011 he wrote a book called “Winning Mentality” with the prestigious author Juan Carlos Cubeiro. BACK TO MY STORY

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3 seasons in a row in Champions League

  Unai was head coach of Valencia CF for 4 seasons, equalling the longevity of Alfredo Di Stéfano. He achieved 3 Champions League qualifications by finishing 3rd in LaLiga three times in a row, the only Valencia CF coach to have achieved it since the inauguration of the current Champions League format. In the Valencia dressing room, Unai asked for a poster to put up with a famous quote from Di Stéfano: “No one player is as good as all the players together”. Emery coached international players such as Villa, Silva, Mata, Morientes, Joaquín, Albelda, Aduriz, Soldado, Baraja and Albiol…

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Growing as a coach

  In Unai’s first season as UD Almería head coach, 2006/2007, the team won promotion to the First Division. The following season in Spain’s top division saw an 8th place finish, alerting all the big clubs to the emergence of the Basque coach. It was Valencia CF who acquired his services. BACK TO MY STORY

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First steps as a coach

  At Lorca, Unai went from being a player to becoming head coach in the middle of the 2004/05 season. The respect for his tactical knowledge in the dressing room was key to the club offering him the position, and he didn’t think twice about accepting the challenge. He enjoyed immediate success, winning promotion from the Third Division to the Second Division in 2005. At just 34 years of age, Unai was named Second Division Manager of the Season 05/06. His Lorca team were in contention for promotion to the First Division until the very last day of the season,…

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Playing career in the Second Division

  Unai played in the Second Division for Toledo, Racing de Ferrol and Leganés. His last team as a player was Lorca, in the Third Division, before making a surprising career decision. BACK TO MY STORY

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First Division debut

  Unai Emery made his First Division debut for Real Sociedad de San Sebastián on the 15th of October, 1995. He was a skilful left-footed player who could play on the left wing or further infield as he read the game well. Several serious injuries, one of them to his knee, slowed down his progress and after a brief period in the top division he had to look for opportunities elsewhere. BACK TO MY STORY

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Unai is born in Hondarribia

  Unai Emery was born in Hondarribia in 1971. Hondarribia is one of the most beautiful villages in the Basque Country, with a great tradition in fishing. Most of Unai’s family live in the village, including his mother and three brothers; Koldo, Andoni and Igor. BACK TO MY STORY

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Football: A family tradition

  The Emery family have been passionate about football for generations. Unai’s grandfather, Antonio, who was nicknamed “Pajarito” (Little Bird) was one of the best goalkeepers in the Spanish First Division in the 30s and 40s. He became very well-known as the Real Unión Club de Irún goalkeeper. Unai’s father, Juan, was also an outstanding goalkeeper for the Irún club, although he also left his mark on historic clubs such as Alavés, Burgos, Logroñés, Deportivo de la Coruña, Sporting de Gijón, Recreativo de Huelva, Granada and Jaén. Unai’s son, Lander, who lives in Valencia, is now continuing the family’s goalkeeping…

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