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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Unai Emery

Arsenal hired Unai Emery as their manager on 23 May 2018. The Spanish manager has gained a lot of attention during his time in the Premier League but there is a lot to know about the man, the part which the media does not talk about much.

For instance, did you know that his last name is Etxegoien and not just Emery? The 47-year-old prefers the short version for easier communication. He was born in Basque Country on 3 November 1971. He is has a son named Lander Emery Fernandez and is known to be sing

Emery came into North London to end Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign with Arsenal Football Club. The former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss has found a considerable amount of success in the European sphere.

He won the UEFA Europa League three times with Sevilla and completed the domestic treble with PSG in 2017/18. We will tell you about his humble beginnings down below and the little facts that you need to know about this man.

Facts You Need To Learn About Unai Emery

1. Former Midfielder

Unai Emery Jr used to play as a left-sided midfielder back in his day. He progressed from the Real Sociedad youth ranks and went on to spend most of his career in Spain’s second division with Toledo, Racing Ferrol, and Legos. Unfortunately, a knee injury sustained while playing for third-level Lorca Deportivo got the better of him, forcing him to retire at 32.

2. The first taste of management

Emery got hired as a Lorca coach as soon as he retired in 2004. His impact was immediate as he helped the team gain promotion to the second division for the first time in the club’s history.

He then moved to Almería and yet again created history by getting the team promoted to La Liga and finishing 8th in the league next season. Valencia took notice of Emery’s high-minded ability and appointed him as their boss in 2008 right after firing Ronald Koeman. He finished two out of his three seasons with them in the 3rd spot of La Liga, despite losing players like David Villa and David Silva.

He spent a short unrewarding stint with Spartak Moskva after which he ended up at Sevilla.

3. Football runs in his family

Emery’s father, Juan, and grandfather Antonio played professionally as goalkeepers. His father appeared for several clubs in the second tier while his grandpa represented Real Unión in the top level. Emery’s uncle, Román also played as a midfielder.

4. Rustic fashion

Emer certainly knows how to turn heads with his shiny pressed suits on the sidelines. He used to sport bright-red elbow patches on his suit jackets back in his Sevilla days. On every match day now, he is seen fitted in a red tie and black jacket, never a tracksuit or any other casual attire like some managers. His hair is almost always kept held intact with a shiny tinge.

5. Online persona

Plenty of Arsenal fans were skeptical about hiring Unai Emery but the chiefs at Emirates might have seen similar qualities in him just like Arsene Wenger’s. The Spaniard is a methodical coach who follows his philosophy to the bone, the only difference is the pens it down online on his official website.

He regularly uploads blog posts with tactical notes and his experiences in football and life. At one point, he even invited fans to guess his starting XI for Sevilla matches, giving out prizes if guessed correctly. You can check out his website at –

6. Leisure

You might have guessed it before but Unai Emery is definitely a workaholic. The little spare time he gets, he spends it playing Padel – a mix between squash and tennis. He used to engage in games was with Sevilla players for a set or two, to bond with them and disconnect from football.

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7. Other job offers

Emery’s success at Sevilla, winning the UEFA Europa League back-to-back three times in 2014, 2015, and 2016, earned him a lot of plaudits and interest from other European sides. He was offered managerial positions at West Ham United and Napoli. He decided to turn them down, citing reasons of trying to win more trophies with Los Hispalenses.

8. Individual awards

The Arsenal boss won the Miguel Munez trophy twice from in 2006 and 2007 which is one of the highest honors for a manager in Spanish football. All coaches are scored out of three for each match, for his team’s performances and the manager with the highest points total, in both La Liga and the Segunda division, at the end of the season is the winner. Emery won this award in the second division of Spanish league with Lorca Deportivo CF and AD Almeria respectively.

9. Work to get ahead

Emery, like any manager at the top of his game, has not cut corners to get where he is today. He one said, “For every game, I might spend 12 hours just on the video,” he explained. “In an hour the players have to understand everything you’ve seen in 12,” he said.

During his Valencia days, he used to ask players to watch his videos and several other types. When he suspected anybody of not looking at his clips, he used to hand them empty pen-drives to catch him out. Surprisingly, it worked wonders and he is known to have carried on this method.

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10. More than a profession

Like I mentioned above, Emery is alike to Wenger in a few areas, one of them being his love for the game.

One his former Valencia, Joaquín, said, “He’s obsessed with football – it’s practically an illness. He’s one of the best managers I’ve had. I worked with him for three years. I couldn’t handle a fourth.”

Here are the 10 things you didn’t know about Unai Emery. Do you know any more facts about the former Gunners managers that we could have included in this list? Do let us know!

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