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Valencia manager: Rafael Benitez is the most successful head coach

With many head coaches who have been working with Valencia, Rafael Benitez is the most successful manager with three titles, including two La Liga and the one and only UEFA Europa League titles.
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List of Valencia managers since their inception

Name

Nationality

From

To

Kinké

Spain

1921

1922

Agustín Sancho

Spain

1922

1923

Antonin Fivebr

Czechoslovakia

1923

1927

1929

1931

1934

8 November 1935

Jimmy Elliott

England

1927

1929

Rodolfo Galloway

England

14 August 1931

30 June 1933

Jack Greenwell

England

1 July 1933

28 November 1934

Andrés Balsa

Spain

8 November 1935

1936

Ramón Encinas Dios

Spain

1939

30 June 1942

Leopoldo Costa "Rino"

Spain

11 July 1942

11 April 1943

Eduardo Cubells

Spain

15 April 1943

1946

Luis Casas Pasarín

Spain

1946

1948

Jacinto Quincoces

Spain

24 June 1948

30 June 1954

30 December 1958

15 September 1959

Carlos Iturraspe

Spain

1954

30 June 1956

Luis Miró

Spain

1 July 1956

30 December 1958

Pedro Otto Bumbel

Brazil

15 September 1959

30 June 1960

Domingo Balmanya

Spain

17 July 1960

30 June 1962

Alejandro Scopelli

Argentina

1 July 1962

30 June 1963

Bernardino Pérez "Pasieguito"

Spain

1 July 1963

15 January 1964

27 March 1979

30 June 1979

1 July 1980

4 January 1982

"Mundo"

Spain

15 January 1964

30 June 1965

14 May 1966

15 October 1968

Sabino Barinaga

Spain

1 July 1965

14 May 1966

José Iglesias Fernández

Spain

15 October 1968

15 October 1969

Enrique Buqué/Salvador Artigas

Spain

15 October 1969

30 June 1970

Alfredo Di Stéfano

Argentina

1 July 1970

18 June 1974

1 July 1979

30 June 1980

29 January 1986

22 March 1988

Milovan Ćirić

Yugoslavia

13 July 1974

8 April 1975

Dragoljub Milošević

Yugoslavia

11 April 1975

21 September 1975

Manolo Mestre

Spain

21 September 1975

30 June 1976

22 February 1977

30 June 1977

4 January 1982

1 November 1982

Heriberto Herrera

Paraguay

1 July 1976

22 February 1977

Marcel Domingo

France

1 July 1977

27 March 1979

Miljan Miljanić

Yugoslavia

1 November 1982

9 March 1983

Koldo Aguirre

Spain

9 March 1983

30 June 1983

Paquito García

Spain

1 July 1983

10 February 1984

Roberto Gil (es)

Spain

10 February 1984

27 May 1985

22 March 1988

30 June 1988

Óscar Rubén Valdez

Spain

27 May 1985

28 January 1986

Víctor Espárrago

Uruguay

1 July 1988

30 June 1991

Guus Hiddink

Netherlands

1 July 1991

15 November 1993

24 March 1994

30 June 1994

Francisco Real

Spain

15 November 1993

15 December 1993

Héctor Núñez

Uruguay

15 December 1993

10 March 1994

José Manuel Rielo

Spain

10 March 1994

24 March 1994

5 June 1995

30 June 1995

14 November 1996

22 November 1996

Carlos Alberto Parreira

Brazil

1 August 1994

5 June 1995

Luis Aragonés

Spain

3 July 1995

14 November 1996

Jorge Valdano

Argentina

22 November 1996

15 September 1997

Claudio Ranieri

Italy

20 September 1997

30 June 1999

8 July 2004

25 February 2005

Héctor Cúper

Argentina

1 July 1999

30 June 2001

Rafael Benítez

Spain

1 July 2001

30 June 2004

Antonio López

Spain

25 February 2005

30 June 2005

Quique Sánchez Flores

Spain

1 July 2005

29 October 2007

Óscar Fernández

Spain

29 October 2007

2 November 2007

Ronald Koeman

Netherlands

2 November 2007

21 April 2008

Salvador González "Voro"

Spain

21 April 2008

30 June 2008

30 November 2015

5 December 2015

20 September 2016

28 September 2016

30 December 2016

30 June 2017

29 June 2020

19 July 2020

3 May 2021

25 May 2021

Unai Emery

Spain

1 July 2008

30 June 2012

Mauricio Pellegrino

Argentina

1 July 2012

1 December 2012

Ernesto Valverde

Spain

3 December 2012

1 June 2013

Miroslav Dukic

Serbia

4 June 2013

16 December 2013

Juan Antonio Pizzi

Spain

26 December 2013

2 July 2014

Nuno Espírito Santo

Portugal

4 July 2014

29 November 2015

Gary Neville

England

2 December 2015

30 March 2016

Pako Ayestarán

Spain

30 March 2016

20 September 2016

Cesare Prandelli

Italy

28 September 2016

30 December 2016

Marcelino

Spain

1 July 2017

11 September 2019

Albert Celades

Spain

11 September 2019

29 June 2020

Javi Gracia

Spain

27 July 2020

3 May 2021

José Bordalás

Spain

25 May 2021

 

Within more than 100 years of existence, Valencia have changed 62 head coaches since their inception in 1919. Over half of these managers are Spanish and the rest come from different countries in Europe or South America. 

Alfredo Di Stefano, an Argentine manager, was the coach who joined Valencia in the most games in all official competitions, with 303 matches, followed by four Spanish managers, Jacinto Quincoces with 229 games, Unai Emery with 218 games, Rafael Benitez with 163 matches, and Mundo with 159 matches. 

Rafael Benitez

Valencia played without winning any title during the seven first managers, until the eighth head coach Ramon Encinas Dios, who led them to their first prestigious La Liga title in 1941 and one Copa del Rey in the same year. It was the first time the club won a football title, and they started with a double, nothing could be more impressive. 

Valencia also won other five La Liga titles in the time of Eduardo Cubells, Luis Casas Pasarín, Alfredo Di Stefano, and Rafael Benitez. Alfredo Di Stefano brought the first UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup to the club in the 1979-80 season, while Rafael Benitez, who is considered the most successful manager of Valencia with two La Liga titles, also helped them achieve their first and only UEFA Europa League (or known as UEFA Cup before). 

Club’s honors by managers

Name

Period

Total

Domestic

International

La Liga

Copa del Rey

Supercopa de Espana

UCL

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

UEFA Europa League

UEFA Intertoto Cup

UEFA Super Cup

Ramón Encinas Dios

1939–42

2

1

1

-

-

-

-

-

Eduardo Cubells

1943–46

1

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

Luis Casas Pasarín

1946–48

1

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

Jacinto Quincoces

1948–54

3

-

2

1

-

-

-

-

Domingo Balmanya

1960–62

1

-

-

-

-

-

1

-

Alejandro Scopelli

1962–63

1

-

-

-

-

-

1

-

Edmundo Suárez

1966–68

1

-

1

-

-

-

-

-

Alfredo Di Stéfano

1970–74, 1979–80

2

1

-

-

-

1

-

-

Bernardino Pérez

1979, 1980–82

2

-

1

-

-

-

-

-

1

Claudio Ranieri

1997–99, 2004–05

3

-

1

-

-

-

-

1

1

Héctor Cúper

1999–01

1

-

-

1

-

-

-

-

Rafael Benítez

2001–04

3

2

-

-

-

-

1

-

Ronald Koeman

2007–08

1

-

1

-

-

-

-

-

Marcelino

2017–19

1

-

1

-

-

-

-

-

Total

1919–

23

6

8

2

0

1

3

1

2

Valencia manager 2021-22: José Bordalás

Currently, Valencia are managed by a Spanish former footballer and now a football manager Jose Bordalas. During his senior career as a football player, Jose spent most of his time in Spanish football but ended his football journey in 1992 with an injury. 

He first started his managerial career in 1993 in Alicante B club. Before becoming the manager of Valencia, Jose Bordalas used to work with numerous Spanish clubs. In May 2021, he was appointed to be the head coach of Valencia Club de Futbol on a two-year contract. He had a great start with the club by a 1-0 winning debut against Getafe on 13 August. 

Jose Bordalas

References

Wikipedia



Harry Siuu
Written by: Harry Siuu
a specialized football specialist with over ten years' experience as a football journalist who works for Betimate.com.

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