Joaquín Caparrós

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Joaquín Caparrós
Joaquín Caparrós 2012.jpg
Caparrós in 2012
Personal information
Full name Joaquín Jesús Caparrós Camino
Date of birth (1955-10-15) 15 October 1955 (age 63)
Place of birth Utrera, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Youth career
Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Plus Ultra
Teams managed
1981–1984 San José Obrero
1984–1986 Campillo
1986–1989 Motilla
1989–1990 Castile-La Mancha
1990–1992 Gimnástico Alcázar
1992–1993 Conquense
1994–1995 Manzanares
1995–1996 Moralo
1996–1999 Recreativo
1998–2000 Andalusia
1999 Villarreal
2000–2005 Sevilla
2005–2007 Deportivo La Coruña
2007–2011 Athletic Bilbao
2011 Neuchâtel Xamax
2011–2013 Mallorca
2013–2014 Levante
2014–2015 Granada

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Joaquín de Jesús Caparrós Camino (born 15 October 1955) is a Spanish football coach.

Football career

Caparrós was born in Utrera, Province of Seville, Andalusia. After an obscure career as a player, he started coaching in his mid-20s, his first club being amateurs San José Obrero CF. The first professional spell came at local Recreativo de Huelva, which he helped reach Segunda División in the second of his three years.

Caparrós was then on Villarreal CF's bench for seven games, as the Valencian Community side returned to La Liga after one year out, then led his following team, Sevilla FC, to a similar fate.

With youth products such as Carlos Marchena, José Antonio Reyes and JesuliSergio Ramos soon followed – and the future signings of Júlio Baptista, Adriano, Daniel Alves and Renato, the manager set the foundations for future domestic and European success, but was replaced by Juande Ramos before any of the actual conquests.[1]

In the 2005 summer, Caparrós moved to Deportivo de La Coruña,[2] being fired after a poor second season. Afterwards he was appointed at Athletic Bilbao, beating former club Sevilla in the semifinals of the 2008–09 edition of the Copa del Rey (4–2 aggregate) and qualifying for the UEFA Europa League as FC Barcelona won the treble.

In the 2010–11 campaign, Caparrós led the Lions to the sixth position, once again qualifying to the Europa League. On 7 July 2011, after his contract expired – the club also underwent a chairman change after an election – he left Athletic Bilbao, being replaced by Argentine Marcelo Bielsa.

On 27 July 2011, Caparrós accepted a coaching offer from Swiss team Neuchâtel Xamax. He resigned after just five matches, following a disagreement with owner Bulat Chagaev.[3] On 3 October, RCD Mallorca vice-president Lorenzo Serra Ferrer announced that the Balearic Islands side had reached an agreement with the manager.[4]

On 4 February 2013, after a promising start of the season, with three home wins and two away draws in the first five rounds, Caparrós was relieved of his duties as Mallorca ranked second from bottom. His last game in charge was a 0–3 away loss against Real Sociedad.[5]

After finishing his debut campaign with Levante UD in the tenth position, Caparrós was given a two-year contract extension on 23 May 2014.[6] However, the following week, he left and joined fellow league club Granada CF.[7]

On 16 January 2015, as Granada ranked last in the league table and had just been ousted from the domestic cup by Sevilla (1–6 on aggregate), Caparrós was relieved of his duties.[8]


  1. Andalucía rises to prominence; ESPN Soccernet, 23 March 2009
  2. Joaquín Caparrós no seguirá en el Sevilla (Joaquín Caparrós will not stay in Sevilla); Sevilla Press, 3 June 2005 (Spanish)
  3. Chagaev fulmina a Caparrós del Neuchatel (Chagaev dumps Caparrós from Neuchatel); El Correo, 3 September 2011 (Spanish)
  4. Serra Ferrer: "Tenemos un principio de acuerdo con Caparrós" (Serra Ferrer: "We have an early agreement with Caparrós"); Mallorca's official website, 3 October 2011 (Spanish)
  5. Joaquín Caparrós, destituido como técnico del Mallorca (Joaquín Caparrós, fired as Mallorca coach); Marca, 4 February 2013 (Spanish)
  6. Rodríguez, Miguel Á. (23 May 2014). "Caparrós, dos años más" (in Spanish). Marca. Retrieved 23 May 2014. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Primera Division: Joaquin Caparros takes over as Granada head coach". Sky Sports. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "El Granada cesa a Joaquín Caparrós" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2015. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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