José Luis Mendilibar

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José Luis Mendilibar
Mendilibar in 2007
Personal information
Full name José Luis Mendilibar Etxebarria
Date of birth (1961-03-14) 14 March 1961 (age 58)
Place of birth Zaldibar, Spain
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Eibar (coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1982 Bilbao Athletic 105 (14)
1982–1985 Logroñés
1985–1993 Sestao 275 (34)
1993–1994 Lemona 28 (4)
Teams managed
1994–1996 Arratia
1996–1997 Athletic Bilbao (youth)
1997–1999 Baskonia
1999–2000 Bilbao Athletic
2000–2001 Baskonia
2001–2002 Aurrerá
2002–2004 Lanzarote
2004–2005 Eibar
2005 Athletic Bilbao
2006–2010 Valladolid
2011–2013 Osasuna
2014 Levante
2015– Eibar

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

† Appearances (goals)

José Luis Mendilibar Etxebarria (born 14 March 1961) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a midfielder, and the current manager of SD Eibar.

Playing career

Mendilibar was born in Zaldibar, Basque Country. He enjoyed an average career as a player, never representing a club in La Liga and successively playing for Bilbao Athletic, CD Logroñés, Sestao Sport Club and SD Lemona.

Mendilibar was a key player in midfield for Sestao during the club's second division years – playing eight years with the club in that level and overall appearing in nearly 300 matches – narrowly missing out on promotion in 1987 under Javier Irureta.[1][2][3]

Coaching career

After retiring in 1994, Mendilibar worked in the youth categories of Athletic Bilbao, before being appointed head coach of UD Lanzarote and then SD Eibar.[4] His success with the latter in the second division, on a very limited budget, translated into a narrow miss on promotion in 2005.

Mendilibar then returned to Athletic,[5] the club he supported as a child, but was sacked after just a few months, as the Lions ranked last with just one win in nine matches.

For the 2006–07 season Mendilibar moved to Real Valladolid, achieving top flight promotion in his debut campaign (with 88 points) and retaining division status from 2007 to 2009. On 1 February 2010, after a 1–1 home draw against UD Almería, he was sacked from his post.[6]

Slightly less than one year later Mendilibar returned to active, replacing sacked José Antonio Camacho at CA Osasuna: his first game in charge was a 4–0 home win against RCD Espanyol.[7] On 3 September 2013 he was relieved of his duties, after three losses in as many matches to kickstart the new season.[8]

On 29 May 2014 Mendilibar was appointed at Levante UD, signing a one-year contract with an option for a second season.[9] On 20 October, after only one win in eight games, and no goals scored and 14 conceded from four home outings, he was relieved of his duties.[10]

On 30 June 2015 Mendilibar returned to Eibar, replacing Gaizka Garitano.[11]


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  2. "Palamós dió por bueno el punto" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 22 October 1990. Retrieved 28 May 2013. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "El Mallorca sentencia al final" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 22 November 1992. Retrieved 28 May 2013. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Me costó mucho llegar y no quiero defraudar" (PDF) (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 1 July 2004. Retrieved 28 May 2013. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Mendilibar gets Athletic chance". 21 June 2005.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Onesimo takes reins from Mandilibar [sic] at Valladolid". ESPN Soccernet. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Nekounam at the double". ESPN Soccernet. 20 February 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "La Liga: Osasuna name former Almeria boss Javi Gracia as their new coach". Sky Sports. 4 September 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Levante appoint Mendilibar as new coach". 29 May 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "El Levante rescinde el contrato a Mendilibar" (in Spanish). Levante UD. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "José Luis Mendilibar nuevo entrenador de SD Eibar" (in Spanish). Eibar's official website. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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