Quique Setién

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Quique Setién
Personal information
Full name Enrique Setién Solar
Date of birth (1958-09-27) 27 September 1958 (age 60)
Place of birth Santander, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Las Palmas (coach)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1985 Racing Santander 204 (43)
1985–1988 Atlético Madrid 73 (7)
1988–1992 Logroñés 114 (20)
1992–1996 Racing Santander 124 (25)
1996 Levante 3 (0)
Total 518 (95)
National team
1978–1982 Spain U21 2 (0)
1985–1986 Spain 3 (0)
Teams managed
2001–2002 Racing Santander
2003–2004 Poli Ejido
2006–2007 Equatorial Guinea
2007–2008 Logroñés
2009–2015 Lugo
2015– Las Palmas

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

† Appearances (goals)

Enrique 'Quique' Setién Solar (born 27 September 1958) is a Spanish retired footballer who played mainly as a central midfielder, and the current coach of UD Las Palmas.

Nicknamed El Maestro, he was best known for his Racing de Santander spells, starting and finishing his 19-year professional career at the club and amassing La Liga totals of 374 games and 58 goals over the course of 15 seasons.[1]

In the 2000s Setién (who represented Spain on three occasions) started a manager career, going on to coach several teams including his main club.

Club career

Born in Santander, Setién made his La Liga debuts in 1977, with hometown Racing de Santander. However, during his first spell with the Cantabrians, although used regularly, he was not yet an undisputed starter, and missed the entire 1982–83 season as well as suffering two top flight relegations.

Afterwards, Setién represented Atlético de Madrid during three years: he had two first good seasons,[2] but appeared rarely in his last after some spats with elusive club chairman Jesús Gil.[3][4][5]

Setién moved subsequently to lowly CD Logroñés where, after a slow start, he was essential in helping the Riojans successively maintain its top flight status. In 1992 the 34-year-old returned to Racing, and scored a career-best 11 goals in his first year upon his return as the side returned to the top level. He played three more years with his main club, and retired in June 1996 – at nearly 38 – after featuring for Levante UD in the third division playoffs, which also ended in promotion; he appeared in almost 600 official matches in nearly two decades of play, totalling 95 league goals.

Taking up coaching in 2001, Setién started with his favorite club Racing, then switched to Polideportivo Ejido, both in the second level. After that he moved to another club he played for, Logroñes in division three, being sacked midway through the 2007–08 campaign.[6]

In June 2009, Setién became CD Lugo's coach.[7] He led the Galicians to second division promotion in his third year, a second-ever for the team; in the following three years the club managed to retain its status, ranking between positions 11th and 15th.

On 19 October 2015, following the sacking of Paco Herrera, Setien became UD Las Palmas' new manager.[8]

International career

Setién appeared three times for Spain and was selected for the nation's 1986 FIFA World Cup squad, but did not leave the bench during the tournament in Mexico. His debut came on 20 November 1985 in a 0–0 friendly with Austria, in Zaragoza.

During one year, starting in 2006, Setién coached the Equatorial Guinea national football team.


  1. "Quique Setién" (in Spanish). El Diario Montañés. Retrieved 10 July 2013. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. European Competitions 1985–86; at RSSSF
  3. "Quique, otro "cerebro" para el Atlético" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 22 June 1985. Retrieved 3 June 2013. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Arteche, Landáburu, Quique y Setién ganan a Gil en los juzgados, pero no juegan" (in Spanish). El País. 2 December 1988. Retrieved 31 December 2014. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. La década «ostentórea» (The "ostentórea" decade); El Mundo, 26 June 1997 (Spanish)
  6. Quique Setién, destituido como entrenador del Logroñés (Quique Setién, fired as Logroñés coach); El Diario Montañés, 15 January 2008 (Spanish)
  7. Quique Setién, nuevo entrenador (Quique Setién, new manager); El Diario Montañés, 10 June 2009 (Spanish)
  8. "Las Palmas sack Paco Herrera as manager, hire Quique Setien". ESPN FC. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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