Joaquín de Jesús Caparrós Camino
Style: Cautious and defensive, likes a strong physical team, lots of lateral and vertical movement
combined with rapid counter attacking football. Strong on positional play.
From Utrera, the same village as Reyes just 30 kilometres from Sevilla.
With Sevilla, Caparrós had his best ever results winning 45% of all his games in charge. (39% with
Deportivo, 37% with Athletic, 30% with Mallorca)
He built the team that would often humble Real Madrid and Barcelona and would go on to win five
trophies. His starting eleven was highly rotated, much more than his successors from Juande Ramos to
Unai Emery. His ultimate team was based around Julio Baptista, Pep Marti and David Castedo. He oversaw
the inclusion of Alves, Navas, Adriano and Sergio Ramos, all of whom were introduced gradually into the
His departure stunned the fans, no definitive reason exists to this day, ‘by mutual accord’ was the
Juan De Ramos
Juan de la Cruz Ramos Cano
Style: Stylish attacking football. Tactical positioning and changes, first half tactical substitutions.
Ramos had a football philosophy, that when a player applies himself to football, he is rewarded a
hundred-fold. His arrival at Sevilla FC was soon followed by the arrival of Frederic Kanoute and Andrés
Palop, the spine of the new team. Ramos gave the opportunity to Luis Fabiano, who was considered to be
a high percentage risk, a moody youngster, talented but with a fiery temperament. Fabiano soon
disproved the rumours. Perhaps Fabiano was an example of the Juande philosophy, Alves and Adriano have
progressed to the highest levels with the same professional attitude to personal development. Despite
the consolidation of Navas and the partnership between Kanoute and Fabiano, most of Sevilla’s goals
originated from the left side of the field.
His departure from Sevilla came soon after the death of Antonio Puerta and many Sevlla fans resented
his move, he was renamed Juan Pesetera or Juan Dollar Ramos.
Juande Ramos won 57% of his games in charge of Sevilla and five major trophies.
Manuel Jiménez Jiménez
Style: Attacking wing based football, intensity. Talked too long and contradicted himself in press
Jiménez is one of Sevilla FC’s greatest ever footballers with the record number of appearances for
Sevilla FC (354), a left wing back who scored just one solitary goal for Sevilla FC and made 15
international appearances for Spain.
Jiménez would always rotate one or two players, he never played the same team in consecutive games.
Sevilla became habituated to the fast wing play that was the first choice style with players such as
Navas, Perotti and Capel on the wings and with Kanoute and Fabiano waiting at the end of the supply
This was the style that Valencia won two consecutive championships with just a few years before, but
football styles were changing and with football tactics increasingly in the hands of professional
analysts it became possible to nullify the Sevilla tactics. This resulted in fingers being pointed at
the midfield and the midfield became an experimentation laboratory for the following managers. Sevilla
were still high in the tables thanks to Kanoute and Fabiano, but they were slowly losing their potency.
Jiménez won 55% of his games in charge of Sevilla and no major trophies.
Antonio Álvarez Giráldez
Style: Experimented with 4-3-3 and the Italian midfield. Humble.
Sevilla FC had a problem, or a perceived problem. The demands and ambition of the club and the voices
of discontented fans caused the early end of Manolo Jiménez.
Antonio Álvarez was another ex Sevilla footballer and was manager for just 21 games, he was assistant
manager while Juande Ramos was in charge. Antonio understood the problem facing Sevilla and his time in
charge was a series of experiments and investigations, how to regain a winning style. By now it was
becoming obvious that the 4-4-2 system was the problem, a series of home defeats to lowly opposition
were ominous signs. The Sevilla team were dizzy with experiment. The midfield morphed with combinations
of Romaric, Zokora, Cigarini and Guarente and nothing seemed to work. Despite putting Sevilla back in
the Champions League with a last game win over Almería and winning the Copa Del Rey, Álvarez was fired
in May, though he stayed on to manage the team through the pre-season. Álvarez was an experiment and
Manzano was seen as a potential steadying hand to guide Sevilla FC in the Champions League.
Álvarez won 48% of his games and one trophy while in charge of Sevilla FC.
Gregorio Manzano Ballesteros
Style: Cautious, consistent, methodical. Quiet spoken and nervous in Press conferences.
The pre-season was not good and the season started even worse with Squillaci refusing to play a
Champions league game against Sporting Braga and Sevilla lost 1-0. Team friend Julian Escudé said that
Squillaci was in the team talk just before the game, then he withdrew from the starting 11. The team
was still under the command of Antonio Álvarez who had stayed in charge while Sevilla were negotiating
for Manzano but the storm clouds had already gathered.
On his arrival, Manzano rejected the Sevilla midfield and made it clear to Del Nido that it would have
to be renewed once again. But Manzano was on a one season contract and the directors could not give
Manzano the freedom he wanted. This was the uneasy dynamic that characterised the 2010/11 season. There
was never much affection between Manzano and Del Nido. Manzano concentrated on the basics of football
and nothing elaborate, he adapted the team slowly with little experimentation. Manzano had a solid
reputation with Mallorca, a club with little money that had consistently punched above its weight while
Manzano was in charge. Manzano’s stance was eventually vindicated and Sevilla brought in Gary Medel and
Ivan Rakitic in January of 2011.
He survived to the end of the season and Sevilla finished 5th in the league. Saying goodbye, he
declared that Sevilla FC had too many players that were not dedicated to the club. With Sevilla FC he
achieved a lot, a return to stability and qualification for UEFA with a team that was past its sell by
Manzano won 50% of his games while in charge of Sevilla FC.
Marcelino García Toral
Style: Complex modern football theory, technical before tactical. Confused the Press with his theories.
Sevilla FC invested money and aspirations in the young Marcelino. Marcelino’s football philosophy was
modern and complex, his attitude was positive, enthusiastic and confident. His previous clubs were
Sporting, Recreativo, Zaragoza and Racing. There was nothing in his record to suggest he would be an
outstanding manager. Once again the pre-season tournaments predicted a difficult 2011/12 season ahead
for Marcelino. Difficult it was, Marcelino failed to take-off and after results started to go from bad
to worse, Sevilla dropped to 11th in the league and were losing at home to every team that visited.
After Beating Levante 1-0 on the 5th of December, Sevilla lost to Real Madrid 2-6, Valencia 1-0, Rayo
2-1, Málaga 2-1, Villareal 1-2, with just two draws, Betis 1-1 and Espanyol 0-0. A series of five
defeats and two draws. Del Nido cut short Marcelino’s career with Sevilla in February of 2012, just six
months after his appointment. The players had rejected his style.
Marcelino won 33% of his games while in charge of Sevilla.
José Miguel González Martín Del Campo
Style: Undefined, tactical corner-Kicks and dead-ball situations, inability to impart discipline.
Charming, dazzling and competent with the press.
Michel took over as manager of Sevilla following the unexpected departure of Marcelino. Michel had been
manager of Getafe for three seasons and before that manager of the Real Madrid B side, Madrid Castilla.
As a player he played twelve seasons with Real Madrid winning fifteen major trophies. As an opposing
Manager he was Sevilla’s bête noire, winning most of Getafe’s games against Sevilla.
Much of Michel’s time was spent adjusting the line between 4-4-2 and 4-3-3, trying to get Reyes match
fit and suffering more misfortune with injuries, he also had to say goodbye to Kanoute.
Michel never seemed to control the dressing room of Sevilla FC and though he tried to establish some
discipline, his opinion was that the players should have sufficient self-discipline and not require
input from the manager. In his first weeks in Nervion a training incident between Gary Medel and Emir
Spahic saw both players expelled from the training session, they were dropped for the next game against
Real Sociedad. Michel’s greatest triumph was the 5-1 thrashing of rivals Real Betis. The legendary game
is now known as 18N (the date being the 18th of November), or la manita (the five). Spain’s national
coach Vicente Del Bosque, who saw the game in the stadium is quoted as saying “No team would have
survived against Sevilla today”.
Michel was fired during the winter break and in came Unai Emery. The goodbye’s to Michel were once
again painful, Sevilla were compelled to search for a manager who could diagnose the problem and ‘cure’
the patient, according to the technical manager Monchi.
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Unai Emery Etxegoien
Style: Evolving, not defined. Rapid counters, highly mobile, movement and one-touch in final third.
Emery took control at a time when Sevilla FC were acknowledging a problem with the squad, a squad that
had not performed to the level of the price tag. In doing this, Sevilla FC reduced the burdon it was
placing on the players – the objective of Champions League or UEFA football. Due to the financial
embargoes placed on several Spanish clubs, Sevilla were able to qualify for UEFA football despite
finishing 9th in 2013.
In the Summer of 2013 Sevilla FC embarked on an ambitious plan to renew the core of the squad, selling
it’s biggest names and biggest earners. And similarly, they have been replaced by promising young
players from Europe and South America. Many of the new players were on the radar of both Monchi and
Emery. The 2013 summer pre-season was a radical departure from the traditional Sevilla pre-season.
Emery took the players on a successful tour of South America and followed that with victories in UEFA
league qualifying rounds and later a friendly with Manchester United, Sevilla winning 1-3 with an
Emery has won 39% of his games while in charge of Sevilla.