|Full name||Ernesto Valverde Tejedor|
|Date of birth||9 February 1964|
|Place of birth||Viandar de la Vera, Spain|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Current club||Athletic Bilbao (coach)|
|2001–2002||Athletic Bilbao (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Valverde was born in Viandar de la Vera, Cáceres, Extremadura. After having made his professional debuts in Segunda División (Deportivo Alavés and Sestao Sport Club) he was transferred to RCD Español in 1986,1 making his La Liga debut on 31 August in a 1–1 away draw against Atlético de Madrid. In a season which included a second stage he ended with 43 league appearances, scoring seven goals; in his final year he was part of the side that lost the 1988 UEFA Cup on penalties, to Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
Subsequently Valverde played two years at FC Barcelona, winning a Copa del Rey and a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, although he appeared sparingly in the process (only 13 minutes against Lech Poznań in the latter tournament). However, in his second season he netted six goals in only 12 games, including braces in consecutive wins over Sporting de Gijón (2–0) and Valencia CF (2–1).
In 1990 Valverde left for Athletic Bilbao, eliglible for the side although he was born in Extremadura (he moved to the Basque Country still an infant). He played six seasons with the team (from 1992–94 he scored 20 goals in the league) before moving to his final club RCD Mallorca, where he was relatively used as the Balearic Islands outfit achieved top flight promotion, and retired the following summer aged 33; during his time at Athletic, he was nicknamed Txingurri (Basque for ant).
Immediately after retiring, Valverde began his career as a manager in the youth departments of former team Athletic Bilbao. Four years later he became a co-trainer in the main squad and, in 2002, he returned to head coach duties when he took over the B-side, being promoted to first-team main boss the following year; in 2003–04, the club finished fifth and qualified for the UEFA Cup.
After one year out of football Valverde joined another former side, Espanyol.2 During his first season the Catalonia outfit managed to reach another UEFA Cup final – nineteen years later – again losing on penalties, to fellow league side Sevilla FC.
On 28 May 2008 Valverde was appointed coach at Greek league powerhouse Olympiacos FC,3 winning the championship in his debut campaign and adding the cup for the double. On 8 May 2009 the club decided not to renew his contract in spite of his success, because of a financial disagreement; however, most of the players and fans were openly in favour of him staying.4
On 2 June 2009 Villarreal CF announced that Valverde would succeed Manuel Pellegrini on a one-year deal, after the Chilean had left for Real Madrid.5 As the club stood tenth in the league on 31 January 2010, following a 0–2 home loss against CA Osasuna, he was sacked.6
On 7 August 2010 Valverde returned to Olympiacos, replacing Ewald Lienen who had only been in charge for a few weeks.7 In his first season in his second spell he again led the Piraeus club to the league championship, also reaching the last eight in the domestic cup.
On 19 April 2012, after helping Olympiacos renew its domestic supremacy, Valverde announced his decision to leave the club, due to family reasons.8 On 3 December he returned to Spanish football by being appointed at Valencia until the end of the season, replacing fired Mauricio Pellegrino;9 his first game occurred five days later, a 1–0 win at Osasuna,10 and the second match, against the same opponent for the season's domestic cup, brought another triumph at the Reyno de Navarra (2–0).
On 1 June 2013, immediately after the 3–4 away loss at Sevilla which meant Valencia could only finish fifth, thus out of qualification positions for the UEFA Champions League, Valverde announced he would leave the club.11
- Valverde: y van tres! (Valverde: make that three!); El Mundo Deportivo, 10 June 1986
- Valverde takes control at Espanyol; UEFA.com, 26 May 2006
- Olympiacos turn to Valverde; UEFA.com, 28 May 2008
- Olympiacos call time on Valverde reign; UEFA.com, 8 May 2009
- Valverde fills Pellegrini void at Villarreal; UEFA.com, 2 June 2009
- "Villarreal sack coach Valverde after Osasuna defeat". ESPN Soccernet. 31 January 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2010.
- Valverde returns to troubled Olympiakos; Yahoo!, 7 August 2010
- George Georgakopoulos (19 April 2012). "Olympiakos coach Valverde will leave club in May". Kathimerini. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
- "Valencia appoint Valverde". ESPN FC. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
- "Soldado gives Valverde perfect start". ESPN FC. 8 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- "Valverde anuncia que no sigue en el Valencia" [Valverde announces he will not continue with Valencia] (in Spanish). Marca. 2 June 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2013.