Joaquín de Jesús Caparrós Camino (born 15 October 1955) is a Spanish football coach, currently in charge of Levante UD.
Caparrós was born in
Utrera, Province of Seville, Andalusia. After an obscure career as a player he started coaching in his mid-20's, 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 club, Sevilla FC, to a similar fate.
With youth products such as
Carlos Marchena, José Antonio Reyes and Jesuli ( Sergio 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, being fired after a poor 2 second season. Afterwards he moved to Athletic de Bilbao, beating former side Sevilla in the semifinals of the 2008–09 Copa del Rey (4–2 aggregate), and qualifying for the UEFA Europa League as FC Barcelona won the treble.
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 club owner Bulat Chagaev. On 3 October, 3 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 (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
Joaquín Caparrós managerial positions