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Javi Gracia

Javi Gracia
Javier Gracia Carlos.jpg
Gracia coaching Rubin in 2017
Personal information
Full name Javier Gracia Carlos[1]
Date of birth (1970-05-01) 1 May 1970 (age 48)[1]
Place of birth Pamplona, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Watford (manager)
Youth career
1977–1982 Osasuna
Chantrea
Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1992 Bilbao Athletic 100 (12)
1992–1993 Lleida 38 (12)
1993–1995 Valladolid 65 (2)
1995–1999 Real Sociedad 106 (12)
1999–2002 Villarreal 82 (6)
2003–2004 Córdoba 39 (0)
Total 430 (44)
National team
1989–1990 Spain U20 3 (0)
1991 Spain U21 1 (0)
Teams managed
2004–2005 Villarreal (youth)
2007–2008 Pontevedra
2008–2010 Cádiz
2010–2011 Villarreal B
2011 Olympiacos Volou
2011–2012 Kerkyra
2012–2013 Almería
2013–2014 Osasuna
2014–2016 Málaga
2016–2017 Rubin Kazan
2018– Watford
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Javier "Javi" Gracia Carlos (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxaβi ˈɣɾaθja];[a] born 1 May 1970) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder, and is the manager of Premier League club Watford.

He played in 430 matches both major levels of Spanish football combined, during a 15-year professional career. After retiring he began working as a manager, going on to coach several clubs in Spain, Greece and Russia before being appointed at Watford in January 2018.[2]

Playing career

Born in Pamplona, Navarre,[3] Gracia started playing professionally with Bilbao Athletic, Athletic Bilbao's reserves, never appearing officially for the first team during three years.[4] In the 1992–93 campaign, he scored a career-best 12 goals in all 38 games as UE Lleida returned to La Liga after an absence of more than 40 years, as champions.[5][6]

Gracia spent the following six seasons in the top flight, appearing regularly for both Real Valladolid and Real Sociedad safe for his last year (15 matches, one goal[7]).[8] In 1999, he returned to Segunda División and signed for Villarreal CF, helping the Valencian club get promoted to the top division after one year and being regularly used in the following campaign – 1,765 minutes of action – as the team easily maintained their division status.

In February 2003, after being scarcely played in his last one-and-a-half seasons at Villarreal, 32-year-old Gracia joined Córdoba CF in the second level, closing out his career in June of the following year.[9][10] He appeared in 229 Spanish top division games over the course of nine seasons, netting 17 goals.[11]

Coaching career

After starting his managerial career with former club Villarreal (youth sides),[12] Gracia spent in Segunda División B, with Pontevedra CF, finishing first and second with the team in the regular season, but always falling short in the promotion playoffs.[13]

In 2008–09, still in division three, Gracia finally achieved promotion, now with Cádiz CF,[14] but he was fired midway through the following season[15] as the Andalusians were immediately relegated back. In the 2010–11 campaign, with Villarreal's reserves,[16] he managed to avert a drop also in the second tier.

After one year in Greece,[17][18] Gracia returned to his country,[19] leading UD Almería back to the top flight in 2013[20] but leaving in June after failing to agree new terms.[21] On 4 September of that year he was appointed at CA Osasuna, replacing fired José Luis Mendilibar.[22]

On 30 May 2014, Gracia was named the new manager of Málaga CF.[23] During his two-year tenure, he led the team to the ninth and eighth position, respectively.

Before the start of the 2016–17 season, Gracia joined FC Rubin Kazan.[24] After only achieving a ninth-place finish in the Russian Premier League, he left the club by mutual consent.[25]

On 21 January 2018, Gracia was named the new manager of Premier League club Watford on an 18-month contract following the dismissal of Marco Silva.[26] His first game in charge took place six days later, in a 0–1 away loss against Southampton for the fourth round of the FA Cup.[27]

Managerial statistics

As of match played 13 May 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref.
P W D L Win %
Pontevedra 23 March 2007 30 June 2008 57 28 19 10 049.1 [28]
Cádiz 11 July 2008 9 January 2010 63 30 16 17 047.6 [29]
Villarreal B 24 June 2010 12 May 2011 38 14 5 19 036.8 [30]
Olympiacos Volou 7 June 2011 24 August 2011 4 3 1 0 075.0 [citation needed]
Kerkyra 14 November 2011 28 March 2012 21 7 4 10 033.3 [citation needed]
Almería 12 June 2012 28 June 2013 50 28 9 13 056.0 [31]
Osasuna 4 September 2013 30 May 2014 39 10 11 18 025.6 [32]
Málaga 30 May 2014 24 May 2016 84 28 22 34 033.3 [33]
Rubin Kazan 27 May 2016 8 June 2017 34 13 8 13 038.2 [25][34]
Watford 21 January 2018 Present 15 4 3 8 026.7 [26]
Career total 405 165 98 142 040.7

Honours

Player

Lleida

Manager

Pontevedra

Cádiz

Notes

  1. ^ In isolation, Gracia is pronounced [ˈɡɾaθja].

References

  1. ^ a b c "Gracia: Javier Gracia Carlos: Manager". BDFutbol. Retrieved 3 May 2018. 
  2. ^ "Javi Gracia, 300 partidos entre jugador y entrenador en Primera" [Javi Gracia, 300 matches combined as player and manager in Primera]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 11 May 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2018. 
  3. ^ ""Hubiera sido futbolista toda la vida"" [“I would have been a footballer all my life”]. El País (in Spanish). 26 April 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "Gracia: "Las cifras goleadoras de Aduriz están por encima de la media"" [Gracia: "Aduriz's scoring figures are above the average"] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 5 December 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2018. 
  5. ^ a b "Se cumplen 20 años del último ascenso a Primera de la UE Lleida" [20 years from UE Lleida's last promotion to Primera]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 5 June 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2018. 
  6. ^ "El pasado futbolista de todos los técnicos de la Liga" [The footballing past of all the League's managers] (in Spanish). Sphera Sports. 10 March 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2018. 
  7. ^ "La Real reparte beneficios de la miseria" [Real share benefits of misery]. El País (in Spanish). 11 January 1999. Retrieved 22 January 2018. 
  8. ^ "Javier Gracia, nuevo técnico del Málaga Club de Fútbol" [Javier Gracia, new Málaga Club de Fútbol manager] (in Spanish). Málaga CF. 30 May 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2018. 
  9. ^ "Javi Gracia y Berruet se presentan con el Córdoba" [Javi Gracia and Berruet presented at Córdoba]. El Periódico Mediterráneo (in Spanish). 4 February 2003. Retrieved 22 January 2018. 
  10. ^ "Javi Gracia y su última tarde de fútbol en el Córdoba" [Javi Gracia and his last football afternoon at Córdoba] (in Spanish). Cordópolis. 16 October 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2018. 
  11. ^ "'Pitu' Abelardo y Javi Gracia: compañeros y rivales" ['Pitu' Abelardo and Javi Gracia: mates and rivals]. La Opinión de Málaga (in Spanish). 31 October 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2018. 
  12. ^ "Calleja: "Gracia es una referencia para los entrenadores que venimos de abajo"" [Calleja: "Gracia is a reference for us managers who come from below"] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 10 February 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2018. 
  13. ^ "Javi Gracia: "Me sentaré con el presidente, no quiero ser un obstáculo para el club"" [Javi Gracia: "I will sit down with the president, I don't want to stand in the club's way"]. Faro de Vigo (in Spanish). 2 June 2008. Retrieved 21 January 2018. 
  14. ^ "Javi Gracia será el entrenador en Segunda" [Javi Gracia will be the manager in Segunda] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 26 May 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2018. 
  15. ^ "El Cádiz destituye a su entrenador Javier Gracia" [Cádiz sack their manager Javi Gracia] (in Spanish). Europa Press. 10 January 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  16. ^ "El excadista Javi Gracia, destituido en el Villarreal B por los malos resultados" [Ex-Cádiz Javi Gracia, sacked in Villarreal B due to poor results] (in Spanish). La Voz Digital. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "El Olympiakos Volou contrata al técnico Javi Gracia" [Olympiakos Volou hire manager Javi Gracia]. Marca (in Spanish). 7 June 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2018. 
  18. ^ "Javi Gracia, la serenidad y el trabajo a discreción al servicio de La Rosaleda" [Javi Gracia, serenity and discrete work at the service of La Rosaleda] (in Spanish). Vavel. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2018. 
  19. ^ "Xavi Gracia, técnico del Almería" [Xavi Gracia, manager of Almería]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 12 June 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  20. ^ "Almería 3–0 Girona: Los andaluces, el vigésimo pasajero de Primera" [Almería 3–0 Girona: The Andalusians, Primera's twentieth passenger] (in Spanish). Goal.com. 22 June 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  21. ^ "Javi Gracia no seguirá entrenando al Almería" [Javi Gracia will not continue as Almería coach] (in Spanish). Goal.com. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  22. ^ "La Liga: Osasuna name former Almeria boss Javi Gracia as their new coach". Sky Sports. 4 September 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  23. ^ "La Liga: Javi Gracia named the new manager of Malaga". Sky Sports. 30 May 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  24. ^ "Javi Gracia ficha por el Rubin Kazan" [Javi Gracia signs for Rubin Kazan]. Sport (in Spanish). 22 May 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2017. 
  25. ^ a b Хавьер Грасия покидает «Рубин» [Javier Gracia leaves Rubin] (in Russian). FC Rubin Kazan. 8 June 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  26. ^ a b "Gracia named Hornets' head coach". Watford F.C. 21 January 2018. Retrieved 21 January 2018. 
  27. ^ "Southampton 1–0 Watford". BBC Sport. 27 January 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2018. 
  28. ^ "Gracia: Javier Gracia Carlos: Matches: 2006–07". BDFutbol. Retrieved 3 May 2018. 
    "Gracia: Javier Gracia Carlos: Matches: 2007–08". BDFutbol. Retrieved 3 May 2018. 
  29. ^ "Gracia: Javier Gracia Carlos: Matches: 2008–09". BDFutbol. Retrieved 3 May 2018. 
    "Gracia: Javier Gracia Carlos: Matches: 2009–10". BDFutbol. Retrieved 3 May 2018. 
  30. ^ "Gracia: Javier Gracia Carlos: Matches: 2010–11". BDFutbol. Retrieved 3 May 2018. 
  31. ^ "Gracia: Javier Gracia Carlos: Matches: 2012–13". BDFutbol. Retrieved 3 May 2018. 
  32. ^ "Gracia: Javier Gracia Carlos: Matches: 2013–14". BDFutbol. Retrieved 3 May 2018. 
  33. ^ "Gracia: Javier Gracia Carlos: Matches: 2014–15". BDFutbol. Retrieved 3 May 2018. 
    "Gracia: Javier Gracia Carlos: Matches: 2015–16". BDFutbol. Retrieved 3 May 2018. 
  34. ^ "Javi Gracia Carlos signs as Rubin Kazan boss". The Score. 27 May 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 

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