|Luis Enrique Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 11 in|
|Date of Birth||May 8, 1970|
Luis Enrique is a Spanish soccer manager and former professional soccer player who was renowned for his versatility in the field and excelled primarily in the midfield and as a forward for both Real Madrid C.F. and FC Barcelona. He finished his club career with 107 goals, a majority (73) of them coming for FC Barcelona, in the last part of his career. At the international level, he represented Spain at 3 FIFA World Cups (1994, 1998, 2002) and the UEFA Euro 1996. As a manager, he coached Barcelona B, Roma, and Celta Vigo from 2008 to 2014. However, his greatest glories were again reserved for FC Barcelona with whom he won the treble (La Liga, Copa del Rey, UEFA Champions League) in his very first season (2014-15) and the double (La Liga, Copa del Rey) in his second season (2015–16). He also coached FC Barcelona to the UEFA Super Cup in 2015, the FIFA Club World Cup in 2015, the Supercopa de España in 2016, and another Copa del Rey title in the 2016–17 season. Luis was appointed the head coach of the Spanish national team in July 2018, a position that he quit in June 2019 to look after his daughter who was battling a severe illness. He returned to the position in November 2019.
Luis Enrique Martínez García
Gijón, Asturias, Spain
He splits his time between Gijón, Asturias, Spain, and Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.
Soccer Manager, Former Professional Soccer Player
- Others – Francesc Cullell (Father-in-Law) (Furrier)
- 8, 21 – Spain
- 3, 7, 8, 9, 11, 14, 15, 16, 21 – Real Madrid C.F.
- 21 – FC Barcelona
5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm
73 kg or 161 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Luis has dated –
- Elena Cullell (1996-Present) – Luis began dating stewardess Elena Cullell in 1996 and the couple got married on December 27, 1997, in the Basilica of Santa María del Mar in Barcelona. They had 3 children together, a son named Pacho Martínez (b. December 1998) and 2 daughters named Sira Martínez and Xana Martínez. Xana, his youngest offspring, tragically passed away on August 29, 2019, due to bone cancer.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Spanish descent.
- Toned physique
- Tousled hair
- Often sports a rugged beard
- Has tattoos on both his arms
In his playing days, he was sponsored by the sports goods manufacturer Nike.
Luis Enrique Facts
- He was a member of Spain’s Under-23 squad that won the Gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.
- With Real Madrid C.F., as a player, he won the Copa del Rey in the 1992–93 season, the Supercopa de España in 1993, and the La Liga in the 1994–95 season.
- He won all 3 titles with FC Barcelona as well; the Copa del Rey in 1996–97 and 1997–98, the Supercopa de España in 1996, and the La Liga in 1997–98 and 1998–99. In addition, he won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in the 1996–97 season and the UEFA Super Cup in 1997.
- He was among the 3 Spanish players who were named in the FIFA 100 list that was unveiled in March 2004.
- In 2015, he was named the ‘FIFA World Coach of the Year’, the ‘IFFHS World’s Best Club Coach’, ‘World Soccer Manager of the Year’, and the ‘European Coach of the Year’.
Featured Image by Luis Enrique / Instagram