Gerard Zaragoza

Gerard Zaragoza Mulet (born 20 February 1982) is a Spanish professional football manager.

Gerard Zaragoza
Personal information
Full name Gerard Zaragoza Mulet
Date of birth (1982-02-20) 20 February 1982 (age 40)
Place of birth Sant Jaume, Spain
Youth career
Team
Dertusa
Cambrils
Gimnàstic
Teams managed
Years Team
2007–2008 Catalonia U14
2008–2009 Catalonia U16
2010–2011 Aspire Academy (youth)
2011–2012 Espanyol (youth)
2012–2013 Locomotive Tbilisi
2013–2014 Torpedo Kutaisi
2014 Amposta
2014–2015 Lekhwiya (assistant)
2015–2016 Locomotive Tbilisi
2016–2018 Al-Rayyan (assistant)
2018–2019 Bengaluru (assistant)
2019–2020 Shabab Al-Ahli U21
2020 Shabab Al-Ahli
2021–2022 Panserraikos

CareerEdit

Born in Sant Jaume d'Enveja, Tarragona, Catalonia, Zaragoza played youth football for EF Dertusa, FC Cambrils and Gimnàstic de Tarragona as a youth, but retired due to an injury.[1] He started his career at the Escola de Veterans de Cambrils, and subsequently went on to work at the Catalonia national team, taking over the under-14 and under-16s while also working as a scout for the Qatari branch of the Aspire Academy.[2]

In 2010, Zaragoza moved to the Senegal branch of the Aspire, being manager of the under-16s. In 2011 he returned to his home country, being named in charge of RCD Espanyol's Cadete squad.[1]

Zaragoza moved abroad in September 2012, initially in the backroom staff of Georgian Erovnuli Liga 2 side FC Locomotive Tbilisi. He subsequently took over as manager in November,[1] and led the club to the second position of the East group, achieving promotion to the top tier. In May 2013, he took over FC Torpedo Kutaisi of the Erovnuli Liga,[3] leaving the club the following January.

On 20 March 2014, Zaragoza returned to his home country and was appointed manager of CF Amposta in the Primera Catalana.[4] In July, he was named Michael Laudrup's assistant at Lekhwiya SC,[5] but returned to Locomotive in October 2015.

Zaragoza left the Georgian side in October 2016, and immediately rejoined Laudrup's staff, now at Al-Rayyan SC.[6] For 2018–19, he acted as Carles Cuadrat's assistant coach at Indian Super League side Bengaluru FC,[7] ending the season as champions.

In November 2019, Zaragoza returned to the United Arab Emirates after being appointed manager of Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai FC's under-21s.[8] The following 8 March, he was named first team manager until the end of the campaign, after the sacking of Rodolfo Arruabarrena.[9][10]

Zaragoza made his debut as manager of Shabab Al-Ahli on 13 March 2020, in a 5–2 away defeat of Ajman Club.[11] At the end of the year Zaragoza left the club after a poor start of the season despite only losing once.

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of match played 2 January 2022[12]
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Locomotive Tbilisi   29 November 2012 26 May 2013 15 11 3 1 36 12 +24 073.33
Torpedo Kutaisi   1 June 2013 1 January 2014 22 6 7 9 27 34 −7 027.27
Locomotive Tbilisi   16 October 2015 24 October 2016 33 8 10 15 30 46 −16 024.24
Shabab Al Ahli   8 March 2020 15 December 2020 16 7 8 1 31 15 +16 043.75
Panserraikos   1 July 2021 2 January 2022 8 3 3 2 12 12 +0 037.50
Total 94 35 31 28 133 119 +14 037.23

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "El ebrense Gerard Zaragoza está al frente del Lokomotiv" [The ebrense Gerard Zaragoza is in charge of Lokomotiv] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 8 February 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Gerard Zaragoza, un auténtico trotamundos del mundo del fútbol" [Gerard Zaragoza, a true journeyman of football] (in Spanish). Diari de Tarragona. 16 September 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  3. ^ "La 'Semana Fantástica' de Gerard Zaragoza" [The 'fantastic week' of Gerard Zaragoza] (in Spanish). Marca. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  4. ^ "GERARD ZARAGOZA, nou entrenador del primer equip del CF AMPOSTA" [GERARD ZARAGOZA, new manager of CF AMPOSTA's first team] (in Catalan). CF Amposta. 20 March 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Lekhwiya, Gerard Zaragoza al cuerpo técnico de Laudrup" [Lekhwiya, Gerard Zaragoza to Laudrup's staff] (in Spanish). Todo Mercado Web. 6 July 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  6. ^ "sssdrup" (in Spanish). Diari de Tarragona. 18 April 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Interview with Gerard Zaragoza: 'Carles Cuadrat and I Like to Control Everything on the Pitch'". SportsKeeda. 29 November 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Gerard Zaragoza desembarca en Dubái" [Gerard Zaragoza lands in Dubai] (in Spanish). Diari de Tarragona. 14 November 2019. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  9. ^ "La hora de Gerard Zaragoza: "Soy un afortunado"" [The time of Gerard Zaragoza: "I am fortunate"] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 11 March 2020. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Arabian Gulf League leaders Shabab Al Ahli sack manager Rodolfo Arruabarrena". The National. 8 March 2020. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Gerard Zaragoza debuta guanyant amb el Shabab Al Ahli" [Gerard Zaragoza debuts with a win at Shabab Al Ahli] (in Catalan). Setmanari L'Ebre. 17 March 2020. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  12. ^ Gerard Zaragoza coach profile at Soccerway

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