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Lorenzo Serra Ferrer (Spanish pronunciation: [loˈɾenθo ˈsera ˈfereɾ], Catalan: Llorenç Serra Ferrer; born 5 March 1953) is a Spanish football coach.

Lorenzo Serra Ferrer
Personal information
Full name Lorenzo Serra Ferrer
Date of birth (1953-03-05) 5 March 1953 (age 66)
Place of birth Sa Pobla, Spain
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1976 Poblense
Teams managed
1980–1982 Poblense
1982–1985 Mallorca B
1984 Mallorca
1985–1993 Mallorca
1993–1997 Betis
2000–2001 Barcelona
2004–2006 Betis
2006–2008 AEK Athens
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

His career was mainly associated with Mallorca and Betis, and he also served the former in various other capacities.

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Playing careerEdit

Born in Sa Pobla, Majorca, Balearic Islands, Serra Ferrer played three years with local amateurs UD Poblense in the fourth division, retiring from football at only 23.

Managing careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

After coaching youth team La Salle, Serra Ferrer joined his only club as a player in 1980. After two national championships, he led them to a first ever promotion to the third level in his second and final season.

MallorcaEdit

In 1983, Serra Ferrer signed for another side in the region, RCD Mallorca, spending two years with the B-team. In the 1983–84 season he also coached the main squad in one game, as an interim manager.

With Mallorca, Serra Ferrer promoted twice to La Liga, in 1986 and 1989, also reaching the Copa del Rey final in 1991, losing 0–1 to Atlético Madrid.[1]

BetisEdit

After eight full seasons with Mallorca, Serra Ferrer joined Real Betis in division two, immediately leading them to promotion and subsequently achieving a third place in the following campaign, only trailing champions Real Madrid and Deportivo de La Coruña whilst posting the best defensive record in the league (25 goals in 38 matches) and qualifying to the UEFA Cup.

In 1997, Serra Ferrer led Betis to the domestic cup final (a 2–3 overtime loss against FC Barcelona),[2] after once again qualifying the Andalusians for European competitions with a fourth-place finish in the league.

Barcelona / Betis returnEdit

Serra Ferrer moved to Barcelona after the Spanish Cup final, but spent three years working in directorial capacities. In 2000–01, after being named Louis van Gaal's successor following the latter's dismissal, he coached the team until the 31st matchday, being fired after a 1–3 loss at CA Osasuna with the Catalans in the fifth position, trailing leaders Real Madrid by 17 points;[3] he was replaced by former club legend Carles Rexach.[4]

In 2004, Serra Ferrer returned to Betis, leading it to another top-four league finish – with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Champions League, a first-ever – as well as winning the season's Spanish Cup;[5] in the following season the team only managed to rank 14th in the league, also being ousted in the Champions League group stage in spite of a 1–0 home win against Chelsea.[6]

AEK AthensEdit

Serra Ferrer joined AEK Athens F.C. of Greece, in the summer of 2006. In his first season he led the capital club to the second place in the domestic league, as the team also achieved their first Champions League wins against Lille OSC and A.C. Milan, being eventually ousted in the group stage.

In late May 2007, Serra Ferrer signed a four-year extension to his contract, which was to expire at the end of 2007–08.[7] On 13 August, as AEK was drawn against Sevilla FC in the Champions League third qualifying round, he stated: "The tie (vs Sevilla) will be intensely emotional for me", adding "I will return to a city I love very dearly."[8] The Spaniards eventually won it 6–1 on aggregate.[9]

On 12 February 2008, Serra Ferrer was fired by AEK after an early exit in the Greek Cup, and a poor league run that saw the side drop from first to third in the space of a week.[10]

Mallorca returnEdit

On 29 June 2010, a group headed by Serra Ferrer became the new owner of Mallorca, taking over from main shareholder Mateu Alemany for a fee believed to be around 2 million. On 9 July he was named the club's vice president and director of football, as it was in the process of going into voluntary administration, trying to sort out debts of up to €85 million.[11]

HonoursEdit

Poblense

Betis

Mallorca

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Entrenadores míticos: Lorenzo Serra Ferrer (Legendary coaches: Lorenzo Serra Ferrer); RCDM, 26 July 2010 ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  2. ^ a b "Barça de titanes" [Titanic Barça]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 29 June 1997. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  3. ^ Lowe, Sid (23 April 2001). "Axe hovers over Serra Ferrer as Barcelona lose again". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  4. ^ Thorpe, Martin (24 April 2001). "Barcelona sack coach Ferrer". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  5. ^ a b Dani delivers for Betis; UEFA, 12 June 2005
  6. ^ "Real Betis 1–0 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 1 November 2005. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  7. ^ Serra Ferrer sticks with AEK; UEFA, 25 May 2007
  8. ^ Matter of the heart for AEK coach; UEFA, 13 August 2007
  9. ^ "Ramos ready for group challenge". The World Game. August 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  10. ^ AEK call time on coach Serra Ferrer; UEFA, 12 February 2008
  11. ^ Former coach Serra Ferrer buys struggling Real Mallorca; Reuters, 29 June 2010
  12. ^ "El Mallorca, finalista elemplar" [Mallorca, the perfect finalist]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 30 June 1991. Retrieved 2 March 2017.

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