Eusebio Sacristan had a playing career at Barcelona alongside a golden generation and under the guidance of Johan Cruyff. He now manages Real Sociedad in La Liga, a big challenge but one he is embracing and enjoying. With the help of translator, Brooke Duder, Player Development Project caught up with Eusebio to discuss his journey as a young player and now top flight manager.

Eusebio is a man with a wealth of football experience, having featured for an array of top Spanish clubs as a player before making the transition into coaching and management in a career which has already spanned over 30 years in both capacities. With 203 matches for Barcelona under the guidance of Johan Cruyff in one of the most dominant periods in the Catalan club’s history, Eusebio has had a coaching apprenticeship many could only dream of.

At the completion of his lengthy playing career, which included 15 caps for the Spanish national team, Eusebio began coaching, starting a football school in Valladolid, the club with which he last played. From there, he progressed quickly and moved back to Barcelona to work as an assistant, and so, his coaching journey began.

Player Development Project wanted to know more about Eusebio’s career, his pathway to professional player and his progress to his most recent role, Manager of La Liga side, Real Sociedad.

Having grown up the son of a farmer, Eusebio learned from a young age the value of work ethic by sometimes helping his father around the farm. Nevertheless, as a young man he still had plenty of time spare to do what he felt passionate about, which was “to be with the ball and play football with the other boys of the town.”

“Any space was good to use as a football pitch and I would play for hours.”

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Brooke Duder & Dave Wright
Brooke Duder & Dave Wright
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Brooke Duder is a fluent Spanish speaker and works in the marketing & health sector.

Dave Wright is a UEFA A licensed coach and Co-Founder of Player Development Project.
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