Ten Things You May Not Know About Luis Enrique



Luis Enrique has now been confirmed as the new coach of Spain.

In response, Marca.com (Spanish newspaper) look at some of the things you may not have known about the man who will sit in the national dugout.

1.A unique way of watching training

When he was at Barcelona and Celta Vigo, he installed scaffolding at the training ground in order to have an aerial view of sessions.

 2. There is a reason for his sunglasses

He suffers from a condition known as Pterygium so uses glasses with an ultraviolet filter to protect himself against exposure to the sun and other irritants.

 3. His five-goal win against Barcelona

On January 7, 1995, he helped Real Madrid in their win over Barcelona, a 5-0 success at the Camp Nou.

Luis Enrique scored once as Ivan Zamorano netted a hat-trick and Jose Emilio Amavisca rounded out the scoring.

 4. The third player to swap Clasico sides

Luis Enrique left Real Madrid in 1996 and signed a five-year deal with the Catalans until June 30, 2001, to became the third to swap the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu for the Camp Nou, after Josep Canal and Lucien Muller.

 5. He was a one million euros man

Los Blancos paid 250 million pesetas, his release clause, to Sporting Gijon in order to sign Luis Enrique, which was the equivalent of a million euros.


6. He cycled the Dolomites

Just before joining Celta Vigo, that same summer the coach climbed some of the toughest mountain paths in the Dolomites by bicycle: Stelvio, Mortirolo and Gavia.

 7. He made peace with Tassotti

After having his nose broken by Mauro Tassotti during the World Cup in the USA in 1994, they were reunited 17 years later.

Luis Enrique was coach of Roma and Tassotti was Milan’s assistant as the pair made up.

 8. He can run a marathon in under three hours

In 2007 in Florence, the fitness fanatic managed to complete the 42 kilometres and 195 metres in less than three hours.

It took him a time of 2:57:58 and, in 2008, he also participated in the Marathon des Sables, one of the toughest endurance events in the world.

 9. He is an Ironman

The coach completed in the Ironman competition in Frankfurt and completed it in a time of 10 hours and 19 minutes.

He managed 3.86 kilometres swimming, 180km on the bicycle and also ran a marathon.

 10. Pele included him in his top 100

Luis Enrique was part of the FIFA 100, a list of the best players of the century which was compiled by Pele in 2004.