All Coaches Throughout History
For the 2019/2020 season, Julen Lopetegui was the coach chosen to lead Sevilla FC's new project from the bench under the guidance of Monchi in his return to the sporting general management role. After his time with FC Porto, the Spanish national team and Real Madrid, the Basque coach takes the reins of a completely revamped squad, after an intense summer in which 13 signings were made.
During his first season at the helm in Nervión, Sevilla FC finished the league championship in fourth position, qualifying directly for the next edition of the UEFA Champions League. In addition to this brilliant achievement, the Basque coach would shortly after win the sixth UEFA Europa League for Sevilla FC, after beating Inter Milan (3-2) in the final in Cologne. That victory, as well as qualifying Sevilla FC for the FIFA Club World Cup, was a record for the Nervión club, as it capped a successful run of 21 matches unbeaten in a single season.
During his second season on the Sevilla bench, in 2020/21, the Basque coach would continue to set new records for the club. The pandemic caused by COVID-19 and the consequent disruption to the football calendar forced Sevilla FC to link the end of the previous campaign with the start of the new season, with practically no interruption and only a few days' holiday for the first team players. Thus, at the end of September, Sevilla FC faced Bayern Munich in the final of the European Super Cup, a German team against whom they competed at a very high level and who could only overcome Sevilla FC by the slimmest of margins in extra time (2-1). Despite this defeat, Lopetegui's side had a brilliant season, culminating in a fourth-place finish in the league and thus securing a place in the following edition of the Champions League, which was secured with five games to spare.
In the Spanish Cup, Lopetegui led his side to the semi-finals, where they fell agonisingly to FC Barcelona, who forced extra time in the last minute of the second leg in Barcelona. In the Champions League, after reaching the round of 16, Sevilla FC faced Borussia Dortmund. A narrow defeat in Nervión (2-3) and a draw on German soil (2-2) eliminated them from the competition. The overall season, however, produced a really positive outcome for Lopetegui and his team, as the brilliant fourth place in La Liga was followed by a series of records of enormous merit in that competition, including the season with the highest number of points (77), the season with the highest number of victories (24) and the season with the highest number of consecutive matches undefeated (18).
In his third season in charge of the Sevilla first team, the coach from Guipuzcoa achieved an unprecedented milestone in the club's history, qualifying for the next year's Champions League for the third time in a row directly through the league, a competition in which he achieved a creditable fourth place. In other words, Sevilla FC achieved a European qualification for the eighteenth time in the last 19 seasons. During the Basque coach's third season at Nervión, Sevilla FC also managed to finish the league championship as the team that had conceded the fewest goals in the league, a record that had only been achieved once before (1950/51 season) and which, together with his great performances, earned Yassine Bono the first Zamora Trophy in the history of the club.
His time as Sevilla FC coach came to an end at the beginning of October 2022, after a series of poor results in what was already his fourth season at Nervión. His name, however, was forever inscribed in golden letters in the club's history, having brilliantly won a European title, the UEFA Europa League in the 2019/20 season. In addition to this, there were milestones such as the three consecutive league qualifications for the Champions League, the record points tally in the Primera División and the fact that, under his guidance, Sevilla FC were the team that conceded the fewest goals in the 2021/22 league championship, with Yassine Bono winning the Zamora Trophy.
In total, the coach managed Sevilla on 170 occasions: 121 matches in the First Division, 15 in the Spanish Cup, 16 in the UEFA Europa League, 17 in the Champions League and one in the European Super Cup, with a record of 89 wins, 45 draws and 36 defeats.
In the summer of 2018, the arrival of Pablo Machín Díez to the Sevilla FC bench became official, once Joaquín Caparrós took over as Director of Football. Backed by his career at Girona FC, which he led to their debut in the First Division just a year earlier, the Soria-born player was embarking on his first experience at continental level. After a creditable first half of the season in which the Sevillian club finished third, Machín's side suffered a bad run of form that became more severe after their UEFA Europa League exit against Slavia Prague. He was dismissed in March 2019.
He arrived at Sevilla FC at the end of 2017 to reverse the team's poor form in recent matches. A benchmark coach in Italy, he made his coaching debut at AS Roma, a club where he triumphed as a vintage striker, before carving out a niche for himself in Calcio by keeping Catania up in 11/12 and reaping three outstanding seasons with Fiorentina. Sampdoria and AC Milan, the club he brought back to Europe after a three-year absence and with whom he won an Italian Super Cup. Due to the team's erratic form, he was sacked in April 2018 with a cup runner-up finish to his name.
He joined Sevilla in May 2017, having previously managed Estudiantes de La Plata (Argentina), O'Higgins (Chile) and RC Celta de Vigo, where he reached two Copa del Rey semi-finals and one UEFA Europa League semi-final. He managed the first team for the first half of 17/18, leaving the team fifth in La Liga and in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey and Champions League. He was sacked after the team's poor results in December.
The coach from Casilda (Argentina), who had led the Chilean national team to its first official title (Copa América 2015), arrived at the club in the summer of 2016 with the challenge of replacing the laureate Unai Emery. Under him, the team finished the league championship in fourth place, collecting a total of 72 points, and reached the last 16 of the Champions League. He left the club a year after his arrival to coach the Argentina national team.
The Argentine coach returned to the Sevilla bench several years later, in October 2022, replacing Julen Lopetegui as first-team coach. Despite qualifying for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League, he was unable to lead Sevilla out of the bottom half of the league table, and was eventually replaced by José Luis Mendilibar in March 2023.