Coaches

LaLiga has selected the finest coaches for LaLiga Academy, holding the highest UEFA Pro-certification and a wealth of experience with LaLiga clubs youth teams in Spain and internationally.

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Ruben Cano Sierra

Head Coach

Ruben Cano brings over 20 years of experience to LaLiga Academy. In Spain Ruben has been the Head Coach of youth teams in LaLiga Clubs like AD Alcorcon. Internationally he has spent 2 years in China as Head Coach with Guangzhou Evergrande and General Manager 3 years in South Korea with Qum FC. Ruben holds a UEFA Pro certificate and a Master’s Degree in Coaching/ Methodology, being instructor in Spanish Royal Association from Madrid and offering master classes about training process around the world (24 countries).

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Jose Maria Zarco

Supervising Coach

Coach Zarco has been with LaLiga Academy in the UAE from 2017. He coaches the winning LaLiga HPC teams. Prior to joining LaLiga Academy UAE he worked in LaLiga clubs in Spain coaching youth teams at Granada FC and Athletic de Coin FC. He holds a Master’s Degree in Strength, Conditioning & Rehab and a Bacherlors in Sports Science and is UEFA A certified.

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Javier Hernandez

Supervising Coach

Holding a UEFA Pro License, Coach Javier enters his fourth season with La Liga Academy UAE. He brings over 9 years of coaching experience with him, the majority of those years in Spain training children in LaLiga Clubs and internationally he spent a year coaching in China with LaLiga. Javier was a professional football player with 15 years of experience 5 of which he was playing in Real Madrid’s youth team. Javier holds a Master’s Degree in Sports Management and a Bachelors in the Science of Physical Activity.

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Antonio Gandia

Coach

Antonio is a UEFA Pro certified coach with over 15 years of coaching experience. In Spain he has trained youth teams at clubs including EF Ciudad De Yecla, SDFB Yecla and EF Yeclano Deportivo. Internationally he has spent 3 years in China working on LaLiga youth development projects including LaLiga’s CEAIE project as well as training at the Barca Academy in Chengdu. Antonio is a UEFA Pro certified coach and holds Master’s Degrees in PE and Football Scouting and Video Analysis and Bachelor’s Degrees in Sports Science.

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Alejandro Rodríguez

Coach

Alejandro is a UEFA Pro certified Coach who has over 7 years of coaching experience. He has led youth teams in Spain at Arenas de Armilla CyDFC, Cuidad de Granada and Benalua FC. Internationally he has worked with LaLiga on the CEIAE project in China and was in Jordan last year with LaLiga Academy Jordan. Alejandro holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education.

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Sergio Garcia

Coach

Sergio has over 10 years of experience which he has spent training youth football teams at Athletico de Madrid. He has been heavily involved in coaching the youth female teams and brings a wealth of expertise in developing female footballers to LaLiga Academy. Sergio holds a UEFA A certificate and has a Master’s Degree in Physical Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Sciences.