NOTE: This webinar will be conducted in Spanish with an English translator.
Kike Liñero is the former U23 head coach and head scout of Athletic Club de Bilbao, which alongside Real Madrid and FC Barcelona are the only three clubs to never be relegated from LaLiga. Athletic Club have also won LaLiga eight times and the Copa del Rey 24 times—all despite a signing policy that is restricted to local players that are either born in the local Basque Country or had their youth formation there.
In this episode of our 2020 SF Glens Webinar Series, Kike will outline the culture behind Athletic Club's unique philosophy and explain how during his time, the club got the most out of its famed Lezama youth academy, which has developed a staggering 84 percent of its current first-team players. He will also discuss his time developing a culture in the academies at FC Seoul and Siheung Citizen FC in South Korea.
During his time at Athletic Club as a scout, Kike was instrumental in recommending the signing of Javi Martínez and Santiago Ezquerro, who went on to win the Champions League with Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona. He also scouted and coached future Spanish international Markel Susaeta. As a coach for Athletic at various levels from U11 to U23, Kike helped develop the following players that have all been called up to Spain's senior team: Fernando Llorente, Aritz Aduriz, Iker Muniain, Ander Iturraspe, Beñat Etxeberría, and Oscar De Marcos. He currently teaches courses in the UEFA Pro License.