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Former La Liga boss Alcaraz brings his coaching expertise to Belfast

Published 25/02/2016

Ex-Levante manager Lucas Alcaraz (left) pitted his wits against Jose Mourinho in La Liga
Ex-Levante manager Lucas Alcaraz (left) pitted his wits against Jose Mourinho in La Liga

Ex-Levante manager Lucas Alcaraz will be visiting Belfast to deliver a clinic open to all players and coaches this weekend.

The clinic will take place at Cregagh Sports Club on Sunday, February 28. The Irish FA will also award five CPD credits for coaches in attendance.

Born in Granada, Andalusia, Alcaraz started coaching with Granada CF in 1995 at the age of 29, achieving two top-four finishes in the third division in his three-year spell but failing to promote in the playoffs. In the following two seasons, he managed in the same category and region, with Almeria CF and Dos Hermanas CF.

In June 2000, 34-year-old Alcaraz signed for Recreativo de Huelva helping the oldest club in Spain return to La Liga after an absence of 23 years in 2002 behind champions Atletico Madrid and Racing de Santander. Even though Recre returned to the second level immediately, they also managed to reach the final of the Copa del Rey, losing 0–3 to RCD Mallorca.

Alcaraz then moved to Racing Santander before spending the following two seasons in the second division, helping Real Murcia get promoted in 2007.  He also enjoyed a spell at Recreativo.

In the 2009 summer, Alcaraz signed with another team in his native Andalusia, Cordoba CF (second level), helping the side finish tenth in his first season. In late June 2011, he re-joined Almeria – now called Unión Deportiva.

Alcaraz had a short spell in Greece with Aris Thessaloniki FC before returning to his country and Granada.

Lucas Alcaraz was appointed at Levante UD in October, 2014, where he remained until October 20.

‘Tactics in Professional Football…Why Not Kids?’ will be the topic Alcaraz topic on which he will be focusing minds. The event will take place at Cregagh Sports Club (Orangefield OB FC) from 12-3pm, finishing with a Q&A session. 

The event will provide a classroom session from 12pm and is open to all coaches. A practical session will then take place on the pitch from 1.30pm (using 2000-2003 players).  Orangefield OB FC are also inviting participants to stay in their club-house and enjoy the live Sky Sports game with a drink.

The morning kicks off with a Spanish coaching clinic for the 2004-2009 age groups, from 10.30-11.30am. The events are open to all players and coaches. You can find out more and confirm your place by contacting Tim Wareing on: 07740120788 or emailing him at: tim@twsports.org

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