Juan Ramón López Muñiz

Juan Ramón López Muñiz (born 2 November 1968) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender, and a current manager.

Juan Muñiz
Personal information
Full name Juan Ramón López Muñiz
Date of birth (1968-11-02) 2 November 1968 (age 52)
Place of birth Gijón, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Centre back
Youth career
Sporting Gijón
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1991 Sporting Gijón B 84 (7)
1988–1989Izarra (loan)
1991–1996 Sporting Gijón 150 (6)
1996–1999 Rayo Vallecano 107 (4)
1999–2002 Numancia 75 (0)
Total 416 (17)
Teams managed
2003–2004 Málaga (assistant)
2006 Marbella
2006–2008 Málaga
2008–2009 Racing Santander
2009–2010 Málaga
2010–2014 Dnipro (assistant)
2015–2016 Alcorcón
2016–2018 Levante
2018–2019 Málaga
2020 Alavés
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Muñiz was born in Gijón, Asturias. During his playing days, he represented hometown club Sporting de Gijón (making his first-team debut in the 1991–92 season, already at 23), Rayo Vallecano – scoring four goals from 40 appearances during 1998–99, which granted the Madrid side La Liga promotion via the playoffs even though they finished fifth – and CD Numancia.[1]

Muñiz retired at the end of the 2001–02 campaign at the age of 33, as the team from Soria could only finish in 17th position in Segunda División. In 11 years as a professional, he appeared in 332 games and scored ten times (234 matches and six goals in the top level).

Coaching careerEdit

Muñiz started as an assistant manager at Málaga in 2003, under Juande Ramos. His first head coach experience arrived in early 2006 with lowly UD Marbella, and he subsequently returned to Málaga as the main manager for two seasons, achieving a runner-up place in 2008 and thus promoting the Andalusians to the top flight after a two-year hiatus.

In July 2008, Muñiz switched to fellow league team Racing de Santander. At the season's end, he was released from contract[2] and promptly returned to Málaga,[3] replacing Antonio Tapia who took over relegated neighbours Real Betis.

In late June 2010, after leading Málaga to the 17th position, last above the relegation zone, Muñiz was sacked. Shortly after, he rejoined Ramos at FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.[4]

Muñiz was appointed AD Alcorcón manager on 8 June 2015, after four years in Ukraine.[5] Roughly one year later, he signed with fellow second division club Levante UD,[6] achieving promotion at the first attempt as champions.[7]

On 20 June 2018, Muñiz returned to Málaga for a third spell after agreeing to a two-year contract.[8] He was dismissed the following 14 April, following a 1–2 home loss against Extremadura UD.[9]

On 5 July 2020, after more than a year without a club, Muñiz took charge of Deportivo Alavés in the top tier until the end of the campaign.[10]

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 19 July 2020
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Marbella   7 April 2006 31 October 2006 18 8 7 3 17 14 +3 044.44 [11]
Málaga   31 October 2006 30 June 2008 81 33 25 23 102 88 +14 040.74 [12]
Racing Santander   1 July 2008 20 June 2009 48 16 13 19 62 59 +3 033.33 [13]
Málaga   25 June 2009 16 June 2010 42 8 18 16 46 55 −9 019.05 [14]
Alcorcón   8 June 2015 14 June 2016 43 18 10 15 48 45 +3 041.86 [15]
Levante   14 June 2016 4 March 2018 74 30 23 21 85 79 +6 040.54 [16]
Málaga   20 June 2018 14 April 2019 35 15 10 10 35 28 +7 042.86 [17]
Alavés   5 July 2020 21 July 2020 4 1 1 2 2 8 −6 025.00 [18]
Career total 345 129 107 109 397 376 +21 037.39

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Breve enciclopedia numantina" [Brief numantina encyclopedia]. Desde Soria (in Spanish). 29 May 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Racing part ways with Muñiz". UEFA. 20 June 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  3. ^ "López Muñiz makes Málaga return". UEFA. 25 June 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Juande Ramos ficha por el Dnipro ucraniano" [Juande Ramos signs for Ukraine's Dnipro]. Marca (in Spanish). 1 October 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Juan Ramón López Muñiz, nuevo entrenador de la A.D. Alcorcón" [Juan Ramón López Muñiz, new manager of A.D. Alcorcón] (in Spanish). AD Alcorcón. 8 June 2015. Archived from the original on 10 June 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Juan Ramón López Muñiz dirigirá al Levante" [Juan Ramón López Muñiz will coach Levante] (in Spanish). La Liga. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  7. ^ "¡El Levante vuelve a ser de Primera!" [Levante belong to Primera again!]. Marca (in Spanish). 29 April 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Muñiz guiará el camino del equipo" [Muñiz will lead the team's path] (in Spanish). Málaga CF. 20 June 2018. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  9. ^ "El Málaga CF y Muñiz separan sus caminos" [Málaga CF and Muñiz part ways] (in Spanish). Málaga CF. 14 April 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Juan Ramón López Muñiz, entrenador hasta final de temporada" [Juan Ramón López Muñiz, manager until the end of the season] (in Spanish). Deportivo Alavés. 5 July 2020. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  11. ^ "Muñiz: Juan Ramón López Muñiz". BDFutbol. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
    "Muñiz: Juan Ramón López Muñiz". BDFutbol. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Muñiz: Juan Ramón López Muñiz". BDFutbol. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
    "Muñiz: Juan Ramón López Muñiz". BDFutbol. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  13. ^ "Muñiz: Juan Ramón López Muñiz". BDFutbol. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  14. ^ "Muñiz: Juan Ramón López Muñiz". BDFutbol. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  15. ^ "Muñiz: Juan Ramón López Muñiz". BDFutbol. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  16. ^ "Muñiz: Juan Ramón López Muñiz". BDFutbol. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
    "Muñiz: Juan Ramón López Muñiz". BDFutbol. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  17. ^ "Muñiz: Juan Ramón López Muñiz". BDFutbol. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Muñiz: Juan Ramón López Muñiz". BDFutbol. Retrieved 5 July 2020.

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