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Juan Ginés Sánchez Moreno (born 15 May 1972) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker.

Juan Sánchez
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Personal information
Full name Juan Ginés Sánchez Moreno
Date of birth (1972-05-15) 15 May 1972 (age 47)
Place of birth Aldaia, Spain
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1993 Valencia B 20 (5)
1992–1994 Valencia 17 (3)
1993–1994Mallorca (loan) 37 (16)
1994–1999 Celta 159 (38)
1999–2004 Valencia 125 (27)
2004–2006 Celta 23 (5)
Total 381 (94)
National team
1992–1993 Spain U21 5 (0)
1998 Spain 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

In a career almost entirely associated to Valencia – which he helped to two La Liga titles – and Celta, he scored 89 goals as a professional in 361 games.

Club careerEdit

Born in Aldaia, Valencian Community, Sánchez started playing professionally for Valencia CF, and his first La Liga appearance was on 25 October 1992 in a 0–3 loss at FC Barcelona.[1] In the season's closing stages he scored his first goal(s) for the Che, having come on as a late substitute in a 2–0 home win over RCD Español.[2]

After a successful loan stint in the second division with RCD Mallorca, Sánchez left for Celta de Vigo, becoming an important attacking element in the Galicians' domestic and European consolidation. In his last two seasons combined, as they finished respectively sixth and fifth, he netted 22 times, eventually returning to his first club.

During the second campaign of his second spell, Sánchez scored 12 league goals (notably back-to-back braces against CD Numancia (3–0) and UD Las Palmas (5–1)), adding a further two in the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg against Leeds United (one with his hand, for a 3–0 home win),[3] subsequently being replaced in the final loss against FC Bayern Munich.[4]

Subsequently, after having appeared in 25 games in Valencia's 2001–02 league conquest, Sánchez's importance lessened dramatically in his final season (where he played in only ten matches for the champions, no complete ones). He retired aged 34 after a second spell at Celta, which he helped achieve a return to the top level.

Afterwards, Sánchez became Valencia's sporting director, succeeding Miguel Ángel Ruiz and leaving the post in August 2008. In June 2009 he moved to R.E. Mouscron from Belgium in the same capacity, rejoining former Valencia teammates Amedeo Carboni and Miroslav Đukić (the latter being signed as head coach).[5]

International careerEdit

Sánchez earned one cap for Spain, playing 12 minutes in a 2–2 friendly match against Italy on 18 November 1998, in Salerno.[6]



  1. ^ "El Barça vuelve a mostrarse arrollador" [Barça a crushing machine again]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 26 October 1992. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  2. ^ "El Español no detiene su crisis" [Español cannot halt crisis]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 7 June 1993. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Leeds' luck runs out in Valencia". BBC Sport. 8 May 2001. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Bayern crowned European champions". BBC Sport. 23 May 2001. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Djukic dimite como técnico del Excelsior Mouscron, que podría bajar a Cuarta por las deudas" [Djukic resigns as manager of Excelsior Mouscron, who could be relegated to the Fourth for debts]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 3 November 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Notable alto" [B Plus]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 19 November 1998. Retrieved 8 August 2013.

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