Antonio Tapia

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Tapia and the second or maternal family name is Flores.
Antonio Tapia
Personal information
Full name Antonio Tapia Flores
Date of birth (1959-11-13) 13 November 1959 (age 54)
Place of birth Baena, Spain
Youth career
Fuengirola
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Málaga B
Fuengirola
Teams managed
1986–1989 CD Mijas
1989–1992 Fuengirola
1992–1994 Los Boliches
1997–2002 Poli Ejido
2002–2005 Málaga B
2005–2006 Málaga
2006–2007 Poli Ejido
2007–2008 Granada 74
2008–2009 Málaga
2009–2010 Betis
2011 Tenerife
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Antonio Tapia Flores (born 13 November 1959 in Baena, Córdoba) is a Spanish football manager.

Football career[edit]

Tapia had an unassuming career as a footballer, only representing Atlético Malagueño and amateurs UD Fuengirola. Still not in his 30s he began a coaching career, with another side in Andalusia, CD Mijas, continuing in the area (and the regional leagues) the following years, with Fuengirola and CD Los Boliches.

In 1994 Tapia joined Málaga CF's coaching staff as assistant, staying there for two years before moving in the same capacity to neighbouring Cádiz CF. He had his first spell as head manager with Polideportivo Ejido – still in Andalusia – in 1997, helping the side promote to Segunda División in 2001, although he would be sacked 11 matches into the following campaign due to bad results.

Tapia returned to Málaga's reserves in 2002, attaining another second division promotion. After Gregorio Manzano's dismissal midway through the 2004–05 season, he took the reins of the first team – in La Liga – being sacked in the same period of the following year, and replaced by director of football Manolo Hierro, in an eventual relegation.

For the following two years Tapia had spells in the second level and his native region, with Ejido and soon-to-be defunct Granada 74 CF, with relegation in the latter. He then returned to the top flight and Málaga – freshly promoted – and almost led the side to qualification to the UEFA Europa League, after finishing eighth.

After refusing a new deal in order to listen to other offers, Tapia would eventually leave his place to Juan Ramón López Muñiz (who returned from Racing de Santander after just one year), signing with Real Betis in division two.[1]

After a series of bad results, the last a 0–1 loss at Levante UD, Tapia was sacked on 24 January 2010, only being in charge for six months.[2] Exactly one year after his dismissal he was appointed at CD Tenerife, becoming the Canary Islands outfit's third manager in the second division season;[3] in late March, he too was relieved of his duties.

On 21 August 2012 Tapia returned to Málaga, joining the team's football directory as a sporting adviser.

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