Juan Manuel Ortiz

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Juan Manuel Ortiz
Personal information
Full name Juan Manuel Ortiz Palazón
Date of birth (1982-03-01) 1 March 1982 (age 33)
Place of birth Guardamar del Segura, Spain
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder / Full back
Club information
Current team
AEK Larnaca
Number 8
Youth career
CD Alone
Atlético Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Atlético B 65 (9)
2002–2007 Atlético Madrid 6 (0)
2004–2006 Osasuna (loan) 29 (2)
2006–2007 Poli Ejido (loan) 40 (9)
2007–2011 Almería 126 (9)
2011–2012 Rangers 10 (0)
2012 Almería (loan) 16 (4)
2012–2014 Granada 22 (0)
2013–2014 Hércules (loan) 30 (0)
2014– AEK Larnaca 21 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 9 March 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Ortiz and the second or maternal family name is Palazón.

Juan Manuel 'Juanma'[1] Ortiz Palazón (born 1 March 1982) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Cypriot club AEK Larnaca F.C. mainly as a right midfielder.

Football career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Guardamar del Segura, Alicante, Valencia, Ortiz was a graduate of Atlético de Madrid's youth system, where he played five first-team games during the 2003–04 season, three as a starter.

He had previously made his debuts with the main squad in the 2001–02 campaign, appearing in one second division match as the Colchoneros were promoted, and would spend the next three years on loan, at both CA Osasuna and Polideportivo Ejido, the latter in the second level.


For 2007–08 Ortiz joined newly promoted UD Almería, where he was instrumental in helping the Andalusia side overachieve to a final eighth place in La Liga. He scored twice, namely in a 4–1 away win against neighbours Sevilla FC on 19 April 2008,[2] and continued to be regularly used in the following top flight seasons, inclusively as an offensive right back.

Ortiz played as both right and left-back during the 2010–11 campaign.[1] He scored twice in the season's Copa del Rey, both in a 4–3 win at RCD Mallorca (8–6 on aggregate) for the round-of-16, as Almería eventually reached the competition's semifinals for the first time ever,[3] being nonetheless relegated after ranking 20th and last.


Ortiz signed for Scottish Premier League side Rangers on 6 July 2011, on a three-year contract.[1] He made his first appearance for the club on 23 July against Heart of Midlothian, struggling to make an impact and playing out of position in a 1–1 draw;[4] he scored his first official goal on 18 August, in a UEFA Europa League qualifier against NK Maribor.[5]

On 30 January 2012, after a somewhat disappointing first half to his Rangers campaign, it was announced that Ortiz would rejoin Almería on loan until the end of the season.[6] He netted three times in his first three games, awarding his team nine points after strikes against Córdoba CF (2–1, home),[7] Girona FC (1–0, away)[8] and Real Murcia (4–2, home).[9]

Return to Spain[edit]

Following Rangers' Liquidation after they entered administration,[10] several club players (including Ortiz) refused to have their contracts transferred to a new company set up by Charles Green,[11] and both Ortiz and the club agreed on having his link terminated.[12] On 10 July 2012, he signed a two-year contract with Granada CF.[13]


From 2007–09 Ortiz was one of three Almería players with that surname, Mané and José Ortiz being the others.[14]


  1. ^ a b c Rangers sign Almeria midfielder Juan Manuel Ortiz; BBC Sport, 6 July 2011
  2. ^ Sevilla FC 1–4 Almeria; ESPN Soccernet, 19 April 2008
  3. ^ El Almería se niega a despertar del sueño (Almería refuses to awake from dream); Marca, 19 January 2011 (Spanish)
  4. ^ "Rangers 1–1 Hearts". BBC Sport. 23 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Maribor 2–1 Rangers". BBC Sport. 18 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Juanma Ortiz regresa a las filas del Almería" [Juanma Ortiz returns to Almería ranks] (in Spanish). Marca. 30 January 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "El Córdoba cae ante el Almería (2–1)" [Córdoba falls against Almería (2–1)] (in Spanish). Diario de Córdoba. 4 February 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "El Girona continúa su cuesta abajo" [Girona continues downhill] (in Spanish). Sport. 12 February 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "El Almería aspira al ascenso y el Murcia pierde gas" [Almería poised for promotion and Murcia loses momentum] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 18 February 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Juan Manuel Ortiz expects to return to Rangers at end of loan spell". STV. 11 May 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Ten refuse 'Rangers newco' move as Ortiz and Fleck add to player objections". STV. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Rangers agree to Ortiz departure". BBC Sport. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  13. ^ Devlin, Andy (11 July 2012). "McCabe's on Everton radar". The Scottish Sun. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Los Ortiz: un lujo para el Almería" [The Ortiz: luxury for Almería] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 18 February 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2013. 

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