Juan Ramón López Caro

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Juan Ramón López Caro
Personal information
Full name Juan Ramón López Caro
Date of birth (1963-03-23) 23 March 1963 (age 51)
Place of birth Lebrija, Spain
Teams managed
Years Team
1992–1993 Lebrijana
1993–1995 Lebrija
1995–1997 Los Palacios
1997–1998 Dos Hermanas
1998–1999 Melilla
1999–2001 Mallorca B
2001–2005 Real Madrid B
2005–2006 Real Madrid
2006 Racing Santander
2006–2007 Levante
2007–2008 Celta
2008–2010 Spain U21
2010–2011 Vaslui
2013–2014 Saudi Arabia
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is López and the second or maternal family name is Caro.

Juan Ramón López Caro (born 23 March 1963 in Lebrija, Spain) is a football coach who most recently managed the Saudi arabia national football team.


As a player he began in Lebrijana club and signed with Betis U19 and played with the reserve team the season 1980-1981.

As a coach he has trained all the categories of spanish football. He began his carrer as coach in Union Balompedica Lebrijana, Lebrija CD, Los Palacios and Union Deportiva Melilla where he wan the League of 2nd Division Group IV. He signed with RCD Mallorca in 1998 and was on the bench during their brief run in the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2000.

Lopéz Caro came to Real Madrid in 2001 to take charge of the reserve team - Real Madrid B. He quietly earned a reputation at Madrid after lifting the B team back into the Segunda división and made an excellent job forming youth players playing in top level actually as Diego Lopez, Arbeloa, Mata, Javi Garcia, Granero, Soldado, Jurado, Juanfran, Raul Bravo, Negredo, Ruben de la Red... In 2005/2006, he became first team coach, replacing Brazilian Vanderlei Luxemburgo who was fired on 4 December 2005. He took the team in 5th position and they finished 2nd. His Champions League debut was against Olympiacos (2-1). At the end of the season he didn't continue and was replaced by Fabio Capello. On 27 May 2006 it was announced that he would take over as head coach of Spanish La Liga side Racing de Santander, but he joined Levante UD 2 months later. However, midway through the season, with his team lying in 17th place in the table, he was sacked on 15 January 2007.

On 8 October 2007 he was appointed new manager of Celta de Vigo, replacing Hristo Stoichkov after a string of very unsuccessful games.

In 2008 signed with Spain National U-21 and was a very important period because he trained a lot of players who became European Champions in 2008 and World Champions in 2010 with Spain national team as Pique, Javi Martinez, De Gea, Azpilicueta, Mata, Negredo, Soldado...

In June 2010, he finished his contract with Spain Under-21 and he decided not to continue anymore and to sign a contract with the Romanian Liga 1 club FC Vaslui.[1]

López Caro became the best paid coach in the history of the Romanian Liga 1, FC Vaslui [2]

In January 2012, he became in technical advisor of Saudi Arabia national football team and after the sacking of Frank Rijkaard, he became the manager of the team. He maded a great job qualyfing the national team to the Asian Cup 2015 as champion of the group and unbeaten. He is the 4th longtime coach in the Saudi Arabia football national team history and his numbers with the team are 8 victories, 2 draws and 1 defeat against Qatar in the final of Gulf Cup 2014.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 26 November 2014
Team Nat From To Record
P W D L Win %
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia January 2013 December 2014 20 10 4 6 50.00



Saudi Arabia


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