Juanma (footballer born 1981)

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Juanma playing for Levante
Personal information
Full name Juan Manuel Gómez Sánchez
Date of birth (1981-05-29) 29 May 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Don Benito, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 22
Youth career
1992–1997 Don Benito
1997–2000 Málaga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Málaga B 80 (10)
2001 Don Benito (loan) 5 (0)
2004–2008 Levante 82 (7)
2006–2007 Recreativo (loan) 27 (2)
2008–2012 Betis 86 (5)
2013 Villarreal 5 (0)
2013– Alavés 24 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 November 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Gómez and the second or maternal family name is Sánchez.

Juan Manuel Gómez Sánchez, commonly known as Juanma (born 29 May 1981 in Don Benito, Badajoz), is a Spanish footballer who plays for Deportivo Alavés as a right midfielder.

Football career[edit]

During his early career, Juanma represented Málaga CF, playing with both its first and second teams. In the 2004 summer he joined Levante UD, making his La Liga debut on 26 September in a 3–4 away loss against Real Zaragoza;[1] he would finish the season with five league goals, but Levante was relegated.

After a loan stint with Recreativo de Huelva Juanma returned to the Valencian Community club, in another relegation-ending campaign. On 6 August 2008 he moved to Real Betis in a 4+1 deal, for roughly 1 million,[2] scoring his first goal for the Andalusia side in late October against CD Castellón, in a 2–0 away triumph for the Copa del Rey.[3] During the league campaign he netted twice in 27 games, against Valencia CF (2–3 away loss)[4] and Getafe CF (2–2 home draw),[5] but, for the third time in four years, he dropped down a division.


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