|Full name||José Manuel González Ortiz|
|Date of birth||29 January 1979|
|Place of birth||Lepe, Spain|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|1998||→ Isla Cristina (loan)||9||(0)|
|1999||→ San Roque (loan)|
|2002–2003||→ Jaén (loan)||19||(0)|
|2003–2004||→ Badajoz (loan)||35||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Cheli was born in Lepe, Province of Huelva. After emerging through the ranks of local Recreativo de Huelva he played eight seasons with the first team, experiencing two La Liga promotions with the Andalusians; he was also loaned twice, on both occasions to third division sides.
In 2006–07, Cheli made his top level debuts, his first appearance being in a 1–1 home draw against RCD Mallorca on 27 August 2006. Scarcely used throughout the campaign he still scored two goals, in large wins over Galicia's Celta de Vigo (4–2) and Deportivo de La Coruña (5–2).
Cheli joined Recreativo neighbours Málaga CF for 2007–08, appearing regularly – both as starter or from the bench – to help the club return to the top flight. In the following season, however, he was very rarely played, being released at its closure and joining UE Lleida in division three.
- Tablas para empezar en el Colombino (All square to get it started at the Colombino); El Mundo, 27 August 2006 (in Spanish)
- Stalemate sees Sevilla fall short; UEFA.com, 9 April 2007
- Fernández fired by struggling Betis; UEFA.com, 10 June 2007