Chema (footballer, born 1976)

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Chema
Personal information
Full name José Manuel Jiménez Sancho
Date of birth (1976-05-09) 9 May 1976 (age 41)
Place of birth Pamplona, Spain
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1991–1994 Osasuna
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Tudelano 36 (4)
1995–1997 Atlético Madrid B 69 (11)
1997–2007 Valladolid 236 (9)
2007–2010 Cultural Leonesa 102 (9)
2010–2013 Guijuelo 93 (4)
Total 536 (37)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

José Manuel Jiménez Sancho (born 9 May 1976), known as Chema, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a right midfielder.

Football career[edit]

Chema was born in Pamplona, Navarre. After an unsuccessful stint with Atlético Madrid (he only played for its reserves) he signed for Real Valladolid in 1997, going on to amass nearly 300 overall appearances for the Castile and León side. He also played during a good number of games as an attacking right back, and made his La Liga debut on 18 October 1997 by playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 home draw against Sporting de Gijón.

In the 2006–07 season, Chema helped the team return to the top flight after a three-year absence, appearing in 13 matches. He was released in June 2007 and joined neighbouring Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa in the third division, playing three solid campaigns and being released at the age of 34, after which he moved to another club in that tier and region, CD Guijuelo.

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