Chema (footballer, born 1980)
Chema during a game with Xerez (2009)
|Full name||José María Giménez Pérez|
|Date of birth||25 April 1980|
|Place of birth||Orihuela, Spain|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 December 2016.
Born in Orihuela, Alicante, Valencian Community, Chema started his career with amateur and modest clubs, moving in the 2006–07 campaign to Xerez CD in the second division. A backup in his first two years (being second-choice to French Stéphane Porato in his second season) he became an undisputed starter afterwards, playing in 41 games as the Andalusia side reached the top flight for the first time ever.
In La Liga, Chema backed up Brazilian Renan, newly signed from Valencia CF, his first match only coming on 7 March 2010 in a 4–2 away win against neighbours Málaga CF. After retaining his post the following two games, he suffered an injury.