Chema (footballer, born 1980)

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Giménez and the second or maternal family name is Pérez.
Chema during a game with Xerez (2009)
Personal information
Full name José María Giménez Pérez
Date of birth (1980-04-25) 25 April 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Orihuela, Spain
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Youth career
1990–1992 Escuela Orcelis
1992–1994 Orihuela
1994–1997 Bigastro
1997–1998 Beniel
1998–1999 Ranero
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Balsicas
2000–2001 Alquerías 37 (0)
2001–2002 Murcia B 25 (0)
2002–2006 Alicante 83 (0)
2006–2013 Xerez 128 (0)
2013–2014 Skoda Xanthi 17 (0)
2014– Hércules 95 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 December 2016.

José María Giménez Pérez (born 25 April 1980), known as Chema, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Hércules CF as a goalkeeper.

Football career[edit]

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.

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