David Amaral (footballer)

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David Amaral
Personal information
Full name David Amaral Rodríguez
Date of birth (1958-10-12) 12 October 1958 (age 61)
Place of birth Arico, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Granadilla (women)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
?–1980 Toscal
1980–1990 Tenerife 227 (42)
1985–1986Binéfar (loan) 29 (3)
Total 256 (45)
Teams managed
Güímar (youth)
San Andrés
1995–1996 Realejos
1997–1998 Corralejo
1998–1999 Gáldar
1999–2000 Universidad LP
2001–2002 Lanzarote
2002–2003 Universidad LP
2003–2004 Tenerife
2004 Las Palmas
2006 Tenerife
2006–2007 Cartagena
2007–2008 Ponferradina
2008–2009 Salamanca
2009 Castellón
2011 Tenerife
2013–2014 Huesca
2019– Granadilla (women)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

David Amaral Rodríguez (born 12 October 1958) is a Spanish former footballer who played as a midfielder, and is the manager of women's football team UD Granadilla Tenerife.

He spent all of his senior playing career contracted to Tenerife, a club who he managed in three brief spells in Segunda División. He also led Universidad de Las Palmas, Salamanca and CD Castellón at that level.


Amaral was born in Arico, on Tenerife in the Canary Islands. He spent his entire professional career with local CD Tenerife, apart from the 1985–86 season on loan to CD Binéfar in Segunda División B – who were relegated.[1]

After managing several other teams in the archipelago, Amaral was hired at Segunda División Tenerife in January 2003, and resigned a year later with the team one point off the relegation zone.[2] After a few months with rivals UD Las Palmas in the third tier, he returned to the second with Tenerife briefly in 2006.

Amaral took his first job outside his native islands in July 2006, with FC Cartagena.[3] He resigned the following January, in protest at roles such as transfer business being assigned to Paco Gómez instead.[4]

In 2007–08, Amaral's SD Ponferradina won their group in Segunda B, but lost the play-off final 2–1 on aggregate to Alicante CF. He missed the first leg of that tie, having been sent off in the semi-final against Mérida UD.[5] In July 2008, he returned to the second tier with UD Salamanca,[6] whom he led to 9th place in his only campaign.

Amaral was appointed by CD Castellón in the same division in June 2009.[7] He was sacked on 13 October with the team in last place, having earned one point from seven games and lost the six others consecutively.[8]

In April 2011, Amaral returned to a Tenerife side seven points into the relegation zone with ten games left in the second division.[9] Despite having a year left on his contract, he was dismissed in June following their descent.[10]

Amaral returned to football in late September 2013, taking over an SD Huesca side in the zone of relegation to the Tercera División.[11] The following March, he was shown the door.[12]

In May 2019, Amaral ended a five-year hiatus by taking the place of Pier Luigi Cherubino at women's football team UD Granadilla Tenerife.[13]


  1. ^ "Amaral vuelve a Binéfar" [Amaral returns to Binéfar]. Diario del Alto Aragón (in Spanish). 23 October 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  2. ^ "David Amaral presenta su dimisión" [David Amaral resigns]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 5 January 2004. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  3. ^ "David Amaral, nuevo técnico del Cartagena" [David Amaral, new manager of Cartagena]. La Opinión de Murcia (in Spanish). 18 July 2006. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  4. ^ Moya, Francisco J. (13 January 2007). "Amaral no consiente que Paco Gómez se convierta en el 'Piterman' del FC Cartagena y deja el club" [Amaral does not agree with Paco Goméz becoming FC Cartagena's 'Piterman' and leaves the club]. La Verdad (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Amaral es baja para Alicante" [Amaral is out for Alicante]. Diario de León (in Spanish). 5 June 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  6. ^ "David Amaral es el nuevo entrenador del Salamanca" [David Amaral is the new manager of Salamanca]. El Periódico de Aragón (in Spanish). 3 July 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  7. ^ "David Amaral será el nuevo entrenador del Castellón" [David Amaral will be the new manager of Castellón]. Marca (in Spanish). 22 June 2009. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  8. ^ "El Castellón destituye al técnico David Amaral" [Castellón dismiss manager David Amaral]. Marca (in Spanish). 13 October 2009. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  9. ^ "David Amaral es el nuevo entrenador del Tenerife" [David Amaral is the new manager of Tenerife]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 5 April 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  10. ^ "El Tenerife no cuenta con David Amaral" [Tenerife no longer need David Amaral]. Marca (in Spanish). 8 June 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  11. ^ "David Amaral, nuevo entrenador del Huesca" [David Amaral, new manager of Huesca]. La Gaceta de Salamanca (in Spanish). 26 September 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Amaral respeta el cese pero se muestra "triste"" [Amaral respects the termination but is "sad"]. Heraldo (in Spanish). 18 March 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  13. ^ "David Amaral, nuevo entrenador del Granadilla" [David Amaral, new manager of Granadilla]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 6 May 2019. Retrieved 28 November 2019.

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