José Manuel Rivera

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José Manuel Rivera
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Personal information
Full name José Manuel Rivera Galván
Date of birth (1986-06-16) 16 June 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Guadalajara , Jalisco, Mexico
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder / Forward
Youth career
2005 Club Atlas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Pachuca 0 (0)
2006 Spartak Trnava 4 (1)
2007–2009 Budapest Honvéd 3 (1)
2007 Jaguares (loan) 8 (0)
2008 Toluca (loan) 0 (0)
2009–2010 Deportivo Guamúchil 33 (7)
2011–2012 RoPS 48 (17)
2013 Chivas USA 9 (0)
2014–2015 Irapuato 12 (0)
2015–2016 FF Jaro 28 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 29, 2015.

José Manuel Rivera Galván (born 16 June 1986) is a Mexican football forward.

Club career[edit]

He signed with FC Spartak Trnava in August 2006 as a free agent. Not much is known about Manuel Rivera. He spent time in the youth league teams of Club Atlas and C.F. Pachuca. Having little opportunity to show what he is capable of on these two teams, he was forced to travel to Europe in search of a contract. He had try-outs during the course of a month with teams from the Netherlands, France, and Germany. He tried their second, third, and fourth divisions, until finally, his agent received a call for Rivera to go and try-out for the Slovakian club FC Spartak Trnava.

He arrived at the club on 4 August 2006 to practice with the B team. On the very next Tuesday, he got to play in a friendly match with the A team against a club team from Kuwait. They told him that this was his only opportunity to show what he is made of and that if you play well you stay, if not you go. He entered in the second half of the game and ended up scoring two goals. His signing with the team was very quick after that and he made his league debut against Inter Bratislava where he played 27 minutes and had an assist. In the match against FC Artmedia Petrzalka 27 August 2006 scored one goal from penalty kick. For the 2007 season he will played for Chiapas of the Primera División (First Division) on loan. The following season, he played on another loan with Club Toluca in the First Division. In the summer of 2009 he signed with Deportivo Guamúchil in Mexico.


On 4 April 2011 Rivera signed a contract with Finnish club Rovaniemen Palloseura after have pass a time with Deportivo Guamúchil. Rivera debuted with RoPS on May 6 in a victory 1-0 against FF Jaro and on May 9 he scored his first 2 goals in a draw 3-3 against IFK Mariehamn. Rivera have tried to get contract from Scandinavia and might be back in Rovaniemi 2012.

CD Guadalajara[edit]

Jose Manuel Rivera is joining C.D. Guadalajara for the 2013 Clausura. He joined after he tried out a few weeks ago and has played in the winter 2012 preseason for Guadalajara. He also tried out in September 2012, but did not end up playing.

Chivas USA[edit]

He spent with the 2013 season with Chivas USA in Major League Soccer.[1]

FF Jaro[edit]

After a short spell with CD Irapuato in the Ascenso MX, Rivera returned to the Finnish top flight, signing a contract with FF Jaro in April 2015. He made his debut on April 23 in a defeat against Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho.[2]

Career statistics[edit]


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Finland League Finnish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2011 RoPS Veikkausliiga 26 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 10
2012 Ykkönen 22 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 7
USA League U.S. Open Cup League Cup CONCACAF Total
2013 Chivas USA MLS 9 0 1 0 - - 0 0 9 0
Total Finland 48 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 48 17
Total USA 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 0


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