José Murcia

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Pepe Murcia
Personal information
Full name José Murcia González
Date of birth (1964-12-03) 3 December 1964 (age 52)
Place of birth Córdoba, Spain
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Legirus Inter (coach)
Youth career
1977–1980 CD Alcázar
1980–1982 Zoco CF
1982–1984 Córdoba
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1985 Egabrense
1985–1986 Jaén
1986–1988 Córdoba
1988–1989 Valdepeñas
1989–1990 Córdoba 2 (0)
1990–1991 Plasencia
1991 Martos
1991–1992 Santaella
Teams managed
1992–1994 Alcázar (youth)
1994–1996 Séneca (youth)
1996–2000 Córdoba (youth)
2000–2001 Córdoba B
2001–2002 Córdoba
2002–2003 Cartagena
2003–2006 Atlético B
2006 Atlético Madrid
2006–2007 Xerez
2007–2008 Castellón
2008–2009 Celta
2009 Albacete
2011 Salamanca
2011 Braşov
2014 Levski Sofia
2016– Legirus Inter
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Murcia and the second or maternal family name is González.

José 'Pepe' Murcia González (born 3 December 1964) is a Spanish football coach, currently in charge of Finnish club FC Legirus Inter.

Football career[edit]

Born in Córdoba, Andalusia, Murcia never played in higher than Segunda División B, and retired in 1992 at the age of only 27 due to injury. He coached several local youth teams in his early years, including Córdoba CF. After a successful spell with the reserves (two consecutive promotions all the way to Tercera División), he was one of four managers for the main squad in the 2001–02 season, achieving four wins, two draws and two losses during his eight games in charge as the side eventually retained their Segunda División status.[1]

Murcia then plied his trade in the third level, leading Atlético Madrid's B-team to the league championship in his first year, albeit with no playoff promotion. On 9 January 2006, following a 0–0 La Liga home draw against Valencia CF, he was appointed the Colchoneros' first team's manager, replacing sacked Carlos Bianchi; they ranked 12th at that time, going on to finish the campaign in tenth position.[2]

Murcia spent the following four years in the second level with as many clubs, not managing to finish one single season but with none of the teams eventually losing their league status. On 30 November 2009, after a 2–3 home defeat to CD Numancia, he was fired at Albacete Balompié due to negative results, with the Castile-La Mancha side in 16th position at that time –[3]eventually ranking 15th.

On 9 August 2011, Murcia signed a two-year contract with Romania's FC Braşov,[4] but resigned at the Liga I team after three matches due to family reasons.[5] In June 2014, after nearly three years out of football, he was appointed at PFC Levski Sofia in Bulgaria.[6]

Murcia was fired on 4 August 2014, due to poor results.[7] In November 2016, whilst working out on his own, the FC Legirus Inter manager suffered a heart attack, slipping into a coma but eventually recovering.[8][9]



Atlético Madrid B


  1. ^ "José Murcia, nuevo entrenador del Córdoba" [José Murcia, new Córdoba manager]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 19 November 2001. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Bajan el telón con muy escaso brillo" [Curtain call with very little brilliance] (PDF). Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 14 May 2006. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Pepe Murcia, destituido como entrenador del Albacete" [Pepe Murcia, fired as Albacete coach]. Marca (in Spanish). 30 November 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "E oficial! Jose „Pepe" Murcia Gonzalez este noul antrenor al FC Braşov" [It's official! Jose "Pepe" Murcia new FC Brasov manager]. Adevărul (in Romanian). 9 August 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "FC Brașov a rămas fără antrenor" [FC Brașov without a coach]. Evenimentul Zilei (in Romanian). 29 August 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Гонзо: Мурсия е сериозен човек, знае всичко за играчите ни" [Gonzo: Murcia is a serious person who knows everything about our players] (in Bulgarian). 5 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Фаталното число 13 се стовари върху Мурсия" [Fatal number 13 landed on Murcia] (in Bulgarian). Blitz. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "El entrenador cordobés Pepe Murcia recibe el alta hospitalaria en Finlandia un mes después del infarto" [Cordobese manager Pepe Murcia is released from hospital in Finland one month after heart attack]. ABC (in Spanish). 5 December 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "Pepe Murcia: "Estuve muerto 20 minutos"" [Pepe Murcia: "I was dead for 20 minutes"]. Marca (in Spanish). 30 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 

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