Juanma (footballer, born 1981)
Juanma playing for Levante in 2007
|Full name||Juan Manuel Gómez Sánchez|
|Date of birth||29 May 1981|
|Place of birth||Don Benito, Spain|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|2001||→ Don Benito (loan)||5||(0)|
|2006–2007||→ Recreativo (loan)||27||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
During his early career, Juanma represented Málaga CF, playing with both its first and second teams. In the 2004 summer he joined Levante UD for four years, making his La Liga debut on 26 September in a 3–4 away loss against Real Zaragoza; he would finish the season with five league goals, but the side was relegated.
After a loan stint with Recreativo de Huelva, Juanma returned to the Valencian Community club, in another relegation-ending campaign. On 6 August 2008 he moved to Real Betis in a 4+1 deal for roughly €1 million, scoring his first goal for the Andalusians in late October against CD Castellón, in a 2–0 away triumph for the Copa del Rey. During the league campaign he netted twice in 27 games, against Valencia CF (2–3 away loss) and Getafe CF (2–2 home draw), but, for the third time in four years, he dropped down a division.
After an unassuming five-month spell at Villarreal CF, 32-year-old Juanma signed with Deportivo Alavés in the 2013 summer, retiring after two Segunda División campaigns and 54 competitive games. He subsequently worked as a youth coach, with CD Ariznabarra.
- Ficha a Juanma y confía en firmar hoy a Zagorakis (Juanma signed and Zagorakis a strong possibility today); Diario AS, 15 July 2004 (in Spanish)
- El Zaragoza vuelve a remontar un resultado adverso (Zaragoza comes back from behind again); El País, 27 September 2004 (in Spanish)
- Adiós a Uche y Chrétien y Juanma (Levante), OK (Goodbye to Uche and Chrétien, Juanma (Levante) OK); Mundo Deportivo, 6 August 2008 (in Spanish)
- El Castellón perdona a un Betis de lo más efectivo (Castellón forgives 100%-effective Betis); Mundo Deportivo, 30 October 2008 (in Spanish)
- Valencia 3–2 Real Betis; ESPN Soccernet, 30 November 2008
- Real Betis 2–2 Getafe; ESPN Soccernet, 1 February 2009
- El Villarreal ficha de una tacada a Dorado y Juanma (Villarreal signs Dorado and Juanma in one go); Marca, 22 January 2013 (in Spanish)
- Juanma, de ex jugador del Alavés a entrenador de lujo en Ariznabarra (Juanma, from former Alavés player to deluxe coach in Ariznabarra); Kirol Expres, 6 September 2015 (in Spanish)