Juanma (footballer, born 1981)

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Juanma
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Juanma playing for Levante in 2007
Personal information
Full name Juan Manuel Gómez Sánchez
Date of birth (1981-05-29) 29 May 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Don Benito, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1992–1997 Don Benito
1997–2000 Málaga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Málaga B 80 (10)
2001 Don Benito (loan) 5 (0)
2004–2008 Levante 82 (7)
2006–2007 Recreativo (loan) 27 (2)
2008–2012 Betis 86 (5)
2013 Villarreal 5 (0)
2013–2015 Alavés 48 (3)
Total 333 (27)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Gómez and the second or maternal family name is Sánchez.

Juan Manuel Gómez Sánchez (born 29 May 1981 in Don Benito, Badajoz), known as Juanma, is a Spanish former footballer who played as a right midfielder.

Football career[edit]

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,[1] making his La Liga debut on 26 September in a 3–4 away loss against Real Zaragoza;[2] 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,[3] scoring his first goal for the Andalusians in late October against CD Castellón, in a 2–0 away triumph for the Copa del Rey.[4] During the league campaign he netted twice in 27 games, against Valencia CF (2–3 away loss)[5] and Getafe CF (2–2 home draw),[6] but, for the third time in four years, he dropped down a division.

After an unassuming five-month spell at Villarreal CF,[7] 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.[8]

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