Luis Cembranos

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Luis Cembranos
Personal information
Full name Luis Cembranos Martínez
Date of birth (1972-06-06) 6 June 1972 (age 44)
Place of birth Lucerne, Switzerland
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Zaragoza (assistant)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1993 Barcelona C
1993–1995 Barcelona B 39 (10)
1993 Figueres (loan) 10 (6)
1994–1995 Barcelona 3 (0)
1995–1998 Espanyol 70 (5)
1999–2004 Rayo Vallecano 124 (24)
2004–2005 Promesas Ponferrada
Total 246 (45)
National team
2000 Spain 1 (0)
Teams managed
2007–2009 Huracán Z
2011–2014 Cultural Leonesa
2015–2016 Lugo (assistant)
2016– Zaragoza (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Cembranos and the second or maternal family name is Martínez.

Luis Cembranos Martínez (born 6 June 1972) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a right midfielder, and a current coach.

He amassed La Liga totals of 155 games and 22 goals over the course of nine seasons, mainly with Espanyol and Rayo Vallecano. He also represented Barcelona in the competition.

Club career[edit]

Born in Lucerne, Cembranos was the son of Spanish immigrants in Switzerland, and returned to his country in his teens, moving to Catalonia. His professional career began at age 20, with second division's UE Figueres; after a good handful of games, he was bought by powerhouse FC Barcelona, being assigned to its B-side and going on to be deployed in several positions.[1]

After having totalled 177 minutes in La Liga with Barça (his debut came against Racing de Santander on 10 September 1994, and he added his first and only UEFA Champions League appearance, against Manchester United the following month[2]), courtesy of manager Johan Cruyff – he also played with the B's during that campaign – Cembranos moved in early 1995 to another club in the league and the region, RCD Espanyol. There, he first began to appear regularly in the top level.

In another January transfer window move (January 1999), Cembranos joined Madrid's Rayo Vallecano, being an essential member in his first months as they eventually returned to the top flight, scoring six goals during the (half)season. Both player and club continued to consolidate,[3][4] and the latter obtained its best-ever classification in 1999–2000, qualifying to the UEFA Cup via fair play.[5]

Cembranos appeared very irregularly in his final three seasons, troubled with constant injuries that had already made him miss a good number of games at Barcelona and Espanyol, mainly in the right knee.[6][7] He was forced to retire in 2005 at age of 33 and, a couple of years after, he had his first coaching spell, with amateurs CD Huracán Z in Castile and León.[8]

International career[edit]

Courtesy of the best season of his career, with Rayo (36 matches, four goals), Cembranos earned his sole cap with Spain: on 26 January 2000, in Cartagena, he came on as a substitute for Juan Carlos Valerón in the 76th minute of a 3–0 friendly win with Poland.[9]




  1. ^ Las aventuras de Luis (The adventures of Luis); El País, 16 September 1994 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ De Old Trafford a Vallecas (From Old Trafford to Vallecas); El Mundo, 2 November 1999 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Los poderes del líder (The leader's strengths); El País, 6 November 1999 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ La evidencia de los números personales (What personal numbers show you); El País, 16 January 2000 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ "Ramos sees hard work pay off". 10 May 2006. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  6. ^ Cembranos estará ocho meses de baja (Cembranos to miss eight months); Diario AS, 23 October 2001 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Del calvario a la luz (Brightness follows ordeal); El País, 28 July 2002 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Luis Cembranos se convierte en el nuevo técnico del Huracán Z (Luis Cembranos becomes new Huracán Z coach); El Correo, 18 July 2007 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ "España dota de argumentos a Camacho con otra goleada" [España gives reasons to Camacho with another routing] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 26 January 2000. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 

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