Manuel Jiménez Abalo

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Manuel Jiménez
Personal information
Full name Manuel Enrique Jiménez Abalo
Date of birth (1956-10-27) 27 October 1956 (age 60)
Place of birth Vilagarcía de Arousa, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1979 Arosa
1979–1991 Sporting Gijón 420 (8)
1991–1992 Burgos 38 (0)
Total 458 (8)
National team
1980–1981 Spain B 6 (0)
1981 Spain 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Manuel Enrique Jiménez Abalo (born 27 October 1956 in Vilagarcía de Arousa, Pontevedra, Galicia) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender.

Football career[edit]

During his professional career, Jiménez Abalo played for Sporting de Gijón and Real Burgos CF. With the Asturias club, he spent 12 of his 13 professional seasons, appearing in nearly 500 official matches – in La Liga he never played in less than 30 games, and helped the team to the fourth place in the 1986–87 campaign after contributing with 43 appearances (3,870 minutes).

With Burgos, in his final season, Jiménez played in all the games and minutes, and the modest Castile and León side retained their top level status while posting the eighth-best defensive record in the league. He retired at nearly 36, and also earned one cap for Spain on 18 November 1981, a 3–2 friendly win in Poland,[1] being selected to the 1982 FIFA World Cup squad.


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