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 63)
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) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Jiménez was born in Vilagarcía de Arousa, Province of Pontevedra, Galicia. During his professional career, he played for Sporting de Gijón and Real Burgos CF; he spent 12 of his 13 professional seasons with the Asturias club, appearing in nearly 500 official matches – in La Liga he never played 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.

International career[edit]

Jiménez 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.


  1. ^ Stanski, Gzregorz (19 November 1981). "2–3: España remontó a Polonia en un final alucinante" [2–3: Spain came back from behind against Poland in mind-blowing finale] (PDF). Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 May 2016.

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