Manuel Jiménez Jiménez

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Manolo Jiménez
Jiménez as a Sevilla manager
Personal information
Full name Manuel Jiménez Jiménez
Date of birth (1964-01-26) 26 January 1964 (age 53)
Place of birth Arahal, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
AEK Athens (manager)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1984 Sevilla B
1984–1997 Sevilla 354 (1)
1997–1998 Jaén 9 (0)
Total 363 (1)
National team
1986 Spain U21 1 (0)
1988 Spain U23 1 (0)
1988–1990 Spain 15 (0)
Teams managed
2000–2007 Sevilla B
2007–2010 Sevilla
2010–2011 AEK Athens
2011–2013 Zaragoza
2013–2015 Al-Rayyan
2017– AEK Athens
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Manuel 'Manolo' Jiménez Jiménez (born 26 January 1964) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a left back, and the current manager of Greek club AEK Athens FC.

His career was intimately connected with Sevilla as both a player and manager, and he competed solely in La Liga with the club in the former capacity.

Jiménez represented Spain at the 1990 World Cup.

Playing career[edit]

Jiménez was born in Arahal, Province of Seville. During his career, he played mainly for Sevilla FC which he represented during 14 professional seasons, making his La Liga debuts in 1983–84 by appearing in one match then proceeding to amass nearly 400 overall appearances with his hometown club; he retired in June 1998 at the age of 34, after one year with neighbours Real Jaén in the second division.

Jiménez earned 15 caps for the Spain national team. He made his international debut on 12 October 1988 in a friendly match with Argentina played in Seville, and was selected for the 1990 FIFA World Cup squad, appearing against Uruguay in the group stage (0–0)[1] and against Yugoslavia in the round-of-16.[2]

Managerial career[edit]


During seven seasons, Jiménez was the coach of Sevilla's reserve team Sevilla Atlético, leading them to the second level in 2007. On 27 October of that year, following the resignation of Juande Ramos, he was promoted to the main squad, initially until the end of the campaign.[3] He guided the Andalusians to fifth place and "upgraded" to third in 2008–09, with a subsequent return to the UEFA Champions League.

On 24 March 2010, following a 1–1 home draw to bottom-placed Xerez CD, Jiménez was sacked by Sevilla. The club had had three draws – all at home – and two losses in the last five league games, and had also suffered Champions League elimination in the round-of-16;[4] he had previously guided them to the final of the Copa del Rey, notably beating Pep Guardiola's FC Barcelona in the round of 16 on the away goals rule.[5]

AEK Athens[edit]

On 7 October 2010, Jiménez took over from sacked Dušan Bajević at AEK Athens FC, agreeing to a two-year deal.[6] Ten days later he led the team in his first game, a 4–0 win at Superleague rivals Aris FC.[7]

After losing in the UEFA Europa League against R.S.C. Anderlecht (0–3, away), Jiménez achieved his second league win, against Panathinaikos FC, but the team finished 21 points behind eventual champions Olympiacos F.C. in the league, still managing to rank in third position.

On 30 April 2011, Jiménez won his second managerial trophy (the first abroad) after a 3–0 defeat of Atromitos F.C. in the Greek Cup final. On 5 October, he left the club by mutual consent.[8]


On 31 December 2011, Jiménez was appointed head coach of Real Zaragoza, replacing fired Javier Aguirre.[9] He was relieved of his duties at the end of the 2012–13 season, as the Aragonese returned to division two after four years.


On 4 November 2013, Jiménez signed with Al-Rayyan SC, being relegated from the Qatar Stars League at the end of his debut campaign but achieving promotion the following one.

His contract with the club was terminated on 20 May 2015.

Return to AEK[edit]

Jiménez returned to AEK on 19 January 2017, succeeding José Morais who had resigned the previous day and signing a contract until the end of the season, extendable by one year subject to satisfactory performance in domestic competitions.[10] He oversaw the club's qualification to the group stage of a European competition on 24 August of that year (after a six-year absence), following a 3–0 home win against Club Brugge KV in the Europa League play-off round.[11]



Sevilla B
Al Rayyan

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 28 September 2017
Team Nat Year Record
G W D L Win %
Sevilla B Spain 2000–2007 266 123 79 64 046.24
Sevilla Spain 2007–2010 134 71 23 40 052.99
AEK Athens Greece 2010–2011 50 25 8 17 050.00
Zaragoza Spain 2011–2013 66 22 11 33 033.33
Al-Rayyan Qatar 2013–2015 25 6 7 12 024.00
AEK Athens Greece 2017– 39 24 8 7 061.54
Career Total 573 265 135 173 046.25


  1. ^ "¡Muchas gracias, "Príncipe"!" [Thanks a lot, "Prince"!]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 14 June 1990. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "El Mundial en Sevillista: Italia 1990, el Mundial con más presencia de jugadores sevillistas" [The World Cup in Sevillista: Italy 1990, the World Cup with more Sevilla players] (in Spanish). Sevilla FC. 22 June 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Sevilla start Jiménez era in style;, 29 October 2007
  4. ^ Fifth-placed Sevilla sack Jimenez after draw; ESPN Soccernet, 24 March 2010
  5. ^ "El Sevilla desempolva a San Palop y elimina al Barcelona de la Copa del Rey" [Sevilla dust Saint Palop off and oust Barcelona from King's Cup]. El Correo (in Spanish). 13 January 2010. Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  6. ^ Jimenez to fill AEK Athens hotseat;, 7 October 2010
  7. ^ AEK beats host Aris 4–0 in Greek league; Yahoo! Sports, 17 October 2010
  8. ^ Jimenez leaves AEK by mutual agreement; Yahoo! Sports, 5 October 2011
  9. ^ "Manuel Jiménez, nuevo entrenador del Real Zaragoza" [Manuel Jiménez, new coach of Real Zaragoza] (in Spanish). Real Zaragoza. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Επιστρέφει στην ΑΕΚ ο Χιμένεθ!" [Jiménez returns to AEK!] (in Greek). Sport FM. 19 January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "AEK go through to Europa League group stage". Proto Thema. 24 August 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 

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