Manuel Jiménez Jiménez
Jiménez managing AEK Athens in 2017
|Full name||Manuel Jiménez Jiménez|
|Date of birth||26 January 1964|
|Place of birth||Arahal, Spain|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Manuel 'Manolo' Jiménez Jiménez (Spanish pronunciation: [maˈnolo xiˈmeneθ]; born 26 January 1964) is a Spanish football manager and retired player who played as a left back. He last managed Greek club AEK Athens.
After retiring from playing, Jiménez has managed a number of clubs, including spending ten years with Sevilla and Sevilla B, and three spells with AEK Athens.
Jiménez was born in Arahal, Province of Seville. He made his La Liga debut for Sevilla FC in 1983–84 and went on to amass 384 appearances over 14 seasons with his hometown club. He retired in June 1998 at the age of 34, after spending 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. He was selected for the 1990 FIFA World Cup squad, appearing against Uruguay in the group stage (0–0) and against Yugoslavia in the round of 16.
For seven seasons, Jiménez was the coach of Sevilla's reserve team Sevilla Atlético, leading them to the second division in 2006–07. On 27 October 2007, following the resignation of Juande Ramos, he was appointed manager of the main squad, initially until the end of the 2007–08 season. He guided the Andalusians to fifth place in 2007–08 and third in 2008–09, with a subsequent return to the UEFA Champions League in 2009-10.
Jiménez 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. 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 been eliminated from the Champions League in the round of 16.
On 7 October 2010, Jiménez took over from the sacked Dušan Bajević at AEK Athens, agreeing to a two-year deal. Ten days later he led the team in his first game, a 4–0 Superleague win at Aris FC.
After losing in the UEFA Europa League against Anderlecht (0–3, away), Jiménez achieved his second league win, against Panathinaikos. The team eventually finished 21 points behind champions Olympiacos in third place in the league.
On 30 April 2011, Jiménez won his second trophy as a manager after a 3–0 defeat of Atromitos F.C. in the Greek Cup final. On 5 October, he left the club by mutual consent; he had been nicknamed "Papatzi" by local newspapers in a reference to the shell game, because of his frequent tactical changes.
On 31 December 2011, Jiménez was appointed head coach of Real Zaragoza, replacing the fired Javier Aguirre. He was relieved of his duties at the end of the 2012–13 season, as the Aragonese were relegated to division two after four years.
On 4 November 2013, Jiménez signed with Al-Rayyan SC. They were relegated from the Qatar Stars League at the end of his debut season but achieving promotion the following year. His contract with the club was terminated on 20 May 2015.
Return to AEK
Jiménez returned to AEK on 19 January 2017, succeeding José Morais who had resigned the previous day. He signed a contract until the end of the season, extendable by one year subject to satisfactory performance in domestic competitions. He oversaw the team's qualification to the group stage of a European competition on 24 August 2017 (after a six-year absence), following a 3–0 home win against Club Brugge KV in the Europa League play-off round.
At the end of the 2017–18 campaign, the club won the national championship for the first time in 24 years. He left the Olympic Stadium on 25 May 2018 at the end of his contract, however, after negotiations for its renewal proved unsuccessful.
The same day, Jiménez agreed on a return to Spain and was appointed manager at UD Las Palmas, who had been relegated from the top division the previous season. On 16 November, he was dismissed.
Third AEK spell
On 5 February 2019, Jiménez returned to AEK Athens for a third spell.
- As of 11 May 2019
|Sevilla B||1 July 2000||27 October 2007||297||139||88||70||380||225||+155||46.80|
|Sevilla||27 October 2007||23 March 2010||136||74||22||40||228||147||+81||54.41|
|AEK Athens||7 October 2010||5 October 2011||50||25||8||17||76||62||+14||50.00|
|Zaragoza||31 December 2011||10 June 2013||66||22||11||33||65||98||−33||33.33|
|Al-Rayyan||4 November 2013||20 May 2015||56||29||12||15||142||66||+76||51.79|
|AEK Athens||19 January 2017||25 May 2018||79||47||21||11||130||42||+88||59.49|
|Las Palmas||26 May 2018||16 November 2018||15||5||7||3||22||14||+8||33.33|
|AEK Athens||6 February 2019||27 May 2019||16||10||2||4||27||12||+15||62.50|
- Qatargas League: 2014–15
- "¡Muchas gracias, "Príncipe"!" [Thanks a lot, "Prince"!]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 14 June 1990. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
- "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. Archived from the original on 19 January 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
- Sevilla start Jiménez era in style; UEFA, 29 October 2007
- "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.
- Fifth-placed Sevilla sack Jimenez after draw; ESPN Soccernet, 24 March 2010
- Jimenez to fill AEK Athens hotseat; FIFA, 7 October 2010
- AEK beats host Aris 4–0 in Greek league; Yahoo Sports, 17 October 2010
- "AEK Athens claim Greek Cup honours". UEFA. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
- Jimenez leaves AEK by mutual agreement; Yahoo Sports, 5 October 2011
- "Καληνυχτα, «ΠΑΠΑΤΖΗ»!" [Good night, «Papatzi»!] (in Greek). Daily Tripes. 25 July 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
- "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.
- "Επιστρέφει στην ΑΕΚ ο Χιμένεθ!" [Jiménez returns to AEK!] (in Greek). Sport FM. 19 January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
- "AEK go through to Europa League group stage". Proto Thema. 24 August 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
- "AEK ecstatic after maiden Greek title in 24 years". Agona Sport. 22 April 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
- "Τον "καθάρισε" ο Μελισσανίδης, τον ανακοινώνει η Λας Πάλμας!" [Melissanidis "iced" him, he announces Las Palmas] (in Greek). Contra. 25 May 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
- "Manolo Jiménez entrenará a Las Palmas" [Manolo Jiménez will coach Las Palmas]. Estadio Deportivo (in Spanish). 25 May 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
- "Manolo Jiménez to say farewell to the squad, following his dismissal". UD Las Palmas. 16 November 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
- "Οριστικό: ο Χιμένεθ επιστρέφει στην ΑΕΚ!" [Confirmed: Jimenez returns to AEK!] (in Greek). Sport FM. 5 February 2019. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
- Manolo Jiménez coach profile at Soccerway
- "Córdoba, Ferrol, Eibar y Sevilla Atlético regresan a Segunda División" [Córdoba, Ferrol, Eibar and Sevilla Atlético return to Segunda División]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 24 June 2007. Retrieved 6 March 2019.