|Full name||Manuel Lucena Medina|
|Date of birth||18 November 1982|
|Place of birth||Granada, Spain|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Lucena was born in Granada, Andalusia. In 2002 he joined hometown's Granada CF, at the time in Tercera División. After two years as a starter he signed for Marino de Luanco in Segunda División B, being first-choice in his only season as the Asturias club narrowly avoided relegation.
In the 2005 summer, Lucena moved to Sporting de Gijón in Segunda División. In January of the following year, after only three league appearances – seven minutes in total – he returned to Granada, being an essential defensive unit and scoring five goals as the team promoted from the fourth level.
In the following three division three campaigns, Lucena remained a key player for Granada, never appearing in less than 32 league games and occasionally pitching in at defensive midfielder. In 2009–10, already as team captain, he contributed with 26 matches and one goal en route to a return to the second division after 22 years.
In late June 2011, after a second consecutive promotion for Granada, with him as the club's only player from the region of Granada, Lucena renewed his contract for a further two seasons. He made his La Liga debut on 27 August in a 0–1 home loss against Real Betis (90 minutes played), but featured in only nine official contests over the course of two seasons combined, being released subsequently.
Lucena retired at the end of the 2013–14 campaign at the age of 31, after 12 competitive appearances with CD Mirandés in the second level. In February 2015 he returned to Granada, as match delegate.
- Manolo Lucena, el 'controller' rojiblanco (Manolo Lucena, red-and-black 'controller'); Tablón Deportivo, 29 September 2010 (in Spanish)
- El capitán Manolo Lucena renueva su contrato con el Granada CF (Captain Manolo Lucena renews his contract with Granada CF); Ideal, 26 June 2011 (in Spanish)
- Rubén Castro hace justicia (Rubén Castro does justice); El País, 27 August 2011 (in Spanish)
- El Granada ficha de nuevo a Lucena (Granada sign Lucena again); Ideal, 10 February 2015 (in Spanish)