Manolo Reina

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Manolo Reina
Personal information
Full name Manuel Reina Rodríguez
Date of birth (1985-04-01) 1 April 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Villanueva del Trabuco, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 1
Youth career
1997–2004 Málaga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Málaga B 38 (0)
2006 Málaga 1 (0)
2007 Levante B 11 (0)
2008–2011 Levante 74 (0)
2011–2012 Cartagena 27 (0)
2012–2013 AEP 15 (0)
2013 Atromitos 0 (0)
2013– Gimnàstic 125 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 April 2017.

Manuel 'Manolo' Reina Rodríguez (born 1 April 1985) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Gimnàstic de Tarragona as a goalkeeper.

Football career[edit]

Born in Villanueva del Trabuco, Málaga, Andalusia, Reina was a product of hometown Málaga CF's youth system. He appeared in one game with the first team during the 2005–06 season, against Valencia CF in a 0–0 home draw, as they went on to rank last in La Liga.

In 2007, Reina joined Levante UD, but played mainly for the reserves during his early spell. However, the club's severe financial crisis led to him becoming first-choice after the departure of Marco Storari; in eight matches, he conceded 18 goals.

Reina appeared in 47 games in the following two seasons combined, the last of them ending in top flight promotion. For 2010–11 he was initially deemed second-choice, to newly signed Gustavo Munúa. However, after the Uruguayan conceded ten goals in the first three matches, he was selected for the next two rounds, keeping clean sheets against UD Almería (0–1 away win[1]) and Real Madrid (0–0, at home[2]); he eventually lost his starting position again, finishing the campaign with 18 appearances as the Valencians eventually retained their top division status.

On 20 June 2011, Reina signed for FC Cartagena in the second division.[3] After the club's relegation he moved abroad for the first time in his career, joining Cypriot First Division's AEP Paphos FC.

On 30 January 2013, Reina moved teams and countries again, signing with Superleague Greece club Atromitos F.C. as a replacement for PAOK FC-bound Charles Itandje.[4] He was mostly a backup to Velimir Radman, and left in June after making no official appearances.

On 2 July 2013, Reina returned to his country and penned a contract with Segunda División B side Gimnàstic de Tarragona.[5]


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