Manuel Ruiz

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Manolo Ruiz
Personal information
Full name Manuel Ruiz Pérez
Date of birth (1962-12-03) 3 December 1962 (age 55)
Place of birth Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Extremadura (coach)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1983 Xerez
1983–1990 Zaragoza 9 (0)
1985–1986 Zaragoza B 34 (0)
1987–1988 Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 0 (0)
1990–1991 Levante 18 (0)
1991–1993 Estepona 69 (0)
1993–1994 Almería 28 (0)
1994–1996 Melilla 57 (0)
1996–1997 Sanluqueño
Total 215 (0)
National team
1981 Spain U18 8 (0)
Teams managed
1997–2004 Xerez (assistant)
1999 Xerez
2001 Xerez
2003 Xerez
2004 Xerez
2004–2005 Levante (assistant)
2005–2007 Getafe (assistant)
2007–2008 Real Madrid (assistant)
2010–2011 Beşiktaş (assistant)
2015–2016 Linense
2017–2018 Extremadura
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Manuel "Manolo" Ruiz Pérez (born 3 December 1962) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and is the current manager of Extremadura UD.

Playing career[edit]

Ruiz was born in Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Andalusia. After playing youth football for UD Melilla and Atlético Sanluqueño CF, he signed for Xerez CD in 1979. Four years later he moved to La Liga with Real Zaragoza, making his competition debut on 4 December 1983 in a 0–0 away draw against FC Barcelona.[1]

During his four-year spell with the Aragonese, however, Ruiz only amassed nine league appearances combined, barred by Andoni Cedrún which would later become a legendary player for the club. In the 1985–86 season he featured prominently for Zaragoza's B-team in Segunda División, in an eventual relegation-ending campaign.

Before retiring, Ruiz also played professionally for Deportivo de La Coruña – no appearances whatsoever due to a serious injury[2][3]– and Levante UD, suffering another second division relegation with the latter side.

Coaching career[edit]

In 1997, shortly after retiring, Ruiz started coaching, starting with his first senior team Xerez and helping the Andalusians return to the second level in 2001, after a three-year absence. Subsequently, he joined Bernd Schuster's coaching staff at the club (in six matches comprising two separate seasons, he would also act as an interim coach).[4][5]

Schuster signed with FC Shakhtar Donetsk in 2003, and Ruiz was one of four coaches as Xerez finished ninth in the second tier. When the German returned to Spain to sign with Levante UD,[6] Ruiz re-joined his coaching staff, continuing to work with him at his following clubs, Getafe CF and Real Madrid, until he was sacked from the latter in December 2008; amongst other tasks, he was charged with designing the teams' strategic set pieces.[2][7][8]

Ruiz started his career as manager in 2011,[9] being linked to AD Alcorcón and CE Sabadell FC in 2013. On 24 December 2015 he was named Real Balompédica Linense manager, replacing fired Rafael Escobar.[10]

Managerial stats (second division only)[edit]

Nat Team From To Record
G W L D Win % GF GA +/-
Spain Xerez 2003 2003 3 2 0 1 66.67% 9 6 +3
Spain Xerez 2003 2004 3 0 1 2 0% 3 7 -4
Total Career 6 2 1 3 33.33% 12 13 -1


  1. ^ Los Blaugrana, nerviosos hasta lo indecible, no vieron puerta (The Blaugrana, nervous beyond words, did not find the net); Mundo Deportivo, 5 December 1983 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ a b Manuel Ruiz es el cerebro de las jugadas ensayadas (Manuel Ruiz is the brain behind set pieces); Diario AS, 25 July 2007 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Manolo Ruiz, ayudante de Bernd Schuster, militó en el Dépor el año del gol de Vicente al Santander (Manolo Ruiz, Bernd Schuster's assistant, represented Dépor in the year of Vicente's goal against Santander); La Voz de Galicia, 27 October 2006 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ "Schuster: "No quería pasar otro año igual"" [Schuster: "I did not want to have another similar year"] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 14 June 2003. Retrieved 29 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Esteban y Portugal, despedidos" [Esteban and Portugal, fired] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 8 June 2004. Retrieved 29 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "El Levante UD prescinde de Schuster y José Luis Oltra es el nuevo entrenador del primer equipo" [Levante UD release Schuster and José Luis Oltra is the new first team manager] (in Spanish). Levante UD. 1 May 2005. Retrieved 29 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Manolo Ruiz: ´Para pelear por tres títulos vendrían bien ayudas ofensivas´" [Manolo Ruiz: 'To fight for three titles some attacking additions would be welcome'] (in Spanish). La Opinión de Murcia. 1 August 2008. Retrieved 29 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Las embarazosas relaciones de Schuster" [The embarrassing relations of Schuster] (in Spanish). El Confidencial. 10 October 2007. Retrieved 29 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "Manolo Ruiz, ayudante de Schuster, comienza nueva etapa entrenador" [Manolo Ruiz, Schuster's assistant, starts a new era as manager] (in Spanish). El Norte de Castilla. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "Manolo Ruiz es el nuevo técnico de la Balona" [Manolo Ruiz is the new manager of the Balona] (in Spanish). Marca. 24 December 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2016. 

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