Antonio Rivas (Spanish footballer)
Rivas coaching Alcorcón B
|Full name||Antonio Rivas Martínez|
|Date of birth||13 September 1965|
|Place of birth||Alcázar de San Juan, Spain|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2007–2009||Atlético Madrid (youth)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Rivas was born in Alcázar de San Juan, Province of Ciudad Real. After an unsuccessful four-year stint with Atlético Madrid, only appearing in four games with the first team, he signed in 1988 with RCD Mallorca, being regularly used during his only season as the Balearic Islands club returned to La Liga after one year out.
Subsequently he joined Real Oviedo, going on to play nine consecutive campaigns in the top flight, rarely missing a game when healthy. In 1990–91, Rivas contributed with 36 matches as the Asturias side qualified to the UEFA Cup; in 1994–95, he scored a career-high five goals for another comfortable midtable finish (ninth).
After nearly 300 official appearances with Oviedo, 33-year-old Rivas left the club in the 1999 January transfer window, representing Albacete Balompié in one 1/2 Segunda División seasons. He closed out his career in Segunda División B, after one year with Benidorm CF.
Rivas started coaching in 2002–03, being one of four managers as Oviedo was relegated to the third division – eventually to Tercera División due to irregularities. Two years later, he led the side to promotion to that level.