Felipe Miñambres

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Felipe Miñambres
Personal information
Full name Felipe Miñambres Fernández
Date of birth (1965-04-29) 29 April 1965 (age 53)
Place of birth Astorga, Spain
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1980–1984 Atlético Astorga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1985 Zamora
1985–1987 Sporting B
1987–1989 Sporting Gijón 38 (9)
1989–1999 Tenerife 310 (33)
National team
1989–1994 Spain 6 (2)
Teams managed
2000 Tenerife
2002–2003 Hércules
2003–2005 Salamanca
2005–2006 Alicante
2006–2007 Lleida
2010 Rayo Vallecano

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Felipe Miñambres Fernández (born 29 April 1965) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.

He played 12 seasons in La Liga, with Sporting de Gijón (two years) and Tenerife (ten), amassing totals of 348 games and 42 goals and going on to work with several teams as a manager since 2000, including the latter.

Miñambres represented Spain at the 1994 World Cup.

Club career

A product of Sporting de Gijón's famed youth system, Mareo, Miñambres was born in Astorga, Province of León, and made his debuts with the first team during the 1987–88 season, being an undisputed starter in the following campaign where he scored a career-best nine goals in La Liga.

For 1989–90 Miñambres switched to CD Tenerife, going on to be active part of the club's top flight consolidation and consequent UEFA Cup participations. As the Canary Islands side was relegated in 1999 he retired from football at the age of 34, and went into management.

Miñambres started coaching former team Tenerife (being one of four managers during the 1999–2000 season in Segunda División) then continued with Hércules CF, UD Salamanca, Alicante CF and UE Lleida. In 2007–08, he became Rayo Vallecano's director of football.

On 15 February 2010, with the Madrid club now in the second level but immerse in a sporting crisis, Miñambres replaced sacked Pepe Mel as coach.[1] In June, after helping the team retain its division status, he returned to the office.[2]

International career

Between 1989 and 1994, Miñambres won six caps for Spain and scored two goals. His debut came on 13 December 1989 in a 2–1 friendly win over Switzerland, and he netted the winner in the 59th minute of a match played in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.[3]

Miñambres was subsequently part of Spain's squad at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, appearing against South Korea and Bolivia.[4]


  1. Pepe Mel, destituido como entrenador del Rayo Vallecano (Pepe Mel, sacked as Rayo Vallecano coach); Globedia, 15 February 2010 (Spanish)
  2. "Sandoval, nuevo entrenador del Rayo Vallecano" (in Spanish). Diario AS. 20 June 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2012. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "La selección no pudo dar su mejor imagen" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 14 December 1989. Retrieved 23 January 2014. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Felipe MiñambresFIFA competition record

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