Juan Ignacio Martínez

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Juan Ignacio Martínez
Juan Ignacio Martínez en rueda de prensa (octubre de 2013).jpg
Martínez during a press conference in 2013
Personal information
Full name Juan Ignacio Martínez Jiménez
Date of birth (1964-06-23) 23 June 1964 (age 54)
Place of birth Rabasa, Alicante, Spain
Playing position Left back
Youth career
1982–1983 Elche
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1984 Ilicitano
1984–1985 Benicarló
1985–1986 Melilla
1986–1987 Alicante
1987–1988 Vall de Uxó
1988–1989 Almansa
1989–1990 Bocairent
1990–1991 Torrevieja
Teams managed
1997 Alicante
1997–1998 Orihuela
1999–2001 Torrevieja
2002–2005 Mar Menor-San Javier
2005–2006 Cartagena
2006–2007 Alcoyano
2007–2008 Salamanca
2008–2009 Albacete
2009–2011 Cartagena
2011–2013 Levante
2013–2014 Valladolid
2014–2015 Almería

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

† Appearances (goals)

Juan Ignacio Martínez Jiménez (born 23 June 1964) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a left back, and a current manager.

Playing career

Martínez was born in Rabasa, Alicante. After playing youth football for both Alicante CF and Elche CF he competed only at amateur level during his career, never in higher than the fourth division. He played for Elche CF Ilicitano, CD Benicarló, UD Melilla – due to his compulsory military service – Alicante, UD Vall de Uxó, UD Almansa and FC Torrevieja.

Martínez ended his career in 1991, at only 27.[1]

Coaching career

Martínez being presented by Levante.

Martínez began managing in 1997, his first stop being precisely Alicante. In the following years, he coached several teams in the lower leagues – also working in youth and women's football – his longest spell being four years with AD Mar Menor-San Javier in the fourth level, which he led to three consecutive playoff appearances albeit without any promotion.

In the 2005–06 season, Martínez led FC Cartagena to the first position in division three. He first reached the professionals in the 2007–08 campaign, coaching UD Salamanca to a final seventh place in the second level.

After another season in division two, with Albacete Balompié,[2] Martínez returned to Cartagena (freshly returned to the category).[3] He led the Murcian club to the fifth position in his first year, and the 13th in his second.

Affectionately known as "JIM" (his full name's initials), Martínez was appointed at La Liga side Levante UD on 9 June 2011, replacing Getafe CF-bound Luis García.[4] After two draws in the first two rounds he coached the team to seven consecutive wins, including a 1–0 home triumph against Real Madrid[5] which meant it led the league during several rounds.

Martínez also led the Valencian to their first continental competition ever, by finishing sixth in 2011–12.[6] After ranking only 11th in the following season he opted to not renew his contract,[7] and signed a two-year deal with fellow league team Real Valladolid.[8]

On 24 May 2014, after the latter's relegation, Martínez was relieved of his duties.[9] On 11 December he was appointed at the helm of UD Almería, replacing fired Francisco.[10]

On 5 April 2015 Martínez was sacked by the Andalusians, after a heavy 1–4 home loss to his previous club Levante.[11]

Personal life

Martínez's cousin, José Bordalás, is also a football coach.[12]

Managerial statistics

As of 5 April 2015
Team Nat Year Record
P W D L Win %
Cartagena[13] Spain 2005–06 50 25 15 10 50.00
Alcoyano[13] Spain 2006–07 28 14 8 6 50.00
Salamanca[13] Spain 2007–08 43 13 18 12 30.23
Albacete[13] Spain 2008–09 35 10 11 14 28.57
Cartagena[13] Spain 2009–11 87 35 19 33 40.23
Levante[13] Spain 2011–13 98 38 20 40 38.78
Valladolid[13] Spain 2013–14 40 7 16 17 17.50
Almería[13] Spain 2014–15 17 5 4 8 29.41


  1. De comercial a entrenador de moda en Primera División (From shopkeep to hip coach in Primera División); Te Interesa, 3 October 2011 (Spanish)
  2. Juan Ignacio Martínez, presentado como nuevo entrenador (Juan Ignacio Martínez, presented as new manager); Marca, 7 July 2008 (Spanish)
  3. Juan Ignacio Martínez: "El Cartagena debe ganarse el respeto a base de juego" (Juan Ignacio Martínez: "Cartagena must earn respect based on its game"); Marca, 2 July 2009 (Spanish)
  4. El Levante, en manos de Juan Ignacio Martínez (Levante, in the hands of Juan Ignacio Martínez); Marca, 9 June 2011 (Spanish)
  5. Khedira off as Madrid lose; ESPN Soccernet, 18 September 2011
  6. El Levante se mete en Europa por primera vez en 102 años de historia (Levante goes to Europe for the first time in 102-year history); Sport You, 13 May 2012 (Spanish)
  7. JIM, fin de trayecto (JIM, end of the road); Marca, 5 June 2013 (Spanish)
  8. Juan Ignacio Martínez, nuevo entrenador del Pucela (Juan Ignacio Martínez, new manager of Pucela); Valladolid's official website, 17 June 2013 (Spanish)
  9. El Valladolid comunica que JIM no seguirá como entrenador (Valladolid announces that JIM will not remain as manager); Diario AS, 21 May 2014 (Spanish)
  10. Juan Ignacio Martínez, nuevo entrenador del Almería hasta final de temporada (Juan Ignacio Martínez, new manager of Almería until the end of the season); Almería's official website, 11 December 2014 (Spanish)
  11. El Almería decide destituir a Juan Ignacio Martínez como entrenador del primer equipo (Almería decides to sack Juan Ignacio Martínez as first team manager); Almería's official website, 5 April 2015 (Spanish)
  12. "Somos como hermanos, pero buscaremos ganar" ("We are like brothers, but we will play to win"); Diario AS, 25 March 2010 (Spanish)
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 13.7 "Martínez: Juan Ignacio Martínez Jiménez". BDFutbol. Retrieved 29 February 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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