Juan Ignacio Martínez
Martínez during a press conference in 2013
|Full name||Juan Ignacio Martínez Jiménez|
|Date of birth||23 June 1964|
|Place of birth||Rabasa, Alicante, Spain|
|Playing position||Left back|
|1987–1988||Vall de Uxó|
|2002–2005||Mar Menor-San Javier|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
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.
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, Martínez returned to Cartagena (freshly returned to the category). 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. 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 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. After ranking only 11th in the following season he opted to not renew his contract, and signed a two-year deal with fellow league team Real Valladolid.
- As of 5 April 2015
- De comercial a entrenador de moda en Primera División (From shopkeep to hip coach in Primera División); Te Interesa, 3 October 2011 (Spanish)
- Juan Ignacio Martínez, presentado como nuevo entrenador (Juan Ignacio Martínez, presented as new manager); Marca, 7 July 2008 (Spanish)
- 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)
- El Levante, en manos de Juan Ignacio Martínez (Levante, in the hands of Juan Ignacio Martínez); Marca, 9 June 2011 (Spanish)
- Khedira off as Madrid lose; ESPN Soccernet, 18 September 2011
- 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)
- JIM, fin de trayecto (JIM, end of the road); Marca, 5 June 2013 (Spanish)
- Juan Ignacio Martínez, nuevo entrenador del Pucela (Juan Ignacio Martínez, new manager of Pucela); Valladolid's official website, 17 June 2013 (Spanish)
- El Valladolid comunica que JIM no seguirá como entrenador (Valladolid announces that JIM will not remain as manager); Diario AS, 21 May 2014 (Spanish)
- 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)
- 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)
- "Somos como hermanos, pero buscaremos ganar" ("We are like brothers, but we will play to win"); Diario AS, 25 March 2010 (Spanish)
- "Martínez: Juan Ignacio Martínez Jiménez". BDFutbol. Retrieved 29 February 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>