Manuel Ruiz

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Manuel Ruiz
Personal information
Full name Manuel Ruiz Pérez
Date of birth (1962-12-03) 3 December 1962 (age 56)
Place of birth Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
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
1988 Spain U18 8 (0)
Teams managed
1997–2004 Xerez (assistant)
1999 Xerez
2001 Xerez
2003 Xerez
2004 Xerez

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

† Appearances (goals)

Manuel Ruiz Pérez (born 3 December 1962 in Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Andalusia) is a Spanish retired football goalkeeper and manager.

Playing career

After playing youth football for UD Melilla and Atlético Sanluqueño CF, Ruiz 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 draw at 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 club.

Coaching career

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 manage the side as an interim coach).

In 2003 Schuster signed with FC Shakhtar Donetsk, and Ruiz was one of four coaches as Xerez finished ninth in level two. When the German returned to Spain to sign with Levante UD, 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]



Managerial stats (second division only)

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


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