Miguel Ángel Lotina

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Miguel Ángel Lotina
Miguel Ángel Lotina.jpg
Lotina as a Deportivo coach
Personal information
Full name Miguel Ángel Lotina Oruechebarría
Date of birth (1957-06-18) 18 June 1957 (age 61)
Place of birth Meñaka, Spain
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1977 CD Munguía
1977–1978 Gernika
1978–1981 Logroñés
1981–1983 Castellón 30 (3)
1983–1988 Logroñés 77 (27)
Teams managed
1990–1992 Logroñés B
1992 Logroñés
1993–1996 Numancia
1996 Logroñés
1997–1998 Badajoz
1998–1999 Numancia
1999–2002 Osasuna
2002–2004 Celta
2004–2006 Espanyol
2006–2007 Real Sociedad
2007–2011 Deportivo La Coruña
2012 Villarreal
2014 Omonia
2014 Al-Shahaniya

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

† Appearances (goals)

Miguel Ángel Lotina Oruechebarría (born 18 June 1957) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a striker, and a current manager.

Playing career

Born in Meñaka, Biscay, Lotina started playing football with local Gernika Club, representing CD Castellón from 1981 to 1983. In his only season in La Liga he scored three goals in 21 games for the Valencian,[1][2] who ranked 18th and last.

In the 1983 summer, Lotina signed with CD Logroñés. After netting 22 goals in two Segunda División seasons combined with the Riojan – also representing the side in Segunda División B – he contributed with two in 14 matches in the 1986–87 campaign as the team promoted to the top flight for the first time ever, after finishing second to champions Valencia CF; he retired from the game in 1988 at the age of 31, without having appeared in the first division with his main club.

Manager career

After starting coaching with Logroñés' reserves, Lotina managed the club in two separate stints in the 90's (11 games). In 1995–96, whilst in charge of CD Numancia, he helped the Soria team reach the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey, with the third division side ousting top flight sides Real Sociedad, Racing de Santander and Sporting de Gijón before bowing out to eventual finalists FC Barcelona 3–5 on aggregate.[3]

After his top level debuts with Logroñés in the 1996–97 season, being one of five managers as the club finished in 22nd and last position, Lotina's next years were spent in the second level, with CD Badajoz, Numancia and CA Osasuna, helping the second promote to the top flight for the first time ever in 1999[4] and the third achieve the same feat the following year after a six-year absence. He remained with the Navarrese for two further campaigns, as they consecutively retained their status.

In the 2002–03 season Lotina led Celta de Vigo to its first participation in the UEFA Champions League, after the Galicians finished fourth. In the following campaign, however, even though the team progressed through the group stage by notably defeating A.C. Milan 2–1 at the San Siro,[5] he was sacked after 21 rounds,[6] with the club eventually being relegated.

In 2004–05, Lotina coached RCD Espanyol[7] to qualification to the UEFA Cup, after finishing fifth. The year 2006 brought him his first football trophy, as the team won the domestic cup against Real Zaragoza (4–1) in the manager's second season.[8] In the 2006–07 campaign he returned to his native region after replacing sacked José Mari Bakero at the helm of 20th-placed Real Sociedad,[9] but the Basques were relegated from the first division for the first time in 40 years, after ranking second from bottom.

For 2007–08, Lotina returned to Galicia and joined Deportivo de La Coruña.[10] After poor a start he more often then not switched to a 5–3–2 formation, going on to finish the year comfortably placed in mid-table and reach the UEFA Intertoto Cup,[11] but being eventually relegated in 2011 as the club also struggled financially – Depor only managed to score nine goals away from home all year, being doomed in the last round after failing to score in a 0–2 home loss against Valencia; on 23 May of that year, he announced his departure from the club.[12]

On 19 March 2012 Lotina became Villarreal CF's third coach of the season, replacing José Francisco Molina following a 0–1 away loss against Levante UD, with the team dangerously close to the relegation zone (17th),[13] and eventually relegated as 18th, which meant that the club's reserves, which competed in the second level, were also forced to drop down a level in June.

On 21 June 2014, after a brief spell in the Cypriot First Division, Lotina was appointed head coach of newly promoted Qatar Stars League side Al-Shahaniya Sports Club.[14]




  1. "1–3: ¡Bombazo del Castellón!" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 4 January 1982. Retrieved 6 March 2014. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Quini, autor del gol 3.000 del Barça en la Liga" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 25 January 1982. Retrieved 6 March 2014. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Soria celebra la gesta de la Copa 10 años después" (in Spanish). Diario AS. 21 February 2006. Retrieved 6 March 2014. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Hito histórico del Numancia (Historical achievement from Numancia); Mundo Deportivo, 21 June 1999 (Spanish)
  5. El Celta sella en San Siro su pase a octavos de final (Celta seals progression to round-of-16 in San Siro); El Mundo, 9 December 2003 (Spanish)
  6. El Celta de Vigo destituye a Lotina (Lotina sacks Lotina); El Mundo, 26 January 2004 (Spanish)
  7. Llega Lotina y se va Luis (Lotina arrives and Luis leaves); Mundo Deportivo, 11 June 2004 (Spanish)
  8. "¡Increíble Espanyol!" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 13 April 2006. Retrieved 6 March 2014. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Miguel Ángel Lotina, nuevo entrenador de la Real Sociedad (Miguel Ángel Lotina, new Real Sociedad manager); 20 Minutos, 27 October 2006 (Spanish)
  10. Lotina abandona la Real Sociedad y se acerca al Deportivo de la Coruña (Lotina leaves Real Sociedad and nears Deportivo de la Coruña); 20 Minutos. 23 June 2007 (Spanish)
  11. Deportivo La Coruña grind their way back to where they once belonged; The Guardian. 19 October 2009
  12. Lotina se despide: 'No he descendido yo sino el Depor' (Lotina says goodbye: 'I have not been relegated, Depor has'); Diario AS. 23 May 2011 (Spanish)
  13. Villarreal appoint Lotina; ESPN Soccernet. 19 March 2012
  14. Al Shahaniya appoint Miguel Lotina as new head coach; Qatar Stars League. 23 June 2014

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