Juan Ramón López Caro (born 23 March 1963 in Lebrija, Spain) is a current coach who manages Saudi Arabia national football team.
Lopéz Caro came to
Real Madrid in 2001 to take charge of the reserve team - Real Madrid B. He quietly earned a reputation at Madrid after lifting the B team back into the Segunda división. In 2005/2006, he became first team coach, replacing Brazilian Vanderlei Luxemburgo who was fired on 4 December 2005. Prior to that, he had worked at RCD Mallorca and was on the bench during their brief run in the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2000.
On 27 May 2006 it was announced that he would take over as head coach of Spanish La Liga side
Racing de Santander, but he joined Levante UD 2 months later. However, midway through the season, with his team lying in 17th place in the table, he was sacked on 15 January 2007.
On 8 October 2007 he was appointed new manager of
Celta de Vigo, replacing Hristo Stoichkov after a string of very unsuccessful games.
In June 2010, he finished his contract with Spain Under-21 and he decided not to continue anymore and to sign a contract with the Romanian Liga 1 club FC Vaslui. 1
López Caro became the best paid coach in the history of the
Romanian Liga 1, FC Vaslui offering him a deal of €3,5 million of euros + bonuses for 3 years of contract. 2
In January 2012, he became in technical advisor of
Saudi Arabia national football team and after the sacking of Frank Rijkaard, he became the manager of the team.
Juan Ramón López Caro – Managerial positions