Juan Ramón López Muñiz
|Full name||Juan Ramón López Muñiz|
|Date of birth||2 November 1968|
|Place of birth||Gijón, Spain|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|Current club||Dnipro (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 June 2010.
† Appearances (Goals).
Muñiz was born in Gijón, Asturias. During his playing days he represented hometown club Sporting de Gijón (making his first-team debuts in the 1991–92 season, already at 23), Rayo Vallecano – scoring four goals in 40 matches during the 1998–99 campaign, which granted the Madrid side La Liga promotion via playoffs even though they finished fifth – and CD Numancia.
Muñiz retired after 2001–02 at the age of 33, as the Soria club could only finish in 17th position in Segunda División. In 11 years as a professional, he appeared in 333 games and netted ten goals (234/6 in the top level).
Muñiz started as an assistant manager at Málaga in 2003, under Juande Ramos. His first head coach experience arrived in early 2006 with lowly UD Marbella, and he subsequently returned to Málaga as the main manager for two seasons, achieving a runner-up place in 2008 and thus promoting the Andalusia outfit to the top flight after a two-year hiatus.
In July 2008, Muñiz switched to fellow league team Racing de Santander. At the season's end, however, he was released from contract,1 and promptly returned to Málaga,2 replacing Antonio Tapia, who took over relegated neighbours Real Betis.