Juan Ramón López Muñiz

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Juan Muñiz
Personal information
Full name Juan Ramón López Muñiz
Date of birth (1968-11-02) 2 November 1968 (age 45)
Place of birth Gijón, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club Dnipro (assistant)
Youth career
Sporting Gijón
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1991 Sporting B
1991–1996 Sporting Gijón 150 (6)
1996–1999 Rayo Vallecano 107 (4)
1999–2002 Numancia 76 (0)
Teams managed
2003–2004 Málaga (assistant)
2006 Marbella
2006–2008 Málaga
2008–2009 Racing Santander
2009–2010 Málaga
2010– Dnipro (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 June 2010.
† Appearances (Goals).

Juan Ramón López Muñiz (born 2 November 1968) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central defender, and a current manager.

Playing career

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).

Coaching career

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.

In late June 2010, after leading Málaga to the 17th position, last above the relegation zone, Muñiz was sacked. Shortly after, he rejoined Ramos at FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in Ukraine.


  1. ^ Racing part ways with Muñiz; UEFA.com, 20 June 2009
  2. ^ López Muñiz makes Málaga return; UEFA.com, 25 June 2009

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