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Sanjuán (footballer)

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Personal information
Full name José Ignacio López Sanjuán
Date of birth (1940-04-01) 1 April 1940 (age 81)
Place of birth Villaobispo de Otero, Spain
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1962 Basconia 23 (0)
1962–1964 Valladolid 3 (0)
1964–1966 Langreo 19 (0)
1966–1967 Gimnàstic
Teams managed
Gimnàstic (assistant)
1973–1975 Vinaròs
1975–1976 Villarreal
1976–1977 Gimnàstic
1977–1978 Lleida
1978–1980 Cultural Leonesa
1980–1981 Pontevedra
1981–1983 Vinaròs
1983–1984 Tortosa
1985–1986 Cultural Leonesa
1988 Eldense
1989 Poli Almería
1989–1990 Burriana
1990–1992 Villarreal
1996–1997 Ponferradina
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

José Ignacio López Sanjuán (born 1 April 1940) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a defender, and a current coach.

Playing career

Born in Villaobispo de Otero, León, Castile and León, Sanjuán made his senior debut with CD Basconia on 6 November 1960, starting in a 1–0 away win against Terrassa FC for the Segunda División championship.[1]

In the 1962 Sanjuán moved to La Liga with Real Valladolid. He made his debut in the competition on 14 April 1963, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 home win against Atlético Madrid.[2]

After appearing rarely Sanjuán returned to the second level, joining UP Langreo. In 1966 he left the club and subsequently resumed his career in Tercera División, representing Gimnàstic de Tarragona (two stints) and Terrassa FC.

Post-playing career

After being an assistant manager at his last club Gimnàstic, Sanjuán was appointed manager of Vinaròs CF in 1973.[3] He subsequently returned to Nàstic, being manager of the club in 1976.

In July 1977 Sanjuán was named manager of Catalonia neighbours UE Lleida.[4] He subsequently returned to Vinaròs in 1981,[5] and remained in the fourth and third levels for the following seasons, coaching CD Tortosa, Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa,[6] CD Eldense,[7] Polideportivo Almería[8] and CD Burriana.

In May 1990 Sanjuán was appointed at the helm of Villarreal CF, with the side in the fourth level.[9] With the Yellow Submarine he achieved two consecutive promotions, taking the club back to the second division after a 20-year absence.[10]

Sanjuán was also in charge of SD Ponferradina during the 1996–97 campaign, being sacked in January 1997.[11]


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