José Murcia

Pepe Murcia
Personal information
Full name José Murcia González
Date of birth (1964-12-03) 3 December 1964 (age 58)
Place of birth Córdoba, Spain
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
1977–1980 CD Alcázar
1980–1982 Zoco CF
1982–1984 Córdoba
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1985 Egabrense
1985–1986 Jaén
1986–1988 Córdoba
1988–1989 Valdepeñas
1989–1990 Córdoba 2 (0)
1990–1991 Plasencia
1991 Martos
1991–1992 Santaella
Managerial career
1992–1994 Alcázar (youth)
1994–1996 Séneca (youth)
1996–2000 Córdoba (youth)
2000–2001 Córdoba B
2001–2002 Córdoba
2002 Cartagena
2003–2006 Atlético Madrid B
2006 Atlético Madrid
2006–2007 Xerez
2007–2008 Castellón
2008–2009 Celta
2009 Albacete
2011 Salamanca
2011 Braşov
2014 Levski Sofia
2016–2017 Legirus Inter
2017–2020 Al-Shahania
2021 Sfaxien
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

José 'Pepe' Murcia González (born 3 December 1964) is a Spanish football manager.

Football career

Born in Córdoba, Andalusia, Murcia never played in higher than Segunda División B, and retired in 1992 at the age of only 27 due to injury. He coached several local youth teams in his early years, including Córdoba CF. After a successful spell with the reserves (two consecutive promotions all the way to Tercera División), he was one of four managers for the main squad in the 2001–02 season, achieving four wins, two draws and two losses during his eight games in charge as they eventually retained their Segunda División status.[1]

Murcia then plied his trade in the third division, leading Atlético Madrid's B team to the league championship in his first year, albeit with no playoff promotion.[2] On 9 January 2006, following a 0–0 La Liga home draw against Valencia CF, he was appointed the Colchoneros' first team's manager, replacing the dismissed Carlos Bianchi; they ranked 12th at that time,[3] going on to finish the campaign in tenth position.[4][5]

Murcia spent the following four years in the second tier with as many clubs, not managing to finish one single season but with none of the teams eventually losing their league status. On 30 November 2009, after a 2–3 home defeat to CD Numancia, he was fired at Albacete Balompié due to negative results, with the Castile-La Mancha side in 16th position at that time[6]– eventually ending 15th.

On 9 August 2011, Murcia signed a two-year contract with Romania's FC Brașov,[7] but resigned at the Liga I club after three matches due to family reasons.[8] In June 2014, after nearly three years out of football, he was appointed at PFC Levski Sofia in Bulgaria.[9]

Murcia was sacked on 4 August 2014, due to poor results.[10] In November 2016, whilst working out on his own, the FC Legirus Inter manager suffered a heart attack, slipping into a coma but eventually recovering.[11][12]

In June 2017, Murcia was hired by Al-Shahania SC, newly relegated to the Qatari Second Division.[13] He won promotion to the Qatar Stars League with an unbeaten first season, and then came seventh in his second, earning him a nomination for Manager of the Year alongside Jesualdo Ferreira of champions Al Sadd SC.[14]

Honours

Manager

Atlético Madrid B

Al-Shahania

Managerial statistics

As of 20 November 2018[15]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Al-Shahania Qatar 22 June 2017 Present 70 30 13 27 103 90 +13 042.86

References

  1. ^ "José Murcia, nuevo entrenador del Córdoba" [José Murcia, new Córdoba manager]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 19 November 2001. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b Colino, Jesús (20 May 2019). "¿Qué fue del último Atlético B que jugó el playoff a Segunda?" [What happened to the last Atlético B that played the Segunda playoffs?]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Atlético bid Bianchi goodbye". UEFA. 12 January 2006. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  4. ^ Cordovilla, Anna (14 May 2006). "Bajan el telón con muy escaso brillo" [Curtain call with very little brilliance] (PDF). Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  5. ^ "El renacimiento del Atlético desde el descenso en el 2000" [The rebirth of Atlético since the 2000 relegation]. 20 minutos (in Spanish). 17 May 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  6. ^ "Pepe Murcia, destituido como entrenador del Albacete" [Pepe Murcia, dismissed as Albacete coach]. Marca (in Spanish). 30 November 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  7. ^ "E oficial! Jose „Pepe" Murcia Gonzalez este noul antrenor al FC Braşov" [It's official! Jose "Pepe" Murcia new FC Brasov manager]. Adevărul (in Romanian). 9 August 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
  8. ^ Călin, Andrei (29 August 2011). "FC Brașov a rămas fără antrenor" [FC Brașov without a coach]. Evenimentul Zilei (in Romanian). Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  9. ^ "Гонзо: Мурсия е сериозен човек, знае всичко за играчите ни" [Gonzo: Murcia is a serious person who knows everything about our players] (in Bulgarian). Gong.bg. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Фаталното число 13 се стовари върху Мурсия" [Fatal number 13 landed on Murcia] (in Bulgarian). Blitz. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  11. ^ "El entrenador cordobés Pepe Murcia recibe el alta hospitalaria en Finlandia un mes después del infarto" [Cordobese manager Pepe Murcia is released from hospital in Finland one month after heart attack]. ABC (in Spanish). 5 December 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  12. ^ Barbero, Alberto (30 January 2017). "Pepe Murcia: "Estuve muerto 20 minutos"" [Pepe Murcia: "I was dead for 20 minutes"]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Shahania sign Spanish coach Jose Bibi". The Peninsula. 16 July 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  14. ^ Jurado, David (22 April 2019). "Pepe Murcia hace historia en Qatar" [Pepe Murcia makes history in Qatar] (in Spanish). Córdoba Deporte. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  15. ^ José Murcia at Soccerway Edit this at Wikidata

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  • José Murcia manager profile at BDFutbol
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