First Team Goalkeeping Coach
Former Spanish international goalkeeper and Olympic gold medallist who was appointed as our First Team Goalkeeping Coach during the summer of 2014.
Born in La Garriga, he began his playing career with lower-league side EC Granollers before joining Barcelona aged 18. He spent a brief amount of time playing for the Spanish giants' third team before moving on loan to make his professional debut with UE Figueres.
He was selected in Spain's squad for the 1992 Olympic Games in his home city of Barcelona, playing all six games as they won the gold medal for men's football.
After the games, he signed for Rayo Vallecano before following coach José Antonio Camacho to RCD Espanyol, where he quickly became first-choice goalkeeper. He was joined at the club a year later by central defender Mauricio Pochettino and the pair were regulars in the side for a number of years.
Jiménez won three senior caps for Spain, making his debut under his former Espanyol coach Camacho in a friendly against Italy in November, 1998.
In 1999, after six years at Espanyol, he joined Atlético Madrid and later moved to Elche CF for a season in 2002. He rounded off his playing career back at Espanyol, moving there in January, 2003.
He retired from playing at the end of the 2003-04 season and, after hanging up his gloves, served as a director with Espanyol for just under two years. He then had separate spells as assistant manager and goalkeeping coach at Girona FC either side of a role at his first club, EC Granollers.
He returned to Espanyol in June, 2011, as part of Mauricio’s coaching staff and, having followed him to Southampton as a goalkeeping coach, now takes on a similar role with us alongside his former team-mate.
8 November 2017
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