Tuesday 9 June 2020
Manchester City has officially announced the appointment of Spain’s Juanma Liu as assistant coach in the technical staff of his compatriot Pep Guardiola, succeeding Michael Arteta who moved to lead Arsenal mid-season.
Liu assumed the technical leadership of many teams, his last experience as a coach with the Qindao Huanghai team was China, and he led him to the top of the table ranking of the First Division, qualifying for the Chinese Super League.
One of the youngest coaches in football history, 54-year-old Liu began his coaching career at the age of 16, when he led the youth of Amaroos in 1981, and four years later he led the youth team of Tolosa.
Liu’s career gradually evolved, and his star shone in 1992, after he led the Salamanca team in its first season to finish second in the third division, and lost to qualification for the second degree in the final qualifiers, before leading his team to qualify in the following season.
Liu continued his successes and led Salamanca to the first division in the 1995/96 season, to become the 29-year-old youngest coach in the history of the “Liga”, but he faced frustration when he was dismissed because of the team’s presence in the area leading to the landing, which sparked intense public anger.
Liu fought some new experiences in Spain, where he led Real Oviedo, Tenerife, Real Sarajusa and Ciudad Murcia, before going out to train the Mexican Dorados in 2004, in a short experiment, during which he trained Pep Guardiola, the current coach of Manchester City, who played his last season in football fields Foot at that time.
The Spanish coach returned to his homeland again and had some experiences, most notably with Real Sociedad and Almeria, before going through the experience of the assistant coach in the technical staff of Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli, who was used in his experiences with the Chilean team and the Seville team.
After separating from Sampaoli, Liu returned to the coach position, and led the Colombian Atletico Nacional and Japanese Vissel Kobe, before his recent Chinese experience.