Biography of José María o "José Mari Manzanares" Dols Abellán (1953-VVVV)

Bullfighter Spanish, born on April 14, 1953 in Alicante. On the planet of the bulls, it is known by the nickname of "José Mari Manzanares".

Born in the popular Alicante district of Santa Cruz, he was the son of a banderillero soon transmitted his love to the bulls. Thus, moved out of the desire to become a figure of bullfighting, he took his father's good relations to gain a foothold in several tentaderos, which could give its first capotazos. And on April 15, 1969, in the sands of the Jaen town of Andújar, donned his first suit of lights, for store cattle of don Francisco Sánchez in the company of the also beginner Nelson Villegas.

Seeing with good skills for the practice of bullfighting, is he was polishing throughout fifteen novilladas without picadors until, on May 24, 1970, in the Alicante Bullring in Benidorm, it made the paseíllo to take part in his first bullfight minced. They grappled that afternoon six utreros belonging to Sánchez Arjona cattle, with a poster of bullfighters completed by "Curro sources" and José Luis Ortuño. Thereafter, among most warned fans he began spreading the rumor that the young "José Mari Manzanares" treasured great qualities in the management of the cloak and crutch, particularly when printing the flight of his deceptions a passed out let that gave great plasticity to the whole of their tasks.

Preceded by these rumors, on June 6 of that season of 1970 he made his presentation at the plaza Monumental de sales, alternated with the young bullfighters Juan Carlos Castro ("Luguillano") and José Luis Feria ("Galloso"), to deal with a closure from the pastures of the heirs of don Carlos Núñez. This presentation to the first love of the world, which gives and takes away contracts, could not be more happy: 'Manzanares' left shoulder through the door of Madrid, after have gotten an ear from each of his two enemies.

So, the day 24th of that same month appeared on the sands of the plaza de toros de Alicante, willing to take the alternative before the watchful eye of his countrymen. It was sponsored by the coletudo Madrid Luis Miguel González Lucas ("Luis Miguel Dominguín"), who, in the presence of the salamancan right-handed Santiago Martín Sánchez ("the Viti"), which was as a witness, ceded tackle that had to lidia and rapier kill a bull belonging to the breeding of don Atanasio Fernández. That afternoon, "José Mari Manzanares" reaped one of his most strident career wins, to cut both ears and the tail of the aforesaid res.

Despite these successes, the Alicante right-handed not stepped on the Madrid arena during the season of their choice, and neither torea in first place in the world over the following year. Finally, on May 18, 1972, in the heart of San Isidro fair, he appeared again in the Monumental de Las Ventas, willing to confirm their membership in the upper ranks of matadors of wild cattle. He was, at the time, sponsored by the province of Jaen sword Sebastián Palomo Martínez ("Palomo Linares"), who, under the watchful eye of the Mexican Bullfighter Eloy Cavazos Ramírez, present in as a witness, empowered you to rummage and despenar a colorado Bull belonging to the currency of don Francisco Garzón, who attended the voice of Saperito. Since then, "Manzanares" has always been the leading swords of the ladder, and has enjoyed the appreciation of a large group of supporters who value elegant slow its bullfighting and the temple that knows to bring out their best afternoons. However, it is also true that a large sector of the hobby has understood its constant search of plasticity as a progressive relaxation that ended up becoming mannerisms to buoyant bulls, and open indifference when comes to the arena a harsh, violent bull or, simply, embedded.

In 1977 he was eighty-six contracts, which finished the season located at the head of the upper ranks. At the end of the campaign of 1978, when it was already considered in Spain as a figure of bullfighting, he crossed the Atlantic to show that slow fainting to which reference has already been made in the Colombian and Venezuelan sands. On their return to the Peninsular squares, it undertook a season of 1979 which, over time, would be designated as one of the most prominent in his long career. Indeed, dressed in lights in a total of sixty-four occasions throughout this campaign, in which harvested other three his strident wins: the first, in the plaza de toros de Córdoba, on May 27, when he cut off three ears to a batch marked with the sign of Martínez Benavides, in the presence of the Albacete lidiador Dámaso González Carrasco and the Salamanca right-handed Pedro Gutiérrez Moya ("child of the Capea"); the second, June 16, on the sands of the Algeciras circus; and the third in the arena of Valencia, on July 29.

It continued to maintain a good tone in his bullfighting career during four or five seasons, and to the conclusion of the campaign of 1984 returned to climb to the top of the ladder, after having made the paseíllo in seventy-two occasions. He was also a triumphant year, where he starred in four glorious afternoons: the first, in Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Cadiz), on June 2, date on which cut an ear from each of their two enemies, belonging to the livestock of don Manuel González, in the presence of the Cadiz matador Julio Vega Rodríguez ("Marismeno") and the Sevillian sword Durán Francisco Martín ("Curro Durán"); the second, the 24 of June in its native Alicante, where desorejó to two bulls bred on the rangelands of don Baltasar Ibán, on a completed poster for other two coletudos Alicante, Luis Francisco Esplá Mateo and Arturo Blau swords; the third, August 4, also in the Bullring of his land, where left to shoulder after cutting three ears of a batch marked with don Manuel San Román iron, in the presence of the brothers Luis Francisco and Juan Antonio Espla Matthew; and the fourth also in Alicante, on 18 August, where held, with the aforementioned Luis Francisco Esplá Mateo, an emotional hand that left him in his esporton three appendices headphones, on an afternoon in which ran a closure that had grazed on the estate of El Madrigal.

In the campaign of 1985 he took part in fifty-nine celebrations, and subsequently continued bullfighting in Latin American lands (Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela). Shortly after having returned to Spain, it premiered in the new season of 1986 with another loud success in the Bullring of Castellón de la Plana, where he earned three appendices headphones a lot of Cebada Gago, flanked on posters by the mentioned Salamanca sword Pedro Gutiérrez Moya ("child of the Capea") and the unfortunate Madrid right-handed Lucio Sandín Sayago. He ended the season of 1986 after having dressed the suit of lights on sixty occasions, and again traveled to Latin America, to look at the main arenas of Peru and Colombia. And so it continued bullfighting in Spain and America, adding great triumphs in almost all places of the world, except the in Madrid, in which a large number of detractors had won and did not cut an ear late into the Decade of the 1990s, in the isidril cycle of 1993. Shortly after it announced its withdrawal from the active practice of bullfighting.


ARÉVALO, José Antonio, José Carlos, and MORALE of the. The bullfighting of José María Manzanares (Madrid: Akal, 1987).