José Manuel Martins Dominguez (born 16 February 1974) is a retired Portuguese footballer who played as a winger, and a current coach.
A diminutive player with above-average technical skills and speed, he started playing professional football not in his own country but in England with Birmingham City. After two years with Sporting, he returned to England for three years with Tottenham Hotspur, then spent another three with German club Kaiserslautern and had short spells in Qatar and Brazil.
Dominguez is one of the shortest players to have ever played in the Premier League.
Early years / Sporting
Born in Lisbon, Dominguez had an unassuming youth spell at hometown club S.L. Benfica, then played for a year with amateurs S.U. Sintrense also in the area. After a few months at A.D. Fafe he had his first taste of professional football, joining Football League Second Division club Birmingham City in March 1994 and being relegated in his first season.
Following Luís Figo's departure to FC Barcelona, Sporting Clube de Portugal chose Dominguez as his replacement, and he went on to play two solid seasons at the club, albeit with no silverware.
Tottenham Hotspur, coached by Gerry Francis, returned Dominguez to England in August 1997, for £1.6 million. He made his debut in the Premier League against Derby County at the end of that month, winning a penalty after coming on as a second-half substitute; however, despite being at White Hart Lane for over three years, his appearances for the first team were limited: he started regularly under Francis, but came more regularly off the bench during Christian Gross's tenure as manager.
Dominguez won the 1998–99 League Cup with Spurs as an unused substitute in the final, but fell out of favour during the following season under George Graham, who demoted him to the reserves. He only appeared in two league games for the first team, both as substitute.
Dominguez signed for Bundesliga club 1. FC Kaiserslautern in November 2000, for £250,000. He scored in only his second game, a 2–4 loss at Bayer 04 Leverkusen, but his performances were also irregular; in his last season he scored one goal in 26 matches, but the club finished just one place above relegation.
After a brief spell in Qatar with Al-Ahly Doha, Dominguez moved in 2005 to Brazilian outfit CR Vasco da Gama. Not being able to receive his playing licence from the Portuguese Football Association, he officially retired from the game in August, aged 31.
Dominguez spent two years coaching U.D. Leiria's youth sides. On 14 March 2012 he became the first team's fourth coach of the campaign, replacing the fired Manuel Cajuda. In 2012–13 he worked with Sporting's reserves, in the second level.
In late December 2013 Dominguez was appointed at Real Cartagena in Colombia, as part of an agreement between that club and Sporting. On 24 March 2015 he was named at the helm of Recreativo de Huelva, replacing Juan Manuel Pavón.
While at Sporting, Dominguez gained three caps for Portugal. In a more important role, he helped the Olympic team finish fourth at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. That team also included four other Sporting graduates – Luís Andrade, Dani, Emílio Peixe and Hugo Porfírio.