Luis Cembranos Martínez (born 6 June 1972) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a right midfielder, and is the current coach of Rayo Vallecano B.
He amassed La Liga totals of 155 games and 22 goals over the course of nine seasons, mainly with Espanyol and Rayo Vallecano. He also represented Barcelona in the competition.
Cembranos began working as a manager in 2007, with Huracán Z. He went on to work with a host of clubs, as head coach as well as an assistant.
Born in Lucerne, Cembranos was the son of Spanish immigrants in Switzerland, and returned to his country in his teens, moving to Catalonia. His professional career began at age 20, with second division's UE Figueres; after a good handful of games, he was bought by powerhouse FC Barcelona, being assigned to its B-side and going on to be deployed in several positions.
After having totalled 177 minutes in La Liga with Barça (his debut came against Racing de Santander on 10 September 1994, and he added his first and only UEFA Champions League appearance, against Manchester United the following month), courtesy of manager Johan Cruyff – he also played with the B's during that campaign – Cembranos moved in early 1995 to another club in the league and the region, RCD Espanyol. There, he first began to appear regularly in the top level.
In another January transfer window move (January 1999), Cembranos joined Madrid's Rayo Vallecano, being an essential member in his first months as they eventually returned to the top flight, scoring six goals during the (half)season. Both player and club continued to consolidate, and the latter obtained its best-ever classification in 1999–2000, qualifying to the UEFA Cup via fair play.
Cembranos appeared very irregularly in his final three seasons, troubled with constant injuries that had already made him miss a good number of games at Barcelona and Espanyol, mainly in the right knee. He was forced to retire in 2005 at age of 33 and, a couple of years after, he had his first coaching spell, with amateurs CD Huracán Z in Castile and León.
In the summer of 2011, Cembranos was appointed manager of Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa, promoting to Segunda División B at the end of his second season. On 19 June 2017, following two assistant spells, he returned to head coaching duties with Rayo Vallecano B.
Courtesy of the best season of his career, with Rayo (36 matches, four goals), Cembranos earned his sole cap with Spain: on 26 January 2000, in Cartagena, he came on as a substitute for Juan Carlos Valerón in the 76th minute of a 3–0 friendly win with Poland.As of 17 September 2017
Supercopa de España: 1994