José María Manzanares

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Date of birth: January 3, 1982

Debut with picadors: February 22, 2002, Nimes, France

Alternativa: June 24, 2003, Alicante, Spain

Confirmación: May 17, 2005, Las Ventas, Madrid

José María Dolis Samper, known also as José María Manzanares, Son, was born in Alicante, to the also matador, José María Dolis Abellán. He is one of the most highly rated Spanish bullfighters of the first two decades of the 21st century.

José María debuted on horseback in Nimes, France, on February 22, 2002, and he took the “alternativa” at the San Juan Festival of Bonfires (Feria de Hogueras de San Juan) in his native city on June 24, 2003. His patron was the Valencian bullfighter, Enrique Ponce, and his witness was the Andalucian matador, Francisco Rivera Ordoñez. Manzanares was awarded an ear with his first bull, and two ears and a tail with his second, both bulls originating from the Daniel Ruiz ranch.

After sharing the spotlight with his father, the 2007 and 2008 seasons witnessed the high artistic level, seriousness and depth of this Alicante matador. In spite of not terminating the 2007 season because of dengue fever and the 2008 season because of a viral infection causing him to vomit in the bullring alley (callejon) of the Murcia Condomina bullring, in both he raised his bullfighting skill to such a high point that each year he was amongst the bullfighters who triumphed in the bullring. Especially important was the 2008 season in which he triumphed at the Seville April Fair (Feria de Abril de Sevilla) and the Alicante Festival of Bonfires,  at which he twice left the bullring on the shoulders of his teammates.

On April 30, 2011, at the Seville Royal Horse Show (Real Maestranza de Seville) he pardoned the bull, Arrojado, which originated from the Nuñez del Cuvillo ranch. This had not occurred at the Show for forty-three years.

Since 2006, José Manzanares has been supported by the Matilla firm of Antonio Garcia Jiménez.


* Translation by Robert Frederick Tatlow