Iván Campo

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Iván Campo
Ivan Campo.jpg
Campo in 1996
Personal information
Full name Iván Campo Ramos
Date of birth (1974-02-21) 21 February 1974 (age 41)
Place of birth San Sebastián, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1995 Alavés 45 (2)
1995–1997 Valencia 25 (1)
1995–1996 Valladolid (loan) 24 (2)
1997–1998 Mallorca 33 (1)
1998–2003 Real Madrid 60 (1)
2002–2003 Bolton Wanderers (loan) 31 (2)
2003–2008 Bolton Wanderers 141 (11)
2008–2009 Ipswich Town 17 (1)
2009–2010 AEK Larnaca 8 (0)
Total 384 (21)
National team
1998–2000 Spain 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Campo and the second or maternal family name is Ramos.

Iván Campo Ramos (born 21 February 1974) is a Spanish retired footballer. Originally a central defender, he featured in a defensive midfield role in his later years.

He played for Real Madrid and four other teams in his country, and is also remembered for his spell in England with Bolton Wanderers.

Campo represented Spain in the 1998 World Cup.

Club career[edit]


Born in San Sebastián, Basque Country (Spain), Campo started his playing career at Deportivo Alavés, in the third division. He stayed there for two seasons until midway through his third, signing with Valencia CF who immediately loaned him for the rest of the season to Real Valladolid, which he helped narrowly avoid relegation from La Liga.

After completing the year with Valladolid, Campo returned to Valencia only to be released, joining recently promoted RCD Mallorca. In the Balearic Islands side, he formed a formidable partnership with Marcelino Elena (later of Newcastle United), as the club finished fifth in 1997–98.

In 1998 Campo signed with Real Madrid, and contributed to the club's 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League conquest, playing all 90 minutes in the final against former club Valencia.

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

After falling out of favor at the Merengues, Campo was sent to Bolton Wanderers on a one-year loan in August 2002.[1] Following the 2002–03 season, he was expected to return to the Spanish capital, but unexpectedly signed a three-year permanent deal with the English club, deciding he preferred living in Bolton.[2]

On 19 August 2006, in the first match of Bolton's new season, Campo scored a 43-yard drive which caught Tottenham Hotspur and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson off-guard and flew into the bottom corner of the net. In a post-match interview, his boss Sam Allardyce admitted Bolton's goal of the season competition may have already been decided by the wonder strike.

Campo fitted in well with Bolton's style of play, but also topped the charts for most red and yellow cards received of any player in the Premier League in 2006–07.[3] In May 2008, he was not offered a new contract by manager Gary Megson and left the team.[4]

Shortly before the UEFA Euro 2008 tournament, Campo wrote a letter to the Bolton supporters expressing his regret at not having been able to bid the club a proper farewell. The letter appeared on a website run by the Sky Television presenter Guillem Balague.[5] He eventually played in a testimonial match at the Reebok Stadium, in honour of teammate Jussi Jääskeläinen.

Later years[edit]

On 11 August 2008, Campo signed for Ipswich Town in the Football League Championship, after passing a medical.[6] He scored his first goal against Barnsley in a 3–0 win.[7] After only featuring in roughly a third of the league's games for the club, the 35-year old was released by manager Roy Keane at the end of the season.[8]

In December 2009, Campo joined Cypriot Second Division side AEK Larnaca FC. He retired at the end of the season aged 36, having appeared in 124 Spanish first division matches in seven seasons and 190 official games for Bolton.

International career[edit]

Campo appeared four times for Spain, his debut coming on 25 March 1998 in a 4–0 friendly win over Sweden, in Vigo. He was picked for the squad for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, with the national team exiting in the group stage.


Real Madrid

Other ventures[edit]

Campo featured in a Spanish TV advert for a fruit drink. In the advert two men take off their shirts to reveal tattoos of Campo's head on their chests.[9]

An Indie band from Preston, England have named themselves Ivan Campo. They featured as part of an interview given by Charlie Webster for a BBC News report after the player signed for Ipswich.[10][11]


  1. ^ Bolton seal Campo deal; BBC Sport, 31 August 2002
  2. ^ 4thegame profile
  3. ^ English Premier League – Player Discipline – 2006/2007; at ESPN Soccernet
  4. ^ Campo goes as Bolton release trio; BBC Sport, 17 May 2008
  5. ^ An open letter to the fans of Bolton Wanderers by Ivan Campo; Guillem Balague's official website, 5 June 2008
  6. ^ Campo completes move to Ipswich; BBC Sport, 11 August 2008
  7. ^ "Ipswich 3–0 Barnsley". BBC Sport. 30 September 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  8. ^ Seven players released by Ipswich; BBC Sport, 8 May 2009
  9. ^ The Ivan Campo Appreciation Society: Exhibit B; Manny Road, 3 August 2008
  10. ^ Campo settling in at Ipswich; BBC News, 30 October 2008
  11. ^ The Ivan Campo Appreciation Society: Exhibit C; Manny Road, 20 August 2008

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