Joel Campbell

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Campbell and the second or maternal family name is Samuels.
Joel Campbell
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Campbell playing for Costa Rica at the 2014 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Joel Nathaniel Campbell Samuels
Date of birth (1992-06-26) 26 June 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth San José, Costa Rica
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Youth career
2004–2009 Saprissa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Saprissa 2 (0)
2011 Puntarenas (loan) 5 (0)
2011– Arsenal 0 (0)
2011–2012 Lorient (loan) 25 (3)
2012–2013 Real Betis (loan) 28 (2)
2013–2014 Olympiacos (loan) 32 (8)
National team
2008–2009 Costa Rica U17 9 (8)
2010–2011 Costa Rica U20 13 (10)
2011– Costa Rica 36 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 June 2014

Joel Nathaniel Campbell Samuels (Spanish pronunciation: [ʝoˈel ˈkambel]; born 26 June 1992) is a Costa Rican footballer who plays for Premier League club Arsenal and the Costa Rica national football team. Campbell plays as a forward but can also be deployed on the wings.

He joined Arsenal in 2011, and spent his first three seasons out on loan at three clubs in three different countries: Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiacos.

Campbell has earned over 35 caps for Costa Rica. He made his senior international debut in 2011 and was selected for that year's CONCACAF Gold Cup and Copa América, as well as the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Deportivo Saprissa[edit]

Campbell's career began with Deportivo Saprissa S.A.D. in 2009 before being sent on loan to Puntarenas in January 2011.[1]

On 28 July 2011 Costa Rican television reported that Campbell had come to an agreement with Arsenal,[2] although he later admitted he had not yet signed but that talks were taking place.[3] On 6 August, Costa Rican media reported that Campbell was set to sign a five-year deal with Arsenal after rejecting Sevilla and Fiorentina.[4]


On 19 August 2011, Arsenal confirmed that they had signed Campbell,[5] but it was revealed eight days later that he had failed to obtain a work permit to enable him to play in England. Campbell finally received that permit in July 2013.[6]

Loan to FC Lorient[edit]

Unable to get a work permit in England, Campbell along with Gilles Sunu both joined Lorient of France, with Campbell moving on loan and Sunu on a permanent transfer.[7] He made his debut for Lorient as a 79th-minute substitute for Grégory Bourillon in the 1–1 draw away to Sochaux, and created the assist for Innocent Emeghara to score and earn Lorient an away point.[8] On 1 October, he scored his first goal for Lorient against Valenciennes in the 2–0 win, Campbell's right footed shot found the bottom left hand corner of the goal.[9] On 26 October, Campbell scored his second goal for Lorient in a Coupe de la Ligue match against Montpellier. He scored his third goal also against Montpellier in a 2–1 win which proved to be the winner.[10]

Loan to Real Betis[edit]

On 6 July 2012, Campbell joined La Liga side Real Betis on a season-long loan.[11] He made his debut on 25 August, coming on as a substitute for Salvador Agra to play the last 20 minutes in their 2–1 home defeat to Rayo Vallecano.[12]

Campbell played 28 league matches and scored 2 goals; his first was on 2 December, to give Betis a 3–2 away win against Deportivo La Coruña,[13] and his second came in the 7th minute of a 2–0 home victory against Levante on 13 January.[14]

Loan to Olympiacos[edit]

By summer 2013, Campbell had been granted work-permit in England but he joined Olympiacos on another one-year loan.[15]

On 27 October 2013, Campbell starred in Olympiacos' win over rivals OFI Crete, picking up four assists to help his side win 5–1.[16] Campbell impressed again on 10 November, scoring once and earning two assists as Olympiacos thrashed PAOK Thessaloniki 4–0.[17]

On 25 February 2014, Campbell scored the second goal Olympiacos' 2–0 win over Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions League. Although Olympiakos did not proceed to the next round after losing 3-0 in the second leg. [18]

International career[edit]

Campbell was selected for Costa Rica's squad for the 2009 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.[19] He was the team's highest scorer, although he had only two goals in total. He was named in the 2011 CONCACAF U-20 Championship two years later and tied for top scorer with six goals.[20]

Campbell was first called up to the senior team in March 2011, for friendlies with China and Argentina.[21] He would juggle cans on the streets of San José. Before the friendlies he was spotted doing this by national team manager Ricardo La Volpe. In announcing Campbell's inclusion in the squad, La Volpe said: "Who is Messi? Who is Neymar? Gentlemen of the press - I present to you: Campbell. I discovered him playing with cans."[22]

In September 2013, Campbell became the subject of controversy when video emerged of his off-the-ball dive against the United States' Matt Besler in a World Cup Qualifying match. Besler received a yellow card and was suspended.[23] The footage generated discussion of the quality of CONCACAF refereeing, and whether such cheating should be eligible for post-match disciplinary action. Campbell's dive was described as "pathetic", "cynical" and "disgraceful".[24][25] On 13 September, the Costa Rican media reported FIFA were investigating Campbell over the incident although nothing came of that.[26] On 4 October, FIFA officially reprimanded Campbell for unsporting behavior.[27]

On 14 June 2014, Campbell scored Costa Rica's first goal in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, equalising against Uruguay in an eventual 3–1 victory.[28] His pass to Marco Ureña also set up Costa Rica's third goal in the game.[28] During the round of 16, Campbell was the fourth of five Costa Rican players to successfully convert his kick in a 5–3 penalty shootout defeat of Greece. Campbell was one the exciting young prospects at the World Cup and despite Costa Rica exiting at the quarter finals had made quite a name for himself. [29]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Costa Rica's goal tally first.[30]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 June 2011 Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas  Cuba
2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2. 7 July 2011 Estadio 23 de Agosto, Jujuy  Bolivia
2011 Copa América
3. 15 November 2011 Estadio Nacional, San José  Spain
4. 29 February 2012 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff  Wales
5. 8 June 2012 Estadio Nacional, San José  El Salvador
2014 World Cup qualifier
6. 12 June 2012 Providence Stadium, Providence  Guyana
2014 World Cup qualifier
7. 14 November 2012 Estadio Ramón Tahuichi Aguilera, Santa Cruz de la Sierra  Bolivia
8. 6 September 2013 Estadio Nacional, San José  United States
2014 World Cup qualifier
9. 5 March 2014 Estadio Nacional, San José  Paraguay
10. 14 June 2014 Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza  Uruguay
2014 World Cup

Personal life[edit]

Joel Campbell is the son of Humberto and Roxana (née Samuels) Campbell. Joel is in a relationship with Maria Fernanda Cascante. He has three siblings: Nekisha, Humberto and Katherine and says that family is the second pillar in his life with the first being God. Campbell also recites Psalm 27 before every game.[31]




  1. ^ Joel Campbell jugará con Puntarenas - Nación (Spanish)
  2. ^ "Asistente técnico de la Sub 20 confirma que Campbell arregló con el Arsenal". Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Joel Campbell claims Arsenal FC to sign him from CD Saprissa". Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Arsenal FC set to sign Joel Campbell from CD Saprissa next week". Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Arsenal finalise signing of Campbell". Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Campbell finally receives work permit". Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Campbell and Sunu heading for Lorient | News Archive | News |
  8. ^ Commentary: Sochaux v Lorient - French Ligue 1 - ESPN FC
  9. ^ Commentary: Lorient v Valenciennes - French Ligue 1 - ESPN FC
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ "Betis announce season-long loan signing of young Arsenal striker Campbell". Daily Mail. 6 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Vallecano edge to victory". Sky Sports News. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Joel Campbell puts Real Betis into 4th". ESPN. 2 December 2012. 
  14. ^ "Betis boost Euro hopes". Sky Sports News. 13 January 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "Arsenal FC youngster Joel Campbell joining Greek Champions". 26 July 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Joel Campbell gets four assists". 27 October 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "Olympiacos - PAOK 4-0". 10 November 2013. 
  18. ^ "Joel Campbell gunning for Manchester United and sees Arsenal future". Skysports. 25 February 2014. 
  19. ^ Joel CampbellFIFA competition record
  20. ^ "2011 CONCACAF U20 Statistics". 
  21. ^ Ben Smith (31 May 2014). "World Cup 2014: Costa Rica profile – Joel Campbell". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  22. ^ Ben Smith (29 June 2014). "World Cup 2014: Joel Campbell leads Costa Rica's rapid rise". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  23. ^ Mike DeCourcy (2013-09-09). "Pathetic dive gets Team USA soccer player suspended (video) - SOCCER". Sporting News. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  24. ^ "USMNT player suspended after opponent takes shocking dive | For The Win". 2013-09-09. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  25. ^ "Joke of a yellow card handed out to Sporting KC’s Matt Besler isn’t funny". Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  26. ^ "Report: FIFA investigating incident between USMNT's Matt Besler, Costa Rica's Joel Campbell". 2013-09-13. Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  27. ^ Malyon, Ed (2013-10-04). "Arsenal striker Joel Campbell sanctioned by FIFA after horrendous dive - Mirror Online". Retrieved 2014-02-15. 
  28. ^ a b "World Cup 2014: Costa Rica Defeats Uruguay, 3-1". New York Times. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  29. ^ "Costa Rica 1-1 Greece". BBC. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  30. ^ "Campbell, Joel". National Football Teams. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  31. ^ "World Cup 2014: Costa Rica profile – Joel Campbell". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 

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