José Barkero

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José Barkero
Barkero celebrates a goal for Levante
Personal information
Full name José Javier Barkero Saludes
Date of birth (1979-04-27) 27 April 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Aretxabaleta, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1985–1991 Aretxabaleta
1991–1996 Real Sociedad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1999 Real Sociedad B 96 (28)
1998–2006 Real Sociedad 62 (6)
2000 Toulouse (loan) 3 (0)
2001–2002 Eibar (loan) 41 (6)
2004 Poli Ejido (loan) 20 (0)
2006–2008 Albacete 66 (13)
2008–2011 Numancia 114 (33)
2011–2013 Levante 60 (12)
2013–2014 Zaragoza 29 (3)
National team
1997–1998 Spain U18 13 (3)
1999 Spain U20 7 (2)
1999–2000 Spain U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Barkero and the second or maternal family name is Saludes.

José Javier Barkero Saludes (born 27 April 1979) is a Spanish professional footballer. A left-footed attacking midfielder, he possesses a powerful long-range shot.

He amassed La Liga totals of 159 games and 30 goals over the course of one full decade, representing in the competition Real Sociedad, Numancia and Levante. He added 233/43 in Segunda División during eight seasons, with five different clubs including the second.

Club career[edit]

Born in Aretxabaleta, Gipuzkoa, Barkero came from the youth system of Real Sociedad, appearing in one game with the first team in 1998–99. During eight seasons he appeared sporadically for the Basque outfit (17 La Liga matches maximum, in the 2005–06 campaign), and served loans at SD Eibar, Polideportivo Ejido and France's Toulouse FC.

In 2006–07 Barkero joined Albacete Balompié in the second division, where he remained for two seasons as an undisputed starter. He scored 11 goals in his second year.

After CD Numancia gained promotion to the top flight, Barkero moved to the team from Soria in July 2008. On 14 September he scored a wonderful long-range strike in a 3–4 defeat at Real Madrid,[1] and netted five times in the first 11 games; he finished his first season as the club's topscorer at 12, but it was eventually relegated as second from bottom.

Barkero scored 15 goals for Numancia in the 2010–11 season, leading his team in that department in an eventual mid-table finish. Aged 32, he returned to the top division for 2011–12, agreeing to a two-year contract with Levante UD.[2]

Barkero netted five league goals in his second season with the Valencian (seven overall). However, late into the campaign, he also accused teammates Sergio Ballesteros, Juanlu and Gustavo Munúa of lack of commitment during a 0–4 home loss against Deportivo de La Coruña, which led to several match-fixing allegations.[3][4]

International career[edit]

Barkero scored twice to help Spain win the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship, including once in the 4–0 final routing of Japan.[5]


Spain U20


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