José Luis Caminero

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José Luis Caminero
José Luis Pérez Caminero.jpg
Caminero in training with Spain
Personal information
Full name José Luis Pérez Caminero
Date of birth (1967-11-08) 8 November 1967 (age 46)
Place of birth Madrid, Spain
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1989 Real Madrid B 39 (4)
1989–1993 Valladolid 134 (3)
1993–1998 Atlético Madrid 149 (40)
1998–2004 Valladolid 155 (15)
Total 477 (62)
National team
1993–1996 Spain 21 (8)
* 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 Pérez and the second or maternal family name is Caminero.

José Luis Pérez Caminero (born 8 November 1967) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a midfielder.

Arguably one of the best Spanish footballers of the 1990s, Caminero was able to play in any midfield position, in the middle or in the wings. Having played in 408 La Liga games over the course of 14 seasons (57 goals), he possessed a vast array of skills: dribble, shot and physique, and his career was almost exclusively associated with Valladolid and Atlético Madrid.[1]

Caminero represented Spain in one World Cup and one European Championship, scoring in both tournaments.

Club career[edit]

After unsuccessfully emerging through the ranks of Real Madrid, Madrid-born Caminero joined Real Valladolid for the 1989–90 season, helping the side barely avoid La Liga relegation. He scored his first goal in the competition in the following campaign, in a 3–1 home win against Valencia CF on 16 December 1990.

The peak of Caminero's career took place from 1993–94, when he moved to Atlético de Madrid. He was a key member of the squad that won an historical double in 1995–96, contributing with nine league goals in 37 games; accordingly, after the season, he was given the Spanish Footballer of the Year award by both the Madrid newspaper El País and the prestigious football magazine Don Balón, being the only Atlético player to win both awards during one season, and netted a career-best 14 goals in the following campaign.

After four seasons at Atlético Caminero re-joined Valladolid, where he ended his active playing career in 2004 after the team's top level relegation. In his final years, he further enhanced his versatility by playing in the sweeper position.

After his retirement, Caminero was installed as the team's director of football. He left the position citing personal reasons after 2007–08.[2] In May 2011 he returned to Atlético, in the same predicament.[3]

International career[edit]

Caminero made his Spanish national team debut on 8 September 1993, in a 2–0 friendly win with Chile in Alicante. He represented the country at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States, where he was the nation's leading scorer at three (scoring twice against Bolivia in a 3–1 group stage win[4]) and also in UEFA Euro 1996 in England, where he netted a late equalizer against France.[5]

Overall, Caminero scored eight goals in 21 caps, and his last appearance was against England in Euro '96, in a penalty shootout loss.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 September 1993 Qemal Stafa, Tirana, Albania  Albania 1–5 1–5 1994 World Cup qualification
2. 13 October 1993 Lansdowne Road, Dublin, Republic of Ireland  Republic of Ireland 0–1 1–3 1994 World Cup qualification
3. 27 June 1994 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States  Bolivia 0–2 1–3 1994 World Cup
4. 27 June 1994 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States  Bolivia 1–3 1–3 1994 World Cup
5. 9 July 1994 Foxboro, Foxborough, United States  Italy 1–1 2–1 1994 World Cup
6. 6 September 1995 Los Cármenes, Granada, Spain  Cyprus 6–0 6–0 Euro 1996 qualifying
7. 15 November 1995 Martínez Valero, Elche, Spain  Macedonia 3–0 3–0 Euro 1996 qualifying
8. 15 June 1996 Elland Road, Leeds, England  France 1–1 1–1 UEFA Euro 1996

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Atlético Madrid

Individual[edit]

Arrest[edit]

In June 2009 Caminero was arrested for possible connections to drug traffic operations, with a further 30 people being taken into custody for interrogation. He was released upon the reading of his rights.[6]

Caminero in popular culture[edit]

Caminero's football genius also made it to the silver screen. Spanish movie director Pedro Almodóvar included his dribbling against FC Barcelona's defender Miguel Ángel Nadal in his 1997 film Live Flesh (Carne trémula).[7]

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