José Callejón

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Callejón and the second or maternal family name is Bueno.
José Callejón
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Callejón taking a corner for Espanyol
Personal information
Full name José María Callejón Bueno
Date of birth (1987-02-11) 11 February 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Motril, Spain
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Napoli
Number 7
Youth career
Costa Tropical
2002–2006 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Real Madrid C
2007–2008 Real Madrid B 41 (21)
2008–2011 Espanyol 97 (10)
2011–2013 Real Madrid 55 (8)
2013– Napoli 37 (15)
National team
2008–2009 Spain U21 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

José María Callejón Bueno (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse kaʎeˈxon]; born 11 February 1987) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for S.S.C. Napoli in Serie A, as a forward and winger.

His twin brother Juanmi is also a footballer, and both were Real Madrid graduates.[1] He began his career with its reserve clubs, but made a name for himself at Espanyol. In 2011 he returned to his previous team and, two years later, left for Napoli.

Club career[edit]

Real Madrid[edit]

A product of Real Madrid youth ranks, Callejón was born in Motril, Granada, Andalusia. He made his professional debut for the B-team in May 2007,[2] and played four games in that season's Segunda División without scoring a goal.[3]

In the 2007–08 campaign Callejón appeared in 37 matches and netted 21 times,[4] finishing as club top scorer but in Segunda División B.

Espanyol[edit]

At the end of the season, Callejón left Real Madrid (with twin brother Juanmi) and signed a four-season contract with RCD Espanyol.[5][6] He made his La Liga debut on 20 September 2008, as a late substitute in a 1–1 home draw against Getafe CF.

On 15 March 2009, as Espanyol struggled immensely in the league – eventually ranking in tenth position – Callejón scored his first goal for the Catalans, in a 3–3 home draw against RCD Mallorca. He continued to be an undisputed starter under Mauricio Pochettino in the following seasons, operating mainly as a winger.

On 15 January 2011, Callejón scored twice as Espanyol defeated Sevilla FC away (2–1).[7] He only missed one league game and netted six goals for the Pericos, who finished comfortably in mid-table.

Return to Real Madrid[edit]

On 23 May 2011 Callejón rejoined Real Madrid on a five-year contract, effective as of 1 July, for a reported fee of 5.5 million.[8] On 16 July he played his first match for the Merengues, in a 4–1 friendly win with the Los Angeles Galaxy, scoring the first goal of the game in the 30th minute.[9]

On 2 October 2011 Callejón netted his first official goal for Real Madrid, after coming on midway through the second half of an away fixture against former club Espanyol: he scored from a Cristiano Ronaldo assist in an eventual 4–0 win, but did not celebrate the goal, instead raising his arms in the air in a mark of respect to his former employer.[10]

Profiting from the fact that Real Madrid had already qualified from the UEFA Champions League group stage, as first, Callejón was handed a rare start by manager José Mourinho on 22 November 2011, and responded by scoring a brace in a 6–2 home triumph against GNK Dinamo Zagreb.[11] He added another two in the last round at AFC Ajax (3–0).[12]

As a starter, Callejón continued with his impressive scoring form: on 17 December, he scored once in a 6–2 away win against Sevilla.[13] In the tie against SD Ponferradina for the season's Copa del Rey, he netted three of the Merengues' seven goals overall (one away, two at home).[14][15]

On 14 January 2012 Callejón scored the winner in a 2–1 success at Mallorca, helping the visitors come from behind with his 84th-minute long-range strike.[16] In the following matchday he added another, closing the score in a 4–1 home win over Athletic Bilbao.[17]

Napoli[edit]

On 9 July 2013 Italian club S.S.C. Napoli announced that they had reached an agreement for the transfer of Callejón, for €10 million.[18][19] The four-year deal was confirmed two days later.[20]

Callejón scored in his Serie A debut on 25 August, netting the opener in a 3–0 home win over Bologna F.C. 1909,[21] and went on to find the net a further seven times for his first 20 official appearances. On 3 May 2014 he set up Dries Mertens for the third goal, in a 3–1 success over ACF Fiorentina in the final of the campaign's Coppa Italia.[22]

Callejón scored once in the final game of the season, a 5–1 home win against Hellas Verona F.C. on 18 May 2014. His strike after five minutes was Napoli's 100th goal all competitions comprised.[23]

International career[edit]

Callejón made his debut for the Spanish under-21 team on 25 March 2008 against Kazakhstan, in a Euro 2009 qualifier. He entered the field in the 46th minute after replacing Bojan Krkić, and scored shortly after in a 5–0 win.[24]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Real Madrid
Napoli

Individual[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 18 May 2014[25]
Club Season League Cup1 Continental Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Real Madrid B 2006–07 4 0 4 0
2007–08 37 21 37 21
Total 41 21 41 21
Espanyol 2008–09 24 2 0 6 2 0 30 4 0
2009–10 36 2 4 1 0 0 37 2 4
2010–11 37 6 7 2 0 0 39 6 7
Total 97 10 11 9 2 0 106 12 11
Real Madrid 2011–12 25 5 0 6 3 2 5 5 0 36 13 2
2012–13 30 3 4 7 2 0 4 2 0 40 7 4
Total 55 8 4 13 5 2 9 7 0 76 20 6
Napoli 2013–14 37 15 3 5 3 1 10 2 2 52 20 6
Total 37 15 3 5 3 1 10 2 2 52 20 6
Career totals 230 54 18 26 10 3 19 9 2 275 73 23
1Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Los gemelos Callejón, hermanos pero rivales en el terreno de juego" [Callejón twins, brothers but rivals on the pitch] (in Spanish). Join Futbol. 22 October 2008. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Castilla 2–1 Málaga" (in Spanish). Real Madrid's official website. 5 May 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2008. 
  3. ^ "Player file: Callejón" (in Spanish). Liga de Fútbol Profesional. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2008. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Stats: José María Callejón Bueno" (in Spanish). Real Madrid's official website. Retrieved 21 June 2008. 
  5. ^ "Real Madrid and Espanyol reach an agreement for the transfer of Castilla's José Callejón". Real Madrid's official website. 20 June 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2008. 
  6. ^ "Espanyol sign Real Madrid B striker Callejón". Reuters. 18 June 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2008. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Callejon nets brace". ESPN Soccernet. 15 January 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  8. ^ Jose Callejon to play for Real Madrid; Real Madrid's official website, 23 May 2011
  9. ^ LA Galaxy 1–4 Real Madrid; Major League Soccer, 16 July 2011
  10. ^ Higuain gives Mourinho plenty to ponder; ESPN Soccernet, 2 October 2011
  11. ^ Perfect Madrid put six past Dinamo; UEFA.com, 22 November 2011
  12. ^ Ajax shattered as Madrid complete perfect set; UEFA.com, 7 December 2011
  13. ^ Real rout Sevilla; ESPN Soccernet, 17 December 2011
  14. ^ Un chupito revitalizante (Invigorating shot); Marca, 13 December 2011 (Spanish)
  15. ^ El Madrid ficha hacia octavos (Madrid signs last-16); Marca, 20 December 2011 (Spanish)
  16. ^ Real survive scare to go clear; ESPN Soccernet, 14 January 2012
  17. ^ Real Madrid spot on; ESPN Soccernet, 22 January 2012
  18. ^ "Real Madrid attacker Callejon set to join Napoli". Goal.com. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "Callejon è a Napoli" [Callejon is in Naples] (in Italian). Napoli's official website. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "Napoli snap up Callejon". Goal.com. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  21. ^ "Napoli-Bologna 3–0: apre Callejon, poi la doppietta di super Hamsik" [Napoli-Bologna 3–0: Callejon starts it, then double by super Hamsik] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 25 August 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  22. ^ "Coppa Italia final: Rafael Benitez's Napoli beat Fiorentina 3–1". BBC Sport. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  23. ^ "Five-star finish for Napoli". Sky Sports. 18 May 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  24. ^ "Spain 5–0 Kazakhstan". UEFA.com. 25 March 2008. Archived from the original on 20 May 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2008. 
  25. ^ "José Callejón". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 

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