José Francisco Jovel

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José Francisco Jovel
Personal information
Full name José Francisco Jovel Cruz
Date of birth (1951-05-26) 26 May 1951 (age 63)
Place of birth Usulután, El Salvador
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender (retired)
Youth career
1965–1972 Calavera Usulután
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1978 Luís Ángel Firpo
1979–1983 Águila
1984–1987 Luís Ángel Firpo
National team
1976–1986 El Salvador
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2006.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 December 2006
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Jovel and the second or maternal family name is Cruz.

José Francisco Jovel Cruz (born 26 May 1951 in Usulután, El Salvador) is a retired football player from El Salvador who represented his country at the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain.

His son Carlos Francisco Jovel Navas currently plays for Luís Ángel Firpo.

Club career[edit]

Paco Jovel started playing football with the Calaveras football team in the Salvadoran second division when only 14 years old and joined hometown premier division side Firpo in 1972. He formed a formidable partnership with Brazilian Luis Nelson De Moraes but won his only league title during a couple of seasons with Águila before finishing his career back at Firpo after spending 15 years at the highest level. He was nicknamed el Káiser because his playing style resembling that of West Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer.[1]

International career[edit]

Jovel made his senior debut for El Salvador in 1976 and played for his country in 22 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and all three matches at the 1982 World Cup Finals.[2] In total, he played 110 matches for the Cuscatlecos in all (including unofficial) matches.

Retirement and personal life[edit]

Jovel works as a social worker in San Miguel.[3] He is married and has three children.




  1. ^ Francisco Jovel El ‘Káiser’ usuluteco - Diario de Oriente (Spanish)
  2. ^ José Francisco JovelFIFA competition record
  3. ^ Los Mundialistas del '82 en el 2007 - El Balón Cuscatleco (Spanish)

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