José Luis Carranza

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José Carranza
Personal information
Full name José Luis Carranza Vivanco
Date of birth (1964-01-08) January 8, 1964 (age 51)
Place of birth Lima, Perú
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position defensive midfielder
Youth career
Universitario de Deportes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986-2004 Universitario de Deportes 570 (8)
National team
1988-1997 Peru 55 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 January 2007.
† Appearances (Goals).

José Luis Carranza Vivanco, nicknamed El Puma (born January 8, 1964 in Rimac, Lima) is a retired football midfield player from Peru who played his entire club career for Universitario de Deportes. Carranza also played for the Peru national team, making 55 appearances between 1988 and 1997.[1] He is not to be confused with José "Caté" Carranza, also a Peru international.


He made his professional debut with La U on May 13, 1986 in Bolivia against Club Bolívar. Carranza would remain with the club during his 18 years as a professional footballer. Several times during his career he rejected offers from teams in Argentina, Ecuador, and Spain among others who wanted to contract his services. He always preferred to stay loyal to his favorite team, and became a symbol of the club. His jersey number 22 is legendary in Peru and has been retired by the club.

Carranza helped win the national championships in 1987, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2000. Furthermore, he is the player who played the most clasicos — classic games against Universitario's traditional rival Alianza Lima.

He got another 4 metropolitan titles and participated in 10 Copa Libertadores. With over 51 games in this competition, Carranza surpassed Hector Chumpitaz, another Universitario symbol, in number of games played in the prestigious competition. In addition, Carranza participated in 3 Copa América and 3 World Cup qualification tournaments. He obtained 55 international caps for his national team, in which he scored one goal. He made his debut on September 21, 1988 in a friendly against Paraguay (0-1), and played his last international match for his native country on November 16, 1997 in a World Cup Qualifier against Paraguay (1-0).

His last encounter as professional was played on December 26, 2004, where he scored a goal. His testimonial match was on April 6, 2005, in a game attended by South American star players. After retiring he opened a youth football academy, runs a popular cebicheria (sea food restaurant) and is also studying to be a coach. He is known for his quotes: "Me, water and sewerage", and "Comas should have a fubo' team". He also ran for Mayor of Comas, but lost.


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