Joselu

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Joselu
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Joselu in action for Real Madrid
Personal information
Full name José Luis Sanmartín Mato
Date of birth (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Stuttgart, West Germany
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Hannover 96
Number 11
Youth career
1999–2002 SD Silleda
2002–2008 Celta
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Celta B 21 (3)
2009 Celta 2 (0)
2009–2012 Real Madrid B 72 (40)
2009–2010 Celta (loan) 24 (4)
2011 Real Madrid 1 (1)
2012–2014 1899 Hoffenheim 25 (5)
2013–2014 Eintracht Frankfurt (loan) 24 (9)
2014– Hannover 96 10 (2)
National team
2008–2009 Spain U19 11 (3)
2009 Spain U20 1 (0)
2009–2010 Spain U21 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 3 November 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Sanmartín and the second or maternal family name is Mato.

José Luis Sanmartín Mato, commonly known as Joselu (born 27 March 1990), is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for German club Hannover 96 as a striker.

Early life[edit]

Joselu was born in Stuttgart, Germany,[1] and attended school in the country for four years, when his family returned to Spain. He has two older sisters.

Football career[edit]

Celta[edit]

Joselu played his two first professional games for local Celta de Vigo, with the Galicians in the second division, late in the 2008–09 season. Since the age of 18, at about the same time he made his debuts with the main squad, he played with the B-team in the third level.

Late in the 2009 summer Joselu was purchased by Real Madrid, being immediately loaned to his former team for a further campaign.[2] He was relatively used during the division two campaign, but only scored four goals as the team finished in 12th position.

Real Madrid[edit]

Joselu was Real Madrid Castilla's top scorer in the 2010–11 season, alongside Álvaro Morata, but the team failed to promote in the playoffs. On 21 May 2011 he made his first-team – and La Liga – debut, coming on as a substitute for Karim Benzema for the last ten minutes of a home fixture against UD Almería: he scored almost immediately off a Cristiano Ronaldo cross, making it 8–1 for the hosts.[3]

On 20 December 2011, in his second official appearance for the main squad, Joselu replaced Benzema in the 77th minute of the home match against SD Ponferradina, for the season's Copa del Rey. He scored the 4–1 two minutes later, in an eventual 5–1 win.[4]

In his second season with Castilla, Joselu became an essential offensive unit for manager Alberto Toril, and responded by netting 26 goals (19 in the regular season and seven in the playoffs) which made him the competition's top scorer, as his team promoted to division two after five years, as champions; he subsequently attracted the attention of several European clubs.[5]

Hoffenheim[edit]

On 8 August 2012, Joselu signed a four-year contract with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for an undisclosed fee.[6] He made his Bundesliga debut on 16 September, playing 30 minutes in a 3–5 away loss against SC Freiburg,[7] and scored his first goal for his new club ten days later, contributing to a 3–0 success at VfB Stuttgart.[8]

Hannover 96[edit]

On 9 June 2014, after spending one season on loan to Eintracht Frankfurt, scoring 14 goals all competitions comprised, Joselu joined fellow German top-divisioner Hannover 96 on a four-year deal.[9]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Real Madrid Castilla

Club statistics[edit]

As of 11 May 2014[10]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Celta B 2008–09 21 3 21 3
Total 21 3 21 3
Celta 2008–09 2 0 0 0 2 0
2009–10 24 4 4 0 28 4
Total 26 4 4 0 30 4
Real Madrid B 2010–11 36 14 36 14
2011–12 36 26 36 26
Total 72 40 72 40
Real Madrid 2010–11 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
2011–12 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1
Total 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 2
Hoffenheim 2012–13 25 5 0 0 25 5
Total 25 5 0 0 25 5
Eintracht Frankfurt 2013–14 24 9 2 4 7 1 33 14
Total 17 7 2 4 7 1 33 14
Career totals 162 60 7 5 7 1 176 66

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joselu: "Somos el mejor equipo de la segunda vuelta"" [Joselu: "We're the best team of the second round] (in Spanish). Real Madrid. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "El Real Madrid ficha y cede a Joselu al Celta de Vigo" [Real Madrid buys from and loans Joselu to Celta de Vigo] (in Spanish). El País. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ronaldo breaks record in rout". ESPN Soccernet. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "El Madrid ficha hacia octavos" [Madrid signs to last-16] (in Spanish). Marca. 20 December 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "El West Ham viene a por Joselu, joya del Castilla" [West Ham comes for Joselu, Castilla's gem] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 17 June 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Joselu joins TSG 1899 Hoffenheim". TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "SC Freiburg 5–3 TSG Hoffenheim". ESPN Soccernet. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "VfB Stuttgart 0–3 TSG Hoffenheim". ESPN Soccernet. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Hannover 96 verpflichtet Joselu" [Hannover 96 acquires Joselu] (in German). Hannover 96. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Joselu". Soccerway. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 

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