Joselu in action for Real Madrid
|Full name||José Luis Sanmartín Mato|
|Date of birth||27 March 1990|
|Place of birth||Stuttgart, West Germany|
|Height||1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|2009–2012||Real Madrid B||72||(40)|
|2009–2010||→ Celta (loan)||24||(4)|
|2013–2014||→ Eintracht Frankfurt (loan)||24||(9)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 13 April 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
After starting out at Celta he signed for Real Madrid in 2009, but could only appear in two competitive matches with the first team during his three-year tenure, scoring two goals. He went on to represent several clubs in Germany.
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. He was relatively used during the division two campaign, but only scored four goals as the team finished in 12th position.
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.
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.
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.
On 8 August 2012, Joselu signed a four-year contract with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for an undisclosed fee. He made his Bundesliga debut on 16 September, playing 30 minutes in a 3–5 away loss against SC Freiburg, and scored his first goal for his new club ten days later, contributing to a 3–0 success at VfB Stuttgart.
- Real Madrid Castilla
- As of 21 March 2015
|Real Madrid B||2010–11||36||14||—||—||36||14|
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- "Joselu joins TSG 1899 Hoffenheim". TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
- "SC Freiburg 5–3 TSG Hoffenheim". ESPN Soccernet. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
- "VfB Stuttgart 0–3 TSG Hoffenheim". ESPN Soccernet. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
- "Hannover 96 verpflichtet Joselu" [Hannover 96 acquires Joselu] (in German). Hannover 96. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
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