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Personal information
Full name José Miguel González Rey
Date of birth (1979-11-15) 15 November 1979 (age 34)
Place of birth Torremolinos, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Skoda Xanthi
Number 17
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Torremolinos
1998–2001 Málaga B 67 (4)
2001–2004 Málaga 93 (0)
2004–2006 Liverpool 21 (0)
2006–2008 Villarreal 32 (0)
2008–2010 Mallorca 53 (1)
2010–2011 Iraklis 26 (0)
2011–2012 Cartagena 18 (0)
2012–2013 Levadiakos 25 (0)
2013– Skoda Xanthi 15 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is González and the second or maternal family name is Rey.

José Miguel González Rey, commonly known as Josemi (born 15 November 1979), is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Skoda Xanthi F.C. in the Superleague Greece. Mainly a right back, he also can play as a central defender.

He appeared in 178 La Liga games over the course of nine seasons (one goal), with Málaga, Villarreal and Mallorca. He also represented Liverpool for two years, and competed in Greece late in his career.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Torremolinos, Málaga, Josemi started his professional career at Málaga CF, arriving from local amateurs Torremolinos Club de Fútbol in 1998. He started appearing for his new club with the reserve team, in Tercera División.

After one match in 2000–01's closer, a 0–4 away loss against Deportivo de La Coruña on 17 June 2001,[1] Josemi went on to become an essential defensive element for the Andalusia side, helping it to the 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup and soon attracting interest from bigger European teams.


Subsequently, Josemi became Rafael Benítez's first signing as Liverpool manager, for £2 million in the summer of 2004.[2] He played 15 games in the Premier League in his debut season and, after an initial run, he was sent off in the club's 4–2 victory at Fulham on 16 October 2004,[3] his subsequent ban leading to Steve Finnan re-establishing himself as first-choice right-back.

Josemi made seven appearances (five starts) in the Reds' victorious campaign in the UEFA Champions League, but struggled to even make the substitutes bench in the first half of 2005–06.

Return to Spain[edit]

On 29 December 2005, it was announced that Liverpool and Villarreal CF had agreed to swap Josemi and Jan Kromkamp in the January 2006 transfer window.[4] He made a good start and appeared in 22 league matches in 2006–07, but only took part in only one the following season for the eventual La Liga runners-up.

In July 2008, Josemi signed for RCD Mallorca. He scored his first goal as a professional on 23 November, in a 2–2 home draw against former owners Málaga.[5] In his second year he was challenged by new signing Felipe Mattioni, but ended up contributing with 28 games as the Balearic Islands side finished fifth and qualified for the UEFA Europa League.

Later years[edit]

In August 2010, at nearly 31, Josemi left Spain for the second time, signing a three-year contract with Iraklis Thessaloniki FC. After only one season – which brought Greek top division relegation due to irregularities – however, he returned to his country and signed with FC Cartagena in Segunda División, for two years.[6]



Club statistics[edit]

As of 31 March 2014[7]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
2000–01 Málaga La Liga 1 0
2001–02 23 0
2002–03 32 0
2003–04 37 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2004–05 Liverpool Premier League 15 0 1 0 4 0
2005–06 6 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
2005–06 Villarreal La Liga 9 0
2006–07 22 0
2007–08 1 0
2008–09 Mallorca 25 1
2009–10 28 0 3 0
Greece League Greek Cup League Cup Europe Total
2010–11 Iraklis Superleague 26 0 2 0
2011–12 Cartagena Segunda División 18 0 1 0
2012–13 Levadiakos Superleague 25 0 5 0
2013–14 Xanthi Superleague 5 0 2 0
Total Spain 196 1
England 21 0
Greece 56 0
Career total 273 1


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