Josemi in Atlético de Kolkata tunnel
|Full name||José Miguel González Rey|
|Date of birth||15 November 1979|
|Place of birth||Torremolinos, Spain|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:13, 22 December 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
José Miguel González Rey, commonly known as Josemi (born 15 November 1979), is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Indian club Atlético de Kolkata. 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 in the Premier League for one-and-a-half seasons, and competed in Greece late in his career.
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, 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. 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, his subsequent ban leading to Steve Finnan re-establishing himself as first-choice right-back.
Return to Spain
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. 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. 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.
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.
On 21 August 2014, after two seasons in Greece with Levadiakos F.C. and Skoda Xanthi F.C. respectively, Josemi was a third-round draft pick for Atlético de Kolkata in the inaugural draft of the Indian Super League draft. He made his debut in the competition in the opening match, starting a 3–0 home victory over Mumbai City FC, and formed a formidable stopper partnership with Arnab Mondal during his first year, acting as team captain in the final win over the Kerala Blasters in the absence of countryman Luis García, where he also won the Fittest Player of the Match award.
- Atlético Kolkata
|Atlético Kolkata||2014||Indian Super League||17||0||—||17||0|
- El Deportivo exhibe su enorme pegada y derrota a un Málaga tenaz (Deportivo displays enormous pace and defeats tenacious Málaga); El País, 18 June 2001 (Spanish)
- Josemi joins Liverpool; UEFA.com, 29 July 2004
- Fulham 2–4 Liverpool; BBC Sport, 16 October 2004
- Anfield calls for Kromkamp; UEFA.com, 30 December 2005
- Mallorca 2–2 Málaga; ESPN Soccernet, 23 November 2008
- Josemi es el central tapado por Paco Gómez (Josemi is Paco Gómez's surprise stopper); Diario AS, 1 July 2011 (Spanish)
- "Kerala snap up Michael Chopra, Kolkata sign Josemi as ISL teams splash Rs 16 crore". First Post. 21 August 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
- "Ex-Liverpool stars Luis Garcia and Josemi start as Atletico de Kolkata win first Indian Super League clash against Mumbai City". Daily Mail. 12 October 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
- "Josemi: Arnab Mondal has the quality to play abroad". Goal.com. 22 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- "Substitute Mohammed Rafique hands Atlético de Kolkata the title". Indian Super League. 20 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- "Awards". Indian Super League. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
- "Josemi: José Miguel González Rey". BDFutbol. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
- "Josemi". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 October 2014.