Carmelo González (footballer)

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is González and the second or maternal family name is Jiménez.
Carmelo
Personal information
Full name Carmelo José González Jiménez
Date of birth (1983-07-09) 9 July 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Las Palmas, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Al-Ittihad
Youth career
Las Palmas
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Las Palmas B
2001–2005 Las Palmas 120 (14)
2005–2008 Levante 37 (5)
2007 Hércules (loan) 19 (1)
2007–2008 Numancia (loan) 38 (7)
2008–2013 Sporting Gijón 91 (7)
2013–2014 Buriram United 50 (36)
2015–2016 Suphanburi 31 (10)
2016– Al-Ittihad 0 (0)
National team
2000 Spain U16 5 (2)
2001 Spain U17 4 (0)
2001–2002 Spain U19 9 (5)
2003 Spain U20 9 (0)
2004 Spain U21 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 23 June 2016 (UTC).

Carmelo José González Jiménez (born 9 July 1983), known simply as Carmelo, is a Spanish footballer who plays for United Arab Emirates club Al-Ittihad Kalba SC as an attacking midfielder.

He spent most of his professional career with Las Palmas, Sporting de Gijón (competing in La Liga with both clubs) and in the Thai Premier League.

Club career[edit]

Born in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Carmelo graduated from hometown UD Las Palmas' youth ranks. In his first appearance with the main squad, in 2001–02's La Liga, he scored in a 3–0 away win against RCD Mallorca on 26 August 2001,[1] and would play a further three seasons with the club in the second (two)[2] and third divisions (one).

Carmelo joined Levante UD in 2005–06 on a four-year contract,[3] where he would be a key figure in the Valencian Community side's promotion to the top level, but would only appear in six matches in the following campaign, finishing it with Hércules CF on loan.

In 2007–08, Carmelo moved to CD Numancia still owned by Levante,[4] scoring seven goals (third-best in squad) en route to another top flight promotion. He then switched in the next season to another promotee, Sporting de Gijón,[5] netting in back-to-back wins in October against Mallorca, CA Osasuna and Deportivo de La Coruña,[6][7][8] as the Asturians retained their division status.

In the following three seasons, Carmelo struggled with injury[9][10] but managed to be relatively used by Sporting, only being able to score once[11] in 58 league games combined however. The club suffered relegation at the end of the 2011–12 campaign.

Carmelo left Sporting Gijón in February 2013,[12] moving abroad for the first time shortly after as he signed with Thai Premier League's Buriram United FC.[13] He won the national championship in his first year, being top scorer in the process.[14]

In early July 2016, aged 33, Carmelo switched countries and joined Al-Ittihad Kalba SC in the UAE Football League.[15]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 5 November 2014[16][17][18]
Club Division Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Las Palmas La Liga 2001–02 20 1 2 0 22 1
Segunda División 2002–03 31 3 1 0 32 3
Segunda División 2003–04 35 4 1 0 36 4
Segunda División B 2004–05 34 6 1 0 35 6
Total 120 14 5 0 125 14
Levante Segunda División 2005–06 31 5 1 0 32 5
La Liga 2006–07 6 0 2 0 8 0
Total 37 5 3 0 40 5
Hércules Segunda División 2006–07 19 1 0 0 19 1
Total 19 1 0 0 19 1
Numancia Segunda División 2007–08 38 7 0 0 38 7
Total 38 7 0 0 38 7
Sporting Gijón La Liga 2008–09 27 6 4 2 31 8
La Liga 2009–10 27 0 2 0 29 0
La Liga 2010–11 18 0 1 0 19 0
La Liga 2011–12 13 1 2 0 15 1
Segunda División 2012–13 6 0 0 0 6 0
Total 91 7 9 2 100 9
Buriram United Thai Premier League 2013 23 23 6 3 7 0 36 26
Thai Premier League 2014 25 12 7 5 5 0 37 17
Total 45 35 13 8 12 0 70 41
Career totals 353 69 30 10 12 0 395 79

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Numancia
Buriram United

Country[edit]

Spain U17
Spain U19

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Las Palmas sorprende al Mallorca (Las Palmas surprises Mallorca); El País, 27 August 2001 (Spanish)
  2. ^ Carmelo se exige aún más (Carmelo pushes himself even further); Diario AS, 4 November 2003 (Spanish)
  3. ^ Carmelo ficha por cuatro años y costará 420.00 euros (Carmelo signs for four years and will cost 420.00 euros); Diario AS, 7 July 2005 (Spanish)
  4. ^ Numancia: se asegura la cesión de Carmelo. (Numancia: loan of Carmelo confirmed.); esFutbol, 17 August 2007 (Spanish)
  5. ^ El Sporting ficha a Carmelo (Sporting signs Carmelo); El Comercio, 1 August 2008 (Spanish)
  6. ^ Mallorca 0–2 Sporting Gijon; ESPN Soccernet, 5 October 2008
  7. ^ Sporting Gijon 2–1 Osasuna; ESPN Soccernet, 19 October 2008
  8. ^ Deportivo La Coruña 0–3 Sporting Gijon; ESPN Soccernet, 26 October 2008
  9. ^ Carmelo estará tres meses de baja tras ser operado (Carmelo to miss three months after undergoing surgery); Marca, 22 July 2009 (Spanish)
  10. ^ Carmelo: "La segunda vuelta fue mala para mí" (Carmelo: "The second round of matches was bad for me"); Diario AS, 5 May 2011 (Spanish)
  11. ^ Reparto de puntos en el debut de Tejada (Points shared in Tejada's debut); Europa Press, 5 February 2012 (Spanish)
  12. ^ Carmelo queda desligado del Sporting (Carmelo loses ties with Sporting); Sporting Gijón, 12 February 2013 (Spanish)
  13. ^ Carmelo, el primer canario que jugará en la Liga de Tailandia (Carmelo, first canarian to play in Thai League); La Provincia, 13 February 2013 (Spanish)
  14. ^ Doblete para el Buriram tailandés al ganar la "FA Cup" (Double for Thailand's Buriram after win in "FA Cup"); El Diario Vasco, 11 November 2013 (Spanish)
  15. ^ Ittihad Kalba complete foreign quota with Carmelo Gonzalez and Salam Shaker signings; Sport 360, 6 July 2016
  16. ^ "Carmelo: Carmelo González Jiménez". BDFutbol. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "Carmelo". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  18. ^ Carmelo at ESPN FC

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