Cheli (footballer)

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Personal information
Full name José Manuel González Ortiz
Date of birth (1979-01-29) 29 January 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Lepe, Spain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 Recreativo B
1998 → Isla Cristina (loan) 9 (0)
1999 San Roque (loan)
2000–2007 Recreativo 77 (7)
2002–2003 Jaén (loan) 19 (0)
2003–2004 Badajoz (loan) 35 (3)
2007–2009 Málaga 36 (2)
2009–2010 Lleida 30 (3)
2010–2011 San Roque 37 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

José Manuel González Ortiz (born 29 January 1979), known as Cheli, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a midfielder.

Football career[edit]

Cheli was born in Lepe, Province of Huelva. After emerging through the ranks of local Recreativo de Huelva he played eight seasons with the first team, experiencing two La Liga promotions with the Andalusians; he was also loaned twice, on both occasions to third division sides.

In 2006–07, Cheli made his top level debuts, his first appearance being in a 1–1 home draw against RCD Mallorca on 27 August 2006.[1] Scarcely used throughout the campaign he still scored two goals, in large wins over Galicia's Celta de Vigo (4–2)[2] and Deportivo de La Coruña (5–2).[3]

Cheli joined Recreativo neighbours Málaga CF for 2007–08, appearing regularly – both as starter or from the bench – to help the club return to the top flight. In the following season, however, he was very rarely played, being released at its closure and joining UE Lleida in division three.


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