Campo in 1996
|Full name||Iván Campo Ramos|
|Date of birth||21 February 1974|
|Place of birth||San Sebastián, Spain|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Defender / Midfielder|
|1995–1996||→ Valladolid (loan)||24||(2)|
|2002–2003||→ Bolton Wanderers (loan)||31||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Born in San Sebastián, Basque Country, Campo started his career at Deportivo Alavés, in the third division. He stayed there for two 1/2 years, signing with Valencia CF who immediately loaned him for the rest of the season to Real Valladolid, which he helped narrowly avoid relegation from La Liga.
Subsequently, Campo returned to Valencia only to be released, joining recently promoted RCD Mallorca. In the Balearic Islands side, he formed a formidable partnership with Marcelino Elena (later of Newcastle United), as they finished fifth in 1997–98.
After falling out of favor at the Merengues, Campo was sent to Bolton Wanderers on a one-year loan in August 2002. Following the 2002–03 campaign, he was expected to return to the Spanish capital, but unexpectedly signed a three-year permanent deal with the English, deciding he preferred living in Bolton.
On 19 August 2006, in the first match of the new season, Campo scored a 43-yard drive which caught Tottenham Hotspur and England's Paul Robinson off-guard and flew into the bottom corner of the net. In a post-match interview, his boss Sam Allardyce admitted Bolton's goal of the season competition may have already been decided by the wonder strike.
Campo fitted in well with Bolton's style of play, but also topped the charts for most red and yellow cards received of any player in the Premier League in 2006–07. In May 2008, he was not offered a new contract by manager Gary Megson and left the team.
Shortly before the UEFA Euro 2008 tournament, Campo wrote a letter to the Bolton supporters expressing his regret at not having been able to bid the club a proper farewell, and the letter appeared on a website run by Sky Sports presenter Guillem Balagué. He eventually played in a testimonial match at the Reebok Stadium, in honour of teammate Jussi Jääskeläinen.
On 11 August 2008, Campo signed for Ipswich Town in the Football League Championship, after passing a medical. He scored his first goal against Barnsley in a 3–0 win, but after only featuring in roughly a third of the league's games for the club, the 35-year-old was released by manager Roy Keane at the end of the season.
In December 2009, Campo joined Cypriot Second Division side AEK Larnaca FC. He retired in June of the following year aged 36, having appeared in 124 Spanish first division matches in seven years and 194 official games for Bolton.
Campo appeared four times for Spain, his debut coming on 25 March 1998 in a 4–0 friendly win over Sweden, in Vigo. He was picked for the squad for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, with the national team exiting in the group stage.
Campo featured in a Spanish TV advert for a fruit drink. In the advert two men take off their shirts to reveal tattoos of Campo's head on their chests.
- Real Madrid
- "Real Madrid 3–0 Valencia". The Guardian. 24 May 2000. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
- Bolton seal Campo deal; BBC Sport, 31 August 2002
- "Golden oldies: The best (and worst) of Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce's old boys". Daily Mail. 19 August 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
- English Premier League – Player Discipline – 2006/2007; at ESPN Soccernet
- Campo goes as Bolton release trio; BBC Sport, 17 May 2008
- An open letter to the fans of Bolton Wanderers by Ivan Campo; Guillem Balagué, 5 June 2008
- Campo completes move to Ipswich; BBC Sport, 11 August 2008
- "Ipswich 3–0 Barnsley". BBC Sport. 30 September 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2009.
- Seven players released by Ipswich; BBC Sport, 8 May 2009
- "La selección va que chuta" [National team is a real craze] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 26 March 1998. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
- The Ivan Campo Appreciation Society: Exhibit B Archived 2 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine.; Manny Road, 3 August 2008
- Campo settling in at Ipswich; BBC, 30 October 2008
- The Ivan Campo Appreciation Society: Exhibit C; Manny Road, 20 August 2008