Chechu Dorado

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Chechu Dorado
Dorado (betis).jpg
Dorado training with Betis in 2010
Personal information
Full name José Antonio Dorado Ramírez
Date of birth (1982-07-10) 10 July 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth Córdoba, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Number 4
Youth career
1997–1998 Córdoba
1998–2000 Zaragoza
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Zaragoza B 132 (0)
2004–2007 Lleida 79 (1)
2007–2010 Huesca 119 (1)
2010–2013 Betis 75 (3)
2013–2015 Villarreal 45 (0)
2015–2019 Rayo Vallecano 72 (1)
2019– Zaragoza 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 June 2019

José Antonio 'Chechu' Dorado Ramírez (born 10 July 1982) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Real Zaragoza as a central defender.

Football career[edit]

Born in Córdoba, Andalusia, Dorado alternated between Segunda División and Segunda División B until the age of 29. He started his senior career with Real Zaragoza B, then went on to represent UE Lleida, SD Huesca[1][2] and Real Betis.[3]

Dorado scored two goals in 33 games in the 2010–11 season[4][5] to help the latter return to La Liga, as champions, after a two-year absence. He made his debut in the competition on 27 August 2011 at 29, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–0 derby away win against Granada CF;[6] he contributed with 2,890 minutes during the campaign as the Verdiblancos retained their league status, scoring his first goal in the Spanish top flight on 31 March 2012 in another match against a team from Andalusia, Málaga CF (2–0 away win).[7]

On 22 January 2013, Dorado returned to the second level, signing with Villarreal CF.[8] He started in all his 11 league appearances in his first year, going on to achieve another club promotion.

On 6 July 2015, Dorado signed a two-year deal with Rayo Vallecano after his contract with the Yellow Submarine expired.[9] He scored once[10] from 38 matches in 2017–18, as the team returned to the top tier after the first-place finish.[11]

In January 2019, the 36-year-old Dorado moved to Real Zaragoza.[12]



Rayo Vallecano


  1. ^ Dorado renueva, Felipe Manoel vuelve al Villarreal (Dorado renews, Felipe Manoel returns to Villarreal); Marca, 15 December 2008 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Chechu Dorado suma otro récord personal (Chechu Dorado adds another personal record); Diario del AltoAragón, 12 January 2010 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Dorado, nuevo jugador del Betis a falta del examen médico (Dorado, new Betis player pending medical); El Mundo, 18 July 2010 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ "Pichichi" Molina enseña al Betis el rumbo ante otro histórico ("Pichichi" Molina shows way to Betis against another historic); Diario AS, 29 August 2010 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Miki Roqué y Dorado se convierten en delanteros y firman la remontada del Betis (Miki Roqué and Dorado turn forwards and sign Betis comeback); Diario AS, 16 October 2010 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Liga BBVA: El Betis vuelve a Primera con tres puntos dorados y agónicos (0–1) (Liga BBVA: Betis return to Primera with three golden and agonizing points (0–1)); Goal, 27 August 2011 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Excesivo castigo en La Rosaleda (Excessive punishment at La Rosaleda); Marca, 31 March 2012 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Dorado se marcha del Betis para firmar por el Villarreal (Dorado leaves Betis to sign for Villarreal); Liga BBVA, 31 March 2012 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Dorado nuevo jugador del Rayo Vallecano (Dorado new player of Rayo Vallecano) Archived 8 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine; Rayo Vallecano, 6 July 2015 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ "Dorado se viste de delantero y rescata al Rayo en Vallecas" [Dorado dresses like a forward and rescues Rayo in Vallecas] (in Spanish). Marca. 2 December 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Velázquez ficha por el Rayo Vallecano hasta 2021" [Velázquez signs for Rayo Vallecano until 2021] (in Spanish). Telemadrid. 24 July 2018. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Chechu Dorado se incorpora a la disciplina del Real Zaragoza" [Chechu Dorado added to discipline of Real Zaragoza] (in Spanish). Real Zaragoza. 29 January 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.

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