José Batista

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José Batista
Personal information
Full name José Alberto Batista González
Date of birth (1962-03-06) 6 March 1962 (age 57)
Place of birth Colonia, Uruguay
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1983 C.A. Cerro
1984–1985 Club Atlético Peñarol
1985–1995 Deportivo Español 140 (9)
1995 Rampla Juniors
1996–1998 Gimnasia Jujuy 47 (3)
1998–1999 Deportivo Español
1999–2000 Argentino Quilmes
National team
1984–1993 Uruguay 14 (1)
Teams managed
2009–2010 Deportivo Español
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

José Alberto Batista González (born 6 March 1962) is an Uruguayan retired footballer who played as a defender, and a manager.

He is best known for having received a red card after 56 seconds – a World Cup record – in the 1986 game against Scotland.[1][2][3]

Club career[edit]

Born in Colonia del Sacramento, Batista played for a number of clubs in Uruguay and Argentina, starting his career with C.A. Cerro and joining giants Club Atlético Peñarol in 1983. In 1985, he joined Deportivo Español in the latter nation, where he would spend the next decade.

Batista made a brief return to his country's top division in 1995, with Rampla Juniors. He spent his final three years with Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy, Deportivo Español and Argentino de Quilmes, the latter in the Argentine second level.

International career[edit]

Batista made a total of 14 appearances for the Uruguay national team, between 1984 and 1993.[4] His debut came on 19 September in a friendly match with Peru, in Montevideo.

During the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualifiers Batista scored a crucial goal in a 2–1 home triumph over Chile, his only for the country; in the final stages' second game, on 13 June 1986, he was sent off after less than one minute of play for a reckless challenge on Scotland's Gordon Strachan,[2] as Uruguay eventually bowed out in the round-of-16.


  1. ^ Guinness World Records. London; New York City: HIT Entertainment. 2007. p. 168.
  2. ^ a b Football's 50 greatest hard men
  3. ^ "Top 50 hardest footballers". Empire. 13 August 2007. Archived from the original on 19 October 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  4. ^ Uruguay – Record International Players Archived 2011-06-28 at the Wayback Machine; at RSSSF

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