José Cardona

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José Cardona
Personal information
Full name José Enrique Gutiérrez Cardona
Date of birth (1939-02-27)27 February 1939
Place of birth Potrerillos, Honduras
Date of death 30 January 2013(2013-01-30) (aged 73)[1]
Place of death San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1958 Lusitano
1959–1964 Elche 89 (24)
1964–1969 Atlético Madrid 52 (20)
1970 Real España 10 (3)
National team
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

José Enrique Gutiérrez Cardona (February 27, 1939 - January 30, 2013), more commonly known as Cardona or Indio Cardona or Coneja Cardona, was a professional footballer.[1]

Early career[edit]

Cardona was born in Potrerillos, Honduras. In 1957 he was National Football Champion and Top Scorer. A year later, he was transferred to Portuguese club Lusitano.

In 1959 he was acquired by Valencia CF but because it had reached its maximum allowance of foreign players, Cardona was lent to Spanish club Elche, who a year later was promoted to the top flight of the Spanish League for the first time in their history. He made his debut on September 13, 1959 against Real Oviedo, and stayed for 5 seasons, playing 89 games and scoring 24 goals in first division.

In the season 1959, Cardona was the top scorer in Spanish second division with 22 goals (the same number of goals made by first division top scorer Alfredo Di Stéfano that season).

In 1964 he transferred to Atlético Madrid, who that season came second in the league championship and won the Copa del Generalísimo (now known as La Copa del Rey). Cardona scoring the winning goal in the final against Real Zaragoza. The following year he played 10 times in Atlético's championship-winning season.

Cardona, playing with Valencia C.F., scored the first goal in the first nightly game in the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City against Necaxa on June 5, 1966. The final score was 3-1 in favor of Valencia C.F.

International career[edit]

Cardona played internationally with Honduras, but never qualified for a World Cup finals. He represented his country in 3 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[2]

Later life[edit]

Cardona retired at the end of the 1968–69 season, by which time he had played a total of 141 games in Primera división, scoring 44 goals. He died, aged 73, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, of a heart attack.

Honours and awards[edit]


Atlético Madrid


  1. ^ a b Staff (2013-01-30). "Muere una leyenda; José Enrique la "Coneja" Cardona" (in Spanish). El Tiempo (Honduras). Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  2. ^ José CardonaFIFA competition record

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