José Dominguez

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José Dominguez
Personal information
Full name José Manuel Martins Dominguez
Date of birth (1974-02-16) 16 February 1974 (age 45)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1983–1984 Domingos Sávio
1985–1992 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1994 Benfica 0 (0)
1992–1993Sintrense (loan) 12 (1)
1993–1994Fafe (loan) 13 (2)
1994–1995 Birmingham City 35 (3)
1995–1997 Sporting CP 62 (4)
1997–2000 Tottenham Hotspur 45 (4)
2001–2004 1. FC Kaiserslautern 56 (5)
2004 Al Ahli (Doha)
2005 Vasco da Gama 7 (0)
Total 230 (19)
National team
1994–1995 Portugal U21 8 (0)
1995–1996 Portugal 3 (0)
Teams managed
2010–2012 União Leiria (youth)
2012 União Leiria
2012 Sporting B (assistant)
2012–2013 Sporting B
2014 Real Cartagena
2015 Recreativo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

José Manuel Martins Dominguez (born 16 February 1974) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a winger, and is a coach.

A diminutive player with above-average technical skills and speed,[2] he started playing professional football not in his own country but in England with Birmingham City. After two years with Sporting, he returned to England for three years with Tottenham Hotspur, then spent another three with German club Kaiserslautern and had short spells in Qatar and Brazil.

Dominguez was one of the shortest players to have ever played in the Premier League.[3]

Club career[edit]

Early years / Sporting[edit]

Born in Lisbon, Dominguez had an unassuming youth spell at hometown club S.L. Benfica, then played for a year with amateurs S.U. Sintrense also in the area. After a few months at AD Fafe he had his first taste of professional football, joining Football League Second Division club Birmingham City in March 1994 and being relegated in his first season.[4]

Following Luís Figo's departure to FC Barcelona, Sporting Clube de Portugal chose Dominguez as his replacement, and he went on to play two solid seasons at the club, albeit with no silverware.


Tottenham Hotspur, coached by Gerry Francis, returned Dominguez to England in August 1997, for £1.6 million. He made his debut in the Premier League against Derby County at the end of that month, winning a penalty after coming on as a second-half substitute; however, despite being at White Hart Lane for over three years, his appearances for the first team were limited: he started regularly under Francis, but came more regularly off the bench during Christian Gross's tenure as manager.

Dominguez won the 1998–99 League Cup with Spurs as an unused substitute in the final, but fell out of favour during the following season under George Graham, who demoted him to the reserves. He only appeared in two league games for the first team, both as substitute.

Late career[edit]

Dominguez signed for Bundesliga club 1. FC Kaiserslautern in November 2000, for £250,000.[5] He scored in only his second game, a 2–4 loss at Bayer 04 Leverkusen, but his performances were also irregular; in his last season he scored one goal in 26 matches, but the club finished just one place above relegation.

After a brief spell in Qatar with Al-Ahly Doha, Dominguez moved in 2005 to Brazilian outfit CR Vasco da Gama. Not being able to receive his playing licence from the Portuguese Football Association,[citation needed] he officially retired from the game in August, aged 31.

Dominguez spent two years coaching U.D. Leiria's youth sides. On 14 March 2012 he became the first team's fourth coach of the campaign, replacing the fired Manuel Cajuda.[6] In 2012–13 he worked with Sporting's reserves, in the Segunda Liga.

In late December 2013, Dominguez was appointed at Real Cartagena in Colombia as part of an agreement between that club and Sporting.[7] On 24 March 2015 he was named at the helm of Recreativo de Huelva, replacing Juan Manuel Pavón.[8]

International career[edit]

While at Sporting, Dominguez won three caps for Portugal. In a more important role, he helped the Olympic team to a fourth-place finish at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.[1] That team also included four other Sporting graduates – Luís Andrade, Dani, Emílio Peixe and Hugo Porfírio.


  1. ^ a b "José Dominguez". Sports Reference. Retrieved 17 November 2009.
  2. ^ "José Dominguez, o artista" [José Dominguez, the artist]. Record (in Portuguese). 17 November 2000. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  3. ^ Wallace, Sam (16 August 2008). "Peter Crouch: Talking big". The Independent. Retrieved 28 April 2009.
  4. ^ "Perguntavam-me: 'Mas tu és um jogador ou uma mascote'? E eu entrava e partia aquilo tudo" [They would ask me: 'But are you a player or a mascot'? And I would come in and create havoc]. Expresso (in Portuguese). 25 October 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Dominguez departs for Germany". BBC Sport. 13 November 2000. Retrieved 21 December 2009.
  6. ^ "Dominguez sucede a Cajuda" [Dominguez succeeds Cajuda]. Record (in Portuguese). 14 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Portugués José Domínguez, nuevo entrenador del Real Cartagena" [Portuguese José Domínguez, new Real Cartagena manager] (in Spanish). Fútbol Red. 28 December 2013. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Principio de acuerdo con el entrenador portugués José Domínguez" [Agreement in principle with Portuguese manager José Domínguez] (in Spanish). Recreativo Huelva. 24 March 2015. Archived from the original on 27 March 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2015.

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