José Emilio Amavisca

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José Amavisca
Personal information
Full name José Emilio Amavisca Gárate
Date of birth (1971-06-19) 19 June 1971 (age 45)
Place of birth Laredo, Spain
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Winger / Striker
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1989 Laredo
1989–1994 Valladolid 74 (15)
1991–1992 Lleida (loan) 37 (14)
1994–1998 Real Madrid 113 (13)
1999–2001 Racing Santander 84 (10)
2001–2004 Deportivo La Coruña 51 (3)
2004–2005 Espanyol 22 (2)
Total 381 (57)
National team
1989–1990 Spain U20 3 (1)
1991–1992 Spain U21 2 (1)
1992 Spain U23 4 (1)
1994–1997 Spain 15 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Olympic medal record
Representing  Spain
Men's Football
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona Team Competition
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Amavisca and the second or maternal family name is Gárate.

José Emilio Amavisca Gárate (born 19 June 1971) is a Spanish retired footballer who played mostly as a left winger.

He was best known for his Real Madrid stint but played for five other clubs, amassing 381 games and 57 goals in both major levels of Spanish football over the course of 16 seasons (307/34 in La Liga alone).

A Spanish international in the '90s, Amavisca represented the country at Euro 1996.

Club career[edit]

Born in Laredo, Cantabria, Amavisca made his professional debuts for Real Valladolid (achieving promotion from Segunda División in 1992–93 and being also loaned to UE Lleida in the same level). In the 1994 summer he signed for La Liga giants Real Madrid, initially being deemed surplus to requirements but going on to score ten league goals in his debut season, mostly playing second striker to Iván Zamorano – both were initially seen as third or fourth-string offensive references by manager Jorge Valdano,[1] as the club ended a four-year domestic title drought.

Amavisca's importance with the Merengues would gradually lessen in the subsequent years, however. In January 1999 he joined fellow league club Racing de Santander, thus returning to his native region, and instantly became an essential offensive figure with the side, although his seven league goals in the 2000–01 campaign were not enough to avoid relegation.

Subsequently, Amavisca moved to Deportivo de La Coruña, appearing in 28 games and netting three times for the 2002 runners-up but being sparingly used in the following two years, barred by veteran Fran and new signing Albert Luque. He retired after one season with RCD Espanyol.

International career[edit]

After making his Spain debut on 7 September 1994, in an UEFA Euro 1996 qualifier against Cyprus (90 minutes, 2–1 away win), Amavisca appeared in the tournament's final stages, playing four matches in an eventual quarter-final exit. Due to having fallen out of favour at Real Madrid, he was overlooked for the squad at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Previously, Amavisca won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 April 1995 Hrazdan, Yerevan, Armenia  Armenia 0–1 0–2 Euro 1996 qualifying[2]



Real Madrid


Spain U23



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