José Luis Carranza

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José Luis "Puma" Carranza
Personal information
Full name José Luis Carranza Vivanco
Date of birth (1964-01-08) January 8, 1964 (age 53)
Place of birth Lima, Peru
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position midfielder (football)
Club information
Current team
Universitario de Deportes
Number 22
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–2004 Universitario de Deportes 570 (8)
National team
1988–1997 Peru 55 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 January 2007.

José Luis Carranza Vivanco, nicknamed El Puma (born 8 January 1964 in Rimac, Lima) is a Peruvian retired football midfield player from Peru who played his entire club career for Universitario de Deportes. Carranza also played for the Peru national team, making 55 appearances between 1988 and 1997.[1] He is not to be confused with José "Caté" Carranza, also a Peru international.

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He made his professional debut with La U on 13 May 1986 in Bolivia against Club Bolívar. Carranza would remain with the club during his 18 years as a professional footballer. Several times during his career he rejected offers from teams in Argentina, Ecuador, and Spain among others who wanted to contract his services. He always preferred to stay loyal to his favorite team, and became a symbol of the club. In Peru his jersey number 22 has been retired by the club.

Carranza helped win the national championships in: 1987, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1998, 1999 and 2000 Torneo Descentralizado. Furthermore, he is the player who played the most clasicos or games against the traditional rival of Universitario's, Alianza Lima.

He got another 4 metropolitan titles and participated in 10 Copa Libertadores. With over 51 games in this competition, Carranza surpassed Hector Chumpitaz (another Universitario symbol) in number of games played in the prestigious competition. In addition, Carranza participated in 3 Copa América and 3 World Cup qualification tournaments. He obtained 55 international caps for Peru national team, in which he scored one goal. He made his debut on 21 September 1988 in a friendly against Paraguay (0-1), and played his last international match for Peru on 16 November 1997 in a World Cup Qualifier against Paraguay (1-0).

His last encounter as professional was played on 26 December 2004, where he scored a goal. His testimonial match was on 6 April 2005, in a game attended by renowned South American players. After retiring, he opened a youth football academy, runs a popular cebicheria (sea food restaurant) and is also studying to be a coach. He is known for his quotes: "Me, water and sewerage", and "Comas should have a fubo' team". He also ran for Mayor of Comas, but lost.

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