José Manuel Pinto
Pinto playing for Barcelona in 2012
|Full name||José Manuel Pinto Colorado|
|Date of birth||8 November 1975|
|Place of birth||El Puerto de Santa María, Spain|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|1992–1994||Safa San Luis|
|2008||→ Barcelona (loan)||3||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
After making a name for himself at Celta, with which he made his La Liga debuts, he signed for Barcelona in 2008, going on to act as backup for Víctor Valdés the vast majority of his spell and being part of the squads that won 16 major titles, including four national championships and two Champions Leagues.
Pinto appeared in 160 top flight games during 16 seasons, also representing Betis.
Betis / Celta
Born in El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz, Andalucía, Pinto, a product of Real Betis' youth system, moved up to the first team and made his La Liga debut for the club during the 1997–98 campaign (one game as a second-half substitute against Racing de Santander).
Unable to dislodge Toni Prats at Betis, Pinto switched to Celta de Vigo a year later. He went on to win the Ricardo Zamora Trophy for the 2005–06 season after allowing just 29 goals in 37 matches, a goals per match ratio of 0.78. He was also eventually awarded the captain's armband, appearing in 125 games in the first division and 56 in the second as well as competing in the UEFA Champions League (in 2003–04, although backing up Pablo Cavallero in the domestic league, he would appear in five group stage matches, as Celta proggressed to the round-of-16 game) and in the UEFA Cup.
Pinto signed on loan for FC Barcelona on 18 January 2008, with the player arriving as cover for the injured Albert Jorquera after the latter damaged knee ligaments during the festive break. He made his debut on 26 April against Deportivo de La Coruña in a 0–2 away loss; his second match also ended in defeat, as RCD Mallorca came up from behind 0–2 to win it 3–2 at the Camp Nou.
On 30 May 2008 Barcelona signed Pinto on a permanent deal, for two years and €500,000. During his first full season he was first-choice in the Copa del Rey, which Barcelona won, including the final against Athletic Bilbao.
On 22 October 2010 UEFA opened a disciplinary case, charging Pinto with "improper conduct" following his actions in a Champions League group stage match against F.C. Copenhagen, two days earlier. Allegedly, he whistled to fool opponent player César Santin – who was running through on goal in the 26th minute – into thinking he was offside, leading him to stop, believing that the referee, Stéphane Lannoy, had blown his whistle; the referee allowed the play to continue and did not show Pinto a yellow card for the alleged deception.
Following the game, Barcelona strongly distanced itself from Pinto's conduct. The incident was captured on video, showing the goalkeeper apparently whistling and then gloating over the incident; after the investigation was concluded, he was suspended for two games.
On 20 February 2011 Pinto made his first league appearance for the Catalans in more than two years (due to a knee injury to Víctor Valdés), playing in a 2–1 home win against Athletic Bilbao and performing well, notably saving a Fernando Llorente header. Again, he started in the domestic cup campaign, including the final against Real Madrid, a 0–1 extra-time loss; the following week, against the same team, in the Champions League semifinals' first leg, he was sent off by referee Wolfgang Stark after a half-time altercation involving himself (he was on the bench), Álvaro Arbeloa and Real Madrid match delegate Chendo, in a 2–0 away win.
In 2011–12 Pinto was once again the starting goalkeeper in the Spanish Cup campaign, with Barcelona again reaching the final. His first league appearance only came on 29 April 2012, in a 7–0 away routing of Rayo Vallecano.
On 11 February 2013, after having agreed to it late into the previous year, 37-year-old Pinto renewed his contract with the Blaugrana, due to expire in June 2013, for a further season. On 19 May of the following year, he was told that his link would not be renewed and he left.
Still as an active footballer, Pinto started working as a musician and a record producer, mainly in hip hop. In 2000 he founded his own label, Wahin Makinaciones, which was also the name of his first release six years later; his musical alter ego was Wahin.
|Club||Season||League||Cup||Europe||Club World Cup||Total|
- La Liga: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13
- Copa del Rey: 2008–09, 2011–12; Runner-up 2010–11, 2013–14
- Supercopa de España: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013; Runner-up 2012
- UEFA Champions League: 2008–09, 2010–11
- UEFA Super Cup: 2009, 2011
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2009, 2011
- "FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2009 presented by Toyota: List of players" (PDF). FIFA.com. 1 December 2009. p. 1. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
- "El Racing se salva a costa de los sueños del Betis" [Racing survives at the expense of Betis' dreams] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 11 May 1998. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
- "José Manuel Pinto" (in Spanish). Yo Jugué en el Celta. 7 April 2008. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
- "El guardaespaldas" [The bodyguard] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 19 January 1998. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
- Deportivo La Coruña 2–0 Barcelona; ESPN Soccernet, 26 April 2008
- Barcelona 2–3 Mallorca; ESPN Soccernet, 11 May 2008
- Keeper Pinto kept on at Camp Nou; UEFA.com, 2 June 2008
- Barcelona keeper Pinto charged for alleged fake whistle; Sports Illustrated, 22 October 2010
- Video at Link.Brightcove
- Barcelona's Pinto suspended for two matches; UEFA.com, 29 October 2010
- Messi caps landmark with winner; ESPN Soccernet, 20 February 2011
- Ronaldo heads Real to victory; ESPN Soccernet, 20 April 2011
- Lionel Messi capitalises for Barcelona as Real Madrid see red again; The Guardian, 27 April 2011
- Pinto, el portero de las tres finales de Copa (Pinto, the three Cup finals' goalkeeper); Mundo Deportivo, 10 February 2012 (Spanish)
- Seven-up Barca bounce back; ESPN Soccernet, 29 April 2012
- Agreement to extend Pinto contract to June 30, 2014; FC Barcelona, 23 December 2012
- Pinto extends Barcelona contract until 2014; Goal.com, 11 February 2013
- Ter Stegen arrives, Pinto leaves; FC Barcelona, 19 May 2014
- "La pasión oculta de Pinto" [Pinto's hidden passion] (in Spanish). Faro de Vigo. 14 November 2006. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
- "José Manuel Pinto: El trovador se la juega" [José Manuel Pinto: The troubadour's gamble] (in Spanish). La Vanguardia. 5 April 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
- José Manuel Pinto at ESPN FC
- "Pinto". Soccerway. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- Includes Supercopa de España
- Includes UEFA Supercup
- "Pinto se adjudica el 'Zamora'" [Pinto gets 'Zamora'] (PDF) (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 17 May 2006. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
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