José Manuel Velázquez
|Full name||José Manuel Velázquez Rodríguez|
|Date of birth||8 September 1990|
|Place of birth||Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2011–2012||→ Mineros (loan)||42||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04:28, 6 December 2017 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 June 2017
José Manuel "Sema" Velázquez Rodríguez, (born 8 September 1990 in Ciudad Bolívar) is a Venezuelan football defender. He is playing for Veracruz in Liga MX and he is also playing for the Venezuela national football team.
Velázquez started his career at just six when he started to play for various youth clubs in town. He made his professional debut with ACD Lara in 2007. Having made himself a regular at the age of 17, Deportivo Anzoátegui secured his services at the beginning of 2008.
He signed for Villarreal in 2009 to play for its reserve team. However, he did not feature in any match since he joined the squad, and was loaned to Venezuelan club Mineros de Guayana for the end of the 2010–11 season and the whole 2011–12 campaign.
On 7 July 2012, he signed a 3-year contract for Panathinaikos F.C..
Velázquez has played at every level from Under-15 to Under-20.
- As of match played 13 June 2016. Venezuela score listed first, score column indicates score after each Velázquez goal.
|1||13 May 2009||Estadio Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo, San Cristóbal, Venezuela||5||Costa Rica||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|2||13 June 2016||NRG Stadium, Houston, United States||19||Mexico||1–0||1–1||Copa América Centenario|
|3||3 June 2017||Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, United States||25||United States||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
Velázquez was selected to play for Venezuela in the 2009 South American Youth Championship by César Farías, partnering Carlos Salazar in central defence. During the Round of 16 of the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup held in Egypt, he play the full 90 minutes against UAE but Venezuela was eventually defeated 1–2.
- José Manuel Velázquez at Soccerway