José Mari (footballer, born 1987)
|Full name||José María Martín Bejarano-Serrano|
|Date of birth||6 December 1987|
|Place of birth||Rota, Spain|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 November 2017
Early years / Zaragoza
Born in Rota, Cádiz, Andalusia, José Mari played amateur football until the age of nearly 22, representing Unión Deportiva Roteña and Atlético Sanluqueño CF. In the 2009 summer he joined Real Murcia Imperial in Segunda División B, being relegated in his first and only season.
Subsequently, José Mari stayed in that level, spending two years at Real Jaén. In the 2012 summer he moved straight to La Liga, signing for two years with Real Zaragoza and initially being assigned to the reserves after the preseason was over; however, he managed to convince first-team coach Manolo Jiménez and, in August, was definitely promoted.
José Mari made his professional – and top level – debut on 20 August 2012, playing the second half in a 0–1 home loss against Real Valladolid. He finished the campaign with 27 appearances all competitions comprised, scoring once in the Copa del Rey, but the Aragonese were eventually relegated.
On 6 February 2014, it was announced that José Mari and Zaragoza had agreed to mutually terminate his contract. He netted his first league goal for the club in his last appearance, a 2–1 home success over Córdoba CF on 8 December of the previous year.
On 11 February 2014, José Mari joined the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer, for a preseason trial. The team announced early in the following month that he had been signed to the active roster, and would be eligible to play pending receipt of his U.S. P-1 work visa and an international transfer certificate. He made his debut for the club as the season opened on 15 March, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 away draw against the New York Red Bulls; a week later, in his first match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, he was sent off for a second yellow card in the last minute of a 2–0 win over the Portland Timbers.
José Mari scored his first goals for the Rapids on 5 April 2014, as they came from behind to defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2–1 away. He netted a further two times in his first and only MLS season, in which he was affected by injuries and his team did not qualify for the playoffs.
José Mari returned to Spain on 17 January 2015, after agreeing to a one-and-a-half-year deal with top level's Levante UD. He made his debut on 7 February, coming on as a substitute for David Barral for the last two minutes of a 4–1 home win over Real Sociedad after the latter had scored a hat-trick.
José Mari left the Granotes in May 2016 as his contract was due to expire, and the side also suffered relegation.
- "José Mari: "Lo que soy como jugador se lo debo al Real Jaén"" [José Mari: "What i am as a player i owe it to Real Jaén"]. Ideal (in Spanish). 7 July 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
- "José Mari (Real Jaén) ficha por el Real Zaragoza" [José Mari (Real Jaén) signs for Real Zaragoza]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 4 July 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
- "José Mari, nuevo jugador del primer equipo" [José Mari, new first-team player] (in Spanish). Real Zaragoza. 16 August 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
- "Newboys Valladolid stun Zaragoza". ESPN FC. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
- "Un gol de José Mari le da el pase al Zaragoza pese a perder" [José Mari goal sends Zaragoza through in spite of loss]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 29 November 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
- "Acuerdo para la desvinculación de José Mari del Real Zaragoza" [Agreement for José Mari release from Real Zaragoza] (in Spanish). Real Zaragoza. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
- "2–1: José Mari da el triunfo al Zaragoza en el minuto 90" [2–1: José Mari gives win to Zaragoza in the 90th minute]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 8 December 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
- David Lindholm (11 February 2014). "Spanish midfielder José Mari to join Rapids in Vegas". Colorado Rapids. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
- "Spanish midfielder José Mari makes Rapids move permanent". Colorado Rapids. 4 March 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
- "Recap: Red Bulls held to a 1–1 tie against Colorado in home opener". New York Red Bulls. 15 March 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
- "Sanchez and Brown lift Rapids over Timbers at home". Colorado Rapids. 22 March 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
- "Rapids beat Whitecaps 2–1 on Jose Mari's 2 goals". CBS. 5 April 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
- Boniface, Daniel (19 January 2015). "Colorado Rapids add Sam Cronin, say goodbye to Jose Mari". The Denver Post. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
- "José Mari ficha por el Levante hasta 2016" [José Mari signs for Levante until 2016]. Marca (in Spanish). 17 January 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
- "Barral devuelve la alegría al Levante" [Barral makes Levante smile again]. Marca (in Spanish). 7 February 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
- "José Mari refuerza al Cádiz" [José Mari bolsters Cádiz] (in Spanish). Cádiz CF. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.