José Moratón Taeño

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José Moratón
Personal information
Full name José Moratón Taeño
Date of birth (1979-07-14) 14 July 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Santander, Spain
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Racing Santander
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2001 Racing B
1998–2010 Racing Santander 188 (4)
2010–2011 Salamanca 33 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

José Moratón Taeño (born 14 July 1979) is a Spanish retired footballer who played usually as a central defender.

In a 13-year professional career he played mainly for Racing de Santander, appearing in 156 La Liga games over the course of nine seasons for the club (three goals).

Football career[edit]

Racing[edit]

Moratón was born in Santander, Cantabria. Since first appearing as a professional for hometown's Racing de Santander on 13 December 1998, in a 0–0 La Liga home draw against CD Tenerife, he would play for the club the vast majority of his career. During 2001–02's second division, at Campos de Sport de El Sardinero, he scored a decisive goal against Atlético Madrid as Racing returned to the top flight after just one year out.[1]

Already established as one of the team's captains,[2] Moratón suffered a severe injury which made him miss most of 2006–07, but played 18 games the following season as the side achieved a first-ever qualification to the UEFA Europa League.

In the following two top level campaigns, Moratón was used exclusively as a backup, but still contributed with 23 matches combined as Racing managed to retain its league status. He also helped them to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey, notably netting in a 3–2 win at AD Alcorcón (which had previously ousted Real Madrid), also the final aggregate score –[3]precisely in the last-four stage, he scored in his own net against Atlético Madrid, in an insufficient 3–2 home triumph and 3–6 overall loss. In June 2010 he was released by the club, ending a relationship which spanned nearly two decades.[4]

Salamanca[edit]

Moratón played in 2010–11 with UD Salamanca in the second tier, starting in all the matches he appeared in and scoring a career-best five goals.[5] In early June 2011, however, following his team's relegation, the 32-year-old chose to retire from professional football.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El Racing vuelve a Primera" [Racing returns to Primera] (PDF) (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 20 May 2002. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Munitis seguirá siendo el capitán del Racing" [Munitis to continue as Racing captain] (in Spanish). Marca. 31 July 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  3. ^ El Alcorcón se baja de la carroza (Alcorcón gets off pedestal); El País, 6 January 2010 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ "El Racing comunica a Moratón y Oriol que no cuenta con ellos" [Racing tells Moratón and Oriol they are free to leave] (in Spanish). El Diario Montañés. 20 May 2010. Archived from the original on 24 February 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Épica victoria del Salamanca ante el Elche (5–4)" [Epic Salamanca win against Elche (5–4)] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Moratón anuncia que se retira como futbolista" [Moratón announces retirement as footballer] (in Spanish). La Gaceta de Salamanca. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 

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