Josico

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Josico
Personal information
Full name José Joaquín Moreno Verdú
Date of birth (1975-01-06) 6 January 1975 (age 42)
Place of birth Hellín, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Albacete
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Hellín
1995–1998 Albacete 97 (7)
1998–2002 Las Palmas 129 (12)
2002–2008 Villarreal 152 (5)
2008–2009 Fenerbahçe 14 (0)
2009–2011 Las Palmas 37 (2)
Total 429 (26)
National team
1996–1997 Spain U21 7 (1)
Teams managed
2012–2013 Las Palmas (staff)
2013–2014 Las Palmas (youth)
2014 Las Palmas
2014–2015 Las Palmas B
2015–2016 Jumilla
2017 Atlético Baleares
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

José Joaquín Moreno Verdú (born 6 January 1975), known as Josico, is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder, and a current manager.

His 16-year professional career was mainly associated with Las Palmas and Villarreal (six years apiece), and he amassed La Liga totals of 240 games and 13 goals over the course of nine seasons.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Hellín, Province of Albacete, Josico made his debut in La Liga with Albacete Balompié in the 1995–96 season, immediately after joining from local amateurs Hellín Deportivo. He played in 28 matches (scoring twice), but his team was relegated after five consecutive years in the top level; his first game in the competition occurred on 18 November 1995, as he featured the full 90 minutes in a 0–3 away loss against FC Barcelona.[1]

Josico went on to represent UD Las Palmas for four seasons, joining Villarreal CF for 2002–03 campaign, where he played a major part in the club's domestic and European consolidation: in 2004–05 the player appeared in 29 contests – 28 as a starter – as the Valencian Community side finished third, as well as being the undisputed captain.

Deemed surplus to requirements by Villarreal boss Manuel Pellegrini, Josico joined Fenerbahçe S.K. on 28 August 2008 as the Süper Lig side was coached by former Spain manager Luis Aragonés.[2] After just one season in Turkey, where he was used sparingly, he was released, and quickly signed with one of his first clubs, Las Palmas in the second division, at the same time of a former teammate, Antonio Guayre.

In late May 2011, after having contributed with 25 games to his team's league status preservation, 36-year-old Josico announced his retirement from professional football.[3] He returned to the Canary Islands the following year, being charged with watching the opposing teams.[4]

Managerial career[edit]

Josico was appointed Las Palmas' first-team manager on 26 May 2014, replacing fired Sergio Lobera after a 2–3 home loss against Recreativo de Huelva.[5] He still managed to lead the side to the sixth position in the regular season, then ousted Sporting de Gijón 2–0 on aggregate in the top flight promotion playoffs.[6]

On 3 July 2014, Josico moved to the Canarians' reserve team, in Segunda División B.[7] In the following years, he continued working in the lower leagues.[8]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 4 June 2017
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Las Palmas Spain 26 May 2014 3 July 2014 6 3 2 1 6 5 +1 050.00 [9]
Las Palmas B Spain 3 July 2014 9 March 2015 28 8 6 14 41 45 −4 028.57 [10]
Jumilla Spain 10 November 2015 15 February 2016 13 5 3 5 14 20 −6 038.46 [11]
Atlético Baleares Spain 15 March 2017 Present 12 8 3 1 18 7 +11 066.67 [12]
Total 59 24 14 21 79 77 +2 040.68

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Villarreal

Country[edit]

Spain U21

References[edit]

External links[edit]