|Full name||Julio Cardeñosa Rodríguez|
|Date of birth||27 October 1949|
|Place of birth||Valladolid, Spain|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Valladolid, Castile and León, Cardeñosa arrived at Real Betis from local Real Valladolid in 1974, and remained there until his retirement. Left-footed, he possessed great technical ability which belied his thin physical build, and amassed nearly 400 appearances overall for the Andalusians (306 in ten La Liga seasons) helping the club lift the Copa del Rey in 1977.
Cardeñosa retired at almost 36, then took up coaching mainly in the region. He started as a youth manager at Betis, and had two meaningless stints with the first team, namely in 1990–91's top flight – seven matches, with eventual relegation.
Cardeñosa returned to Betis in 2010, as part of newly appointed manager Pepe Mel's coaching staff.
Cardeñosa was subsequently picked for the final stages in Argentina: there, he notoriously missed an open goal chance in the group stage against Brazil in an eventual 0–0 draw, with Spain being eliminated precisely by the South Americans; he also represented the nation at UEFA Euro 1980.
- "2–2: Los andaluces remontaron dos ventajas vascas" [2–2: The Andalusians countered Basques' advantage twice]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 26 June 1977. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
- "0–1: La batalla de Belgrado para España" [0–1: Spain took the battle of Belgrade]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 1 December 1977. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
- "En memoria de los 'nadies' y los 'malditos'" [Here's to the 'nobodies' and the 'damned']. El Mundo (in Spanish). 12 July 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2017.