Tamudo in action for Espanyol
|Full name||Raúl Tamudo Montero|
|Date of birth||19 October 1977|
|Place of birth||Santa Coloma, Spain|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Milan Santa Coloma|
|1998||→ Alavés (loan)||6||(0)|
|1999||→ Lleida (loan)||14||(5)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 3 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Barcelona, Catalonia, Tamudo was a product of local side RCD Espanyol's youth ranks, he served two second division six-month loans before finally settling in 1999–2000. From there on he became an undisputed starter for the team, never scoring in single digits during nine La Liga seasons and helping the Pericos to two Spanish Cups: in the 2000 final against Atlético Madrid he netted by stealing the ball from goalkeeper Toni Jiménez, with his head; he also played a vital role in the 2006 edition, scoring in the second minute of the match and subsequently assisting Luis García on the second goal.
Tamudo was close to signing with Rangers in 2000, only to see the move fail at the last minute due to a failed medical. Two days later, he scored a hat-trick in the UEFA Cup match against Grazer AK (4–0 home win, 4–1 aggregate).
On the last matchday of the 2006–07 season, Tamudo reached 112 goals scored in the first division, making him the top all-time scorer for Espanyol: his brace in the 2–2 away draw against city rivals FC Barcelona on 9 June 2007 took him past former Blanquiazul star Marañón's 1983 record of 111, and helped Real Madrid clinch the league title. In that season's UEFA Cup, he contributed with two goals in seven games to the side's runner-up campaign which ended at the hands of fellow league side Sevilla FC and, merely four months after that match, he struck three minutes from time to give Espanyol a 3–2 win at the same rival.
Some injury problems and loss of form limited Tamudo in the following two seasons, and he lost the starting job midway through 2008–09 to newly signed Uruguayan Iván Alonso; however, in the last day of the campaign, he scored three past Málaga CF in a 3–0 home success – which was good enough for leading the team in goals once again, at six – being replaced to a standing ovation.
The 2009–10 campaign was nothing short of disastrous for Tamudo, in sporting terms: again, he struggled with some injuries, was ostracized by manager and former teammate Mauricio Pochettino and confronted with the board of directors over contractual issues; his status was further diminished in the January transfer window, with the signing of another Argentine, Pablo Osvaldo, and he eventually finished the campaign with only six league games and no goals.
In early August 2010, at nearly 33, Tamudo signed a one-year contract with Real Sociedad, who returned to the top division after a three-year absence. He scored three times in his first four official matches, but the Basque only collected one point, losing against Real Madrid (1–2, home) and CA Osasuna (1–3).
On 26 August 2011 Tamudo signed a one-year contract with Rayo Vallecano, freshly promoted to the top level. He was a starter throughout most of his first season, notably scoring against his main club Espanyol but in a 1–5 away loss; on 13 May 2012, he was brought from the bench to net the game's only goal in the 90th minute at home against Granada CF in the last matchday, with the Madrid outskirts club finally avoiding relegation at the expense of Villarreal CF.
Tamudo moved abroad for the first time at the age of 34, joining Mexico's C.F. Pachuca on 14 June 2012. On 11 December, after failing to find the net, he was released, returning to his country and Rayo on the very last day of the January transfer window.
Tamudo scored in only his second game in his second spell, not being able however to prevent a 1–3 loss at Barcelona on 17 March 2013.
A full international since 16 August 2000 (Germany-Spain, 4–1), Tamudo returned to the lineup after a two-year absence to score a vital goal in a 3–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier away win against Denmark on 13 October 2007. Incidentally, Espanyol teammate Albert Riera also scored.
|1.||21 August 2002||Ferenc Puskás, Budapest, Hungary||Hungary||0–1||1–1||Friendly|
|2.||18 August 2004||Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain||Venezuela||2–1||3–2||Friendly|
|3.||18 August 2004||Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain||Venezuela||3–1||3–2||Friendly|
|4.||3 September 2005||El Sardinero, Santander, Spain||Canada||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|5.||13 October 2007||NRGi Park, Aarhus, Denmark||Denmark||0–1||1–3||Euro 2008 qualifying|
- Spain U23
|Real Sociedad||2010–11||La Liga||31||7||0||0||—||—||31||7|
|Rayo Vallecano||2011–12||La Liga||32||9||1||1||—||—||33||10|
|Rayo Vallecano||2012–13||La Liga||4||1||0||0||—||—||4||1|
- El mito (The myth); Hall of Fame Perico, 3 June 2009 (Spanish)
- Toni se reencuentra con Tamudo (Toni meets Tamudo again); El País, 19 January 2003 (Spanish)
- "¡Increíble Espanyol!" [Incredible Espanyol!] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 13 April 2006. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
- Keeper in, Tamudo out at Ibrox; BBC Sport, 21 October 2000
- Tamudo goal banishes Glasgow memory; UEFA.com, 25 September 2007
- Tamudo blow for high-flying Espanyol; UEFA.com, 23 January 2008
- Tamudo blow leaves Espanyol reeling; UEFA.com, 4 December 2008
- Espanyol 3–0 Málaga; ESPN Soccernet, 31 May 2009
- Tamudo: "Estoy muy, muy, muy indignado con el club. No merezco el trato recibido" (Tamudo: "I am most, most, most outraged with the club. I don't deserve this treatment"); Marca, 15 October 2009 (Spanish)
- Ronaldo saves Real; ESPN Soccernet, 18 September 2010
- Maiden win for Osasuna; ESPN Soccernet, 21 September 2010
- Vallecano take Tamudo; Sky Sports, 26 August 2011
- "Uche shoots down Rayo". ESPN Soccernet. 11 March 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
- "Rayo survive at the death". ESPN Soccernet. 13 May 2012. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
- Hugo Sánchez ficha a Raúl Tamudo (Hugo Sánchez signs Raúl Tamudo); Marca, 14 June 2012 (Spanish)
- El Pachuca de México prescinde del delantero Raúl Tamudo (Pachuca of Mexico releases forward Raúl Tamudo); 20 Minutos, 11 December 2012 (Spanish)
- Raul Tamudo re-joins Rayo Vallecano; Football España, 31 January 2013
- "Vallecano can't handle Barca". ESPN FC. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
- España sale del túnel tras su triunfo en Dinamarca (1–3) (Spain exits tunnel after win in Denmark (1–3)); 20 Minutos, 13 October 2007 (Spanish)
- "Tamudo: Raúl Tamudo Montero". BDFutbol. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
- "Tamudo". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
- BDFutbol profile
- National team data
- Raúl Tamudo at National-Football-Teams.com
- Raúl Tamudo – FIFA competition record
- Transfermarkt profile