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José Antonio Camacho
Personal information
Full name José Antonio Camacho Alfaro
Date of birth 8 June 1955 (1955-06-08) (age 54)
Place of birth    Cieza, Spain
Height 1.74m (5ft 9in)
Playing position Left-back
Club information
Current club Osasuna
Youth career
Albacete
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1972–1973
1973–1974
1974–1989
Albacete
Castilla
Real Madrid


414 0(9)   
National team
1975–1976
1975–1988
Spain amateur
Spain
002 0(0)
081 0(0)
Teams managed
1992–1993
1994–1996
1996–1997
1997–1998
1998–2002
2002–2004
2004–2005
2007–2008
2008–
Rayo Vallecano
Espanyol
Sevilla
Espanyol
Spain
Benfica
Real Madrid
Benfica
Osasuna

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

José Antonio Camacho Alfaro (born 8 June 1955 in Cieza) is a former Spanish football (soccer) player and the current manager of CA Osasuna.

Camacho joined Real Madrid at age 18, playing left defense between 1973 and 1989 and taking part in 400 La Liga matches, in spite of a knee injury which put his career on hold for two years. He also played 81 games for the Spanish national team, taking part in two World Cups, in 1982 and 1986. Camacho also played in Euro 84 and Euro 88.

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Coaching career

Following his retirement as a player in 1989, Camacho was part of the Real Madrid coaching team. He later went on to coach three more Spanish teams, two of which—Rayo Vallecano and RCD Espanyol—he took into the First Division. He also coached Real Madrid for a brief 22 days in 1998, but left over disagreements with the club's management.

Spain

Camacho took over from Javier Clemente as the coach for Spain's national football team in September 1998 after Spain were beaten 3–2 by Cyprus in a Euro 2000 qualifier. Honest, forthright and firm, he was a refreshing change from Clemente, who had an arrogant manner and mishandled the media.

The tide quickly turned under Camacho, who has signed up to coach the Spanish team up to the 2002 World Cup. Spain secured a spot at the 2000 European Championship, where Spain started off as one of the favourites (Spain reached the quarter finals, but was eliminated after a 2–1 defeat against eventual winners and world champions, France).

Two years later, Camacho's team suffered an even bigger disappointment by losing out to South Korea on penalties in the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup. This led to his resignation of the national team which was taken over by Iñaki Sáez.

After that, Camacho was appointed the new coach of S.L. Benfica on 29 November 2002. He replaced Jesualdo Ferreira, who was sacked after a poor start of his team. Two years later, his team won the Portuguese Cup, against the F.C. Porto of José Mourinho, in the extra-time, and were the runners-up of the Portuguese SuperLiga. He became very popular among the fans of Benfica thanks to his professional manners and strong attitude, which he passed to the players. He also showed a very human side, when he deeply cried after Miklós Fehér death, short after Camacho put him in the field.

Real Madrid Return

Camacho went on to coach Real Madrid again, signing a two-year contract after a disappointing fourth-place finish in the 2003–2004 Spanish La Liga which led to the sacking of Carlos Queiroz. But things started to go wrong again, after his side suffered a 3–0 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen in the UEFA Champions League and had a 1–0 defeat at Espanyol four days later. Shortly after that he resigned and was replaced by his assistant Mariano García Remón.[1]

Following Fernando Santos' mutual agreement termination of contract with Benfica, after a 1–1 away draw with Leixões S.C. on the first matchday, Camacho rejoined the club as manager–coach.

However, following a poor string of results, and claiming he was no longer able to motivate the team, Camacho announced he would leave Benfica minutes after drawing a home match against bottom-placed União de Leiria on 9 March 2008.

He has recently been a co-commentator on Spanish TV network Cuatro, during the Euro 2008 championships. During their 1–0 win over Germany in the final, he shouted "Goal!" just before Fernando Torres scored, which saw Spain become champions for the first time since 1964.

On 13 October 2008, after José Ángel Ziganda's dismissal, Camacho became the new manager of CA Osasuna.

Honours

Player

Real Madrid

Manager

Benfica

References

  1. ^ "Camacho quits Real". BBC Sport. 2004-09-20. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/europe/3671372.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-20.  

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