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José Luis Calderón
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Personal information
Full name José Luis Calderón
Date of birth October 24, 1970 (1970-10-24) (age 39)
Place of birth La Plata, Argentina
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Argentinos Juniors
Youth career
Defensores Cambaceres
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1991 Defensores Cambaceres 83 (43)
1992–1995 Estudiantes de La Plata 139 (52)
1996–1997 Independiente 41 (23)
1997–1998 Napoli 6 (0)
1998–1999 Independiente 76 (34)
2000–2001 América 43 (9)
2001–2003 Atlas 69 (28)
2003 Independiente 7 (0)
2004–2005 Arsenal de Sarandí 49 (20)
2005–2007 Estudiantes de La Plata 64 (26)
2007–2008 Arsenal de Sarandí 32 (9)
2008–2009 Estudiantes de La Plata 33 (3)
2010– Argentinos Juniors
National team
1997–1999 Argentina 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:12, 5 October 2009 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

José Luis Calderón (born October 24, 1970 in La Plata) is an Argentine football striker, who recently came out of retirement to play for Argentinos Juniors of Argentina.


Club career

After a promising spell in the youth system of Club Defensores de Cambaceres, he was transferred to the team he is a fan of, Estudiantes. His scoring helped the team return from relegation in 1994. Later, he played for Club Atlético Independiente and Arsenal de Sarandí in Argentina, as well as F.C. Atlas A.C. and Club América in Mexico. He also played for Italian side S.S.C. Napoli during the 1997-98 season.

Nicknamed "Caldera", he is best remembered for a 48-metre goal he scored against Boca Juniors in 1998 and for his hat trick against Estudiantes' derby rivals Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata on October 15, 2006.

Calderón has had multiple spells with Estudiantes, Independiente and Arsenal de Sarandí. He did not win any major honours until late in his career, winning the Apertura 2006 with Estudiantes and the Copa Sudamericana 2007 with Arsenal.

In July 2008 he rejoined Estudiantes for the third time in his career. He experienced finishing as runner up in Copa Sudamericana 2008, and was part of the squad that won Copa Libertadores 2009 where he was used exclusively as a substitute.

On November 25, 2009, Calderón announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 39. He explained that his decision came after coach Alejandro Sabella informed him that he was not being considered for the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup [1]. Sabella denied that this was indeed the case [2].

On January 4, 2010, Calderón announced that Argentinos Juniors coach Claudio Borghi convinced him to return to football after a brief retirement from the game. In an article, Calderón stated, "El Bichi (Borghi) has given me the chance to retire from within a football field" [3]. He is slated to play for Argentinos for six months and then possibly retire.

International career

Calderón only had a brief interlude with the Argentina national football team he played in the Copa América 1997, but a fight with the then coach Daniel Passarella diminished his chances of ever playing for the national team again.





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