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José María Bakero
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Personal information
Full name José María Bakero Escudero
Date of birth February 11, 1963 (1963-02-11) (age 47)
Place of birth    Goizueta, Spain
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club Polonia Warsaw (coach)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Real Sociedad
223 0(67)
260 0(72)
017 00(3)
500 (142)   
National team
Spain U21
Spain U23
005 00(1)
001 00(0)
030 00(7)
Teams managed
Málaga B
Real Sociedad
Polonia Warsaw

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

José María Baquero Escudero (or Bakero) (born February 11, 1963 in Goizueta, Navarre) is a former Spanish footballer during the 1980s and 1990s, and currently the manager at Polonia Warsaw.

Having played mainly for Real Sociedad and FC Barcelona, he began his career as a forward (not being a prolific goalscorer) but was converted into an attacking midfielder, who possessed passing and netting ability (with both his right foot and his head, the second despite his short stature) and great leadership skills.


Club career

Bakero made his senior debut with Real Sociedad on September 6, 1980 when only 17, coming from the bench in a 2–3 loss at Valencia CF, and finished his debut season with 27 appearances, but no goals. Appearing only in two games in 1981–82, he was however part of the Basque sides which won back-to-back first division titles, his teammates including Luis Arconada, Jesús María Zamora and Jesús María Satrústegui.

In 1988 Bakero signed for FC Barcelona, where he was joined by several other Real and Basque players: Txiki Begiristain, Luis López Rekarte, with Julio Salinas coming from Atlético de Madrid but having also played with Athletic Bilbao, as another Real player, Ion Andoni Goikoetxea, joined two years later. They would form the backbone of the legendary Dream Team. Between 1988 and 1997, Bakero (who scored 47 league goals in his first four years) played 329 games overall for Barcelona, being instrumental in the Catalonian side's league titles from 1990–94, while also appearing in the historic 1992 European Cup final.

Having appeared scarcely during 1996–97, his last game coming on November 18, 1996 in a 6–1 home thrashing of Real Valladolid (in which he scored), Bakero retired later that season, after a small abroad stint with Mexico's CD Veracruz. He also had unsuccessful trials with Middlesbrough FC and Norwich City.

After retiring in 1997, Bakero moved into coaching, first as an assistant, under both Llorenç Serra Ferrer and Louis van Gaal. He also worked as a sports adviser with the Generalitat de Catalunya.

In 2004–05, Bakero had his first head coaching experience, joining Málaga CF's B side in January 2005 and helping it narrowly escape relegation from the second level.

In August 2005 he was appointed Director of Sport at first team Real Sociedad, and would be promoted to coach towards the end of 2005–06. Seven games into the following season, he was sacked.

In October 2007, Bakero joined Ronald Koeman's (another Barcelona teammate) coaching staff at Valencia, being dismissed in April 2008. On 10 November 2009, more than a year after his last job, he signed with Polonia Warsaw, again as head coach.[1]

International career

Bakero had 29 caps for Spain, scoring on seven occasions. His debut came on October 14, 1987 during an Euro 1988 qualifier against Austria. He replaced future Barça teammate Francisco Carrasco in a 2–0 home win.

Bakero would subsequently represent the nation at UEFA Euro 1988, as well as in two World Cup editions: 1990 and 1994.



Bakero was the second of three children. His brothers, Santiago (also Santi) and Jon, were also footballers, and both forwards. The former played five seasons in the first division, with Hércules CF and Real Sociedad (where he coincided with José Mari from 1986–88), while the latter did not appear in higher than the second division (where he played namely for Barcelona B).[2][3] After José Mari joined Polonia Warsaw as a coach, the club hired Jon on his request as a second coach too.


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
José Ramón Alexanko
FC Barcelona captain
Succeeded by
Gheorghe Popescu

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