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José Manuel Sempere

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José Manuel Sempere
Personal information
Full name José Manuel Sempere Maciá
Date of birth (1958-02-15) 15 February 1958 (age 63)
Place of birth Torrellano, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
CD Orihuela
Valencia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1979 Mestalla
1979–1995 Valencia 301 (0)
1979–1980Español (loan) 0 (0)
National team
1982 Spain U23 1 (0)
1981 Spain B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

José Manuel Sempere Maciá (born 15 February 1958) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Club career

Born in Torrellano, Province of Alicante, Valencian Community, Sempere finished his youth career with local giants Valencia CF, making his senior debut with RCD Español on loan (no official appearances). Returned to the Che in the summer of 1980, one of his first games was the season's UEFA Super Cup second leg, with the side winning the competition against Nottingham Forest and him being the youngest ever goalkeeper to win that tournament, a record broken 22 years later by Iker Casillas of Real Madrid.[1]

For 14 of his 15 seasons with his main club, Sempere alternated between first and second-choice, battling for starting duties with the likes of José Ramón Bermell and José Manuel Ochotorena.[2][3][4] From 1991 to 1994 he collected a further La Liga 104 appearances as his team finished twice in the top four, but was again relegated to the bench for the 1994–95 campaign following the arrival of Andoni Zubizarreta from FC Barcelona,[5] retiring in June 1995 at the age of 37.

International career

Sempere was part of Spain's squad at the 1977 FIFA World Youth Championship, but played no games in Tunisia.[6][7]

Honours

Valencia

References

  1. ^ Naskrent, Gwidon S. "Age records of EC winning players". RSSSF. Retrieved 29 May 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "El equipo de la semana" [Team of the week]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 18 February 1981. Retrieved 10 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "El portero más seguro" [The safest goalkeeper]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 17 December 1984. Retrieved 10 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Sempere, trés años más" [Sempere, three more years]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 22 June 1985. Retrieved 10 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Urrutia, Carlos (2 August 1994). "Nace otro 'dream team'" [Another dream team is born]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "José Manuel Sempere". FIFA. Retrieved 29 May 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Tournaments: Spain". FIFA. Retrieved 29 May 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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