Jacobo Sanz Ovejero

Jacobo Sanz Ovejero (born 10 July 1983), known simply as Jacobo, is a Spanish former footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

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Jacobo with Valladolid in 2011
Personal information
Full name Jacobo Sanz Ovejero
Date of birth (1983-07-10) 10 July 1983 (age 36)
Place of birth Valladolid, Spain
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
Colegio San Agustín
1990–2003 Valladolid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Valladolid B 26 (0)
2004Palencia (loan) 6 (0)
2005Jaén (loan) 4 (0)
2005–2007 Valladolid 10 (0)
2007–2008 Numancia 32 (0)
2008–2011 Valladolid 36 (0)
2008–2009Getafe (loan) 17 (0)
2011–2012 Asteras Tripoli 22 (0)
2012–2015 PAOK 21 (0)
2014Tenerife (loan) 5 (0)
Total 179 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

A controversial figure, he played 68 Segunda División matches over five seasons, representing Valladolid, Numancia and Tenerife in the competition. He appeared for Getafe and Valladolid in La Liga, and also competed professionally in Greece.[1]

Club careerEdit

Valladolid / NumanciaEdit

Jacobo was born in Valladolid. A product of Real Valladolid's youth system – he joined the club at the age of only seven – he served two loan stints before returning in the 2005–06 season,[2] with the Castile and León club in Segunda División. He would only be third-choice during that period, and his official debut occurred on 1 October 2005 in a 3–2 away win over Real Madrid Castilla;[3] his second league game was also against that opponent, five months later (1–0 home victory).[4]

In 2007–08, Jacobo contributed with 32 games to CD Numancia's return to La Liga after a three-year absence.[5] He had been signed to a two-year deal with Valladolid keeping two re-buy options on the player,[6] and conceded just 28 goals during the campaign, only trailing CD Castellón's Carlos Sánchez in the Ricardo Zamora Trophy race.[7]


Jacobo returned to Valladolid in July 2008, signing a new three-year contract.[8] However, injuries to Getafe CF's keepers, Argentines Roberto Abbondanzieri (a couple of weeks) and Oscar Ustari (eight months) prompted a loan request by the Madrid side, which was accepted.[9] On 14 September, after having received the latter's nº1 jersey, he made his debut for the club, keeping a clean sheet in a 0–0 home draw to Real Betis.[10]

From January 2009 onwards, as Abbondanzieri returned to Boca Juniors, Jacobo was reinstated as starter, first appearing on the 25th in a 5–1 home win against Sporting de Gijón.[11] In 2009–10 he alternated with Paraguayan Justo Villar when healthy,[12] but Valladolid finished 18th with 62 goals against (the fourth-worst defensive record) and dropped down back to the second division.


In July 2011, after a failed transfer to Celtic – the Scottish team had already shown interest in the player the previous summer[13]– Jacobo joined several compatriots at Asteras Tripoli F.C. in Greece, signing a two-year contract.[14] On 27 November, he was named Player of the match in a 2–0 home defeat of Olympiacos FC.[15]

On 21 April 2012, after the Superleague season was over, Jacobo was released by Asteras supposedly to move to Everton in England,[16] and had subsequent trials in the country with Charlton Athletic[17] and Middlesbrough in the ensuing summer.[18] Nothing came of it and, eventually, he stayed in Greece and joined PAOK FC for one year.[19]

On 18 November 2012, Jacobo was sent off in a game against Panathinaikos F.C. and, subsequently, was subjected to the club's disciplinary proceedings, being reinstated after issuing an apology.[20] In June of the following year he renewed his contract for three more years[21] but in November, after a new case of misconduct, this time involving the club's trainer, was again suspended.[22] Coach Huub Stevens commented on the incident: “There was an incident in yesterday’s training. Believe me, patience is the best way to deal with such matters, but it was not the first time he overreacted and that is unacceptable. That’s why we banned him from training until Monday. I hope he will reflect on his behaviour and learn from it”.[23]

Jacobo was loaned to CD Tenerife back in his country for the 2014–15 campaign.[24] On 14 November, however, he left the club after having a confrontation with teammate Cristo González,[25] also being deemed surplus to requirements at PAOK.[26]

On 17 January 2017, after years battling several injury problems, 33-year-old Jacobo announced his retirement. He expressed a desire to remain connected to the sport as a goalkeeper coach,[27] and started working in that capacity with Internacional de Madrid CF and Aarhus Gymnastikforening.[28]






  1. ^ "Jacobo, un portero con polémica" [Jacobo, goalkeeper with controversy] (in Spanish). Vavel. 20 September 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Jacobo da el estirón" [Jacobo makes a run for it]. El Norte de Castilla (in Spanish). 1 September 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  3. ^ "2–3: El oficio del Valladolid derrota al Castilla" [2–3: Valladolid know-how defeats Castilla]. ABC (in Spanish). 2 October 2005. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Valladolid 1–0 Real Madrid Castilla". ABC (in Spanish). 6 March 2006. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Breve enciclopedia numantina" [Brief numantina encyclopedia]. Desde Soria (in Spanish). 29 May 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  6. ^ "El Valladolid traspasa a Jacobo al Numancia" [Valladolid transfer Jacobo to Numancia]. Marca (in Spanish). 17 July 2007. Retrieved 18 September 2008.
  7. ^ "Carlos ´Zamora´ Sánchez". El Periódico Mediterráneo (in Spanish). 16 June 2008. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  8. ^ "El Valladolid quiere abaratar con Jacobo la llegada de Goitom desde el Murcia" [Valladolid want to make Goitom arrival from Murcia cheaper with Jacobo]. El Norte de Castilla (in Spanish). 2 July 2008. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Jacobo, cedido al Getafe" [Jacobo, loaned to Getafe] (in Spanish). Real Valladolid. 31 August 2008. Retrieved 18 September 2008.
  10. ^ "Getafe 0–0 Real Betis". ESPN Soccernet. 14 September 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  11. ^ "Getafe 5–1 Sporting Gijón". ESPN Soccernet. 25 January 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  12. ^ "Justo Villar quiere irse en diciembre" [Justo Villar wants to leave in December]. El Norte de Castilla (in Spanish). 16 September 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  13. ^ "El Celtic se interesa por Jacobo" [Celtic show interest in Jacobo]. El Norte de Castilla (in Spanish). 4 August 2010. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  14. ^ "Jacobo firma por el Ateras Trípoli [sic] griego" [Jacobo signs with Greece's Asteras Tripoli]. El Norte de Castilla (in Spanish). 21 July 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
  15. ^ "Βραβεύτηκαν Χακόμπο, Περόνε" [Jacobo, Perrone awarded] (in Greek). Onsports. 1 December 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  16. ^ Παρελθόν ο Χακόμπο από την Τρίπολη [Jacobo left Tripoli] (in Greek). Nova Sports. 21 April 2012. Archived from the original on 10 September 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  17. ^ "Sullivan set for loan". Sky Sports. 17 July 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  18. ^ "Boro still keen on Castelen". Sky Sports. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  19. ^ Υπέγραψε ο Χακόμπο [Jacobo signed] (in Greek). Sentra Goal. 7 August 2012. Archived from the original on 9 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  20. ^ Απολογήθηκε και προπονήθηκε ο Χάκομπο [Jacobo apologized and trained] (in Greek). Sport Culture. 18 November 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  21. ^ "PAOK extends contract of Spaniard Ovejero". Sportskeeda. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  22. ^ "O Χακόμπο… έβρισε τον γυμναστή και ο Στέφενς τον "πέταξε" έξω από την αποστολή!" [Jacobo… He insulted the manager and Stevens "blew" a gasket!] (in Greek). Pressaris. 22 November 2013. Archived from the original on 18 March 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  23. ^ "Stevens: "I hope that Jacobo will learn from this"". PAOK FC. 23 June 2013. Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  24. ^ "El portero Jacobo Sanz vuelve a España para jugar en el Tenerife" [Goalkeeper Jacobo Sanz returns to Spain to play for Tenerife]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 22 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  25. ^ "Jacobo Sanz se va del CD Tenerife" [Jacobo Sanz leaves CD Tenerife]. Diario de Avisos (in Spanish). 14 November 2014. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  26. ^ "Jacobo Sanz debe encontrar equipo para terminar su cesión en el Tenerife" [Jacobo Sanz must find a team to end his Tenerife loan]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 7 January 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  27. ^ "Jacobo deja el fútbol tras una nueva operación" [Jacobo quits football after new surgery] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 17 January 2017. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  28. ^ "Ny målmandstræner på plads i AGF" [New goalkeeper trainer gets going in AGF] (in Danish). Bold. 13 February 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2018.

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