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José María Callejón Bueno (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse kaʎeˈxon]; born 11 February 1987) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Italian club S.S.C. Napoli as a forward or winger.

José Callejón
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Callejón playing for Spain in 2017
Personal information
Full name José María Callejón Bueno
Date of birth (1987-02-11) 11 February 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Motril, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Napoli
Number 7
Youth career
Costa Tropical
2002–2006 Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Real Madrid C 4 (0)
2007–2008 Real Madrid B 41 (21)
2008–2011 Espanyol 97 (10)
2011–2013 Real Madrid 55 (8)
2013– Napoli 218 (60)
National team
2008–2009 Spain U21 4 (1)
2014– Spain 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:31, 28 April 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2017

He began his career with the reserve teams of Real Madrid, but made a name for himself at Espanyol. In 2011 he returned to his previous club and, two years later, left for Napoli.

A under-21 international, Callejón made his senior debut for Spain in 2014.

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Club careerEdit

Real MadridEdit

A product of Real Madrid youth ranks, Callejón was born in Motril, Granada, Andalusia. He made his professional debut for the reserves in May 2007,[2] and played four games in that season's Segunda División without scoring a goal.[3]

In the 2007–08 campaign, Callejón appeared in 37 matches and netted 21 times, finishing as team top scorer but in Segunda División B.[4][5]

EspanyolEdit

 
Callejón taking a corner for Espanyol in 2009

At the end of the season, Callejón left Real Madrid (with twin brother Juanmi) and signed a four-year contract with RCD Espanyol.[6][7] He made his La Liga debut on 20 September 2008, as a late substitute in a 1–1 home draw against Getafe CF.[8]

On 15 March 2009, as Espanyol struggled immensely in the league – eventually ranking in tenth position – Callejón scored his first goal for the Catalans in a 3–3 home draw against RCD Mallorca.[9] He continued to be an undisputed starter under Mauricio Pochettino in the following campaigns, operating mainly as a winger.[10]

On 15 January 2011, Callejón scored twice to help to a 2–1 away defeat of Sevilla FC.[11] He only missed one league game and netted six times for the Pericos, who finished comfortably in mid-table.[12]

Return to Real MadridEdit

On 23 May 2011, Callejón re-joined Real Madrid on a five-year deal effective as of 1 July, for a reported fee of 5.5 million.[13] On 16 July, he played his first match for them in a 4–1 friendly win over the Los Angeles Galaxy, scoring the first goal of the game in the 30th minute.[14]

On 2 October 2011, Callejón netted his first official goal for Real Madrid after coming on midway through the second half of an away fixture against former club Espanyol; he scored from a Cristiano Ronaldo assist in an eventual 4–0 win but did not celebrate the goal, instead raising his arms in the air in a mark of respect for his former employer.[15]

Profiting from the fact that his team had already qualified from the UEFA Champions League group stage as leaders, Callejón was handed a rare start by manager José Mourinho on 22 November 2011, and responded by scoring a brace in a 6–2 home triumph against NK Dinamo Zagreb.[16] He added another two in the last round, at AFC Ajax (3–0).[17]

As a starter, Callejón continued with his impressive scoring form: he scored once in a 6–2 away win over Sevilla on 17 December 2011,[18] and in the tie against SD Ponferradina for the season's Copa del Rey he netted three of his team's seven aggregate goals, scoring one away and two at home.[19][20]

On 14 January 2012, Callejón scored the winner in a 2–1 success at Mallorca, helping the visitors come from behind with his 84th-minute long-range strike.[21] In the following matchday he added another, closing the score in a 4–1 home win over Athletic Bilbao.[22]

NapoliEdit

 
Callejón (wearing No.7) playing for Napoli against Barcelona, 2014

On 9 July 2013, Italian club S.S.C. Napoli announced that they had reached an agreement for the transfer of Callejón for €10 million.[23][24] The four-year deal was confirmed two days later.[25]

Callejón scored in his Serie A debut on 25 August, netting the opener in a 3–0 home win over Bologna F.C. 1909,[26] and went on to find the net a further seven times in his first 20 official appearances. On 22 October, he scored his first goal in Europe for his new team, grabbing his team's first in a 2–1 triumph at Olympique de Marseille in the Champions League group stage.[27]

On 3 May 2014, Callejón set up Dries Mertens for the third goal in a 3–1 success over ACF Fiorentina in the final of the campaign's Coppa Italia.[28] He scored once in the final game of the season, a 5–1 home win against Hellas Verona F.C. on 18 May; his strike after five minutes was Napoli's 100th goal in all competitions that season, and his 20th overall.[29]

Callejón netted his first goal of 2014–15 on the opening day of the Serie A campaign, the opener in a 2–1 win over Genoa CFC.[30] His second came on 24 September, as he scored at the stroke of half-time to put Napoli up 3–2 against U.S. Città di Palermo in an eventual 3–3 home draw.[31] On 19 October, he scored twice in a 2–2 draw at Internazionale, with all four of the game's goals coming in the match's last 11 minutes.[32]

In the Derby del Sole match against A.S. Roma on 2 November, Callejón hit the post and had a shot saved off the line before eventually finding the net late on in Napoli's 2–0 victory.[33] The strike took his league goal tally to eight on the season, two more than his closest competitors, and he was included in the Serie A Team of the Week lineup.[34]

On 17 September 2015, Callejón scored twice in Napoli's first game of the UEFA Europa League group stage, a 5–0 home routing of Club Brugge KV.[35] For the same competition, away to FC Midtjylland on 22 October, he volleyed a long pass from Kalidou Koulibaly to open a 4–1 victory; UEFA dubbed the latter effort an "early contender for goal of the group stage".[36]

On 9 April 2017, Callejón marked his 200th appearance for the Azzurri with his 57th goal, in a 3–0 league win over S.S. Lazio.[37] His 300th came on 28 April 2019, in the 2–0 away victory over Frosinone Calcio.[38]

International careerEdit

Callejón made his debut for the Spanish under-21 team on 25 March 2008 against Kazakhstan in a 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier; he entered the field in the 46th minute after replacing Bojan Krkić, and scored shortly after in a 5–0 win.[39]

On 7 November 2014, Callejón was called up to the full side for the first time, being picked by Vicente del Bosque for matches against Belarus and Germany.[40] He made his debut on the 15th against the former, coming on for Santi Cazorla in the 69th minute of the 3–0 triumph in Huelva for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying phase.[41]

Style of playEdit

A versatile, tenacious and hard-working right-footed player, Callejón is capable of playing anywhere along the front line, and has been used as a forward, as a winger on either flank, in the centre as an attacking midfielder and as a supporting striker. Although he usually occupies a position in or behind the main attacking line, due to his personality and ability to provide balance to his teams by linking-up play between the forwards and midfielders, he is also capable of playing in the centre as a main striker, and was also occasionally deployed in deeper roles under Mourinho during his time at Real Madrid, as a central midfielder or even as an attacking full-back or wingback.

A quick, mobile and creative player, with good technical ability, Callejón is capable of both creating and scoring goals, due to his powerful shot and excellent offensive movement off the ball, as demonstrated by his ability to lose his markers by make attacking runs in behind the defensive line and into the area from deeper or wider areas. He is also a good header of the ball, in spite of his average stature.[42][43][44][45][46][47]

Personal lifeEdit

Callejón's twin brother Juanmi was also a footballer, and both were Real Madrid graduates.[48]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

 
Callejón in action for Napoli in 2014
As of match played 25 May 2019[49][50]
Club Season League Cup1 Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Real Madrid B 2006–07 4 0 4 0
2007–08 37 21 37 21
Total 41 21 41 21
Espanyol 2008–09 24 2 6 2 30 4
2009–10 36 2 1 0 37 2
2010–11 37 6 2 0 39 6
Total 97 10 9 2 106 12
Real Madrid 2011–12 25 5 6 3 5 5 36 13
2012–13 30 3 7 2 4 2 41 7
Total 55 8 13 5 9 7 77 20
Napoli 2013–14 37 15 5 3 10 2 52 20
2014–15 38 11 5 0 16 1 59 12
2015–16 38 7 2 1 7 5 47 13
2016–17 37 14 4 2 8 1 49 17
2017–18 38 10 2 0 10 2 50 12
2018–19 34 3 2 0 11 1 47 4
Total 218 60 20 6 62 12 304 78
Career totals 411 99 42 13 71 19 524 131
1Includes domestic cups and other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España and the Supercoppa Italiana.

InternationalEdit

As of 14 November 2017[51]
Team Year Apps Goals
Spain
2014 2 0
2015 0 0
2016 1 0
2017 2 0
Total 5 0

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

 
Callejón (right) on the ball in the 2014 Supercoppa Italiana
Real Madrid[49]
Napoli[49]

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

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