José Manuel Ochotorena

José Manuel Ochotorena Santacruz (born 16 January 1961) is a Spanish former footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

José Manuel Ochotorena
Ochotorena in 2010
Personal information
Full name José Manuel Ochotorena Santacruz
Date of birth (1961-01-16) 16 January 1961 (age 62)
Place of birth San Sebastián, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1984 Castilla 76 (0)
1982–1988 Real Madrid 29 (0)
1988–1992 Valencia 105 (0)
1992–1994 Tenerife 12 (0)
1994–1995 Logroñés 20 (0)
1995–1997 Racing Santander 1 (0)
1997–1998 Logroñés 0 (0)
Total 243 (0)
International career
1989 Spain 1 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Playing careerEdit

Born in San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Ochotorena emerged through Real Madrid's youth ranks, making his professional debut late in the 1981–82 season due to a professional's strike as he was still part of the reserve squad setup. He would have to wait until 1985–86 to become a starter, helping the capital side to that year's La Liga and UEFA Cup titles,[1] but lost his spot the following campaign after the signing of Sevilla FC's Francisco Buyo.

Afterwards, Ochotorena moved to Valencia CF, winning the Ricardo Zamora Trophy in his first year, being replaced mere minutes into the last match at Real Madrid which helped him maintain his average.[2] After three solid seasons at the Mestalla Stadium, he was sent off in a game against the same opponent, and never appeared officially for the Che again.[3] On 17 September 1989, he was in goal in a 6–2 loss to his previous employer.[4]

Ochotorena retired in 1998 at the age of 37, after unassuming spells with CD Tenerife, CD Logroñés (he played most of the matches in 1994–95, but the Riojans were relegated) and Racing de Santander.[5][6] He earned one cap for Spain, taking the place of Andoni Zubizarreta for the final ten minutes of a friendly against Poland in A Coruña on 20 September 1989,[7] and was in the final squad for the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

Coaching careerEdit

After retiring, Ochotorena assumed goalkeeping coach duties at both Valencia and the Spanish national team. When his compatriot Rafael Benítez joined Premier League club Liverpool in July 2004, he replaced Joe Corrigan.[8]

Ochotorena returned to Valencia once again in the summer of 2007, being replaced at Liverpool by Xavi Valero.[9] He also continued to work with Spain.[10][11]


  1. ^ Remontadas históricas: Real Madrid – Inter de Milán 1985/1986, la prórroga como travesía a la final (Historic comebacks: Real Madrid – Inter Milan 1985/1986, overtime as path to the final); Vavel, 30 April 2013 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ 2–1: colaboró el Valencia con buen fútbol en la fiesta de los campeones (2–1: Valencia cooperated with good football to the champions' party); ABC, 24 June 1989 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Hagi demuestra lo que vale (Hagi shows his worth); Mundo Deportivo, 15 April 1991 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Ochotorena: "Nunca me habían marcado tantos goles en un partido" (Ochotorena: "I had never conceded this many goals in one match"); El País, 19 September 1989 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Voro y Otxotorena volvieron a Las Gaunas (Voro and Otxotorena returned to Las Gaunas); Super Deporte, 27 October 2010 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Lo que el CD Logroñés unió, la casualidad suiza ha querido revivir (What CD Logroñés united, Swiss hazard wanted to relive); Nueve Cuatro Uno, 25 July 2018 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ 1–0: El pie de Míchel marcó ante Polonia el camino que España buscará en Hungria (1–0: Míchel's foot set track in Poland that Spain will seek in Hungary); ABC, 21 September 1989 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Anfield's new boot room boys; UEFA, 12 August 2005
  9. ^ Aurélio doubt for Reds; Sky Sports, 14 July 2007
  10. ^ El mejor portero de España (Spain's best goalkeeper); El País, 7 July 2010 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ “Es cuestión de confianza” ("It's a question of confidence"); El País, 29 June 2012 (in Spanish)

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