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José Manuel Rey Cortegoso (born 20 May 1975) is a Venezuelan retired footballer who played as a central defender. He is currently the head coach of Monagas.

José Manuel Rey
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Rey with Venezuela at the 2011 Copa América.
Personal information
Full name José Manuel Rey Cortegoso
Date of birth (1975-05-20) 20 May 1975 (age 44)
Place of birth Caracas, Venezuela
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Monagas (Head coach)
Youth career
1994–1995 Marítimo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Deportivo B
1996–2002 Caracas 103 (24)
1999Emelec (loan) 24 (2)
2003 Emelec 30 (1)
2004–2005 Pontevedra 21 (1)
2006 Atlético Nacional 19 (1)
2006–2010 Caracas 46 (10)
2007–2008AEK Larnaca (loan) 20 (3)
2009Colo-Colo (loan) 8 (0)
2011 Mineros Guayana 11 (1)
2011–2015 ACD Lara 100 (7)
Total 382 (50)
National team
1997–2011 Venezuela 115 (11)
Teams managed
2015–2016 Venezuela (assistant)
2016–2017 ACD Lara (sporting director)
2017 Zamora (assistant)
2017–2018 Aragua
2018– Monagas
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Known as Pokemón and Tetero,[1] and a free kick specialist,[2] he played almost 20 years as a professional, mainly representing Caracas FC.

Rey was at one time Venezuela's second-most ever capped player, surpassing the 100 international appearances.[3] He represented the national team in six Copa América tournaments.


Club careerEdit

During his career, Rey played mainly with Caracas Fútbol Club, also representing several clubs in Europe and South America: C.S. Marítimo de Venezuela, Club Sport Emelec (two spells), Pontevedra CF, Atlético Nacional and AEK Larnaca FC. In 1995, he had a short spell with Deportivo de La Coruña in Spain, but only appeared for the reserve team; in 2000 he signed a pre-contract with Dundee FC, but ultimately failed to join to the Scottish club.

In late September 2009, Rey was sent on loan to Colo-Colo in Chile, as a replacement for injured Luis Mena. After an irregular start he established himself in the team's starting XI, helping it win the national championship.

The loan was to be extended if Colo-Colo qualified to the Libertadores Cup, which eventually happened, but Rey returned to Caracas. In January 2011, after five spells with his main club, the 35-year-old signed for Atlético Club Mineros de Guayana.

In June 2011 Rey changed teams again, moving to ACD Lara. He retired four years later, aged 40.

International careerEdit

Rey played 115 international matches for the Venezuela national team. His debut came on 8 June 1997, in a 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Bolivia in Valera (1–1 draw).[4]

On 13 October 2007, Rey scored from a spectacular free kick in a 1–0 win over Ecuador during the 2010 World Cup qualifying stages.[5] This signalled Ecuador's first defeat in Quito in six years.

On 6 September 2008, in a 0–1 loss against Peru at the Estadio Monumental in Lima, in another qualifier, Rey became the first player to appear 100 times for Venezuela. He also represented the nation in six Copa América tournaments.

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