José Manuel Rey

José Manuel Rey Cortegoso (born 20 May 1975) is a Venezuelan football manager and former player who played as a central defender.

José Manuel Rey
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Personal information
Full name José Manuel Rey Cortegoso
Date of birth (1975-05-20) 20 May 1975 (age 46)
Place of birth Caracas, Venezuela
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Centre back
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 Deportivo Lara 100 (7)
Total 382 (50)
National team
1997–2011 Venezuela 115 (11)
Teams managed
2015–2016 Venezuela (assistant)
2017 Zamora (assistant)
2017–2018 Aragua
2018–2019 Monagas
2020 Zamora
* 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.

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

Club careerEdit

During his career, Rey played mainly with Caracas FC, also representing several clubs in Europe and South America: C.S. Marítimo de Venezuela, C.S. 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 reserves;[4] in 2000 he signed a pre-contract with Dundee FC, but ultimately failed to join to the Scottish side.

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 starting XI, helping them win the Primera División championship.

The loan was to be extended if Colo-Colo qualified to the Copa Libertadores, 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.[5]

Rey changed teams again in June 2011, moving to Asociación Civil Deportivo Lara. He retired four years later aged 40,[6] and subsequently worked as manager of Aragua F.C.[7] and Monagas S.C.[8] but also sporting director of Deportivo Lara.[9]

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).[10]

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. This signalled Ecuador's first defeat in Quito in six years.[11][12]

On 6 September 2008, in a 0–1 loss to Peru at the Estadio Monumental in Lima, in another qualifier, Rey became the first player to appear 100 times for Venezuela.[13][14] He also represented the nation in six Copa América tournaments.

During one year, Rey acted as second in command to Noel Sanvicente at the national side's coaching staff.[15]

International goalsEdit





Deportivo Lara


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ José Manuel Rey: “El orden táctico fue vital” (José Manuel Rey: “The tactical order was vital”) Archived 23 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine; at Fútbol es Todo (in Spanish)
  2. ^ 2–2. Dos goles de Rey permitien al Caracas igualar con el Marítimo de Portugal (2–2. Two Rey goals allow Caracas to draw with Marítimo from Portugal); Soitu, 28 July 2008 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Venezuela – Record International Players Archived 30 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine; at RSSSF
  4. ^ Venezolano José Manuel Rey jugará con el Pontevedra de España (Venezuela's José Manuel Rey will play with Spain's Pontevedra); El Universo, 26 July 2004 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ El defensor José Manuel Rey jugará con el Mineros de Guayana (Defender José Manuel Rey will play with Mineros de Guayana); Panamá América, 15 December 2010 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ José Manuel Rey le dijo adiós al fútbol (José Manuel Rey bade farewell to football); Ovación, 20 May 2015 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ José Manuel Rey asume la dirección técnica del Aragua FC (José Manuel Rey takes over at Aragua FC); El Nacional, 13 December 2017 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ José Manuel Rey no seguirá con el Monagas Sport Club (José Manuel Rey will not continue with Monagas Sport Club); Correo del Orinoco, 23 May 2019 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ José Manuel Rey asumirá la dirección deportiva del Lara (José Manuel Rey to become Lara's sporting director); Diario Meridiano, 2016 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ José Manuel Rey – Century of International Appearances; at RSSSF
  11. ^ ¡Sorpresa y dolor! (Surprise and pain!); El Universo, 14 October 2007 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ Golazo de Rey contra Ecuador (Eliminatorias 2007) (Rey's wonder goal against Ecuador (2007 Qualifiers)); at YouTube (in Spanish)
  13. ^ José Manuel Rey jugará hoy el partido 100 (José Manuel Rey will play 100th match today); Emelexista, 6 September 2008 (in Spanish)
  14. ^ Peru bate Venezuela e deixa lanterna das Eliminatórias (Peru beat Venezuela and are no longer bottom in qualifiers); O Estado de S. Paulo, 7 September 2008 (in Portuguese)
  15. ^ La Vinotinto se instaló en Margarita (The Vinotinto set camp in Margarita); Revista Venezolana, 29 September 2015 (in Spanish)

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