José Miguel González Rey (born 15 November 1979), known as Josemi, is a Spanish former footballer. Mainly a right back, he additionally played as a central defender.

He appeared in 178 La Liga games over the course of nine seasons (one goal), with Málaga, Villarreal and Mallorca, additionally representing Liverpool for one-and-a-half seasons where he won two major titles including the 2005 Champions League. He later competed professionally in Greece, before moving to the newly formed Indian Super League.

Club career

Early career

Born in Torremolinos, Málaga, Josemi started his professional career at Málaga CF, arriving from local amateurs Torremolinos Club de Fútbol in 1998. He started appearing for his new club with the reserve team, in Tercera División.

After one match in 2000–01's closer, a 0–4 away loss against Deportivo de La Coruña on 17 June 2001, Josemi went on to become an essential defensive element for the Andalusia side, helping it to the 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup and soon attracting interest from bigger European clubs.


Subsequently, Josemi became Rafael Benítez's first signing as Liverpool manager, for £2 million in the summer of 2004. He played 15 games in the Premier League in his debut season and, after an initial run, he was sent off in the club's 4–2 victory at Fulham on 16 October 2004, his subsequent ban leading to Steve Finnan re-establishing himself as first-choice right-back.

Josemi made seven appearances (five starts) in the Reds' victorious campaign in the UEFA Champions League, but struggled to make the substitutes bench in the knockout stages, and additionally lost his place in the first half of 2005–06, suggesting he would soon leave Anfield.

Return to Spain

On 29 December 2005, it was announced that Liverpool and Villarreal CF had agreed to swap Josemi and Jan Kromkamp in the January 2006 transfer window. He made a good start and appeared in 22 league matches in 2006–07, but only took part in only one the following season for the eventual La Liga runners-up.

In July 2008, Josemi signed for RCD Mallorca. He scored his first goal as a professional on 23 November, in a 2–2 home draw against former owners Málaga. In his second year he was challenged by new signing Felipe Mattioni, but ended up contributing with 28 games as the Balearic Islands side finished fifth and qualified for the UEFA Europa League.

Later years

In August 2010, at nearly 31, Josemi left Spain for the second time, signing a three-year contract with Iraklis Thessaloniki FC. After only one season – which brought Superleague Greece relegation due to irregularities – however, he returned to his country and joined FC Cartagena in Segunda División, on a two-year deal.

On 21 August 2014, after two seasons in Greece with Levadiakos F.C. and Skoda Xanthi F.C. respectively, Josemi was a third-round draught pick for Atlético de Kolkata in the inaugural draft of the Indian Super League draft. He made his debut in the competition in the opening match, starting a 3–0 home victory over Mumbai City FC, and formed a formidable stopper partnership with Arnab Mondal throughout his first year, acting as team captain in the final win over the Kerala Blasters in the absence of countryman Luis García, where he additionally won the Fittest Player of the Match award.

Following his successful debut season, on 12 June 2015 Josemi renewed his contract with Atlético for one more year. He was released on 13 November, after being ruled out for the remainder of the campaign due to injury.

On 22 September 2016, after almost a year with a club, 36-year-old Josemi announced his retirement.

Club statistics

Málaga2000–01La Liga100010
2001–02La Liga23020250
2002–03La Liga32020140480
2003–04La Liga37040410
Liverpool2004–05Premier League1501070230
2005–06Premier League60004020120
Villarreal2005–06La Liga9010100
2006–07La Liga2204010270
2007–08La Liga10403080
Mallorca2008–09La Liga25150301
2009–10La Liga28030310
Iraklis2010–11Superleague Greece26020280
Cartagena2011–12Segunda División18010190
Levadiakos2012–13Superleague Greece25050300
Skoda Xanthi2013–14Superleague Greece16020180
Atlético Kolkata2014Indian Super League170170
2015Indian Super League3030
Career total3041340290203691
  1. 8 appearances in UEFA Cup and 6 appearances in UEFA Intertoto Cup
  2. Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. 1 appearance in UEFA Super Cup and 1 appearance in FIFA Club World Cup
  4. Appearance in UEFA Intertoto Cup
  5. Appearance in UEFA Europa League


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