José Manuel Rey

José Manuel Rey
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Rey with Venezuela at the 2011 Copa América.
Personal information
Full nameJosé Manuel Rey Cortegoso
Date of birth(1975-05-20) 20 May 1975 (age 42)
Place of birthCaracas, Venezuela
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing positionCentre back
Club information
Current team
Aragua (Head coach)
Youth career
1994–1995Marítimo
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1995–1996Deportivo B
1996–2002Caracas103(24)
1999Emelec (loan)24(2)
2003Emelec30(1)
2004–2005Pontevedra21(1)
2006Atlético Nacional19(1)
2006–2010Caracas46(10)
2007–2008AEK Larnaca (loan)20(3)
2009Colo-Colo (loan)8(0)
2011Mineros Guayana11(1)
2011–2015Deportivo Lara100(7)
Total382(50)
National team
1997–2011Venezuela115(11)
Teams managed
2015–2016Venezuela (assistant)
2016–2017Deportivo Lara (sporting director)
2017Zamora (assistant)
2017–Aragua
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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 Aragua FC.[1]

Known as Pokemón and Tetero,[2] and a free kick specialist,[3] 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.[4] He represented the national team in six Copa América tournaments.

Club career

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 Deportivo Lara. He retired four years later, aged 40.