Julio Cardeñosa

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Julio Cardeñosa
Personal information
Full name Julio Cardeñosa Rodríguez
Date of birth (1949-10-27) 27 October 1949 (age 69)
Place of birth Valladolid, Spain
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
San Fernando
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1971 Valladolid B
1971–1974 Valladolid 90 (12)
1974–1985 Betis 338 (42)
Total 428 (54)
National team
1973–1975 Spain amateur 6 (2)
1977–1980 Spain 8 (0)
Teams managed
1990 Betis
1991–1992 Córdoba
1994–1996 Écija

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Julio Cardeñosa Rodríguez (born 27 October 1949) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a central midfielder.

During his extensive career he played almost exclusively for Betis, retiring well past his 30's. He represented Spain in one World Cup and one European Championship.

Club career

Born in Valladolid, Castile and León, Cardeñosa arrived at Real Betis from local Real Valladolid in 1974, and remained there until his retirement. Left-footed, he possessed great technical ability which belied his thin physical build, and amassed nearly 400 appearances overall for the Andalusians (306 in ten La Liga seasons) helping the club lift the Copa del Rey in 1977.[1]

Cardeñosa retired at almost 36, then took up coaching mainly in the region. He started as a youth manager at Betis, and had two meaningless stints with the first team, namely in 1990–91's top flight – seven matches, with eventual relegation.

Cardeñosa returned to Betis in 2010, as part of newly appointed manager Pepe Mel's coaching staff.

International career

Cardeñosa earned eight caps for Spain. His debut came on 30 November 1977 in a 1978 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Yugoslavia, playing the full 90 minutes in the decisive 1–0 away win.

Cardeñosa was subsequently picked for the final stages in Argentina: there, he notoriously missed an open goal chance in the group stage against Brazil in an eventual 0–0 draw, with Spain being eliminated precisely by the South Americans;[2] he also represented the nation at UEFA Euro 1980.




  1. "Iriondo: Siento una gran alegria y... un poco de pena" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 26 June 1977. Retrieved 22 February 2014. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "De Cardeñosa a Salinas" (in Spanish). El Mundo. 10 July 1994. Retrieved 8 September 2009. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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